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Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
The main characters of BGC 2040. (Clockwise: Sylia, Linna, Priss and Nene.)
バブルガムクライシス TOKYO2040
(Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040)
Genre Cyberpunk, Science Fiction, Mecha, Action
TV anime
Directed by Hiroki Hayashi
Studio AIC
Network Chilevisión, Etc...TV
Flag of Philippines GMA
Original run 8 October 199831 March 1999
No. of episodes 26

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 (also known as BGC: 2040) is an alternate-universe spinoff of the original Bubblegum Crisis anime OVA series, with similar themes, but updated character designs and new or re-worked storylines. Image File history File links Bubble2040. ... Berlins Sony Center reflects the global reach of a Japanese corporation. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... For the fictional robot, see Mecha. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... For other uses, see Television (disambiguation). ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Anime International Company Inc. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Chile_(bordered). ... Chilevisión or CHV is the second oldest television channel in Chile. ... Etc. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Philippines. ... GMA can refer to: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines GMA Network, a leading broadcast network in the Philippines Good Morning America, a morning show on ABC Intel GMA, Intel Graphic Media Accelerator, a line of integrated graphic processors (IGP) Good Morning Australia, a 5 day-a-week morning... October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (282nd in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (91st in leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Bubblegum Crisis is a cyberpunk-style anime that takes place in the future in a post-disaster Tokyo, now known as Megatokyo. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Still from an episode of the Casshan OVA Original Video Animation ), abbreviated OVA ), is a term used for anime titles that are released direct-to-video, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ...

AIC obtained the rights to the series when Artmic dissolved in November of 1997. Although the original series had not sold well in its initial run in Japan, it had done rather well in the US market of the early 1990s, being one of the earliest works of anime to be commercially subtitled there. The US anime-importing company ADV Films funded the creation of an all new Bubblegum Crisis. BGC 2040, as it became known, ran for 24 TV episodes and two OVAs (episodes 25 and 26). Due to personality conflicts with AIC staff and anger over their treatment in the original series, two key personnel from the original series - singer/voice actress Oomori Kinuko and character designer Sonoda Kenichi - refused to participate. Anime International Company Inc. ... Bubblegum Crisis is a cyberpunk-style anime that takes place in the future in a post-disaster Tokyo, now known as Megatokyo. ... ADV Films logo ADV Films is the home video publication arm of A.D. Vision based in Houston, Texas. ... Kenichi Sonoda (園田 健一 Sonoda Kenichi, born 13 December 1962 in Takaishi, Osaka Prefecture, Japan) is a manga artist and anime character designer. ...

Bubblegum Crisis 2040 has many interesting technological innovations 'in the background', such as the skyhook. Near the end of the series, an event similar to technological singularity is shown. For other uses, see Skyhook (disambiguation). ... When plotted on a logarithmic graph, 15 separate lists of paradigm shifts for key events in human history show an exponential trend. ...

In 2002, a direct sequel was announced: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2041. A.D. Vision will produce it and is reported to be taking a greater role in its production, but no official announcements have been made since then, though there are signs that A.D. Vision will eventually create the sequel series. [1] For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


Major characters

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

There are some differences in the characters' backgrounds for BGC 2040 than in the original series. See also Category:Bubblegum Crisis characters for more in-depth profiles.

Sylia Stingray

An enigmatic billionaire, and the founder of the Knight Sabers. Sylia used to engage in combat with boomers, but was persuaded to be ground support after the recruitment of Nene and Priss. Sylia is the daughter of Dr. Katsuhito Stingray, the man who invented boomers, and her brain patterns were used to make both the boomers and the hardsuits. She sees boomers as an abomination, as her mother did. Her lover is Nigel Kirkland, a sullen mechanic who was an engineer on the boomer project, and he also helped her design and build the hard suits. Sylia has a younger brother of sorts, named Mackey. Sylia runs the upscale clothing boutique Silky Doll, which serves as a front for the Knight Sabers HQ.

Nene Romanova

A perky and naïve hacker who is employed as an operator for the AD Police and is also a member of the Knight Sabers. Nene does little fighting and focuses on sensor ops, battlefield communications, ECM and ECCM. She likes to pester Leon in much the same fashion that a little sister would, which he barely grudgingly tolerates because he occasionally asks favors of her. She has an affinity for candy and junk food, and later forms a relationship with Mackey, Sylia's younger "brother." In one episode she (with Leon's assistance) hijacks the broadcast signal informing the city of the Boomer crisis -- a rather fictional instance of broadcast signal intrusion. ECM is an abbreviation of: Electret condenser microphone Electro chemical machining Electronic countermeasures Electronic contract manufacturing Electronic control module Elliptic curve method (integer factorization) Electron Cloud Model Enterprise content management Entitlement control message - in secure data transfer Error correction mode (fax protocol) Essentials of Clinical Medicine Extracellular matrix See also... Broadcast signal intrusion is a term given to the act of hijacking broadcast signals of radio and television stations. ...

Linna Yamazaki

Linna is a farm girl who came to Megatokyo with the goal of becoming a Knight Saber, after reading about them on the Internet, and also to get away from her overbearing family. She works as an OL for the Hugh Geit Corporation, where she is constantly harassed by her bosses. Linna is a very positive, friendly, outgoing person with high ideals and dreams of helping people, much like a superhero would. However, she is very defensive of both herself and others. She forms a close knit big sister/little sister relationship with Nene. If Sylia is the brains of the outfit, Nene the technology expert, and Priss the brawn, then Linna would most likely be the heart and soul of the team. In high school she was a track and field star and as well as an all around very durable athlete, and her athleticism is a great addition to the Knight Sabers team. OL may be an abbreviation for either of the following: Office lady, a low-tier female office worker in Japan Olympique Lyonnais, a prominent French football club Optics Letters is the journal published by OSA Offensive Lineman is a position on the offensive line of scrimmage in American football This...

Priscilla Sonoda Asagiri

Priss, as she is most often called, has proved to be the Knight Sabers' strongest member, specializing in close combat. She, the same as Priss in the OAV series, is a vocalist of an underground rock band and lives in the slums of the town. She spends most of her time in a trailer truck that she calls home, practicing with her band, Sekiria (whose other members are Maxon, Jade and Fox), holding gigs and riding her precious motorcycle. And as in the OAV, she is the object of romantic admiration to the hulking, Herculean AD Policeman Leon McNichol, whom she initially loathes and mocks, but slowly falls in love with him as the series progresses.

Her inner motives in joining the Knight Sabers or how she became one of its members are unclear. However her hatred for members of the AD Police are explained in the later part of the series which solely lies on the fact that the factory where she lived was destroyed and her favorite CD was broken by the dispatched AD police.

Priss is a girl who has no social graces or delicacy and a distrustful loner with the habit of emotionally isolating herself from others. Teamwork does not seem to be a part of her vocabulary, as shown in her aggressive and decisive style of combat. She is rarely seen together with her fellow Knight Sabers and shrugs every opportunity to be with them or to be close to them. She warms up to them a little as the series unfolds but she still prefers to keep a fair amount of distance between them and herself, and she is vehemently protective of her privacy.

Leon McNichol

AD Police officer. Leon is a frustrated, bad tempered but dedicated cop, with a tendency to rush in without thinking--a stark contrast to his friendly, good-natured albeit cocky persona in the original series. Having worked his way up from the normal police and with his heart essentially in the right place, Leon sees himself as the sheriff who has to protect the locals from harm and initially does not take kindly to the vigilante presence of the Knight Sabers, but later begins to reconsider the feeling. Leon reluctantly plays surrogate big brother to computer whiz Nene Romanova, mostly because he sometimes needs to ask her for a favor. He has a crush on Priss, which she does not like since she has reasons to despise the AD Police. As the series progresses he discovers that she is a Knight Saber, but does nothing with that knowledge. Priss and Leon's relationship grows closer during the series, and near the end of the series, she confesses that she loves him.

Daley Wong

AD Police officer. Daley is Leon's partner, and a highly skilled investigator. Daley is also ambiguously homosexual, in contrast with his BGC self, who is openly homosexual. Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ...

Brian J. Mason

Executive in Genom. A ruthless corporate shark, he turns out to be a genocidal mad man who believes that the human race has hit its peak and should give the Earth to the boomers. Worked on the boomer project with Sylia's father and Nigel Kirkland. He adopts Galatea and tries to use her, but she makes him into a boomer and fuses him into a wall to be hung up high above Megatokyo.

Quincy Rosencreutz

Chairman of GENOM. He wants humans and boomers to live in peace and harmony, and while he suspects Mason's conspiracies, he is overconfident in his ability to control and maintain Mason. His body has decayed badly, but he fears implants too much and opts instead for tubes and wires to keep him alive. He is killed by Mason's secretary who pulls out a vital cord to his life-support system.

Mackey Stingray

Sylia's younger brother, a naïve, inquisitive and extremely awkward young man who loves machinery and computers. He forms a close relationship with Nene, but there is more to him than meets the eye as he is a boomer himself.

Nigel Kirkland

A former engineer now working as a mechanic, he worked on the boomer project with Sylia's father and Brian J. Mason, and later he helped Sylia design and build the hard suits, which he also maintains when not running his garage. He is also Sylia's lover, but he is too quiet and sullen (also known as "man of a thousand grunts") and cut off to express any deep feelings for her, though towards the end of the series he begins to show more tenderness towards her. Mackey becomes his protege and one of the few people Nigel can honestly call a friend. Priss is infatuated with him in the beginning, but he does not show any sign of being aware of how she feels.

Henderson (English Version)/Meisio (Japanese Version)

Sylia's butler. He is to her what Alfred is to Batman/Bruce Wayne. He is a kindly old man who fears for Sylia's safety, and refuses to leave her side when the times get tough.

Nick Roland

The grumpy, cantankerous AD Police Chief, Leon and Daley's boss in other words. He has a tendency to shout at Leon when things don't go the way they should, but the two have a deep respect for one another. Though not the young man he once was, he can still handle himself very well in the midst of a boomer crisis.


Galatea is a secret boomer project by Sylia's father and eventually, the main antagonist. She first appears to be a younger version of Sylia, but after she becomes evil, her hair becomes black and she appears to age to about Sylia's age. She has many thematic parallels with Pygmalion's Galatea. A Boomer, original Buma, is a fictional synthetic life form developed by inventor Katsuhito Stingray in the anime series Bubblegum Crisis. ... Étienne Maurice Falconet: Pygmalion & Galatee (1763) Pygmalion is a fictional character from the Roman poet Ovid, found in the tenth book of his Metamorphoses. ... Galatea (she who is milk-white) was the name of two figures in Greek mythology. ...

Episode Names

Each episode title was named after a rock/punk song. Many of these are album titles. (A proposed list of bands is below - none of these songs were played in the episodes themselves.)

  1. Can't Buy a Thrill (by Steely Dan)
  2. Fragile (by Yes; Sting)
  3. Keep Me Hanging On (by The Supremes; Vanilla Fudge; Rod Stewart)
  4. Machine Head (by Deep Purple; Bush)
  5. Rough and Ready (by Jeff Beck)
  6. Get It On (by T. Rex)
  7. Look at Yourself (by Uriah Heep)
  8. Fire Ball(by Deep Purple)
  9. My Nation Underground (by Julian Cope)
  10. Woke Up With a Monster (by Cheap Trick)
  11. Sheer Heart Attack (by Queen)
  12. Made In Japan (by Deep Purple)
  13. Atom Heart Mother (by Pink Floyd)
  14. Shock Treatment (by The Ramones)
  15. Minute By Minute (by The Doobie Brothers)
  16. I Surrender (by Cheap Trick)
  17. Moving Waves (by Focus)
  18. We Built This City (by Jefferson Starship)
  19. Are You Experienced? (by Jimi Hendrix)
  20. One of These Nights (by The Eagles)
  21. Close to The Edge (by Yes)
  22. Physical Graffiti (by Led Zeppelin)
  23. Hydra (by Toto)
  24. Light My Fire (by The Doors)
  25. Walking on the Moon (by The Police)
  26. Still Alive & Well (by Johnny Winter)

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Voice credits


Satsuki Yukino (雪野 五月 Yukino Satsuki, previously written 雪乃五月) is a popular voice actress (seiyū) in Japan. ... Konishi Hiroko (小西 寛子, born October 26, 1975 in Kanagawa) is a seiyu who works for Arts Vision. ... Rio Natsuki (夏樹リオ Natsuki Rio, born March 5, 1969) is a seiyu (voice actor) who was born in Tokyo. ... Yu Asakawa ), born April 20, 1975, is a popular voice actress (seiyÅ«) in Japan. ... This article belongs in one or more categories. ... Yanada Kiyoyuki (梁田 清之) is a seiyu who was born on May 10, 1965 in Tokyo. ... Yuji Ueda (うえだ ゆうじ Ueda YÅ«ji, born as 上田 祐司 Ueda YÅ«ji, born June 15, 1967) is a popular seiyÅ« in Japan. ... Nakata Jouji (中田 譲治) is a seiyu whose birthday is April 22. ... Ken Yamaguchi ), born March 24, 1956, is a seiyuu from Tokyo (Fukushima Prefecture orignally). ...


American theater actress and voice over actress. ... Hilary Haag is an American voice actress, often providing English dialogue for the Japanese anime dubbed and distributed by ADV Films. ... Actress and voice actress for ADV Productions. ... Christine M. Auten is an American voice actress working with ADV Films and Funimation, who is noted for her roles in English-languages dubs of anime series, including those of Priss Asagiri in Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 and Sakaki in Azumanga Daioh. ... Jason Douglas is an American stage actor who is gaining increasing visibility of late by breaking into mainstream film and television work. ... Christopher David Patton (born March 15, 1971 in Houston, Texas) has been acting since early childhood, and voice acting for FUNimation Entertainment and ADV Films for eight years. ... Andy McAvin is an American actor and voice over actor with nearly 50 credits to his resume. ... Actor and voice actor for ADV Films. ... Charles Forrest Spike Spencer (Born on December 21, 1968 in Houston, Texas) is a voice actor best known for dubbing Japanese anime films. ...


  1. ^ Ms. Answerman and the Half-Blood Princess. Retrieved on May 17, 2007.

External links

  • Official Website (Japanese-only)
  • The Bubblegum Crisis Center
  • Guide to a Crisis
  • Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia

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