Ranked #4848

AD Police

Alternative Titles

English: AD Police Files
Synonyms: A.D. Police
Japanese: ADポリス


Type: OVA
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 25, 1990 to Nov 22, 1990
Producers: AIC, Artmic, Youmex, Animeigo
Source: Unknown
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 6.531 (scored by 2,191 users)
Ranked: #48482
Popularity: #3376
Members: 4,905
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The year is 2027 in MegaTokyo, six years before the Knight Sabers will make their debut. Boomers (artificial humans) are still a relatively new advancement, and the implementation and integration of boomers into society is still a bit buggy -- sometimes fatally so. Whenever a boomer incident occurs, though, there is the Advanced Police, a special force trained to deal with boomer crimes.

Leon McNichol is a rookie in the AD Police, and is just starting to become exposed to the horrors and tragedies one finds every day in MegaTokyo. He and his veteran partner, Gina Marceau, slowly learn about the ever-fading line that separates man from machine.


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Characters & Voice Actors

McNichol, Leon
McNichol, Leon
Furukawa, Toshio
Furukawa, Toshio
Marceau, Gina
Marceau, Gina
Matsuoka, Youko
Matsuoka, Youko
Lady, Phantom
Lady, Phantom
Ichiryuusai, Harumi
Ichiryuusai, Harumi
Cara, Iris
Cara, Iris
Tominaga, Miina
Tominaga, Miina


Nishimori, Akira
Nishimori, Akira
Director, Storyboard
Furukawa, Toshio
Furukawa, Toshio
Theme Song Performance
Bonnevie, Lou
Bonnevie, Lou
Theme Song Performance
Oobari, Masami
Oobari, Masami
Animation Director

More episodes Episodes(3/3)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Phantom Woman
Maboroshi no Onna (幻の女)
May 25, 1990
2 The Ripper
The Ripper (ザ·リッパー)
Aug 24, 1990
3 The Man Who Bites His Tongue
Shita wo Kamu Otoko (舌を噛む男)
Nov 22, 1990

Opening Theme

''Lonely Soldier'' by Furukawa Toshio

Ending Theme

''Love Me Tonight'' by Lou Bonnevie
''What a Fool I Am'' by Lou Bonnevie
''Cry Cry Cry'' by Lou Bonnevie

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Jan 28, 2009
A prequel to Bubblegum Crisis, set in 2027, AD Police Files drops the light-hearted humour of the previous OVA and replaces it with noir-esque crime thrills.

Someone saw more potential in the franchise and decided to take Blade Runner and blend it with Miami Vice. Inspired? Foolhardy? Definitely worth a shot. The cyberpunk genre can be blended with anything, and Bubblegum Crisis brilliant as it was, could have been taken in another direction entirely, and AD Police Files directs it into moody fatalistically romantic territory.

Leon McNichol is almost unrecognisable, not just due to a change in character art, but he's a jittery read more
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Feb 8, 2013
Definetly NOT for the lighthearted and teenagers! this is an cyberpunk cult classic prequel in the bubblegum crisis story ( though A.D police manga debuted in '89 named dead end city) its a good adaptation to it! and since this ova is from 1990 its seems that in anime at least japan has almost never left the 80's :). i saw this the 1st time back in 1996 on videotape.This 3 part storyline is damn violent as hell, dark, filthy and gruesome but cyberpunk as hell and even i REFUSE to watch the 2nd episode, just too tragic. Animation is quite mature for its read more
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Oct 4, 2009
This is a prequel of Bubblegum Crisis and is set in Megatokyo year 2027.
In AD Police Files, we have a younger Leon McNichol when he was a newbie at the AD Police force and way before Knight Sabers came to be.

This is a lot more darker than Bublegum Crisis and carries the Blade Runner banner more properly than Bubblegum could ever carry with it’s comedy and Female cast. The animation gives a little help at turning the thing darker and it was made in a proper way. The music was just awesome and the ending music of the final episode made me want to read more
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Jun 12, 2009
This is one of the absolute worst animes of all time.
I was looking forward to this after watching both Bubblegum Crisis and Crash, but this is just utterly rubbish.

The sexual themes in this 3 episodes are beyond sane, mostly just discusting.
The manuscript is not very solid or trustworthy, and Leon, well...he's not really the Leon old Crisis-fans are used to.

Please, spare yourself from watching this shit.
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Stories are about cops, but this is more of cyberpunk. If you like Wild 7, you will definetly like AD Police Files. 
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Both of these Anime are from the 90's and has the nice gritty feel that doesn't occur in the newer Anime. Both series are violent and extreme when it comes to the plot line, not to mention quite tragic in the way they end. Both series include flashbacks to help build up the characters backgrounds and there is a high level of angst to the plots, not to mention the advanced weapons that the main characters fight with, as well as the over all damage each take. 
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