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Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water 

Fushigi no umi no Nadia (original title)
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A teen acrobat of mysterious origins and a young inventor find themselves entangled in a sinister plot that involves the fate of the world.
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Series cast summary:
Noriko Hidaka Noriko Hidaka ...  Jean 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Carl Domaski Carl Domaski ...  Field Soldier 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Judson Jones ...  Gargoyle's Henchman / ... 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Craig Kanne Craig Kanne ...  Red Noah 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Talbot McKitt Talbot McKitt ...  New Nautilus Radio 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Nathan Parsons ...  Jean 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Nanker Phelge Nanker Phelge ...  Field Soldier 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Guy Roberts ...  Field Soldier / ... 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Douglas Taylor Douglas Taylor ...  Gargoyle's Cabinet / ... 39 episodes, 1990-1991
James Arnold Taylor ...  Red Noah 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Clay Towery Clay Towery ...  Gargoyle's Cabinet / ... 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Meg Bauman ...  Nadia 38 episodes, 1990-1991
Toshiharu Sakurai Toshiharu Sakurai ...  King / ... 37 episodes, 1990-1991
Shawn Sides ...  King 37 episodes, 1990-1991
Yoshino Takamori Yoshino Takamori ...  Nadia 36 episodes, 1990-1991
Karen Kuykendall Karen Kuykendall ...  Narrator 35 episodes, 1990-1991
Kumiko Takizawa Kumiko Takizawa ...  Grandis 33 episodes, 1990-1991
Martin Blacker Martin Blacker ...  Sanson 33 episodes, 1990-1991
Margaret Cassidy Margaret Cassidy ...  Marie 33 episodes, 1990-1991
Corey Gagne Corey Gagne ...  Hanson 33 episodes, 1990-1991
Sarah j Price Sarah j Price ...  Grandis 33 episodes, 1990-1991
Ken'yû Horiuchi Ken'yû Horiuchi ...  Sanson 32 episodes, 1990-1991
Yûko Mizutani Yûko Mizutani ...  Marie 31 episodes, 1990-1991
Ev Lunning Ev Lunning ...  Captain Nemo 25 episodes, 1990-1991
Akio Ôtsuka ...  Captain Nemo 23 episodes, 1990-1991
Jennifer Stuart Jennifer Stuart ...  Electra 23 episodes, 1990-1991
Kikuko Inoue ...  Electra 22 episodes, 1990-1991
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Dan Bisbee Dan Bisbee ...  Nautilus Pilot / ... 17 episodes, 1990
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Nadia is a teenaged circus acrobat, an orphan searching for her father at the turn of the 20th century. While in France, she meets up with Jean-Coq Raltique, a brilliant inventor her own age. After being rescued at sea by a mysterious submarine, they discover high adventure, and an ancient conspiracy that threatens the very existence of the human race. Written by Mike Toole <micabob@ix.netcom.com>

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Japan

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Japanese

Release Date:

13 April 1990 (Japan) See more »

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Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water See more »

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Corad, Gainax, NHK See more »
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(39 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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Shortly after the series ended, NHK Enterprises opted to produce a theatrical movie of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990), which was done without the participation of the original creative team who worked on the series. Approximately one third of the 90-minute feature consists of recycled clips from the show. See more »

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Il mistero della pietra azzurra
Composed by Carmelo Carucci
Lyrics by Alessandra Valeri Manera
Performed by Cristina D'Avena
[Italian Theme]
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Great anime series, if you can skip the filler episodes.
8 August 2008 | by kriitikkoSee all my reviews

"Nadia: the Secret of Blue Water" (originally called "Fushigi no umi no Nadia", literally translating "Nadia of the Mysterious Seas") is 39 episodes long anime series, which was originally aired in the years 1990-1991. Series primary director was Hideaki Anno, who had previously worked as one of the animators in Hayao Miyazaki's film "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" (1984) and who would later direct one of the most successful anime series ever; "Neon Genesis Evangelion" (1995-1996). The story of the series has been inspired by the novels of Jules Verne, especially "20.000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1870). Also Miyazaki's film "Laputa- Castle in the Sky" (1986) has inspired some elements of the story.

Set in the year of 1890, Nadia, an orphaned acrobat girl working in circus, is trying to find a way to get to Africa to look her possible family and origins. While coming to Paris to perform, she is chased by a very Team Rocket- like gang of thieves, who try to steal "Blue Water", a mysterious blue stone Nadia is wearing around her neck. She is helped by Jean, a young inventor boy, who out of good heart decides to help Nadia to get to Africa. While trying to avoid any more contacts with the thieves, Nadia and Jean find themselves in the middle of a secret war between Captain Nemo, a mysterious scientist who lives in his submarine "Nautilus" with his crew, and Gargoyle, a power-mad masked villain. Just what is the secret of "Blue Water" and what is the connection of Nadia to both Nemo and Gargoyle?

When I watched the series I was already well passed the age when the animations with good guys vs. evil world dominating villains were interesting. Yet, "Nadia" is not as simple as it may first look like. The characters are not just two-dimensional but have some real life in them. Especially Nadia's character; who first appears as temperamental and distrusting, but learns to become caring and what she most values in her life, when she nearly looses all. Also, her relationship with Jean is very realistic for a change. Music is captivating and the story telling dynamic. The animation itself is not the best possible quality but it really doesn't bother. Voice actors (I'm talking the original Japanese ones, for I have not heard either of the two English dubs) are doing a great job. Noriko Hidaka (who has done such great anime roles as Akane in "Ranma 1/2", Kikyo in "Inuyasha" and Near in "Death Note") really convinced me that she was voicing a 14 year old boy; Jean. Yoshino Takamori did a great job with temperamental but caring Nadia and Motomu Kiyokawa (Walter in both "Hellsing" and "Hellsing OVA" series) was absolutely chilling as Gargoyle.

Sadly, series does have one terrible down side to it: the filler episodes directed by Shinji Higuchi, that for some unclear reason were demanded in the middle of the series. During those episodes story hardly moved at all, characters loose their interest and almost every minute is spend with some of the worst anime humor ever. These filler episodes are episodes 23-29 and 32-34. Episodes 30-31 are worth seeing for the story actually moves there somewhat and the relationship of Nadia and Jean strengthens there.

If you can forgive some simple animation, unbelievable plot twists and skip the previously mentioned filler episodes, then you have a great and entertaining anime series here, that will keep you interested from the beginning to the end. Warmly recommended.


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