Martian Successor Nadesico-Volume 4: Paradigm Shifts (1996)

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Released 15-Nov-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Anime Main Menu Audio & Animation
Biographies-Character
Trailer-Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040;Neon Genesis Evangelion;Gasaraki
Theatrical Trailer
DVD Credits
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1996
Running Time 88:40 (Case: 100)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Tatsuo Sato
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Yuji Ueda
Houko Kawashima
Kentaro Ito
Naoko Takano
Maya Okamoto
Omi Minami
Case Click
RPI $39.95 Music Takayuki Hattori


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, Episode Preview After Credits

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Plot Synopsis

    Martian Successor Nadesico: Paradigm Shifts is the fourth collection of episodes from this popular Japanese animated TV series. The series was voted the Best Anime Show of All Time by Japanese fans at the 1998 Animage Grand Prix.

    Nadesico is a twenty six episode animated television series that was first produced in 1996. The series is based around the battleship Nadesico and its crew as they help fight the Jovians, an alien race that have taken over Mars and are attempting to capture Earth.

    This science fiction series features an unusual combination of comedy, mecha, romance and action. Numerous in-jokes and references to other anime series are spread throughout each episode and are unlikely to all be understood by casual viewers. If you are an anime fan, these references can be very funny, but if you do not understand all the jokes the series is still able to easily stand alone with its own storyline.

    This DVD release contains the following four episodes. I have included a very short description for each episode but as these may contain some very minor spoilers you may wish to skip directly to the Transfer Quality section.

There Is No Single Truth
    It is Christmas time and the crew of the Nadesico are planning parties. Akito leaves the crew and returns to civilian life while a new pilot takes his place.

Let's Go With Hot Blooded Anime
    This is a traditional mid-series summary episode with a twist. The story up to this point is told through a series of flashbacks.

The Significant Other From A Star Far Away
    Akito learns more about his past and a shocking discovery about the Jovians is revealed as the crew comes face to face with the enemy.

The Beginning Of Nadesico's War
    With their new knowledge of the Jovians, the Nadesico travels to the Moon to battle the enemy head-to-head.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The full frame transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

    As with previous releases in this series, the transfer is always slightly soft but this is not distracting to the viewer. No low level noise was detected during the transfer. There were never any problems with shadow detail during the brightly animated transfer.

    The colour palette displayed during the transfer appear slightly muted as typically seen in television animation of this age.

    A number of small MPEG artefacts were detected during this transfer. Some examples of these may be seen at 29:09 and 29:19. As seen on the previous discs in this series, during the closing sequence for each episode Gibbs effects may be seen around the scrolling credits and lyrics subtitles. All of these artefacts are quite minor and are only slightly distracting.

    A number of aliasing artefacts may be seen throughout the transfer. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 4:57, 9:29, 15:22, 29:35 and 33:56. Each of these artefacts occur for only a short period of time and are only slightly distracting.

    A small number of minor film artefacts may be seen during the transfer. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 5:06, 6:16, 6:27, 8:59, 10:10 and 19:59. All of these artefacts are very minor.

    A single set of yellow English subtitles is present on the disc. When compared to the English audio track numerous differences may be seen but the general information conveyed is the same. As previously seen on other discs in the series, the opening and closing credits for each episode contain subtitles for the song lyrics that are burned into the image. During the episode Let's Go With Hot Blooded Anime a series of English subtitles are burned into the image during the title song for Gekiganger 3. These English subtitles are also replicated in the subtitle stream making the screen very crowded during this short scene.

    In addition to the subtitles, numerous overlays are present throughout the transfer. This is done by placing English text directly over or next to the original Japanese artwork allowing English viewers to understand the various signs and monitor displays seen in each episode.

Video Ratings Summary
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Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    The default English Dolby Digital 224 kbps 2.0 track is supplemented with the original Japanese Dolby Digital 448 kbps 2.0 track. I listened to both tracks in full and found both to be high quality with the voice acting suiting the characters.

    The dialogue was always clear and easy to understand during both tracks.

    As this is an animated feature there are the expected obvious problems with audio sync for each soundtrack. No dropouts were detected at any stage during the transfer.

    The musical score by Takayuki Hattori varies in style considerably during the episodes, ranging from pop numbers to classically-based pieces, but always suiting the on-screen action without drawing attention to itself.

    The surround and subwoofer channels were not utilised during either audio track.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Menu

    The minimally animated menu is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Character Profiles

    A single page profile is provided for the following characters: Omoikane, Admiral Fukube, Goat Hory, Erina Kinjo Won, Akatsuki Nagare, Admiral Misumaru and Inez Fressange. These character profiles do contain some spoilers and should only be viewed after watching the individual episodes.

Trailer: Martian Successor Nadesico (1:31)

    This trailer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a Japanese musical Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

Trailer: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 (1:27)

    This trailer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a musical Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

Trailer: Neon Genesis Evangelion (1:08)

    This trailer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a musical Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

Trailer: Gasaraki (1:31)

    This trailer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with an English musical Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;

    As seen on the first disc in this series, the only difference for the local release is the omission of the textless opening and ending sequences. Most viewers will not consider this to be a major loss.

Summary

    Martian Successor Nadesico is an extremely funny and highly entertaining series that should appeal to all anime fans.

    The full frame transfer is quite acceptable but does display a small number of minimal artefacts.

    The inclusion of both English and Japanese audio tracks will satisfy fans of both dubs and subs.

    The character profiles provided on this disc contain a number of spoilers and could have been supplemented with the inclusion of textless title sequences.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Saturday, December 22, 2001
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