Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Vol. #3 (Mania.com)

By:Edmund Lee
Review Date: Wednesday, February 06, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2001



The Review!
So begins the halfway mark for this series. With that more secrets are revealed and the action and mystery is getting more intense. Welcome to the third disc of Bubblegum Crisis 2040.

Episode one on the disc starts off with a mysterious monster running around in the underground sewer system and it seems to have a distinct taste for boomer metal. While at the same time cracks appear in the ranks of the Knight Sabers with Nene being told off by Sylia for trying to get Leon and Priss together.

The next episode follows on what happen earlier and revealing a little bit more of the mysteries of the underground world. We see the ever-creepy Mason doing his own search for something relating to the monster, Leon and Daley going down there to do some extermination and the Knight Sabers come chasing after those two. During the course of the episode Priss is having doubts about the abilities of Nene and wants Sylia to let Nene go. Of course Sylia doesn't want to do it but decides to make a wager with Priss during the next mission. And like most shows, you know Priss lost the bet and we get a humorous scene of Priss in pink.

The 3rd episode we see Linna having doubts again about being a Knight Saber but decide to go back to the country to see her folks again. Fillerish by the sounds of it but not quite. This opens up Linna's character more while at the same time we are given more details on the Showham Project and the many purposes the Dragon Line will serve.

The last episode on the disc, we see the story continued from where we left and we have this massive military boomer (think Eva Unit 03) running about Tokyo laying waste to everything. This happens to be quite exciting cause everyone involve trying to stop the beast have no clue at all on how to destroy it. But once that section is done with, let's welcome the ever-important plot twist. First is what Nene finds out about Sylia's past, and the other is what Mason is looking for, a thing called Galatea, which freaks Sylia out.

With that said, the third disc starts to reveal lots of things about the secret world of 2040. The way things are set out on the disc it's a wonder how fast the episodes go by. Much of what I said earlier is about the neat way the story is structured and how it makes me want to see what's gonna happen on the next episode. And at the end of the last episode on the disc, I was going crazy trying to find out who Galatea was before the 4th disc arrive. The action also is something else. See the last episode on the disc and you'll understand what I mean.

The video is always gorgeous with an excellent transfer. Nothing to complain about.

Audio is again solid with no dropouts whatsoever. The English track sounds a bit louder than the other 2 languages and its noticeable during the opening credits.

Extras.... well the usual fare like the previous disc. Trailers and 3 character bios (3 more by going into the credits and click on Cinram/POP if using a PC, or on a standalone player press 3 on the remote.)

The dub is again good. There were few changes in some of the not so important/funny ones though I didn't find it much of a problem. The only thing I didn't quite enjoy was the name calling Nene does to Leon. But I suppose it's not easy to find a suitable substitution to the Japanese ones, and they are good enough without losing the sense of mischief Nene is pulling on poor Leon. Overall another well-done dub by Mr Greenfield. The Spanish, to be honest it was fun watching the first 2 discs in Spanish; but I think it's time I stop.

Again I will repeat myself, the show is getting better and better. I have no doubt about it that this series is a good recommendation to anyone who hasn't seen anime yet.



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