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Bubblegum Crisis

Episode 6: Red Eye's

[ 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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Leon McNichol regains consiousness among the reckage of his K-12 armoured combat suit. In the distance, he sees the Knight Sabers, including one without a shield visor -- Priss! Leon once again loses consiousness...

Later, a series of violent crimes rock MegaTokyo, including the powerful Genom Corporation. A band of combat suit thieves have made off with a transport container full of combat boomers... and witnesses claim that the thieves were none other than the Knight Sabers! Nene is not at all pleased with the development, and wants to go after the perpretrators -- especially after the band of imposters issue a thinly diguised challenge in the newspaper. Priss, on the other hand, has a different idea. Unable to cope with the death of her friend Sylvie, she quits the Knight Sabers organisation.

Things don't look good for the Knight Sabers. The imposters are some form of new enhanced-capability boomer. Without Priss, the others are out-manned and out-gunned. On top of all this, a Largo, the latest HyperBoomer is co-ordinating the attacks, with the help of Anri...

[ capsule review ]

Episodes 5 and 6 of the series are really like a single episode split into two installments. From the previous OAV show, Moonlight Rambler, we discovered that Sylvie was trying to keep Anri alive. Now that Anri is equipped with the data disc that Sylvie obtained from Genom, she's effectively human... and now she's helping Largo in hopes of avenging Sylvie's death. While the premise of all this is interesting, the execution of ideas was somewhat less than ideal. Omori Kinuko does not have a great deal of range when it comes to acting, and consequently her emotional scenes feel very uncomfortable. Script writing is terribly predictable -- you know from just about the opening five minutes that Priss is going to go off and try to handle things on her own. This was to be the final episode in which Priss was to appear, and Vision (in episode 7, Double Vision) was to take her place. While the ending is not all that bad, the rest of the show is a bit of an enigma. Is Priss so much better of a fighter that she, in her weakened state, can wipe out the imposter boomers by herself, whilst Sylia, Nene and Linna combined can't even put a dent in one? If Leon's handgun can do so much damage, why isn't the same technology used in the Knight Saber's arsenal? And why didn't Linna fight with her motoroid to start with? Inconsitencies like that bug me, especially when they start raising questions early in a show. The rest of the scripting isn't all that bad; it's just that once again, this episode could have been much better. - AN

[ café rating ]

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

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