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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)
 

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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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
El misterio de la piedra azulSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Jules Verne may turn in his grave....smiling, 26 September 1999
Author: Sang Woo Han (sangwoohan@email.com) from Seoul, Korea

"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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