That might be one of the reasons I grew to appreciate Lupin the 3rd so much, particularly the "Red Jacket" series and onward. It was made to represent some of the era in which it was made... and in a way, I suppose I was too. ^^
Bubblegum Crisis was created a year or two after Dirty Pair, I think... and I'm not really sure which of the two was more popular for their time. I just know that they both dealt with futuristic or cyberpunk settings and material.
And in response to your status update, I've been having loading and slowdown issues on Gaia as well for the past two days. Lake Kindred in particular gets flat-out unresponsive quite often, and it's pretty bothersome. =