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  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GTFP1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,170 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sapient Fool on May 23, 2010
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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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. 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, notably the Sci-Fi series FUTURE BOY CONAN and the action-adventure feature CASTLE IN THE SKY (this explains why Anime fans often find similarities between the show I'm about to review and the latter film). Ten years later, Japanese animation studio GAINAX was comissioned to produce this very scenario. Under the direction of brilliant but angst-ridden Hideaki Anno, the animation studio took the central story and setup Miyazaki had developed and touched it up with their own creativity. The result was NADIA--THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER, which has since become a longtime fan favorite with many followers of Anime. The show was a tremendous success in its initial 1990 Japanese broadcast; the title character, Nadia, showed up on the Japanese Animage polls as favorite Anime heroine, dethroning Miyazaki's own Nausicaä, the previous champion. (Incidentally, Anno had previously worked for Miyazaki; his most notable credit for animating the climax from NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND.)

The story begins in 1889 France at a Paris World Exposition Fair where contestants show off their flying machines. One such contestant is Jean, a bespectacled boy of fourteen who also happens to be a scientific genius.
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