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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C-
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 4 - Australia / South America
- Released By: Madman Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.95 AU
- Running time: 125
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Vol. #5
Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Vol. #5
What They Say
© Madman Entertainment
Flesh & Metal
Tokyo becomes a killing field as a living wave of bio-organic metal sweeps through the city like the hands of a mad god! As Galatea’s power continues to grow, the Knight Sabers must join with the remnants of the A.D. Police in a desperate battle to stop the boomer onslaught. But will even their combined forces be enough when the boomers outnumber the humans by a million to one? An all-new series of Hardsuits with spectacular advanced capabilities may be mankind’s only hope, but new technology is untested and potentially lethal. Human flesh melds with liquid metal to form the ultimate fighting machine in the fifth explosive collection of BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040 on DVD!The Review!
Now Tokyo 2040 really begins to jack up the pace, as Galatea begins to make her presence felt even more. Madman also help the proceedings by increasing the episodes count per disc from 4 to 5 for the same price.
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, despite the increase in running time. It’s clear, and colorful, a benefit of having new source materials to work with. We get the standard yellow sans seif subtitles Madman prefer, clear as always.
Once again, the same menu base is used and this time we have blue bubbles bubbling about under the cover images of the Knight Sabers and their Hardsuits fading in and out on top. 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 inclusion of an extra episode has knocked the ADV trailers on the head, and the only extras are the now stock character profiles. We get all the previous ones, plus short profiles on each of the English dub voice actors for the Knight Sabers. The value of the Hardsuit profiles comes into question though, as they’re off the now destroyed first generation suits, instead of the fan service suits introduced on this disc.
The packaging uses the stretching Nene in open Hardsuit VHS cover. 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 like the previous volume 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 sixth and final volume “For all mankind” and on the disc side we have helmets off Knight Saber group shot under the disc hub, with Madman URL at the bottom. The disc itself is same dull looking light blue, dark blue poke-ball clone as the previous volumes.
Volume 5 of Tokyo 2040 sets the scene for the remainder of the series, with the elephantine threat of Genom merely serving as the cocoon from which Galatea emerges.
The first two episodes finish up the attack on the AD Police HQ in the pervious episode, also serving to splinter the ADP as a viable entity. Without Hardsuits, the Knight Sabers have to consider alternate tactics to rescue Nene, like actually relying upon members of the AD Police! The flexing of Galatea’s power can not be stopped, as Quincy is dethroned.
Galatea makes use of the Dragon lines benefth Mega-Tokyo to cause all the Boomers to rise up, forcing the population to flee, except for members of the AD Police and of course the Knight Sabers. Leon broadcasts the truth of what the boomers really are, but as always the media blackout ensures that few actually hear the message. Enough of the AD Police left do, and plans are set in motion to shut down the dragon lines. As is par for the course though, the AD police find themselves ill-prepared to tackle the Boomers. Luckily a new series of Hardsuits made from liquid metal and designed for optimum fan service viewing in combat are available to once again pull their fat out of the fire.
With fan service suits for all the Knight Sabers, they decide to repeat the same tactic to cripple the dragon lines, until some disadvantages of the new models require Priss to try out her new upgraded Motoslave to save the group. Returning to Silky Doll, the Knight Sabers, Mackie, Henderson, Nigel and Leon celebrate this victory, the last humans left in Tokyo. Thousands of rouge boomers begin to converge on their location, and we learn the tactical disadvantage of Sylia’s pool.
The stage with set for the final battle to come, as the Knight Sabers get new Hardsuits and seem like they’re losing their base, Volume 5 begins to push the series to it’s conclusion with 5 episodes of action.
English Dolby 2.0 track,Japanese Dolby 2.0 track,English subtitles,Character profiles,Mecha profiles,Voice actress profiles,Local DVD authoring credit
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