I kid thee not when I say that one of my original reasons for going through the Macross canon was so that I would get more of the jokes when I eventually watched Martian Successor Nadesico. (The other main reason being, of course, that I enjoyed Macross Frontier and wanted to experience the rest of the franchise, a decision that led to a pretty damn good summer of anime!) I was a bit too impatient to partake in the other series Nadesico lovingly lampoons (Space Battleship Yamato, Mobile Suit Gundam, various super robot series, etc.) before watching the series, because I had been staring at the boxset every day since I bought it at Anime Expo nearly two months ago.
So I watched the series a couple of weeks back and greatly enjoyed it. What surprised me most is how serious it is a lot of the time . . . I knew beforehand that there were serious moments, but based on its reputation, I thought the show would mostly be fun, lighthearted parody, with the serious parts serving as extreme mood whiplash. In reality, the ratio is a bit more balanced, probably tipping just a bit toward comedy/parody (like 55/45, more or less). That balance actually worked for me, because the humor and drama is so smart, unlike, say, Angel Beats!
But that’s just one thing I enjoyed about Nadesico. Here are 10 more, in no particular order, but numbered for convenience (there are also a couple of major spoilers here and there) . . .