old-skool anime link of the day
One of the first anime series I followed upon my rediscovery of the genre was the cyberpunk adventure Bubblegum Crisis. Set, like it seems every third anime series is, in a post-cataclysmic rebuilt Tokyo, BGC chronicles the efforts of the powered-armor-clad Knight Sabers to combat rogue cyborgs called "Boomers" unleashed by the suinister Genom Corporation. A later series, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, is a sequel-cum-remake in the style of the second Evil Dead movie.
In its review of the latter series, the Web site Purple Planet Media takes a retrospective look at the original and takes note of the elements that made BGC such a cool anime.
I consider the cyberpunk-tinged Bubblegum Crisis to be the first OAV series to successfully apply the music video aesthetic to anime, with quick-cutting visuals and every dramatic or action scene accompanied by a rock/pop/electronic score or song. It's a formula that is now familiar to anyone who catches summer films at the local cineplex, but watching Priss's "Hurricane" performance intercut with action-packed scenes on the streets of a futuristic Tokyo back in 1987 was something to experience.
For my own part, BGC was one of the formative elements in my current love of Japanese pop music. (Now you know who to blame...)
(via Destroy All Monsters; images courtesy the Bubblegum Crisis Image Index)