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13 April 1990 (Japan) See more »
A teen acrobat of mysterious origins and a young inventor find themselves entangled in a sinister plot that involves the fate of the world. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 31 of 80)
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)

Nathan Parsons ... 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)

James Arnold Taylor ... 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)

Series Directed by
Hideaki Anno (27 episodes, 1990-1991)
Shinji Higuchi (17 episodes, 1990-1991)
Takeshi Mori (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
Renji Kawabata (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Shigeto Makino (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tadayuki Uda (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Shôichi Masuo (2 episodes, 1990)
Shigeru Morikawa (2 episodes, 1990)
Hiroyuki Sasaki (2 episodes, 1990)
Yukio Suzuki (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Writing credits
Hayao Miyazaki (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Hisao Ohkawa (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jules Verne (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Hideaki Anno (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kaoru Umeno (24 episodes, 1990-1991)

Series Produced by
David Del Rio .... producer (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
John Ledford .... executive producer / producer (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Eiichi Takahashi .... executive producer (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Original Music by
Shirô Sagisu (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Akio Satsukawa (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
Masashi Furukawa (8 episodes, 1990)
Series Art Direction by
Masanori Kikuchi (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Hiromasa Ogura (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Hiroshi Sasaki (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shunji Suzuki .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Harumi Takahoshi .... color designer (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Takeshi Mori .... storyboard artist (15 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tatsuyuki Tanaka .... image boards (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kazuyoshi Yaginuma .... image boards (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
Masayuki .... storyboard artist (8 episodes, 1990-1991)
Shinji Higuchi .... storyboard artist (6 episodes, 1990-1991)
Mahiro Maeda .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Toshiyuki Kubooka .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Hideaki Anno .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 1990)
Shôichi Masuo .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Sound Department
Hakaru Narikiyo .... sound mixer (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tôru Noguchi .... sound effects editor (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Katsunori Shimizu .... sound director (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Norio Nishizawa .... sound mixer (35 episodes, 1990-1991)

Deb Adair .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Katsunori Shimizo .... sound director (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Yasushi Yoritsune .... animation production supervisor (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tomoji Kodama .... animation production supervisor (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
Shôichi Masuo .... animator (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
Shunji Suzuki .... animation director / animator (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
Yasuhito Murata .... animation production supervisor (9 episodes, 1991)
Hiroki Kanno .... animator (8 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kumiko Kawana .... animation director / animator (8 episodes, 1990-1991)
Masakatsu Sasaki .... animator (8 episodes, 1990-1991)
Yoshimitsu Ôhashi .... animator (8 episodes, 1990-1991)
Yuji Takahashi .... animator (6 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tokihiko Ôta .... animator (6 episodes, 1990-1991)
Masaru Fukumoto .... animator (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Hiroshi Dobashi .... animator (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Hidenori Matsubara .... animator / animation director (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Hiroaki Gôda .... animator (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Hiroyuki Kanbe .... animator (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Masakuni Kaneko .... animator (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Noboru Koizumi .... animation director (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Toshiyuki Kubooka .... animation director (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Yoshiyuki Moto .... animation director (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Nobuaki Nagano .... animator (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Akihiko Nomura .... animator (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ikuo Shimazu .... animator (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kôichi Takada .... animation director (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tadashi Hiramatsu .... animation director / animator (3 episodes, 1990)
Akira Koizumi .... animator (3 episodes, 1990)
Hiroshi Kugimiya .... animation director (3 episodes, 1990)
Takeshi Honda .... animation director / animator: epilogue (3 episodes, 1991)
Tadashi Abiru .... animator (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Hiromasa Hanawa .... animator (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Toshihiro Kawakami .... animator (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Se-Chang Kim .... animation director (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Akio Noguchi .... animation director / animator (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tetsuhito Saitô .... animator (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Michinori Shirato .... animator (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kôji Sugiura .... animator (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Toshiyuki Tsuru .... animator (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Keiji Gotoh .... animator (2 episodes, 1990)
Toshihisa Kaiya .... animator (2 episodes, 1990)
Masahiro Kase .... animation director (2 episodes, 1990)
Hiroto Kato .... animator (2 episodes, 1990)
Hiroshi Kawaguchi .... animator (2 episodes, 1990)
Takahiro Kishida .... animator (2 episodes, 1990)
Nagisa Miyazaki .... animator: Studio Kaatan (2 episodes, 1990)
Minoru Okamoto .... animator (2 episodes, 1990)
Hiroyuki Okuno .... animator: Studio Kaatan (2 episodes, 1990)
Keiko Shimizu .... animator (2 episodes, 1990)
Masaya Suzuki .... animator (2 episodes, 1990)
Katsumi Teratô .... animator (2 episodes, 1990)
Akira Watabe .... animator (2 episodes, 1990)
Tetsuya Yamamoto .... animator (2 episodes, 1990)
Hideaki Anno .... animation director (2 episodes, 1991)
Masayuki .... animator (2 episodes, 1991)
Junko Matsushita .... animator (2 episodes, 1991)
Midori Terashima .... animator (2 episodes, 1991)
Kazuya Tsurumaki .... animation director (2 episodes, 1991)
Mie Yukutake .... animator (2 episodes, 1991)

Tomohiro Hirata .... animator (unknown episodes)
Isamu Imakake .... animator (unknown episodes)
Yoshiaki Iwasaki .... animator (unknown episodes)
Takayuki Kanauchi .... animator (unknown episodes)
Kumiko Kikuchi .... animator (unknown episodes)
Kazuya Kuroda .... animator (unknown episodes)
Takehiro Nakayama .... animator (unknown episodes)
Hiroki Noguchi .... animation director / animator (unknown episodes)
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto .... animation director / character designer (unknown episodes)
Akira Takeuchi .... animation director (unknown episodes)
Tadashi Tsubokawa .... animator (unknown episodes)
Akira Watanabe .... animator (unknown episodes)
Makoto Yoshida .... animator (unknown episodes)
Yoshio Ôhashi .... animator (unknown episodes)
Gazô Ôta .... animator (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Carmelo Carucci .... Spanish version / composer: theme music (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tony Seven .... Spanish version / lyricist (39 episodes, 1990-1991)

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Also Known As:
"Fushigi no umi no Nadia" - Japan (original title)
"The Secret of Blue Water" - Japan (English title)
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25 min (39 episodes)
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This was originally intended to be a 30-part TV series, but because the show was so successful in Japan, backing distributor NHK Enterprises requested GAINAX to produce more episodes, extending the episode count to 39.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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Guyver was my first anime love, but Secret of Blue Water always loved me back, 9 December 2004
Author: gladrius from US

Possible spoilers ahead.

I don't know what I can possibly say about this phenomenal series that hasn't been said already, but I'm here to try anyway. From the moment I saw a review of this series in Gamefan magazine (rest in peace), I fell in love. I had to see it. I dashed out to the mall and grabbed the first copy I saw. And it grabbed me right back, and would not let me go.

The series uses 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (and to a lesser extent the sequel Mysterious Island) as a jumping point for its own story. It takes place in 1889, and revolves around two teens, Jean, a French boy who wants to change the world with inventions and is the biggest weenie who's ever been the hero of an anime, and Nadia, a circus acrobat and animal trainer who has a magical crystal, the Blue Water, and no clue about where she comes from. During the course of things they embark on an adventure to get to the bottom of Nadia's past, meet Captain Nemo and help to stop a group of people from Atlantis from taking over the world. And I loved every minute of it.

I mean for crying out loud, what kind of mad genius does it take to make episodes on end of adjusting to life on a submarine entertaining? Whatever kind it is, the guys at Gainax had it. Their smarts in storytelling show in other areas too, mainly the finely tuned characters, like the obligatory kid, Marie, who manages to be anything but the obnoxious brat the kid in an anime series almost always is. Nadia's the only short-tempered anime girl I've ever actually liked. The Grandis Gang go from the comically inept antagonists to helpful and resourceful back-up for the other characters once the real menacing villains show up. In the two really big battles of the series it's arguably them who ultimately save the day.

It does warrant mentioning that this show kind of flounders in the middle, owing to a bunch of quickly-proudced episodes that were shoehorned in to pad out the length of the series when it became an unexpected hit. Most of the mid-to-late 20's of Nadia can be skipped without missing anything worth seeing.

If you're an anime fan, want to watch a series with people in it you'll care about, and don't mind being expected to root for a dork like Jean, please do yourself a favor and pick this up. Oh, and do yourself another favor and watch it with the subtitles on. I'm sure Nathan Parsons is a wonderful human being who'd give me the shirt off his back, but a friend of mine actually started laughing out loud at how dumb Jean's voice sounded when we watched it with the English voices.

And before I go, I want affirm what everyone else is saying, that the sequel movie is terrible and should be avoided by fans of the series at all costs. Unless you want to see how badly a story can undermine itself (pretty much every suspense issue is defeated by watching the series epilogue and twenty five minutes straight of the movie is series flashbacks). Otherwise, stay away. You'll thank me.

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