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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: A
- Age Rating: 3 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 29.99
- 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 Edmund Lee
February 06, 2002
Release Date: June 15, 2001
With the 5 last episodes on this disc, this brings a conclusion to a great series.
On the first episode, it begins where we left of in the last episode. Rogue boomers are invading the Silky Doll, and this forces the gang to make an escape. Once outside they discover that the whole city has become nothing but a ghost town, swarming with rogue boomers everywhere. They manage to find a temporary safe haven with some refugees around the beach area, but it won't last long and everyone knows it.
The next episode, everything becomes serious as the Knight Sabers head out to try and stop Galatea once and for all. However Galatea has other plans and decides to book it out of there and head towards the Showham Project. It's just a shame how Sylia breaks down after what Galatea did to Mackey.
In the third episode, everyone soon discovers why Galatea wants to use the Showham Project. This leads them, well basically Nene, Linna and Priss, to go figure out a way to get to the satellite before Galatea. Add a few bits of loving moments between Priss and Leon, the funniest looking face Nene ever has, and an exciting chase to get on the Skyhook, everything is now all set for the final confrontation.
With the beginning of the fourth episode, there's an explanation of the purpose and origins of the Boomer technology from a Boomer's point of view. This details why Galatea isn't really an evil sort of villain most would come to expect, but rather a misguided young girl. Guess this is what you would come to expect if you are influence by someone like Mason. Anyway, the battles get heated up and before you know it Priss is the only one left standing between saving the world and total destruction. Yeah I know it sucks, cause I wanted Linna to do it. But with enough skin, I think I'll let that pass.
And so it all comes to a show down in the final episode of Bubblegum Crisis 2040 between Priss and Galatea. Even when the odds are all stacked up against her, she still manages to defeat Galatea. And seeing how it ended, it seemed rather anti-climatic. But if you take a point on what Priss said earlier on during the series, it doesn't seem so bad. Oh not to mention that moment between Nene and Linna. That's what I call fan-service.
What an interesting ride this has been. A great series indeed and the characters seem really well moulded by the end of the story. This is what I usually dig. There's a couple of gripes I found about these last episodes, that it seems to take itself too seriously. Especially when it starts to mention things about the value of a human being, I think I rather not have that. They way it was executed seemed rather rush, so what I got out of it was half-felt episodes of philosophical jargon. Overall the series never did disappoint, unless you are one of those that compare it with the original Bubblegum Crisis.
With the video what I notice was some low-level noise with my set-up. Especially the scenes in space. I had to turn down the brightness on my TV to remedy the problem. Apart from that, I would say well done to ADV and Cinram/POP for solid transfers across all 6 discs.
Audio across all 3 languages sounded excellent, with no signs dropouts that I can notice.
Extras come with front loaded trailers and voice actor bios. I'll give it full marks cause there's a picture of Hilary Haag!!!
With the English dub, I would say that all of them did a really stand out job with their roles. Though there were some liberties with the dub compared to the Japanese, but who's complaining? With a well-written dub script, good directing and a great voice cast, this has to be one of my favourite dubs from ADV. Also there's one more thing I would like to say, this time the dub songs sounds OK and it doesn't feel forced like the previous songs. The Spanish on the other hand, sounded OK at places. But I rather not comment on it.
Overall, this I highly recommend you picking up the entire series. And remember you don't have to watch the original to get into this series.
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 25" X-51F4