Martian Successor Nadesico Vol. #3 (Mania.com)

By:Roman Martel
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2001



The Review!
Overall Rating: 4.4
(on a scale of 1-5)

-Technical Ratings-
Sound: 5
Picture: 5
Menu: 4
Presentation: 4
Goodies: 3
Overall: 4.2

-Content Ratings-
Animation: 3
Sound: 4
Plot: 5
English Acting: 5
Music: 5
Entertainment: 5
Overall: 4.5

-Intro-

Martian Successor Nadesico got some more play time this week. It's more comedy from our crew and their many adventures against the Jovian invaders. Is this going in a certain direction? Does it really matter? Find out in this review.

-Technical Review-

We've got all the same scores for the technical 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 we got a cover with the Aestevalis 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 shot of Yurika in her ground officer uniform (snicker) 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!

-Content Review-

Well here we have broken the trend of getting rid of a main character with each disc. But there is lots of other stuff going on here (wacky and otherwise). So once again I will feebly try to give you a basic rundown of the plots on this disc.

In the first episode The Miracle Operation of the Kiss we have our crew on their first assignment now that they are part of the military. It is a simple rescue mission. The Nadesico has to dodge its way among hostile enemy territory and find a military special operative who is lost in the polar region. So while the Nadesico is weaving and dodging its way to the objective, Megumi and Yurika let their hormones get the best of them and attack Akito. When it comes time for our big robots to show their stuff it becomes even messier. The second episode is the necessary bathing suit episode. Our crew lands on the beach and takes in some fun and sun. But they also have to find a new type of enemy Chulip. And who is this mysterious girl who is following Akito around (he's got the Tenchi syndrome for sure, folks). I love the title for the next episode: Finding yourself in a Routine Plot. It's giant robots versus tanks in this episode. Can Akito and his team destroy the enemy before they destroy themselves? And remember this episode's message is teamwork... and that's one to grow on. The final episode deals with Ruri and the ship's computer. It's mandatory in these shows to have an episode where your robot/synthetic/pale/monotone girl shows feelings for someone or something, and this is it. So settle in and get ready for the wacky ride to begin.

If you didn't notice, all the scores are staying the same. The animation still has good points and bad points. It gets a little annoying sometimes but hey, I got over it, so can you ;-). The sound works just fine with the images and as much as I wanted to hear the Aestavalis song (in the third episode on this disc) in full surround I guess I'll survive. I also enjoyed how the inside of the Nadesico's computer looked like a library with a huge tree growing in the middle of it. And also found Akito's avatar in the computer to be one of the funniest things on this disc. Anyway, same scores as before in the animation and sound department.

Most of these plots are familiar ground in mecha and sci-fi anime. You've got the polar/snow episode. You've got the bathing suit episode. You've got the tanks vs. Mecha episode. You've got the robot/girl has feelings episode. Is it all filler? Well, mostly. But remember the point of this show is not to have a gripping plot. You're just supposed to watch it and have a good time. These four plots are all tongue-in-cheek fun from the beginning to the end. I love how Ruri describes that they have a love septagon aboard the ship. It's an accurate description.

We've got more great acting by the English voice cast. Everyone seems to be fully in character and doing a great job. The actress who does Nene in Bubblegum Crisis 2040 voices a special guest star in the second episode. She has that character down and does a great job in the part. The music is doing the same thing it has been. Over the top and pure fun.

I'm really enjoying Nadesico and want to see more. This series is definitely one of the most enjoyable ones I've run into lately. If you haven't given it a try yet, I suggest it. But don't go in expect Neon Genesis Evangelion meets Gasaraki. You might be a tad disappointed.

Roman J. Martel
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roman@animeondvd.com



Review Equipment
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
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Martian Successor Nadesico