Kidou Senkan Nadesico Gekijou Ban

Title:Kidou Senkan Nadesico Gekijou Ban
Kidou Senkan Nadesico - The Prince of Darkness
Nadesico "Prince of Darkness"
Nadesico the Movie: Prince of Darkness
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Notables: MATSUMOTO Yasunori
MIKI Shinichirou
Original Concept - ASAMIYA Kia
R1 License - ADV (Renamed)
Much has changed since the end of the Great War: the Jovians and Earthlings have allied themselves, Ruri is the new captain of the Nadesico B, and Akito and Yurika have completely disappeared. Boson Jumping has become so popular that a mass transportation network is being constructed utilizing Chulip portals. What lies in these portals, however, is the secret of the Bose particles and the great power they carry. If that secret falls into the wrong hands, it would mean destruction of epic proportions. Now, alerted of a Martian splinter group with dangerous intentions, the crew of the Nadesico is called back to action, to make things safe in the galaxy and maybe even find out what happened to Akito and Yurika.

Sequel to the series
79 minute Movie (released in 1998)
Produced by XEBEC
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Watch 8 7 8 6 5 Ggultra2764 [series:210#1552]
I know many Western anime fans of Nadesico likely wondered what was up with the sudden change in story and tone for this movie sequel to the TV anime with Akito and Yukina seemingly dead and Ruri now the Nadesico's captain. Make a long story short, Japanese fans of the series were able to get a game of Nadesico for the Sega Saturn back in the 1990s that filled in events between the TV anime and movie that explored more about Ruri being adopted by Akito and Yukina, as well as the circumstances leading up to the couple's apparent deaths. With the main plot for this film revealing more is going on beneath the surface with Akito and Yukina plus a new threat coming from a gang of Jovian terrorists, I kind of felt this and said Sega Saturn game probably could have worked better as a whole new TV anime of the series as Prince of Darkness breezes through its story developments at a rather brisk pace, leaving little breathing room for anything to get further fleshed out and take in events. Some of the show's trademark humor still shone through at points and I had a few moments that made me chuckle. But personally, Prince of Darkness felt wasted being adapted into a movie as its story seemed like it could have more to tell as a TV anime.

Last updated Thursday, November 11 2021. Created Thursday, November 11 2021.
Watch 9 8 7 7 5 AstroNerdBoy [series:210#436]

I wasn't a fan of the Nadesico series, I didn't go into the movie with any high expectations. I knew that fans of the TV series weren't fans of the movie, but considering I'd gone against the grain on the TV series, maybe I'd go against the grain on the movie. This time, that was not to be.

I love the movie's concept and setting -- have the two stars from the TV series reportedly dead and have Ruri-chan (now Ruri-san or Ruriruri) as the captain of the Nadesico B. Having the Jovians and Earth allied was a neat idea, especially since the TV series indicated that the war between the two peoples would continue. Having them have to face a new enemy is another good idea. Even the leader of the new enemy was a good idea. But with these good ideas, the writers then go out and fall on their face.

For starters, there should have been more revealed about the deaths of Akito, Yurika, and Inez Fressange. Then, when Akito was revealed to be alive, there should have been more done about that, say making the series a mystery one. Why was he apparently alive? Even with the attack by this new enemy, Ruri is smart enough to investigate both possibilities. Instead, beyond a certain level of surprise at seeing Akito (who has changed), nothing much is done. And Akito, while a darker, non-whining character, displays none of the traits I would expect for someone who's lost their love.

The writers introduce us to this very Japanese assassin group known as the Martian Shadows (or something like that), but beyond doing a couple of things, we know nothing about them or their motives. They are just there to be used as a plot device when needed. Ditto the character Lapis, who is seemingly supposed to be something important (she has eyes like Ruri's), but then the writers go nowhere with it. She and Ruri communicate at one point, but it was so unimportant to the story as to be forgetable.

The story finds a crutch to bring back the original Nadesico to go on a new mission. It was interesting to see where some of the crew had gone in the time since the TV series ended. Izumi (the weird mecha pilot) and Hikaru (the red-haired mecha pilot with glasses) provided some moments of amusement as a shuttle with the original crew went to the new Nadesico. Beyond that, the original crew didn't provide much to the story or anything else beyond, "nice to see you."

As often happened in the TV series, the writers just seemed to throw things out there. The passage of time is difficult to follow because one moment, a character might be outside the ship, then the very next moment, said character is on the ship (because the ship took off) discussing something with others. Things just happen, good guys win, and then Akito and the found Yurika disappear again, giving us no chance to see any romantic moments for the two. I really wonder what the writers were thinking.

A quick note on the translations, which I so ranted about in the TV-series. This time they are much better. ADV allowed the "chan" honorific to survive in the subtitles (and I'm guessing the dub to since that's how ADV seems to do things), and the domestication factor is much less all around.

Bottom line: As before, Ruri is good, but everything else is just weak and without heart. Not bad enough to be an "avoid," so I'll give it a "watch."

Last updated Friday, June 23 2006. Created Thursday, June 22 2006.

Watch 10 10 10 10 4 4 aoneish [series:210#1615]
Much like Rei Ayanami in Evangelion, Ruri seems to be the favorite in Nadesico. So when I heard of the movie and that she was the main character I was ecstatic. And the movie starts out great. She’s as cool as ever, being captain and all. But that’s the end of my excitement. After I saw it I was flat out disappointed. It’s like they spent the whole movie setting up the movie, heading for that climax and resolution, and then, in the last ten minutes they realized omg, we’re running out of film and so they just boom, ended it. The climax was anticlimactic. The fight between Akito and the bad guy, well, they built it up SO MUCH and then the final fight was just…really pathetic. There are no mysteries because they pretty much tell you at the beginning what the problem is and who’s the bad guy. The good guys had NO PROBLEM whatsoever anticipating the bad guy’s moves, they’re just that good I suppose? Pah. I love Ruri and wish her to be perfect and genius as she is, but the precision and easiness in which she [(and the other good guys of course) defeats the enemy is just…boring. A disappointing movie. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN SEASON TWO. Everything would have been fleshed out and we’d get to actually feel for the characters instead of what we get now. Tortured changed vengeful Akito, big deal. The title Prince of Darkness is for him I think. Pained Ruri…well, she did fantastically with her eyes again, showing us her pain at having been lied to. The entire crew and whatnot makes an appearance of course, but they might as well not have. We never find out the story behind Lapis nor the creepy Martian “Shadows,” we get glimpses and motives, but…And then, at the end of it all, Akito and Yurika just…run away, and we don’t even get their story or any closure at all. I’m just…so disappointed…It’s a movie that’s worth watching at least once, it’s decent after all it’s not like there’s anything left unresolved. But I expected more.

Last updated Thursday, September 28 2006. Created Tuesday, February 28 2006.
Buy 8 8 9 7 Cenit [series:210#45]
If you like the serie, you're gonna love this movie. I saw it before after the serie, and even so it was very cool. The new character of Ruri makes her really adorable, and the part of Akito is really good to, for the fans of Yurika, bad luck she only appears in the las 10 minutes of the whole thing. This movie is really cool, I have seen it like a thoisnad times. The Successor of Marts are trying to domain the Hisago Plan, the space colonies to obtain the new technology of teleportation, and it's up to Ruri, the New Nadesico and the old crew to stop, them, while Akito is fighting by his own. I you want good anime, buy it, no matter what, buy it.

Last updated Friday, November 17 2000. Created Friday, November 17 2000.

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