GR Anime Review: Martian Successor Nadesico

A Glass Reflection Anime Review of Martian Successor Nadesico Originally Released: October 30th 2016 Additional Footage used in Review: After War Gundam X (1996) Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (1993) Final Verdict music: "Core of the Storm" by Under Polaris - /> MORE ANIME REVIEWS ► /> ► Support me on Patreon: />► Crunchyroll Free Trial: />► Follow me on Twitter:

Could you say that Nadesico is the Cruel Angel's *Antithesis*? I'm gonna leave now
*nod* Nadesico is a pastiche on the mecha genre. However it's so good that it's become a great mech series in its own right. Originally, the Prince of Darkness movie was meant to be the start of a movie trilogy to tie things up...but it never happened due to the fact the movie was a facade of what I loved about it.
Aya ya
Things to know about Martian Successor Nadesico - It's Gai Daigoji - Gekiganger is the shit - And Ruri is best girl
Allen Babylon
Glad to see Nadesico finally get some love.
That moment when Arkada reviews not only an obscure show you've watched and enjoyed but also recommends your favorite anime ever (Irresponsible Captain Tylor) <3 Wonder if we'll ever get a review of Tylor? That would be fantastic :D
Me: Oh it's 6 A.M... I should probably sleep. *Arkada uploads new review* Me: Aaaaahhhhh damn.
So, where is the Mob Psycho review?
nadesico is my favorite anime of all time. i remember when i first watched it being shocked when the girl with glasses made a joke that the mechanic likes other men XD?
All these Nadesico haters... Baka baka
Woah! Arkada's pulling out the classics. Shame this never got a 2nd season.
J BarronMiller
Rem from Re:Zero at 0:21!
Jiren's Dad
I loved the show but hated the movie
Some stray thoughts as I as going through this: - Yurika actually is tactically intelligent. It's shown maybe twice (?) in the entire series but it seems that when she's given full command and is actually motivated, she is quite competent. - An interesting tale in all of Nadesico is the ongoing commentary that it's alright to love things, but to not take it to the point of obsession. - I always found the best comparison for Nadesico was M*A*S*'s able to make you laugh one minute, then cry over crushing realism within the next. - I actually thought the ending was an intentional joke. The fact that the translation specifically used the words "inevitable sequel" made it seem like it was throwing things around for the sake of poking fun at cliffhangers. Not well pulled, mind you, but it seems really tongue-in-cheek. - It's quite disappointing that Stellvia won't get a sequel. It's not exactly great by any stretch of the imagination but I always appreciated it being an extremely positive and uplifting Space Opera. It's nice seeing this series get some love. I've thought abut the series heavily the last couple years and I've felt that the series' main points are still extremely relevant after all this time.
Funny you bring up Love Hina because the Japanese voice actor for Akito is the same as Kietarou, Ueda Yuji. Bonus fact, Omi Minami the voice for Ruri Ruri is his real wife. I don't know if they are still married to this day. Extra bonus 20th anniversary for this anime is this year.
It actually isn't just Spike Spencer who provides the Eva references in the dub; Tiffany Grant was cast as Ryouko specifically because the directors thought it was funny to put her as an angry tsundere in a red mech after she'd just finished recording Asuka.
i'm surprised you didn't choose Full Metal Panic as an alternate anime recommendation
didn't watch Nadesico but the way he described it somehow reminds me of Full Metal Panic :P
Awww... you did not include the Gekiganger 3 OVA. My favorite thing about Nadesico is when the finally met the Jovians they find the Jovians based their entire society on Gekiganer 3.
I still prefer the Macross series, and (don't hate me for this) the American adapation: Robotech. It was fantastic.
what happened to the graphics with the score, pros,cons and recommend ations
You did Nadesico. This surprise was certainly unexpected, this is why glass reflection is good shit. The unexpected sruprise like this one is something you find here and mostly here. 10/10 points well done Arcada You Get to Burning.
Thank you for this review Ark. I have been a loyal Nadesico fan since the early 2000's and I own the ADV release of the series and the movie, and while I liked the movie in some ways knowing what I do now kind of burns me in my own right. However, your recommendation to Buy is well deserved and I thank you for this review! YOU GET TO BURNING!
Alex Krycek
I think Akito-Yurika ship carried this show for me.
Yay one of my favorite shows is being reviewed! (*Screams like a fangirl*)
i love your disclaimer. "unless you have a problem with animation from the 90's or older...then god help you". old animie is what i grew up on in a large part. back when blockbuster was still operating as a kid id go and pick up whatever they had. ( yes im kinda getting old haha). excellent review! one of my younger friends tried to watch gundam wing and couldnt because "it doesnt seem like 1080p". boi did i have a laugh at that! wonderful to see you reviewing older anime! keep it up please!
Smart joke about early comments
4:43 What the hell happened with the lighting there?
Kevin Jones
Oh god I remember this. I haven't seen it in years.
Carl Wilkinson
Thank you for reviewing this, it's one of my favorites.
What the hell happened in 4:45?
Premed Jon
Also an underrated gem. The ultimate parody.
Chandler Ingram
Do a review on The Vision of Escaflowne next please? Especially since funimation just redubbed and rereleased the whole thing.
Just like you Tristan, Spike got me sold on this one.
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Matthew Doan
This has been one of my top 10 favorites since all the way back in high school (2002). I own the whole series on original VHS. (I don't even own a VCR anymore... lol)
Jay Patterson
I watched nadesico after moving to a new city and feeling like a stranger in a strange land. It really helped through a tough time :)
Huh, I was just playing Super Robot Wars J a while before this came up... Coincidence?
Marcus Allen
Man, what a guilty pleasure anime this was. Even know I still crack up when Ryoko asks "Do you smell what she is cooking?" Man, I miss 90s dubs so much
>Jojo Review never why live?
Zero Requiem
There is just something about that "over the top" comedy style from 90's anime... I miss it.
N- Riv
I 100% agree with you when it comes to Spike Spemcer Arkada, as soon as I saw that I freakin lost it!
Those unforgettable day, for them I live. I Loved this show, it was one of the first 3 series that really got me into Anime. another Recommendation to watch if you liked Nadesico is "Bodacious Space Pirates", by the same director: Tatsuo Sato. available on Crunchyroll
Thomas Herd IV
Got the ADV release when it first came out and I watch it once a year, one of my favorite anime
I seriously expected Gunbuster as an alternate recommendation...
Can you review Irresponsible Captain Tylor? Another great review. Keep Up The Good Work~!
Hey thanks for the review. I quite enjoyed it. A little feedback though: English is my second language, and Japanese is my third one (learned it with anime TM). English being a foreign language to me, I have to somewhat focus to understand what you're talking about. When you mix a song as a BGM, which happens to be one of my favorite song, I can't help losing the focus ending up not being able to understand what you're talking about. I'm sure this only happens to a very small portion of your audiences, them most likely being native English speakers. But that's what happened to me anyway, and I wanted to tell you about it. Cheers. :)
Hearing those trumpets again gave me a nostalgasm. Still one of my all-time anime theme songs.
Can you review slayers and kodocha next, I rarley ever seen anyone talk those animes
Nostalgia Works
I remember when this show played on Toonami's Giant Robot Week.
2:26 You want a celebratory fanfare of everything mecha? You want GaoGaiGar. Well, for everything super robot anyway.
Pongsai WuKong
ah yes ...I still have the VHS, Dvds and digitals for this show. I do agree the ending just is nerve racking. but the meat of the show is great.
That moment when he finally does a review of a show that you already have, gives it all his praise that it deserves and then says the ADV ones were lucky... Which I have, sweet.
tyler mustappa
yes l loved this series depsite all its flaws
You never see ANYONE! Talk about this show! That is refreshing, thank you!
Nadesico is probably one of my favorite mecha shows, honestly i only learned about through super robot wars, I'm glad i did though, 9/10 still haven't seen the movie.
Rookie Deadmeat
Nailed it. Arkada does it again. Favorite character is Izumi Maki, totally underrated; She makes me feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym class. BUT, one must remember that time honored adage even when choosing a waifu; "Never put your #@$! in crazy."
Aret Maw
Please review Amagi Brilliant Park. :D
Mathew Gibbons
I remember before the dub for Gurren Lagann came out I really wanted Brett Weaver to play Kamina because of the similar personalities Gai Daigoji and Kamina have.
I know of this anime through SRWJ, so it's nice to see how the actual anime fairs.
I need to get around to watching this show.
Draw dex
I watched this when TV was my anime provider. With Saver Marionette J.
Bjarki Kjartansson
Will you ever do a review on Rurouni Kenshin?
Lord Zephyros
please Do a video of the MOST REALISTIC mecha or sci fi animes
Dion Sørensen
Well what do you know... This anime is THE anime that got me into ANIME, and robot animes xD Space, battles and comedy all the way. Nadesico was my first ever bought series, importeret from US to Denmark. TOOK ME 2 YEARS TO GET ALL THE DVDS AT THE TIME!! And the first DVD I got was vol 6, then vol 3, Then vol 2, vol 5, vol 4 and finally vol 1. Why you may ask? Well be course of STUPID LAWS IN DENMARK!! The year was 2002, and internet was ass in DK, so order them to DK was not possible, only very rare shops could order them. But be course of some change in the law, the rare shops that could order them, could not anymore. The 6 month later, I come across a new shop in Copenhagen, that could order dem.. But at a huge price demand. I still have the 6 DVDs that costed me over 450 dollars to get all, 2 years... 450 dollars... And by god it was WORTH IT!! ADV will always have a strong place in my heart, Orphen, Bubbblegum Crisis 2040, AD Police, Slayers and so on, from the trailers on there DVDs, my world for anime was opening up. I love this series, and it warms me even more, that other people talks about it, and I never thought you would review this older and more forgot series. Even the story about ADV taking this project, was a ton of fun to hear about, one of there first and biggest ever projects to dub, be course of how many people they needed, and at that time, they where still a small group. So you my dear SIR, I'll give you two likes, I'll jump over to my other account Evillaughter01 and like it, be course you just reviewed a anime I love, care for and have such a deep history with, that got me into this world. Thank YOU!
Spyros Gkoumas
could you please review shin sekai yori next?
hayden Morgan
PRAISE THE SUN BITCHES uncial solare be proud of me
well this resolves my conflict of watch or not to watch this anime
I've owned this series in a bigass DVD box set since the early 2000's back when I was in middle school! XD
And nowadays gundams only get 24 episodes and mayyybe another season if we're lucky :(
Will you be doing a First Reaction to 3-Gatsu Arkada? If you haven't watched it yet its really worth it for something feel heavy.
I swear I thought by the end of this review, it was going to get your seal-of-approval as well xD (which by the way, I can't remember since the last time you gave that, Hyouka maybe?) Either way, I'm definitely checking this out c:
Poke boi
At 6:10 Arkada fires shots at Sword Art Online 😂
Martian Successor Nadesico and The Irresponsible Captain Tylor are on my list of anime that I watch annually. They are very entertaining and enjoyable to watch but I will agree that the endings, leaves a lot to be desired. I will have to disagree with the dubbed version, I bought Neon Genesis Evangelion when it was first released, I prayed every episode for Shinji to die. To this day if I hear that voice actor use that voice I immediately switch to the original with subs. Thank you for the review, it is nice when you occasionally review older anime.
Not anime, but the best recap episode I've ever seen is the one from Legend of Korra. ZOMBIES!
"PRAISE THE SUN!" i had to stop the video for that one. hahahaha
Raul Suarez
So, why was this review so different? It had no animation or sound segment and also didn't have the whole final verdict format with the buy it stamp or the anime recommendations
william mason
will you ever do Cross Ange or Godanar?
Underdog TV
I can't wait for the blu ray
Helí Guerrero
Good to see Nadesico is still receiving some love :)
Mytru Mara
Shinji's voice actor plays Kled in League of Legends.
Blake Kreitner
Dude, @Glassreflection when are you reviewing Mob Psycho 100?
Glass Refflections Arkada = GRA = Giant Robot Anime... Coincidence?
Rkader GT
just finished watching this show all i can say its was a fun and enjoyable watch. the characters nuances and development are great and story really pull you in despite it simplicity (with some well handle plot twist and foreshadowing) definitely a great mecha parody anime
Danny Andrews
They stole the recap episode format from Avatar the Last Airbender. JK :)
uugh.. I want to enjoy 90's anime badly but im struggling to finish Cowboy Bebop
Also you can transpose Nadesico and Evangelion's intro sequences' respective audio tracks and they both work really disturbingly well.
Yay! Great review! This is a deeply flawed show but dammit I still love it anyway.
Nadesico will always be my ultimate anime favorite. It perfectly blends tons of different genres together, while managing to parody all of them and still having a strong story of its own to tell. All of the main characters have plenty of screen time and character building, and even most background/support characters like Ms. Howmei are fleshed out enough that they don't feel one-dimensional. I highly recommend picking up the new RightStuf DVD set as it contains the movie, or better yet, wait until next year when they release Nadesico on Blu-ray! And I heartily recommend the dub, if not solely for the performance of Jennifer Earhart as Yurika Misumaru. Let's go Gekigengar 3!
Ben Rush
you mentioning Gai Daigoji being a Kamina prototype made my day.
I propose for a review of escaflowne
Im happy to see u reviewing more classic animes. If u havent seen Boogiepop phantom then prepare to have ur mind BLOWN!
Premed Jon
I haven't watched this show, nor was aware of it, but due to this review, i'm heavily considering it. I love mecha anime a ton, i'm no super-fan of anime (yet), so i'm not sure about my tastes being good yet, but i'd recommend watching Lagrange- The flower of Rinne. It's one of those shows that is meant to be enjoyed IMO, and I found the experience to be one of the most beautiful, enjoyable shows i've ever watched. Sure, it's not the best i've seen, but it's pretty damn good and I do recommend it.
little note if you intend to hunt down the old adv dvd's be sure they are the "Essential anime collection" version witch condense the series into 3 volumes, w/ each volume containing 2 disc (6 disc in total) + some funny commentary.
MainBlag Banner
I think I may have found a new favorite anime
Mr. Smijj
Proper guilty pleasure! I LOVED this show but find it hard to justify to friends now. Damn was I good. Loved Ruri ruri
ConquerorSEA_2014.NA Vanguisher88.ASIA
Cant you make a first impression for Girlish Number?Its very underrated.
Ivan Kolev
its been awhile since I've watched your stuff, thanks for reminding me of this series. I will definitely be going out of my way to purchase it.