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Thoughts: Live-Action Bubblegum Crisis Beginning Production

I was just about to write a piece about FUNimation picking up the rights to Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 (and Excel Saga and… ugh… Noir), but this story came to my attention first. Apparently, filming’s going to begin for the Bubblegum Crisis live action film soon. This is something I’ve been dreading since it was announced in ’08.

Most people forgot about this, or just shrugged the project off as a non-starter. After all, the project seemed to be going nowhere, and a lot of us figured that it would end up like the Eva movie. This news just brought a shiver to my spine.

While we know very little about the film at this point, the worry is still there. The potential for greatness is there, but there are just as many possibilities for failure. And, frankly, the failure scenarios would be what really drags the title down into the dumps. In the likely bad-case scenarios, The internet at large get a few laughs in the short run and the fans will cringe. Down the line, the franchise in general would take a massive hit both outside of the anime community and within. After all – once a title turns into a bad internet joke, there’s no turning saving it.

It’s possible that I could be worrying over nothing, but there are just far too many failure scenarios for me to rest easily. Bad acting, low budget, poor writing, bad choreography, or any number of factors loom that can destroy this title. Things are already looking down, with an inexperienced director at the helm (LaMolinara does have some talent with animation, but his actual directing experience is limited), coupled with the pained filming cycle.

But enough of the doom and gloom. Everyone who hasn’t seen it, definitely look into the original or Tokyo 2040.  Both are fantastic titles that are well worth a watch.
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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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