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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
A very well done anime slightly based on 20,000 leagues under the sea. A rare well done anime that needs more attention.Published on June 20, 2013 by Nicholas Thibault
For some reason I've seen this anime on best of lists for a LONG time and yet never took a chance on it, now I'm glad I did. Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by Anime010121