Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )
"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 ...
 Jean (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Carl Domaski ...
 Field Soldier (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Judson Jones ...
 Gargoyle's Henchman / ... (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Craig Kanne ...
 Red Noah (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Talbot McKitt ...
 New Nautilus Radio (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Jean (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Nanker Phelge ...
 Field Soldier (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Guy Roberts ...
 Field Soldier / ... (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Douglas Taylor ...
 Gargoyle's Cabinet / ... (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Red Noah / ... (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Clay Towery ...
 Gargoyle's Cabinet / ... (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Meg Bauman ...
 Nadia (38 episodes, 1990-1991)
Toshiharu Sakurai ...
 King / ... (37 episodes, 1990-1991)
Shawn Sides ...
 King (37 episodes, 1990-1991)
Yoshino Takamori ...
 Nadia (36 episodes, 1990-1991)
Karen Kuykendall ...
 Narrator (35 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kumiko Takizawa ...
 Grandis (33 episodes, 1990-1991)
Martin Blacker ...
 Sanson (33 episodes, 1990-1991)
Margaret Cassidy ...
 Marie (33 episodes, 1990-1991)
Corey Gagne ...
 Hanson (33 episodes, 1990-1991)
Sarah Richardson ...
 Grandis (33 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ken'yû Horiuchi ...
 Sanson (32 episodes, 1990-1991)
Yûko Mizutani ...
 Marie (31 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ev Lunning ...
 Captain Nemo (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
Akio Ôtsuka ...
 Captain Nemo (23 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jennifer Stuart ...
 Electra (23 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kikuko Inoue ...
 Electra (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Billy F. Harden ...
 Nautilus Chief Engineer (21 episodes, 1990-1991)
Richard Smith ...
 Nautilus Co-Pilot / ... (21 episodes, 1990-1991)
Greg Gondek ...
 Nautilus Sonar Officer (20 episodes, 1990-1991)
Dan Bisbee ...
 Nautilus Pilot / ... (17 episodes, 1990)


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 <>

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13 April 1990 (Japan)  »

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Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water  »

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Development began in the 1970s with Hayao Miyazaki selected by Toho Company to develop a television series. The project didn't go through until 1988 when Toho appointed Gainax to produce the series based on Miyazaki's original outline. See more »


[at the beginning, we see a plaque with foreign writing]
Opening Voice: 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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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #34.11 (2005) See more »


Yes, I will...
Ending theme
Performed by Miho Morikawa
Music and arrangement by Joe Rinoie
Lyrics by Miho Morikawa
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Jules Verne may turn in his grave....smiling
26 September 1999 | by (Seoul, Korea) – See all my reviews

"Fushigi no umi no Nadia", or "Nadia of the Strange Sea" is loosely based on Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, however, I say 'loosely'. Anno Hideaki, who would later be recognized for his direction on 'Neo Genesis - Evangelion', directed this series in cooperation with NHK(Primary Japanese TV station), intended to be broadcast on TV.

The story centers on an intelligent(a nerd:), inventive boy named Jean(pronounced jAn-g) and a mysterious girl named Nadia. A close encounter with a trio of mercenaries led by a very attractive red-headed lady, Jean finds himself attracted to Nadia and a whole lot of adventures.

Of course, if you wanted to break down the series into recognizable formulas you could say: 1)The boy is nerdy but will stop at nothing to make the girl happy and rescue her, should the girl find herself in perilous situations 2)The girl kicks ass(and literally does too:) 3)The story is immensely complex 4)The action scenes are some of the most memorable in recent history, especially the detailed movements of machines left me breathless and in awe 5)Did I say the story is immensely complex?

Anno Hideaki, in later interviews, commented that the direction of the plot and character interactions for Nadia wasn't really what he wanted and he actually considers Nadia to be something of a failure.

Nadia was aimed at the primetime viewers of animation, namely, roughly anyone under the age of 14, I'd say. So, there are some dark overtones within the story that fans of Evangelion would easily identify with, however, the overall plot got 'serviced' to facilitate the wishes of NHK, so, I'd recommend this animation heartily to any one(even adults), however, with the intent of insuring future generations of literate human beings, how about guiding the kids to read the original '20,000 leagues under the sea' afterwards?

If you felt compelled to root for the bad guys in Nadia and loved their attire, and had previous experiences of warm and fuzzy feelings whenever you saw a red, double bladed light saber, why not watch 'Evangelion', a true master piece from the same Anno Hideaki, or perhaps 'Memories', an omnibus of animations that are best watched than explained.

If, on the other hand, you wanted a child just like Jean or wanted to build a time machine that sent you into the same era, I suggest 'Future Boy Conan' from the master of Japanese animation, Hayao Miyazaki.

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