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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 2

    March 01, 2001

Martian Successor Nadesico Chronicle 2
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
Red Planet.
Tragic death and enemy ambushes are only the beginning of the Nadesico’s troubles as the planet named for the god of war lives up to its namesake. Now the crew’s only hope may be a dangerous plan to use the enemy’s own technology to transport them back to Earth! But will the Nadesico survive long enough to make the desperate journey? There’s plenty of danger ahead in the second stunning collection of Martian Successor Nadesico on DVD!

The Review!
Toning down the comedy side slightly, Nadesico begins to play up the character development and background of the series. Releasing the first two volumes in the same month then planning on dropping back to single volumes per month is an awful tease with a show like this.

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…

Overlays, Ick. Beyond that, the video is pretty good, despite the quality dropping slightly with this volume. Stock Madman subs are provided, easy to read except when characters are talking over the top of TV shows for example. I could really go for separate colors to denote two separate conversations.

Apart from the lack of translation notes, these are near mirror images of the first volume’s.
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. Along the bottom are the options for language setup, character profiles and ADV trailers, along with the usual “hidden” credit for Madman Interactive.

Once again we get the same extras as the Region 1 release, with one quite important exception. No translation notes this time and the character profiles are replaced with ones for Hikaru, Munetake, Ryoko, Mr. Prospector, Izumi, Ms. Howmei and Uribatake providing 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, yet again we miss out on the textless opening and closing for Nadesico. Sigh.

Like the Region 1 cover, we have Yurkia giving the victory sign, pretty much unchanged apart from the Madman straight-jacket guy insignia and the Australian PG rating tag. The rear cover has a ghostly shot of Gai, but pretty much follows the path of the first volume. The inside front cover is split into three levels. The top has a plug for BGC Tokyo 2040 Volume 6, Gunsmith Cats and Evangelion Volume 8. The middle has the Coming Soon/Perennially delayed Gasaraki and Spriggan. The bottom features the two stars of the “Get to know Nadesico” show, Yurkia Usagi and Ruri Oneisan. Under the disc hub we have images of Ruri’s “interesting” wake-up call to the Yurkia, and Megumi and Yurkia in sailor style school uniforms.

After a full blown comedy start, this volume of Nadesico takes things a bit more seriously to extend the plot. While everything is quiet on the trip to Mars, well apart from the constant bombardment by Jovian forces, Yurika has nothing to do except funerals for those last in the last battle. Naturally with all the spare time she starts to worry about the growing gulf between her and Akito passionate love, if in her head, at least until she loses the plot and the crew mutiny against draconian contract clauses.

Once at Mars the fighting begins, and once again Akito flukes a victory with assistance from Gekiganger III. Landing on the surface, the Nadesico’s crew’s dreams of victory take a battering as Martian survivors are harmed by the Distortion Field emotionally wounds Yurkia, and Admiral Fukube tries to seek redemption, despite Akito’s desire to hate him. Using a Chulip, the Nadesico returns to a changed Earth, with everything turned around and different, with two new main cast members joining them.

Character development for the show’s large cast is progressing nicely, with even minor rather minor characters such as Ms. Howmei getting fleshed out. The shows background also begins to come the fore, with lots of hints to things that will soon become important. While less comedic than the first disc, Nadesico continues to provide a lot of fun.

English 2.0 channel track, Japanese 2.0 channel track, English subtitles, Character profiles, Nadesico trailer

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


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