Sunday, October 7, 2012
YEAR 1987: THE KNIGHT SABERS
As noted elsewhere Japan proved itself a worthy successor to the US in terms of creating iconic femmes formidables. One of the best known femme-centric products of the boom years of the manga/anime juggernaut of the 1980s was the OVA series BUBBLEGUM CRISIS, featuring four female mercenaries known as the Knight Sabers.
As shown above the four women-- Sylia, Priss, Linna, and Nene-- donned body armor in order to fight the destructive androids unleashed upon the MegaTokyo of 2032 by the corrupt Genom corporation. The four women were reasonably well characterized for such a fast-paced sci-fi adventure. CRISIS patterned elements of its future scenario from the film BLADE RUNNER, though a spinoff franchise, A.D POLICE FILES, was much closer to the dramatic tone of the Ridley Scott film.