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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: 158664941-8
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right

Nadesico (small version) Vol. #04

By Mike Dungan     October 21, 2004
Release Date: October 01, 2004

Nadesico (small version) Vol.#04
© CPM Press

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kia Asamiya
Translated by:C.B. Cebulski and Noriko Furuhata
Adapted by:

What They Say
The crew of the Space Battleship Nadesico has journeyed to the planet Jupiter in hopes of rescuing Captian Yurika. Caught between the powerful Earth Federation forces and the mysterious Jupiterians, what began as a rescue mission becomes a battle for survival. All this and more in the exciting final chapter in the Nadesico mythos!

The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In the midst of a battle with the Jupiterians, Ruri finally explains who they are. They're humans from an alternate universe where their sun is dying. They need Yurika to realize their ambitions of reviving the goddess Himiko and taking over our universe. In the battle, Akito is nearly killed, but later rescued by the Space Pirate Government, someone Akito thought only existed in a manga. It turns out Ruri and Government know each other. What's more, there is more than one Ruri, and they are much older than anyone suspects. Government, along with Ruri and the crews of both the Nadesico and Kaguya join forces to finally defeat the Jupiterians and rescue Yurika. In the midst of a battle on the moon, Akito has a short-lived reunion with someone he thought long dead. Once back at Jupiter, The Nadesico and Kaguya have a fierce battle with the enormous Jupiterian fleet. In the middle of it, Akito finally makes up his mind about Yurika and leaves to rescue her. It's Akito's final battle with himself, both figuratively and literally, as the Jupiterian he's fighting is the alternate universe version of himself, and he has no problems with how he feels about Yurika or himself.

As 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. By volume 4, there is nothing of the anime storyline left. There are two similarities that remain between them, however. Just as the anime was a parody of space opera anime, the manga is a parody of space opera manga. Captain Government is clearly a parody of Leiji Matsumoto's Capt. Harlock. The other similarity is that both stories have an ending that makes you scratch your head and wonder why. The manga's ending is not nearly so open-ended, however. The reader will find more closure than the viewer.

Asamiya's art can be controversial, but I love it. It's strong and dynamic, with a beautiful compositional style. He relies heavily on screentones for his desired look, and unfortunately, this is where the CPM release fails. It was originally published in the late '90s in the single-issue comic book format, when their art reproduction was among the worst in the industry. This new collection does nothing to correct it. The art is just as muddy, dark and poorly printed as ever. Just as when it was a comic book and later collected into a larger A4 sized graphic novel, it's still printed with flipped artwork reading from left to right, and with all sound effects translated and retouched into English. This is clearly an effort by CPM not to correct the shortcomings of the original release, but to cash in on the hot $10 graphic novel market. Buy it if you like space opera, but don't be surprised by the awful art reproduction and flipped art.


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