Since you've seen plenty of images from the original series, I'll start with this one from Tokyo 2040.
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While the hardsuit designs* didn't change that much, the character designs are much more crisp in 1998's reboot, which I don't really mind, but I will say that I like the much softer curves of the women in the original. Anime is well-known for its fanservicey images of women's underwear and giant jiggly boobs, and while there are definitely moments like that in both versions of Bubblegum Crisis - Priss' bare breasts appear as she's putting on a leotard before donning her hardsuit in the original, and it's a wonder that Sylia's cooch doesn't flash everyone from the short skirts she wears in the remake - but they are significantly less cheesecakey than other shows I've watched, Cowboy Bebop included (I'm looking at you, Faye's impossible to stay up outfit). Anyway, the style in general has been updated, and I can say that I am thankful that Linna's haircut** is much better in 2040.
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While Daley is essentially the same in the reboot, Leon takes a much more gruff turn. In the original, he's a decent enough cop but is hot-headed in a goofy sort of way. In 2040, he seems down-trodden instead of defiant, kind of like the difference in Sonny Crockett between the early seasons of Miami Vice and the later ones. It's almost a little sad to watch, especially given the cocksure attitude of Leon prior to 2040. Another deviation is that Leon's attraction to Priss actually turns into a relationship by the end, something that would not have happened in the original, and not just because I'm pretty sure that Priss was attracted to women.
The main villain is still Genom in 2040, but I think one of the major faults of the original is that we were never really clear who the Knight Sabers were fighting and why. Genom was kind of like "Terror" or "Drugs;" a fight against an idea. It's very difficult to do that concept well in fiction, not to mention in real life. But in 2040, Quincy, Brian Mason, and ultimately, Galatea, become the faces of evil the Knight Sabers must overcome. While I did like turning Quincy into essentially a boomer, I wasn't that big a fan of what 2040 did with Mason, which I mentioned back on Day 8; instead of having him turn into this incredibly powerful enemy, he gave away his agency and died horrifically, literally becoming a gargoyle for Galatea, who was kind of an asshole.
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Structurally, I think 2040 was trying to be a darker, grittier complete version, emphasis on the complete. This is not to say that the story arc in 2040 is that great; I got bored by the end of it and felt a little cheated by a one-note villain like Galatea. Despite sharing character names and a similar universe, the creators of 2040 seemed to want to distance themselves as much as possible, which is how we get to a giant space battle at the end of the series. But I feel it's a little unfair to judge the original by what was not made; it's almost like it was the 80s anime version of Firefly - or really, any of the Joss Whedon shows that have been canceled to early (Dollhouse, we barely knew ye). "Born to Kill" started out as a one-shot, seemingly, but was ultimately concluded in "Double Vision," so I wonder if some of the other episodes that seemed kind of disconnected - like "Scoop Chase" - were only part of a greater story that would have concluded if all thirteen episodes had been created. I guess we'll never know, but I don't think that Bubblegum Crash was necessarily the way to do it, but ... I'll get to that later on in the challenge.
And yay! I'm all caught up now! Thank God. I was getting incredibly frustrated with my apartment's lack of decent wifi, but I'm hoping that's a challenge I won't have to overcome any time soon.
Stay tuned for tomorrow!
* Okay, they still have high heels, which is a big point of contention with me
** True story: I had my hair cut similarly to this in high school and have often wanted to have it this way again. It's surprisingly easy-breezy! Also, my mother hated it. Hahahah!
*** Priss nearly runs over Linna with her motorcycle, ruining her lunch, but just drives off.
**** I think a lot of this also had to do with the voice actress for Nene in 2040, Hilary Haag. Her voice is absolutely perfect for Nene.