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Martian Successor Nadesico Chronicle 1: Invasion! (2000)

Director: Tatsuo Sato
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Studio: ADV Films
Genre: Anime, Foreign, Comedy Anime, Science Fiction Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

The Earth, the Moon and our Martian Colonies are under alien attack and our space fleets are powerless to stop the invasion. Disgusted by the incompetence of the Terran military, the independent arms manufacturer Nergal builds its own space battlecruiser and launches a new offensive in a desperate attempt to save the Earth. Unfortunately, due to a shortage of trained military personnel, the crew is a little unorthodox&. With a reluctant assistant cook as a pilot, a ditsy General's daughter in command, and the largest contingent of geeks, misfits and anime fans ever sent into orbit, the poor Jovians won't stand a chance! There's love, war and giant robots galore in the award winning anime masterpiece Martian Successor Nadesico!

GreenCine Member Reviews

Wow, a space parody that has plot and action by hneline1 February 3, 2004 - 11:42 PM PST
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Wow, Martian Successor Nadesico is not just funny, it's really good. There's a real plot. There's some intense action. There are characters who start as stereotypes and then become quite unique. Besides the slapstick, there is a great deal of involved situational comedy. Besides the comedy, there are surprising moments of seriousness that balance the ongoing jokes. I didn't expect to see so many layers in something that was recommended to me as a space parody.

And a wonderful parody it is. If you don't get the references, don't worry, because you can still enjoy this as a solid sci-fi anime -- maybe not the most unique one, but still quite enjoyable. However, if you do get the references, Martian Successor Nadesico is absolutely hilarious. In addition to the allusions to the classic space sagas like Spaceship Yamato (Star Blazers in the U.S.), Macross (Robotech in the U.S.), and Gundam, there are plenty of jabs at typical sci-fi elements and many other series (yes, the Nergal emblem looks just like that of a certain other private organization trying to save the Earth). I am also impressed with how deftly the parody is woven into the plot -- unlike Excel Saga, which can be enjoyed as one big gag after another and doesn't develop its characters or plot much, Nadesico is more like Otaku no Video, which uses the storyline as a major device to poke fun at itself and maybe even make a statement.

But this is only after the first four episodes. I'm looking forward to the next disc and seeing how much grander the saga is going to get.

A funny "Spaceballs"-like parody of the sci-fi anime genre... Nothing is sacred... by markhl May 19, 2003 - 10:49 PM PDT
12 out of 13 members found this review helpful
Don't let the somewhat grim first DVD cover fool you. Much of Nadesico is a self-deprecating parody of the classic sci-fi sub-genre including giant robo shows from the '70s and the epic space sagas/mecha shows like the Yamato and Macross. Nothing is sacred and no punches are pulled as the plot unfolds with a large cast of quirky charismatic characters whose dysfunctional yet amusing interactions will have you chuckling much of the time. It is no wonder that this show has remained one of the fan favorites in the sci-fi sub-genre of anime.

What really drives the series are the "characters." From Akito, the assistant cook who reluctantly pilots the mecha (whining the entire way of course, hmm.. Shinji?) and Yurika, the captain of the Nadesico who shows more interest chasing after Akito than running a ship, to Megumi, a former anime voice actress (named in honor of the famous japanese seiyu Megumi Hayashibara) turned communications officer (also chasing Akito - then again, who isn't on Nadesico?), and Ruri, a twelve-year-old prodigy-girl who really runs the ship alone and intercedes occasionally with her timely "baka"s (idiots) in her assessment of the crews's antics. There are too many characters to list and too little time...

Oh, did I mention that virtually the entire crew are die-hard fans of a popular 100-year-old ('70s for us) giant robo anime called "Gekkigangar 3?" (complete with characters named Ken, Joe, and Akira, with a blocky robot with a few trademarked attack moves - which is announced during battle of course - and a hilarious opening theme that has me chuckling everytime it replays in my head) and watch it through the series? To think that this is where Akito is essentially learning his piloting skills/values from... what is the anime world coming to? Oh right, I forgot that there's a war going on also.

OK. So let go of anything that would even remotely have you take this series seriously and just enjoy the ride. Totally baka and corny at times but if you can make it past the first two DVDs or so, the characters will grow on you and you'll really enjoy the rest of the 6-DVD set.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.33)
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