|The Knight Sabers with Genom Tower in the background.|
Bubblegum Crisis first came out in 1987 and was produced Artmic and Youmex. The series follows the adventures of the Knight Sabers, a mercenary group that takes on the excesses of the ultra-powerful Genom, a mega corporation that produces artificial life forms called Boomers. As the Boomers have a way of runnung amok and the AD Police meant to combat them is often incompetent, the Knight Sabers step in to fill the void with their superior technology.
The original series is infamous for not having a true ending and for sending its producer Artmic into legal turmoil. Nevertheless, it was a big success and fans consider it one of the peaks of the OVA boom of the 1980s and early 90s, and a classic in the cyberpunk genre. Its soundtrack is undoubtedly one of the best ever made for an animated series.
Bubblegum Crisis has spawned several spinoffs and sequels:
- Bubblegum Crash
- AD Police Files
- Parasite Dolls
- Several RPG games
- Several video games
There is also a different continuity, the 2040 version.
Standing in the Battledome
Bubblegum Crisis depicts a human civilization on the verge of reaching Type I on the Kardashev Scale. It has advanced military technology with space-based orbital weapons that have superseded nukes as a primary deterrent. Its cybernetic warfare is also advanced, with certain Boomers being able to incorporate and absorb other technology. Advanced artificial intelligence and biotechnology make for armies of formidable Boomers and there is a sprawling network of space satellites of both a military and civilian nature.
The Knight Sabers have hard suits with compact and powerful railguns, lasers, high-vibration blades, advanced hacking abilities, and so on.