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Bubblegum Crisis

Episode 4: Revenge Road

[ production info ]

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

[ plot summary ]

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The Griffon: a mega-performance car from days past. Now, only a handful of collectors have any interest in the car. But a Griffon has been involved in a series of incidents involving outriders, out-law biker gangs. The owner: Gibson, a friend of Dr. Raven, the Kngiht Sabre's mechanical genius. Gibson and his girlfriend Naomi were attacked and injured by outriders several years ago. With the aid of the latest psycho-electronic interfaces, Gibson plans to modify his Griffon into the ultimate tool for revenge. But the AD Police have set a trap to stop the Griffon, and it's up to the Knight Sabres to prevent a tragedy in the making.

[ capsule review ]

I wonder if any folks over at AIC or Youmex have ever played paintball. It's a lot of fun, but potentially dangerous -- that's why you wear protective eyewear when you play. Besides, the paint pellets sting when you get hit. (Mind you, the paint ball guns aren't all that light, and I personally have never seen a fully automatic one... But wait, this is the year 2032 after all!) Once again, we get a pretty darned good rock songs in Crisis - Ikari o Komete Hashire and the end theme Twilight, both sung by Tsubokura Yuiko, who also did several songs for Kimagure Orange Road. The plot's really very basic -- a couple gets a rough ride from a biker gang, putting his girlfriend into the hospital and a semi-stupor state, so now he's out for revenge, using his car as his weapon of choice. Over the course of the episode, the car (a "Griffon", which looks remarkably like a Ferrari F-40) evolves from a stock vehicle to a monstrous extension of his desire for revenge -- and thus the title. Some of the mechanical concepts are fabulous -- the super-bike created by Mackie, for example, has the motorcycle equivalent of afterburners. The animation itself is still nothing to write home about -- and the some items, like the burning car at the end of the show, is downright poor. This episode is more of a show case for mechanical designs than anything else, so don't look too deeply below the surface. Even the short little final dialog between Daley and Leon is rather contrived, but if you slip your brain into neutral, I think you'll have a good time with this one. - AN

[ 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 3 stars N/A

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