AD Police

AD Police Files

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Synonyms: A.D. Police
Japanese: ADポリス
English: AD Police Files
Spanish: AD.Police
French: AD.Police
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 25, 1990 to Nov 22, 1990
Producers: Youmex, Bandai
Licensors: AnimEigo
Studios: AIC, Artmic
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, DetectiveDetective, GoreGore, MechaMecha, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 27 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.241 (scored by 64196,419 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #76642
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4847
Members: 17,378
Favorites: 21

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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.


Initially planned for more episodes, production ceased after episode 3, due to the falling out between Artmic and Youmex. Following the bankruptcy of Artmic, Anime International Company (AIC) and Youmex took on the company's debts, which in turn, AIC would gain most of the IPs and other associated copyrights held by Artmic. Since December 2015, the AD Police IP, along with some of the other IPs held by AIC, have since been transferred to AIC RIGHTS.

In North America, the series is licensed by AnimEigo, who first released the series in 1993, on VHS and Laserdisc in Japanese with English subtitles. In September 2015, AnimEigo launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, to rerelease the series remastered on Blu-Ray, with a planned release date of sometime in 2016.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Nishimori, Akira
Director, Storyboard
Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Furukawa, Toshio
Theme Song Performance
Bonnevie, Lou
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

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''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

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 ...
May 31, 2017
AD Police is connected to another OVA I've reviewed. Basically, it's a prequel to Bubblegum Crisis that came out in the very early 90s when that OVA was nearing its end. Supposedly, it was intended to be longer but some legal problems between Artmic and Youmex resulted in it being cut short. But the big question for me is, is this OVA as strong as Bubblegum Crisis was?


The titular AD Police are a force that specialises in dealing with boomers, and humans with enough cybernetic parts. The story follows three different cases of theirs. The first involves them trying to find proof that ...
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 ...

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