Ranked #5099
AD Police

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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 6.521 (scored by 1994 users)
Ranked: #50992
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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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Related Anime

Adaptation: AD. Police: Shuuen Toshi
Alternative version: Bubblegum Crisis
Sequel: A.D. Police (TV)

Characters & Voice Actors

Marceau, Gina
Marceau, Gina
Matsuoka, Yoko
Matsuoka, Yoko
McNichol, Leon
McNichol, Leon
Furukawa, Toshio
Furukawa, Toshio
Cara, Iris
Cara, Iris
Tominaga, Miina
Tominaga, Miina
Fanword, Billy
Fanword, Billy
Wakamoto, Norio
Wakamoto, Norio


Nishimori, Akira
Director, Storyboard
Furukawa, Toshio
Theme Song Performance
Bonnevie, Lou
Theme Song Performance
Bakewell, Michael
ADR Director

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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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Mar 30, 2010
If you are a Bubblegum Crisis fan, or fan of some similar cyberpunk series in general, this 3-part OVA is not to be missed. Although it is just 3 short, stand-alone episodes, it packs enough atmosphere and psychological debate, to be considered worthy.

- This is studio AIC’s third best OVA work after Bastard!! and Yamato 2199 and I must say as far as presentation goes, it is pretty good for its time.
- The director is Nishimori Akira, who has produced only 3 titles in his career so far and this is the watchable amongst them. Not much to brag 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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Both are set in a dark cyberpunk future where crimes involving technology became a really serious problem. They also have similar character designs. It's a little bit more violent than Cyber City Oedo though.  
Both are hardcore police anime, where violence, gore, and nudity are shown as bloody hell!!! These anime are only for the older audience with titanium stomaches and anime veterans! 
AD police is a graphic police action drama set in a futuristic cyberpunk universe similar to that of Psycho-Pass. Where Psycho-Pass puts more a focus on the technology used to report and deal with violent crimes, AD Police is more of a detective drama where technology (cyborg crimes) is the subject of investigation and little attention is paid to the tech that gets the answers. 
another cop drama with good action.  
Stories are about cops, but this is more of cyberpunk. If you like Wild 7, you will definetly like AD Police Files. 
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. 

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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