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Kidô Senkan Nadeshiko: Prince of Darkness

Kidô Senkan Nadeshiko: Prince of Darkness (1998) Movie Poster
Japan  •    •  87m  •    •  Directed by: Tatsuo Satô.  •  Starring: Cameron Bautsch, Marta Bechtol, Jessica Boone, Rick Burford, Shelley Calene-Black, Emily Carter-Essex, Fumiko Chino, Jin Ho Chung, Kaytha Coker, Kelli Cousins, Matt Culpepper, Jason Douglas, Jennifer K. Earhart.  •  Music by: Takayuki Hattori, Osamu Tezuka.
    Two years after the events of "Kidô senkan Nadeshiko" (1996), Akito and Yurika are missing and presumed dead, the former foes of the Great War are allies, and the 14-year-old genetically-engineered wunderkind Ruri Hoshino is now captain of the new Battleship Nadesico. When a Martian separatist group initiates a well-planned, well-executed and most of all successful military action, the combined Earth-Jovian government and military are paralyzed by confusion and internal bickering. It is up to Ruri to reassemble the mostly-retired crew of the original Nadesico to take on an unsanctioned mission to bring a halt to the Martian Successors, free their stranglehold on Boson jump transportation, and discover the fate of Akito and Yurika.

Review:

Image from: Kidô Senkan Nadeshiko: Prince of Darkness (1998)
Image from: Kidô Senkan Nadeshiko: Prince of Darkness (1998)
Image from: Kidô Senkan Nadeshiko: Prince of Darkness (1998)
Image from: Kidô Senkan Nadeshiko: Prince of Darkness (1998)
Image from: Kidô Senkan Nadeshiko: Prince of Darkness (1998)
Image from: Kidô Senkan Nadeshiko: Prince of Darkness (1998)
Image from: Kidô Senkan Nadeshiko: Prince of Darkness (1998)
Image from: Kidô Senkan Nadeshiko: Prince of Darkness (1998)
Image from: Kidô Senkan Nadeshiko: Prince of Darkness (1998)
Image from: Kidô Senkan Nadeshiko: Prince of Darkness (1998)
If you were a fan of the Nadesico TV series, chances are you had some odd affection for the annoyingly charming Yurika, and the determined Akito, as well as the rest of the hodgepodge cast. Unfortunately, you won't find any of that quirky humor in this movie.

We start off with Ruri in command of the Nadesico, and a flashback of Yurika and Akito's funeral, but are given only about two sentences to explain that they were killed in a shuttle explosion. Later on, we find out Yurika is alive, but inside the box of Bosen jumping, with no explanation on how she got there, or how the box mysteriously landed in the hands of a Martian splinter group. Also, Akito is proven to be alive, although he is now the troubled, soft spoken "badas" that is shown in so many anime movies. He speaks of experiments done on him, but doesn't give us any more clues then that.

I felt cheated by this movie. Some praise it as a masterpiece, but I, personally, fell in love with the quirks and the humor that is not evident in this movie. It ends abruptly and leaving you sitting on the edge of your seat in outrage. Mars is single handedly defeated by characters from the series, but with no mention of their involvement on the first Nadesico, Akito does something completely out of character (again, with no explanation), and that's the end of everything, with no explanation on what the hll just happened for the past 80 minutes.

If you were a fan of the Nadesico TV series, I wouldn't recommend this movie. It was confusing, and will probably lead to more irritation then enjoyment.


Review from the Internet Movie Database.