Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Vol. #1 (of 6) (Mania.com)

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What They Say
In the aftermath of the great earthquake, a ruthless corporation is poised to take over the devastated city of Tokyo with an army of synthetic monsters. Only one small band of female mercenaries stands ready to take on the monolithic power of Genom, but in this case four women are all it takes! Armed with incredible combat suits, the Knight Sabers wage a desperate war in the shadows, combating the monstrous by-products of technology run amuck, with courage, sweat and blood! It’s a deadly trial by fire as the acclaimed cyberpunk masterpiece is reborn in an all-new, action-packed series!

The Review!
A popular title among fans, Bubblegum Crisis drew and kept it’s fanbase, even though some wished it wasn’t so short. Enter Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. Despite the 2040 tag, which might mislead some BGC fans, this is a complete remake of the original series, borrowing the basic concept and characters, while taking them into new and different areas.

There are no problems with the video, and is equal to the Region 1 release.
The audio is also of a high quality with the choice of either English and Japanese stereo tracks.

The menu is a nice animated one with neon waves, with the cover images of the Knight Sabers and their Hardsuits fading in and out. 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 extras consist of short profiles on each of the four Knight Sabers and their Hardsuits, and trailers for Neon Genesis Evangelion and Martian Successor Nadesico.

Unlike the original OAV series, Tokyo 2040 provides a nice, ground floor beginning to the series basics through Lina, as she discovers and becomes a member of the Knight Sabers, though alluding to deeper plot points.

While there are some nice points, such as Lina’s interactions at Hugh Geit and the Samurai Pizza Cat’s style Hardsuit launch sequence, Tokyo 2040 didn’t pull me in as much as the original did, best shown by the two shows versions of Mega-Tokyo. In the original Bubblegum Crisis, Mega-Tokyo was a dirty and grungy place, but full of life dispite the flaws. Tokyo 2040’s city is clean and empty, a hollow shadow of the original.

Video Rating: A

Audio Rating: B

Content Rating: B

Package Rating: B

Menu Rating: B

English Dolby 2.0 track,Japanese Dolby 2.0 track,English subtitles,Character profiles,Hardsuit profiles

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor

Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
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Packaging Rating: N/A
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Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 4 - Australia / South America
Released By: Madman Entertainment
MSRP: 29.95 A popular title amo
Running time: 48
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040