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Martian Successor Nadesico - The Motion Picture: Prince of Darkness

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Three years have passed since the original Nadesico saga ended. Earth and the Jovians enjoy an uneasy peace. But a new threat looms that could endanger both civilizations, and so the old Nadesico crew reunite for one last adventure.


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Product Details

  • Directors: Tatsuo Sato
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KXZG28
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,966 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Billy Chan on March 3, 2004
Format: DVD
Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness is not a bad anime movie per say, but I was expecting much, much more. This could have made a good series, but as a movie it feels rushed and unfinished. While some of the humour has been retained, overall the movie is much darker, lacking the lightheartedness, the romance, and the magic of the original series. Some fans might rejoice at the sight of many of the familiar faces returning, but most will be disappointed by the fact that most of the characters have little to do with the plot, and the fact that some of the characters have been changed beyond recognition.
There is no character development, no background info given on the characters (new or old), nor were we told what had happened since the series. Newcomers will not be given a chance to fall in love with the characters, while returning fans (and newcomers too I guess) will be left disappointed and confused by the story.
Like I said it's not a bad movie per say, but it certainly isn't the Nadesico that I had grown to love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 3, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Let me start off by saying, yes, I have seen all of Martian Successor Nadesico the series. I knew the characters as they were in the series before seeing them in this film, and yes, I was rather thrown as well as to what the heck was going on. The movie takes place two years or so after the series ended and a LOT has happpened and the audience is, for the most, left on its own to piece together what it's missed. It's much darker than the series and many of the characters have changed - namely Akito. Oh, dear Akito. His change astounded me. ;.;
However, I loved the movie. It just took a second viewing. The initial viewing was basically a "WTF?" run-through, but I was brought back to view it again by the lovely visuals. (Personally, I loved the music too) Once you've seen it more than once, it has this mysterious, fantastic quality that keeps it interesting. A lot of questions are, again, left unanswered while only a couple of those left over from the series were resolved. There are some writing faults to it - there are too many holes. However, I still found it enjoyable and imaginative - it leaves you to ponder what happens next. Maybe the creators were going for the sort of thing where you just don't see the end, like Akito avoided the end of Gekiganger III/V for years. :P That's just a lame, fan's opinion.
So, I really enjoyed it personally, despite its flaws, and I think that if a fan is willing to let go of most of the original wacky humor to see the characters go through some psychological changes (which make sense, considering the situation), it's more than worthy to own. :3
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven Myers VINE VOICE on November 9, 2003
Format: DVD
To be quite plain, whether judged as an independent movie or as the capstone of the Nadesico TV series, the Nadesico movie fails. It fails because it is a mismash, hoping to cram in every character from the TV series without giving many of them anything to do--and worse, it feels like 30 minutes of the actual story were cut to cram more cameos in.
The story takes place several years after the TV series ends, with Ruri now captain of the Nadesico B. Akito and Yurika, the leads from the series, were lost in a shuttle accident two years before. A new enemy has appeared, trying to wipe out the united Earth and Jovian forces. While it's far from the world's most original story, that's not the problem. The story is disjointed, moving in leaps and bounds. It's as if the story were written via boson jumping (the teleport technology featured in the series and this movie), with people popping up almost randomly here and there to give speeches. Perhaps fittingly, the ending is a nice and tidy deus ex machina, totally unexplained.
So why three stars? Despite its many faults, Ruri and Ryoko, the returning characters who get the most screen time, manage to be enjoyable (if you liked them in the series). Since I liked those characters, several of the disjointed snippets were enjoyable, even if they didn't add up to a real movie. Don't get this if you aren't a big Nadesico fan, and even if you are, don't get this expecting anything approaching the enjoyment you got from the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 17, 2004
Format: DVD
This movie is interesting, and it reunites us with the characters we came to love from Martian Succesor Nadesico. Unfortunately, while the movie has some intrigue and has visual appeal, it lacks the warm humor that made Nadesico the hit that it was. While there are some light-hearted moments, they seem to have been added almost as afterthoughts. This movie is decidedly darker than the original series, and some of the characters from the original show suffer quite a bit in this incarnation.

In some ways, it almost appears that we were being prepared for a second series that never materialized.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "krumbo316" on November 14, 2003
Format: DVD
In a word, this movie was horrible. Not so much in the fact that it was a bad idea, as I actually did like the characters, parts of the plot, and the individual aspects such as animation and (dare I say?) voice acting? So what was wrong? Everything.
To begin with, the movie seems to love flashing up unrelated scenes. Cameos of unknown characters, random battles, old clips from the show, and other such nonsense which seems to be the result of the producers suddenly remembering they were making a movie, not another episode, and had to lengthen it as easily as possible. If you haven't seen the original series, which is one of the greatest things I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing, then you aren't likely to pick up the movie in the first place. If you do, the reintroduction to characters is so poor that first timers won't remember their names or even get a good grasp of their personalities, and 'veterans' will gnash their teeth over the fact that they seemed to be more intent on spot shots of the individual characters to stir up some feeling of nostalgia, rather than any plot-oriented importance.
I hate this movie. The plot is confusing, with hefty chunks of it missing and certain events merely explained as they happen. The pacing is crappy, with too much time wasted on pointless endeavours rather than keeping their focus on the telling of a story. The awesome ideas that they had(which won't be mentioned in case you don't head my warning and buy this movie) lose nearly all their impact because of the construction of the film.
I am a tremendous fan of the series, to my surprise loving all the characters, especially ill-fated ones like Guy, but this movie apparently heard about that and wanted to grind those fond memories beneath an iron-hard hour and a half of pure agony.
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From what I've seen, it seems to make about the same amount of sense to everyone. Which is to say, not a whole lot. This movie was intended to start off a second season of the show or a sequel or whatever, but the plug was pulled and they never actually made it. So the questions created in it... Read More
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