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Sylia Stingray is a fictional character from the Japanese anime series Bubblegum Crisis, its sequel Bubblegum Crash and its remake Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. In both the original OAV and the TV series remake, she is the ring leader of the Knight Sabers, a four woman vigilante group armed with high power combat armored suits to combat the monstrous cyborg boomers mass produced by GENOM. Sylia (pronounced like Celia) is the daughter of the scientist who created the boomers, and she is a brilliant scientist in her own right as well as a wealthy business woman who's business ventures finance her team, with her primary business being the fashion boutique she runs called The Silky Doll, which also functions as the Knight Sabers base of operations. She also stands approximately 5'9" in both series. Bubblegum Crisis is an anime OVA series that takes at least part of its inspiration from Philip K. Dicks and Ridley Scotts Blade Runner. ... Bubblegum Crash is a three episode OVA anime series, the sequel to Bubblegum Crisis. ... Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 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. ... The Knight Sabers are an elite, four-woman team of power-armored superheroes/mercenaries who are the main protagonists of the anime series Bubblegum Crisis. ...

Original Series

Sylia in the original series
Sylia in the original series

In the original series Sylia had short black hair and brown eyes, a cool, enigmatic, almost stoic demeanor, and known for her repressed, conservative business clothing in stark contrast to what she sells. Her background is not fully revealed, except that she is the daughter of Dr. Stingray, creator of the boomers, and the older sister of whiz kid Mackey Stingray. There were numerous hints throughout the first series that Sylia herself may have been a boomer, but it was never resolved. She was supposedly 23 years old but looked considerably older than that.

Her hard suit resembles Linna's in design but differs in its mostly light blue coloring. Her primary weapon are two short daggers or swords that eject from the forearm gauntlets.

2040 Series

Sylia as she appeared in the 2040 anime
Sylia as she appeared in the 2040 anime

Beautiful, intelligent, charismatic and slightly eccentric, the Sylia of 2040 is quite a different character from the original version. The 2040 version of Sylia was very emotional, in stark contrast to her original series counterpart, at times almost emotionally unstable, prone to violent mood swings when not in public, where she puts on a pleasant, cheerful, almost happy go lucky face for her customers. Approximately 24 years old but once again looking a good bit older than that, this Sylia is also noted for her unusual hair, which is long, silvery white/blue/purple, depending on the light, and her bluish/purple eyes, again, depending on the light. And, unlike the original version of the series, where she had no love life to speak of, this Sylia had a romantic companion in the form of Nigel Kirkland, the stoic, sullen mechanic who worked with her father on the boomer project and helped her build the hard suits. She has another companion, Meisio Henderson, a kindly butler who worries for her welfare, much like Alfred Pennyworth from the Batman universe. Nigel Kirkland was a character created specifically for the 1998 TV series remake Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. ... Alfred Pennyworth is a supporting character in the DC Comics Batman series. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-man, and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...

Her hard suit more or less is the same, except for an alteration in color, redesigning of the swords to be longer and, on one occasion, displaying a cloaking device. However, Sylia did not take part in the combat during the early part of the series because of unspecified health issues.

This version of Sylia is a human being without a doubt, but she was operated on and experimented on as a child by her father, who used both her and her mother as guinea pigs to create help create his boomers. It also revealed that her younger brother, Mackey, is also a boomer, and that they are both directly connected to the super boomer creature, Galatea, AKA: The Sotai, for Galatea was created within Sylia. Sylia tries to destroy Galatea half way through the series on her own, but she is unsuccessful, and Galatea escapes, causing death and destruction in her wake. Sylia later tries to destroy her again but fails, and is left in a traumatized state, leaving the other Knight Sabers to fight the final battle alone.

  Results from FactBites:
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1617 words)
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.
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.
Knight Sabers: Sylia Stingray - Priss Asagiri - Linna Yamazaki - Nene Romanova
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