Secret of Cerulean Sand

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Secret of the Cerulean Sand
(Patapata Hikōsen no Bōken)
GenreAdventure, science fiction
Anime television series
Directed byYuichiro Yano
StudioTelecom Animation Film
Original networkWOWOW
Original run 5 January 2002 29 June 2002
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Secret of Cerulean Sand (パタパタ飛行船の冒険, Patapata Hikōsen no Bōken) is a 26-episode anime television series. The main character is a 15-year-old English girl named Jane Buxton, who dreams of building a flying machine. The series documents her journey through the Near East to find her brother. It is set in the late 19th century where impossible technologies such as landships and "floating liquid" exist side by side in a steampunk world.

The series is loosely based on two works by Jules Verne—his posthumous 1919 novel The Barsac Mission (L’Étonnante Aventure de la mission Barsac, consisting of two volumes—Book 1, Into the Niger Bend, and Book 2, City in the Sahara) as well as his 1896 novel Facing the Flag (Face au drapeau).

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