Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Vol. #2 (Mania.com)

By:Edmund Lee
Review Date: Wednesday, February 06, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, December 05, 2000



The Review!
We are now onto the second disc of the series put out by ADV and it's getting more interesting. Yes it is good, very good.

On the first episode of the disc, we cut to a rogue boomer incident occurring in some industrial area and the AD Police already at the scene trying to take care of the situation. I emphasize the word trying. We get some flash backs of Sylia that will prove interesting later on during the series, and also a brief look at Mason, which is creepy.

The next episode we see the 3 Knight Sabers in trouble as the whole thing was just a set-up by the AD Police as a publicity stunt. But as always, the leader comes in to rescue her girls, and what a rescue that was. In this episode, we are also introduced to Mackey Stingray, who will play an important role of the whole series later on.

The third episode is a filler type episode. A deep-sea rogue boomer goes to visit the wife of its dead controller. This shows us an aspect of the boomer that will mean something later on during the series. I think I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, by telling you that it will mean something later on.

The last episode is also a filler episode. This one focuses on Priss herself and it fleshes out her personality a little bit more. I think that this episode is more like AIC trying to convince you to go get the vocal soundtrack. Sneaky, real sneaky.

Again I have to say this show is really something. And since I've already finish watching the entire series, watching it all over again to write this review I picked out things more subtle than the first time watching it. The action is intense with lots of destruction from both the Knight Sabers and the boomers. And there are lots more interaction with the characters, something the original wasn't able to achieve. In a way I was able understand the characters even more and relate real well with each of them. The background music also keeps in tone with the dark nature of some of the scenes and also the brighter side, though it seems to be repeating a bit. Can't blame AIC cause most of the budget went into the animation.

The video for this disc is as good as the last one. The animation is so beautiful and with a solid transfer, it's no surprise that ADV released another stellar disc. The colors are solid, with little artifacting here and there that seems noticeable on my TV but not on my DVD-Rom set-up.

The audio again is solid, and always the English and Spanish dub seem to have little directionality.

In the extras department, we are once again given a few character bios and some trailers for some other ADV shows. Yawn.

On the translation side of things, again the English dub is really good. No major changes here, though it seems easier to understand what's going on during the hidden agenda segments between the Chairman of Genom and Mason. The VA's really get into their characters and I can honestly say I enjoyed watching the dub except for a couple of things. One, what I can't figure out is why ADV use Spike Spencer for Mackey. It's just weird cause he made me think that Mackey is Shinji (Evangelion dub). Second, for the love of god, never translate the Japanese songs into English. The Spanish dub is quite interesting, and must I confess, I'm getting addicted to it. But I still think some of the VA's are still under-acting, laughable at times.

Overall, if you like what was on the first disc, then you will obviously like what is on this disc.



Review Equipment
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 21" X-51F4



Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
Video Rating: N/A
Packaging Rating: N/A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040