Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2041 (cancelled anime series; 2000s)
|A fan's edit of the original Tokyo 2040 logo.|
Following the success of the 1998-2000 anime series Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 (a re-imagining of the 1987 OVA series simply titled Bubblegum Crisis), an announcement was made by the now-defunct ADV Films (producers of the aforementioned Tokyo 2040) in late 2002 that a follow-up series had been put into pre-production, aptly titled Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2041 and that it was to be marketed to investors at France's MIPCOM trade show of the same year.
Not a great deal of information on the series has come to light, though it was revealed that 26 episodes had been scheduled for production, each with a runtime of 25 minutes (not unlike its predecessor).
At 2007's Anime Central convention, ADV co-founder Matt Greenfield revealed that the series had been put on hold in an effort to try and have all of the key staff members from Tokyo 2040 reprise their respective roles and that prior commitments of said staff members were the reason for the series' delay.
Due to the dissolution of ADV Films in late 2009, it is assumed by most (though, technically, never officially confirmed) that the series has been shelved indefinitely. As of this writing, none of the production materials for the show have ever been released, whatsoever.
- Archive of a fansite's page on the cancelled series, via The Wayback Machine; warning: contains Tokyo 2040 spoilers. Last retrieved 08 Jun 2015.
- Anime News Network page on ADV Films' MIDCOM press release; 21 Sep 2002. Last retrieved 08 Jun 2015.
- Anime News Network page on the cancelled series. Last retrieved 08 Jun 2015.