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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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User Reviews:
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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
Hiroshi Kubota .... producer (1 episode, 1990)
 
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)
Toru 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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
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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Soundtrack:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
schizo, but fun!, 11 April 2004
Author: boonewilliams

i bought a package of various bootleg anime series (bad, i know) and spent a few months muddling my way through them all. some were really good (pretear, love hina) some grew on me (macross 7) and some flat-out stunk. (to heart, and ironically, the series for which i bought the bundle, angelic layer) i approached them all with a certain amount of skepticism and nadia was no different. the story takes place in the 1880's and spent its first few minutes placing the viewer within the frame of the times. however, a few minutes later the story introduces the villains/heroes known as the grandis gang and their apparent mastery of a level of technology unavailable now 100 years later. so if anachronisms and anthropomorphisms bug you, nadia won't appeal to you.

as the plot develops, the characters take on depth and voice and you can't help but be charmed. the story becomes complicated and textured and not a little dark. then suddenly the first act closes and the second begins by abruptly changing from a tense drama into a wile e. coyote cartoon. then as soon as you settling into the admittedly funny and loopy island adventures, the series swiftly switches back into its formerly dramatic theme. so if wild swings in tone bug you, nadia won't appeal to you.

can a series flip and twist back and forth between drama and slap-stick comedy and still work? watch nadia for yourself and you be the judge. i found myself forgiving its flaws because it created characters i cared about, who seemed to have the depth to consider who they themselves were and what motivated them. the series lovingly embraces its characters flaws rather then exploiting them. (as was the case in evangelion, also by hideki anno) i forgave the surreality of the plot because it had the profound insight and courage to craft REAL teenagers. (i know a real kid who in his loving teenage cluelessness could have written jean's painfully funny "nadia" song) i especially appreciated the fact that marry's 5-year-old character wasn't nearly as obnoxious as she could have been. nadia could have been done differently, eliminating either its most serious moments or its most ridiculous, but it might not have been the same.

somewhere between the wide swings of our own pendulum is where real life happens.

p.s. there is a movie. it stinks, and adds nothing to anyone or anything in the story. resist the temptation to find it or watch it.

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