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Fushigi no Umi no Nadia

Fushigi no Umi no Nadia

Alternative Titles

English: Nadia: Secret of Blue Water
Japanese: ふしぎの海のナディア

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 39
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 1990 to Apr 12, 1991
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.681 (scored by 7017 users)
Ranked: #10522
Popularity: #1640
Members: 16,998
Favorites: 177
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Synopsis

In 1889, the world is on the pinnacle of great discoveries in technology. In mankind's grasp for the future, a sinister foe known only as Gargoyle, obsessed with restoring the former Atlantean empire to the glory it once held, begins his plans to take over the world. Nadia, with the help of a young inventor, Jean Ratlique, and Captain Nemo of the submarine Nautilus, must fight to save the world from Gargoyle and Neo-Atlantis. Based on the Novel '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' by Jules Verne.

(Source: ANN)

Episodes

Episodes  0 / 39
Aired  Apr 13, 1990 to Apr 12, 1991
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Sequel: Fushigi no Umi no Nadia: Original Movie
Side story: Fushigi no Umi no Nadia Specials

Characters & Voice Actors

King
King
Main
Sakurai, Toshiharu
Japanese
Sakurai, Toshiharu
Di benedetto, Massimo
Italian
Di benedetto, Massimo
...
la Arwall, Nadia
la Arwall, Nadia
Main
Takamori, Yoshino
Japanese
Takamori, Yoshino
Magnaghi, Debora
Italian
Magnaghi, Debora
...
Roque Raltique, Jean
Roque Raltique, Jean
Main
Hidaka, Noriko
Japanese
Hidaka, Noriko
Garbolino, Davide
Italian
Garbolino, Davide
...
Electra
Electra
Supporting
Inoue, Kikuko
Japanese
Inoue, Kikuko
Messina, Paola
Italian
Messina, Paola
...

Staff

Anno, Hideaki
Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Mechanical Design
Higuchi, Shinji
Director, Storyboard, Inserted Song Performance
Shimizu, Katsunori
Sound Director
Yonetani, Yoshitomo
Episode Director, Storyboard



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Nov 9, 2008
BornIn1142
Story: Nadia, the Secret of Blue Water is supposedly based on the novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The truth of the matter is, the plot elements shared by the two can pretty much be counted on one hand. The two stories are practically unconnected. But that's alright. The plot crafted for Nadia "based on" Jules Verne's is actually quite good by its own right. It offers both awesomely epic action and touching emotionality and handles both wonderfully. There are a few nicely executed twists thrown in as well.

Of course, no review of Nadia can get around a certain arc in the middle. Episodes 23-34 read more
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Jan 14, 2008
JTurner
In the mid 1970's, prior to obtaining his well-deserved status as Japan's greatest animator ever, a young Hayao Miyazaki was hired by Japanese movie giant Toho to develop ideas for TV series. One of these concepts was "Around the World Under the Sea", based on Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," in which two orphan children pursued by villains team up with Captain Nemo and his mighty submarine, the Nautilus. Although it was never produced, Toho nonetheless kept the rights to the story outline. Miyazaki would reuse elements from his original concept in later projects of his, most notably the terrific action-adventure Castle in read more
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Feb 13, 2011
judojon
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water is one of the first works acclaimed director Hideaki Anno. Though inspired by Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" it is a sci-fi adventure that is enjoyable even without any knowledge of Verne's story. The show displays Anno's talent as a director early in his career. While not as refined as Anno's definitive work, Neon Genesis Evangelion, it benefits from Anno's mastery over characters and spectacle. Sadly, it also suffers from the director's unfortunate tenancy to overemphasize on those strengths and his weakness in theme and plot.

The show follows Jean Roque Raltique, a young scatter-brained read more
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Apr 16, 2010
MS06FZ
It's a shame that the desert island arc of this show exists.

If it wasn't for that, it would be a good show. But the fact that for a good few episodes in the middle of the show, any trace of character development is killed dead, and any concept of the ongoing plot is put on hold and instead replaced with wacky comedy and pointless filler means that this show is not really anywhere near perfect, or indeed very good.

Let's start with the good things. It's a steampunk sci-fi show featuring the VAs of Noriko Takaya and Anavel Gato in fine form as a rebellious French read more
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Recommendations

Evangelion and Nadia share the same director (Anno), character designer (Sadamoto) AND animation studio (Gainax). Nadia's character was very much a prototype for Asuka: THE tsundere that made tsunderes both common and popular. Watching Nadia be naturally bitchy towards Jean and give him a hard time over very little instantly made me remember Asuka's "Anta Baka?" self. Both Shinji in Eva and Jean in Nadia are easily dominated by strong-willed female love interests (often in comical fashion), so the similarities between their relationships are obvious. I STRONGLY recommend Nadia to ANYONE interested in a slightly more down-to-earth, less otaku friendly Asuka.
Anno of Evangelion fame hit the big time in animation by quite literally knocking on Miyazaki's door and showing him his animation skills when Nausicaa's production ran out of animators. Afterwards, Anno was inspired by Miyazaki's concept for Laputa and ended up directing his own version of the story with his own studio. This is how Nadia came to be.

If Miyazaki has one weakness visible throughout his films, it's characterisation. More often than not, his imagination for story-telling leaves little room for the nitty-gritty of making his characters into relatable humans, as opposed to plot devices. Anno, on the other hand, is most famous for the creation of Evangelion; arguably THE psychological anime. Evangelion was a series that focused almost exclusively on the exploration of its cast; story details being viewed as less important and, ultimately, making the conclusion near enough incomprehensible. And it's this plot/characterisation divide that defines two anime that begin with the same premise.

In Laputa, the hero and heroine might as well have been nameless. They had their roles and there had to be a hint of romance. There was NOTHING else. Their dull designs went along with how hollow they came across. Part of the blame for this failing lies with a restrictive film time limit and the film targeting younger viewers, but it's still hard to imagine if, say, Anno had directed Laputa that the end result would've been the same, for better or worse.

Nadia's different, of course. Rather than a happy-happy Ghibli heroine, Nadia's titular heroine is best described as bitchy--a tsundere before Asuka made tsunderes so popular in - OF COURSE - Evangelion. She gives her eccentric and nerdy romantic counterpart a hard time throughout the series as their relationship gradually evolved; even chastising him for killing for food and refusing to eat meat, among other things. Others may see Nadia's personality and find such a heroine distasteful when a Mary Sue type could've took her place. I, however, see human imperfections in a character and see a person, rather than a drawing. I see two people overcoming their differences through disagreements and see growth.

In summary: Laputa's the title for those looking for an adventure filled with magic. Nadia is also a lot of fun but contains more of the genuine human qualities that I love to see.
Both of these anime take place in the past and feature stories about rediscovering ancient technology that is beyond the wildest imagination and power of the modern civilization. Both also have relations to ancient Atlantis.
Apfelland is an ersatz Nadia.
Same plot, similar characters, but Nadia is far much better.
Both take place primarily in aquatic environments. They both have compelling casts, a sweet innocent romance element, and are classics in anime.

Conan is shorter, has a more open message on the environment, a little more comical, and is shorter.
Nadia has a more down to earth feeling, has a slightly stronger heroine, a grander scheme of a plot, and a terrible filler arc.
If you're looking for absurd and hilarious adventures with eccentric characters, wacky weapons and visual jokes, then both of these shows seem to fit the bill - only one's steampunk and the other's space opera.

Opening Theme

"Blue Water" by Miho Morikawa.

Ending Theme

"Yes! I Will" by Miho Morikawa.

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