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Martian Successor Nadesico - The Complete Chronicles (2000)

Spike Spencer , Mark Laskowski , Nobuyoshi Habara  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Spike Spencer, Mark Laskowski, Phil Ross, John Swasey, Rob Mungle
  • Directors: Nobuyoshi Habara
  • Writers: Nobuyoshi Habara, Hiroyuki Kawasaki, Mitsuyasu Sakai, Naruhisa Arakawa, Satoru Akahori
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: A.D. Vision
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CY45
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Martian Successor Nadesico - The Complete Chronicles" on IMDb

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Martian Successor Nadesico (1996) was initially criticized in Japan for making fun of both anime and fan culture, but its unbridled and ultimately good-natured silliness won over critics--and large audiences on both sides of the Pacific. It's 2195 A.D. and the "Jovian Lizards" are attacking Earth. Tired of the inept campaigns of the United Space Force, Nergal Heavy Industries builds a super battleship, the Nadesico, which they staff with top people who have "slight personality problems." Ditsy Captain Yurika nurses a crush on the traumatized Akito--despite his skill as a robot pilot, he signs on as a cook. He's won over by the irrepressible Gai Daigoji, a fanatic admirer of Gekigangar 3, a hilarious spoof of '70s mecha series. The story reaches new heights of absurdity in "Let's Go with Hot-Blooded Anime": the casts of Nadesico and Gekigangar watch each other's programs, borrowing ideas and complaining about the plots.

In another episode, the crew holds a "Geki Fest" that satirizes anime conventions, including booths selling special, "limited edition" merchandise. The war becomes a struggle that pits the crew of the Nadesico against both the Jovians and Nergal Industries. Although the conflict hinges on Akito's mysterious ability to move through space and time in a "boson jump," the path to peace lies in Gekigangar 3 ("the thread that ties humanity together!"). In America, only Rocky and Bullwinkle and The Simpsons have dared such outrageous self-parody. (Rated for ages 12 and older: Brief nudity, mildly risqué humor, cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon


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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
The hero who became...an anime fan?
Yes indeed, Nadesico is definitely the most enjoyable anime series I've ever seen. So what exactly is Nadesico? Basically, it's a Mecha comedy. But in actuality, it's much more than that. Most comedies go for one kind of laugh. Some shoot for all kinds, but some of the jokes fall flat. I can honestly say that Nadesico is a brilliant show. It makes fun of EVERYTHING. It makes fun of Mecha anime, it makes fun of sci-fi, it makes fun of video games, it makes fun pop culture, it even makes fun of the fact that some of it's puns are totally silly. And seemingly EVERY joke is hilarious. Seriously. It would seem almost impossible that you would not find SOMETHING funny in this show (especially if you find the stereotype of a kid turned hero or a guy being chased by tons of girls funny). But wait, there's more.
Not only is this show hilarious, it also features great characters that (once again) know they are the stereotyped kind and have fun with it. The voices (even in the English dub) are absolutely perfect. They convey everything from serious drama to wacked out comedy perfectly without skipping a beat. And then there is the plot.
The plot may seem on the surface to be just a parody of all the Mecha shows that have come and gone in recent history. But look closer, and you'll find that the plot twists and turns as well as any. Seriously, when the story and drama kicks into high gear, I'd rank this show with Macross any day.
But, you may ask, is every episode the same thing? Mecha action and comedy? No, indeed. The variety in the episodes is truly staggering.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Aboard the Ship of Fools! June 28, 2003
If you loved the Macross series (or any mecha related anime) then I think you should do yourself a huge favor and watch Nadesico. Nadesico takes all the elements that made animes like that great... and makes a complete mockery of them. Join Akito, Yurika, Ruri and all the others aboard Nergal's ship the ND-001: Nedesico!
Naturally, it's a story about a war between the Earth and invadors from beyond Mars but beneath all that it's a story about the meaning of friendship, being human, and why people who hate anime are always up to no good. Oh yeah, there's a very Tenchi-esque love polygon too...
Yes, for all you hopeless romantics there is a love story (even though it starts out as a very ridiculous one-sided love story) between Akito and Yurika that eventually involves most of the main female crew of the ship -_-*. It's pretty funny to watch even though some of the male members (not to mention Akito himself) don't find it quite as amusing as we do.
If that isn't enough, there is anime within anime as a lot of the plotline centers around Gekiganger, an anime that doesn't really exist but somehow has its own soundtrack. In fact, there is an episode where the cast of Gekiganger is watching Nadesico instead of the other way around!
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll find out what becomes of anime fans when you banish them to a planet for a hundred years and leave them to their own devices... I urge you to buy this series!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the best ever, but one of the most enjoyable February 15, 2005
As far as mecha anime goes, Nadesico is one of the most overlooked series out on the domestic market. Probably because it's one of the more difficult anime on the market to classify. The initial impression is one of a typical mecha show. Reluctant pilot with mysterious powers? Check. Alien invaders? Check. Pretty, but ditzy, main love interest? Check. Several other love interests? Check. Special super powerful new ship? Check. Wacky and strange ship crew? Check. But Nadesico takes all these elements and does more interesting things with them in parody than many shows do with them in deadly seriousness.

The characters mostly seem to be fairly flat and two-dimensional, but as you watch the series you really see that there's more to most of them than is readily apparent. There's generally not much growth, per se, but it's more of a realisation of things that had been there the whole time. The plot also seems straight forward, but there's a unique aspect to it that gets revealed as the series goes on.

Overall, it's hard to beat Nadesico for entertainment value. It's got action, it's really funny, it's got interesting characters, it's got a solid plot, and it's just a fun show to watch.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overview & My 2 cents August 27, 2002
By S. Woo
Overview: Aliens known as the Jovians destroyed earth's base on Mars, wiping out its space fleets. Only one ship stands between Earth and total annihilation - Nadesico. A private company, Nergal builts Nadesico, a space battle cruiser to provide "assistance" to earth's military. Free from the military control, they had the free reign to assemble the most unusual crew for the mission. With a ace pilot who is also the cook and the commander of Nadesico, an admirals's daughter, things gets complicated. This new starship is the most formidable fighting vehicle ever built. However, before Nadesco can wrestle with the Jovian invaders, the crew must defeat their fellow humans as they elude the military's attempt to seize the Nadesico.
My $0.02: It may seems like a typical space sci-fi action anime but this series provides a lot of hilarious moments with an unusual cast of characters. Also the story thickens as the crew of Nadesico learns more about their alien invaders and how it's ace pilot was mysteriously transported to earth from Mars just before it was obliterated.
I enjoyed this anime mainly because it's funny and I like animes like Robotech. You will like it too if you like sci-fi mecha type anime with comedy and some parody.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars another amazing anime!
Nadesico.... how could I say this?
BUY THIS SERIES, It will grab you and will not let you go... ever!
Published 6 months ago by Jake Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars brought back memories!
I watched this series when i was still in high school still have the 1/48 model kits this series is both
funny and action packed!
Published 14 months ago by Shiro
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
The almost perfect mix of comedy, action, romance, and length. A solid choice for any mecha lover. Its not as much drama as eva but it works
Published 16 months ago by tony
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Anime That I've Loved For Years
The Earth, Moon, and Mars are under attack from Jovian invaders. The Nadesico is a privately owned battleship crewed by civilians. Civilians that happen to be very talented. Read more
Published 21 months ago by KevinB
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny
This is a series that really hits home for me. I took to watching Anime in junior high Martian Successor Nadesico was one of the series that really solidified my love for Anime. Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Be wary of this version when purchasing
This is a very good show and one well worth the price that can be paid. This is a story that makes fun of most of the mecha genre anime. Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by Brandon Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Helarious!
This series is one of the best satires ever done! It mostly makes fun of gundam and evangelion, but it also takes stabs at many other mecha anime. Read more
Published on March 29, 2010 by Daniel Meek
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent
This was the second anime I ever watched and I now have it in my collection. It is a perfect product and it shipped quickly. Read more
Published on September 9, 2009 by Tabitha Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars A complex story!
I'm just adding on to the other reviews - most are excellent! The story have a lot of twist and unexpect development that take you by the seat and keep you guessing about what will... Read more
Published on February 6, 2008 by CircleswithinCircles
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
At the risk of trafficking in tired cliches, Martian Successor Nadesico has quite literally something for everyone: Cute girls (and let's be honest, guys too), humor, action,... Read more
Published on September 4, 2007 by Das Book
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