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Nadia, The Secret of Blue Water - Collection 1 (Vols. 1-5 + 2 CD soundtracks) (2004)

Yoshino Takamori , Noriko Hidaka , Hideaki Anno , Shinji Higuchi  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Yko Mizutani, Toshiharu Sakurai, Akio tsuka
  • Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US5V0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nadia, The Secret of Blue Water - Collection 1 (Vols. 1-5 + 2 CD soundtracks)" on IMDb

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This long, involving anime series should provide a wonderful stepping stone for youngsters being weaned from Pokémon. Based partially on Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water begins as Jean, a young French boy who builds airplanes, teams with his uncle to enter a flying competition at the 1899 World's Fair in Paris. It's there that the preteen Jean meets and immediately falls for the exotic Nadia, who leads an unhappy life as a circus performer. Jean turns protector when Nadia is chased by a trio of bumbling villains who are after the mysterious "blue water" in Nadia's necklace. Their pursuit leads to the open sea, where Jean and Nadia board an American battleship searching for a vengeful sea monster, ultimately revealed as Captain Nemo's submarine, Nautilus. This first series from Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) has some of the charm and rich detail of the films of Hayao Miyazaki (who "conceived" the story) but features cardboard villains that could be distant cousins of Pokémon's Team Rocket. Nadia, Secret of Blue Water stepped into the limelight in 2001, 11 years after its original production, thanks to myriad similarities to Disney's ambitious animated feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire, including period setting, design, characters, story, and a mystical blue necklace. This set delivers the first half of the series--39 episodes spanning 16 hours--which is far too long, as the story runs out of stream in the final third. Two CD soundtracks are also included. (Rated 12 and older for violence, but suitable for ages 7 to teens) --Doug Thomas

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Combining elements of Jules Verne's 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA with Hayao Miyazaki's CASTLE IN THE SKY, this 39-part TV Anime series (which had originally been conceived, interestingly, by the man himself but produced by GAINAX) has proven to be a popular favorite with millions of fans since its initial 1990-1991 broadcast in Japan. In particular, Nadia, one of the most interesting (and occasionally annoying) characters ever to be realized, has shown up on the Japanese Animage polls as favorite Anime heroine, dethroning Miyazaki's NAUSICAA. Despite having an impressive fan base, NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER has had little exposure to U.S. audiences, but ADV Films has recently released the entire TV show (plus the infamous, ill-fated theatrical version) to introduce this charming, involving, and sometimes traumatic fan favorite to budding Anime fans.
What makes NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER so much fun are the characters that propel this action-adventure set in 1889 Europe. First off, I absolutely ADORE the main character, an endearing 14-year-old aspiring aviator named Jean; he displays an incredible depth of bravery, confidence, and brains -- he handles EVERYTHING by using his intelligence. He's also consistently sweet, honest, loyal, and compassionate -- probably the sort of Best Friend or Love Interest ANYONE would ever want to have. He treats everybody with kindness and respect, and, as such, everyone likes him, too. Actually, the primary reason why the show keeps us interested is BECAUSE of Jean.
Nadia herself, by contrast, is, as stated above, not always the most likable character in the show. She is the sort of girl who has her own share of problems and really has a lot of growing up to do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Most anime directors (and indeed most TV/Film directors in general) have in addition to a certain trademark visual style certain themes that are -for better or for worse- employed through most or all of their works and brand any such work as their own. Mamoru Oshii employs dense plotting and long-winded philosophizing. Yoshiyuki Tomino uses political intrigue and giant robots. Hayao Miyazaki is fond of environmentalism, airplanes and young girls. And Hideaki Anno is apparently obsessed with hormone-driven teenage angst and absent and/or abusive parents. He first gave the anime world his brand of puberty-fueled anguish and parent issues with the OVA "Gunbuster" in 1988. After this show he would take it up to 11 with "Neon Genesis Evangelion". Now this is not to say that "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water" is as angsty as either of those two works. But it is hormone driven. Boy is it hormone driven.

The story starts out simple enough: Jean Roque Raltique is a French 14-year-old genius inventor who has come to Paris for the Exposition of 1889. There he meets Nadia, an African (or is it Indian? Even Nadia is not sure) circus acrobat who is being chased by a pack of jewel thieves hoping to snatch the precious Blue Water gem that hangs from her neck. After escaping from France the two land on an island where they discover that more than just petty thieves are after the Blue Water: a sinister organization seeking to restore an ancient power are after both Nadia's gem and Nadia herself! Soon Nadia and Jean will find themselves racing across the world to keep the Blue Water out of the clutches of the evil Gargoyle and his Neo-Atlantean Empire. It's a good thing they have help from the enigmatic Captain Nemo and his wondrous submarine, the Nautilus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best adventure anime created June 26, 2007
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The title says it all. If you can get past the old style of animation you will enjoy this anime's story and characters.

Also, if you liked Last Exile you will find that Nadia is just as good, if not better IMO.
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