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Encyclopedia > Priscilla S. Asagiri

Priscilla "Priss" S. Asagiri is a fictional character from the Japanese anime series Bubblegum Crisis and its spin offs. 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). ... Bubblegum Crisis is a cyberpunk-style anime that takes place in the future in a post-disaster Tokyo, now known as Megatokyo. ...


Background

Priss is a member of the Knight Sabers, fighting boomers with a passion in her predominantly dark blue hard suit, which features a rail gun in the fist in the original series and knuckle bombs in the 2040 series. She is a rock 'n roll singer in both versions as well as a motorcyclist with a love/hate relationship with AD Policeman Leon McNichol. Priss' band in the anime was Priss and the Replicants a reference to the movie Blade Runner and an homage to the movie Streets of Fire. She was reportedly named after the Replicant Pris, played by Daryl Hannah, in Blade Runner. Her family name means "morning mist", but interviews with the creators of the series have proven fruitless in determining the meaning of her middle initial, "S". The Knight Sabers are the main superhero protagonists of the anime series Bubblegum Crisis and subsequent series. ... A Boomer, original Buma, is a fictional synthetic life form developed by inventor Katsuhito Stingray in the anime series Bubblegum Crisis. ... U.S. Army conceptual mockup of an exoskeleton-equipped soldier. ... Bubblegum Crisis is an anime OVA Series that takes at least part of its inspiration from Philip K. Dicks and Ridley Scotts Blade Runner. ... Daryl Christine Hannah (born December 3, 1960) is an American film actress. ... Blade Runner is an influential 1982 cyberpunk film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, adapted from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. ...


According to the Bubblegum Crash! based PC-Engine game, "Crime Wave!", Priss had the following statistics:

  • Height: 168cm
  • Age: 20

Original Series

Priss in Bubblegum Crisis

According to the B-Club special, Priss lost her parents in the great Kanto earthquake in 2025 and was raised in an orphanage. However, she soon ran away and teamed up with a biker gang. When her boyfriend, the gang leader, was murdered and his death declared an accident by the police, she intended to hunt down the killers by herself, but was discovered and taken in by Sylia as the Knight Saber's assault specialist, as shown in the music video "Asu E Touchdown". Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


In the original series, Priss is noted for her hair cut with a distinct cowlick and her fiery personality. She has an extremely bad temper and hates virtually all authority figures, namely the AD Police, in addition to boomers. Priss's bad temper often led her into trouble when someone, usually above her social status, offended her and she inevitably lashed out at them, with the offender often turning out to be a boomer. A double cowlick with two counter-rotating spirals A cowlick is a part of hair that does not stand down properly. ...


Much to her initial frustration and annoyance, AD Policeman Leon McNichol would like to win her heart, but she grows to tolerate him as the series goes on; in an audio drama not released in the Western world, she finally confesses to him that she has grown to love him. She sang lead for a band called the Replicants, but in Bubblegum Crash she attempted to launch a solo career.


At the time, Priss was far and away the most popular character of the BGC anime, in part perhaps because of her voice actress, Kinuko Oomoria, a singer in the rock band which performed much of the music for Bubblegum Crisis. When Oomori was unavailable to reprise the part for Bubblegum Crash, BGC lost much of its staying power. Priss was originally slated to die in the sixth episode, Red Eyes, and to be replaced by another character, Reika Chang, AKA: Vision, but a fan backlash changed this to keep Priss alive. Bubblegum Crash is a three episode OVA anime series, the sequel to Bubblegum Crisis. ...


2040 Series

The Priss of 2040 is the polar opposite of her OAV counterpart. No longer rash and over emotional, the 2040 Priss is stoic and cold, with only subtle signs of a passionate temper brewing beneath her icy and distrustful exterior. She is easily identified by her mostly leather biker gear, pale skin, and long, ratty, stringy brown hair, and cat-like eyes. Much more of a mercenary than in the original series, she still functions as a Knight Saber combatant, a much more hardened and focused one. She sings for a band called Sekiria and lives in a trailer located in the slummy section of town. Initially, Priss appears to be romantically interested in Nigel Kirkland, the stoic, sullen mechanic who tends the hard suits, only to discover towards the end of the series that he is already involved with Sylia. Nigel Kirkland was a character created specifically for the 1998 TV series remake Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. ...


This new, mostly unemotional Priss is the streetwise polar opposite of her four teammates, the elegant Sylia, the idealistic Linna and the naïve Nene. Sylia sometimes teased Priss about her unattractive appearance and advises, mostly in jest, that she should clean herself up more often and dress in a manner that would be more flattering and complimentary to her, which Priss often ignores.


Priss's unattractive appearance does not seem to bother her fans or her ardent admirer, the hulking, Herculean AD Policeman Leon McNichol, but her relationship with him is developed more here than in the original series; they do end up romantically involved, and even then Priss is the one who "wears the pants" in the relationship. While she does eventually warm up to her fellow Knight Sabers (she appears to be closer with Sylia than either Nene or Linna), she still prefers to distance herself from them, and is very protective of her privacy. She more or less saves the world in the final episode from Galatea.




 
 

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