Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 (1998, Anime, TV) – 6/10 review

Director: Hiroki Hayashi
Writer (Screenplay): Chiaki Konaka
Writer (Screenplay): Sadayuki Murai
Production Designer: Shinji Aramaki
Character Design: Masaki Yamada
Original Design Hard Suit: Kenichi Sonoda
Production Designer Mechanical and Hard Suit: Shinji Aramaki
Christine Auten: English Voice Cast: Priss
Laura Chapman: English Voice Cast: Sylia
Kelly Manison: English Voice Cast: Linna
Hilary Haag: English Voice Cast: Nene
Yu Asakawa: Priss
Satsuki Yukino: Sylia
Rio Natsuki: Linna
Hiroko Konishi: Nene

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 (1998)

A Tokyo devastated by the earthquake has been rebuilt as MegaTokyo in record time thanks to amazing advances in boomer (robot) technology. However, such advances don’t come without a price and sometimes a boomer will go insane, twisting itself into a violent maelstrom of metal death. While the AD Police are the lawfully and commercially provided means of response a team of technologically-advanced vigilante boomer killers called Knight Sabers have exploded onto the scene, dealing rapidly with mad boomers, embarrassing and infuriating the AD Police at the same time.

6/10

Though this gets progressively weaker and more baffling as it goes on, it definitely earns itself an above average rating thanks to well-drawn characters that convincingly develop throughout the show both in themselves and their relationships with others. As well done as it is, oddly, it isn’t quite enough to make you care about the characters and so hanging their fate in the balance for the last few episodes is surprisingly uninvolving. Outside of the overall character arcs, episode seven Look at Yourself stood out as getting all the elements of the show (pretty girls, robots, intrigue and relationships) to gel but it was really the only one.

This series contains mild swear words and graphic violence, strong unpleasant scenes and full non-sexual nudity, sensuality.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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