Bubblegum Crisis (2040)
Since we’re a week away from new Ghost in the Shell to watch, I thought I’d revisit some of the better cyberpunk/future/cyborg/mecha series of the last 20 years.
First Up: Bubblegum Crisis. This is great. Especially if you like cyberpunk, are a fan of ‘Blade Runner’ (The main heroine in this story is named Priss), love mecha suits, and fighting against the corporation that’s trying to destroy the world. This is for you. While my preference is for the 2040 (remake) version of Bubblegum Crisis, the original is still quite good.
The series begins in the late 2032, seven years after the Second Great Kanto (possibly where Pokemon stole it from ;p ) Earthquake has split Tokyo geographically and culturally in two. During the first episode, disparities in wealth are shown to be more pronounced than in previous periods in post-war Japan.
The main antagonist is Genom, a megacorporation with immense power and global influence. Its main product are boomers - cyberdroids used for manual labor and military purposes. While Boomers are intended to serve mankind, they become deadly instruments in the hands of ruthless individuals. The AD Police are tasked to deal with Boomer-related crimes. One of the series’ themes is the inability of the department to deal with threats due to political infighting, red tape, and an insufficient budget.
The Knight Sabers are an all-female mercenary team and have considerable combat abilities using highly advanced suits of powered armor. They battle against long odds to overcome grave threats throughout the series and fight for truth, justice… all that jazz, for Mega Tokyo.
The Bubblegum Crisis series was so successful in Japan that it had a fair amount of manga, and 3 spin offs make it to both video and the airwaves.
-Bubblegum Crash: Re-forming of the Knight Sabers to stop a new threat.
-AD Police: Basically a few stories form the police force of Megatokyo that the Knight Sabers were always at some odds with, think Robocop but with more mecha. (my personal least favorite spin off, though you might like it)
-Parasite Dolls: This one ‘takes place’ in the same Bubblegum world, but it’s more confined and stands as it’s own piece without any needed background (though it’s helpful to have). This is just wonderful, honestly my fav spin off because it was personal, slow, driving, and really pretty.
So, if you haven’t seen it, I have to recommend it. As well as it’s spin offs.