Nadia and the Secret of Blue Water

I caught this classic back in the mid to late 90s through some fansub distributors.  Evangelion was a big thing back then, and every fan knew (or should know) the name of its director Hideaki Anno and the production company GAINAX, so it was only natural that upon learning that he also directed Nadia as well, I had to make it a priority to catch it at the annual local anime convention. The first two episodes I saw were intriguing, but I didn’t have the resources to collect them at the, and the title stuck with me for years. When Disney’s Atlantis came out, I balked at the idea that the company did not once again pilfer another anime classic, like it did with Lion King. There are probably still websites out there that explain the similarities between the two.

I finally decided that it was about time to get this whole series to finish it, and got a nice box tin DVD collector’s set and am now on episode 19. Unfortunately, this collector’s set has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

The first season of 13 episodes were really exciting, but in the beginning in the second season, you can definitely tell that these were filler episodes. Some episodes were irrelevant to the plotline, and while there was some character development, it was mostly a waste of time to watch.

Things are starting to pick up again now, but there are still 20 episodes left to watch…

不思議の海のナジア also had an RPG turn-based video game that resembles a Zelda/Final Fantasy game for Super Famicom as well:

A digital comic for the PC Engine (which I can’t help but notice that it’s published by Hudson Soft) that includes a new blond character. Reminds me of Evangelion’s Iron Maiden PC game…

And a PS2 game with yet another blonde character…