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Nadia, The Secret of Blue Water: Perfect Collection

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The World's Fair, Paris 1889: Young inventor Jean crosses paths with an enigmatic girl named Nadia and her pet lion, King, on the run from a trio of villains attempting to stealing the Blue Water - a mysterious jewel Nadia wears around her neck. So begins a quest that will take them around the world and through many, many adventures.

Based loosely on Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the sci-fi-fantasy Nadia, Secret of Blue Water (1990) opens at the Paris Exposition of 1889. Jean Ratlique, a young inventor and aspiring aviator, rescues Nadia, a circus acrobat, and her lion cub King from three robbers after her mysterious blue necklace. This exciting introduction leads to adventures in exotic settings, including the South Pole, Oceana, and Africa. In addition to encountering Captain Nemo and the Nautilus, Nadia, King, and Jean visit the 12,000-year-old remains of the Atlantean Empire. Secret of Blue Water boasts an impressive pedigree: Hayao Miyazaki proposed the idea as a young animation artist, and the first 22 episodes were directed by Hideaki Anno, the creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion. It's interesting to see how Miyazaki developed the combination of a heroine of unknown origin, a mysterious gem, a young aviator, and a lost civilization more fully in Castle in the Sky, and how some of the Atlanteans' science prefigures themes in Evangelion. But the story stalls when Nadia, Jean, and their friends are shipwrecked on a tropical island: the filmmakers just mark time until the villains reappear and main plot picks up. Nadia is a rare example of a heroine of color in anime, and her fervent defense of animal rights demonstrates her unusual strength of character. But she can also seem priggish and self-righteous when she bullies Jean and berates people who've saved her life. Secret of Blue Water remains a fan favorite almost two decades after its release, as its adventurous storyline appeals to audiences of both sexes. (Rated TV 14: violence, nudity, alcohol and tobacco use, minor risqué humor, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon

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  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 975 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VLL0OI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 a terrific 1986 action-adventure feature called CASTLE IN THE SKY. Ten years later, in the mid-1980's, animation studio Gainax was commissioned to produce an original Anime series to be broadcast on television network NHK. Under the direction of a brilliant but angst-ridden artist known as Hideaki Anno, the studio selected Miyazaki's concept, and crafted an engaging story set in a steampunk 1889 France, with interesting characters, amazing animation (for its time), and a mixture of comedy, romance, mystery, and drama. The result was NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER, which has since become a worldwide fan favorite.

The story begins at a Paris World Exposition Fair where Jean, a nerdy but charming and instantly loveable inventor boy of fourteen, becomes smitten with a pretty, dark-skinned girl his own age. The girl, known as Nadia, is an unhappy circus acrobat with no clue about her past other than a jeweled necklace she wears. After rescuing her from a trio of comic bandits (the Grandis Gang) Jean earns Nadia's trust. The two set off on an even bigger adventure to find Nadia's birthplace, which supposedly lies in Africa.
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For those who aren't aware, Nadia is Gainax's very first full length animated TV series, and what a start for such an amazing studio! I am and always have been a huge fan of Gainax, and Nadia didn't disappoint. The story follows the adventures of young Jean, a French inventor who rescues a beautiful African circus performer named Nadia from jewel thieves. From there, the two soon encounter the mysterious Captain Nemo and are soon thrust into the battle between Nemo and the sinister Gargoyle, a battle which Nadia and her blue jewel play a vital role in. While the animation may not be the best of quality by today's standards, for its time it is pretty impressive in my opinion. What's more, the english dub is not that bad, though the Japanese is much better. Plus, I consider Gargoyle to be one of my favorite anime villains of all time, and I actually like his english voice actor better than the Japanese's!

This series is up there on my top favorite anime of all time list, and if it weren't for those terrible Island Episodes, this series probably would've become my number one favorite adventure story. Nevertheless, Gainax fans should definitely check this series out, and those who just enjoy a really great plot with some brilliant characters will also enjoy this show with equal pleasure.
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Well, actually I bought it on another store, but I must say that, without a doubt, this is one of the most underrated series I've ever seen.

The release here is really good, and I found no problems with the show (despite other warnings to skip some episodes over).

Performances in the dub are pretty good too. Bauman and a young, future GHer Parsons are good in their roles. Same goes for the supporting cast.

It was a good series all in all! 5/5
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