Genre: Science Fiction / Action / Cyberpunk
I watched the 8 episode OAV in English in February of 1998 (and a few times since then). BGC is one of the original anime CyberPunk classics, and is clearly inspired by (and has several direct references to) Blade Runner and other western Sci-Fi classics.
The story revolves around the Knight Sabers, a mercenary group consisting of four very different women who have organized to resist the influence of the huge Genom corp. in a way that the AD (advanced) Police and world governments can't. Genom's primary weapon in their quest for world domination is the 'Boomer' a new type of humanoid android that the world has come to depend on for everything from slave labor to combat service (combat boomers are nasty). The Knight Sabers employ special 'Hard Suits' that they wear in combat. The hard suits are specially designed and optimized for each individual Knight Saber to take advantage of that individual's specific skills and abilities, and give each Knight Saber superior combat abilities. In addition, the Knight Sabers have an array of weapons and special equipment that they can call upon to get the job done, whatever it may be.
BGC is a great anime series, and makes a great series to start out with for the new comer. The characters are well developed, and there is plenty of intrigue and plot twists (the plot gets pretty complex at times). Don't expect a grand ending though with all questions answered and mysteries revealed, the 8 episodes are loosely related (some had different directors), and provide more of a window into life in Mega Tokyo in the year 2032, instead of a consistent story line. Don't let this dissuade you though, BGC is just great anime, and is a must see for every serious anime fan.
Personally, my favorite episode is #5, Moonlight Rambler. My favorite Knight Saber is, well, don't worry about it (I never admit this). My favorite character is Sylvie, who only appeared in one episode. Many of my BGC fan friends think that my choice of Sylvie is a little odd, but then again, my favorite character in Blade Runner was Rachel.....see any similarities?
Quick Episode Synopsis:
Episode #1, Tinsel City
Episode #2, Born to Kill
Episode #3, Blow Up
Episode #4, Revenge Road
Episode #5, Moonlight Rambler
Episode #6, Red Eyes
Episode #7, Double Vision
Episode #8, Scoop Chase