Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Vol. #5 (Mania.com)

By:Edmund Lee
Review Date: Wednesday, February 06, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

The Review!
5 episodes on a disc. Even that's not enough for a show that can go by real quick and soon I was begging for more.

The first episode starts where we left off in the previous episode. Nene and a bunch of AD Police execs are stuck in the AD Police headquarters along with some dead Boomers brought back to life. Hmmm... I've seen this sort of thing before, why yes, a Resident Evil game. Anyway, they frantically avoided those "zombie" Boomers, and manage to get a signal out to the AD Police officers who soon came to their rescue.

In the second episode, the rescue is underway with Priss giving a helping hand. Course the situation they were in, it didn't help much and they are soon force to go to higher ground to escape. When the finally reach the top, it gets predictable from there on, so you can guess what happens next.

The third episode gives a good view of the power Galatea has and what it has done to the city. Also we get a recap of the whole boomer technology. Soon afterwards, what's left of the AD Police decides to try and destroy the Dragon Line in hopes of ending the Boomer phenomenon. And finally new suits!!!

The fourth episode carries on from the last episode and you see the new suit doing some serious damage. More tender moments here and there, and Mason getting what he deserves. Oh and the end, a really cool battle between the Knight Sabers and the Dragon Line, which flows into the next episode.

On the last episode, the Knight Sabers are still fighting the Dragon Line and it doesn't end till halfway thru the episode. After all is said and done, they are back at the Silky Doll to celebrate a small victory. Of course it doesn't last long and soon the episode ends in a cliffhanger, with all the boomers swarming the place.

Dammit!! Why must this disc also end in a cliffhanger? It's because of that I was waiting impatiently for the release of the last disc. Anyway, from this point on, I would like to say that the action on this disc makes up for the lack of it in the previous disc. However there are times I wonder who's idea was it to have a situation that is so common place in horror/thriller movies. I guess it's not that important, so just enjoy the ride. And also I would like to point out that the newer suits look damn cool. A bit better than the old ones, but not by much. But if you ask me, a little skin from Linna, Priss and Nene might be the selling point of this disc. Come on, ya know you love it.

The video here continues to impress, and much like the last 4 disc, the transfer is absolutely well done.

Audio across all 3 languages sounded good, with no dropouts I noticed.

Extras are some trailers and just a handful of concept sketches that are rather small to see.

The English dub continues sounding good. There were a few places where I found it weird. For example during the rescue, the English dub gave colourful language that is not appropriate for this website. But I guess anyone would say it, if they saw it.

In the end, if you have kept up with the series so far, it has become quite an enjoyable show and worthy for your collection. I highly recommend it.

Review Equipment
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 25" X-51F4

Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: A-
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A+
Menus Rating: A+
Extras Rating: C+
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