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Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water 

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 Noriko Hidaka ...  Jean 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Carl Domaski Carl Domaski ...  Field Soldier 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Judson Jones ...  Gargoyle's Henchman / ... 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Craig Kanne Craig Kanne ...  Red Noah 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Talbot McKitt Talbot McKitt ...  New Nautilus Radio 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Nathan Parsons ...  Jean 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Nanker Phelge Nanker Phelge ...  Field Soldier 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Guy Roberts ...  Field Soldier / ... 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Douglas Taylor Douglas Taylor ...  Gargoyle's Cabinet / ... 39 episodes, 1990-1991
James Arnold Taylor ...  Red Noah 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Clay Towery Clay Towery ...  Gargoyle's Cabinet / ... 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Meg Bauman ...  Nadia 38 episodes, 1990-1991
Toshiharu Sakurai Toshiharu Sakurai ...  King / ... 37 episodes, 1990-1991
Shawn Sides ...  King 37 episodes, 1990-1991
Yoshino Takamori Yoshino Takamori ...  Nadia 36 episodes, 1990-1991
Karen Kuykendall Karen Kuykendall ...  Narrator 35 episodes, 1990-1991
Kumiko Takizawa Kumiko Takizawa ...  Grandis 33 episodes, 1990-1991
Martin Blacker Martin Blacker ...  Sanson 33 episodes, 1990-1991
Margaret Cassidy Margaret Cassidy ...  Marie 33 episodes, 1990-1991
Corey Gagne Corey Gagne ...  Hanson 33 episodes, 1990-1991
Sarah j Price Sarah j Price ...  Grandis 33 episodes, 1990-1991
Ken'yû Horiuchi Ken'yû Horiuchi ...  Sanson 32 episodes, 1990-1991
Yûko Mizutani Yûko Mizutani ...  Marie 31 episodes, 1990-1991
Ev Lunning Ev Lunning ...  Captain Nemo 25 episodes, 1990-1991
Akio Ôtsuka ...  Captain Nemo 23 episodes, 1990-1991
Jennifer Stuart Jennifer Stuart ...  Electra 23 episodes, 1990-1991
Kikuko Inoue ...  Electra 22 episodes, 1990-1991
Billy F. Harden Billy F. Harden ...  Nautilus Chief Engineer 21 episodes, 1990-1991
Richard Smith Richard Smith ...  Nautilus Co-Pilot / ... 21 episodes, 1990-1991
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Storyline

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 <micabob@ix.netcom.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 April 1990 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water See more »

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Corad,Gainax,NHK See more »
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(39 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

Shortly after the series ended, NHK Enterprises opted to produce a theatrical movie of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990), which was done without the participation of the original creative team who worked on the series. Approximately one third of the 90-minute feature consists of recycled clips from the show. See more »

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Edited into Nadia: The Secret of Fuzzy (1991) See more »

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Yes, I will...
Performed by Miho Morikawa
Music and arrangement by Joe Rinoie
Lyrics by Miho Morikawa
[Ending Theme]
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Jules Verne may turn in his grave....smiling
26 September 1999 | by iceblackSee 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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