Fushigi no Umi no Nadia

Nadia: Secret of Blue Water

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Japanese: ふしぎの海のナディア
English: Nadia: Secret of Blue Water
German: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
French: Nadia, Le Secret de L'eau Bleue
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Type: TV
Episodes: 39
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 1990 to Apr 12, 1991
Premiered: Spring 1990
Broadcast: Fridays at 19:30 (JST)
Producers: NHK, Sogo Vision
Studios: Gainax
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.521 (scored by 1768917,689 users)
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Ranked: #16142
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Popularity: #2444
Members: 58,258
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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 Roque Lartigue, 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)


The series won the 1990 Animage's Anime Grand Prix Award.

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Characters & Voice Actors


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


Opening Theme

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"Blue Water" by Miho Morikawa.

Ending Theme

"Yes! I Will" by Miho Morikawa.

Nov 9, 2008
BornIn1142 (All reviews)
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
Jan 14, 2008
JTurner (All reviews)
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
Dec 26, 2014
Fear_the_Reefer (All reviews)
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
Jul 4, 2021
cloudviiiiiii (All reviews)
This series is one of the best animated features ever made. Away from the bizarre island arc, it is nearly flawless. I recommend watching the 30th Anniversary fan edit, which converted the 16+ hours series into a trilogy of movies of less than 6 hours. It also treated the major issues like the island arc, and some other continuity errors and fillers in an amazing way. I personally think this is the best way to watch this work of art.

The best thing about this masterpiece is the character development and writing. This is by far one of the most enjoyable, relatable and well written cast read more

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