A.D. Police: To Protect and Serve

A.D. Police: To Protect and Serve is an anime series in the Bubblegum Crisis franchise
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A remkae to the original A.D. Police series.

A dark spin-off from Toshimichi Suzuki's Bubblegum Crisis, AD Police concentrates on the AD(vanced) antirobot crime division of Mega Tokyo's police force.

The original series was canceled after just three of the planned five episodes, the franchise was not revived until 1999, in the wake of the Bubblegum Crisis 2040 remake, as a 12-part TV Tokyo series directed by Hidehito Ueda. The new AD Police was a far shallower affair, ditching many of the old characters in favor of a buddy-movie cliché between rapid-response robot-crime cop Takeru Sasaki and his new partner, Hans Krief. Clearly made with half an eye on the overseas market (all the other leads have foreign names like Paul Sanders, Liam Fletcher, and Nancy Wilson), the melting-pot remake is something of a disappointment.

The franchise was briefly resurrected in Parasite Dolls (2003), a three-part video series directed by Kazuto Nakazawa, focusing on a clandestine branch of the AD Police, called, somewhat unimaginatively, Branch. The story focuses on Buzz, an officer like writer Chiaki Konaka's earlier Ross Sylibus in Armitage III, who is transferred to an unattractive new posting and forced to cooperate with a detested robot partner. Parasite Dolls also exists in a movie-length edit, which is the version most commonly found outside Japan. LNV

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Name A.D. Police: To Protect and Serve
Name: アドバンスドポリス
Publisher ADV
Start Year 1999
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