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    Anime Abandon: Bubblegum Crash

     Feb 23 2017 | more 

    Not so much a crash as it is a minor fender-bender.

    • penguintruth

      Come on, you can’t just skip through SAC to Solid State Society. Then again, those new SAC Blu-Rays are apparently terrible. And SAC is 52 episodes, that’s a lot to unpack. I guess SSS does sort of encapsulate the SAC experience in its own way, even if it doesn’t quite hit the highs of the TV show is the sequel to.

      As for Crash, I do also like how the both the storyline and world seem to be built on a more solid foundation than the capricious structure of Bubblegum Crisis (showing average worker boomers, for instance), but even aside from the immense downgrade in production value, it just doesn’t have as much to say or as much charm to say it with as the original BGC (that last thing also counts for 2040).. And it’s weird as a sequel for the lack of GENOM, and ADAMA being supposedly an advanced boomer when the sexaroids from Crisis were much more advanced. Priss’ characterization seemed to step back, too (and the new JP voice actor wasn’t as good as the previous). Honestly, I like AD Police Files more. Looking forward to your take on 2040.

      • Raiden

        If he did a review for stand alone complex he could divide it into two separate reviews. One for SAC, and another for 2nd gig.

      • tasti man LH

        Doesn’t Sage have a thing about staying away from full TV series runs and only does movies or OVAs? And yes, I know he’ll wave it if the show in question is one he’s already familiar with (Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Big O, etc), but maybe he just found the Solid State Society to be a more succinct way to talk about SAC?

        Also, what’s this about the SAC Blu-Rays being terrible?

        • penguintruth

          I just figured Bennett would talk generally about the series when he got a chance to do another Adult Swim themed month of videos. But yeah, its possible that SSS can be used as a window into that part of the franchise. I’ve been known to do that with my own review videos, just take a microcosm of a bigger franchise and talk about that.

          Less risk of being flagged for copyright things that way, too. No reason to watch 52 episodes and all that work go to waste, when at least if a video about the movie gets flagged, it’s not as big a investment sunk.

          As for the SAC Blu-Rays Manga Ent and Anchor Bay put out, the video quality isn’t all it should be, audio tracks switch often between scenes, there are no real subtitles (just closed captioning of the English dub), and the discs are poorly authored. Just a big mess. It’s a real shame. I guess that’s one less thing I have to double-dip for, though. I’m glad I’ve held onto my DVD sets.

          Don’t take my word for it, though. Ask around.

    • p91

      Amerika is the German way of writting America. So maybe they just confused German with English?

    • Neon

      Anime MC Hammer cameo is still no where as awesome as Freddie Mercury being a supporting character in Cromartie High School.

      • Gregory Naaden

        Loved that episode of Darker than Black with ACDC’s Brian Johnson.

    • hariman

      Huh. Not a bad cyberpunk/mecha/action anime, but not spectacular either.

    • Fiery Little One

      Okay, I’m looking forward to the next one. I haven’t watched that particular entry, but of the animated forms of GitS, SAC is the version I’m most familiar with.

    • PrismDrake

      Did anyone else notice around 9:52 the words on the screen were English
      lyrics from Simon & Garfunkel’s Scarborough Fair? A little bit of
      the 60s in all the 80s.

    • Brian O’Connell

      Yay, new opening!

      • Joshua Dailey

        only available for the bubblegum chronicles a special series by our lord Sage.

    • Issun86

      Is anyone else completely unable to get any of the videos to play on the site? I get a car add then a black screen every time no matter how many times I refresh.

      • Kenneth Eaton

        Yo… Seems the adds are breaking the video player. I have similar issues with SFDebris. Basically I gotta keep reloading the page until it plays a video ad… otherwise the video itself won’t load or play.

    • Kenneth Eaton

      You Ben Your player is broken by the ads. Nothing loads after them.

    • InAction

      Looking back on it, I wonder if Kia Asamiya looked to Priss as a source of inspiration for Kiddy Phenil in Silent Mobius. They’re of a similar archetype, AND Kiddy has actual reason tied in with her backstory as to why she hates the also similar Megadynes.