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BUBBLEGUM CRISIS 2:

Born to Kill

30 minutes
Original Japanese release: September 1987 (Artmic/Youmex)
US release: 1991 (AnimEigo)
Available formats (6/01): Tape (Sub/Dub); LD (Sub); DVD (Sub/Dub)
Contains violence, strong language, brief nudity


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.

Linna watches 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.

Mason waits 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...


Cast List

(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

Music Credits

(Original Japanese songs reinterpreted into English by The Replicants)

Title Song: "Mad Machine"
Original Lyrics by Aran Tomoko
Music and Original Arrangement by Nakajima Masao
Original Performed by Oomori Kinuko
English Lyrics by Randy Drew and Jack Bowden
English Vocal Arrangements by Jack Bowden
English Harmonies by Annabelle Clifton and Amy Parrish
English Version Performed by Annabelle Clifton
Ending Song: "Kizudarake no Wild" (Wild and Scarred)
Original Lyrics by Aran Tomoko
Music by Oda Tetsuroo
Original Arrangement by Shimizu Nobuyuki
Original Performed by Oomori Kinuko
English Lyrics by Randy Drew and Jack Bowden
English Vocal Arrangements by Jack Bowden
English Harmonies by Annabelle Clifton, Amy Parrish, and PREVIEW
English Version Performed by Annabelle Clifton
Other Songs: "Thrill ni Odoru Angeltachi" (Angels Dancing in the Thrill)
Original Lyrics by SHOW
Music and Original Arrangement by Makaino Kouji
Original Performed by The Knight Sabers
English Lyrics by Randy Drew and Jack Bowden
English Vocal Arrangements by Jack Bowden
English Harmonies by Annabelle Clifton and Amy Parrish
English Version Performed by Annabelle Clifton

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
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Bubblegum Crisis 2 Synopsis, created 2 March 1996; last revised 19 August 2005