AD Police Files box cover

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Available on VHS from AnimEigo.
OAV Series: 3 episodes on 1 VHS tape
40 minutes per episode
Science Fiction
Version I Watched: Subtitled in English
Objectionable Content: Graphic violence, brief nudity, suggestive situations

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AD Police Files

Set in the same universe as Bubblegum Crisis, A.D. Police Files takes place in the distant future when technology has advanced enough for androids or "Boomers" to be created. Unfortunately, Boomer crime is an unpleasant side-effect that comes with the technology. A special task force known as the A.D. Police has been formed to deal with Boomers. Leon is a member of that police force, and together with his partner Jeena, they investigate Boomer crimes.

Even though A.D. Police Files takes place before Bubblegum Crisis, everything has a much darker and grittier tone. The stories tend to focus less on action (although there is a fair share of it) and more on the psychological effects of being a Boomer.

The first episode features a female Boomer who has a vendetta for Leon. However, the story is a patchwork job at best, with no real development or flow. By the time it had ended I could barely recall what the story had been about.

The second and third episodes were a fair bit better. They both delve into the psychology of people who have become Boomers. Needless to say, the effects are anything but pleasant. Things do get a little philosophical at times (what does it mean to be human and stuff like that), but nothing too deep.

This series tends to focus more on the Boomers than the main characters, Leon and Jeena. Leon actually seems to be one of the supporting cast, which is surprising considering he is the only character from Bubblegum Crisis. This is a little disappointing considering the Boomers aren't exactly the type I'd want to cheer for.

Unless you only watch BGC for the Knight Sabers, then you'll probably enjoy this series. Anyone who likes the darker side of science fiction should also give it a try.

The Verdict: * * * 1/2 (above average)