Martian Successor Nadesico Vol. #3 (of 6) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2001
Release Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2001
What They Say
As the crew of most powerful ship in the fleet, the Nadesico team has to be ready to fight anywhere, anytime and at a moments notice. Missions to rescue a missing VIP and recover a fallen Chulip are only warm-ups for a deadly battle against an army of tanks and a new weapon that can envelop the earth in a miniature black hole! But the worst is yet to come, because the ship's main computer is starting to develop a mind of its own, and it's not quite sure which side of the battle it should be on!
Volume three brings us up to just under the halfway point of the series and also into a bit of a lull with mostly episodic stories that help flesh out the characters. Things do slow down a bit overall, which is probably why I enjoyed this volume a bit more than the previous two.
For our primary review, we watched the Japanese language track. Throughout the track we had no issues at all, no dropouts, no distortion, just clean clear audio. The opening song in particular sounds very good, but the majority of the show tends to be dialogue and uses the center channel. The action sequences use a bit more of the left/right channels and had a decent amount directionality.
Overall this is a very solid transfer with very few problems. Colors are vibrant and for the most part, the darks were solid. There were a few sequences with night blue skies where we noticed a lot of background artifacting that was distracting. Rainbows were pretty minimal throughout and line noise was practically nowhere to be seen. A lot of the animation in the show is pretty straightforward and relatively simple, so the show doesn't stand out much in a lot of places.
Much like those pictures at the mall that you stare at to see a hidden picture, I did the same with this cover. The two Aesti's are on the cover, but maybe my eyes were just out of whack. The back cover has a brief summary of the disc and a quick rundown of the fatures. There are a lot of shots of the show itself though as well as the menus. While the episode numbers/names aren't listed, the disc is numbered on the spine so it's easier to tell where you are in the series.
The menus appear to be just about identical to the first two discs, so they're pretty solid and have no functional issues. Access times are pretty fast and everything seems to go where it's supposed to. One nice feature, when selecting subtitles, it pops you right back to the languages menu when you're done, saving a keystroke. It's the little bits that help!
The extras are pretty similar to the first two discs as well, with the same textless opening and ending as well as the ADV Nadesico trailer. New character profiles are included, but unlike the first disc, no really cool liner notes explaining the translations used. Ah well.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With things taking a slower turn in storytelling and not being as rushed, I finally started to get a bit more familiar with the characters than I did in previous episodes. The opening episode focuses on the ship being assigned to rescue a VIP from the frozen northern wastes of Earth. While the ship flies through this area, and most functions are useless, members of the crew disperse across the ship.
This allows Megumi to get Akito into the VR simulation room he hasn't been in before. Donning the helmets, she activates the program which places them in... a high school! Yes, we get our schoolgirl outfit fetish taken care of here. Megumi does her best to express her feelings for Akito, and during a return to the scene, she's wearing even less than before. Yurika also eventually drags Akito into the same simulation, allowing us to oogle her in the same kind of outfit with much fan service.
The supposed plot of the episode with the VIP rescue takes only a minor part of the episode (though does have a humorous joke to it), allowing the interactions of the crew to take more of a center stage again.
The second episode is pretty darn amusing as well, as the ship ends up in a tropical island where they're supposed to investigate a particular enemy Chulip. The majority of the crew decide to take in some fun at the beach before looking for it however. This allows for... surprise, fan service, with everyone in skimpy outfits and frolicking about. Akito comes across a young woman named Aqua, who takes him back to her resort and starts smooth talking him and feeding him. The sequence reminds him a lot of an episode of Gekiganger that he had been watching just prior to landing on the island. Yurika and Megumi go off in search of him and compete hard against each other and Aqua for Akito's affections and his taste buds.
The remaining episodes continue the single episode feel of things without really advancing the plot all that much. The Nadesico continues to get assignments from the UEF but for the most part are kept out of combat until the last episode, where the Nadesico's computer system decides that the UEF is the enemy as well. It was pretty amusing seeing how proud each of the pilots were about the number of friendly fire targets that they had taken out as well as enemy targets.
While the first two volumes of the series haven't won us over, this volume definitely got us more interested in the characters. I'm still not sure why all the buzz about the show, but hopefully as we get into the second half of the series things pick up.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Textless opening/ending,Character Profiles
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Martian Successor Nadesico