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

By Paul Jacques     October 17, 2003
Release Date: October 20, 2003

Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Vol. #5
© ADV Films UK

What They Say
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 spectacularly advanced capabilities may be mankind’s only hope, but the new technology is untested and potentially lethal.

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

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

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

The front covers has a cute Nene stretching after a hard day of beating the crap out of boomers. On the back we have collection of episode stills (showing the new Hardsuits) and episode listings. Inside we have a single sheet insert with the girls looking pensive. The disk itself is a black gloss print with Nene.

This time the menu is more static than usual, utilizing background shots rather than moving pictures. Follow the languages and you’ll find yourself gazing at Sylia breasts (don’t knock it). All links worked and no problems were encountered.

Just four sketches of the Knight Sabers- pitiful.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
We were left on a big cliff hanger in the previous volume with a legion of zombies boomers attacking AD Police HQ. The survivors inside the HQ make a desperate bid to reach the relative safety of the buildings Ops room, whilst being pursued my some butt ugly boomers with a blood lust (George Romero would be proud). Meanwhile Mason is playing a dangerous game of attempting to manipulate Galatea, yet hide actions from his boss. Can anyone get into HQ and get to the survivors before the boomers?

The next episodes sees both police officers and the de-frocked Knight Sabers attempt to break into AD HQ and rescue those trapped inside. It becomes apparent that the boomers now have a new objective in mind, as they begin to fuse with the Totem Poles Electronic core (which is hardwired into the defense network). And so a very desperate plan is hatched to stop the boomers taking control thereby trapping Nene and the AD officers inside.

The third episode has boomers roaming all over a desolate city, and nothing can stop them! The poop has well and truly hit the fan as Galatea slowly but surely takes over the city with her boomer logic and control. And it’s the sort of power that has no problem controlling anyone or anything that has boomer technology inside (including humans). So a new plan is hatched the blow the Dragon communications line which links Galatea and the spreading chaos. The only problem is that the Dragon line is protected by the mother of all boomers!

Last episode on this is disc sees Galatea grow not only in power and physique, but in ambition as well as she takes control of the Dagon line directly. Meanwhile Sylia and Nigel designs new Hardsuits that they hope can be kept under control from Galatea influences. The Hardsuits give the girls a new incentive to reform and fight as a team again. Meanwhile Mason is finding out that when you partner with something that is basically a sociopath you’re likely to get the raw end of the deal. Leon, meanwhile, tries to get a kiss from Priss (will these two ever get it together?), whilst Sylia and Nigel carry on their mutual unrequited love for each other (what, you thought only Priss had the hots for our erstwhile mechanic?).

This is one series that I look forward to viewing, every time. It has plot, character development, action and never seems to suffer from a need to pad the story out. It’s always nicely paced, with no unnecessary garnish.

In summary- This series is always a pleasure, and NEVER disappoints.

Japanese Language Dolby 2.0,English Language Dolby 2.0,English Subtitles ,Character sketches

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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