This weeks Anime Talk will be a mini review of the Anime series “Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040″. This anime series which originally aired in Japan on TV Tokyo in 1998 and ran for a total of 26 episodes is a retelling/reboot of the original OVA series simply titled “Bubblegum Crisis”. Tokyo 2040 like the original follows the adventures of four women; Priss Asagiri, Linna Yamazaki, Nene Romanova, and Sylia Stingray collectively known as the Knight Sabers.
The Knight Sabers is a vigilante/mercenary group that uses high tech power armor called hardsuits in the series to combat rogue Boomers. Boomers are a type of Bio-mechanical robots created by Megacorporation Genom in the wake of a massive earthquake that nearly destroyed Japan. The Boomers which were created to help Japan rebuild have been seeing increasing numbers of them going mad/rogue causing them to go on a mass killing spree when it happens. Sylia who has an obsessive hatred of Boomers formed and funds the Knight Sabers to destroy these rogue boomers, which has brought them into conflict with Genom and law enforcment.
While I prefer the original Bubblegum Crisis OVA’s ( and its squeal Bubblegum Crash ) the Tokyo 2040 series is a fun, action packed anime series that is sure to entertain anyone who has a love for Mecha style Anime.