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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: ADV Films UK
  • MSRP: £19.99
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Martian Successor Nadesico

Martian Successor Nadesico Vol. #4

By Paul Jacques     July 20, 2003
Release Date: July 21, 2003

Martian Successor Nadesico Vol. #4
© ADV Films UK

What They Say
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.

The Review!
Four more episodes featuring the slightly crazy crew of the Nadesico, who when they are not playing on the beach or in the virtual reality suit, like to save the earth from those bad, bad, Jovians (boo, hiss, hiss).

I watched half the episodes in Japanese, and half in English. No problems detected in the sound stream as both tracks were pumped out in a solid stereo. The opening song “You get to burning” still kicks out plenty of bass, hmm, nice. The closing song “Being myself” is still not doing anything for me.

The video transfer to DVD is still solid, with good colors and strong visual character lines. Not too much of a problem with overlays in this one. And I didn’t see any of the visual defects as was reported by R1 reviewers.

The front cover is adorned by our three pert and perky Aestivalis girls- nothing wrong with that ;-) Rear cover has eight small stills, the forward and the menu listings.

The single page insert has a proud Gekiganger on the front. The flip side has listings for the “Extras”, with episode and chapter titles.

The disc itself continues with the same printed black & silver motif as was found on previous releases.

The menu is simple, but is very nice to look at, with the Nadesico crew as the background. The “Extras” menu uses Gekiganger as the background picture. All hot spots worked as advertised.

OK, we have Nadesico trailer which is OK, textless open & close sequence and some interesting Gekiganger profiles that are worth a read so take the time.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The first episode has us following the characters at Christmas time- a time of good cheer and happiness. Except that Akito gets fired from the Nadesico when the military completely take over control. Megumi takes advantage of the situation to make her move Akito, much to Yurika’s regret

With Akito a civilian Nergal offers him a job in Boson experimentation, but they aren’t very forthcoming about the risks involve. Akito decides he doesn’t like being lied to by Nergal and so declines to join the project.

We learn a little more about the theory of organic Boson jumping and it’s relationship with the Chulip Crystals (and Akito). Which is just as well as the Jovians send a couple of giant robots to Kawasaki City in an effort to destroy all Boson experiments. A battle ensues and it is left to Akito to save the city from destruction using a unique skill.

The final scene leaves us with a question, why would a Jovian robot (that looks like Gekiganger) be playing Gekiganger music?

Episode 14 is a strange one. Essentially it transposes the Nadesico and Gekiganger worlds, so that we follow the Gekiganger characters as they watch episodes of Nadesico.

By showing Nadesico as a clip show, this allows the series creators to go through a mid series summary of plot, characters and terminology. I guess this is one way to get the late comers up to speed!

The next episode sees us getting back to the real plot. It is assumed that a Jovian is loose on board the Nadesico and so a search is underway to find him (it?). Only as this episode progresses we start to realize that it isn’t just Earth people who like Gekiganger, so do the Jovians Lizards!

Meanwhile, on the moon Akito gets into a battle with a Jovian Goliath class robot, and in doing so also meets a real Jovian Lizard for the first time.

Episode 16 has plot revelations falling out of the tree (my lips are sealed), so many secrets are revealed that I thought this series was coming to an end. I can say no more without seriously spoiling things for you.

Overall I’d say that this volume was a bit of a come down after the very entertaining volume 3, but the plot moves forward considerably, and we learn who and what the Nadesico crew are really fighting against.

In summary- with such plot revelations, don’t even think about skipping this volume.

Japanese Language Dolby stereo,English Language Dolby stereo,English Subtitles,Gekiganger Character Bios,Textless Opening & Ending,Trailer

Review Equipment
JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan code free DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers. Secondary equipment, 21” Sony Trinitron monitor, ATI 9700pro & PowerDVD v4, Creative Audigy 2 & headphones.


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