Martian Successor Nadesico Vol. #5 (

By:Mark McPherson
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2001

The Review!
Do you like mecha? Do you like fan service? Do you like big ships? Do you like a good story? Do you like shows that begin with the first letters N, A, D, E, S, I and C? Than you are guaranteed to love this DVD.

Audio: ADV standards of Dolby 2.0 that still sounds. Can't complain.

Video: ADV's flawless video quality continues on word. Although the show is dated, it still looks great. Thumbs up to ADV.

Packaging: I really wished ADV would use some different covers instead of direct-from-VHS covers. Yes, this the cover to volume 5 of the VHS version. Not very clever on ADV's part. However, can't argue with how cool it looks.

Menus: They're all pretty much stills with an exception of the moving the scene selection menu. All the menus feature the main theme of Nadesico except the language selection.

Extras: The sad thing is ADV had to sacrifice extras for episodes. Well, it's not that big a loss. Only Textless Opening and Closings and Bios. Don't worry. It really doesn't make a big deal.

Content: Nadesico is easily one of the best anime series for anime fans. Why? Because the show has the designs of what anime fans really want in anime. And this volume proves that point.

We start out with an episode for the mecha and romantic fans. While Uri-pea and Hikaru enjoy some model building fun, Uri-pea constructs the new X-tivales. However, due to it's large scale cannon, the mech explodes if it is fired once. Admiral Munatake discovers some bad news about his rank, slips into a depression and goes insane with the X-tivales, taking his own life.

From here, things take a dramatic, yet humorous, turn. We get to see the whereabouts of Ruri! Where she was born, who are her parents, how is she so smart and (most importantly) how come she always says "Baka". No action, but one fun episode. Things get even better when a beauty contest starts up to decide the next captain of the Nadeisco.

The last two episodes are basically Jovian battles. The first one deals with taking out a long range Jovian ship with Boson bombing power. The last episode, which is probably the best one, deals with ghosts and memory majhong. It'll make more sense once you watch it.

Overall, Martian Successor Nadesico prooves once again that Nadeisco is the anime fan's anime. Highly recommended by far.

Review Equipment
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television

Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 125
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Martian Successor Nadesico