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
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Shortly after the show completed its first broadcast in Japan, Streamline Pictures purchased the license in the hopes of bringing the show to U.S. television. But because of financial difficulties, Carl Macek's company could only dub the first eight episodes. In 1996, Streamline's rights for the show expired. Later, ADV Films purchased the rights, and commissioned a new dub to be recorded at their Austin-based Monster Island studios. This dub cast actual children in the roles of Nadia, Jean, and Marie: Meg Bauman (who also plays several roles in "Steam Detectives", "Samurai X: Reflection", and "The Devil Lady"), Nathan Parsons (who also plays a cameo role in "The Devil Lady"), and Margaret Cassidy (several roles in "Getter Robo: Armageddon"). See more »
[at the beginning, we see a plaque with foreign writing]
Do you seek adventure beyond the treacherous waterfalls? Do you seek the mythical being the dwells in this unreachable place? If you do, then you must first find me.
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Exciting, beautifully drawn, wonderfully animated; a must see series.
Before anime characters started sporting gravity defying hair and using freaky psychic powers to subvert the laws of physics, we got a few gems like these. Nadia is one of the most popular series of the 80s and one of the best looking, especially over the first few episodes. The visuals are breathtaking and the action is edge-of-your-seat exciting. The action is driven by exciting stunts and the (then) cutting edge inventions from the age of steam make for wonderfully unpredictable getaway vehicles. The first episode alone has one of the best anime chase scenes of the period, as memorable as anything in Castle Cagliostro, and the excitement keeps up from there. The 'villainous' trio pursuing the main character are my only real complaint with the series; they are meant to be both threatening and comical, but they just come off as goofy and tend to get in the way. The pace also tends to slacken a bit after episode two, but the rest of the series is still worth watching for its likable characters and gorgeous visuals. The first couple of episodes are maybe the best in the series and start things off at a frenetic pace, making for memorable entertainment and good fun.
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