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Bubblegum Crash


Genre: Action
Company: Artmic/JVC
Format: 3 OVA
Dates: 5/25/1991 to 12/21/1991

The Knight Sabers are on a hiatus, and the berserk boomers make the most of their absence by wreaking havoc on the AD Police and MegaTokyo. Nene tries desperately to reunite the Knight Sabers, but Priss and Linna are too busy trying to lead normal lives to give themselves back to the cause. Who will come to mankind’s rescue now that their four female guardians have called it quits?

summary by Kain


Reviewed: 12/20/2004 by
Grade: 63% av-Kain

Bubblegum Crash was created to tie up all the loose strings left behind by its predecessor, Bubblegum Crisis. In the process of doing so, however, the producers of this anime forgot to do one important thing: make it fun to watch.

Oh sure, the same, lovable cast of metal-clad femme fatales are back to kick ass and chew gum… and they’re all out of gum. In fact, Bubblegum Crash could be considered more as episodes nine, ten and eleven of Bubblegum Crisis instead of its sequel… just on a lesser scale. Inexplicably, the animation took a decidedly steep dip in this installment, putting it behind other OVAs released that year. There is no excuse for this, especially considering how wonderful the eye candy was in the last few episodes of Bubblegum Crisis.

I never find it hard to suspend disbelief long enough to appreciate artistic license, but this anime asked far too much of me. It suffers from a deus ex machina complex, providing nonsensical solutions for the Knight Sabers when their backs are against the wall and their options have been seemingly depleted. Summoning a hidden well of power while on the brink of death absolutely reeks of Dragonball Z… and you’ll never find me making favorable comparisons to Dragonball Z.

I almost felt obligated to watch this anime, only because the one that preceded it didn’t have much in the way of an ending. All I have to say is, thank goodness for Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040!


Bubblegum Crash  can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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