Nadesico Ep. 14: Let’s Go with Hotblooded Anime


The Gekiganger cast tune into their favorite show, Martian Successor Nadesico, only to discover that today’s episode is a clip show. The kid explains that this is probably because they’ve reached the midpoint of the series, but Joe believes that it’s probably just because the production studio is feeling lazy this close to New Year’s. The clip show that ensues reminds us of general information regarding the Nadesico, her crew, and the war against the Jovians. Meanwhile, Earth’s enemies also watch Martian Successor Nadesico in the hopes that understanding Earth culture will give them the edge on the Gekiganger team. Price Akara decides to copy the Nadesico‘s distortion field and goes to attack Earth. Gekiganger III launches to counterattack, but all its weapons prove useless against Akara’s distortion field. Fortunately, the professor had been anticipating something like this and had, in secret, developed the ‘Gekigan Flare.’ Though it has yet to be tested, the professor sees it as the only thing that can break through the distortion field. Sure enough, the Gekiganger uses it to successfully drive off Price Akara once again. Akira asks the professor how he came up with such an attack, and the professor admits that he stole it from Martian Successor Nadesico. The team shares a hearty laugh as the episode comes to an end.


If you’ve got to do a clip show, this is a pretty entertaining way to go about it. Only around two thirds of the show is dedicated to the actual clip show, which spends more time reintroducing the world, the mechanics, and the characters than it does actually going back over the plot. Nobody who has been paying the least bit of attention up to this point will learn anything new from it, though. The Gekiganger bit, which covers the other third of the episode, is pretty funny, especially if you remember the super robot shows of the seventies.

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Nadesico Info

Tatsuo Sato

Hiroyuki Kawasaki
Takeshi Shudo
Miho Sakai
Shou Aikawa
Satoru Akahori
Naruhisa Arakawa

Mechanical Designer(s):
Mika Akitaka
Rei Nakahara
Yasuhiro Moriki
Takumi Sakura
Takeshi Takakura

Character Designer:
Keiji Gotoh

Musical Composer:
Takayuki Hattori

26 episodes

Japan 10.01.1996 – 03.24.1997


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