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Nadia, The Secret of Blue Water - Collection 2 (Vols. 6-10) (1990)

Yoshino Takamori , Noriko Hidaka , Hideaki Anno , Shinji Higuchi  |  Unrated |  DVD
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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: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 560 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00029NMHW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,762 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nadia, The Secret of Blue Water - Collection 2 (Vols. 6-10)" on IMDb

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Hot on the heels of their first 5-DVD+2-CD Collection edition of NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER, ADV Films releases the second "collector's" installment of the franchise, in a 6-DVD+2-CD package. However, while NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER COLLECTION 1 was brilliant -- featuring the best episodes of the show -- I'm afraid that COLLECTION 2 is weaker by comparison. Although the package DOES include some more must-see treasures, it also houses a very strange mixture of mediocre to awful episodes and a totally useless, unnecessary movie.

Originally intended to be a 30-part TV series, NADIA proved so popular in Japan to prompt the producers to extend the series by nine. Due to production and financial issues, however, the animation was outsourced to other studios in Korea and Japan. Regrettably, no thought was given to the story either, resulting in some of the worst batch of filler episodes ever produced. It's a shame that a show as exceptional as NADIA would suffer from this fault, as it DOES end with a bang, but it would have been better if the filler remained on the cutting room floor. It's bad enough that NHK almost sank NADIA with such poor episodes, but two years after the show completed its first broadcast, a theatrical feature was made: an attempt which is almost universally hated to this day.

So what's good about this set? The closing of the Nautilus arc which opens the second collection -- 21 and 22-- are some of the best you'll ever see in NADIA. Herein lies a spectacular showcase of animation, music, action, and an emotionally charged confrontation where some of the secrets we've been waiting to discover are revealed. Even better are the final five episodes (35-39), which end the show even stronger than it starts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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There is one word that strikes more fear in the hearts of anime fans than any other word in existence. More horrifying than "cancellation," more terrifying than "delayed." A word that is reviled in all of its unholy terror even more than "4Kids." That word that sends shivers of cosmic dread up the spines off all otaku everywhere, and that word is...

...filler.

Yes, filler. That timeless bane of viewing audiences worldwide and anime watchers in particular. Filler is what can bring a powerful, charging locomotive of a story to a screeching halt. Filler is what can rip to shreds the beautiful, delicate threads of intricate plotting. Filler is what can flush masterful, carefully planned character development down the toilet. In short, filler is that special sweetness that takes a wonderful, exciting show and blows it into the ninth circle of Hell. What does the dreaded F Word have to do with this second DVD collection of "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water?" Well, you should already be able to tell by now, but I'll spell it out anyway: the second half of this show contains filler. About 10 episodes worth. But, in a minor subversion of the above paragraph and contrary to the railings of most "Nadia" fans, the filler in this show is not *that* bad.

The Continuing Plot, As It Is: After numerous adventures with Captain Nemo and the Nautilus, Jean, Nadia and Marie are stranded on a desert island. There they struggle to survive, with Jean in particular struggling to survive both Nadia's mood swings and romantic attentions. Meanwhile, Gargoyle's Neo-Atlantean Empire continues to conspire to Take Over The World, and the young trio will have quite a challenge stopping the megalomaniac and saving the planet ...
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Sadly, the second collection of NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER is a whole other matter. The show, initially scheduled to run for approximately 30 episodes, did better than expected in Japan, and so it was decided to expand the episode count in order to milk more cash. But director Hideaki Anno was already working overtime and Gainax was running short on funds, so it was decided to outsource the animation to other studios in Japan and Korea, and turn direction over to Shinji Higuchi. This only succeeded in spelling a major disaster for NADIA, resulting in a sourly disappointing second half that sadly undermines everything that came before it.

The set actually starts out pretty promising; Episodes 21 and 22 conclude the Nautilus arc in a spectacular showcase of pyrotechnics, emotional turmoil, and surprisingly gutwrenching (if predictable) plot twists which can arguably be considered as the last truly great episodes of NADIA. After a showdown with the evil Gargoyle that cripples the submarine, Captain Nemo jettisons Jean, Nadia, Marie, and King into his capsule, and all four soon become shipwrecked on a deserted island.

Now naturally from this set-up, one would assume that the show will continue on its adventurous, compelling course for its remaining seventeen episodes. But that's just it - from episodes 23 to 34, NADIA doesn't even *feel* like the same show anymore. Subtitled by many fans as the "infamous island episodes", these dozen half-hours are rather nasty, haphazardly animated and abysmally written "fillers" in which absolutely nothing valuable is provided to the central storyline.
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