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Kidou Senkan Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness

Two years have passed since the end of the "Martian Successor Nadesico." Akito and Yurika have disappeared. The Jovians and the Earthlings have joined forces and Ruri is now captain of Nadesico B. As the popularity of Boson Jumping grows, a vast transportation network has been developed. Dubbed the Hisago Plan, this network of Chulip portals holds the answers to the mysteries behind Bose particles and their power. If those secrets should fall into the wrong hands, it could mean big trouble. And big trouble there is. A Martian splinter group has launched an offensive, leaving the United Forces befuddled and desperate. So much so, in fact, that the former crew of the Nadesico is called back to active duty for a special unsanctioned mission-to save us all. Does this menagerie of misfits have what it takes? Who will win the race for the Boson technology? And what the heck happened to Akito and Yurika?

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Start Date1st Aug 1998
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Popularity Rank4305
Rating Rank6832
Age RatingR
Age Rating Guide17+ (violence & profanity)


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"Martian Successor Nadesico: Prince of Darkness" (or just "Prince of Darkness" for short,) suffers from a lot of the symptoms that made the original series so rubbish. While the production seems to have improved, being better dramatised as well as both looking and sounding better than the original series, it doesn't feel anything like a movie from the late nineties. Presentation improvements aside, this movie is even less impressive than the original series. It boasts an utterly confusing beginning where I've no idea what's going on, a build up to something that vaguely resembles a climatic showdown... only to follow up with an anti-climatic finish. It left me feeling that the movie had ended prematurely. The most glaring fault is that "Prince of Darkness" is simply too short. For a while the plot looked like it might be heading somewhere interesting, but the whole thing turned out to be stupidly simple - it's just a very straight forward old crew battles new threat storyline, but confusingly told and filled with incomprehensible technobabble.And of course, because the story has moved on since the series, there is no talk of "Genkiganga" which, for me, was almost the only source of entertainment in the original series.As far as I can tell, the only thing about "Prince of Darkness" that's of value to fans of the series is that it allows them to see how the crew have moved on since the end of the series, which admittedly is vaguely interesting in its own right. But apart from that, I struggle to think of any good reasons to watch this.

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