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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: A
  • 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 3

    March 01, 2002

Martian Successor Nadesico Chronicle 3
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
Unnatural Disasters
As the crew of the most powerful ship in the fleet, the Nadesico team have to be ready to fight anywhere, anytime, and at a moment’s notice. Missions to rescue a missing VIP and recover a fallen Chulip are only warm-ups for a deadly battle against an army of tanks and a new weapon that can envelope the Earth in a miniature black hole! But the worst is yet to come, because the ship’s main computer is starting to develop a mind of its own, and it’s not quite sure which side of the battle it should be on! The action is non-stop and furious in the third spectacular collection of Martian Successor Nadesico on DVD!

The Review!
After setting the scene and getting the characters set in, these fall back on old dependable standalone episodes, playing up the comedy aspects of the series.

Two technically solid soundtracks for either side. While not a patch on the Japanese originals, the English cast do seem to be fitting into their roles better, with one major exception: Gekiganger III. They just seem unable to produce the overboard performances that help make Gekiganger III, and it’s painful to watch them in English…

The video continues the same, effective trend as on the previous two volumes with no major problems…if you ignore the Overlays. Just when they seemed to be fading into the background, not blocking the characters or the helmet cables in the foreground in the VR chamber alerts comes to mind, they have a low power warning during Akito’s final attack in the Kursk episode covering half his face. Grrr.

Virtually identical to those on volume two, which was a barely changed version of the menu on volume one. 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. One nice touch is when you enter the language setup menu it instantly places the cursor on the Japanese with English subs options. I guess sub fans are the only people that change the language, so it makes perfect sense.

Changed character profiles, mainly of the second string characters of Nadesico’s rather large cast though there is the standout ship’s computer Omoikane. While yet again getting the ADV trailer of Nadesico, as well as ones for Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Evangelion and Gasaraki, still no sigh of the textless opening and closing for Nadesico. Sigh…

Standard recipe for a Madman version cover, use the Region 1 original and turn it into double-sided version for use in a clear keepcase. Mecha cover! A vibrant, neon styled shot of two Aestivalis provide a nice eye draw. The rear cover is brief summaries of the episodes and the disc feature, but the main art is a badly traced shot of the leading trio singing around the fire. Inside cover has the leading four of the ground teaming winching themselves up the mountain, the bottom third taken up by a plug for the fact that all 6 discs of BGC Tokyo 2040 are available locally. Under the disc hub is a shot of Yurkia and Ruri saluting in their borrowed military costumes, along with a shot of the unpainted Usagi Yurkia figure. The disc itself repeats the main cover image, centered more on the Red Aestivalis.

Initially wary at being roped into the UEAF, Nadesico are given a simple rescue mission, a VIP trapped on an Arctic island to sooth the non-military members. With heavy winter storms, the pilots are bored and the radio is out, so Megumi drags Akito along for some VR role-playing at a 20th century school. Sailor Suit Fetish! Yurkia reacts badly to this news and accidentally reveals Nadesico’s location to the enemy. Now forced to take a longer and more dangerous route, Akito perks up Yukria’s spirits before leaping into battle and seeming death. Like the bad penny that he is, Akito turns up and with the VIP to boot.

Trading the arctic north for more tropical climes, the crew of Nadesico hit the beach, except for Akito who tries to survive death from the cooking of the girls after him. So when he finds a beautiful girl who loves him, can cook really well and even resembles a character from Gekiganger III, Akito thinks he’s got it made. But what do a captured Jovan Chulip, paralyzing drugs and tragic romance manga have to do with her.

When a Chulip lands in an old military factory in Russia, Nadesico heads along to destroy it, until the ship is shot down by very big cannon that can destroy the world. With air-assault out and the clock ticking until the next firing, a ground assault is tried. The newly pro-team work Akito is lumped with the job of carrying the extra batteries required, as the other four race ahead. The battle of words between Akatsuki and Akito comes to head, and they end up with a grudging respect.

After the pervious successes, the Nadesico is attached to other UEAF forces, with disastrous results. Seem the Nadesico’s main computer picked up some bad habits during the ships run to Mars and thinks that UEAF ships are just as much the enemy as the Jovians! Nobody wants a ship that shoots down friend as well as foe, and plans are made to wipe out and reboot the computer. Ruri however doesn’t want her friend to “die” and enlists the aid of Akito to help her remove the offending conflicting thoughts. But what chances does he have when the computer selects the greatest and most powerful mecha it knows, the awesome Gekiganger III, to serve as it’s protector?

Taking a more episodic approach, this disc certainly plays up the comedy that makes Nadesico such a good show to watch. Recommended.

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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