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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.95 AU
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040

Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Vol. #2


Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Vol. #2
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
All hell breaks loose as Lina’s new hardsuit malfunctions during her first deadly missions, Genom unleashes a new wave of rogue boomers, and the AD Police declare open war on the Knight Sabers! Sylia’s brother Mackey joins the team as the whole town goes up in flames in the second stunning volume.

The Review!
A popular title among fans, Bubblegum Crisis drew and kept it’s fanbase, even though some wished it wasn’t so short. Enter Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. Despite the 2040 tag, which might mislead some BGC fans, this is a complete remake of the original series, borrowing the basic concept and characters, while taking them into new and different areas.

The audio is of a high quality with the choice of either English and Japanese stereo tracks. They both share the same background music, though like the original BGC, Priss’s Japanese songs are replaced by re-worded English versions.

There are no problems with the video, pretty much your standard NTSC to PAL conversion. It’s clear, and colorful, a benefit of having new source materials to work with.

The menu is an extension of that used on volume one, with water drop ripple effect placed on top of the animated rows of neon waves, and the cover images of the Knight Sabers and their Hardsuits fading in and out on top of that. One point of annoyance: there is no scene selection via the menu, only through use of the remote. Each episode is split into five chapters, opening titles, start of episode, return after commercial break, end credits and next episode clip.

The extras on this volume are much the same as the first’s (profiles of the four Knight Sabers, their Hardsuits, and trailers for Neon Genesis Evangelion and Martian Successor Nadesico) apart from the addition of profiles on the male good guys (Daley, Nigel, Leon and Mackie).

The front cover features a nice shot of Lina in her softsuit and her Hardsuit, basically the Region 1 cover with the addition of the Australian M15+ rating tag. The back cover features great deal of information, from screen captures of the show and the menus, to even listing the local DVD encoders. The back cover also shows a hold over from the second VHS volume, making mention of Lina’s Hardsuit failing during her first mission, something that occurred on the first disc. Whoopsie. Inside we have advertisements for 6 other ADV/Madman Entertainment DVDs and a close-up of Lina’s hardsuit under the disc hub. The disc itself is same light blue, dark blue poke-ball clone as on the first volume.

Now with Lina introduced, we get even more hints to the hidden past of Sylia, the Hardsuits and the Boomers, her brother Mackie and even a character episode on Priss.

A routine mission for the Knight Sabers, a factory boomer going rouge, takes on a new edge when a massive AD Police force surrounds Priss, Lina and Nene just as their batteries run out. Luckily the mysterious fourth Hardsuit appears to rescue them, after Sylia stops having flashbacks to her father’s project to develop boomers when she was a girl. New interest is introduced when Sylia’s brother Mackie arrives, but he seems just as mysterious as her older sister. The Tokyo 2040 version of Mackie is interesting for many reasons, mainly the fact he’s closer to Shinji Ikari from Evangelion than original BGC Mackie, something only made worse in the English dub thanks to having Spike Spencer in both roles. The only perving this Mackie does is in his first episode too.

At the bottom of the ocean, a man remote controls a deep sea diving boomer, trapped away from his wife. When contact is lost with him, the worst is assumed when the boomer reaches the surface and begins walking around Tokyo. Everybody believes that the boomer has gone rouge, but it’s actions are more in keeping with a performing a mission than a mad rampage. The last episode on this disc centers on Priss, her interactions with others and their opinions of her, before she takes a race car boomer out with a new toy, the Motoslave.

This volume of Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 provides some good action, and begins to increase the plot hints.

English Dolby 2.0 track,Japanese Dolby 2.0 track,English subtitles,Character profiles,Hardsuit profiles,2 ADV Trailers,Local DVD authoring credit

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor


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