BUBBLEGUM CRISIS 2:
Born to Kill
The private war between the Knight Sabers and the Genom Corporation heats up when Genom Boomers recover Cynthia's remains from the sunken wreckage of Aqua City. Mason, the Genom executive in charge of the project, incorporates the "black box" salvaged from Cynthia into his pet project, the uprated SuperBoomer android.
Meanwhile, at a Genom laboratory, the development of the uprated Boomer is interrupted by an explosion that claims the lives of the scientists involved. Watching the AD Police investigate the scene is a young Chinese woman named Irene Chang. Irene, the fiancee of one of the dead scientists and an aerobics girlfriend of Linna, demands answers from Mason, but his bodyguard Boomers brush her aside. When Priss and Linna, who have also been watching from the crowd, try to intervene for Irene, Linna is stopped by the ADP.
Priss actually reaches Mason and confronts the bodyguard who pushed Irene aside. The Boomer responds by grabbing Priss's hand and squeezing. She is saved from a broken hand when Leon McNichol arrives to break it up.
In an underground parking garage, Sylia teleconferences with the USSD commander. He explains that Cynthia (BGC 1) was developed to be a weapon that would synchronize and control USSD's orbital beam satellite systems. Sylia tells him that, to the Knight Sabers, Cynthia was just a little girl that needed to be rescued, and to make the next one a dog or cat. She agrees to recover the missing black box, the actual synchronization and control unit, for USSD.
Leon is disturbed. His AD Police superiors have called off his investigation of the explosion at the Genom laboratory. The Chief tells him there has been no pressure from Genom, it's just that it appears to have been a simple accident with no trace of Boomer involvement. Leon is convinced that Genom is trying to develop an advanced Boomer, but the Chief won't listen to him.
Sylia meets with the other Knight Sabers and Mackie. Because USSD didn't recover it, and taking into account the laboratory explosion, she infers that Genom has the black box. Priss is ready to go after them immediately, but Linna isn't so sure... they're too big. But Nene agrees with Priss, as she's irritated with the ineffectiveness of the AD Police.
While Mackie and Nene comb the computer networks for information, Priss sets out to get information from Leon. Leon agrees to meet Priss for lunch, though he is suspicious of her sudden interest in him. He explains his suspicions about Genom's Boomer development and his theories behind the laboratory explosion to her. He also tells her that at the same time as the explosion, a truck left the laboratory by a normally unused gate. He is convinced that the development project was moved to another location. Having heard all she needs, Priss brushes Leon off with the excuse that she has a rehearsal at the club. He protests that it isn't fair -- they only had lunch!
At the aerobics club, Irene tells Linna about her fiancee. It seems that he was an engineer working on a Boomer for space development. He was always telling her about his research, but recently he had become very scared of something. He told Irene that if he told anyone what he was working on, they would be killed. Irene tells Linna that she talked to the police after the explosion, but they wouldn't listen to her. All she wants to know is what happened to him.
Linna takes Irene shopping for the day. But Irene has been thinking. She now swears to expose Genom's involvement in the tragedy. She jokingly tells Linna that if something happens to her to hire those vigilantes to find out what happened.
As Irene and Linna leave the restaurant, Linna sees that her car has been towed. Irene decides that since she lives nearby, she'll walk home, and Linna tries to figure out how to get home herself. As she enters a phone booth, a car smashes into it, demolishing it and knocking out one headlight, but Linna escapes uninjured. The car then speeds off, and Linna calls Sylia for help. She then follows after Irene on foot.
Linna isn't the only one following Irene. A car with a missing headlight is following Irene too. Irene runs faster and faster, dodging through alleys trying to elude the car, with no luck. Finally she collapses from exhaustion on a highway overpass. A car pulls up, and a woman steps out. Irene immediately recognizes the car and the woman -- she's one of Mason's bodyguard Boomers.
Linna arrives on the scene, followed moments later by Priss, but they are too late -- the Boomer has already killed Irene. The Boomer drops her body off the overpass to the highway below, while Linna and Priss watch in horror. Priss starts to go after the Boomer, but Linna stops her. As Priss watches, Linna cradles Irene's body, mourning her friend. She takes Irene's engagement ring as a momento of her friend.
Priss and Linna travel to the Knight Sabers headquarters, where Sylia, Nene, and Mackie are waiting. The four women suit-up, and Mackie drives them to the factory area where they suspect the Boomer development project was moved to.
As the Knight Sabers arrive, Mason, in another part of the factory, sends his three bodyguards to meet them. The Knight Sabers enter the factory at three different locations. Priss immediately encounters the Boomer that almost broke her hand, while Linna does battle with Irene's killer. Sylia and Nene fight the third. Eventually all the Boomers are destroyed, but a larger threat makes itself known.
The SuperBoomer emerges from the shadows, flattening Nene in the process, and the Knight Sabers attack. It synchronizes with the satellite weapons system, and a particle beam blast destroys part of the factory. As the system begins to lock-on again, the Knight Sabers destroy the SuperBoomer, and the black box with it.
As the factory goes up in flames, a truck, with Mason at the wheel, leaves the premises by an unused gate.
Later that day, due to recent scandals, the commander of the USSD resigns...
(Japanese names in Japanese order, family name first)
Original Cast English Cast Sylia Stingray Sakakibara Yoshiko Jemila Ericson Priss Asagiri Oomori Kinuko Sinda Nichols Linna Yamazaki Tomizawa Michie Elizabeth Becka Nene Romanova Hiramatsu Akiko Susan Grillo Brian J. Mason Ikeda Shuuichi Eric Paisley Leon McNichol Furukawa Toshio Brad Moranz USSD Commander Oomiya Teiji Michael S. Way Daley Wong Horiuchi Kenyuu Marshall Carroll Mackie Stingray Sasaki Nozomu Frank Trimble Chief Satoo Seiji David Kraus Announcer Kobayashi Michitaka Chuck Denson Irene Chang Itoo Miki Jean Hrdlicka Female Boomer Takano Urara Takano Urara AD Police Officer Ookura Masaaki Michael Sinterniklaas Company Man A Matt Sullivan Company Man B Sean Clay Guard 1 Nathan Gray
(Original Japanese songs reinterpreted into English by The Replicants)
BGCrisis 2 Trivia: This OAV can be considered part 2 of a three part sequence (with BGC 1 & BGC 3), featuring The Knight Sabers vs Mason. It can also be considered part 1 of a two part sequence (with BGC 7), featuring Linna and the Chang family.
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Bubblegum Crisis 2 Synopsis, created 2 March 1996; last revised 19 August 2005