Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 Vol 4 : 3 of 5
Holy time warp! I watched Volume 3 of this anime way back in September 2001! I'm finally finishing some shows now that Netflix has the complete sets - it's about time. I really enjoyed this series previously, and it was fun seeing the story continue (I'm amazed I could remember the general storyline so quickly). The general conflict is "fight the zombie robots" (which are called Boomers), and the Knight Sabers (a group of hot chicks in battle armor) are up to the challenge. Unfortunately, this volume reveals that the seeds of the plot are along the same tired old lines of "mad scientist who wants to create a new form of life to replace humanity". At least most of the mysteries that unfolded in previous episodes are pretty much spelled out in these episodes, including some interesting information about the hard-suits (the Knight Sabers' armor) and why they can only be operated by girls! On the subplot side, a couple of romances are brewing - Nene and Mackey have a thing for each other (too bad he's one of the weird semi-humans) and Priss and Leon finally have something like a date. Bring on Volume 5!