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"No more sweaty aerobics for me!"
It's the latter half of the twentieth century, and hi-tech humanoid robots called "Boomers" have freed the citizens of MegaTokyo from all types of drudgery. Unfortunately, cheap Boomers often go haywire, and when they do, the city calls on the Special Felony Crimes Elite Team known as the AD Police. And when things get too hot for even the AD Police force to handle, they call on the hardsuited ladies of the Knight Sabers: Sylia, Priss, Linna and Nene. Their story is told in this exciting three-chapter saga...which is entitled `Bubblegum Crash' despite the fact that it has nothing whatsoever to do with bubblegum. As you probably already know, `Crash' is the sequel to `Crisis' (see Bubblegum Crisis: Remastered Edition)...and that didn't involve bubblegum either.
In the first episode, red-eyed Colonel Lando and his `Illegal Army' of power-suited mercenaries rob the Groly Bank of thirty billion dollars' worth of gold bullion after mercilessly cutting down Bogarde the Boomer in a hail of blue machinegun fire. The AD Police are powerless against the gang's military mobile suits because their stubborn new Chief refuses to approve the use of heavy equipment due to the risk of civilian casualties. So, officers Leon and Daley hang out at the local diner, where the cute Boomer waitress serves up a mean cup of coffee--literally! "Even though they look like human beings," Leon complains, "they've got no more brains that an orangutan!" Meanwhile, Priss is in the recording studio working on her debut album while very effectively fending off unwanted advances from her amorous, goateed producer. Linna has given up aerobics for a lucrative position at a securities firm. And "little miss cyberpunk," Nene, is busy at her computer digging up data on Lando and his power-suit army, and tearfully dreading the possible break-up of the Knight Sabers in the wake of team-leader Sylia's unexplained absence.
Part 2, `Geo Climbers,' centers around the irascible Priss and her unrelenting anti-Boomer sentiments. "I hate Boomers and all the jerks that make `em," she proclaims. The motorcycling singer's prejudice is challenged when she looses a game of rock-scissor-paper to Linna and Nene, and is sent into the sewers to rescue Adama, a noble second-generation Boomer falsely accused of a brutal murder at the laboratory where he was assembled. Although he has no moving mouth parts, Adama possesses a special AI that gives him a conversational ability indistinguishable from that of a human (aside from the metallic echo). Together, Priss and Adama must battle the fiendish Dr. Yuri's collection of ruthless, heavily-armed combat Boomers on their way to Geo City, while ignoring the MC Hammer video playing on the huge outdoor TV screen.
The trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion in `Meltdown,' as DJ Tommy, the Max Headroom-inspired newsman, reports on the city's latest Boomer riot. Construction Boomers are going berserk after having their batteries recharged, yelling, "All power to the Boomer revolution!" before smashing everything around them to crumpled bits and tossing massive I beams through car windshields. Garbage collecting Boomers are throwing dumpsters at terrified citizens, and that cute Boomer waitress is making her coffee meaner than ever! The AD Police force is swamped with Boomer complaints, and before they can even think about taking action, a trio of angry military combat Boomers has plowed through their headquarters in an enormous truck. The maniacal malfunctioning machines are headed straight for the armory, intent on blowing the Advanced Police building to smithereens! "Knight Sabers, it's showtime!"
`Bubblegum Crash' may not be as great as its predecessor, but it's still great...with appealing animation, a stylish opening montage, slick mecha designs, and lots of "totally faboo" music, sung in both Japanese and English. The `Total Crash Collection' DVD from AnimEigo includes a plethora of full-color and black-and-white paintings and sketches, and comes with an insert that lists the Japanese lyrics to all the songs, along with their English translations. This anime contains brief nudity (in `Meltdown'), gunplay, and occasional S-word use.
"Tonight, the never-ending journey is waiting for you. Time to wake up all the dreams asleep in your heart."
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Bubblegum follow on
I am a fan of the original Bubblegum Crisis universe. This series extends the plot with the return of Brian Mason. Mason does meet the sort of gruesome end he really deserved. This is a reminder of an earlier animation style with brusque dialogue and a gritty dystopian atmosphere. I think you really need to have watched the original Bubblegum Crisis to get the most of this but it could, at a pinch, standalone.
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Bubble gum series is fun
Part of the Bubble Gum Crisis world and again the writing is the best reason to watch this anime.