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 Nadia to ANYONE interested in a slightly more down-to-earth, less otaku friendly Asuka. And/or to fans that want to see what influenced Evangelion--Anno's very own Laputa (based on the same concept as Miyazaki's): a classic gem of a characterisation-heavy adventure.  read more
They have a tsundere main character and a love interest to them. Though, everything that Evangelion did right, Nadia pretty much did wrong. Though, the two are quite dissimiliar as Nadia has a more Miyazaki feel to it.
The same team worked with Hideaki Anno, so NGE and Nadia really have the same feel to it. Plus the bottom line is pretty much the same, a mix of fathomless lore, technology and how they interact with the human condition.
Not only there were both made by Hideaki Anno (although Anno didn't involved with the infamous ''filler episodes'' of Nadia), but in both, Anno started to experimenting himself with the same themes and elements that he will use in his entire career!
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. read more
Many fans often compare Hayao Miyazaki's high-flying adventure tale "Castle in the Sky" to "Nadia" because it shares many similarities: girl with pendant, boy who loves to build planes, a not-so-evil group of bungling bandits, and a truly ruthless villain. The outline of the plot in both works are similar in many ways as well. Having said that, I think "Laputa" is superior to "Nadia" in terms of its overall flow. Clocking in at two hours, there's no room for the story to derail itself, it's consistently entertaining, and it moves along at a breakneck pace. Granted its characters are a bit more "archetypal" than "Nadia"'s with the possible exception of Dola, but that's hardly a negative. Every second of this movie is a treat. "Nadia", by contrast, would have been so much better if it were cut down to at least 30 episodes. read more
Boy inventor meets girl with magic crystal. Both stories involve a lost kingdom. Both stories have comic relief antagonists who become allies of the protagonists. Also they're both loosely based on the novels of Jules Verne.
I believe that Miyazaki was instrumental in the original concept of Nadia and that he later reused some of the ideas in Laputa: Castle in the Sky. That was really noticable when Nadia falls from a great height and the jewel glows and stops her from crashing to the ground, just like at the start of Laputa.
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.
I was introduced to the world of anime back in the mid-1980s when, as a child, I saw The Mysterious Cities of Gold. Ever since then I've searched for a series that can compare and now, I have found one.
Nadia is not MCOG and I still prefer the latter, but in style, plot and characterisations, there are lots of similarities, from an historical setting, world travel and survivors from an ancient civilisation destroyed by war.
Nadia is better in terms of characterisation. There is a degree of depth to all the characters that does not exist in MCOG. The dynamics between Nadia and Jean are excellent.
The opening tune is catchy and brilliant, just like with MCOG, but the rest of the score, particularly the ending tune, is pretty average to awful, whereas all of MCOG's soundtrack is immense.
They are both amazing adventure stories based with lots of sailing and a real world setting. They both have young male and female protagonists. Both series have roots in a planned but never-produced anime based on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
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.
Both series are adventure tales that take place primarily on the sea, travelling to different islands. They also feature a similar lead cast, with a scrappy excitable young boy, and the pensive female lead that accompanies them. There's even ship captains in both shows that aid the lead roles.
There are some minor differences, but the one major difference I can see would be the animation styles... which, in both shows, are contemporary of the era they were made in.
Both are love stories masquerading as epic science fiction plots. Both have a greater than average focus on the characters and neither compromises its main plot to get across the character development. Both are concerned with their main characters maturing and coming to terms with becoming adults. Less importantly, both also have some similar dynamics - e.g. both feature ship crews warring with large sinister organizations.
A seemingly ordinary boy is enamored by a special girl that he meets in a fated encounter. Together, the two embark on a journey around the world aboard a magnificent and powerful vessel, doing battle with an evil army. As the adults nurture them and the children look up to them, the girl undergoes changes as the boy makes her experience feelings she has never had before, and the love between the two develops and strengthens. When the truth about the girl is revealed, the boy must face his obstacles with courage.
Get to know a group of people, aboard a submarine.
Saving the world from a evil group.
If you want to watch something different, but still has the things mentioned above, along with other small similar things, this show should be pretty enjoyable.
Both lead males form relationships with a girl who has a magical jewel/pendent sought after by several people. This single artifact (which also holds a water theme) is considered invaluable to the baddies of each show. Love is a slight factor between the two protagonists, though in NaTHaT the romance is very, very subtle. Other relations (testing loyalty, keeping friendships, earning trust, regret, etcetera) are much more prominent in the show and the wide cast lets you meet a surprisingly complex handful of characters.
Submarine 707 especially in the beginning of the original OVA really resemblance parts of what was shown in Fushigi no Umi no Nadia.
The Atlantic vibe with the half alien like submarines that were also shown in Nadia directly got me hooked on it and gave me some really nice memories back to Nadia.
Really interesting anime series in general with a nice focus on submarines and underwater combat.
Like the sequel ova "Shinkai no Kantai: Submarine 707" which was actually made before this short series "Submarine 707" had a very interesting and quite the resemblance with Fushigi no Umi no Nadia. The various characters, environments and underwater combat really payed off, this especially in the sequel to this newer prequel.
This was a really interesting start of the series and it is always interesting to see a series make a prequel to something that was created in the past.
The protagonist is a 13 years old girl of notable ancestry who has a relic from her ancestor which hold a great power and many enemies chase the protagonist for it.
Despite being in different time setting, both have a genius inventor and a funny group of enemies.
The two share an interesting approach to science and consequences of Humanity's progress. Nature is linked to the development of the protagonists in both of these series. Both tell the journey of a young genius (Jean/Edward) and his fellows. While Fullmetal Alchemist is more axed about the truth and the human vices; the big deal in Fushigi no Umi no Nadia happens to be how to socially connect with others (get rid of mistrust), and depict the transition to adulthood, among others. If you are looking for a fun and epic show with loveable characters, mysteries and which will make you feel a palette of emotions, I highly recommand you to give a chance to Fushigi no Umi no Nadia. read more
Both are adventurous anime. Both have similar feel, in both there are alines who knows the secret of the respective world. Both are old animes, but in both the animation quality is excellent. Both stories start from the west countries and ends up in mysterious islands.
There are fillers in Nadia anime please skip them.
Late 1800’s / Early 1900’s era, steampunk-esk setting. Focus on youth caught in a sudden conflict and rapid advancements in technology. Both have an adventurous atmosphere beyond their broad conflict and subject matter.
both nadia and aria are very similar when it comes to wanting to know more about their origins and in learning the truth about their past. Plus both Nadia and Aria are willing to risk their lives for their loved ones and care about saving the world and hate violence.
also ran and jean are very much alike as both want to avenge their loved ones death, both are orphans, both are in love with a girl who posessess supernatural powers, and both are have villians who are very similar and kinda resemble the ku klux klan.
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.
These two series may be seem lighthearted and family-friendly, but they both have something to offer for audiences of all ages, and have similar tones of good clean fun with a more serious plot lurking in the background.
Also: both are about a group of children and young teens who are swept up in some sort of adventure. Both take place in a world with elements of both our own world's past and the technology of the future. And the trio of villains in Fractale was almost certainly influenced by a similar trio in Nadia.
While I was watching "Last Exile" all I could think about was how much this was like "Nadia: the Secret of Blue Water". Both series are steampunk, both take place on a big ship that is quote "the safest" or "most advanced" ship on the planet, the crew is a mystery most of the series, both involve planes, the plot is slowly revieled (for most of the series many things are unclear), both are heavy on character development and relationships, and they both have good drama and action scenes. Both series are even paced the same (well Nadia spends more time letting us understand the characters, and get's off to a slow start, but it's able to because it's much longer. Last Exile starts you in a very fast paced battle scene, so your running from the start, while in Nadia you slowly build up speed, and take long brakes in between ;) )
Even the characters are alike. The two main characters in both series are a teenaged boy and teenaged girl. The two boys both act alike, and the two girls act a like as well. The boy is really good with planes, the girl is a navigator, and they bicker back and forth a little bit, but are still great friends.In both series the main characters get cought up in a something that's way over their heads. The main characters in both series, befriend a little girl a little way into the show, the crews of both ships are very much alike ( Captian Nemo = Alex Rowe, Electra = Sophia Forrester [they even look and sound alike!!] ,Sanson = Ethan , Grandis Granva= Tatiana Wisła , etc etc, you could really keep going).
Just replace the sky with the seas in "Last Exile" and you have "Nadia" pretty much .
If you like one of these, give the other a try. read more
This again seems a weird recommendation, but there is logic. The shows have a similar sense of gently absurd humour and a social message, as well as some character parallels which are pleasantly amusing.
In the anime Ashita No Nadja, Nadja, an orphan, joins a traveling street performance act called the Dandelion Troupe because she finds out her mother might be alive. She travels across Europe and finds many friends along the way that teach her things about herself. She also wears a brooch around her neck that a bunch of thieves are after.
In the anime Nadia: Secret Of Blue Water, Nadia, also an orphan, grew up in a circus. She travels across Africa trying to find out where she's from while all the while she is being hunted down for her jewel known as the Blue Water. Nadia also finds out her father might be alive.
You can see the similarities.
Both anime combine traveling to find out things about themselves, romance, and adventure.
So, I am almost positive if you like one, you'll like the other. read more