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original title: Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040
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In this version all the characters have been redesigned, some radically. Most noticeable is Linna who went from being aerobics instructor to, ugh, an office lady. Sylia also got a major overhaul but I think this one is a real improvement. Plus, the implication that reason that all the Knight Sabers are female may have a lot to do with Sylia's sexuality adds a fun fan service element to things.
While the impact of changes is something for fan debate, I for one like most of them. They make the old world of original BGC, which is starting to show it's age after 15 years, seem more modern and relevant.
Style wise, the updated version of the Boomers, the Hardsuits and other technology looks really good. When you see it it's not hard to imagine that things like them could one day exist. One of the best improvements is to the Boomers. Back in the old days they were very stiff and Terminator-like. Now they seem more bio-mechanical which only makes them more creepy.
It's should also be noted that the animation on this is above average for a TV show, the voice actors are all wonderful and the music just kicks butt. I absolutely love the opening theme "Y'know."
In short, BGC 2040 is a good modern spin on an anime classic. Give this one a spin. What happens if you take Iron Man, I Robot, and Left 4 Dead, and make an anime out of it with a title that has absolutely nothing to do with the show? If you answered "Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040", then thank you for just figuring out that I am reviewing Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040.
-----------In a Nutshell------------
-Pretty solid story
-The Characters are somewhat likable
-The overall design is actually pretty good, especially the boomers
-Galatea was somewhat of a creepy villain
-The voice-acting wasn't overly annoying, but still not great
-The Ending was decent, save for one major flaw
-MAJOR pacing issues
-Bland action scenes
-Nene and Linna's voices where annoying, especially when they scream
-The ending would have been perfect if it didn't leave Linna, Nene, and Priss in an impossible-to-get-out-of situation.
-As solid as the story is, it still attempts to confuse the viewer towards the end with very drawn-out, almost philosophical, lectures about man and machines.
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 takes place in, you guessed it, 2040, where Tokyo has been rebuilt into a sprawling metropolis after a massive earthquake destroyed the old one (we're off to a realistic start here). A company named GENOM produces robots known as boomers (they are not fat nor do they puke on people) to serve as workers. However, the boomers can go rogue, which they seem to mutate and attack people. Boomers aren't entirely robotic; they have a biological component to them. The AD Police is tasked with dealing with rogue boomers. As you would expect from my mention of Iron Man above, the AD Police completely fail at their jobs. So it is up to the Knight Sabers to stop the rogue boomers. These, Iron Women, if you will, are the main protagonists of Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. The team consists of Sylia, the team leader; Priss, the team blitzer; Nene, the team impossibly awesome hacker; and Linna, the team's freshmeat.
That forms the basic outline for the first half of the show. The second half of the show descends into madness. Sylia's father created two organisms by growing them in her brain. One of them is Sylia's "brother", Mackey. The other is Galatea, who becomes the main antagonist. Galatea causes all boomers to go rogue in Tokyo, and soon wants the whole world to do the same. The Knight Sabers must join forces to put a stop to her.
The show starts off slow. It does a good job establishing the characters and the setting. However, it doesn't seem like much is happening. The story goes almost nowhere. This forms the base of the show's biggest flaw; its inconsistent pacing. THEN, when we are halfway through, the main story, with Galatea as the antagonist, kicks in and carries for the rest of the 26 episodes. And when it kicks in, it hits you out of nowhere like a bullet train. There was very little building up to this conflict outside of the subplot concerning Sylia's past. Then, it cascades into a mindscrew as Galatea turns into a giant metal statue-of-liberty that floats into space to spread her influence all over the world. Along the way, you can enjoy long, nonsensical, lectures about man and machines that even the Wachowski brothers couldn't comprehend.
As for the characters, they could have been better. They were just interesting enough that I could like them, but they still have that blandness to them. The Character designs aren't the best. Only Sylia and Nene were distinguished. Linna, Priss, and Leon had really generic designs, especially Linna, who I kept confusing for a generic office lady.
One great thing that can be said about this show is the design. Some boomers, especially the large ones that the Knight Sabers fight, show really good design (one of them reminded me of Devastator from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). The Knight Saber's hard suits are very well designed. The show displays many interesting technologies, like the Skyhook and the Umbrella Satellite system.
Unfortunately, as good as the design is, the action scenes are really dull. There are a lot of stand-there-and-do-nothing-while-your-friends-are-getting-owned moments. They just sit there and do nothing while their friends get assimilated by the boomers.
Overall, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 is a show that had a lot of good ideas that it didn't put to full use. The very inconsistent pacing and dull action will put off certain viewers. The characters aren't interesting enough to warrant attention of their own, but they get the job done. The story is actually pretty sound and consistent; it is those stupid lectures from Galatea that throw people off. Overall, it's a good watch if you are not too picky about action or characterization. The show has a solid story, but that alone will not warrant a watch.
As for how it lives up to the original, I have not seen the original, nor do I intend to because of its incomplete status. Therefore, I have no comment on the matter, and have reviewed this anime as a standalone anime.
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