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Writers:
Hisao Ohkawa (episode)
Kaoru Umeno (episode)
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
13 April 1990 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

 (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)
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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)
 
Series Other crew
David Williams .... dvd producer (39 episodes, 1990-1991)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fushigi no umi no Nadia" - Japan (original title)
"The Secret of Blue Water" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
25 min (39 episodes)
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Classic steampunk series, 27 August 2014
Author: MissSimonetta from United States

Nadia seems to have fallen off the radar when it comes to 90s anime, but it's truly one of the classics of the decade. Few shows feel as equally accessible to kids and adults alike, and the show's themes about technology, power, and love remain provoking.

The characters are all so memorable. Jean and Nadia are the finest protagonists one could ask for in this sort of adventure, likable while still leaving a lot of room for character development. (Nadia can get supremely irritating at times, but she's such a unique heroine and her growth is so powerful that her more zealous moments can be tolerated.) The child Marie and Nadia's pet lion cub King are cute without being cloying, and the Grandis trio are comic gold who come to be more fleshed out as the story goes on. Nemo, Electra, and the rest of the Nautilus submarine crew are all fantastic, and the villains are sinister without feeling one-note.

The animation in the first season is breathtaking for a television series, though it notably declines in quality by the second season. Speaking of the second season, it is awful, the one true drawback to this great show. The characters lose much of the development they gained at the end of season one and little of interest happens. Unless you are a completion-ist like me, it could be skipped altogether without losing much narrative cohesiveness.

Secret of Blue Water needs rediscovery. It's much superior to some of the more popular 90s anime and as far as coming-of-age adventures go, this series dwells with the best of the genre.

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