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Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 03/14/2001

Synopsis:
Tokyo 2040. It's a time where robots are as common in society as people. A mercenary group of four women in high-tech hardsuits known as "Knight Sabers" take on the treacherous GENOM corporation. GENOM is responsible for the production of versatile, powerful, and potentially destructive androids known as "Boomers". Leading the Knight Sabers is Sylia Stingray, whose father was a scientist eliminated by GENOM. Sylia used her father's research to create the Knight Sabers' revolutionary hardsuits. Other members of the Knight Sabers are: Priss, the seemingly indifferent rock singer. Nene, the expert hacker with a day job at the AD Police. Linna, whom Priss and Sylia recruited for her determination, strength and reflexes.
 
Review:
One could say that Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 is a remake of the 80's cyberpunk classic "Bubblegum Crisis". Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 has essentially the same cast of characters -- Sylia, owner of the Silky Doll Boutique and the cool, calculating leader of the Knight Sabers. Priss, the mysterious rock star and biker gal. There's also hacker extraordinaire Nene and the agile athlete Linna. It's also still basically Knight Sabers vs. Genom Corporation. The girls still take on the tough job of annihilating rampaging boomers... and a number of eps seem to revolve on "boomer of the day" as a result. But that's where the similarities end.
 
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 benefits from more dynamic pacing and plot development. Action sequences are very impressive -- smoother and more intense, which makes for better viewing. All the girls are also given makeovers, the most dramatic being Sylia's. Sylia is now an Ifurita-esque hottie. I'm not complaining though as I've always thought the original Sylia was extremely lacking in the looks department compared to her associates. Plus I happen to think El Hazard's Ifurita is gorgeous. Each character is now given more depth -- something that's greatly lacking in the original Bubblegum Crisis. They are now more than just tough and sexy fighting chicks, they're human just like us. Sylia is prone to wild mood swings. Linna is plagued with lack of confidence and self-doubt. Priss is always saying she's in it for the money. And Nene... well, Nene remains the cute and cheerful gal we all know and love.
 
The art and animation are excellent. The improvement over the original series spans leaps and bounds. The girls look great and the hardsuits sport a sleeker and more streamlined look. The English dubbing is so-so. The girls' dub voices tend to sound whiney, which can be quite irritating. The music is just groovy, although less highlighted in this version of Bubblegum Crisis. If you liked the original Bubblegum Crisis, you'll love Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. If you hated the original Bubblegum Crisis, there's a chance you just might like this incarnation.
 
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Needless to say, I like Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 better than the original Bubblegum Crisis.

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Review Title:
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
Type:
TV
Episodes:
26
Duration:
650 Minutes
General Rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Aired:
1998-1999
Suitable For:
Teens
Genres:
Adventure, Mecha, Sci-Fi
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