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Martian Successor Nadesico: Complete Collection (Remastered Edition)

Right Stuf // PG-13 // September 11, 2012
List Price: $59.99 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted December 21, 2012 | E-mail the Author


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Nadesico DVD Collecion Review


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Martian Successor Nadesico
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takes place in a distant future where mankind is at war with an alien
race
while trying to survive said war, and with seemingly high odds placed
against
humanity and earth itself. The Nadesico is a ship of considerable build
and
protective power and the crew that works on said ship consists
primarily of
skilled individuals who each bring together their own unique talents to
the
table when it comes to working together towards protecting planet
earth.  


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
series is one of the biggest
anime hits of the 1990's and one that spawned even greater anime fandom
in
North America. One of the things that undoubtedly appealed to many of
Japan's
otaku (and subsequently that of anime fans in America) is that the
series
revolves, amazingly, around anime fans as characters. These characters
all
share some level of fan adoration of anime and the series blends into a
mixture
of parody and homage to Japan's essential and famous anime-mecha
entries.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Audiences
of Martian Successor Nadesico can be mesmerized when
they discover
elements of Gundam or Evangelion on
this show, yet it
essentially amounts to being a fraction of the series whole as this
series fundamentally
recognizes a need for notable comedic elements to carefully
counterbalance the
drama of surrounding the series upon the war. The creators recognized
that
focusing on the war itself could not be the only basic element of the
framework
here, and thus this series is more of a blend between several genre
elements.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
genre elements also go together
so seamlessly that is makes the series better equipped to be enjoyed by
a
variety of anime fans. Some anime fans might have a higher preference
for
action, or drama, or mecha, or comedy: this series contains bits and
pieces from
several different styles of anime and it does so in a way that has been
successful for many different anime fans; fans of considerable fandom
and who have
followed Nadesico in Japan and
America over the years.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
animation on this show is
beautiful. The artwork is a key element of the series and something
truly wonderful
stands out about the way this series has been animated here. Everything
about
it excels more because the character designs, the layouts, and overall
impressive
and exemplary vibes result in part because of the strong art and design
of it.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Director
Tatsuo Sato (Shingu) is also a very strong and
notable director for this series. I previously watched and enjoyed his
efforts
with the highly dramatic sci-fi piece Shingu.
Something about the director seems distinctive in the way he focuses
upon
smaller and essentially quieter moments that focus upon character
more than any mere spectacle of entertainment. Nadesico
appeals first and foremost because
it's a character-driven show. Audiences looking for some anime fun with
a better grasp on characterization and directorial storytelling should
enjoy the approach with Nadesico; now
considered a classic anime series creation.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Martian
Successor Nadesico
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has been beautifully remastered. This relicensed release by Nozomi
Entertainment presents the series with the new restoration efforts and
it's a
beauty to behold the series in a clearly superior way. The colors are
mostly
vibrant and the series is free from dirt or debris on the prints. The
remastering process was done from the original elements and this is a
series
that has undoubtedly received a huge upgrade through the process. style=""> Many anime series first released in the mid to
late 1990's had poor picture quality and this should be a dramatic
improvement
over what was previously available on DVD in North America.



The series looks beautiful, crisp,
and clean: so does the theatrical film The Prince of
Darkness
. Both the series and the theatrical feature
are preserved in the original aspect ratio that was used (1.33:1 and
1.85:1); both look remarkable for an anime production from the 1990's.

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series
is presented with two audio options: English 2.0 and Japanese 5.1
surround
sound. I was surprised upon starting the series that apparently
different masters
of the remastered series resulted in a slightly incorrect synching of
the
English language dub. It didn't seem horrible to me from what I saw but
I stuck
to the Japanese language track presentation anyway - the series has an
excellent Japanese dub that is well worth listening to. Everything
about the
show sounds dynamic for a series of its age and only the Japanese dub
has the
impressive surround sound mix. Both English and Japanese 5.1 audio
options are
available with The Prince of Darkness
theatrical film presentation.


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Remastered Presentation of Nadesico:
The Prince of Darkness
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Extras:

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There
are
a significant number of supplements included on this release of
Nadesico. Fans
should feel pleased to actually find so many supplements on an anime
release,
and especially on one of their favorite series. The main inclusion of
interest
on this release is the style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Gekigangar
3
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OVA (29 min.), a special episode of sorts that is supposed to be like
the
television series featured within Nadesico and which was a favorite
anime series
for Akito, among some of the other characters. This OVA special was
previously
only available in Japan so anyone purchasing this rereleased DVD
collection
will finally have this special episode to watch.


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to Belle Equipe
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(44 min.) features a number of cast interviews, behind the scenes voice
recording session moments, and other miniature adventurous spots. The
special
also contains a brief introduction to the series. This is less of a
making-of
and more of a special cast interview session. There are some comments
made by
director Tatsuo Sato about Nadesico
as well.


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Sorekara
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(22 min.) is an additional behind-the-scenes piece covering the event
held for
a premiere of the Nadesico film. This piece features several key cast
members
up on stage and both performing/responding to fan questions and talking
about
their parts on the show.


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Spots
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min.)
and Other Promo Videos (4 min.) are
television ads for the series itself and for various CD releases
containing
music from the show.


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huge plus in the
supplemental section are some additional Interviews
with the Nadesico Cast
: Houko Kuwashima (Yurika Misumaru), Tomokazu
Seki
(Gai Daigoji), Naoko Takano (Megumi Reinard), Omi Minami (Ruri
Hoshino), Maya
Okamoto (Minato Haruka), Chisa Yokoyama (Ryoko Subaru), and Yuji Ueda
(Akito
Tenkawa) are all interviewed for some previously-released single-volume
releases of the show from Japan. It's neat that so many additional
interviews
would be contained on this remastered release for North American
audiences. Each
interview is somewhere between 1 to 2 minutes in length.


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for other Nozomi Entertainment releases are also included.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Final
Thoughts:


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Anime
fans looking to watch a series
now considered a "classic" of the art-form will be pleased to know that
the
series contains many interesting genre elements, while the longtime,
devoted
fandom for Nadesico will be thrilled
to own the series and feature film in this DVD collection containing style="">both with gloriously remastered prints
and a generous selection of
supplements. It might be worth renting first
for newcomers to the show, but if you can enjoy a few episodes,
there's a
good chance you'll want this set in your anime collection. This is a
stellar
Nozomi Entertainment re-release of a popular and much loved anime
creation.


style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Highly
Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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