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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. #3


Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Vol. #3
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
Monsters in the Earth…

A new horror envelops Tokyo in a web of fear as a mysterious entity runs amok, pulling its victims into the sewers and devouring them! Can even the combined forces of the Knight Sabers, Genom and the AD Police stop the monster before it chooses its next victim?

Then, with Linna missing, and Sylia and Nene out of action, Priss finds herself facing her most deadly adversary yet, a gargantuan military boomer that she cannot possibly stop alone. Time is running out for both the Knight Sabers and the city of Tokyo as titans clash in the third spectacular collection of BUBBLEGUM CRISIS – Tokyo 2040 on DVD!

The Review!
Reaching the half way in this release, the third volume of Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 plays up character interactions and motivations for Nene, Lina and Priss, also including some excellent action scenes.

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.

One again, the menu is based on the volume one menu, this time is neon green bars scrolling across the screen imitating Robocop’s targeting sight or moving in train like fashion, 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 on the first two disc, with profiles of the four Knight Sabers, Daley, Nigel, Leon and Mackie, the Hardsuits, though they now add profiles for Mason, Quincy, Henderson and change the two trailers to Gasaraki and Spriggan.

The packaging skips over the last two black background, girl in softsuit/Hardsuit VHS covers and goes for the white, Priss in civvies and line art of her Hardsuit style. The spine actually includes the volume number now. The back cover features great deal of information, from screen captures of the show and the menus, to even listing the local DVD encoders, but unlike the previous two volumes this has a fair bit of blank space and looks rather empty. Open the transparent case and on the front side we have a coming soon plug for volume 4 “Buried Secrets” and the Nene in softsuit cover image, on the disc side we have Nene’s Hardsuit under the disc hub, with Madman URL at the bottom. The disc itself is same light blue, dark blue poke-ball clone as on the previous two volumes.

This volume of Tokyo 2040 features two twin-linked episodes.

The first deals with a mysterious monster in the sewer system that destroys boomers, and all three groups, the AD Police, Genom and the Knight Sabers want to find out what and why. The budding seeds of a possible romance between Leon and Priss begin to appear, which Nene wants to bloom. Sylia is less than happy about possible relationship with an AD Police officer and Priss, slamming Nene hard, which backfires when Nene attempts be a one-girl army. Pulled off the case, Leon and Daley travel into the sewers anyway. The Knight Sabers find themselves in trouble, when their Hardsuits are effected like the Boomers to the monsters, and Nene is left to save them all. I bet Priss wishes she was dead when she wears that pink dress.

The second twin episodes is about Lina future and a giant military boomer. Lina is forced to choose what she really wants to do, and goes back home to visit her family, just in time for an arranged date. Of course that causes a problem when Priss must face a gigantic military class boomer on her own. Finally deciding she is where she wants to be, Lina returns just in time to help Priss destroy the now Evangelion like boomer.

This volume provides a very good battle sequence in the form of the rouge military boomer, but also get chunks of characterization.

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

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


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