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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 anime television series that originally aired from April 13, 1990 to April 12, 1991 on NHK-G in Japan.

The series was 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.

Synopsis

In 1889, the world is on the pinnicle of great discoveries in technology. In mankinds grasp for the future, a sinister foe known only as Gargoyle, obsessed with restoring the former Atlantean empire to the glory it once held, begins his plans to take over the world. Nadia, with the help of a young inventor, Jean Ratlique, and Captain Nemo of the submarine Nautilus, must fight to save the world from Gargoyle and Neo-Atlantis.


Dubbing History

The series was originally licensed by Streamline Pictures in 1991. The first 8 episodes were dubbed and released on 8 separate VHS releases between March 1992 and August 1993 under the title of Nadia. Plans for a Television broadcast broke down, and the series was dropped by Streamline. The episodes would later be re-released by Orion Home Video on 2 VHS tapes in January 1996 as The Secret of Blue Water.

During June 1999, ADV Films announced they had licensed the series for North America. A new dub would be produced by ADV using their Austin-based Monster Island Studio and directed by Charles Campbell. Released on DVD and DVD from June 19, 2001 to July 16, 2002, the Monster Island dub was the first dub by the studio to receive generally positive reviews. In contrast to the original Streamline dub, particular praise focused on ADV's decision to cast actual children in the roles of the three young protagonists. Some reviews criticized the sometimes inconsistent accents, but others acknowledged their appropriateness for the story.

With the collapse of ADV in 2009, the rights to Nadia would later be purchased by Sentai Filmworks in 2014, releasing the show along with the Monster Island Dub to Blu-Ray and DVD.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Streamline Dub (1992)
(Episodes 1-8)
ADV Dub (2000)
(Complete Series)
Nadia.png Nadia La Arwall Yoshino Takamori Wendee Lee Meg Bauman
Nadia jean.jpg Jean Rocque Raltique Noriko Hidaka Ardwight Chamberlain Nathan Parsons
Nadia nemo.jpg Captain Nemo Akio Ōtsuka Jeff Winkless Ev Lunning, Jr.
Nadia marie.png Marie Rowenbrau Yuko Mizutani Cheryl Chase Margaret Cassidy
Nadia king.jpg King Toshiharu Sakurai Carl Macek Shawn Sides
Nadia grandis.jpg Grandis Granva Kumiko Takizawa Melanie MacQueen Sarah Richardson
Nadia sanson.jpg Sanson Kenyū Horiuchi Tom Wyner Martin Blacker
Nadia hanson.jpg Hanson Toshiharu Sakurai Steve Kramer Corey M. Gagne
Nadia medina.jpg Medina La Lugensius Electra Kikuko Inoue Edie Mirman Jennifer Stuart
Nadia gargoyle.jpg Gargoyle Motomu Kiyokawa Steve Bulen David Frank Jones
Nadia ayerton.jpg Ayerton Grenaven Kōichi Yamadera
(ep. 3)
Bob Bergen Jason B. Phelps
Kōji Tsujitani
(eps. 15-39)
Nadia eiko.jpg Eiko Villan Yasunori Matsumoto Kerrigan Mahan Greg Gondek
Nadia neo.jpg Emperor Neo Kaneto Shiozawa Dan Dietz
Narration Michio Hazama Michael McConnohie Karen Kuykendall

Additional Voices

ADV Dub

  • Eric Abbott
  • James Arnold
  • Gilbert Austin
  • Britt Baker
  • Skip Bandy
  • Michael J. Banvard
  • Lowell B. Bartholomee
  • Dan Bisbee
  • Kara Bliss
  • Shane Breaux
  • W.T. Bryant
  • Charles Campbell
  • Brandon Crow
  • Cory Cruser
  • Mick D'Arcy
  • Travis Dean
  • Lana Dietrich
  • Carl Domaski
  • David DuBose
  • Amie Elyn
  • Carie Esquenazi
  • Andrew Fafoutakis
  • Corey M. Gagne
  • Marc Hairston
  • Billy F. Harden
  • Samantha Inoue-Harte
  • Mandy Heinhold
  • Eric Henshaw
  • Huck Huckaby
  • Christa Kimlicko-Jones
  • Craig Kanne
  • Robert Kaufmann
  • Ellen Kolstö
  • Afi Komen
  • Judson L. Jones
  • Shelly Lange
  • Robert J. Lawrence


  • Lana Lesley
  • Melissa Livingston
  • Christopher Loveless
  • Ellie McBride
  • Kelly M. McDaniel
  • Talbot McKitt
  • Titos Menchaca
  • Michael T. Mergen
  • Maurice Moore
  • Edwin Neal
  • Carlos Neulander
  • Noah Passavoy
  • Beau Paul
  • Adam Pearson
  • Nanker Phelge
  • Robert Pierson
  • Weldon Phillips
  • Markell Pool
  • Guy Roberts
  • Rebecca Robinson
  • Russ Roten
  • Robert Rudie
  • Raphael Ruiz
  • Scott Schroeder
  • Boon Sheridan
  • J. Richard Smith
  • Jason P. Stingley
  • Michael Stuart
  • Douglas Taylor
  • Don Toner
  • Clay Towery
  • Joe Valdez
  • Mark A. Vassberg
  • Ken Webster
  • Ben Wolfe
  • Randy Wyatt
  • Brian Yanish

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Country
Anime Network United States United States

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Dub Region Country
Streamline Pictures 1992-1993 VHS.jpg Episodes 1-8 Streamline NTSC United States United States
8 Volumes
1996 Episodes 1-8
2 Volumes
ADV Films 2001-2002 The Complete Series ADV
10 Volumes
DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
10 Volumes
The Complete Series
2 Volumes
Sentai Filmworks 2014 The Complete Series
8 Discs
BD The Complete Series A
DVB-T
8 Discs

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