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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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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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Eleven-year-old Margaret Cassidy, the voice of Marie, originally auditioned for Nadia. See more »

Connections

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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Guyver was my first anime love, but Secret of Blue Water always loved me back
9 December 2004 | by gladriusSee all my reviews

Possible spoilers ahead.

I don't know what I can possibly say about this phenomenal series that hasn't been said already, but I'm here to try anyway. From the moment I saw a review of this series in Gamefan magazine (rest in peace), I fell in love. I had to see it. I dashed out to the mall and grabbed the first copy I saw. And it grabbed me right back, and would not let me go.

The series uses 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (and to a lesser extent the sequel Mysterious Island) as a jumping point for its own story. It takes place in 1889, and revolves around two teens, Jean, a French boy who wants to change the world with inventions and is the biggest weenie who's ever been the hero of an anime, and Nadia, a circus acrobat and animal trainer who has a magical crystal, the Blue Water, and no clue about where she comes from. During the course of things they embark on an adventure to get to the bottom of Nadia's past, meet Captain Nemo and help to stop a group of people from Atlantis from taking over the world. And I loved every minute of it.

I mean for crying out loud, what kind of mad genius does it take to make episodes on end of adjusting to life on a submarine entertaining? Whatever kind it is, the guys at Gainax had it. Their smarts in storytelling show in other areas too, mainly the finely tuned characters, like the obligatory kid, Marie, who manages to be anything but the obnoxious brat the kid in an anime series almost always is. Nadia's the only short-tempered anime girl I've ever actually liked. The Grandis Gang go from the comically inept antagonists to helpful and resourceful back-up for the other characters once the real menacing villains show up. In the two really big battles of the series it's arguably them who ultimately save the day.

It does warrant mentioning that this show kind of flounders in the middle, owing to a bunch of quickly-proudced episodes that were shoehorned in to pad out the length of the series when it became an unexpected hit. Most of the mid-to-late 20's of Nadia can be skipped without missing anything worth seeing.

If you're an anime fan, want to watch a series with people in it you'll care about, and don't mind being expected to root for a dork like Jean, please do yourself a favor and pick this up. Oh, and do yourself another favor and watch it with the subtitles on. I'm sure Nathan Parsons is a wonderful human being who'd give me the shirt off his back, but a friend of mine actually started laughing out loud at how dumb Jean's voice sounded when we watched it with the English voices.

And before I go, I want affirm what everyone else is saying, that the sequel movie is terrible and should be avoided by fans of the series at all costs. Unless you want to see how badly a story can undermine itself (pretty much every suspense issue is defeated by watching the series epilogue and twenty five minutes straight of the movie is series flashbacks). Otherwise, stay away. You'll thank me.


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Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 April 1990 (Japan) See more »

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

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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4:3
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