Characters / Martian Successor Nadesico

Here are the characters from the popular sci-fi anime Martian Successor Nadesico, along with the tropes they represent. Please be aware of spoilers.

Crew of the Nadesico

Akito Tenkawa
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese), Spike Spencer (English), Héctor Rocha (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Emmanuel Rivas (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Ascended Fanboy: Likes Gekiganger 3, gets to pilot giant mecha. In a subversion, he realizes that while giant mecha are cool, he really doesn't like fighting.
  • Butt Monkey: Oh, so much.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Not as over-the-top as Gai, but still does it frequently at the beginning. "GEKIGAN FLARE!" Starts doing it less and less as the show goes on, though.
  • Career-Ending Injury: By the time of the movie, he has to give up on his dream to be a chef because the villain's experiments destroyed his senses of taste and smell.
  • Chef of Iron: The "ordinary" type. He prefers being a chef and never applies cookery skills to combat, but he is also an excellent pilot.
  • Chick Magnet: Yurika, Megumi, and Ryoko, and Ruri has a bit of a schoolgirl crush. To his chagrin. Mainly due to the absurd and over-the-top ways they try to gain his affections.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Yurika.
  • Hot-Blooded: See Calling Your Attacks. He resists it at first, but embraces the path of hotbloodedness after Gai's death.
  • Humanoid Abomination: What he becomes in the movie.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: All he wants in life is to be a chef and watch his favourite anime.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents died when he was very young, when someone set a bomb in their house.
  • Indy Ploy: For a guy who doesn't like fighting, Akito is very good at coming up with strategies on the fly.
  • Real Men Pilot Pink Mecha: Although nobody ever explicitly draws attention to it.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Akito repeatedly denies that Yurika is his girlfriend or that he's even interested in her. Yurika herself refuses to believe that however, much to his chagrin.
  • Stellar Name: Tenkawa = "Heaven's River" the Japanese term for the Milky Way.
  • The So-Called Coward: He's frequently accused of being a coward because he's reluctant to fight, but whenever he does fight, he never shirks.
  • Team Chef: Which is what he really enjoys doing.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the Movie. In all the worst ways, unfortunately.

Yurika Misumaru
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese), Jennifer K. Earhart (English), Adriana Rodríguez (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Gaby Beltrán (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Combat Pragmatist: Despite her personality, she can come up with some pretty brilliant strategies at times, such as using fishing techniques to take advantage in one fight against a Jovian ship, and utilizing air pressure to silently maneuver her ship in space without relying on engines.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's a ditzy, lovesick buffoon, but when she gets serious....
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Her reunion with Akito involves spilling her suitcase all over the road.

Ruri Hoshino
Voiced by: Omi Minami (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English), Azucena Martínez (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Ariadna Rivas (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Lampshaded in one episode when the rest of the crew is dressing up in ridiculous period outfits that Uribatake broke out for a mission and all getting excited over them. When one of the crew asks her if she's not into that sort of thing, she responds that she's not a child.
  • Artificial Human: Is the product of DNA engineering and nanotechnology designed to create an "operator [who could] connect directly with computers". And is rather bitter about it.
  • Brutal Honesty: She can be extremely blunt-spoken about her low opinion of everyone around her.
  • Catch Phrase: "..idiots", "Baka bakka. (I'm Surrounded by Idiots.)"

Jiro Yamada Gai Daigouji
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Brett Weaver (English), Mauricio Valverde (Latin-American Spanish, TV series)

Megumi Reinald
Voiced by: Naoko Takano (Japanese), Jenny Strader (English), Desirée Sandoval (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Rebeca Gómez (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Clingy Jealous Girl: A lot more so than Yurika, and that's saying something. It took awhile to set in, but once it did, it effectively murdered her chances of getting Akito's affection at all. She actually does gets the seeds of a serious relationship started, but she destroyed it all by trying to take things too far, which utterly repulsed him. Trying to get him to leave the crew of the Nadesico to their fate when they were in trouble didn't help either.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: A brief one in Episode 4, after the destruction of the space station.

Minato Haruka
Voiced by: Maya Okamoto (Japanese), Kelly Manison (English), Desirée Sandoval (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Rebeca Gómez (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Cool Big Sis: To most of the female crew members. She's flirty and fun, but also more mature and experienced than they are.
  • Dating Catwoman: She falls in love with the Jovian Tsukumo Shiratori. It ends badly.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has a minor but pretty intense one when Tsukumo Shiratori is killed.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Wears a very low-cut open shirt.
  • Parental Substitute: Acts as Yukina's caretaker while she's on the Nadesico and while the crew is in hiding. She's ultimately adopts her permanently after Yukina's brother Tsukumo is killed.
  • Hidden Depths: Who would've thought a secretary would be the best qualified helmswoman for a state of the art battleship?

Jun Aoi
Voiced by: Kentaro Ito (Japanese), Mark X. Laskowski (English), Arturo Sian Vidal (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Butt Monkey: Exists for Yurika to bounce off early on, but then pretty much disappears when he's no longer needed. And is never even in the running in the Love Septagon.
  • Broken Faceplate: Parodied. In episode three, his faceplate breaks as he attempts to make a Heroic Sacrifice, but he's fine.
  • Demoted to Extra: See above.
  • Hidden Depths: He's fluent in baseball hand-signals, which he was forced to use one episode when he couldn't talk due to a neck injury. See I Just Want to Be Badass.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Poor guy, Yurika never thought of him as anything else than a good friend...
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Often. Unfortunately, he usually forgets some key detail (like wearing a pilot suit, which results in a bad case of whiplash).
  • Not Himself : During an episode where the less-domininant traits of certain characters' personalities come to the forefront, Jun is hilariously a cackling Gun Nut.

Goat Hoary
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English), Bernardo Rodríguez (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Alejandro Villeli (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Sometimes literally, since he keeps the pair of bunny ears he acquires early on and ends up wearing them at various points.
  • The Comically Serious: He has a stoic expression and reaction no matter how ridiculous events on the Nadesico get, even when he's involved in them.
  • Gentle Giant: He's the largest and most physically imposing member of the crew, but he's soft-spoken and gentle... most of the time.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mr. Prospector.
  • Not So Above It All: He objects to the ridiculous show Yurika is putting on to try and explain the science behind a recent disaster to the crew (and to the ridiculous fully-body bunny suit she's wearing for it.) One Gilligan Cut later, he's wearing a pair of bunny ears himself.
  • Only in It for the Money: He's embittered by his experience with the Feds, but Mr. Prospector writes a number down that immediately changes his mind. Averted later on when he joins the rest of the crew in rebelling after The Reveal.
    "Is this after taxes?"

Mr. Prospector
Voiced by: Kenichi Ono (Japanese), Paul Sidello (English), Luis Raymundo Espinoza (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Herman López (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

Ryoko Subaru
Voiced by: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese), Tiffany Grant (English), Desirée Sandoval (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Gabriela Guzmán (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Refuses To Spit It Out: Unlike Yurika and Megumi, she never managed to confess to Akito...though it's more out of pride than anything.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Minor streak, but occasional subconscious referral to Akito as "My Tenkawa" and the aforementioned Berserk Button do seem to give this impression.
  • Fanservice: During her limelight episode, she's piloting her Aestivalis in casual underwear.
  • Last Name Basis: 90 percent of the time, she refers to Akito by his last name. Akito alone gets this treatment, where main characters are concerned.
  • Stellar Name: Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades.
  • Tsundere: And fortunately, not abusive like so many other examples of the stereotype.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Mentioned in a flashback.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: However, it turns out it's dyed, evidenced both in the above mentioned flashback in the show and through the entirety of the movie, which shows she's entirely given up on dyeing it.
    • Her natural hair color is purple, so the trope still applies.

Hikaru Amano
Voiced by: Shiho Kikuchi (Japanese), Cynthia Martinez (English), Daniela Benítez (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Isabel Martiñón (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Love Hurts: Due to unresolved issues with her ex-boyfriend she is one of the few not chasing after Akito, and also has to let Uribatake down gently when he tries to start a relationship with her.

Izumi Maki
Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (Japanese), Tamara Lo (English), Belinda García (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Patricia Quintero (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Stepford Snarker: Apparently, terrible puns are how she deals with the grief of losing two lovers. Okay.

Seiya Uribatake
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), John Swasey (English), Claudio Romero (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Gustavo Melgarejo (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Berserk Button: He has two of these: 1) Seeing Akito 'get all the chicks', and 2) people breaking his Aestivalises.
  • Dirty Old Man: Played straight and subverted and played straight again. Part of the reason he came aboard was to get away from his wife and (theoretically) spread some wild oats. Later on, people think there's something going on between him and Hikaru. Then they find out that she's helping him build a diorama with 1/48 scale plastic Aestivalis models. Then Hikaru has to let him down easy when he does try to start a romantic relationship with her.
    • And then subverted again later in the series when he makes a heartfelt promise to his wife that he'll return to her once the fighting ends.
  • Mr. Fixit and The Engineer (specifically, a Mechanic)
  • Stolen Good, Returned Better: In one episode it appears that he's embezzling money from the Nergal budget. He technically is, but he's using it but he's using it to build an advanced Super Prototype.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Justified; he makes most of the special gear used by the Nadesico by embezzling Nergal company funds, but they turn a blind eye to it as it means they get new equipment to use.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He initially has zero qualms about the idea of cheating on his wife at home. Some Character Development turns him around.

Inez Fressange
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Heather Bryson (English), Patricia Mainou (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Gaby Beltrán (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Remember that adorable little girl that Akito give an orange to in the first episode? well Inez is who she grew up to be. After one too many Time Travels. It's... complicated, okay?
  • Emotionless Girl: While not as extreme of an example as Ruri, she lost all her memories at the age of eight, and says that this led her to feel completely disconnected from the world around her to the point where death has no meaning.
  • Hot Scientist: Although it doesn't get as much attention as it might, she's a tall, blonde beautiful woman... and also the scientist who devised much of the technology behind the Nadesico.
  • Ms. Exposition: Lampshaded constantly. She even has a sixth sense for when something is about to be explained.
    • In "Finding Yourself in a Routine Plot", she explains the enemy attack the Nadesico has just been hit with while the ship is in the process of crashing. And after it's crashed, while everyone else is pulling themselves off the floor, she's still talking without interruption.
    • In "The Significant Other from a Star Far Away", someone simply saying the word explain causes a brief cutaway to her in another part of the ship, where she looks around confusedly while wondering what she's expected to explain... and it's implied that this is enough to make her arrive a few moments later.
    • In the beauty / singing contest episode, her act is... an explanation of the science behind the attack that occurred in the middle of the contest.
    • In an episode where she is Not Herself she ignores a perfect opportunity to give exposition and instead stays in her quarters eating fruit.
    • Lampshaded by Megumi when she's introduced:
      "Are you hooked on explaining and analyzing?"
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Although her main focus is unequivocally physics, at various points she also acts as a medical doctor and a psychiatrist.

Howmei
Voiced by: Miyuki Ichijou (Japanese), Marcy Rae (English), Elba Laddaga (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Norma Iturbe (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Crazy-Prepared: She has over 300 different spices in the ships pantry. Her reason: she wants to make sure each crew member gets to eat exactly what they want, because nobody knows if it might be their last meal.
  • Mentor: To Akito, at least where cooking is concerned.
  • Team Mom: She's ready to dispense advice and motherly concern, mostly for Akito.

Sadaki Munetake
Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (Japanese), John Gremillion (English)

  • The Neidermeyer: Obnoxious, officious, and obstructive, nobody likes following his orders. In the Beach Episode, they happily leave him buried up to his neck in an incoming tide.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He was actually a much more moral, upright human being who believed in justice and doing the right thing, but he became corrupted by his own ambition, and after The Reveal on the identity of the Jovian Lizards, he snaps when his guilt over the bastard he became and his horror that what he fought for was a massive lie.
  • Sanity Slippage: His final moments have him talking to ghosts and attempting a "heroic" assault on what is actually a friendly target.
  • We Have Reserves: When Minato points out that shooting the Nadesico's gravity blast will cause massive friendly casualties, his answer is pretty much "So what?"

Nagare Akatsuki
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese), Jay Hickman (English), Luis Alfonso Mendoza (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Grey and Grey Morality: That's pretty much his view of the world - there are no good and evil, everyone should fight for himself only.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Believe it or not, he did make an honest stab at playing Big Brother Mentor to Akito [and it actually worked to some extent], and he does to some extent join in on the craziness of the Nadescio crew willingly.
  • Karma Houdini: Somewhat. Nergal's power is greatly reduced after the end of the anime, in any event, which does count as a bit of a comeuppance.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In regards to his deceased older brother.

Erina Kinjo Won
Voiced by: Yuko Nagashima (Japanese), Emily Carter (English), Jenny Burelo (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Irene Jiménez (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Break the Haughty: When things start going wrong for her, she really doesn't take it well.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her lecture to Yurika about balancing her personal desires with her responsibilities as captain is extremely harsh, and she's overlooking some of Yurika's Genius Ditz attributes, but anyone who watched Yurika's behavior over the thirteen episodes leading up to it is likely to concede that she has a point.
  • Love Hurts (It's implied she knew and had feelings for Akito's father, which might explain why she's so snappy around him)
  • Smug Snake: Never quite reaches her boss Akatsuki's levels of brilliance, and comes across more as an annoying, self-important bitch who cares for nothing but herself.

Jovian Federation / Martian Successors

Tsukumo Shiratori
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Brett Weaver (English), Mauricio Valverde (Latin-American Spanish, TV series)

  • Identical Stranger: Somewhat justified in that he and the character he resembles are effectively styling themselves after the main character of Gekiganger III.

Yukina Shiratori
Voiced by: Ikue Otani (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English), Mireya Mendoza (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Cristina Hernandez (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Break the Cutie: Poor girl, Her brother's death doesn't hit her as hard as it does Minato, but still, ouch.

Genichiro Tsukiyomi
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Jason Douglas (English), Alan Miró (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Roberto Mendiola (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Knight Templar: He thinks all Earthlings are evil and even shoots his best friend Tsukumo in order to prevent peace talks.

Saburota Takasugi
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (Japanese), Chris Patton (English), Irwin Daayan (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Heel–Face Turn: Appears as a Jovian officer in a few episodes of the series, Is part of the Nadesico B's crew in The Movie.

Haruki Kusakabe
Voiced by: Kunihiko Yasui (Japanese), Martio Hernández (Latin-American Spanish, TV series), Alejandro Illescas (Latin-American Spanish, Prince of Darkness movie)

  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the series.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite all of the wrongdoings he has caused, Haruki gets off scot-free.

Aritomo Shinjo

Hokushin


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