Kidou Senkan Nadesico: After Thoughts

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Sorry for this long overdue entry, my work had been pretty busy occupying all of my time (my parents won’t let me use too much of my laptop so that I could rest……but…but…I want to type….). Anyway, I have so many things in store for you, so don’t cha worry.
Let us start off with a classic ‘parody’ anime in the 90’s that I really really enjoyed watching.



Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 1, 1996 to Mar 25, 1997
Premiered: Fall 1996
Studios: Xebec
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Comedy, Mecha, Military, Parody, Romance, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Space
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts:

I like watching Glass Reflection’s reviews. While marathoning his youtube videos last week (yeah, I do this all the time….wasting my time on youtube….RIP me), I stumbled across his review about Kidou Senkan Nadesico. His review was quite compelling. At first, I wasn’t that interested with the anime, then he mentioned the fact that the english voice actor of the MC in Nadesico also voiced the MC in Eva, now that’s interesting. I was able to get a hold of a copy (don’t ask how though), and binge-watch it whenever I have time to spare. And bruh, its one heck of an anime.


Kidou Senkan Nadesico is quite a peculiar anime that I didn’t expect I needed. I had been a fan of mecha animes for a long time, after all my first ever animes/cartoons/shows I had watched pretty much involves big giant robots (Voltes V, Power Rangers, Daimos, etc.). Seeing that this anime is a parody of mecha animes, it was so much fun watching this one, I could even pinpoint alot of easter eggs in this animes that is related to the mecha genre.

Though I do felt that the story was a bit dragging and I definitely felt like the story was going nowhere. Even though this is a mecha parody, it still follows a certain storyline/plot. To continue to support the main story, new arcs or new plot points keeps on getting introduced every other episode. I do admit, they are very interesting, but they do caught me off guard. You have no idea how many times I checked the episode count, just to make sure I am in the right episode or something. They did try to answer or give closure to those plot points, but because there is too much on the table, not everything was answered. I do like the ending portion where they actually admitted that there still so many questions left unanswered, but don’t fret, there is a sequel……or so they say. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but from what I heard about it, its definitely not the same with the series.


I have to say, the characters were one of the main reason I continued to watch this series. I both love and hate them. LEL. I really really love their uniqueness and interesting personalities, but at the same time, they are really annoying. To be honest, I could barely remember their names, but I do remember the names of the leads (I am so sorry supporting and extra characters….you guys are toooooo many….). They left quite a huge impact to me and the story. The characters in this anime contributed alot to make this series very fun and engaging. Their personalities and quirks made the series very colorful and enjoyable to watch. I could just rewatch some scenes and bruh, it lightens up my mood.

Another thing that I like about the series is the english dub itself. I watched this in english dub cuz of my curiosity, but I didn’t expect it to be good. It was nice to hear Shinji’s english dub voice being annoying and whiny, the voice actors of the other characters were really done well too. Definitely a plus.

The art and animation sure is outdated, but its still very watchable and it aged well. I really like the mechas here in the series. Even though this is a parody of mecha, that mecha looks really good. I also like how well animated the characters are. Each of them looked unique so you could easily tell who is who (even though you forgot the names…).


Overall, this series is really fun to watch. It might feel a bit dragging in the middle part and makes you question if your still watching the anime episodes in the right order, its still very enjoyable. I definitely recommend this to peepz who likes mecha and the people who likes to watch old animes. This also recommend to all kinds of anime fans, theres no exception.

Anyway, that is all.
Thanks for reading!


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