Martian Successor Nadesico Vol. #2 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2000
Overall Rating: 4.4
(on a scale of 1-5)
English Acting: 5
What does a series of funerals, a handful of mechanical worms, a noble sacrifice and a girl in a bunny suit have in common? Well, it's all in this disc of Nadesico. Just when you thought things couldn't get much crazier, this series decides to mess with anime cliches some more, and it's pretty funny stuff!
Nadesico is still looking and sounding really good on my set up. The menus have stayed the same. They are plain but functional. In the presentation department this disc has a catchy cover with the Yurika on it. The back has almost all the information, but it is missing the number of channels used on the DVD. The insert has a classic picture of Ruri (and an SD Inez!) and includes chapter stops on it. The goodies on this disc include character bios but no more translation notes. Those notes were great; too bad they weren't included after disc one. You've still got the trailers starting right when you pop the disc into the player... blech!
Continuing in the same vein as before this disc combines the parody with the cliches. It's a bit tough to tell where you are supposed to laugh at times (we're losing a main character in each disc so far). But if you look at how this whole series is making fun of the noble sacrifices and the cheesy heroics, you'll be smirking at all the right moments.
The first episode has Ruri (the robot/synthetic girl who has to be in every anime) giving us her perceptions of what the crew is doing on their way to Mars. Of course there are tons of funerals for all the brave souls that died in the last two episodes and Yurika gets stuck performing all of them (she is the captain after all). Akito struggles with his inner demons, when he isn't cooking or being chased by Yurika. Then there is a mutiny! Oh no! Well, enough of that, the next episode has the Nadesico landing on Mars and our heroes facing the Jovians on Martian turf. Will the crew find any survivors? And who is that lady who looks like Ritsuko from EVA? In the next episode the survivors of the epic conflict between the Nadesico and the Jovians trying to escape from Mars. Check out the cool education show that Yurika and Ruri star in. I'd love too see more of that! The Nadesico is cornered but the gruff old Admiral has a plan... or does he?! (cue the sinister music). Finally the last episode starts as the crew returns to earth (via weird circumstances) and find all kinds of things have changed since they've been gone 8 months! Time warp! As the crew struggles with the time shift Akito ends up lost in space (But way better than the cheesy movie Lost in Space). Will Yurika and Megumi get to him in time... and who gets to hug him first?
It's going to be harder and harder to do these synopsizes.
The animation in this disc fares the same as it has previously. Some scenes look great and others look really O.K. Sometimes the change in the look of the characters is so vast that it makes you wonder if that really is Ryoko since her face totally changed but the voice is the same. The design is also shaping up to have that mix of familiar with a twist. The Jovian's space ships and weapons of war have that "anime alien" look to them. I've also noticed several styles that have crept up in this series that were taken directly from another popular show. (Notice how the head of Nergal puts his hands up to his face and is back-lit, just like Gendo Ikari in EVA). Of course all this just adds to the parody. The sound has fit the show and doesn't really stand out too much.
I enjoyed the episode's plots on this disc as much as the ones on disc one. I love the way the "noble sacrifice" motif keeps turning up and it keeps getting trashed. You start wondering (just like Akito does) why does there always have to be a noble sacrifice and just what makes it so noble in the first place? Each episode is a good mix of filler and it continues to push the overall plot forward. But the overall plot really isn't the concern here. It's mostly just used as the weapon to put our cast in goofy situations. It will be interesting to see what series of adventures our heroes get into in the next disc.
I'm beginning to think that this English voice cast is one of the best ensemble casts since El Hazard the Magnificent World. Each actor and actress really captures their character and they seem to be getting better at performing. I still think the show stealers are Akito, Yurika and Ruri (although I loved Gai in the last disc, his frantic acting was perfect). But the whole voice cast is really working well together and making this series very enjoyable.
The scoring is just like before. It's mostly over the top and it works just fine. You get to burning...
So yes, I enjoyed this disc as much as the last one. I want to see more and luckily I've got the next disc waiting to be watched. So if you enjoyed the parody of the last disc, you'll like this one too.
Roman J. Martel
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General Electric Performance Plus (25 Inch), Sony Playstation 2
Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
Video Rating: N/A
Packaging Rating: N/A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: N/A
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