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Bubblegum Crisis

Episode 3: Blow Up

[ production info ]

Distributed by: TOEMI (Japan), AnimEigo (North America)
Length: 30 minutes
Rating: NR, parental guidance suggested
Format: Subtitled/Dubbed (VHS/LD)

[ plot summary ]

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At every turn, Mason has been thwarted by the Knight Sabers. GENOM has a new urban renewal project underway, but unfortunately, there are still residents in the allocated land. Quincy, head of GENOM, instructs Mason to clear the way for the project to proceed, with an ominous warning: do not fail this time. Unfortunately for Mason, one of the residents of an apartment complex on the land is a friend of Priss'. Meanwhile, both Mason and Sylia strive to discover each other's secrets, in preparation for a final showdown atop the GENOM tower.

[ capsule review ]

This third episode feels very much like the end of a series -- the final showdown between Brian Mason and Sylia Stingray. Once again, the animation is limited, but this time, they've added another twist -- reused footage from episode two. The story has some very weak elements as well, such as having secondary characters doing inexplicably dumb things (like running back into a building while it's being demolished.) On the plus side, we get to see the Motoroids (motocycles which transform into powerful mecha) in action (this time, both Priss and Linna have them), and some great music again -- the song Victory as the Knight Sabers break into the GENOM tower, and some awesome opening guitar riffs in the closing song, Wasurenaide ('Don't Forget'). Overall, however, the show is not up to the standards set by the first two episodes. - AN

This episode has a much weaker story than the previous two episodes, especially when dealing with the part of the re-zoning and development of area 3. I hardly think that area residents would find out that day that they were being evicted, let alone that an adult would run into a building that was actively being demolished. Doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense. The actual showdown between Sylia Stingray and Brian J. Mason I found to be similarly weak. There was no real reason for the showdown to occur at this point and there seems to be some information lacking - like why Mason would associate Sylia with the Knight Sabres. The animation in this episode was also weaker than in the previous two episodes and was not as well drawn. There are still some nice shots, but overall there was much less detail. The music however continues to be excellent with two more songs introduced in this episode; the opening and ending themes both. - JYN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 2 stars N/A
Direction: N/A 3 stars N/A
Acting: N/A 4 stars N/A
Animation: N/A 2 stars N/A
Music: N/A 4 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 4 stars N/A
Overall Rating: N/A 2 stars N/A

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