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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: ADV Films UK
  • MSRP: £19.99
  • 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. #4

By Paul Jacques     August 11, 2003
Release Date: August 18, 2003


Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Vol. #4
© ADV Films UK


What They Say
Mysterious clues about Sylia's past begin to surface as the Knight Sabers are drawn into a deadly race to discover a missing research facility. But even as they near their objective, the team starts to fall apart as the real reasons for the Knight Sabers' existence come into question.

Underneath the ruins of old Tokyo, the ultimate nightmare begins to awake as a long buried secret turns into a deadly trap. The last relics of law and order are blown to ashes and dust as Mason unleashes Dr. Stingray's most horrifying creation.

The Review!
Four more episodes from one of the best Anime series ever made.

Audio:
I listened in English and Japanese sound tracks and both provided good solid stereo. The opening theme is “Y know”, closing theme “Waiting for you” come though very well, and will get your toe tapping in no time.


Video:
No faults found, good solid colors with clean character lines, a real pleasure to watch.


Packaging:
The front covers sports a very chic looking Sylia next to an opaque Hard Suit. On the back we have collection of episode stills and episode listings. Inside we have a single sheet insert with Nene in Police uniform (hmm, nice). The disk itself is a black gloss print with geometric lines.


Menu:
BGC menu continues to be one of the best looking around. The main menu (left side) has constantly changing characters inside a reticule, and on the right side the episode links and Extras. Follow the Extras and you’ll find Nene on all fours- don’t knock it (hubba, hubba).


Extras:
Just three measly shots of the Knight Saber vehicles- pitiful.


Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The first episode starts with Sylia looking for Dr Shan in the hope of shedding some light on the whereabouts of her father’s Wiz Lab. Meanwhile Nene has taken an interest in Sylia’s background and confides in Priss her suspicions. Priss confides in Linna and so the seeds of doubt of sown within the Knight Sabers. This doubt is brought to a head when Sylia asks the Knight Sabers to help track down the Wiz Lab, but Nene, who has snooped into secret files, drops an incredible bombshell at the meeting. It is clear at this point that Sylia is afraid of what’s in the Wiz Lab and she refuses to tell the whole truth.

Episode 14 starts with a depressed Nene but quickly changes scene to the Knight Sabers search for the Wiz Lab. When Priss does eventually find the Wiz Lab Sylia is almost hysterical that she does not go inside and take a look- what is inside that is so scary we wonder? What none of them realize is that Mason is watching their every move. When Sylia finally makes her move on the Wiz Lab, Mason’s men are right behind her, but can the rest of the Knight Sabers get to Sylia in time to warn her, and what horrible secrets lie inside?

In the next episode we see what happens when the “secret” escapes from the Wiz Lab with Mason, now Genom hold the key to something omnipotent and the Knight Sabers are powerless to stop it! We learn that there is a connection between the “secret” , Mackey and Sylia. We learn a lot more about what happened in the Wiz Lab under Dr Stingray and none of it is good news. Thus at last we begin to understand what horrors of the past Sylia has been trying to bury.

The final episode has the Knight Sabers are in disarray. Mason decides to test what he has taken from the Wiz Lab- the “Sotai”. Unfortunately the Sotai likes to play games and sends an army of zombie Boomers into the AD Police HQ to reek havoc on the trapped officers inside (including Nene). The cliff hanger ending leaving us in no doubt that we need the next volume ASAP.

All four episodes flow like syrup off a spoon (smooth) and we slide along the plot line past all the skeletons of Sylia’s past. Finally we understand what boomers are and why Sylia hates them so much, what’s in the lab, Mason’s interest in Sylia, the origin of Knight Sabers and how it’s all connected to Dr Stingrays evil experiments.

In summary- Go, buy, enjoy.

Features
Japanese Language ,English Language ,English Subtitles ,Character Profiles

Review Equipment
JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan code free DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers. Secondary equipment, 21” Sony Trinitron monitor, ATI 9700pro & PowerDVD v4, Creative Audigy 2 & headphones.


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