|Via Yahoo! Sports|
Bubblegum Crisis was heavily inspired - obviously - by so many of the movies I listed above, in particular Blade Runner, so a lot of the themes were carried over into the series. The fear of foreign companies coming into Japan, like McLaren from "Double Vision," was very similar to the decay of future-LA in Blade Runner, where nearly all the affluent (and white) members of society had fled the city that had become a melting pot of Japanese and Hispanic (heavily implied to be Mexican) companies and residents. Ronald Reagan had introduced Friedmanite economics (seriously, guy, fuck you, and also RIP?), and there was a huge backlash to the corporatization of the United States, especially in the film industry. Just look at Verhoeven's Robocop, which came out in the same year as our intrepid heroines; like the villain in Bubblegum Crisis, the Big Bad in Robocop is Omni Consumer Products, or OCP, and it bears a striking resemblance to BGC's Genom, and the police in both franchises are inadequately equipped to actually handle the types (and amount) of crime that riddles their precious cities which are, sadly, run by the "evil corporations" that have no morality or government keeping them in check.
|Via Anime Zone|
Anyway, after that diatribe, I encourage everyone to watch Bubblegum Crisis and look for contemporary parallels in it. It may actually surprise you with how modern, at least thematically, it is. I guess it just goes to show that, no matter how much things change, the more they stay the same.
And that's the finale of my Bubblegum Crisis challenge! It feels like February just sped right past us, doesn't it? Oh, well! The next challenge will be coming up in May, and if you haven't already checked out my Challenges page, I'll just go ahead and let you know: it's Star Waaaaarssss!
BACK TO CHALLENGE
* That came out in the 80s, right? While I was born in 1983, my really solid memories come from the 90s and on.
** Not to be confused with MC Hammer pants, which comes as a surprise to me, because I totally thought they were the same thing. You live, you learn, I guess.
*** Shut up, I love this movie.
**** In an alternate universe, where I was born in 1973 instead of 1983, I am a successful journalist who has a billion followers on her blog that was started because I figured out early that the internet was going to be A Thing. Instead, I hope for the small number of views I get each day and struggle with the nagging idea that maybe I'm not as creative or interesting or whatever as I think I am. But I live in a world where literally anything could happen. Somebody important could read my ebook that I released last year+ and suddenly I'm a superstar. The likelihood that this will occur is slim, but who cares? I'm doing what I love to do.
+I'm currently rewriting The Legion: A Million More to Go, so if you, famous person with clout within the publishing community, could wait for me to update it, that would be great.