But beside just its fortuitous release scheduling, Bubblegum Crisis had something that had never been seen in anime before. Bubblegum Crisis was the first true "cyberpunk" anime. Especially for American fans who knew very little about anime at the time, Bubblegum Crisis epitomized the American idealization of what anime was. It was mature and dark and serious and violent. Prior to Bubblegum Crisis, Dirty Pair was equal parts sci-fi action and comedy. Iczer-One was an anime homage to Ultraman and other traditional live action hero shows that weren't taken seriously by Americans. Gall Force, although serious and dramatic, was brightly color and cheerful. Bubblegum Crisis was (intentionally) the spiritual successor to Blade Runner. It captured the attention and imagination of American viewers the way no other anime of the period could.
I'm not sure I agree that BGC was the "first true cyberpunk anime." Though I can't think of what that would be, I'm always wary of someone claming anything to be "the one true blah, blah, blah..."
Still, my love affair with BGC has lasted more than a decade now. So Suzuki, Sonoda and Takezaki must have done something right.