Martian Successor Nadesico Vol. #5 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Overall Rating: 4.2
(on a scale of 1-5)
English Acting: 5
We get more goofy antics from the crew of the Nadesico with this disc. We are that much closer to the explosive finale. Will the Jovians relent, will there be any more swimsuits, who will finally win the heart of Akito? Who really cares, they're all a bunch of idiots anyway ;-)
Oh great, the technical score goes down! How can I recommend this series if the technical score pulls down the overall score? What changed, well it wasn't the sound or the picture. Everything stays the same in the menu and presentation areas as well. It's the extras (or lack of them). I know that it can be tough to get extras from the Japanese studio, but some people just like to have them. The grade has to go down because of this. Sorry guys. You've still got the trailers starting right when you pop the disc into the player... blech!
Every time I think that this series might try and have some kind of serious plot, I'm tricked again. I don't know what it is that makes me think it might try and do something serious... but I'm glad it isn't taking the easy way out. Staying true to its nature Martian Successor Nadesico follows the wacky path to parody.
The first episode not only features a new Aestevalis but it also features the death of a beloved character. I thought we were safe from further carnage but some people just can't handle their guilty conscious and the fact that Nergal and the Military tricked them. As you can see this episode takes a total departure from the previous and just continues on its merry way. The next episode is for all you Ruri fans. She goes in search of her past (as is required by anime law). Akito becomes her knight in shining armour (smirk) and of course there is Magical Princess Natural Lichee! You're the Next Captain of the Nadesico brings on the swimsuit episode for the second half of the show. It's a talent contest. See all your favorite Nadesico girls perform and show some skin in the competition all to find out who will be the new captain of the Nadesico! The fourth episode brings back the Jovians and a new weapon. Can the Nadesico outwit these Gekiganger worshiping freaks? It's a man to man (or spazzy girl to spazzy guy) battle as each captain tries to outsmart the other. The final episode, The Meadows We Once Ran Across contains tons of style and cheesy antics by the cast. It's your basic switch-eroo episode, with a Nadesico twist. So get to burning and watch this puppy!
It's difficult for me not to repeat everything I've said previously about this series. I'll keep it short and sweet for now. We've only got one more disc to go and that will be the one with the in-depth look. The animation has remained the same: some of it good, some of it looks weird. All in all it's not bad but it could be worse. The sound works a bit better than the animation.
The plot has kept up its self mockery and did it in each episode. All five were fairly enjoyable but I really liked the editing style of the last one. It was done in the perfect "Pulp Fiction" style. The story comes together at the end as the episode jumps forward and back through linear time. The characters have the personalities changed (or warped or twisted or whatever) and it makes for a fun episode combining the cheesy with the touching very well. More secrets are hinted at in this episode. I also have to say that the talent contest was very well done as well. The weakest episode was the one all about Ruri. I'm not a big Ruri fan so that was part of it, but I think there were some editing issues as well. It wasn't a bad episode by any means it was just the slowest on this disc.
The English cast rules. Enough said ;-) The score and the songs continue in the same caliber. During the talent contest we are treated to some new songs (and an old one) that made me want to seek out the soundtrack. Ruri was so damn cute!
Martian Successor Nadesico is maintaining its grasp of comedy and keeping the characters fun and interesting at the same time. All the elements are working well together. I just wish the budget had been a bit bigger and the animation wasn't such a mixed bag, but other than that I'm eagerly awaiting the final disc.
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: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 125
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Martian Successor Nadesico