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- Art Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Text/Translatin Rating: C-
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Released By: CPM Press
- MSRP: 9.99
- Pages: 168
- ISBN: 158664940-X
- Size: B6
- Orientation: Left to Right
Nadesico (small version) Vol. #03
By Mike Dungan
July 19, 2004
Release Date: June 01, 2004
Nadesico (small version) Vol.#03
© CPM Press
Translated by:C.B. Cebulski and Noriko Furihata
Adapted by:What They Say
Captain Yurika has been betrayed and captured by one of her own crewmembers, and the crew of the Space Battleship Nadesico must escape from captivity to rescue her! Can they put aside their differences long enough to rescue their leader? Time is running out, and the heroic space warriors face the greatest challenge of their lives!The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Yurika, captain of the Nadesico, has been kidnapped by Ines Fresanjeu. She is the living embodiment of the queen of the Yamato pantheon of gods that the Jupiterians worship. Ines intends to make her into that queen. Akito takes an Aestivalis, a personal combat suit, in an attempt to rescue her. Akito is nearly killed, but is rescued by what he thinks is Capt. Government, a fictional character obviously based on Leiji Matsumoto's Capt. Harlock. When he comes to, he's greated by Kaguya, the beautiful captain of the battleship that had been chasing the Nadesico, and lifelong friend and rival of Yurika for Akito's affection. Unfortunately, he can't see her. He was blinded by the attack from the Jupiterian fortress and can't see any more.
Ship's pilot Haruka Minato's attempt to console Akito leads to far more and they begin sleeping together.
Meanwhile, Yurika is being indoctinated against her will, including meeting a physical double of Akito, who is far more assertive and confident than the Akito she knows.
On the Nadeisco, Akito is ablt to use a version of the React system that links a pilot to his Aestivalis to give him some sight back. It leads to him spending more and more time in the Aestivalis, and honing his skills as a pilot in simulations.
Admiral Munetake betrays the crew of the Nadesico and excapes to Mars, while truth about the "Jupiterians" begins to be made clear.Comments
The Nadesico anime and manga were created concurrently, and with the different deadlines between them, it means the manga is very different from the anime. Only the first episode/chapter are similar. Fans of the anime will find the manga an entirely different creature.
Asamiya is a love-him-or-hate-him kind of artist. I find his art endlessly fascinating, with powerful, dynamic artwork with a touch of delicious melodrama and comedy. He's a big fan of screentones, using it everywhere to give the pages some real depth. His characters have sharp eyes and expressive faces that show the conflicts and emotions inside them.
CPM originally released these chapters in a comic book format in 1999/2000 and compiled them in a graphic novel shortly there after. The art was flipped and all sound effects were translated and retouched into English. The cover is an arresting image of the deeply decolletaged Haruka standing behind the rather confused looking Yurika in her captain's uniform, with a very large full moon behind them. The art reproduction, like most CPM titles of the time, is very poor. The screentones that are such an important part of Asamiya's art come off the worse for wear, looking splotchy and vague, with far too much moiring. Nothing is done to rectify it in this volume. This book is no different from the previously published volume, except for being smaller and less expensive. All the art is still flipped to read right to left and the dialogue and sfx are all still the same. If you own the previous version of this title, there's no reason to repurchase. If you don't have it already, the story is compelling, and the art is excellent, but you'll have to decide if the poor art reproduction and flipped art is worth it for yourself.