Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture – Prince of Darkness

Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture – Prince of Darkness
Directed by Tatsuo Satō
Produced by Yukinao Shimoji
Written by Tatsuo Satō
Starring Yūji Ueda
Omi Minami
Houko Kuwashima
Yukie Nakama
Noriko Hidaka
Shin-ichiro Miki
Music by Takayuki Hattori
Cinematography Kazushi Torikoshi
Akio Kanezawa
Edited by Masahiro Matsumura
Distributed by Toei Company
Release dates
August 8, 1998 (Japan)
Running time
80 min.
Language Japanese

Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture – Prince of Darkness (機動戦艦ナデシコ -The prince of darkness- Kidō Senkan Nadeshiko -Za purinsu obu dākunesu-), also known as Prince of Darkness Nadesico or Nadesico the Movie: Prince of Darkness, is a 1998 anime film written and directed by Tatsuo Sato, and it is a sequel to the series Martian Successor Nadesico. The story is a direct sequel to Nadesico: The Blank of Three Years, a video game for the Sega Saturn that takes place immediately after the TV series ends, and before the movie begins. The movie won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1998. Originally licensed by ADV Films, the movie, along with the TV Series have been re-licensed to Nozomi Entertainment.[1]


Two years have passed since the third battle of Mars, with the Nadesico taking possession of the Ruin. The Earth and the Jovian Federation have come to an uneasy peace. However, Akito and Yurika have both vanished and are presumed dead. Meanwhile, a new threat to peace is rising in the form of the "Martian Successors" (A splinter group of the original Jovian Federation who wish to continue the war and take revenge on the Earth and Nergal and bring about a new world order). A 15-year-old Ruri Hoshino, is now the new captain of the highly-mobile battleship Nadesico B, and has earned the respect and awe of many in the Military thanks to her unparalleled skill with machines.

Most of the original Nadesico crew return in order to prevent the Earth from experiencing another war. Some of the crew have undergone slight changes; the Aestivalis pilot Ryoko now sports her naturally black hair color, but others (such as the pun-loving Izumi) have not changed at all. Two new crew members from Nadesico B join the original Nedasico crew, the first is a young boy named Ensign Hari Makibi, who like Ruri is a genetically engineered prodigy and has exceptional control over machines. The second is Saburota Takasugi, a former member of the Jovian Federation Defense Force who now serves as the Nadesico B's Tatical Officer, unlike other Jovian's who are generally chivalrous and very respectful of women, Saburota is something of a womanizer.

While at Akito's Grave (it had been two years since Akito's disappearance) Ruri discovers that Akito is still alive. Akito explains that he and Yurika had been captured, while conducting Boson Jumping experiments by the Martian Successors. Akito had been tortured, his brain severely effected to the point of not being able to taste anything (thus being unable to cook) and his skin shining white like a comic book.

Akito gives Ruri his recipe for Ramin Noodles as a way to remember the person he used to be. Akito leaves after fighting the Martian Successors and obtains a high powered battleship from Nergal in order to go to Mars and Rescue Yurika, The Nadesico C also heads to Mars intent on arresting the Martian Successors. After fighting and killing the Martian Successors leader Akito is able to rescue Yurika, meanwhile after taking control of all the Martian Successors' computers, Ruri is able to disable their weapons and force the Successors to surrender. Following their victory Akito departs, not wanting Yurika (who is still unconscious) or anyone else to see how he has changed. When asked by Ryoko if they should go after Akito, Ruri says that Akito will return eventually and if he doesn't then she would go and find him personally because Akito was an important person to them all.

Companion game

Nadesico: The Blank of Three Years, a video game for the Sega Saturn, was released September 23, 1998, one month after Prince of Darkness hit theaters. The game takes place immediately after the TV series ends, and before the movie begins, filling in on details that leads up to the plot of the movie. However, the game was never translated and released outside Japan.


Crew of the Nadesico-B

Other members of the Unified Forces

Former crew of the Nadesico

Those with secret fates

The Martian Successors


  1. "Right Stuf/Nozomi Adds More Dirty Pair, Gasaraki, Nadesico". Anime News Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
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