Fourteen-year-old Jean was just an ordinary would-be inventor, until the mysterious Nadia crashed into his life. With no family, a pet lion and a jewel known as the Blue Water, Nadia is constantly on the run from those who want to steal her most valuable gem. Now, with a trio of thieves and the nefarious organization known as Gargoyle on their trail, Jean and Nadia must struggle to learn the secret of the Blue Water and protect its powers from those who would use them to destroy the world!
Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?
Laputa and Nadia are both adventurous tales that star a pair of youngsters, though Laputa clearly is the better choice as far as story and characters. If you liked Nadia, definitely check out the superior Laputa.
Laputa and Nadia are very similar. Both the stories develop around a blue stone which has magical powers and linked to a different technology. Characters are quite similar having mainly a boy who tries to help a girl and being involved in the adventure for doing so. The difference, beside the fact that one is a series and the other is a movie, is that Laputa has better graphic and style (because, after all, is Miyazaki) while Secret of Blue Water is simpler even if enjoyable. Considering this if you liked Nadia you will surely love Laputa and, on the opposite, if you liked Laputa you will find interesting Nadia.
In AD 2008, mankind developed deadly weapons and eradicated most of the Earth and its people. 20 years later, a young boy named Conan and his 'grandpa', one of the last survivors of the devastation, live a peaceful life on Remnant Island. One day Conan rescues a girl on the beach named Lana and learns the true nature of the rest of the world. After Lana is kidnapped, Conan's good nature propels him into the biggest adventure of his life: to find Lana, High Harbor, Dr. Lao, and a way to crush the evil and oppressive city of Industria.
Both Nadia and Future Boy Conan are based on famous novels (not the same one), but this is not why I'm making this recommendation. The experience and feel of both anime are similar; both titles are full of adventure. Future Boy Conan is set in the "future", Nadia is set in the past; but the two titles have overlapping themes of technological advances (Jean's inventions in Nadia) and developing the land (destruction of the world, and Remnant Island in Future Boy Conan).
Both Nadia and Future Boy Conan have a similar feel - two kids adventure around, dealing with villains and escaping to live another day. Both are aimed at kids and I think will appeal to the same audiences.
Detail-oriented, meticulous Willy Fog lives in London and is in the process of hiring a new butler. While at the pub that day, Willy finds himself faced with a fascinating question: how many days would it take to travel the world? While his comrades believe it would take three months, Willy wagers he can do it in only eighty days - a wager that his peers meet with a 20,000 pound reward if he is able to pull it off. Willy and his new butler set forth that very evening to complete their quest - but challenges await! A devious wolf has been hired to stop Willy from achieving his goal, and two nosy inspectors are on Willy's trail, certain that he was responsible for a bank robbery...
It is the year 3287, and the countries of Roxche and Soux-Beil have been feuding for one hundred and thirty years. In the country of Roxche, the young air force pilot Allison has just reunited with her childhood friend Wil; and together, they are about to embark on a grand adventure. Whether it's ending the war between the countries with the help of a legendary treasure, traveling into hostile territory, or helping restore a princess's right to the throne, Allison and Wil will complete their missions with kindness and honor.
Nadia is admittedly much more aimed at children than Allison and Lillia, but if you are in the mood for a grand adventure involving enemy forces and artifacts, both of these titles will suffice. In addition, each involves old time airplanes and other elements that will definitely remind you of the other.
Cheerful, optimistic Nadja is one of many English orphans living in the quaint Applefield Orphanage. Yet one fateful day, when the orphange is attacked by men looking for her mother's brooch, Nadja learns that her mother may still be alive after all. Hoping to protect the rest of the inhabitants of Applefield and to escape her would-be captors, Nadja runs away from the orphanage and joins the Dandelion Troupe -- a traveling band of circus performers. Filled with the greatest hope, Nadja's grand adventure begins in a search for her mother and her own identity...
In the anime Ashita No Nadja, Nadja, an orphan, joins a traveling street performance act called the Dandelion Troupe because she finds out her mother might be alive. She travels across Europe and finds many friends along the way that teach her things about herself. She also wears a brooch around her neck that a bunch of thieves are after.
In the anime Nadia: Secret Of Blue Water, Nadia, also an orphan, grew up in a circus. She travels across Africa trying to find out where she's from while all the while she is being hunted down for her jewel known as the Blue Water. Nadia also finds out her father might be alive.
You can see the similarities.
Both anime combine traveling to find out things about themselves, romance, and adventure.
So, I am almost positive if you like one, you'll like the other.