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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.95 AU
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Martian Successor Nadesico

Martian Successor Nadesico Chronicle 1

    March 01, 2002


Martian Successor Nadesico Chronicle 1
© Madman Entertainment


What They Say
Love. War. Giant Robots.
The Jovan Invaders have destroyed our base on Mars, wiped out our space fleets, and now only one ship stands between Earth and Total Annihilation! Privately funded by mysterious Nergal Corporation, the High Mobile Battleship Nadesico is the most formidable fighting vehicle ever conceived, but due to a shortage of trained soldiers the crew is a little unorthodox. Against an assistant cook, a General’s daughter in command, and the largest contingent of geeks and misfits ever sent into orbit, the poor Jovians won’t stand a chance! Get ready for the wildest space adventure ever in the amazing series that was voted the “Best Anime Show Of All Time” by Japanese animation fans, MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO!

The Review!
Getting over the “Best Anime Show Of All Time” hype, Nadesico has quite a nice blend of plot, action and comedy right from the starting volume.

Audio:
Two technically sold audio tracks, English and Japanese. While some of the voice actors are on the tad familiar side (Gee…Spike Spencer voicing a young, unsure of himself pilot…never saw that coming) the large cast do seem to suit some of their roles well, if you ignore the vital importance of Gekiganger III…

Video:
Overlays, Ick. Beyond that, the video is pretty good, despite some softness. Stock Madman subs are provided and are easy to read.

Menu:
Using the start of the opening as the transition animation to the main menu is a nice touch, and leads into “You get to burning” playing in the background seamlessly. The main menu is set out like a Nadesico computer terminal, with the episode list in the center. Chapter selection just requires pushing right from the episode you’ve picked to the section you want, or pushing onto the translation notes. While they look nice, they’re not actually marked, though I’m sure most people will figure it out instantly. Along the bottom are the options for language setup, character profiles and ADV trailers, along with the usual “hidden” credit for Madman Interactive.

Extras:
We get the same extras as the Region 1 release, with one important exception. The translation notes for each of the four episodes from Dan Kanemitsu are insightful, showing us the battle between providing an accurate translation and a script that makes sense and the pain of picking Gekigangar over Gekiganger. The character profiles for Akito, Gai, Minato, Jun, Megumi, Yuriko and Ruri provide background without falling into the trap of those on the Eva discs and providing spoilers. While getting the ADV trailer of Nadesico, as well as ones for Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Evangelion and Gasaraki, we miss out on the textless opening and closing. Boo.

Packaging:
The front cover has an image of a rather grim looking Akito, hand raised with pilot patch glinting. The back cover has a side-on shot of a fairly dark pink/purple Aestivalis against Nadesico computer panel background, featuring a mix of screen captures of the menus, girls from the cast and mecha. Inside cover facing side has the Martian colony after the Chulip hit, with Akito’s pink hued Aestivalis getting ready to punch on the lower left side. Along the top it has plugs for other Out Now titles like Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Vol. 6, Gunsmith Cats and Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 8, complete with Shinji on chair cover. Under the disc hub is a group shot of Nadesico’s all female bridge and command crew. The disc itself features the front cover shot of Akito again.

Content:
Nadesico takes a different tact when compared with shows like Evangelion, hiding it’s deeper thoughts under a near total mask of slapstick comedy.

Set in the future, the series begins with the attack of the colony on Mars by a technically advanced enemy who sweep aside the human fleet with ease. In an underground shelter, we meet up with a rather nice guy who soon has to fend off insect like drones with a forklift before seeing everybody else die. Skip ahead awhile, and the enemy, Lizards from Jupiter, have now captured the Moon and are pushing down onto Earth. Enter Negral, who piece together a miss-matched team to crew their highly advanced battleship, the Nadesico. A former secretary as helmswoman, an anime voice actress as radio operator, a backyard mecha fetishist as the ship’s engineer, a mecha anime fan as primary mecha pilot, rounded off by a perfect in simulation, but scatterbrained Yurkia. Oh, and the rather stressed hero from Mars, Akito Tenkawa, who has no idea how he arrived on Earth and would much rather be a cook than a pilot. However fate conspires when Yurika, whose had a rather obsessive and one-sided attachment to Akito since her youth, tugs on his moral heartstrings and convinces him to fight.

One of the neat parts of Nadesico, and in fact what I’d personally vote as the best part, is the almost overboard worship of Gekiganger III. I think most anime fans can relate to the sheer love Gai and Akito devote it in the face of the other characters complete disinterest and mocking, and the creators nail the self-parody well, with completely overboard performances and low budget production levels.

While I disagree with the “Best anime show of all time” hype, Nadesico is good series with a perfect blend of comedy, action and emotion. JJJJJJOOOOOEEEEEE!!

Features
English 2.0 channel track, Japanese 2.0 channel track, English subtitles, Translator notes, Character profiles, Nadesico trailer

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor

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