Change of pace, lunatics. We’ll be taking a break from EUREKA SEVEN and YU YU HAKUSHO for a week or so to catch up with a number of fine, new Funimation titles that have come to my doorstep. Read my thoughts on…
Having as lacking an exposure to the BUBBLEGUM CRISIS franchise as I do, I’m going to go ahead and assume that the “Tokyo 2040” subtitle denotes that this is probably a lesser follow-up that fans of the original loath. The first episode in this set was unimpressive enough that I really started wondering if long-form anime shows may have gotten better, on the whole, since the 90’s because this already feels like a schlocky OAV from the day. You know, back when animators often tried taking on more than they could actually handle, conceptually, and it was really just enough to see weird, violent and titillating cartoons for you to deem an anime cool.
Perhaps I’m just snapping to too harsh of a judgment with this one. Perhaps cyberpunk brilliance lays ahead in the later episodes. Or perhaps this show just led out on one really clumsy step, because I was seriously rolling my eyes over the main chick’s laughably-handled sexual harassment sub-plot and the rather dumb way she investigates the stranger on the motorcycle. If the show’s being so upfront in intro about how she and the other ladies are going to presumably don the tightest mecha suits on the catwalk and run in with Knigtsabers, I wonder why it’s dillydallying about getting to it. This is set-up, sure, but it’s really bland set-up.
The most entertaining part is where the main girl (didn’t bother to catch her name) has to participate in what’s essentially manners therapy with the one company’s awkward Boomer. There’s a degree of ROBOCOP-style corporate satire there that the show grasps there but falls short of grasping in the rest of the run time. Honestly, the whole business with the Boomers and their machine rights seem like quaint “hard SF” you’d see in an old issue of ANALOG, yet it’s trying to dress it up with the appearance of BLADE RUNNER’s edge.
Watch this episode, "Can't Buy a Thrill" here and decide for yourself.