Review- Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Complete Collection

Anime Reporter travels back 25 years in our world and 126 years in the world of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. N:TSBW comes to us from the collaboration of Hideaki Anno (of Neon Genesis Evangelion acclaim) and Hayao Miyazaki (the man behind such masterpieces as Spirited Away, and who should need no introduction). I’ll be covering the complete collection (39 episodes) in this review, but I’ll be doing my best to keep it overly spoiler-free.

Nadia- the Secret of Blue Water 03

Set in a world with a passing similarity to our own in 1889 (if my memory serves), N:TSBW primarily follows a young French inventor Jean, a self-declared genius who occasionally overlooks small details in his inventions such as how long an aircraft can actually stay in the air or how much weight his moving-staircase can carry, and Nadia, a travelling circus performer who searches with her pet lion, King, to find the birthplace and parents she has no memory of. Nadia immediately, and unwittingly, charms Jean, drawing his attention and his surprising willingness to help this girl on her quest to journey the world and find her true home. Jean is also searching for answers about his father, whom many believe was killed when his ship was attacked by a sea monster.

Nadia- the Secret of Blue Water 10

Nadia’s biggest clue about her home is the Blue Water, a large blue gem around her neck which many seem desperate to claim and which lights brightly when danger is near. At first, the pair are hunted by a trio of bumbling but determined miscreants, but these are soon vastly overshadowed by an army of masked fanatics, the Neo-Atlanteans and their leader, Gargoyle. As they uncover more about the stone, it seems like it might be too dangerous for anyone to have.

Nadia- the Secret of Blue Water 05

Their journey sees them making all kinds of new allies and enemies and a lot of the sci-fi and fantasy elements of the series are plucked right from that era, with a certain Captain Nemo and a vessel called the Nautilus forming an important part of the series’ events. Though only twenty five years old, there are some very noticeable differences between it and what younger viewers would be more used to. That said, while the animation certainly looks less than brand new, but it’s still impressive, immersive and beautiful to watch. While there’s certainly less extreme violence showcased than in many more modern series’, what violence there is can often show a few more realistic consequences than you might think and this show earns itself a 15 age rating. (Expect a couple of bullet-hole filled corpses early on).

Nadia- the Secret of Blue Water 16

The characters are charming, complex, and, in most cases, hopelessly stubborn. While the plot is certainly full of sci-fi, high stakes action and adventure, there are a few episodes centred on the relationships between different characters and these are treated with as much weight and thought as any life and death struggles.

Nadia- the Secret of Blue Water 11

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water starts off with the appearance of a simple tale of adventures and thwarting bad guys, but it develops over 39 episodes into something much more profound and something very easy to become invested in. Hardly surprising, given Miyazaki’s involvement.

Nadia- the Secret of Blue Water 04

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Complete Collection is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Animatsu Entertainment from 22nd June 2015.

Nadia- the Secret of Blue Water 15

Premise:                       8

Plot:                             8.5

Animation:                   8

Characters:                  7.5

Entertainment:             8.5

Nadia- the Secret of Blue Water 07

81% – A True Treasure! – Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water begins as a fantasy childrens animation and becomes a tale of science fiction, fantasy, history, mythology and the human heart. Dont mistake this for a purely silly little show and dont miss the chance to experience it.

Advertisements

Anime Reporter brings you reviews and insights on anime, manga and whatever else I feel like! Welcome!

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Anime, Anime Series, Reviews
One comment on “Review- Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Complete Collection
  1. hutchwp says:

    Wow! This looks fantastic. I’ve never heard of the series before… I wish it wasn’t so expensive. Great review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow Anime Reporter on WordPress.com
Anime Reports
June 2015
M T W T F S S
« May   Jul »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  
%d bloggers like this: