Technology & Combat CharacteristicsEdit
The Nadesico was constructed with a total length of 298 metres, 148 metres in total width and a total height of 106.8 metres. It was built to have a maximum mass of 3 7530 metric tons. The main hull was divided into twelve decks. The typical crew complement is 214.
The main hull contains the bulk of the ship's crew accommodation, cargo, and tactical systems. The forward part contains launch tubes for the ship's Aestivalis robots as well as the muzzle of the ship's primary weapon, the gravity blast cannon. The rear of the main hull contains the ship's propulsion engines. Atop the main hull is an elongated, conning-tower like structure, at the front of which is the ship's bridge. Extending forward from either side of the forward main hull are two additional hull sections, which give the front of the ship a vaguely catamaran-like appearance. These sections contain various systems including the Nadesico's secondary armament, an arsenal of guided missiles.
Offensive tactical systemsEdit
The Nadesico's primary weapon is the gravity blast cannon, a massive gun which occupies most of the center of the ship's main hull. Supplied with power directly from the phase transition engines, this gave it the capability of destroying a conventional technology fleet with a single shot. A huge amount of power is needed to fire the weapon, and since the phase transition engines can only operate most efficiently in vacuum or near-vacuum, it sometimes becomes impossible to fire the gravity blast cannon repeatedly at low altitude, as happened when the Nadesico was attacked by a fleet at the remains of Mars' Utopia colony.
The ship's secondary weapons array is relatively small and weak by comparison, but it includes a large number of missiles in launch tubes inside the ship's twin forward hull sections. These missiles can be fired in guided mode to track and hit a locked target or in proximity detonation mode where they will explode once entering within a specified distance from a target. This allows the missiles to be used as mines, as demonstrated during the Nadesico's engagement with the Kannazuki, a Jovian vessel equipped with a "leap cannon" which allowed it to boson jump bombs directly inside a target.
Defensive tactical systemsEdit
The Nadesico's main protection against attack is its distortion field, a projected warp in space around the ship which deflects or neutralizes energy and gravity weapon fire. It has only a limited effect on physical attacks. Throughout most of the ship's early engagements against Jovian forces, the distortion field rendered the ship virtually immune to damage.
Later, the ship's head technician Seiya Uribatake expanded on the concept to create the distortion block, a system of small distortion fields within the ship which serve to compartmentalize sections of the ship to prevent the spread of damage.
The Nadesico has a spacious main hangar used for the storage and maintenance of its Aestevalis mecha. The Nadesico carries a variety of Aestevalis types for varying tactical situations, including the basic ground-based frame, Zero-G battle frames for space combat, aerial battle frames for extended atmospheric deployment, and artillery frames for ground combat situations where heavy firepower and armor protection are called for. Tubes allow for the catapult-style deployment of the space and aerial frames or manual deployment under the Aestevalis' own power if a catapult launch is not possible.
A small shuttle craft used for transport and liaison tasks, the Hinagiku, is also carried. The Hinagiku does not deploy from the main hangar bay but instead has its own docking port on the Nadesico's ventral main hull. When docked, the Hinagiku fits into the ship's belly in such a way that it is almost unnoticeable.
Special Equipment & FeaturesEdit
The Nadesico derives its propulsion from a combination of four nuclear pulse engines and a pair of phase transition engines.
The phase transition engines is an incredibly powerful system apparently engineered by Nergal based on ancient Martian technology. It is not merely a powerplant but an advanced temporal/spacial manipulation device which generates graviton particles by harvesting the potential energy of the para-space-time dimension.
However, it only reaches its full output in a total vacuum, with an altitude of at least 20 thousand kilometers being necessary for peak performance. For transit within atmosphere at lower altitudes, the Nadesico relies on its far less powerful and advanced nuclear pulse engines.
Command and communication systemsEdit
The Nadesico is controlled from a bridge of a three-tiered design located at the front of the conning tower atop the main hull.
On the top level is the captain's station, flanked by additional places for the ship's first officer and other high-ranking command staff. Directly below and slightly forward of is the second level, where the work of controlling the ship is actually performed.
The second level has three crew stations: A center one for the operator of the ship's SVC-2027 core computer system, a helm station to the computer operator's right, and a communications station to the left.
The bottom level of the bridge is the largest of the three. Its floor is dominated by a large display screen which can be used for the display of navigational maps or other data, and is often employed in operations planning.
A main forward viewscreen affords the entire bridge crew a view of space outside the ship, and the entire bridge is liberally equipped with console monitors and holographic displays used for tasks from propulsion status to communication.
The SVC-2027 model core computer system, nicknamed "Omoikane" handles all of the ship's functions. Computer terminals throughout the ship are connected to the SVC-2027 mainframe, allowing the crew to access information from the computer's extensive library or important ship functions to be handled away from the main station on the bridge should it become necessary.
The Nadesico is equipped with a full suite of state-of-the-art communication systems, allowing for audio and visual transmission both externally, as with other vessels, space stations, or planetary installations, and internally, as for the delivery of bulletins to the crew or conversation between crew members. Holographic displays are present in virtually every part of the ship, meaning there is no place where a crew member cannot be reached with vital information.
Ruri Hoshino and Akito Tenkawa saved Omoikane from being "reformatted" by the UEAF (who were now allied to Nadesico, but who suffer grievous losses through attacks launched by Omoikane, which remembers the UEAF as enemies) and stop it from attacking the UEAF, and we see that Omoikane likes Gekigangar III as well. Omoikane takes the form of a tree in the virtual reality landscape. The tree mirrors various legendary trees of knowledge and life. Akito trims a few branches to remove the part of Omoikane's memory that identifies the UEAF as the enemy. (Nadesico: "Finding Yourself in a Routine Plot")
As a privately constructed and owned ship, the Nadesico affords its crew a significantly greater degree of comfort than is probably typical of commissioned military vessels.
Private staterooms of various sizes are available for most of the ship's senior officers and other important crew. The accommodations for lower-ranking members probably were not revealed on-screen.
The ship's galley is exceptionally well stocked and well staffed, with a small squad of cooks on hand to prepare a multitude of dishes to suit individual crew members' personal tastes in the godly-sized cafeteria. Large refrigeration chambers make sure the ship can operate for extended periods without having to resupply.
The Nadesico has a large observation room through which the crew could observe space outside the ship. The room can also simulate a variety of environments through the use of holographic projection. Another recreation lounge is appointed with a variety of diversions including a ping-pong table and video game units. Meditation rooms are available for crew members seeking time alone for peace and reflection, and hot spring/sauna-style baths can be used for further relaxation.
The "Y-unit" (short for Yamato-unit) is a modular attachment which fits on the ship's forward hull and increases the ship's physical dimensions. It was originally designed for use on her sister ship, the ND-004 Shakuyaku, but was fitted to the Nadesico after the Shakuyaku's destruction during a Jovian attack on Nergal's lunar base. Minor variations in the two ships' systems originally caused some teething problems with the Y-Unit when it was attached to the Nadesico, but these were soon sorted out.
The Y-Unit's purpose is, simply stated, to increase weapon and engine output. It increases the ship's phase transition engine complement to four, and by utilizing the phase transition engines in concert, the Y-Unit creates a new weapon, the phase transition cannon, which folds space around the target location and completely obliterates anything within the area of the reaction.
The Nadesico was constructed by Nergal at a shipyard/dock built into the mountain in Sasebo, Nagasaki prefecture. On the launch day, the Jovian Federation invaded the area with yellow airbone mecha and red arachnoid mecha. A ship-wide announcement stated that their ground forces were engaged in combat with the enemy's tactical weapons and that all bridge crew should report to the combat command center immediately. The UE Spacy's artillery were being used against the yellow airbone Jovian mecha whilst the Joro, red arachnoid robots, got destroyed, the crew were briefed in the combat command center. According to Goat, the Jovians' attacks were being concentrated directly above their position (the underground dock built into Yumihari Montain, Sasebo). Admiral Fukube thought Goat was suggesting that the Nadesico was the Jovians' target, with that in mind, Admiral Munetake believed they should hit the Jovians where it hurts; sweep the perimeter with the Nadesico's energy cannons, burning the Jovians to a crisp. After Akito showed Yurika the picture of them, Yurika finally remembered Akito as her childhood friend on Mars. Believing Akito was volunteering to be "her knight in shining armor". She entrusted the fate of the Nadesico and all of her crew to Akito and asked him to promise her that he will come back alive. Ruri told Akito that the elevator was about to reach ground level, Megumi wished him good luck and Godspeed and Gai demanded the Gekigangar toy back. Akito had reached ground level and he was surrounded by Joro, Goat instructed him to keep enemy occupied within the 10 minutes he was given. Akito is momentarily frozen with fear. He remembered Yurika's words and uses his implant. He ran away. Gai wanted him to get back and fight like a man whereas Admiral Munetake used the Nadesico's cannon. Yurika will not let Akito die. Ruri opens the underwater doors. Minato reports that the engines are ready so Ruri launches the ship.(Nadesico: "To Go Like a Man")
Notes & TriviaEdit
The name of the ship "Mobile Battleship Nadesico" is a portmanteau on two very influential science fiction anime series. "Mobile" (機動 Kidō?) comes from the inventor of the real robot genre Mobile Suit Gundam (機動戦士ガンダム Kidō Senshi Gandamu?) and "Battleship" (戦艦 Senkan?) comes from Space Battleship Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト ナデシコ?, Uchū Senkan Yamato). Nadesico (撫子 Nadeshiko?) is a pun on the Space Battleship Yamato and the phrase "Yamato Nadeshiko" (大和撫子?) which refers to an ideal Japanese woman.
- The ships' layout was also designed to resemble early concepts of the USS enterprise from star trek and the Nadesico's replacement ships were a reference to the enterprise getting a letter after each iteration.