Kidou Senkan Nadesico

Martian Successor Nadesico

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Synonyms: Kidou Senkan Nadeshiko, Mobile Battleship Nadesico
Japanese: 機動戦艦ナデシコ
English: Martian Successor Nadesico
German: Martian Successor Nadesico
Spanish: Martian Successor Nadesico
French: Martian Successor Nadesico
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 1, 1996 to Mar 25, 1997
Premiered: Fall 1996
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 18:30 (JST)
Studios: Xebec
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary, ParodyParody, SpaceSpace
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.491 (scored by 2040220,402 users)
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Ranked: #18982
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Popularity: #2988
Members: 55,286
Favorites: 470

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Akito doesn't want to fight. Despite a childhood spent on the anime Gekiganger 3, a Mecha show, he'd rather cook than pilot a Mecha. Fate intervenes when his home on Mars is destroyed, and he is transported instantly to the Earth, mysteriously. He has questions no one can answer fully, but follows a girl from a chance meeting in hopes to discover any. The girl, Yurika, is captain of the private battleship Nadesico, and in order to follow her, he enlists as their cook. Possessing the nanite implants that allow to control mechas, he's a handy backup pilot for the mechas of the Nadesico. He joins a crew bent on avenging Mars that seems to be composed of only misfits, otakus, and ditzes; however, in reality, they are handpicked experts. They take their own private war back to Mars to face the harsh reality that life may not always be like a Giant Mecha series.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors


Greenfield, Matt
Producer, ADR Director
Satou, Tatsuo
Director, Storyboard, Planning
Tanaka, Hideyuki
Sound Director
Mizushima, Seiji
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"You Get to Burning" by Yumi Matsuzawa

Ending Theme

1: "Watashi Rashiku (私らしく)" by Houko Kawashima (eps 1-25)
2: "Itsuka... Shinjite (いつか…信じて)" by Kasumi Matsumura (eps 26)

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Jun 13, 2009
This show works on so many levels it can whizz right past viewers heads because of its frenetic pace and glorious slapstick behaviour, but make no mistake there was plenty of thought put into the script of this 90's classic.

Nadesico is a love letter to the space/mecha genre, both laughing at it and along with it with the same level of panache as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

It parodies the genre with clichés, and honours it by keeping to them itself. For example, Nadesico lampoons over the top sacrifices via its in-show 70’s/80's inspired mecha anime ‘Gekigangar 3’ then does the same thing itself anyway, ...
Apr 27, 2010
While there are mounds and mounds of great anime, there is also most certainly mounds and mounds of bad anime. In fact, the number in the "bad" category surely surpasses the amount in the "good" category. It's clear what my stand is on this anime by just looking at the rating which I have given it. However, the tough part is knocking the feelings when viewing this anime into a simple coherent review. Bear with me, as this is my very first review....ever.

STORY - I guess I will start with the story, the fantastic story. The story is mostly a parody of more modern ...
Oct 19, 2010
I heard rumours that this was once voted by Japanese viewers as the best anime ever.


"Martian Successor Nadesico" follows the crew of a battleship named, er, Nadesico, as they travel through space while battling alien forces. Having watched this show, it's quite clear that it's the inspiration behind "Vandread" - you can see that just from the strikingly similar character design styles with their ultra round eyes . "Martian Successor Nadesico" itself also seems to be derived from "Super Dimensional Fortress Macross". Perhaps it's trying to parody that classic anime, but it's hard to tell, since I don't find "Martian Successor Nadesico" to be very ...

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