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Episodes 1,2 & 3

In the realm of Anime, the BUBBLEGUM CRISIS series has been proven to be one of the most popular entries on this side of the Pacific. AnimEigo released the series on tape and Laserdisc in the United States, and in conjunction with Multimedia 2000, BUBBLEGUM CRISIS has come to DVD. Episodes 1-3 have been made available on a single DVD for $24.95, or as part of a collection of 8 episodes (plus two music videos) for $59.95.

Set in the not too distant future, BUBBLEGUM CRISIS is an example of BLADE RUNNER influenced science fiction Anime. The basic story line of BUBBLEGUM CRISIS follows a group of female heroes known as the Knight Sabers as they do battle with dangerous robots known as Boomers. Boomers look like people on the outside, but underneath they are high tech killing machines. Episode one, Tinsel City, introduces the Knight Sabers and the rampaging Boomers that have been plaguing the city of MegaTokyo. Utilizing armored hard suits, the four female Knight Sabers go head to head with Boomers, as well as representatives of the Genom corporation- the company that developed Boomer technology. Episode two, Born To Kill, follows a Genom Corporation executive who gains access to a satellite weapon control system and utilizes it in the creation of a Super-Boomer. Episode three, Blow Up, finds the Boomer incidents escalating. Since the police are unable to deal with the upswing in Boomer activity, the Knight Sabers find that they are the only thing keeping MegaTokyo from falling into total chaos.

BUBBLEGUM CRISIS has been made available on DVD with the option of viewing the program with a dubbed English soundtrack or in the original Japanese with (or without) English subtitles. Video quality on the DVD is quite good, thanks to nearly perfect source material, which only shows an occasion glitch. The image is generally sharp, with mild instances of apparent film grain. The two channel Dolby Digital Japanese soundtrack decodes to standard surround with fairly pleasing results. Channel separation is fairly good across the front soundstage, while the rear channels flesh out the music and provide occasional effects. Only a full scale Dolby Digital 5.1 channel re-mix could have improved this track. The dubbed English soundtrack is almost as good as the Japanese language track, although the bass rather thin on this track. A Dolby Digital re-mix would do more for enhancing the English language soundtrack. Subtitles are provided in French as well as English. The interactive menus are animated, contain sound and have a nice design that enhances one’s overall enjoyment of the DVD. Through the menus one can select episodes, as well as scenes within episodes. BUBBLEGUM CRISIS is also DVD-ROM enabled, proving access to materials, not available on standard DVD players.


Bubblegum Crisis Vol. 1


DVD reviews are Copyright 1999 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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