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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 4

    March 01, 2002

Martian Successor Nadesico Chronicle 4
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
Expect the unexpected…
A new military initiative takes the Nadesico by surprise and Akito finds himself cut adrift, but Erina’s secret plans for the young pilot are sabotaged when the Jovians stage a daring series of raids on the city. Megumi and Minato are taken hostage, the Gekiganger team takes over and the entire universe gets turned upside down and inside out as the shocking truth about the Jovians is finally unveiled in the fourth cataclysmic collection of Martian Successor Nadesico on DVD!

The Review!
Moving away from the episodic volume three, the fourth Nadesico disc begins to hint more and more at the plot hints, and has one of the best damn series recap in existence ^_^

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 the “Let’s go with hot-blooded anime!”/Gekiganger recap episode felt awful to watch with the English track on.

The video continues the same, effective trend as on the previous two volumes with no major problems, even the overlays are not quite as annoying as before…

Stock R4 Nadesico menus, identical to the previous discs. 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.

The standard and rather minimalist Nadesico extras: Character profiles and ADV trailers. Profiles are now for the characters of Gekiganger III. Rotten Prince Akara, big-hearted lug Akira Daichi, evil Emperor Hyperion, tragic Joe Umitsubame (Jooooooeeee!), annoying Junpei Kokubunji, brash good guy Ken Tenku, smarty pants Professor Kokubunji, misguided love bird Miie- Miie and sexy babe Nanako Kokubunji. While yet again getting the ADV trailer of Nadesico, as well as ones for Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Evangelion and Gasaraki, still no sign 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. The main cover has a nice eye draw with the Nadesico’s trio of female pilots. The rear cover is brief summaries of the episodes and the disc features, on top of some more art of various Aestivalis. The preface on the inside cover is devoted to pointing out that all eight volumes of Evangelion are available now. On the disc side we have the mightiest of all mecha, Gekiganger III. The disc itself repeats the main cover image.

As Nadesico comes in to rest, the crew is given the choice: Join up as soldiers or leave. Some people don’t have a choice, such as Akito who is dumped and replaced by a more experienced pilot, much to his delight. Megumi can’t bear to be apart and also decides to leave. In a rather “coincidental” turn of events, Akito is picked up by Erina and Nergal and asked to join a secret project to figure out how to get live matter to survive travel through the chulips. Akito is more than willing to help, after it’s pointed out that he’s already boson jumped to Earth, but has second thoughts upon seeing that Erina keeps using and killing human pilots in her existing attempts to travel through a restrained chulip. The Jovians aren’t willing to sit idly by while the Earth tries to sneak up on them, sending two giant, humanoid mecha to stop them. The Nadesico’s Astervalis team has real trouble fighting the rather Gekiganger-esq Jovian mecha, the new pilot being killed in short order. Akito to the rescue, and seemingly yet again to his death, but he was merely transported to the Moon two weeks ago. The crew of the Nadesico pour over the downed Jovian mecha, only to find it has a human sized cockpit and one that’s a virtual Gekiganger shrine that would of made Gai proud.

Hitting the half way mark, the next episode is a series recap, but it takes the interesting route of flipping the show within the show prinicple, with Nadesico being the favourite show of the Gekiganger III crew. Relating the basics of the series and the ship, the second half of the episode switches pace as evil prince Akara borrows an attack from Nadesico to use on the good guys. Luckily the bad guys aren’t the only people who can borrow attacks from anime shows and the Gekiganger crew fend off his attacks.

Returning to normal (well as normal as Nadesico gets), the final two episodes on this disc see the crew search for the stowaway pilot of the manned Jovian mecha. Giving the formerly faceless drone using enemy a face doesn’t sit well with many of the crew, most of all Akito, made worse by the revelation that the attack on Mars was very much provoked and the Jovians are more than justified in attacking the Earth. Nadesico survives another Jovian attack, but the scene is now set for the UEAF to battle them to keep the secrets they’ve learned quiet.

After the episodic comedy of the third disc, Nadesico’s finely tuned mix of plot and comedy balanced out as great chunks of the plot is revealed. And who can resist the greatness of Gekiganger ^_^

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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