Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
(バブルガムクライシス TOKYO 2040, Baburugamu Kuraishisu TOKYO 2040
?) is a television retelling of the 1987 Bubblegum Crisis
original video animation.
Anime International Company obtained the rights to the series when Artmic dissolved in November 1997. Although the original series had not sold well in its initial run in Japan, it had done rather well in the US market of the early 1990s, being one of the earliest works of anime to be commercially subtitled there. The US anime-importing company ADV Films funded the creation of an all new Bubblegum Crisis
. BGC 2040
, as it became known, ran for 24 TV episodes and two OVAs (episodes 25 and 26). Due to personality conflicts with AIC staff and anger over their treatment in the original series, two key personnel from the original series - singer/voice actress Kinuko Ōmori and character designer Kenichi Sonoda - refused to participate.
Bubblegum Crisis 2040
has many interesting technological innovations 'in the background', such as the skyhook. Near the end of the series, an event similar to technological singularity is shown.
In 2002, a direct sequel was announced: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2041
by A.D. Vision, although no official announcements on the subject have been made since then.