Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 ReviewCatharine Trachsel
Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 is, in a nutshell, about a group of young women who fight humanoid robots called boomers that have lost control and destroy Tokyo. They wear robotic suits that allow them to move faster and become stronger so they can take down the renegade machines.
With such a common anime theme, I was hoping for a surprise somewhere along the way, or that one immoral decision by the evil character would take it to a whole new level that would have me questioning what is right and what is necessary. I would have liked an epic fight scene at the end that had me genuinely worried about the heroines as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any of that.
Like I said, it starts off normally enough. A naïve country girl in the big city wants to be a superhero. She is recruited by the bad ass member that never has anything nice to say and turns out to be naturally good.
The beginning showed a lot of promise. The animation style was aesthetically pleasing and when I saw the first few boomers go mad, they had organic elements that got me excited. I thought that this meant the boomers were going to be humans that were experimented on until they were more machine than man. I especially liked the robot waitress that goes mad in one of the early episodes. The fight scenes were enjoyable and I went pretty quickly through the beginning episodes. To put it in more of a videogame mindset, the bosses just kept getting bigger and harder to beat, which is supposed to be the point, right?
Unfortunately, it was the second half that it went downhill. They started to go for the moral element, which is where I really wanted it to go. Most animes will tease you with little bits and pieces of the backstory until you are tearing through each episode, wanting to know what it is. Unfortunately, Bubblegum Crisis only gave a hint here and there. With so few clues, I forgot that there even was a secret to be revealed. This meant that when they did finally divulge what was supposed to be the moment to make me gasp, I was bored with it. It had taken so long that I didn’t even care anymore.
I had looked forward to this anime based on the first few episodes and found in the end I had to force myself to sit down and watch them. Regrettably, what was a good idea and could have been a really exciting anime ended up finishing soft. I recommend that if you are in between animes that have taken over your life to the point where you were showing up late for work and cancelling your plans with friends and family, put this show on. It is short, only twenty four episodes, so you don’t have to dedicate a whole lot of time to it. Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 will get you through that dry spell, but honestly, I wasn’t one hundred percent sold on it.
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