Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
|Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water|
North American DVD Collection 1 cover
(Fushigi no Umi no Nadia)
|Genre||Adventure, Historical, Romance, Science fiction|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hideaki Anno
|Written by||Hisao Ōkawa
|Music by||Shirō Sagisu
|Studio||Group TAC, Gainax, Sei Young|
|English network||Anime Network|
|Original run||April 13, 1990 – April 12, 1991|
|Directed by||Sho Aono|
|Written by||Kaoru Umeno|
|Music by||Shirō Sagisu|
|Studio||Group TAC (production)
Gainax, Sei Young (production cooperation)
|Released||June 29, 1991|
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (ふしぎの海のナディア Fushigi no Umi no Nadia , lit. "Nadia of the Mysterious Seas") is a Japanese animated television series inspired by the works of Jules Verne, particularly Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and the exploits of Captain Nemo. The series was created by NHK, Toho and Korad, from a concept of Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by Hideaki Anno of Gainax.
The series follows a young inventor named Jean and a former circus performer named Nadia, who wishes to return to her home in Africa.
In its original Japanese broadcast, it aired from 1990 to 1991 and ran for 39 episodes, and was distributed by ADV Films in the United States. ADV's Anime Network has broadcast the series in the United States. Following the 2009 closure of ADV, Sentai Filmworks has re-licensed the anime series and will be re-released on Blu-ray and DVD in March 2014.
The series centers around Nadia, a young girl of unknown origins, and Jean, a young French inventor. Early in the story, the two protagonists are chased by Grandis Granva, Sanson, and Hanson, a group of jewel thieves who pursue Nadia for the blue jeweled pendant she possesses. After being rescued by Captain Nemo and his submarine, the Nautilus, the jewel thieves and the young protagonists join forces and participate in the struggle against the Neo-Atlantean forces, who seek to dominate the world.
In the process, Nadia and Jean save the world from violent domination by the Neo-Atlantean forces led by Gargoyle, explore worldly mysteries and the powers of the blue pendant, uncover Nadia's hidden family ties, and ultimately discover the secret origins of Nadia.
- Jean Roque Raltique
- Jean is a young 14 year-old boy from Le Havre who fell in love with Nadia at first sight. He is generous, patient, friendly, and devoted to science as well as his friends. He is an incredibly intelligent inventor despite his age. His father is a wealthy trader who was lost at sea and declared dead, but Jean refuses to believe that and is determined to find him in his only airplane.
- Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (Japanese), Ardwight Chamberlain (English, Streamline), Nathan Parsons (English, ADV)
- Nadia la Arwall
- Nadia is a 14 year-old circus performer. She is stubborn, short tempered and a strict vegetarian. After Jean rescues her from the Grandis Gang, she sets out on an adventure with him to determine the origin of the "Blue Water", the jewel that beckons the criminals to her. Always accompanied by her tamed lion cub, King, she sometimes mistreats people, but as she grows closer to Jean she learns to become a much more caring and trusting person.
- Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English, Streamline), Meg Bauman (English, ADV)
- Nadia's pet white lion cub, who wears a red bandana/scarf around his neck and a ring on his tail. He is very attached to his mistress and occasionally gets jealous when Nadia gets closer to Jean. Even so, he is also very fond of Marie and often plays with her.
- Voiced by: Toshiharu Sakurai (Japanese), Carl Macek (English, Streamline), Shawn Sides (English, ADV)
- Marie en Carlsberg
- Marie is a 4 year-old orphan found by Nadia and Jean whose parents were murdered by the Neo-Atlanteans. The two decide to stay with her and protect her. She is incredibly intelligent and charismatic for her age. Her playmate is "King" the Lion cub.
- Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (Japanese), Cheryl Chase (English, Streamline), Margaret Cassidy (English, ADV)
- Grandis Granva
- Grandis is a 28 year-old woman. She was born into a rich Italian family, but is now broke and disowned by her relatives. She is the leader of the "Grandis Gang", a trio of jewel thieves. After being rescued along with Nadia, Jean and Marie by the Nautilus, she and her henchmen befriend the children. She develops a huge crush on Capt. Nemo. She also becomes a mother-figure to Nadia.
- Voiced by: Kumiko Takizawa (Japanese), Melanie MacQueen (English, Streamline), Sarah Richardson (English, ADV)
- Sanson is 27 years old and the muscle behind the "Grandis Gang". He considers himself an expert on handling women and is an excellent artist with a rifle. He develops a relationship with Marie and tries to help Jean grow closer to Nadia.
- Voiced by: Kenyū Horiuchi (Japanese), Tom Wyner (English, Streamline), Martin Blacker (English, ADV)
- Hanson is 27 years old and the brains of the "Grandis Gang" who built the Gratan, the gang's small multi-purpose vehicle. Like Jean, he's into science and has a mild crush on Electra.
- Voiced by: Toshiharu Sakurai (Japanese), Steve Kramer (English, Streamline), Corey M. Gagne (English, ADV)
- King of old Tartessos Kingdom. Nemo is the captain of the Nautilus, a submarine manned by individuals looking to stop the Neo-Atlanteans at all costs. He is a mysterious man with a dark past who acts cold when he first meets Jean and Nadia, but later warms up to Jean's outgoing cheerfulness and enthusiasm. He becomes a father-figure and mentor to both Jean and (most especially) Nadia.
- Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese), Jeff Winkless (English, Streamline), Ev Lunning Jr. (English, ADV)
- Electra is 26 years old and an orphan since the destruction of her hometown. She was saved by Captain Nemo and is his first mate on the 'Nautilus'. She and Nemo share a past experience that's never explained.
- Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Edie Mirman (English, Streamline), Jennifer Stuart (English, ADV)
- Prime Minister of old Tartessos Kingdom. Gargoyle is the head of the Neo-Atlantean forces and is the primary antagonist. He is hell-bent on world domination, but to do that he must first destroy Nemo and the Nautilus, and take possession of the Blue Water. He is ruthless, cold and remorseless and will kill anyone who gets in his way.
- Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa (Japanese), Steve Bulen (English, Streamline), David Jones (English, ADV)
- A whale is Nemo's best friend who had lived for 20,000 years in the Antarctic Base. He called Jean and Nadia as the inheritors of Blue Water.
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This show's origins date to the 1970s when Hayao Miyazaki was hired by Toho to develop a television series. One of these concepts was "Around the World Under the Sea", (adapted from Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), in which two orphan children pursued by villains team up with Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. It was never produced, but Toho retained the rights for the story outline, while the animator reused elements from his original concept in later projects like Future Boy Conan and Castle in the Sky.
In 1988, Gainax was appointed by Toho to produce a series for NHK General TV. Miyazaki's outline for "Around the World Under the Sea" captivated the Gainax staff and, under the direction of Hideaki Anno, created The Secret of Blue Water.
The series was scheduled to run for two cours, but the show's popularity prompted the network to request more episodes. Production on new episodes ran late. Starting with episode 11, Anno was working up to 18 hours a day. After episode 20, NHK put Nadia on hold due to limited budget. The series returned a month later with episode 21. Production was still slow, and Anno asked friend and Gainax co-founder Shinji Higuchi to take over the direction from episodes 23 to 34, while he focused on crafting the final five episodes. These were occasionally referred to as the "island episodes" by fans who consider them oddly animated and poor-quality filler, a sentiment that even Anno shared. Out of the newly commissioned episodes the director has later stated that he would have saved only episodes 30 and 31 if he were given a chance of omitting them; he produced a shortened compilation of Nadia called "The Nautilus Story", which deletes much of the island/Africa continuity and focuses more on the struggle between Gargoyle and Nemo.
Shortly after Nadia completed its first broadcast in Japan, Carl Macek and Streamline Pictures purchased the rights to Nadia. Because of financial difficulties, Streamline could only dub the first eight episodes, released over eight VHS tapes. The dub's cast included Wendee Lee as Nadia, Ardwight Chamberlain as Jean, Jeff Winkless as Captain Nemo, Cheryl Chase as Mary, Melanie MacQueen as Grandis, Tom Wyner as Sanson, Steve Kramer as Hanson, Edie Mirman as Electra, and Steve Bulen as Gargoyle. In 1996, Streamline's rights for the show expired. Later, in 2001 ADV Films purchased the series, and commissioned a new dub to be recorded at their Austin-based Monster Island studios. The new dub cast included actual children in the roles of Nadia, Jean, and Marie—Meg Bauman (14, Nadia), Nathan Parsons (12, Jean), and Margaret Cassidy (11, Marie).
A Nadia feature film sequel premiered in Japanese theaters in 1992. The events take place three years after the defeat of Gargoyle and Neo-Atlantis. Gainax had no involvement in the production of this movie, and the quality suffered greatly as a result; nearly one third of the ninety-minute feature consists of frequently edited clips from the show. Due to its perceived poor quality, the movie is not well known in the United States. ADV licensed it and released as Nadia: The Motion Picture on DVD in August 2002.
Before production of the series, Hideaki Anno suddenly asked the production team why Neo Atlantis want to conquer the world, and why they do not simply use their superior technology to live a more comfortable life. More questions arose as to how they plan to conquer the world. An answer to the latter question was given that since the heroes are in a submarine, Neo Atlantis has to somehow conquer the world via operations using submarines. The final answer was that at that time period, the only method of trade is by sea, and Neo Atlantis planned to monopolize the trading routes. Another question that was asked was, since that it is set in a time where powerful empires colonize developing countries and make big profit from them, stopping the trade routes seems to not be evil but justice. Seeing that production was about to begin and no doubt should be left unanswered, Toshio Okada answered at first that the culture at that time viewed colonization as justice, thus Neo Atlantis' actions are evil at the time. Before the end of the meeting, he gave another answer, which was that Neo Atlantis stops the evil empires from colonizing developing countries, just so that it can colonize the whole world, thus it is the supreme evil. However, no answer could be given to the question asked by Hideaki, and 15 years after the anime, Okada wrote a book called "Seikai Seifuku" wa kanou ka? ("Conquering the World", is it possible?) on behalf of the question.
|#||Title||Airdate (Japan)||Script||Storyboards||Episode director||Animation director|
Girl at the Eiffel Tower
|13 April 1990||Hisao Ōkawa||Shigeru Morikawa
|Shigeru Morikawa||Shunji Suzuki|
The Little Fugitive
|20 April 1990||Shoichi Masuo||Toshiyuki Kubooka|
The Riddle of the Giant Sea Monsters
|27 April 1990||Yuki Masa||Shunji Suzuki|
Nautilus, the Fantastic Submarine
|4 May 1990||Yoshitomo Yonetani||Kei Takeuchi|
|11 May 1990||Takeshi Mori||Koji Matsunari||Hidenori Matsubara|
Infiltration of the Secret Base
|18 May 1990||Takeshi Mori||Shinji Abe|
The Tower of Babel
|25 May 1990||Nagashi Tare||Hiroyuki Sasaki||Kumiko Kawana|
Mission to Rescue Nadia
|1 June 1990||Takeshi Mori||Shunji Suzuki
|8 June 1990||Hideaki Anno
|Yukio Suzuki||Hiroshi Kugimiya|
A Crowning Performance by the Gratan
|15 June 1990||Yoshisugu Ikegami
|Jun Kamiya||Kumiko Kawana|
New Recruits for the Nautilus
|22 June 1990||Takeshi Mori||Hiroyuki Sasaki||Masahiro Kase
Grandis and her First Love
|6 July 1990||Toshiyuki Kubooka||Shunji Suzuki|
Run Marie Run!
|13 July 1990||Yuki Masa||Takeshi Mori||Yoshiaki Yanagita|
The Valley of Dinicthys
|20 July 1990||Yukio Sasaki
|Yukio Sasaki||Hiroshi Kugimiya|
The Nautilus Faces its Biggest Crisis
|27 July 1990||Shoichi Masuo||Masahiro Kato
The Mystery of the Lost Continent
|24 August 1990||Hisao Ōkawa
|Masahiro Maeda||Kiyoshi Nemoto||Kumiko Kawana|
Jean's New Invention
|31 August 1990||Takeshi Mori||Katsuhide Maruseka|
Nautilus vs. Nautilus
|7 September 1990||Saraiko Gai||Shigehito Makino||Hiroshi Kugimiya|
Nemo's Best Friend
|14 September 1990||Takeshi Mori||Renji Kawabata||Koichi Takada|
Jean Makes a Mistake
|21 September 1990||Yuki Masa||Kiyoshi Nemoto||Toshiyuki Kubooka|
|26 October 1990||Shunji Higuchi||Fumihiko Takayama||Yoshiyuki Sadamoto|
Electra the Traitor
|2 November 1990||Mahiro Maeda||Shigeru Morikawa||Shunji Suzuki|
|9 November 1990||Hironori Urano||Kumiko Kawana|
|16 November 1990||Kiyoshi Nemoto||Shigehito Makino||Noboru Koizumi|
The First Kiss
|30 November 1990||Shinji Higuchi||Shigenori Awai||Kazuto Nakazawa|
King, the Lonely Lion
|7 December 1990||Renji Kawabata||Koichi Takada|
The Island of the Witch
|14 December 1990||Hironori Urano||Tadayori Uda||Kim Se-Chang|
The Floating Island
|21 December 1990||Yuki Masa
|Renji Kawabata||Nam Yul Park|
King vs, King
|11 January 1991||Kiyoshi Nemoto
|Shigehito Makino||Noboru Koizumi|
Labyrinth in the Earth
|25 January 1991||Shinji Higuchi||Kiyoshi Nemoto||Takeshi Honda|
Farewell, Red Noah
|1 February 1991||Toshiyuki Kubooka||Hironori Urano||Kazuya Tsurumaki|
|8 February 1991||Hironori Urano||Hiromitsu Hoshino||Yoshio Noguchi|
|15 February 1991||Yuki Masa||Renji Kawabata||Koichi Takada|
My Darling Nadia
|22 February 1991||Makura Inu||Tadayori Uda
The Secret of Blue Water
|1 March 1991||Mahiro Maeda||Hiromitsu Hoshino
The New Nautilus
|8 March 1991||Yuki Masa||Aono Chang||Toshiyuki Kubooka|
|29 March 1991||Hironori Urano||Shigehito Makino
To the Sky
|5 April 1991||Shinji Higuchi||Masayuki||Shunji Suzuki|
Successor to the Stars
|12 April 1991||Toshiyuki Kubooka||Takeshi Mori||Shunji Suzuki
The first Nadia video game was released in 1991 for the Famicom console. The player controls a cast of characters in a simplistic strategy battle game. Battles are carried out through an RPG style turn-based system.
- Fushigi no Umi Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (Family Computer, March 15, 1991, developed by Advance Communication Company and published by Toho)
- Fushigi no Umi no Nadia (Mega Drive, March 19, 1991, published by Namco)
- Fushigi no Umi Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water (NEC PC-9801, March 27, 1992, developed and published by Gainax)
- Fushigi no Umi Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water (Sharp X68000, October 23, 1992, developed and published by Gainax)
- Fushigi no Umi Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water (FM Towns)
- Fushigi no Umi Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (PC Engine CD, January 29, 1993, published by Hudson Soft)
- Fushigi no Umi no Nadia: Inherit the Blue Water (PlayStation 2, September 22, 2005, published by Jinx)
The series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix in 1990.
- Atlantis: The Lost Empire, a film that bears a striking similarity.
- Castle in the Sky, a anime film based on a similar idea by Hayao Miyazaki
- "Synthpop's YMO to Hold 1st L.A. Concert in 32 Years". Anime News Network. 2011-01-31. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
- "Sentai Filmworks Adds Gainax's Nadia Secret of Blue Water TV Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- Elise Le Havre, the ship of Jean's father was sunken by a Garfish in 1888. It is quite short time that Jean and his uncle built several airplanes.
- "Seikai Seifuku" wa kanou ka?, Toshio Okada, 2007
- Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water at the Internet Movie Database
- Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water at TV.com
- The Notenki Memoirs -(Yasuhiro Takeda)
- "Conscience of the Otaking" (Toshio Okada interview, Animerica)