Bubblegum Crisis

Bubblegum Crisis is an anime series in the Bubblegum Crisis franchise
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A popular anime from the Cyberpunk era about four woman who are mercenaries that take on a corrupt company who test their killing machines in the streets of Tokyo.

Bubblegum Crisis is 8-episode action sci-fi OVA series from the late 80s and early 90s. The series focuses on the efforts of the Knight Sabers as they combat the machinations of the Genom corporation in the near future.

The action takes place in 2032 in Mega-Tokyo. Seven years prior, the Second Great Kanto Earthquake ravaged the city and brought it to its knees. The city would rise again, thanks mostly to the invention of the Boomer, an advanced android, developed by the Genom Corporation which serve as tireless manual labor in rebuilding the city. The technology was far from perfect however and Boomers could, and did, sometimes go rogue. This lead to the founding of the A.D. Police - an advanced police force with heavy duty hardware designed to take down the stronger, faster, deadlier Boomers.

As time passes however even the A.D. Police find themselves out of their league as stronger Boomers, and sometimes military models, malfunction and threaten the populace at large. And this is where our heroines come into the story.

The Knight Sabers are a group of four women who posses highly advanced combat armor (dubbed 'hard suits') and wage a war of their own against the out-of-control Boomers and the Genom Corporation that made them.

Throughout the course of the series (originally planned for 13 episodes but cut short due to disputes between the two studios who created the series) we see the Knight Sabers go from fighting random rogue Boomers to foiling the plots for world domination by a Boomer with a messiah complex (and a direct line to an orbital particle-beam satellite).

The series has a heavy cyberpunk feel. The show has clear inspirations from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner movie - the Genom Tower is very reminiscent of the Tyrell tower, and one of the main character's band is named 'Priss and the Replicants'.

Bubblegum Crisis also features a large amount of 80's J-Rock (many songs from the first episodes sung by Kinuko Ohmori, Priss' seiyuu). Two Music Video compilations were also released (Hurricane Live 2032, and Hurricane Live 2033).

Related series include the less well-received follow-up Bubblegum Crash OVA, the late 90's remake TV series Bubblegum Crisis 2040, an A.D. Police manga, A.D. Police OVA and A.D. Police TV series, as well as an western-made pen and paper RPG and a Dark Horse comic by Adam Warren.

Episodes
Season/Ep# Name Airdate
2 - 8
Scoop Chase
01/30/1991
2 - 7
Double Vision
03/14/1990
2 - 6
Red Eyes
08/30/1989
2 - 5
Moonlight Rambler
12/25/1988
2 - 4
Revenge Road
07/24/1988
1 - 3
Blow Up
12/05/1987
1 - 2
Born to Kill
09/05/1987
1 - 1
Tinsel City
02/25/1987

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Name Bubblegum Crisis
Name: バブルガムクライシス
Romaji: Baburugamu Kuraishisu
Publisher Artmic
Start Year 1987
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