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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • 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 Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     December 12, 2000
Release Date: December 12, 2000


Martian Successor Nadesico Vol. #2
© ADV Films


What They Say
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 the Nadesico 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!
Another batch of episodes and I'm starting to slowly warm up to this title a little. I still find things too scattered to be really cohesive. Maybe I'm just getting old.

Audio:
The usual suspects are here in the form of the English and Japanese tracks. The Japanese track sounds fine and has a decent amount of directionality during the few scenes where it's required. A lot of these episodes are pretty dialogue driven, so there's little need for much else. The English track sounds really hollow though in a lot of scenes, as if it was being recorded in a big room. Really made it hard for me to concentrate on what was being said. We didn't notice any dropouts or other distortions throughout regular playback.

Video:
While not a massive improvement over the first disc, a lot of this transfer looks slightly better. Some areas still some pixilated around the edges, such as Yurika's hair being one of the more common culprits. Some sections are particularly vibrant, such as when the Aestivalis' are in flight, such as Akito's bright hot pink one. Overall, the transfer still looks fairly soft and not as sharp as it could be, but it's not really bad.

Packaging:
Things definitely look up a bit with this cover having the smiling Yurika looking at you. The first disc I thought was a bit too dark with Akito looking grim on it, especially when so much of the disc is a comedy. The back gives a very brief recap and rundown of the four episodes inside and gives a variety of both menu and animation screenshots. Some of the credits are rather difficult to read, being dark purple on black though. The insert is really nice, with some good artwork on the front and some really cute super deformed piece on the back with the chapter listings.

Menus:
The menus appear to be just about identical to the first disc, so they're pretty solid and have no functional issues. Access times are pretty fast and everything seems to go where it's supposed to. One nice feature, when selecting subtitles, it pops you right back to the languages menu when you're done, saving a keystroke. It's the little bits that help!

Extras:
The extras are pretty similar to the first disc as well, with the same textless opening and ending as well as the ADV Nadesico trailer. New character profiles are included, but unlike the first disc, no really cool liner notes explaining the translations used. Ah well.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
I definitely found this batch of episodes more enjoyable than the first disc, but not by a whole lot more. The show continues for the most part with its comedic style, especially in the first episode here with Yurika overseeing funeral services for all those who died. Each person gets their own unique/requested funeral service, which means she's running all over the place like mad. It was amusing to see her racing around in the wide variety of outfits and listening to all the different kinds of funeral requests people had.

Things do take a few turns into darker territory though as the Nadesico makes its way through the protective nanomachines of the Martian atmosphere and eventually to one of the hidden enclaves of humans left on the planet. There's some interesting bits on the people who worked on the ships origins revealed through here, which leads well into....

...meeting up back in orbit with one of Nergal's other ships which brings a few new members into the crew and looks to start taking things again into more complicated territory and what I hope is the overall plot of the series.

There was definitely some interesting SF stuff in these episodes, especially while the Nadesico was on Mars and got closer to the Chulips and the gateways that are being created to bring in the alien ships. There's a few other mysteries hidden into the shows as well, with one sequence showing Yurika, Akito and the newest crew member all mysteriously in an observation room asleep. There's definitely some mysteries being peppered about the show.

I think part of my problem with the show so far is that I really can't empathize with any of the characters that much. Whether intentional or not, they mostly seem like cardboard caricatures going through the motions with a few flashes of creativity, such as the various women who are after Akito. Ruri of course manages to steal just about any scene that she's in and has some interesting insights into how the world works.

There's a lot going on in Nadesico, though some of the background material seems like it will become more prominent in the near future. Taking it lightly, it's a fairly amusing little diversion, but I haven't seen anything yet that would cause me to call it the "greatest anime series of all time" as many have. Your mileage may vary however.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,ADV Nadesico Trailer,Textless Opening/Ending,Character Profiles

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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