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Martian Successor Nadesico - The Prince of Darkness
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 02/14/2001

Three years have passed since the events chronicled in the Nadesico TV series. Akito, Yurika, and Ines have been missing and presumed dead after an accident, and Ruri Hoshino is now the captain of the Nadesico B. The Nadesico B is sent to Amaterasu to independently investigate attacks on some of the colonies. But as Ruri and her crew probe deeper into what's happening, the computer systems go haywire and the word "OTIKA" flashes all over the Nadesico and Amaterasu. Ruri soon realizes that Akito is still alive, and he's involved in something that Ruri may not be able to handle on her own. And so Ruri goes back to earth to find her old crewmates... hopefully their combined efforts would be enough to do what must be done...
Having been used to the predominantly light and cheery atmosphere of the TV series, I found Nadesico the Movie to be a rather depressing installment. It's very serious, and although there are a few humorous parts, the trademark wackiness seems to have been traded in for a more mature feel. Ruri's less-than-lively personality further reinforces the somber mood, as she is the main character here.
I have one major problem with this movie. The background of the story is not too clearly defined. Apparently, there was an accident that involved Akito, Yurika, and Ines... but they just keep showing flashbacks of the funeral service and the grave sites. There is some vague dialogue pertaining to the events, but that's basically it. I wasn't able to fully appreciate the story due to this. But then since I watched this fansubbed, there's still a possibility that an officially released English version would be more explanatory with regards to these matters. On the other hand, it's a hoot to watch how the original Nadesico characters are faring in their now ordinary lives.
The art and animation are excellent -- markedly more refined and detailed compared to the TV series. Production values are very high, as one can expect. The ending is a bit saddening and at the same time abrupt. It's as if somebody just slammed on the brakes -- it's too open-ended to give any sense of closure. A strategic approach though, as the producers can easily make another series or movie to pick up where this one leaves off. If you have not watched the TV series, I strongly suggest that you skip this movie until you do, because it will be almost impossible to understand the plot and all the character / event references as this movie is not meant to stand alone.
Somehow this is not the outcome I had envisioned for the Nadesico characters...

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Review Title:
Martian Successor Nadesico - The Prince of Darkness
Alternative Titles:
Kidou Senkan Nadesico - The Prince of Darkness
80 Minutes
General Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Suitable For:
Young Adults
Action, Comedy, Drama,
Mecha, Psychological, Sci-Fi
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