Anime DVD Review: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Ultimate Collection

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Ultimate Collection is a six-disc DVD box set that includes all 26 episodes of the series. This set just takes the six individually released DVDs and bundles them into one package. The first and third discs in the set each contain five episodes, while the remaining four discs each contain four episodes. When it comes to the episodes, you can either watch them with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles or you can watch the English dub.

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Ultimate Collection
English Publisher: Section 23
Format: DVD
Release Date: November 25, 2008

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 is a retelling of the Bubblegum Crisis OVA from the 1980’s. The series is set seven years after a devastating earthquake that almost totally destroyed Tokyo. The Genom Corporation has been producing Boomers, a kind of autonomous intelligent robot to help rebuild Tokyo. They occasionally go rogue and morph into new shapes. They also assimilate nearby machines and kill humans.

A group of women with powered armor suits, known as the Knight Sabers, fight against the Boomers. While the A.D. Police are supposed to be the ones to take the Boomers on, they are seen as incompetent. The A.D. Police harbor some resentment toward the Knight Sabers, and have even gone so far to try to capture or kill them.

The four women who make up the Knight Sabers are Sylia Stingray, Priss Asagiri, Nene Romanova, and Linna Yamazaki. Sylia is a billionaire and the founder of the Knight Sabers. Priss is the strongest member of the group, and is also the vocalist for an underground rock band. Nene is a hacker that is employed as an operator for the A.D. Police. Linna is farm girl who moved to Megatokyo. She is now employed as an office lady for the Hugh-Geit Corporation.

Before watching Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, I had managed to see the first episode of the original Bubblegum Crisis OVA. While there were a number of similarities between what I saw from the original Bubblegum Crisis OVA and Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, there were also distinct differences. What I easily noticed was that the look and feel of the series was drastically updated to be more modern, and the character of Mackey Stingray is completely different between the two tellings. If I’d seen more of the original OVA, I probably would have noticed even more.

Overall, I have to say that Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 was pretty decent for what it was. It was an enjoyable enough series to watch, and I would recommend it to anime viewers that appreciate post-apocalyptic stories.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, there are a few bonus features included. Each DVD set in the set includes the DVD credits as an extra. The first disc also contains a voice actor commentary on the fourth episode from the English dub voice actors for Priss and Linna.

The second disc has three voice actor commentaries. The sixth episode has commentary from the English voices for Mackey and Nigel, the eighth episode has commentary from the English voices for Daley and Leon, and the ninth episode has commentary from the English voice for Nene. The second disc also includes character biographies, textless versions of the opening and closing credits, as well as previews for other ADV releases.

The third disc in the set has three voice actor commentaries. The 11th episode has commentary from the English voice for Linna, the 13th episode has commentary from the English voice for Sylia, and the 14th episode has commentary from the English voices for Priss and Linna.

The fourth disc has commentary on the 16th episode from the English voices for Sylia, Priss, Linna, and Nene. There is a gallery of concept art for the hardsuits. However, this feature is labeled as “Character Sketches.” “Vehicle Technology” has pictures and explanations for the mecha that appear in the series. There are voice actor profiles for the Japanese and English voice actors for Linna, Priss, Sylia, and Nene. The textless opening and closing are included, as well as ADV previews.

The fifth disc has a video interview with the English voice actors for Sylia, Priss, Linna, and Nene. However, the audio on this feature has a tendency to fade in and out, especially on the voice actor for Linna. A question is posted on the screen, and they cut in the answers from each of the voice actors.

The sixth disc includes two voice actor audio commentaries. Episodes 25 and 26 both have commentary by the English voice actors for Sylia, Priss, Linna, and Nene. The textless opening and closing are included, as well as ADV previews.

If you’re a fan of Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, this set would be worth purchasing to have all of the episodes in one set, instead of purchasing each disc individually. However, this particular pressing is now out of print. But FUNimation Entertainment has since acquired the rights to the series and has reissued it

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