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Martian Succesor Nadesico
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Martian Successor Nadesico or Mobile Battleship Nadesico (機動戦艦ナデシコ, Kidō Senkan Nadeshiko) is a science fiction comedy anime TV series, and a later manga series created by Kia Asamiya. The series takes place in the year 2196. The manga, published in English by CPM Manga, is significantly different from the anime.

When Earth's colonies on Mars are suddenly attacked by alien invaders referred to as the Jovian Lizards, civilian contractor Nergal decides to come to the Earth's aid by constructing powerful space battleships, the first of which is known as the ND-001 Nadesico. A crew is selected from among the top civilian experts in each field, however, these individuals tend to have "some slight personality disorders".



Plot:

The primary protagonist, Akito Tenkawa, is a boy with a mysterious past; once a resident of Mars' Utopia colony, he escaped its destruction by the Jovian Lizards and arrived on Earth, with no memory of how he got there but a terrible fear of the invaders. He hates fighting and only wants to be a chef, however, he is constantly called on to act as a pilot of one of the Nadesico's Aestevalis - humanoid combat robots. While on board the Nadesico, Akito has more problems to deal with than just the Jovians; pretty much all the female members of the crew, especially the vessel's captain Yurika, seem to be head over heels in love with Akito, but all he wants to do is cook and watch his favorite anime, Gekigangar III (an anime within an anime).

Characters:

Nadesico Crew:

Akito Tenkawa

Anime - Born on Mars and orphaned after his parents died in an apparent military coup, his dream to become a cook stemmed from the quality of the raw food available on the planet. Though he has a nanomachine controller enabling him to pilot machinery, he refuses to become a military pilot; his first time in an Aestevalis was an accident, though he quickly showed capable piloting skill; because of the lack of pilots on the ship, he was officially made one for the duration of the tour. A Gekiganger fan as a child, his devotion to the series is rekindled by fellow pilot Gai Daigoji. He is romantically adored by the ship's captain Yurika Misumaru, who was also a childhood friend, but is usually terrified of her over-amorous advances to him.

Manga - The manga version isn't all that different except Akito is a bit more open and not as dorky. His form in the other dimension is powerful and destructive.

Yurika Misumaru

Anime - She is the beautiful but ditzy captain of the Nadesico and childhood friend of Akito Tenkawa. She is infatuated with him and gets very jealous when other girls show interest in him, though he considers her crazy; she is also very scatterbrained at times, misinterpreting comments made by others as words of inspiration/devotion, and forgetting or twisting around events from her and Akito's childhood. Nonetheless, she is a very capable captain, and a constant source of cheerfulness and inspiration for the rest of the crew.

Gai Daigoji

Born Jiro Yamada (an average name, similar to John Doe or John Smith in the US), he insisted that Gai Daigoji was "the name that belongs to (his) soul", and angrily asserted his "true" name whenever someone used the "other" one. A rabid Gekiganger otaku, he was an official pilot and arrived three days ahead of schedule when he learned they would be piloting actual robots like in the anime. Fueled by his devotion to the show, Gai had a fierce intensity in and out of battle, and was angry and resentful towards Akito for being the first one to engage the enemy, stealing "(his) destiny", even though he had a broken leg and was unable to fight. The two were soon able to bond over Gekiganger, although Gai couldn't understand why Akito would rather be "a dumb cook" than a robot pilot. Although it was Gai's wish to die heroically in battle like one of the characters, he was unceremoniously shot and killed during an escape of prisoners held aboard the Nadesico; Akito took his death very hard, and devoted himself to Gai and the ideals of Gekiganger.

Ruri Hoshino

The "Electronic Fairy", she keeps the ship's computer (Omoikane) running and slowly bonds with it, asking it numerous questions about society and human interaction. Ruri is a child prodigy and somewhat distant from the rest of the crew, whom she considers "nothing but idiots" (Japanese ばかばっか baka-bakka). She is occasionally referred to as "Ruriruri" by Minato, another member of the bridge crew. In addition, she co-hosts the "Naze Nani Nadesico" segment, and is the narrator at the beginning of each episode of Nadesico, recapping previous events while adding her own opinion of the situation. Ruri is very cold and extremely knowledgeable of many things and doesn't like getting into the things that most crew members do. Rather she enjoys sitting back in front of the monitor regulating the Nadesico, playing video games and communicating to Omoikane. She does have her spontaneous moments like when during the pageant she dresses up in a bathing suit and sings (however, out of embarrassment, she drops out of the standings).

Manga - Ruri is full captain of the Nadesico. She seems not much different but she is given almost all the attention rather than just half. The mirror copy of her is the same and acts completely the same along with the fact that she is also captain of her ship. Both Ruris seem to also have an internal problem and cough up blood when under extreme stress.

Megumi Reinard

Former voice actress and communications officer of the Nadesico, she is a very kind-hearted and devoted person. She was also the first to have Akito return her affections, though he did not feel as strongly for her as she thought, to her great sadness.

Jun Aoi

The first officer of the Nadesico, Jun has no small infatuation for Yurika, leaving a position in the Earth's military to join her crew and "look out for her". She is clueless of how he feels and considers him her "best friend", though the rest of the crew realize his feelings. A common running gag is Jun's misunderstanding of Yurika's special efforts, such as preparing food--he believes it is for him, but it always ends up being for Akito, with him being passed by.

Inez Fressange

Developed the Nadesico's Phase Transition system for Nergal on Mars before it was invaded; when the ship returned to the planet, she came aboard, stating that the surviving colonists refused to leave, believing the ship would soon be destroyed; however, an attack immediately afterwards forced the grounded Nadesico to raise its shields, crushing the underground colonists and leaving her the only survivor. She hosts the "Naze Nani Nadesico" segment as a technical consultant along with Ruri and Yurika in an attempt to teach the crew about the ship's workings, as a way of atoning for what happened.

Ryoko Subaru

Aestivalis pilot, she escaped from the L2 space colony when it was destroyed by the Jovians, salvaging four Aestevalis suits and fellow pilot Izumi Maki. The most fiery and combative of the three, but a surprise attack from the enemy left her terrified and crying out for help from Akito; this was noted and would be mercilessly brought up by Izumi and Hikaru many times, to her great embarrassment

Izumi Maki

Aestivalis pilot, brought in a storage container from the L2 colony by Ryoko. Quiet and reserved, though an incurable punster, cracking up at her own jokes.

Hikaru Amano

Aestivalis pilot and rabid Gekigangar III fangirl, she was ejected from the L2 colony in a capsule which crashed into the Nadesico; making her way through the air ducts, she was directly over Akito's room as he was watching a tragic episode of Gekiganger. Moved to tears, her wailing could be heard through the overhead vent, right before she fell out of it and onto him.

Nagare Akatsuki

Nagare came into the picture after the Nadesico escaped from Mars; a skilled Aestivalis pilot, Nagare rescued Akito during battle as the latter was in a state of panic and unable to move. He was soon assigned to the Nadesico, bringing along Erina Won, who he had a mysterious relationship with. Nagare disparaged Akito for his devotion to the simplistic ideals of Gekiganger and the fact that he hates Japanese Anime altogether, but the two were still able to get along well enough.

Minato Haruka

The main helmswoman for the Nadesico. She gave up her job as the secretary for a large company's president so she could join the Nadesico crew. Her reason being that it sounded much more interesting. She has a mixed-up relationship with Goat Hoary. She helps Tsukomo and falls in love with him after a fight with Goat that ended their relationship.

Erina Won

Erina joins the Nadesico at the same time as Nagare and proves to be just as irritating to the other characters. Her official post is co-helmswoman, but she ends up bossing everyone around, even the captain.

Mr. Prospector

Mr. Prospector's real name is never revealed, but he seems to not only be some sort of Nergal accountant, but the recruitment officer for the Nadesico

Seiya Uribatake

Ace mechanic Seiya joins the Nadesico to get away from his wife and child, at the same time chasing around various young women. Most noticeable among them is Hikaru, who he almost has a relationship with.

Goat Hoary

A serious man of few words, Goat seems to be the crew's guardian. He also has a relationship with Minato Haruka for a time. He is very big and very strong, capable of carrying Megumi and Ruri, one on each arm, and is a skilled marksman.

Howmei

Head chef on the Nadesico, Howmei is responsible for making sure everything gets cooked correctly, even if it involves teaching Akito about the variety of spices and flavourings available on Earth. Given the very nature of the Nadesico's mission... and the fact that some of them might not live to see another day, Howmei want to make sure that every meal the crew eats is as good as they want... because it may be their last meal.

Itsuki Kazama

Itsuki came on as a replacement pilot when Akito left the ship with Megumi during the Christmas return of the Nadesico to Earth. She is known as a great team player and an excellent pilot. During production, she was unnamed, so she was referred to in-series as "Newbie" and "Seelie" (by Ryoko both times). She was originally named Sayuri Terasaki, but this name was retconned by her appearance as one of the lead characters in the Blank of Three Years video game.

Jovians:

Tsukumo Shiratori

Tsukumo is a commander of the Superior Jovian Male Forces and a mecha pilot. He is similar in appearance and personality to Gai Daigoji, and ultimately dies in the same way. In the video game Super Robot Wars W for Nintendo DS, he lived to take part in the events of The Prince of Darkness after Gai, with whom he had developed a comrade-in-arms relationship with, took a bullet meant for him.

Yukina Shiratori

Yukina is Tsukumo's younger sister, and is horrified to find out that her older brother has fallen in love with an earth woman (Minato). She promptly leaves for the Nadesico to assassinate the woman in question, but after meeting her, she realizes Minato is a very nice woman and understands why her brother fell in love with her. When her brother is murdered, Minato becomes her only family.

Has anyone else seen this classic?

This happens to be one of my favorite animes, and has one of my all-time favorite anime characters. Daigouji Gai (Yamada Jirou)
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GAIIIII SUPPAAAA UPPPPPPA!

...Did you tyoe that all yourself? Also... spoilers?

Yeah I loved it.
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^Nah, I took it from Wiki. Copy/Paste FTW! xD

Whoops.....Didn't notice all of the spoilers. Well, it's not like anyone will actually read every detail. Luckily, I didn't type the events in The Prince Of Darkness. xD

Super Robot Wars W had to be the best game that had Nadesico in it. Gai and Tsukumo actually live on, and fight against the Martian Successors! :O
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Well you did mention the Jovians by name....

Do you mean that you could use the Nadesico in the game ...or just the characters? XD
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Wow, I do believe that Nadesico is extremely underrated... I loved the show, it's one of my favorite anime.
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its on my to watch list.
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Ahh..SRW W moments with Akito's Black Selena II, It's like Cast-Off from Kamen Rider Kabuto.
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SEIYA FOREVER!

But anyway, Nadesico is and will always be one of my top favorite anime. I mean it's just damn awesome!! If any of you haven't watched it...well then geeze you ought to get on that man!

The movie was good too. (Akito looks a whole lot better.)


But I haven't read the manga yet....yeah I need to get on that!! *heh*

Oh and definitely thank you for dedicating a topic to this, as you correctly named it, classic!!


The one thing that I wanted to see was Gai and Minato get married...*sniffs* I promise *sniffs* I won't cry...
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its was one of the animes when i watched when i was 5 to 7.....brings back memories ^^...the movie was not as good though.....but its a good series ^^
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awh...they should have made a sequel...
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one of my favorite anime, totally a classic, i think its very underviewed
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Posted 1/21/08
it needs second season
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i also like the serie too, it's one of the first animes i got into.
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classic anime i love it!!
GEKIGANGAR PUNCH!!!!
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I think I need to watch this just to experience some mind burn.

My experience with the Nadesico in Super Robot Wars makes it more hax than its Aestivalis complement.
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