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Crunchyroll Adds Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, 2 More To Digital Lineup


Rogue Boomers, beware. The Knight Sabers are expanding their territory!

Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that three titles will join their streaming library today. The following are available in their entirety in subtitled format:

  • Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040
  • Dragonar Academy
  • Maken-ki!

Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040

Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 is available to members in the United States, Canada, and South Africa.

The 1998 series was a reboot of the original Bubblegum Crisis OVAs. Hiroki Hayashi (Tenchi Muyo!, El Hazard – The Magnificent World) directed the project at AIC, with Masaki Yamada (Appleseed film, Deadman Wonderland) providing character designs. Chiaki J. Konaka (Armitage III, Serial Experiments Lain and Sadayuki Murai (Millennium Actress, Steamboy) collaborated on the show’s screenplay.

Crunchyroll describes Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 as:

Tokyo’s workforce is riddled with robots that tend to go on destructive killing sprees. Four young women gear up in cybernetic suits to battle an evil corporation’s bionic pawns while its grip on the city threatens to strangle humanity. In order to shut down an android uprising, these heavy metal heroines flirt with a critical meltdown in an adrenaline-fueled death match between woman and machine!

Dragonar Academy

Dragonar Academy is available to members in the following regions

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • the Netherlands

The 2014 series was directed by the team of Shunsuke Tada (Kuroko’s Basketball, <em.Starmyu) and Tomoyuki Kurokawa (Murder Princess, Psychic Detective Yakumo) at C-Station, with Mutsumi Sasaki (Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ tackling character designs. Noboru Kimura (Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!, Doki Doki School Hours) was in charge of series composition.

Crunchyroll describes Dragonar Academy as:

Sure, Ash has the sacred star brand that marks him as a future master of dragons, but he’s having a little trouble playing the hero.

Maken-ki!

Maken-ki! is available for members in the United States, Canada, and South Africa.

The 2011 series was helmed by Koichi Ohata (Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny, MD Geist) at AIC Spirits, with the team of Nobuteru Yuki (Orange, The Vision of Escaflowne) and Tadashi Abiru (Slayers Excellent) providing character designs. Yousuke Kuroda (Gundam Build Fighters, Jormungand) was in charge of series composition for the project.

Crunchyroll describes Maken-ki! as:

Takeru enrolls in Tenbi Academy—an all-girl school that just went co-ed—with dreams of being smothered by chicks. To his surprise, it’s actually a school where teens beef up their combat skills using a magic power called a Maken. Distracted by all the bouncy brawlers, Takeru gets himself in a sticky situation—the hornball can’t figure out how to use his Maken!

Source: Crunchyroll

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