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Bubblegum Crisis: Arc 1 - Mason [DVD]

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  • Directors: Akiyama Katsuhito
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Mvm
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2001
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005NVGT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,172 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The first three episodes of the animated adventure set in Magatokyo, 2033 AD. The city of Megatokyo is recovering from the devastating effects of an earthquake. In the midst of the devastation, a band of hi-tech mercenaries known as the Knight Sabers battle the sinister GENOM corporation and its android Boomers. When the Sabers are hired by the USSD to recover the 'Black Box', a special device used to control satellites by remote control, GENOM leader Quincy sets out to thwart their efforts.


The second instalment of the popular Japanese anime, Bubblegum Crisis 2 contains the fourth, fifth and sixth episodes of the eight original videos. In a devastated high-tech Tokyo of a Blade Runner-ish future, four beautiful women disguised by their heavily armed exoskeletons protect society from killer androids and from an ambitious corporation that tries to take over the world, while also having complicated personal lives. The cute teenager NeNe always has a crush on someone or other; flighty Linna has to fit her superhero life into a busy social schedule; and Priss has her career as a rock singer as well as a habit of feeling emotional. Only the austere Sylia is entirely in control of her life--so much so that she needs the others for a bit of productive chaos.

In the episodes included they deal with a mysterious car that is riding down motorcyclists, help a tragic android who is vampirising citizens to feed a damaged friend and cope with attempts by an evil conspirator to frame them for mass mayhem. The stories rely rather too heavily on extended sequences of fast bikes and car racing, or mechanised bodysuits and big robots tearing each other apart, but the plotting can be subtle and the emotional scenes tense and fraught. Someone trying to get a sense of anime's strengths and weaknesses could do a lot worse than start here.

On the DVD: the disc is presented in a visual aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and has a very loud Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack which presents every screech of tortured metal vehemently and every pounding anthem in the slightly pompous score. There are no extras apart from a very extended documentation of the credits. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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