- Actors: Yoshiko Sakakibara, Jemila Ericson, Tamsin Hollo, Ryôko Tachikawa, Sinda Nichols
- Directors: Hiroshi Ishiodori, Hiroyuki Fukushima
- Writers: Emu Arii, Toshimichi Suzuki
- Producers: Hidenobu Watanabe, Hiroshi Kakoi, Jin Maeda, Satoshi Koizumi
- Format: PAL
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Dubbed: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Manga
- DVD Release Date: 28 July 2003
- Run Time: 140 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00009P9O6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,838 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Bubblegum Crash - Parts 1-3  [DVD]
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The entire three part adventure collected together in a box set. In 'Illegal Army' the AD Police call upon the Knight Sabers to deal with the infamous Colonel Lando and his new crime wave. He is systematically hitting banks in Mega Tokyo and he also has a hidden agenda which is a lot more deadly than bank robberies. In 'Geo Climbers' Priss is forced to confront the hatred of the deadly robotic Voomers when a new prototype escapes into her custody.The two must team up, put differences aside and fight off the evil Doctor Yuri and his team of Cyborgs, and they must then destroy the secret hidden in the heart of Geo City. Whilst in 'Melt Down' Japan sees the Knight Sabers coming face to face with their most difficult task as they take on an indestructible enemy. They failed to uncover the mastermind behind all the recent troubles in time, and now the destruction of Mega Tokyo looks unavoidable as a huge drill is set on a course for the biggest nuclear reactor. If it is not stopped, total melt-down wil begin.
From the Back Cover
On the streets of Mega Tokyo it takes a special kind of heroine to fight the hardwired forces of chaos. Dedicated to justice, the vigilante Knight Sabres, Sylia, Priss, Nene and Linna, defend the city against the cyber-conspiracy that threatens to engulf it. Can woman and machine put aside their differences to destroy the secret hidden in the heart of Geo City? The Knight Sabres come face to face with an indestructible enemy as they at last discover the mastermind behind their recent adventures. But the final plan for the annihilation of the city of Mega Tokyo has begun, with an out-of-control drilling machine set on a collision course with the biggest nuclear reactor in Japan. Sylia and her team are about to meet their match in their most dangerous foe to date, and if they lose, the meltdown begins.
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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.
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.
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.....