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Nadia: Secret Of Blue Water: Collection 2 (6 dvds + 2 cds)

Noriko Hidaka , Carl Domaski , Hiroyuki Sasaki , Tadayuki Uda    Unrated   DVD
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Hot on the heels of their first 5-DVD+2-CD Collection edition of NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER, ADV Films releases the second "collector's" installment of the franchise, in a 6-DVD+2-CD package. However, while NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER COLLECTION 1 was brilliant -- featuring the best episodes of the show -- I'm afraid that COLLECTION 2 is weaker by comparison. Although the package DOES include some more must-see treasures, it also houses a very strange mixture of mediocre to awful episodes and a totally useless, unnecessary movie.
You see, NADIA was originally intended to be a 26-part TV series, but because the show was so popular in Japan, backing distributor NHK Enterprises requested animation studio GAINAX to produce more episodes, extending the episode count to 39. GAINAX wanted no part in this, which is partially why they subcontracted the animation to other studios in Korea and Japan. Regrettably, no thought was given to the story either, resulting in some of the worst batch of filler episodes ever produced. It's a shame that a show as exceptional as NADIA would suffer from this fault, as it DOES end with a bang, but it would have been better if the filler crap remained in the trash can where it belongs. It's bad enough that NHK almost sank NADIA with such poor episodes, but two year after the show completed its first broadcast, a theatrical feature was made: an attempt which failed miserably and is almost universally hated to this day.
So what's good about this set? Well, the first two episodes on the sixth DVD (which wrap up the Nautilus arc) are some of the best you'll ever see in NADIA. Herein lies a spectacular showcase of animation, music, action, and an emotionally charged confrontation where some of the secrets we've been waiting to discover are revealed.
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