Akito doesn’t want to fight. Despite a childhood spent on the anime Gekiganger 3, a Mecha show, he’d rather cook than pilot a Mecha. Fate intervenes when his home on Mars is destroyed, and he is transported instantly to the Earth, mysteriously. He has questions no one can answer fully, but follows a girl from a chance meeting in hopes to discover any. The girl, Yurika, is captain of the private battleship Nadesico, and in order to follow her, he enlists as their cook. Possessing the nanite implants that allow to control mechas, he’s a handy backup pilot for the mechas of the Nadesico. He joins a crew bent on avenging Mars that seems to be composed of only misfits, otakus, and ditzes; however, in reality, they are handpicked experts. They take their own private war back to Mars to face the harsh reality that life may not always be like a Giant Mecha series. – My Anime List
Based on 20 review scores:
I give Nadesico a NINE out of ten. Great mecha/character design, great plot, excellent music… You’ll have to see for yourself. I don’t know, I guess if you hate Mecha don’t bother…but if you can get beyond the genre thing, you are in for quite a treat!!
They just don’t make shows like this anymore. Today anime for the most part is a collection of tried and trusted clichés, tropes and character stereotypes, all held together loosely by a narrative. It’s anime built by committee to appeal to a very niche and confined audience base, very rarely straying beyond its bounds, and very rarely appealing to anyone outside that target demographic. It’s hard to remember that there was a time when anime was created to appeal to wide audiences, and that narrative was a more important factor than the fan service. Martian Successor Nadesico has the clichés and tropes to be sure, it even has a swimsuit episode, but the story comes first, and it’s a stellar one.
Great. A great example of its genre that everyone should see, regardless of their interest.
Nadesico has been BY FAR the best money I have ever spent on an anime. If only all shows were this good and fun. Watch it!!!
It’s a fun show. Give it a watch.
Could’ve been a five if the ending were stronger, but still an excellent series that we heartily recommend. For many viewers, this has superseded Otaku no Video as the ultimate fanboy anime.
Martian Successor Nadesico is a classic ’90s series that shouldn’t be forgotten. The show’s strong writing, intelligent comedy and well-drawn characters (in an artistic and literary sense) guarantee that it still holds up now and will continue to hold up for years to come.
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It doesn’t force an ending on you with cheap happy shortcuts, Nadesico is better than this, going at its own assured pace always treating story and characters with respect. If you’re the type that just has to have every single plot point wrapped up and a more ‘complete’ ending, then there is the subsequent Animage Grand Prix Award-winning movie Nadesico The Movie awaiting you, though the movie is a separate beast entirely, different in tone from the series.
MSN takes the usually ultra-serious mecha genre and makes fun of it in every way possible, with homages to “Macross/Robotech” “Mobile Suit Gundam” “Star Blazers/Yamato” “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and also old-school shows like “Mazinger Z/Tranzor Z” and “GoLion/Voltron”. To any anime fan who’s familiar with these works, Nadesico is a riot, although those who are not, or non-anime fans, might be slightly lost. However, the series has it’s own interesting story to keep people interested, involving a war between Earth and mysterious space aliens who attack from Jupiter. The animation quality is variable, but it shouldn’t harm your enjoyment of the show. The dub’s pretty good too, although hardcore anime fans will be turned off by the use of overlays.
Needless to say, Martian Successor Nadesico is one of the oddest anime I’ve ever come across. An intriguing mixture of juxtaposing elements, it ultimately forms one of the most under-appreciated anime I’ve ever seen, and of course, I’ll end this review with a recommendation to watch the hell out of it, and while you’re at it, spread the word to anyone else you think may enjoy it. But with all of that comes an air of disappointment when it’s all over, because though Nadesico was unique, it ultimately chose to be normal in the end. And of course, there’s nothing wrong with being normal, normality defines the rules that the media of this world, giving us boundaries to both obey and push, but for an anime to fall into the damp musk of it… a little disappointing in the end. And though it wasn’t what I wanted it to be in the end, Nadesico is such a concoction of comedy, drama and bombastic passion that I must say, I would be shocked if anybody could walk away after episode 26 without finding at least a little something to love about the crew of the Nadesico. Maybe that says something. Despite how “out there” Nadesico can seem at times, still managing to use its charm and wit to appeal to nearly everyone; that seems to be an accomplishment if anything. And in the end, regardless if it’s being a comedy, or a drama, or a romance, or an action series, or a deconstruction, or a celebration, or a straight-faced retread of a genre through references to its unique culture, there was one thing Nadesico never stopped being. And that… is good.
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Aside from all this praise as a “neo-classic” sci-fi series that reclaims giant robots in the name of optimism, Martian Successor Nadesico’s real strong suit is its re-release in the Essential Anime format. With over twice as many episodes in a volume, and at two-thirds of the standard price, this DVD allows anime fans to grab the complete Nadesico at a bargain price if they missed the original releases. The solid story and likable characters are a delight, and there aren’t too many series these days that can balance pure comedy with serious drama. There may be flashy young whippersnappers out there with digital effects and CGI, but sitting down to watch Nadesico is like getting re-acquainted with an old friend.
This is basically what Irresponsible Captain Tylor really wishes it were. Full of unique and hilarious characters, a wonderfully written and paced story, plenty of romantic hijinx (everyone and her sister is running after Akito), a healthy dose of cool mecha, an anime-within-an-anime that even makes up an integral part of the plot (yes, they even made an OVA series of Gekiganger!), and excellent art make this a fantastic TV series that all can enjoy. Brought to us by the people at XEBEC (Bakuretsu Hunter), this series is not to be missed, coz if you do, you’re a…Ruri? “Baka.”
Bottom line? See it as a typical show and you will find it mediocre. See it as a tribute to mecha and you will instead have a good show that doesn’t fully exploit its own merits but it’s fun nonetheless.
My Shiny Toy Robots
Martian Successor Nadesico may be fondly remembered by some, but a classic it is not. It manages to (for the most part) tell a semi-serious story alongside otaku-centric comedy, but it never really excels at either and in the end the story just becomes more and more convoluted. A series full of great ideas and a level of meta you probably won’t find in many other anime, but one that falls short of success due too shorter running time to prevent it being crushed under the weight of its own ideas.
Key Frame Online
This is a hard one. It can be funny, boring, manic, meandering, simplistic, complex… think of a contradiction and it manages it. It took me months to start watching…