Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 Vol 1 : 4 of 5
Whenever I look for new anime to rent, I am always bombarded by Bubblegum Crisis everywhere I turn, like it's an important phenomena. So, I decided to give it a try with the Tokyo 2040 series. The plot is fairly interesting - a renegade team of women who have high-tech "hard suits" that fight robots ("boomers") who have gone mad. We don't really find out why in the first volume, but I think it's pretty Batman-esque, since the leader's family or friends were killed by a mad boomer (and possibly her father invented the technology). The assortment of women (four) is well-diversified, of course, and it was fun to watch them interact. The action was pretty good, too - when a boomer goes mad, it actually changes shape and becomes some kind of monster (these are bio-robots, I suppose). The animation is sparse as far as background action goes - basically nothing moves but the main characters (which looks funny when there are "parked" cars on the streets), but it's definitely worth continuing to watch.