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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • 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 Vol. #6

By Chris Beveridge     August 28, 2001
Release Date: August 28, 2001

Martian Successor Nadesico Vol. #6
© ADV Films

What They Say
An alien visitor is the trigger that ignites the final phase of the war with the Jovians. As betrayals and deceptions threaten to destroy the last fragile chance for peace, the crew of the Nadesico make a fateful decision: to end the fighting, no matter the cost! The means a return to Mars, and to get there, the Nadesico will have to fight its way through both the Nergal and Jovian fleets! It's the epic space battle to end all space battles in the spectacular climatic conclusion to Martian Successor Nadesico.

The Review!
Nadesico fairly well comes racing to what most anime series would call a conclusion (hah!). The final volume of Nadesico also manages to be one that actually really held my interest for a lot of it, and wondering what was going to happen next. It's unfortunate that previous volumes weren't able to consistently do this.

For our primary reviewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Throughout the show the audio had no discernable issues. A good percentage continues to be dialogue, with most of it being through the center channel. The music, especially the opening, makes good use of the left/right channels while. The effects track had a few nice moments of directionality, but otherwise it was fairly indistinct.

The majority of this disc looks very nice, partially as it looks as if the animation itself looks to be improved over earlier episodes. Colors are nice and vivid when required, the darker colors retain their solid nature for the most part, with the usual offenders being some of the deep dark blue nighttime skies. There was very little line noise and rainbows were thankfully minimal to non-existent. Very nice looking picture.

The final cover has two of the somewhat secondary characters taking center stage, and looks better up close and in person than the small web images of it shows. The color on it is quite nice and the artwork looks good. The back cover gives a brief rundown of the episodes within and has a number of screenshots and a look at the creative staff behind the show. The insert has a really great looking image of the Aestivalis with a starry background on one side while the other has all the chapter listings.

The menus are again just as previous volumes, with episode selection right on the main screen and all the setup selections quickly accessible. The menu system is a bit smaller this time around because....

... there are no extras.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As it says on the back cover, the betrayals all take place here in this volume, with all kinds of things going on. The problem with the betrayals is that there was no real set up to them, so it turns into a "oh. ok." kind of moment. But let's talk about a few other things before we talk betrayals.

The disc kicks off with the hotheaded Yukina Shiratori sneaking aboard the Nadesico, eager to meet and kill her older brothers apparent fixation, the lovely Miss Haruka. Pretending to be someone else who has amnesia, she sneaks around and ends up learning things about the crew, such as their desire for peace and good relations, while seeking out Haruka so she can put an end to her life and bring her Jovian brother back to the proper path.

The fleshing out of Yukina was a lot of fun, especially when she tries to find out if Haruka and her brother have been going at it like rabbits or not. Yukina's actually a lot of fun in general, with her sneaking around the ship in her skintight skimpy outfit and trying to be all cool and all. Her expected change to a more Earth-friendly nature was expected, but her warming up to Haruka wasn't something I was sure would happen.

With Yukina now in the Nadesico's hands, the crew realizes that they can really push for peace between the Jovians and Earth, but that's not in the Earth's best interests, or at least in the Nergal chairman's interests as he has better plans for her. This causes the crew to decide to take them on, but they're thwarted due to the betrayal of one of the crew, the pilot Akatsuki, whose really the chairman of Nergal. Hence betrayal.

With the ship now directly under the chairman's direct control, half the crew leaves the ship once it lands, with a few making it into hiding. Nergal leaves no stone unturned and basically has all of the ex-crew under surveillance, and is keeping a close eye on them all. Akito and a couple of the girls, including Yukina, end up back at the restaurant he worked at before, and works to prove his merit as a chef. The others take up this new life in stride, adapting to things. Others who left the ship either end up at their same jobs or end up bumming around a bit.

But you know it's not going to last, and that the gang will all end up hijacking the Nadesico and heading back into the conflict to try and bring an end to it all. Especially once it's realized that the entire Earth fleet is mobilized to head towards Mars and the massive Jovian fleet is also within a half a days travel to the same location. Apparently some ruins on Mars are critical to the plans of both the Jovians for eliminating humanity and for humanity to end the Jovian wave of destruction.

Yeah, that basically came out of nowhere. But that's not the real focus of the ruins. The focus is on a time slip via the bosun jumping of a particular individual. All of a sudden this character and their participation in things becomes overly important, to the point where it's the crux of the series final couple of episodes. For me, it left me wondering why it became the focus of the ending, as there was very little overall in the previous 20 odd episodes to really push it to make it the focus.

While Nadesico is a satire/parody of many different styles, the parts I found myself enjoying the most throughout the series were the Gekiganger sequences. The regular characters I tended to find fairly uninteresting, which is never a good sign when they're the main characters and carry the show. Nadesico felt just too crowded at times, and too busy for its own good. There were definitely parts I enjoyed, and a lot of things about the final episodes that I enjoyed, but the flowing just never seemed to click with me.

Nadesico's been hailed as one of the best series of the past couple of years, but it's reason for being so truly eludes me. For those who enjoy it, the series has gotten a very good treatment here on disc with a larger episode count than the VHS and fewer volumes by a significant amount. Perhaps another viewing someday when I'm watching less anime than I am now will give me a new appreciation for this series.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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