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Fushigi no Umi no Nadia

Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 39
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 1990 to Apr 12, 1991
Premiered: Spring 1990
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: NHK, Sogo Vision
Studios: Gainax
Source: Original
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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Takamori, Yoshino
Takamori, Yoshino
Roque Raltique, Jean
Roque Raltique, Jean
Hidaka, Noriko
Hidaka, Noriko
Sakurai, Toshiharu
Sakurai, Toshiharu
Carlsberg, Marie en
Carlsberg, Marie en
Mizutani, Yuuko
Mizutani, Yuuko


Anno, Hideaki
Anno, Hideaki
Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Mechanical Design
Higuchi, Shinji
Higuchi, Shinji
Director, Storyboard, Inserted Song Performance
Shimizu, Katsunori
Shimizu, Katsunori
Sound Director
Maeda, Mahiro
Maeda, Mahiro
Episode Director, Storyboard, Setting, Original Creator, Key Animation

More episodes Episodes(1/39)

Episode Title Aired
1 The Girl at the Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tou no Shoujo (エッフェル塔の少女)
Apr 13, 1990

Opening Theme

"Blue Water" by Miho Morikawa.

Ending Theme

"Yes! I Will" by Miho Morikawa.

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Nov 9, 2008
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
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
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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Dec 26, 2014
Jean Raltique is a 14 year old, wide eyed inventor living in 1890’s France. He and his uncle are participating in the Birdman Rally, an event that wouldn’t actually be established until 1970’s England, but we’ll be gracious and ignore that fact. He falls in love at first sight with an exotic looking circus performer named Nadia, who wants to return to the place of her birth, which... Due to her dark skin... she believes to be Africa. They’re attacked by a trio of jewel thieves, and are chased all the way back to Jean’s house, where he smoothly offers to read more
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Evangelion and Nadia share the same director (Anno), character designer (Sadamoto), composer (Sagisu) AND animation studio (Gainax). As well as numerous other staff. So, expect MANY thematic and aesthetic similarities!

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  read more 
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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  read more 
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