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Bubblegum Crisis:for/Mankin

Yu Asakawa , Satsuki Yukino , Hiroki Hayashi    Unrated   DVD
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As the adventures of the female vigilante posse the Knight Sabers conclude, director Hiroko Hiyashi has too little story to fill too much time, and the last five episodes feel padded. In "Hydra," the increasingly powerful and insane Galatea somehow "merges her consciousness" with the skyscraper of the Genom Company, transforming it into a likeness of herself and launching it into space. Her objective is the Showhamm Project, a network of solar energy-collecting satellites: controlling them will enable her to spread madness among Boomer robots throughout world and make herself the master of mankind. Sylia, from whose tissue Galatea was created and who has sworn to destroy her, withdraws from the conflict, leaving Nene, Linna, and Priss to save the planet. The filmmakers try for an Evangelion-style metaphysical ending. The Knight Sabers suddenly develop the power to bond with the hard suits that give them superpowers, and instead of destroying Galatea, they cause her to merge with the universe; she rains onto the Earth as a shower of glittering particles. The Bubblegum Crisis series owes its popularity to no-holds-barred action and tough, capable female characters, not theological/philosophical speculations. "Suggested 15 Up" for violence, profanity, and nudity; alcohol and tobacco use. --Charles Solomon

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Remake Nov. 17 2002
I just finished watching this series, so I've decided to review it. This series is a remake of the original 8-episode "Bubblegum Crisis" OAV series. It's 26 episodes long and spans six DVDs. The first four DVDs contain four episodes each, and the fifth and sixth DVDs contain five episodes each. There are some nice extras, such as character profiles and voice actor credits. However, there is no credits list for the English Sylia voice actor. Credits for the Spanish voice actors would have been nice, too. The DVDs are trilingual, containing Japanese, English, and Spanish audio tracks. The opening and closing songs are in Japanese on all three tracks, and the in-episode songs are dubbed into English only. The Spanish track contains the Japanese audio of the songs. The English dub isn't quite as accurate as for the original "Bubblegum Crisis". My advice is to watch it in Japanese with English subtitles first and then in English. Sometimes, I like to watch DVDs in English with English subtitles. It allows me to easily see the changes in dialogue. With only two songs for the opening and closing credits, it would have been nice to dub them into English, but this wasn't done. As for the series itself, I won't say that it's better than the original series. It isn't, but it isn't worse either. Some things are the same, and some things are different. All of the character designs and voice actors (Japanese and English) are different. My one complaint about the character designs is that some characters, most notably Priss, have pale skin with no explanation, though Priss does sometimes appear darker. The series takes place in another universe than the original series. There is plenty of character development. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars KINDA LOST ME!!!! May 31 2002
By Kostas
After the turn to evangelion type technology which was a good take on the whole "remake" thing,the two shows are completely different (the 1987bgc and the 1996bgc). After vol.4 the show became a totally alternative take on the story.Boomers had their side of the story told in Galatea's prologue to ep.25, which was indeed a smart move. Giving Motoslave a part did look good even though unexpected when the "kill'em all" Priss actually asked for it's help very nicely.
But when the philosofy started i lost it!!!
Why did Galatea stop when she was winning,i mean if the only thing she needed was a kind word and a speech about "one making their own destiny" then they should have just done that from the beginning not start chasing each other like resident evil.
She lost too fast too easy with too many unanswewred questions like:
1)How did the Knight sabers make it home after they landed on earth(i mean they were naked and in deserted areas)?
2)Why didn't Priss just kick Galatea's [behind] with the giant Eva like boomer?
3)Does Priss have the healing time of X-men's Wolverine or is she even faster,she had been pierced by the Hardsuit and got kicked around on the rubble AND had no air to breathe(Motoslave had no air supply).
And finally did Tokyo survive all of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The series finale - Awesome! July 3 2001
This DVD marks the final DVD of the Bubblegum Crisis 2040 series featuring TV episodes 22-24 and OAV 1-2. What that means that in Japan, everyone who watched the TV series had to wait for the true final ending when it was released as OAV's.
The storyline now has the Knightsabers kicked out of their building which was taken over by Galatea and the Boomers. The Knightsabers find a few more people who are trapped in Tokyo. This is the final battle between the Knightsabers and Galatea and also what happens to Mackie? You have to watch and find out. Also, this DVD answers the question if about Priss and Leon.
Although the finale may present more questions than answers, I am guessing the creators wanted the viewer to make their own conclusions or wait until the next series or OAV's are released.
As for the DVD itself, similar to the rest, looks and sounds great. As for the final two OAV's, since it's not television, they spent a little more on the final episodes and unlike the TV series, there is nudity. As for special features, there is the voice actress profiles but I'm not sure why not all of them are included. Also, still can't find the ADVfilm CM's for the other anime.
All in all, a great series and pretty bummed that the ride is over. Check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying conclusion to a great series June 23 2001
This is the end of BGC2040: the last five episodes on disc 6. Galatea completes her conquest of Tokyo and sets her eyes on a bigger prize: Earth and all of humanity. While disc 5 was rather aimless, this disc picks up the pace again. The first episode is still a little slow, but once the battle picks up again, there are only brief interludes, which are used to good effect for character interaction. Unlike a lot of shows, the ending doesn't rewrite the rules of the game; rather, the battle with Galatea builds on a lot of the revelations made about boomers in volumes 4 and 5.
Technically, these episodes are top-notch. The last two, in particular. These two were not aired on Japanese TV and probably benefited by having bigger budgets. An unfortunate side-effect is that the creators decided to throw in some nudity in the last two episodes for no reason. It's all either long distance shots or really weird angles, so it probably wouldn't be terribly offensive to anyone, but it's rather pointless. That nitpick aside (and for some, it won't be an issue), this is a satisfying ending to a really impressive series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars suicide mission.....
Like a multi-headed serpent, the branches of the Dragon Line become the arms with which Galatea seeks to crush the last vestiges of human resistance in Tokyo. Read more
Published on June 23 2002 by Byron Kolln
4.0 out of 5 stars Better ending than EVA
Though that isn't hard when you think about it, but the end is good. I was hoping for a little more action, but I think budget was starting to nag on them quite a bit. Read more
Published on May 3 2002 by Hedgewitch King
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd, yet good.
The ending of this series is a close tie to the End of Evangelion methinks... it was good, yet extremely odd... but I liked it, I really did ^ ^
Published on Oct. 9 2001 by Allison Young
4.0 out of 5 stars hmm.. this could have been better.
Maybe i'm just being anal but, I found the end of this series some what lack luster. while the first three epsoides on the dvd are fine, the last two is where things( in my... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2001 by Lout
3.0 out of 5 stars Your Typical anime ending.
BGC 2040 leaves you with that sort of "huh?" ending, where you think that someone has made a horrible mistake and forgot an episode, or at least another 5 minutes. Read more
Published on June 24 2001 by William J. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars The end
Actually got disk 5 and 6 on the same day, so had about 3.5 hours of viewing pleasure. This series was alot better then the original, mostly because it was one continues story. Read more
Published on June 18 2001 by Jon
4.0 out of 5 stars Last in the series
This is the last DVD in the Bubblegum Crisis 2040 series. The wrap of the story line takes the last 3 episodes and unlike the rest of the series, gets into quite a bit of the... Read more
Published on June 13 2001 by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very few movies (much less anime)...
...actually have the power to bring me to tears. BGC 2040 is one of them. After getting the first DVD of this series, I was hooked. Read more
Published on June 5 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars The final battle
The series concludes with this 5 episode DVD volume. It has a been a fun and the characters will be missed. Read more
Published on June 4 2001 by john
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