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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.95 AU
  • Running time: 125
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Martian Successor Nadesico

Martian Successor Nadesico Chronicle 5

    March 01, 2002

Martian Successor Nadesico Chronicle 5
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
Truth and Consequences…
Expect the unexpected as the revelations about the Jovians threaten to destroy the Nadesico! First, the never-stable Admiral Munetake goes completely over the edge and attempts to take the ship with him; then Ruri is confronted by some surprises out of her past when the truth of her own childhood comes to light! Even more gets revealed as the lovely ladies of the ship strip down to their bikinis for a decidedly non-military beauty contest! The fun and games turn deadly, however, when the Nadesico becomes the target of a new Jovian weapon and the entire pilot team starts seeing ghosts!

The Review!
After the reactions due to revelations on the last volume, Nadesico falls back into it’s familiar episodic path with an unlikely princess, a beauty pagent with the captaincy of the ship as the prize and mahjong games in the crew’s communal mind pool.

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, though the dub jokes, Kanchou/Fourth Wall gag especially, just feel flat. At least they didn’t produce English versions of the songs for the Captain for a day episode.

While boosting the episode count from four to five on a single layer disc, the video doesn’t suffer extraordinarily for it. Nadesico is a bright, bright show color wise. The only real technical complain is rather minimal grain, but even that seems to be reduced from previous volumes. The other object for complaint, the overlays, however has been amplified on this disc, much to my annoyance. Stock Madman yellow, san serif subtitles are provided.

Stock R4 Nadesico menus, apart from the addition of an episode and removal of the profile, trailer and “hidden” authoring credit buttons. 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 is the option for language setup. 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.

No Extras, not even profiles, thanks to the jump from 4 to 5 episodes on a single layer disc. Bye bye any chance of seeing the textless opening and closing…

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. This time it’s of Ruri, based on the reflective eye shot of her in the opening titles. The rear cover is much the same, apart from pointing out that this volume has 5 episodes, with the Howmei Girls in bikinis being the main image. The preface on the inside takes a leaf out of the last two volumes, plugging the fact that all volumes of both Eva and BGC Tokyo 2040 are out locally. Under the disc hub we have two of the Nadesico’s female pilots, Ryoko and Hikaru. The disc itself repeats the main cover image of Ruri.

Going from light-hearted comedy, the mood begins to darken on this volume, though comedy still plays an important part. With the revelations from the last disc about the Jovains, the crew of the Nadesico are at a loss. They believed their were fighting a black and white, good guy/bad guy war for peace, only to find out it’s just a gray as any other war, with neither side blame less. Munetake takes it harder than everybody aboard thanks to the rather unsavory acts he preformed. Now that he no longer has a righteous cause to rationalize those actions, he turns to drugs for release and self-destructs, literally.

While most characters are looking towards the future and considering what they might do after the war, Ruri is concerned more and more with her vague whispers of her past, and we get to see her rather unorthodox upbringing and parentage. Not that it disturbs the unflappable Ruri. Much. In an effort to raise the crew’s morale, and secretly pick a new replacement captain, the First Star Beauty Contest is held, so the entire female crew promptly enters. Except for Ryoko, who is more combat orientated, which is a good thing when she discovers the Jovians attacking the ship.

The next episode has the Jovians producing a logical progression of the Bosun Jump/Leap technology, transporting bombs inside the Nadesico, and the result is a tense, submarine like chess game between the Jovian captain and Yurkia. The Nadesico produces a plan to use the new Y-section to destroy the Jovian fleet encircling the Moon, everything going swimmingly until the Y-section refuses to operate or let anybody in, the pilots sent in to correct problem run into ghosts while everybody’s personalities coalesce and play memory mahjong.

A mere five episodes away from the end and Nadesico doesn’t even feel like it’s moving to a climax. That’s not to say these episodes aren’t great, primarily due to Nadesico’s excellent blend of comedy and the wackiness of the cast, but largely this feels like another collection of barely connected stand alone episodes.

English 2.0 channel track, Japanese 2.0 channel track, English subtitles

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


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