Although it was initially criticized for spoofing mecha sci-fi adventures and fan culture, Martian Successor Nadesico (1996) became an international hit. Unfortunately, the theatrical film offers little of the original'... more »s irreverent humor. Two years after the broadcast series, Yurika and Akito are missing and presumed dead; Ruri now commands the Nadesico B. Ruri was always the beleaguered voice of common sense, noting, "I guess we?ll be fumbling about, making noise ?til the end. However, when you think about it, that?s rather appropriate for us." The new Ruri asks dumb questions: "Are you a good guy or a bad guy?" Fry cook turned mecha pilot Akito appears as a masked, Keanu Reeves-esque figure. ("That was then. This is now.") Fragmented and difficult to follow, Prince of Darkness is a dreary coda to a wonderfully funny series. Where's Gekiganger 3 when we need him? (Rated 15 and older: profanity, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon« less
This was the movie that never should have been. Leaving a huge continuity gap [due to incorporating vidgame and other storylines not available to many US fans] from the tv series, this movie went from sosillyitwasn'tevenfunny to ultrasadanddepressing that I just felt horrible at the end.
I have pretended this movie doesn't exist and leave the storyline at the end of the tv series, much more upbeat that way...
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A Different View
Hiro Tsukasa | KY USA | 11/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It seems as though since it's release the Nadesico movie has been recieving mixed emotions from viewers (leaning more toward bad than good), but in this fans opinion the movie was everything it should be and more. I will admit that the movie did bump around alot not making sense at SOME times, but that was a trait found in the TV series and it just seemed to fit. The movie has great animation and the action scenes are intense. The movie ends on a slight confusing note leaving you a feeling of "what the heck just happened!?"...but if you really think about it, everything will make sense. It's a great movie for any fan of Nadesico but I wouldn't specifically reccomend it to people who have never viewed the TV series before. This movie is worth a chance and to all who view...enjoy the somewhat, (but of course) not entire closure for the story. Much like the TV series, they once again don't give you 100% closure."
"This isn?t the Nadesico that I had grown to love..."
Billy Chan | Auckland, New Zealand | 03/03/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness is not a bad anime movie per say, but I was expecting much, much more. This could have made a good series, but as a movie it feels rushed and unfinished. While some of the humour has been retained, overall the movie is much darker, lacking the lightheartedness, the romance, and the magic of the original series. Some fans might rejoice at the sight of many of the familiar faces returning, but most will be disappointed by the fact that most of the characters have little to do with the plot, and the fact that some of the characters have been changed beyond recognition.There is no character development, no background info given on the characters (new or old), nor were we told what had happened since the series. Newcomers will not be given a chance to fall in love with the characters, while returning fans (and newcomers too I guess) will be left disappointed and confused by the story.Like I said it's not a bad movie per say, but it certainly isn't the Nadesico that I had grown to love."
Beautiful visuals, disjointed story
santafe210 | planet earth | 11/16/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"this is a gorgeous movie to watch. it's just about the right length, has excellent audio and graphical productions, solid voice acting, a nice mix of CGI and traditional animation and excellent mecha designs, the best I've ever seen.
The downside is the storyline. even if you've watched the first series, the motivations of the characters seem rushed and confused. The random addition of characters from the first series gives the movie that disjointed feel, so you never get the sense of watching a cohorent story. It's like the producers did the plot last.I would recommend this if and only if you want to SEE a high end anime movie and don't care much for anything like plot, or storyline or character development"
A disjointed succession of character cameos
Steven Myers | SF Bay Area | 11/09/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"To be quite plain, whether judged as an independent movie or as the capstone of the Nadesico TV series, the Nadesico movie fails. It fails because it is a mismash, hoping to cram in every character from the TV series without giving many of them anything to do--and worse, it feels like 30 minutes of the actual story were cut to cram more cameos in.The story takes place several years after the TV series ends, with Ruri now captain of the Nadesico B. Akito and Yurika, the leads from the series, were lost in a shuttle accident two years before. A new enemy has appeared, trying to wipe out the united Earth and Jovian forces. While it's far from the world's most original story, that's not the problem. The story is disjointed, moving in leaps and bounds. It's as if the story were written via boson jumping (the teleport technology featured in the series and this movie), with people popping up almost randomly here and there to give speeches. Perhaps fittingly, the ending is a nice and tidy deus ex machina, totally unexplained.So why three stars? Despite its many faults, Ruri and Ryoko, the returning characters who get the most screen time, manage to be enjoyable (if you liked them in the series). Since I liked those characters, several of the disjointed snippets were enjoyable, even if they didn't add up to a real movie. Don't get this if you aren't a big Nadesico fan, and even if you are, don't get this expecting anything approaching the enjoyment you got from the series."
An Unfortunate Ending
Bryan Weber | San Angelo, TX | 09/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is interesting, and it reunites us with the characters we came to love from Martian Succesor Nadesico. Unfortunately, while the movie has some intrigue and has visual appeal, it lacks the warm humor that made Nadesico the hit that it was. While there are some light-hearted moments, they seem to have been added almost as afterthoughts. This movie is decidedly darker than the original series, and some of the characters from the original show suffer quite a bit in this incarnation. In some ways, it almost appears that we were being prepared for a second series that never materialized."