Chase the Dream
Priss Asagiri
Bubblegum Crisis

Priss Asagiri

Priss is a main character from the anime series, Bubblegum Crisis, which contains multiple adaptations. I've split the character descriptions depending upon the version.

Bubblegum Crisis/Crash

Type: Anime OVA
Episodes: 8 (Crisis), 3 (Crash)
Aired: Feb 25, 1987 to Jan 30, 1991
Genres: Adventure, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Priss' Voice Actress: Kinuko Ohmori

Priss Asagiri sings for the rock band, Priss and the Replicants (an homage to the movie Blade Runner), and adores touring the city on her motorcycle. She's plucky, gutsy, talkative, street smart and a great fighter. She carries a strong hatred of the AD Police because, when she was young and living in a factory, an AD Police battle resulting in her lover being killed accidently. In the OVA, Priss also develops a bond with fellow biker Silvie, and is deeply distressed when the latter dies.

As Wikipedia puts it, Priss "has a rebellious streak, tempered by a good heart and sense of humor." Her hardsuit serves at the brute force and "hammer" of the mercenary group. It was originally planned to have Priss die in episode 6 of the Crisis OVA. Fortunately, the creator changed his mind, and Priss remained alive, and continued being one of the most beloved characters of the 1980s.

Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040

Type: Anime TV Series
Episodes: 26
Aired: Oct 8, 1998 to Apr 1, 1999
Genres: Adventure, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Priss' Voice: Yu Asakawa (seiyuu) , Akira Sudou (singer)

Priss Asagiri sings for the band Sekiria, and lives in a trailer in a run down part of town. She loves riding her motorcycle, stating in an interview that riding is where she gets her musical inspiration. She became a Knight Saber when Sylia helped her out when Priss was having trouble with the police. Priss claims "there are no wings on my back," meaning she fights for the excitement and the pay. But in the end, Priss risks everything to defeat Galatea and save the world.

Her hardsuit is the main artillery and power tank of the group. She had a slight romantic interest in Nigel at first, but ended up with AD Policeman Leon McNichol after his relentless pursuit (and seeing his good-hearted nature). Unlike the original OVAs, where Sylia is the leader, Priss ends up as the commanding leader of the Knight Sabers in the TV series.

Here, Priss has been interpreted as as stoic, lone wolf. The production crew was trying to portray her as having a hard personality and rough edges, living only for thrills and money. Actually, taking away the imagery and looking at her actions, Priss' character is fairly keen and compassionate (though standoff-ish), even from the beginning. She rescues others frequently, listens to Linna's and Nene's concerns, exhibits an understanding of and sympathy for Sylia, and makes amusing jokes at times. She originally had a fairly unexplained hatred of Boomers, and later breaks that bias by developing a deep appreciation for Boomers (because of the dedication her Hardsuit and Motoslave showed).