Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Complete Series DVD Anime Classics
About Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Complete Series DVD Anime Classics
This Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Complete Series set contains episodes 1-26.
Tokyo has become the epicenter of advanced technology, but at a dangerous price: its workforce is riddled with humanoid robots that tend to go on destructive killing sprees. That's when four young women gear up in cybernetic suits to crush the defective droids. They are the Knight Sabers: heavy metal heroines battling an evil corporation's bionic pawns while its grip on the city threatens to strangle humanity. In order to shut down the android uprising, these ladies flirt with a critical meltdown in an adrenaline-fueled death match between woman and machine!
Special Features: Textless Opening and Closing, Trailers.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
- Publisher: FUNIMATION
- Media: DVD
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Action, Science Fiction
- Age Rating: 17+
- Run Time: 650
- Release Date: 5/19/2015
- Dimensional Weight: 0.33
- Region Code: 1
Ratings & Reviews
an "OK" sequel to the original classic
For fans of the original Bubble Gum Crisis (BGC) this series may disappoint. For newcomers... go and watch the original first... What are you doing here!?... lol jk
This series was originally released and dubbed by ADV.. so ADV quality dub here.. be forewarned.
This is the 2000's reboot of BGC.. some pretty main plot elements change.. characters do not have the same dynamics they did in the original.. and Sylia is crazy... wait I said that out loud.
I enjoyed this series on merit as a BGC fan, but I do not think this surpasses the original. Character development is quite stunted... and the plot is almost predicable at points. The music is unremarkable and the climax and finale gets dull as it gets dragged out by the end of the series.
The epitome of '90s anime
This was one of the first anime series I ever watched. Obviously, it's good enough that it got me hooked.
It's absolutely a '90s show & checks most boxes from the time: mecha, monsters, cyberpunk, robots, girls with guns ...
I really enjoy its art design & style. It's clean and vibrant like modern 2D computer animation, but it also has the softness and organic feel of hand-drawn animation.
The story is simple & one-dimensional. It starts out like a monster-of-the-week mecha show, but turns to suspense/horror. It tries to be deep, but that part isn't terribly memorable.
What I enjoy the most is how the characters interact and are developed. Seeing friendships, rivalries, family, coworkers, romance (between broken people who can't express their feelings), and especially how people take advantage of machines & take them for granted.
It holds up well, and I still enjoy watching it nearly 20 yr later.
Good to watch first time around, not so much the next few times
Have the complete DVD collection from ADV.
Series is based on the original anime and while I never got to see the original until this year, can see why fans of the series prefer the original over the 2040 series. Music and characters are kinda bland even though the character design is pretty good, personality wise, it was pretty generic. Story was kinda decent, until it got all weird and fell off. What made the original series great was the characters and the music. 2040 kinda falls short on the music department cause there's only one song that was memorable: Opening Theme Y'know.
DVD is pretty much what Funimation does with most Anime Classics. 4 DVDs in either a hinge tray or 2 DVDs on each side with a DVD reversible cover. DVD extras are minimal.
Highly recommend checking out the original Bubblegum Crisis. Did a review on it, so check it out.
A mediocre release for an OK sequel
by Nathan D. -
The show itself is OK, but this release, while older, leaves a bit to be desired. The used a film master, but didn't do any image stabilization or any cleanup of the film scratches and grain. As a result, the DVD compression and aliasing is worse than most, even considering its age. They crammed too many episodes on each disc as well (26 eps on 4 discs).
The English track is 5.1, but the Japanese is only stereo. They also took some liberties with the subtitles, with some gratuitous profanity here and there. It's definitely on the looser end of translations.
It's still better quality than what's on Crunchyroll, but I wish they'd rescan it properly in a 4k film scanner someday for a bluray/DVD combo release.