NADESICO: PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1998)

(aka Martian Successor Nadesico: The Movie Ė Prince of Darkness) 

 

Format: 82-minute feature

Rating: PG-13 (BN, AL, GV)

Type: Sci-Fi (mecha)

American Production: A.D. Vision

English Dub Production: ADV Films

Japanese Production: The Nadesico Committee (incl. Xebec)

 

Grading

 

Premise:

B

Story:

C+

Writing:

C+ 

Character Design:

C

Mecha Design:

Animation:

C+ 

Artistic Merits:

C+ 

English Dub:

C+ 

Musical Score:

C

Songs:

 

 

Humor Content:

C+

Action Content:

B- 

Drama Content:

C+

 

 

DVD Presentation:

not reviewed

DVD Extras:

not reviewed

 

 

OVERALL:

C+

 

Synopsis

WARNING: This review contains spoiler information concerning the original TV series and assumes you are familiar with it. If you have not watched it yet but still intend to, you are advised not to read further!

 

††††† Two years after the events of Martian Successor Nadesico, Akito and Yurika are missing and believed dead, as is the scientist Inez, while the rest of the Nadesicoís former crew has moved on with their lives. Ruri is now the captain of the Nadesico-B and surrounded by a new crew, while most of the rest have retired to the private sector. The Jovians have united with the Earth forces to set up a new transit system based on boson-jumping, but a new threat looms in their midst: a radical group who call themselves the Martian Successors and are intent on controlling all boson-jumping for themselves. A new Nadesico is the United Earthís best bet to stop the terrorists, but to do so the old crew must be reunited. And what of Akito and Yurika? Are they actually dead?

  

The Long View

††††† First, a warning: Prince of Darkness is an extension of the 1996 TV series (reviewed here) rather than a stand-alone movie, so familiarity with the series is expected. Those who have not seen the series are unlikely to make much sense of this movie.

††††† Prince of Darkness tried very hard to capture the look, feel, and spirit of the wildly successful original TV series. Aside from the fact that the movie takes itself a little too seriously and isnít quite as witty, itís mostly successful at that goal. Whether this is a Good Thing or not is another story, because the artwork is no better than in the original series. The frenetic pacing of the original also doesnít quite work in a movie setting; the story comes off as much too hurried in places, particularly in the ending, where the climax passes by so fast you barely realize itís happened. Still, it should be a satisfying extension to the original story for fans of the series, as every significant character still alive at the end of the original makes at least a brief reappearance in the story. The focus this time is primarily on Ruri, with Akito and Yurika being shunted into the background in relatively minor (but key) supporting roles. Again, whether this is a Good Thing or not is a matter of personal taste.

††††† The graphic content in Prince of Darkness is much the same as the original: a bit of near-nudity, some violence that gets a little hairy, and an occasional four-letter word in the English dub, but thatís it. Overall, it is a fairly mild PG-13.

††††† If you liked the original series then you should see the movie. Otherwise there isnít much point.

 

DVD Extras

††††† Review is based on an Anime Network broadcast. The DVD has not been reviewed.

  

Principle English Voice Actors

Role

Voice Actor

Ruri

Kira Vincent-Davies

Hari Makibi 

Cameron Bautsch

Minato 

Kelly Manison

Saburota

Chris Patton

Akito

Spike Spencer

Yurika

Jennifer K. Earhart

Ryoko

Tiffany Grant

Izumi 

Tamara Lo

Hikaru

Cynthia Martinez 

Prospector

Paul Sidello

Jun

Mark Laskowski

Goat Hoary

Rob Mungle

Azumo

Matt Culpepper

Hokushin

Mike McRae

Father Munatake

John Gremillion

Howmei

Marcy Rae

Yukina

Hillary Haag

Inez Fressange, Lapis

Shelly Calene-Black

Megumi

Jenny Strader

 

††††† Most of the above voice actors also voiced minor roles.

 

 

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