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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but with a few minor flaws...
A nice start to the series focusing on the Knight Sabers off the battle field. The great characters and character interaction found in Bubblegum Crisis is still present in this incarnation and despite the changes in the voice artist cast Crash carries on almost seamlessly. Almost, because the boomers have been seriously dumbed down.
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Published on 4 Dec 2001

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2.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two dubs...
Bubblegum Crash was a horrifying disappointment. It had such a good pedigree, and somehow managed to suffer the "Binks Effect". But if you'll bear with me, you might enjoy the production a little more, because this release has a very peculiar story to it, and a slightly better edition is still out there...
As you might already know, Bubblegum Crisis was a classic...
Published on 23 Dec 2003 by Mikeyr101


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2.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two dubs..., 23 Dec 2003
This review is from: Bubblegum Crash - Parts 1-3 [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
Bubblegum Crash was a horrifying disappointment. It had such a good pedigree, and somehow managed to suffer the "Binks Effect". But if you'll bear with me, you might enjoy the production a little more, because this release has a very peculiar story to it, and a slightly better edition is still out there...
As you might already know, Bubblegum Crisis was a classic anime release from the 80s by Artmic, and one of the big names in early anime history. It ran for only eight episodes, owing to a fatal shortage of cash. The result is that it was never really finished properly, and some story threads were left hanging in the wind. Then this mini-series, Bubblegum Crash, came along. It was supposed to finish off the story with some newly improved animation and new kit for the main characters.
It flopped. Badly.
Firstly the show itself isn't too brilliant. Half the elements of the OAV were dropped altogether, despite the series being set only a year after previous events in the series. The overall feel of the original show was largely sacrificed for a more "artistic" feel. The classic 80s soundtrack of the show was dropped for a more "techno" beat. And the Knight Sabers' hardsuits were "upgraded" (presumably on the basis that bigger guns and chunkier kit always brings in more fans). Actually it ruined them altogether because now the Sabers didn't really have to fight very hard to smash any opposition into the floor. All in all, it took out most of the elements that made the OAV work and replaced them with junk. Only the quality of the animation itself improved at all. And the title sequence is probably the best any anime show has had until very, very recently.
But what really killed it stone dead for many fans was the new dub (this is where it gets complicated). The license for Crash in the US belonged to Animeigo. The license for its UK release belongs to Manga. What I found was, first with Manga's VHS releases, and then with Animeigo's DVD release, that the two license holders seem to have used a different dub.
Yes, that means that there are TWO dubs out there. And I can honestly say that Animeigo's dub is the most faithful to the original series because, if I'm not much mistaken, all the original voice actors and actresses from the OAV are in it again. And for Manga's release some of them aren't. A BGC fan will notice almost immediately. Now throw in some poor editing on Manga's part, and there's simply no other conclusion you can make:
The US release by Animeigo leaves Manga's UK title standing.
So overall, it's hard to mark this title. On its own merit, it's worth the asking price, which is fairly reasonable. It's not the best anime out there, the dub is substandard and it's not been properly cut for your viewing experience. And it's because of this "So-so" feeling that I can only give this title Two Stars.
But if you own a multiregion DVD player (and if you are a serious anime fan then you really need to), and really like your anime, I should advise that you spend a little more money and import Animeigo's Bubblegum Crash Perfect Collection. It's worth the expense for the better quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but with a few minor flaws..., 4 Dec 2001
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A nice start to the series focusing on the Knight Sabers off the battle field. The great characters and character interaction found in Bubblegum Crisis is still present in this incarnation and despite the changes in the voice artist cast Crash carries on almost seamlessly. Almost, because the boomers have been seriously dumbed down.
Other complaints are a start to formulaic sequences of animation, featuring a set opening and a set suit-up sequence. My major complaint is the song Priss sings near the begining of the episode which was left in the original Japanese and was not subtitled. The best thing about the original Bubblegum crisis was the faultless conversion of the Japanese songs into English and the abandoning of this process in Crash is really annoying, especially as the viewer is left wondering what on Earth the songs were actually about.
That would have reduced illegal army to three stars if it wasn't for the excellent plot and storyline that carries over to the others in the Crash series. It really is worth seeing along with the other two Crash videos in one go to better appreciate the well thought out plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is one cool manga movie, 20 Aug 2000
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This film has some really nice touches,and also has some very nice animation/explosions.The storyline is typical manga,but this time it is exucuted very well and doesnt have non stop mech battles.The only thing which is dissapointing about this 1st part of the series is that its very short,and the time seems to fly by.Overall though a great movie,which never seems to get boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 57 going on 16..... woarrrr!, 9 May 2014
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R. A. Caton "Arcaton" (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bubblegum Crash - Parts 1-3 [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
What can one say about the Knight Sabers? This takes place in the same universe as "AD Police" and "Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040" so Shakespeare it ain't.

But it's fun and well capable of satisfying those of us who like impossibly leggy girls martial arting in Vooma powered armour.... with high heels yet!

Nothing with kings, nothing with crowns, bring on the Voomas and blue suited clowns.....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Why no longer?, 12 Mar 2013
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Mr. L. Gurney "Film Crazy" (Twydall, Kent UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bubblegum Crash - Parts 1-3 [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
This could have been such a great TV series. I seem to be one of those people who wants more out of his anime. I love this anime for what it is, a good action sci-fi romp. I do feel like I missed out on something as I would like to see the story before this film. please do not think me strange but , this would make great viewing as a 26 part series showing the whole story of the knight sabers from beginning to end with the ad police story mixed in with the series. Good but not great.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, 18 Sep 2003
This review is from: Bubblegum Crash - Parts 1-3 [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
Bubblegum Crash was always a disappointment, it never acheived much with the Japanese BGCrisis fans and it didn't do much better in the west. A shame is this was episodes 9, 10 and 11 of a 13 episode story arc, one that was never completed wit hthe failure of these episodes. Whilethis one has some nostalgia, you are better off watching Crisis again. If you are fed up of BGCrsis, watch BGC Tokyo 2040 instead and wait for BGC Tokyo 2041.
If yo ucan't wait, go watch another title in your anime collection, anything, just avoid wasting money on this.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 14 Oct 2003
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Kaworu (Worcester, West Midlands) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bubblegum Crash - Parts 1-3 [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
Well i'll keep this short. All in all its not bad the Animation isnt bad, the Action Scene's are pretty good and Part 2 of this DVD has a fair bit of Humour which is what alot of fans expect on Anime Action alone isnt good enough. I can recomend this to any Anime/Manga lovers.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hmmmmm yea hmmmmmmm, 27 Mar 2000
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Graet vid ect ect...classic manga action..ect..ect........no nudity,damn..ect..amusing monents..ect...green shampoo
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BUY BUY BUY, 17 July 2003
This review is from: Bubblegum Crash - Parts 1-3 [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
Very Good manga buy it if you have the money but beware miss one word of the program and it will be imposable to understand and you will not get full entertainment.
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