Awesome anime, good deal too. Bubblegum Crisis - Get it!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"300+ minutes of anime for 45 bucks? Heck, I'd buy it even if it was Explorer Woman Ray! Well, maybe not. Seriously, aside from the Jeykll/Hyde packaging (the box is great-looking, but has ZERO functionality, although I didn't notice any major problems with the subtitles on my copy), everything about the Bubblegum Crisis Collectors' Suite says buy it. BGC is perhaps the greatest anime direct-to-video series ever made. You really can't go wrong with it. The animation is excellent, the characters are wonderful, the bad guys are nasty (and not always who they seem), and the music kicks serious aft, especially if you have any appreciation for 80s stuff. The MegaTokyo created in BGC is well-realized, from the hapless AD Police to the diabolic Genom Corporation to the quintessential deadly babes in powersuits, the Knight Sabers. The heroines, Sylia, Priss, Linna, and Nene are all excellent characters; they don't fit into any standard anime stereotype - even the cutesy Nene is much more mature than she appears. Quincy, the elusive chairman of Genom, may be the best anime villian of all time, and even the AD Police get some screen time between thrashings by Genom's berzerk Boomer cyborgs.The mechanical designs and character designs helped to give BGC the legendary status it has attained. From the designs of the Boomers to the Knight Sabers' lithe 'hardsuits' to the classic character design of Kenichi Sonoda, quality is apparent everywhere. There isn't really an end to BGC (its original budget was cut), and it leaves many questions unanswered, but the result is a sort of short glimpse into the fantastic world of a possible future. It is a gripping story of friendships, death, revenge, and survival. Bubblegum Crisis is by far one of the best examples of anime available, and even after 10 years it still rules. If you have DVD capability and like anime, don't make a big mistake. Get this while you still can."
Bradley Potts | Chicagoland | 12/11/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bubblegum Crisis as much as any other anime, is what brought Anime to the American mainstream. The DVD brings an end to the perpetual subbed vs dubbed argument by allowing you to choose. The animation and story are good and this is a DVD that I rewatch frequently.I do have a few complaints, mostly the packaging. This is not packaged as a DVD, but in normal jewel boxes and packed more like software than as a DVD set. Also, for a series that isn't really very long, it seems strange that the set requires 3 DVDs.Complaints aside, I recommend this series to anime fans."
Great collection, plus a comment about the packaging
drevil98 | 04/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Firstly, I think the content of the collection is great. I did have one small problem with the subtitles disappearing for a minute or two, but nothing that couldn't be ignored. The characters in BGC are refreshingly unique and each has her own storyline throughout the episodes. One tends to get lost in the first couple episodes until you figure out what is going on, but after that it is really easy to get into. The dvds also allow you to choose sub vs. dub, which is a great feature for those who can't make up their minds. That said: like others, I was unimpressed with the big box they put the jewel cased dvds in. I'm pretty picky about everything fitting in nicely. However, I discovered you can buy just the character-decorated clasp cases - identical to the ones the non-collection dvd versions have - at multimedia 2000's site (and ONLY there, which is why I am mentioning it), so for all of you who are considering not buying it because of the packaging, my suggestion is buy this collection here, grab the clasp cases separately, and you will have one great dvd set! Highly recommended!"
coopertex | CA United States | 02/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bubblegum Crisis 2030 ovas (1-8) sci-fi/action: set in the same universe as A.D. Police Files, this is several years into the future. The secret vigilante group known as the Knight Sabers has been formed. They arrive earlier than the A.D. Police to the crime scenes and usually destroy the boomers without their help. The quality of this anime is equal to the A.D.Polic Files. (mentioned above). The Knight Sabers are women that work undercover along with a rich mistress named Sylia. They wear these mecha outfits which they call hard suits. Their sole purpose is to destroy renegade boomers which are causing public harm; they never handle human/ civilian crimes ( they leave that up to the regular police). Most of the episodes are self-contained stories, but it is good to watch all 8 of them for continuity. The animation is fluid, the character designs and backdrop of a futuristic Tokyo are beautiful, like a world based on Bladerunner. The action is gritty and gory. And the stories are interesting albit cynical. The only problem with this series was the lack interesting characters: something which is corrected in the next series. Blood and gore, light nudity, for adults only. The episodes are also self contained, except for the last 2 episodes which continued. Ends on 8 then connects with the anime Bubblegum Crisis 2040"