Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (Fushigi no Umi no Nadia) 1990
Post number six now and the show is still very much in a bad way. In truth, I could have kept this together with the Island episodes but this arc is bad in similar and new ways. (It’s also a short post.)
The Africa Arc – Episodes 32-34
If I thought the Island Arc was bad first time around… well, wow.
The Africa Arc is easily worse.
Jam-packed full of poor stereotypes, straight-up racism and even more nonsensical storytelling and characterisation, I don’t think anyone anywhere at any time should bother with these episodes.
A final cruel blow is landed with #34: ‘My Darling Nadia’, which is merely a clip show/advertisement for a soundtrack, where the characters sing awkwardly and there’s just these long pans across Nadia’s body during one of the songs? (Marie’s song is hard work in a different way).
Character models are still really on point, here too, as you can see below.
Now, like the last post I’ve spent a lot of time pointing out the flaws and there is nothing good here – but I will say that I don’t feel like aspects of blame should lay squarely on the Korean team (doubtless underpaid) nor precisely Gainax.
Instead, I think it’s NHK’s apparent greed. Asking Gainax to suddenly add a heap of extra episodes and (I’m fairly sure) offering no extra budget for this is typically cruel of a large corporation.
Having said that, someone actually wrote these episodes.
Skip these too.
Finally things will be back on track tomorrow with the Tartessos Arc – Episodes 35-39