Bubblegum Crisis (Baburugamu kuraishisu) (1987): 7 out of 10: Hot chicks, giant robots, and evil corporations fill every frame of Bubblegum Crisis as does some surprisingly catchy Eighties tunes.
Bubblegum Crisis much like Akira, Macross, or A.D. Police Files is one of those anime that separate the thirty-something anime fans from this year’s crop of snot-nosed wannabees. When you think Japanese cartoons do you think of Pokémon or shower scenes. Do you think irritating children or kick-ass adults? Do your favorite plots involve the little kids defeating the big evil corporation or adults facing economic hardship and self-sacrifice? Bubblegum crisis is an anime of the latter.
As I settle into my damn kids today voice and distaste for every over-hyped, rapid cut seizure-inducing, saccharine piece of crap that passes for entertainment these days. (I’m looking your way Cartoon Network). I can sit back and watch full-grown woman destroy some boomers (as well as half of Tokyo) and reminisce about my childhood when cartoon characters swore and every battle was followed by a gratuitous nude scene.
Is Bubble Crisis as good as I remember it? No. The episodes are not connected well and vary in quality. Some of the dubbing is dubious and the live-action music videos contained in the extras are simply painful.
Does it both allow me to relive my childhood and look down upon kids today? You betcha.