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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
Greg Gondek Greg Gondek ...  Nautilus Sonar Officer 20 episodes, 1990-1991
Dan Bisbee Dan Bisbee ...  Nautilus Pilot / ... 17 episodes, 1990
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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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Runtime:

(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Twelve-year-old Nathan Parsons, the voice of Jean, did not know how to do a French accent at the time of his audition. So he asked Ed Lunning Jr., who was voicing Nemo, to teach him how to do a French accent. See more »

Connections

Followed by Nadia: The Secret of Fuzzy (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Burû Wôtâ (Blue Water)
Opening Theme
Performed by Miho Morikawa
Music by Yoshimasa Inôe
Lyrics by Etsuko Kisugi
Arrangement by Joe Rinoie
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Classic steampunk series
27 August 2014 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

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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