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Nadia: Secret Of Blue Water Review

by: sothis
July 21, 2006

story 4/10

Nadia: Secret Of Blue Water screenshot The story of Nadia takes place in the late 17th century, when planes are just starting to fly and inventions are being discovered every day. Jean is one of these inventors; he's fourteen, and lives in France with his uncle and aunt. Things in his life were fairly normal until Nadia drifted through town. Dark skinned and companions with a lion, Nadia was not only unusual, but was a sight for sore eyes, and Jean was instantly smitten. What he'd soon discover is that a wide variety of bad guys are after Nadia and her pendant known as the Blue Water... and thus the story begins.

Nadia and Jean's adventures will take them onto the Nautilus, a submarine piloted by the famed Captain Nemo. They will encounter dangerous enemies and make close friends where they'd least expect it; and most importantly, they will eventually discover the secret of the Blue Water.

The big problem with the story is... well... there is no story, not compared to how many episodes there are. It's true that ultimately, there ends up being a very interesting and very deep storyline, but out of the 39 episodes I'd say you could condense all of the "plot" into about 6 episodes total. What's the rest, then? Pure kiddy filler and nothing more. AKA it sucks unless you are six years old. We see random days on the submarine where various characters are learning how to cook or are doing chores. We see countless episodes in the island arc where the characters are dealing with survival skills. In general, this is a series that can only be counted on for one thing: extreme amounts of filler aimed at a child audience. The only problem is, unlike Ghibli movies that are actually enjoyable for older folks, Nadia ends up being boring, repetitive and downright annoying for those of age.

animation 5/10

Visually, Nadia looks very outdated. Character designs are very old looking and often times (in the case of the villains) look a little crude and too simplistic. In general the animation definitely seems to shift between decent looking and crude... perhaps because of budget? A great deal of the series takes place underwater in the Nautilus, so we see a lot of the ship in many scenes. The backgrounds seemed to be detailed but never were breathtaking. Overall I’d say very average visuals on pretty much every level.

sound 5.5/10

Nadia’s music ranged from good (sounding like it came right out of Skies of Arcadia) to bad (very cheesy overused tracks that sound like they came from a Saturday morning cartoon). The Japanese voice acting is fine, though I actually ended up watching the majority of the series dubbed. In most cases dubs are definitely not superior to the subbed version. I’m not sure if I’d call it superior in this case, but it definitely is watchable. The best part is that everyone keeps his or her respective accent. Jean is French and thus, he always has a French accent.

characters 2/10

Combine the poor story with the obnoxious antics of Nadia herself and you have a series that becomes almost painful to watch. She’s holier than thou, obnoxious and overall bossy as far as her beliefs go... namely, that she’s a vegetarian. If I have to hear one more bitchy speech about how everyone is a murderer because they are eating meat, I’m going to stab myself. Often times I wanted to reach through the screen and bitch slap Nadia for being so goddamn annoying. "Don’t you care? You murderer! You are destroying helpless animals... don’t you have a soul?! I’d rather starve! WHINE WHINE WHINE WHINE WHINE". You’d need enough cheese to feed a goddamn army with the amount of whine she brings to the table. Poor Jean sees something in her and keeps trying to calm her down whenever possible (as she freaks out all the freaking time), but she keeps being a neurotic baby instead. Ugh. Anyways, Nadia’s antics make even the story episodes irritating, and the filler episodes almost unbearable. The rest of the characters are fine, though the trio of villains look exactly like the bad guys from Pokemon, which doesn’t help matters. Also, Captain Nemo looks an awful lot like Captain Harlock... not sure if that was on purpose.

Another "important" part of the series is supposed to be the budding romance between Nadia and Jean, but in my opinion ends up being unconvincing and a little contrived. Maybe it’s the whole fourteen year old love thing that bothers me, but more likely it’s because Nadia is so annoying that I can’t see why anyone would stick around to humor her. I didn’t feel empathetic or warm hearted at all about their situation, not even by the end of the 39 episodes.

overall 4/10

I don’t know.. in general, Nadia just didn’t end up interesting me. In fact, I felt like I wasted (literally) 20 hours of my life. While the story ULTIMATELY ended up being quite interesting and unique, the sheer number of boring and uninteresting filler episodes ruined any chance of this being on a top 20 list. If you are under the age of 10 or have children, I can see why Nadia might appeal to you. Because hey, I’ll be honest: for children, Nadia is probably a pretty good watch. It’s filled with immature romance, empty side stories and has a baby lion that makes cute noises. But it also lacks depth, feeling, and an overall sense of maturity that would have helped make it likeable. Unless you want a lighthearted filler series, I’d suggest staying away from Nadia. I can’t think of much that made it redeemable enough to waste that much time on, and given a second chance, I wouldn’t watch it again.

Anime Info

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!

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My fav genres include sci fi and horror, but you'll find a lot of obscure reviews from me too, given I watch a ton to add to the database. My new reviews are written a lot better than my old ones, so when in doubt, sort by date! ^_^ Enjoy, and I welcome any and all feedback.

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Singan avatar Singan
May 7, 2013

Agree on kiddy filler, disagree on production values (I thought they were very good actually).

BikkuriShita avatar BikkuriShita
Sep 8, 2010

You're taking it to seriously thou, sure like any other show they need it to be aired for a period to earn ¥ for the work so side stories here and there are expected.

Well i agree that Nadia was bitchy sometimes and even more naive + unfaithfull at some moments but if you only  oversee that it really was an entertainfull show suitable for all ages.

The story episodes was really godlike and i even think it was better than Neon genesiss evangelion with it's more warm story imo ( no seriously that show just went wrong 20+ and depressing/pysco at the end) i thought to myself what the fuck is going on?

MoMoneyStacks avatar MoMoneyStacks
Jun 17, 2010

Very critical, but on a whole this is a great series IMO. I would have liked less filler episodes like you've mentioned by Jean and Nadia make a great couple to watch.

alexander avatar alexander
Feb 19, 2010

Where by "late 17th century" you mean 1889. Nemo commands but doesn't pilot. All accents are inventions of the English dub.

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