Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (Fushigi no Umi no Nadia) 1990
There’s valid debate as to whether Nadia of the Mysterious Seas should actually be considered a classic or not and I understand the trepidation. There are some serious flaws resulting from a troubled production that I think would prevent the majority of folks from giving this anime that honorific.
However, I do think of the series as a classic, but then I’m a fan. (Having said that, I’m pretty aware of the problems too.)
This time around I’ve decided to split my review/discussion into seven posts (of varying lengths) that represent some of the show’s ‘arcs’ as I see them. I’ve named each arc but in a non-consistent way, partly to tie in with how fans tend to discuss certain parts of the series, but also to signal some tonal shifts, production changes or storytelling movements – and finally, ever my dream, I’m breaking it all up to make my posts shorter 😀
Here’s the lay of the land for the Nadia-themed posts:
- The NHK Arc –Episodes 1-4
- A Growing Darkness Arc – Episodes 5-8
- The Nautilus Arc – Episodes 9-19
- Beneath the Mask Arc – Episodes 20-22
- The Island Arc – Episodes 23-31
- The Africa Arc – Episodes 32-34
- The Tartessos Arc – Episodes 35-39
There will be spoilers in these posts – though not many big ones like ‘specific details on exactly how the series wraps up’. I’ll try to put a little warning in at times, but there will be spots where I have to discuss certain events (again, not the ending).
Not sure when I’ll start posting – have just got to deal with the tiny detail of going through 39 episodes for images 😀