MegaTokyo, year 2040. Humans live a life free of manual labor thanks to the GENOM Corporation and their robots called “boomers”. Boomers perform all the menial tasks once done by humans, but a robot can only be as good as its programming… and something is definitely wrong with GENOM’s boomer program. The AD Police is an organization founded to eliminate any boomers that go berserk, but they face stiff competition from a renegade group of cyberfighters known as the Knight Sabers. Both the AD Police and the Knight Sabers will have their hands full, however, as the occurrences of berserk boomers seems to be on the rise…
summary by Kain
Highs: Wonderful animation and art; rockin’ tunes; zero filler
Lows: Inconsistent characters; story stalls in the middle; terrible sound effects
If there ever was a classic anime that needed an overhaul, it was Bubblegum Crisis. Seeing as how the original wasn’t lacking anything but a fresh face, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 accentuates all the aspects that made its predecessor a smash hit… but at the same time drags the story out beyond what is necessary.
At first, I found it hard to believe I was watching a television series because the quality of animation is above that of most OVAs and even a lot of movies. Only during a few, brief scenes did the eye candy taste like sour apples. Many an otaku have fallen in love with the soundtrack, which offers a balanced blend of punk and techno. The music is perfectly suited for the nighttime action scenes. And probably the best part of all is that every episode seems to contribute positively to the plot in some fashion; the story progresses very linearly, never deviating from its path toward the dénouement.
Some of the characters could use some work. Priss, Leon-pyon (hehe) and Nene are fine, and each make the most of their screen time to provide the viewer with enough depth in personality to keep things real. On the other hand, Linna is very dull, and Sylia is much too volatile. Yes, I am aware that she bears a heavy cross from the start, but her calm/rage switch turns on and off without warning and seemingly without reason. The story stretches a tad too much for my tastes. Whoever put together the sound effects needs to go back to the drawing board. A few examples of lackluster sound bites are the characters eating or the foot steps. Minor details, I know, but the sound effects should be authentic enough that I don’t notice them at all. On the other side of the same auditorial coin, Asakawa Yuu (Motoko from Love Hina) shines as Priss among a pretty mediocre seiyuu group.
If all the pros outweigh the cons, or you just can’t get enough of the Knight Sabers, then put this title high on your list.
See also Bubblegum Crash