BUBBLEGUM CRISIS 2040: (Volume 5) Blood & Steel (2001)
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
RATING: 16 and over
DURATION: 125 minutes
TYPE OF ANIME: Action, Romance

 
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Anime Synopsis:

Tokyo becomes a killing field as a living wave of bio-organic metal sweeps through the city like the hands of a mad god! As Galatea's power continues to grow, the Knight Sabers must join with the remnants of the A.D. Police in a desperate battle to stop the boomer onslaught. But will even their combined forces be enough when the boomers outnumber the humans by a million to one? An all-new series of HARDsuits with spectacularly advanced capabilities may be mankindís only hope, but the new technology is untested and potentially lethal.


DVD EXTRAS:

  • Japanese Language
  • English Language
  • English Subtitles
  • Cast List
  • Character Design Sletches

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


DVD REVIEW:

This series continues to get better and better and with the fifth DVD installment, the series focuses on relationships and betrayal.  

This DVD features five episodes (episodes 17-21) and do things get interesting.  With the first few episodes continuing where it was last left off, Nene stuck in the AD Police HQ with a few of her bosses trying to fend off boomers, you have the Galatea and Mason storylines.  This is where the biggest difference between the old series and this series is evident.  Although Mason is a baddie, the true baddie is Galatea.  Also, the secret is pretty much revealed who the Knightsabers are.

People might be upset that the these episodes somewhat end the storyline for a few of our male bad guys but the concentration is on Galatea.  I'm enjoying the progression of these episodes and I enjoyed this DVD.

As for the DVD itself, the menu is pretty cool and the sound is great for a TV series.  Colors are beautiful in terms of video quality.  As for special features, as before....hardly anything.  Character design sketches for each character.  Not much.

All in all, I'm used to anime DVD's having squat in terms of special features and another thing, I know there are previews for AD vision series, but I guess I'm not finding them anywhere on the series DVD's.

All in all, a must have for BGC 2040 fans.  A great series!

THE OAV: A 
THE DVD EXTRAS: C-
THE DVD OVERALL: B+

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