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Review: Martian Successor Nadesico Blu-ray Set

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Gekigan Punch!

Even as an avid anime fan, there’s always going to be a hidden gem that I missed, especially if it came out during the 90’s. Excluding the popular ones like Card Captor Sakura, Dragon Ball, Yu Yu Hakusho, among others, it’s been a while since I’ve watched anything from the 90’s, especially something as niche as this. It really takes me back to a time where anime was different, especially the comedy and how the characters act. It goes to show how much has anime involved in the past 20 years.

Simply put, Martian Successor Nadesico is a parody on the mecha genre, tackling the usual clichés of the genre, especially of the series that aired during the 80s and the 90s. The story introduces us to Akito, who despite growing up during his childhood watching the anime Gekiganger 3, a Mecha show, he'd rather cook than pilot a Mecha. The Earth, its moon, and its Martian colonies are under alien attack, but the war against the “Jovian lizards” has, so far, been nothing short of a series of disasters. His life changes his home on Mars is destroyed, and he is mysteriously transported instantly to the Earth.

Martian Successor Nadesico (Bluray)
Studio: Xebec
Licensed By: Nozomi Entertainment
Released: April 4th, 2017 (NA)
MSRP: $49.99

Disgusted by the incompetence of Earth’s military, the independent arms manufacturer Nergal builds its own space battleship and plans to launch a desperate offensive to save humanity. But due to a shortage of trained soldiers, they’ve assembled the most unorthodox crew to ever launch into orbit. By change, Akito meets his childhood friend Yurika, who is captain of the private battleship Nadesico, and to follow her, he enlists as their cook.

The entire anime was enjoyable all the way through and the attention to detail, on both a narrative level and thematic level, was what kept the series from turning into some meaningless skit show. You can tell the creators are real fans of the genre, as well as their enthusiasm for sci-fi it goes to lengths to explain many of its technologies within the series. The overall story is a good mix of both cliché and creativity, giving you laughter all the way through. The characters are unique and get some level of development despite the series’ comedic theme.

Additionally, this Blu-ray set also comes with Gekiganger 3, which is essentially a fictional anime within the Martian Successor Nadesico series and a tribute and parody to 70s Super Robot show. In the OVA, the Akito and the rest of the characters go to a movie showing of Gekiganger 3, which takes places after the events of the original series, but because the OVA’s story is self-contained, you can watch it without watching the Nadesico first, however I recommend it to watch it after since it still plays a critical part in the plot thereof, so you would have more appreciation for it. The story is by no means spectacular and feels a little all over the place, but it’s not really meant to be criticized by itself anyway.

The movie Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness is also included in the Blu-ray package. While it was enjoyable, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the original series, especially since it completely diverts from what made the series great to begin with. It has a completely different mood. This time around, the movie focuses on Ruri Hoshino who becomes the current captain of the Nadesico B. I really liked Ruri Hoshino as a side character in the original series, but I felt like it didn’t work too much having her as the main character. However, there’s still an equilibrium between drama, action, and comedy, just enough to keep you watching it without getting bored.

For anyone who enjoyed the series or wants to watch it, this Blu-ray version is perfect as it has both the original Japanese audio and the English dub which isn’t too bad from the two episodes that I watched. It basically had the complete package, including all the episodes, movie, and OVA for a good price, which you can buy at Right Stuf Anime


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Martian Successor Nadesico reviewed by Christian Chiok

8

GREAT

Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.
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