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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: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: ADV Films UK
  • MSRP: £19.99
  • 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 Paul Jacques     December 05, 2003
Release Date: November 17, 2003

Martian Successor Nadesico Vol. #6
© ADV Films UK

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!
If I can paraphrase Frank Sinatra- “and now, the end near, and so I face the final volume”.

I watched half the episodes in Japanese, and half in English. Some minor problems were heard in the English track on ep 22, but the Japanese track sounded good throughout. The opening song “You get to burning” still kicks out plenty of bass, hmm, nice. The closing song “Being myself” is finally getting my toe tapping, so better late than never.

The video transfer to DVD is still solid, with good colors and strong visual character lines. Not too much of a problem with overlays on this one.

The front cover is adorned by Erina and Akatsuki. The rear cover has eight small stills, the forward and the menu listings. Inside we have a single page insert.

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

The menu is the same as previous volumes, with the entire Nadesico crew as the background. Over which we have the episode listings and language setup.


Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Episode 22 starts with Yukina Shiratori being taken onboard the Nadesico. Her motive is to meet and destroy the women (Minato Haruka) who has won over her brother’s heart (Tsukumo). So she fakes amnesia and wonders around the ship getting up to no good. But after a while she comes to realize that Earth people are not evil and she changes her mind. And just when we think that things are going great, the Chairman of Nergal decides to use Yukina as a pawn. Only we have a plot twist, as the Chairman turns out to be none other than Akatsuki! And he disables the Nadesico and calls in the fleet to take charge of the situation.

We get some serious plot revelations as well, as it seems that the Nergal knew all along what happened to the Akito’s parents (of course they always knew the truth about the Jovians). When this information escapes into the PA system an angry Akito takes Yukina and makes a run for it, as does most of the of Nadesico crew.

Episode 23 has the ex crew of the Nadesico working in a restaurant and making the adjustment back into civilian life. Only Nergal is watching their every move, and is quite prepared to have them killed should the crew make any of what they know public. Luckily for everyone Ruri (in a cat suit) manages to hack into the Nadesico computer (Omoikane) and get it back online, allowing the old crew to secretly get in touch with each other again. And so a plan is hatched to take back the Nadesico and head for Jupiter for the peace talks.

Episode 24 has our gallant crew heading for Jupiter. Along the way they pick up Tsukumo. He brings with him a Special Edition Gekigangar that motivates everyone onboard to resolving the current conflict, as well as an impromptu Anime Convention (Geki-Fes). So with everyone in high spirits and l’amour is in the air, there is plenty of feel good to go around.

Alas, it is short lived because when the Nadesico arrives at the peace talks, it seems the JL are in no mood to reconcile differences, but instead seek a complete capitulation from Earth. And then the situation goes from bad to worse as someone is shot at the peace talks and all hell breaks loose! Be warned, you may need to sniffle back a tear at the end of this episode.

Episode 25 starts with the JL preparing for war and rallying the population for battle. Meanwhile Akito boson jumps Nergal warship Kakitsubata directly to Mars, as it looks as though the final battle will take place there. And the resoning behind this is because whoever controls the ancient ruins can controls ALL boson jumping. Miss Inez gives us quite a lecture on how boson jumping really works. The episode is left on a mysterious note as someone from the past appears within the ruins.

And so to the final episode we meet the person from the past and much is revealed. Above the ruins a fierce battle between Kakitsubata-Nadesico and the JL continues (UEAF have yet to arrive), but R heroes are seriously outnumbered. And how does it all end? Well we get the kiss we have been waiting for since way back when, but generally the finale just fizzles out and the door is left open for another series.

In summary- overall this has been an interesting series, with plenty of humor and action, not to mention the self parodying Gekigangar mini series. Characters were interesting, but very repetitive in their behavior, with very little growth over 26 episodes. In fact I found myself more interested in the peripheral characters like Ruri, but this was because they usually had something less mundane to say. The anti-war message comes over loud and clear, as does the there’s two sides to every argument line of reasoning. In conclusion it’s a good series, but not a great series.

Japanese Language Dolby stereo,English Language Dolby stereo,English Subtitles

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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