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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. #6
By Paul Jacques
January 01, 2004
Release Date: December 17, 2003
Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Vol. #6
What They Say
© ADV Films UK
Like a multi-headed serpent, the branches of the Dragon Line become the arms with which Galatea seeks to crush the last vestiges of human resistance in Tokyo. Now the city is abandoned. Only the Knight Sabers remain, mankind's last line of defense against the nightmarish spawn of man and machine. But can even the Sabers defeat a beast with a million eyes and the mind of an insane child?The Review!
The final five 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 listening pleasure. The opening theme is “Y know”, closing theme “Waiting for you” comes though very well, and will get your toe tapping in no time.Video:
No faults found, good solid colors with clean character lines, as ever, a real pleasure to watch.Packaging:
The front cover has the Knight Sabers in orbit above the earth. The rear of the box has three stills from the episodes, plus a screen shot of the opening menu. The single page insert has Galatea and Sylia on one side and the chapter listings on the other. Also ADV have made a note of what previews that have included in this volume. The disk itself is dark matte print with a new style hardsuit just visible.Menu:
This time the menu is static, utilizing background shots rather than moving pictures. All links worked, although the Extra does leaves you in a dead end.Extras:
We have only one item, and that is a bio of the main VA’s who voice the English and Japanese sound tracks.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Episode 22 starts with the team in a very grim situation- they are surrounded by homicidal boomers! This hastens the girls to get into the new (liquid) hardsuits in preparation for the inevitable show down with Galatea. Outside the city is in a death grip as the boomers under Galatea’s control work their way into every system and power coupling. At the same time Mason is mentally tortured in his new form - as a Gargoyle fixed to the outside of his Genom HQ - with memories of his lost youth. At the same time Sylia options continue to shrink as Galatea continues to grow in physical statue and power. Once again she is able to remotely control Mackay and in doing so is able to access Sylia’s private data files.
The next episode sees Priss and Leon steal a kiss (at last), before the Knight Sabers fly out on their last sortie into Galatea’s stronghold. Of course Galatea isn’t going to let the girls in that easily, and she puts up a formidable defense. In the end it is Mackay’s sacrifice that allows the team into the stronghold. And so finally the Sabers get to go toe-to-toe with Galatea. Only Galatea proves very difficult to kill, and she escapes by transferring her consciousness to the building infrastructure where the team cannot fight her.
Episode 24 sees Galatea escape into orbit by utilizing the Genom building’s technology. Her plan is take over the Orbital Umbrella, a space station of immense power. Back on the ground the Knight Sabers re-group and attempt to work out a plan of attack to counter this new turn of events. Eventually Linna and Nene come up with a clever, but dangerous plan to get to the space station before Galatea via the Skyhook. The episode ends with our heroines traveling up into the heavens, whilst an ever watchful Galatea laughs into the vacuum of space.
The next episode starts in an unusual manner. At long last we hear some thoughts from Galatea as she explains her view of creation and order within the universe. We get a flashback and see how the Wiz Lab was destroyed and what she perceives as feelings form those around her. This is all important, as we begin to see that Galatea is not just as a megalomaniac. In fact she sees herself as a liberator of all her kind from the hatred and slavery of humanity. Only her main problem is that she has absolute power but no moral restraint, as she has never been shown love by anyone except her creator.
Once aboard the Umbrella Space station the girls find themselves out-smarted and out-gunned by Galatea, as she has complete control of the platform already. In a last desperate act, Linna and Nene try to stop the station firing it’s energy beams, this causes a misfire and everyone begins to tumble out of orbit.
In the final episode Priss is left alone to fight Galatea, but she is no match and Galatea easily transforms Priss into a human boomer. Meanwhile Linna and Nene manage to work out a plan that should stop them burning up on re-entry. Then Priss gets help from an unexpected source, another Boomer! Together they destroy Galatea, but in destroying her, that actually help her evolve into a higher life form, a life form that finally understands the purpose of creation?
The actual ending comes quite suddenly, and was unpredictable, mainly due to introduction of new factors at the very end. But we see that as part of the experience the Knight Sabers embrace their Boomer bio links, which in the end is what Galatea wanted all along (acceptance).
In summary- A good end to the series, finishing on a philosophical note, with hope reborn from the ashes of the old constraints.
Japanese Language Dolby 2.0,English Language Dolby 2.0,English Subtitles ,Character sketches
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