But not everything was as peachy keen as it was in the Bubblegum Crisis, let me introduce to the dark side of Megatokyo... The A.D. Police Files Anime (based on the manga A.D. Police 25:00) is a prequel to the Bubblegum Crisis and goes through the times Leon fought up through the ranks to become an ADP Detective as well as illustrates the horrifying results of a boomer rampage and the numerous bad decisions made by the AD Police.
The AD Police series had many faults, but it dealt with things that just couldn't fit in with the BGC series. It also showed things from everyone's perspectives, including the boomers. While not wholly well accepted, this series handled things of a more serious and mature nature and managed to work itself in quite well as a prequel to the BGC.
Along with the 3-part series, an ADP TV series was made after BGC: Tokyo 2040. Currently available from ADV Films you can find this on VHS cassettes or in a convenient 2 Disc DVD set. But for those of you expecting a Leon whupass-fest, don't hold your breath. This is a new ADP with new characters walking an all new beat in a place known as Genom City, read the review HERE!
For another taste of ADP goodness, check out the Bubblegum Crisis, Bubblegum Crash and Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040. For a more comic book example check out the AD Police manga (on which the anime was, of course, based and Adam Warren's electrifying BGC mini-series/graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics, Bubblegum Crisis: Grand Mal.
A.D. Police Files Episodes
All three episodes are currently available dubbed or subtitled on one VHS cassete, Animeigo informs me they will have this treasured 3-part series on DVD sometime next year. Keep your eyes peeled folks!
Cast of the A.D. Police
Leon McNichol - The same Leon from the BGC, 'cept this is back from when he was a Rookie! This Leon is really clumsy which often get him in trouble, and him being as green as he is makes him somewhat of a handicap for his veteran partner Jeena. But this is what he had to go through in order to become the Leon he is in BGC.
Jeena Malso - A veteran A.D. Police member (and one serious Bad-Ass at that). Her right arm is totally artificial, the arm itself gives her an advantage in close combat with Boomers, but there is a drawback. Deep down it scares the hell out of her since she worries that perhaps one day she might become completely artificial and go out of control like the boomers she hunts. Has a habit of casually hitting on Leon... a lot... a whole lot... okay so she does it CONSTANTLY, so I guess we now know where he got the habit from. :)
Dieork - Leon & Jeena's superior. Good buddy of Jeena's. He can't seem to stay out of an episode ^_^ Major badass and dispenser of great wisdom.