Nadia: The Secret of Bluewater

by shukigk | created - 18 Aug 2011 | updated - 14 Aug 2012 | Public

My ratings for every single episode of Nadia. This series is seriously underrated and deserves to be seen by any fan of Miyazaki and/or Anno as well as anime in general.

The soundtrack composed by Shiro Sagisu is also very memorable, As a whole I even prefer it to the one in NGE.

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1. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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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.

Stars: Noriko Hidaka, Carl Domaski, Judson Jones, Craig Kanne

Votes: 1,180

If I added all the episode ratings, the whole series would average 7.3, however, take out those god-awful "Island episodes" (Ep 23-34) and the series would average 8.4.

Overall: 8/10

2. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Girl at the Eiffel Tower (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shigeru Morikawa | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Toshiharu Sakurai, Kumiko Takizawa

Votes: 26

Episode 1 An Absolutely fantastic opening to the show. Nadia, Jean, Grandis, Hanson, and Sanson are quite a combo!

9/10

3. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: The Little Fugitive (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shôichi Masuo | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Toshiharu Sakurai, Kumiko Takizawa

Votes: 22

Episode 2 That Jean sure is a genius.

8/10

4. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: The Riddle of the Giant Sea Monsters (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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Director: Hideaki Anno | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Toshiharu Sakurai, Kumiko Takizawa

Votes: 21

Episode 3 Nadia doesn't like meat! Anyway, decent episode that introduces Mr. Ayerton.

7/10

5. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Nautilus, the Fantastic Submarine (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Yoshitomo Yonetani | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Toshiharu Sakurai, Akio Ôtsuka

Votes: 21

Episode 4 Introducing the Nautilus and it's crew! If you've seen Evangelion, then Electra and Captain Nemo will definitely seem familiar...

8/10

6. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Marie's Island (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, Kôji Masunari | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 20

Episode 5 Marie and Gargoyle get their introductions.

8/10

7. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Infiltration of the Secret Base (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Takeshi Mori | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 20

Episode 6 Gargoyle proves to be a very worthy villain to the show.

9/10

8. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: The Tower of Babel (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Sasaki | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 21

Episode 7 The tower of Babel. Got to love all the biblical mumbo jumbo in Anno's stories?:)

8/10

9. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Mission to Rescue Nadia (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Takeshi Mori | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 21

Episode 8 Most action-packed episode so far.

9/10

10. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Nemo's Secret (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Yukio Suzuki | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 20

Episode 9 The next batch of episodes take place almost exclusively in the Nautilus and are far more deliberately paced, but the character development keeps the show afloat.

8/10

11. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: A Crowning Performance by the Gratan (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Jun Kamiya | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Britt Baker

Votes: 20

Episode 10 The Nautilus runs straight into Gargoyle's minefield.

8/10

12. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: New Recruits for the Nautilus (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Sasaki | Stars: Noriko Hidaka, Toshiharu Sakurai, Akio Ôtsuka, Kikuko Inoue

Votes: 20

Episode 11 A breather episode featuring lots of comedy that sometimes works and other times doesn't.

7/10

13. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Grandis and Her First Love (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Toshiyuki Kubooka | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 20

Episode 12 Real meat at last! Nadia is certainly not amused, however...

8/10

14. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Run, Marie! Run! (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Takeshi Mori | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 20

Episode 13 All about Marie! Absolutely silly, but adorable as well!

6/10

15. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: The Valley of Dinicthys (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Yukio Suzuki | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Toshiharu Sakurai, Kikuko Inoue

Votes: 20

Episode 14 Nadia and Marie contract tropical fever.

8/10

16. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: The Nautilus Faces Its Biggest Crisis (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.2
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shôichi Masuo | Stars: Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai, Akio Ôtsuka

Votes: 20

Episode 15 Great and very touching episode.

8/10

17. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: The Mystery of the Lost Continent (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Takeshi Mori | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Akio Ôtsuka, Kikuko Inoue

Votes: 22

Episode 16 This episode is simply beautiful. It's probably my second favorite after ep 39.

10/10

18. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Jean's New Invention (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Takeshi Mori | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 20

Episode 17 A fun episode, but nothing more.

7/10

19. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Nautilus vs. Nautilus (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Renji Kawabata, Shigeto Makino | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 21

Episode 18 Nautilus the submarine finds itself in an intense struggle against Nautilus the shellfish.

8/10

20. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Nemo's Best Friend (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Director: Hideaki Anno | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 19

Episode 19 What secrets wait to be discovered at the Antarctica base?

9/10

21. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Jean Makes a Mistake (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Takeshi Mori | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 19

Episode 20 Jean builds a new airplane, but when it explodes from engine failure the Ship's whereabouts are easily discovered by the enemy.

7/10

22. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Farewell Nautilus (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.4
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Fumihiko Takayama | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 19

Episode 21 Part 1/2 of the conclusion of the Nautilus arc.

10/10

23. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Electra the Traitor (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.2
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shigeru Morikawa | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 19

Episode 22 Part 2/2 of the conclusion of the Nautilus arc; the last really good episode for some time to come.

9/10

24. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Young Drifters (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Takeshi Mori | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 19

Episode 23 Here begins the Island arc, and it is not a pretty sight. The best thing you can do is realize that Hideaki Anno didn't even direct these episodes and pretend they don't exist, except for a few episodes, and parts of episodes which advance the story.

The episode is at least watchable until the gang reaches the island, but I would stop watching after that if I were you.

4/10

25. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Lincoln Island (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Shigeto Makino | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 20

Episode 24 Ughh!!! This episode is just terrible! Nadia becomes a totally unlikable jerk!!

2/10

26. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: The First Kiss (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Directors: Shigenori Awai, Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 19

Episode 25 Far better than the last two episodes, but you aren't missing much if you decide to skip this one too.

5/10

27. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: King, the Lonely Lion (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Renji Kawabata | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 19

Episode 26 Not as insulting as ep 24, but a boring uninspired episode nonetheless.

3/10

28. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: The Island of the Witch (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Tadayuki Uda | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 18

Episode 27 Not great, but the best episode since 22. The second half brings Ayerton back into the picture.

6/10

29. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: The Floating Island (1990)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Renji Kawabata | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 18

Episode 28 Hanson, Sanson, and Grandis save the show!

7/10

30. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: King vs. King (1991)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Shigeto Makino | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 17

Episode 29 Hanson and Sanson duel against each other with robotic lions, WTH! There's a touching moment in the middle of the episode which explains why Nadia won't eat meat and can speak to animals, so the episode isn't a total waste.

5/10

31. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Labyrinth in the Earth (1991)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Renji Kawabata | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 17

Episode 30 Finally an episode which advances the plot!

7/10

32. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Farewell, Red Noah (1991)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Takeshi Mori | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 17

Episode 31 Even better, plus it finally explains a few mysteries we were all dying to find out.

8/10

33. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Nadia's Love...? (1991)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Takeshi Mori | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 17

Episode 32 The gang crash lands into an African village. The plot is pointless, and the humor is even worse.

2/10

34. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: King's Rescue (1991)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

5.8
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Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Renji Kawabata | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 17

Episode 33 Continuation of the story in the previous episode. It's not getting any better...

2/10

35. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: My Darling Nadia (1991)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

5.9
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Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Akio Satsukawa, Tadayuki Uda | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 18

Episode 34 An episode where we get to hear the gang sing about their adventures. Nadia has a lovely singing voice in both English and Japanese.

6/10

36. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: The Secret of Blue Water (1991)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Hiromitsu Hoshino, Mahiro Maeda | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 22

Episode 35 These final five episodes are directed by Anno again, thank goodness!

Nadia finally visits Tartessos, her birthplace. This episode features wonderful, atmospheric, black and white visuals. 10/10

37. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: The New Nautilus (1991)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.2
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Masa Aono, Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 19

Episode 36 The return of Nemo and the Nautilus.

9/10

38. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Emperor Neo (1991)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.2
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Shigeto Makino, Takeshi Mori | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 20

Episode 37 Nadia meets emperor Neo in person.

9/10

39. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: To the Sky (1991)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Noriko Hidaka, Toshiharu Sakurai, Akio Ôtsuka, Kikuko Inoue

Votes: 19

Episode 38 The beginning of the end.

10/10

40. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
Episode: Successor to the Stars (1991)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.4
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Takeshi Mori | Stars: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yûko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai

Votes: 25

Episode 39 The flawless ending to the series. 10/10