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  • Actors: Noriko Hidaka, Carl Domaski, Judson Jones, Craig Kanne, Talbot McKitt
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Sasaki, Tadayuki Uda
  • Writers: Hisao Ohkawa, Kaoru Umeno
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Sma Distribution
  • Release Date: July 13 2004
  • Run Time: 560 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00029NMHW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,306 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathon Turner on May 20 2004
Format: DVD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Nadia, Part 2, Or, Why We Should Just Stick To The Original Episode Count May 28 2010
By Sapient Fool - Published on
Format: DVD
There is one word that strikes more fear in the hearts of anime fans than any other word in existence. More horrifying than "cancellation," more terrifying than "delayed." A word that is reviled in all of its unholy terror even more than "4Kids." That word that sends shivers of cosmic dread up the spines off all otaku everywhere, and that word is...


Yes, filler. That timeless bane of viewing audiences worldwide and anime watchers in particular. Filler is what can bring a powerful, charging locomotive of a story to a screeching halt. Filler is what can rip to shreds the beautiful, delicate threads of intricate plotting. Filler is what can flush masterful, carefully planned character development down the toilet. In short, filler is that special sweetness that takes a wonderful, exciting show and blows it into the ninth circle of Hell. What does the dreaded F Word have to do with this second DVD collection of "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water?" Well, you should already be able to tell by now, but I'll spell it out anyway: the second half of this show contains filler. About 10 episodes worth. But, in a minor subversion of the above paragraph and contrary to the railings of most "Nadia" fans, the filler in this show is not *that* bad.

The Continuing Plot, As It Is: After numerous adventures with Captain Nemo and the Nautilus, Jean, Nadia and Marie are stranded on a desert island. There they struggle to survive, with Jean in particular struggling to survive both Nadia's mood swings and romantic attentions. Meanwhile, Gargoyle's Neo-Atlantean Empire continues to conspire to Take Over The World, and the young trio will have quite a challenge stopping the megalomaniac and saving the planet ...If they could just find a way to get of that darn island first.

I am not spoiling any plot points here. Any viewer coming into "Nadia" knows about the dreaded "Island Arc." After the show became popular, Toho Films and NHK Television ordered additional episodes to pad out the show's running time to 39 episodes. Director Hideaki Anno - knowing that he couldn't make a quality conclusion for a TV show *and* produce filler episodes - gave the responsibility (or "shoved the responsibility on" depending on your point of view) of directing the additional episodes to Shinji Higuchi, and delegated the physical animation therein to cheaper Japanese and Korean animation studios. "Nadia" fans have lambasted these episodes as hideously animated wastes of time that completely grind the story to a halt and make the show unwatchable, and not without reason. The show does lessen in quality with the Island and the Africa episodes. However, these filler episodes are not as mind-numbingly bad as they are often made out to be. The art and animation are sub-par but they are only truly *hideous* for about two episodes. Not much goes on plot or story-wise for a long while but there is some character development (there are two episodes here though that are vital to the story). Yes, Nadia's characterization becomes worse and she becomes almost unbearable to watch, but I figure hey, she's been stranded on a desert island and the sun is probably baking her brain. I'm not trying to excuse these episodes - I agree that they should not have been made in the first place (except for the "Red Noah" episodes). But I think it is unfair to call them completely bad. Only one of these filler shows was nearly unwatchable for me and that was the Musical Episode. This was without a doubt the dumbest episode of the series - it had nothing to contribute and was a complete waste of time: you can safely skip this one. On the plus side though we do get a great "Matango" shout-out in the infamous mushroom episode, along with a few other funny moments. I guess what I'm trying to say is that as bad as the filler in "Nadia" is, it's still not the filler from "Dragon Ball Z."

Anyway, those who can sit through this filler will find the final five episodes of "Nadia" to be well worth it: "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water" has one of the greatest, most exciting conclusions to an anime series I have seen. Gainax shows where they were hiding the budget by upping the animation level and giving the audience one hell of a final battle with a moving conclusion.
In the end, "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water" is a good anime show. It isn't a *great* show, though, and it's not an absolute-all-time anime classic: it is unfocused at times and the filler episodes bring the story to a standstill. But the characters are good, the overall story is intriguing and the final battle is awesome. And unlike some anime shows, we actually get a good, solid CONCLUSION.

...Or do we? This DVD set also comes with a disc containing "Nadia: The Motion Picture." This is a follow-on movie set two years after the show: a strange alien cloud is moving towards Earth, and Nadia must reassemble the Nautilus crew to stop this ominous threat while Jean tries to come to grips with logic and emoti- oh sorry, wrong "Motion Picture". Nadia and Jean uncover a plot by an evil megalomaniac (is there any other kind?) to replace world leaders with robots and start a World War. It's twenty years too early though, so it's up to Jean, Nadia and the Grandis Gang to put a stop to the premature war and find out what this all has to do with Fuzzy, a mysterious girl that Jean found washed up on a beach.
This movie was another attempt by Toho and NHK to cash in on "Nadia." And like the filler episodes of the TV show this film is typically reviled by fans. And it's easy to see why, with more sub-par animation, minor character derailment and inept direction from Sho Aono. Which is a shame, because this film did have actual potential: a fun plot involving robot doppelgangers (like something out of one of those old sci-fi movies Ishiro Honda used to make for Toho), the mystery surrounding Fuzzy, sharks, and the opportunity to see the whole gang in action again. If Aono hadn't used 30 whole minutes for random flashbacks from the TV show and made the story more coherent this might have been a decent little movie. As it is, it's pretty bad. There are a few redeeming moments but on the whole this is nonessential, and for "Nadia" completists only.

The discs themselves for this collection are basically the same as the last set. Audio and video are decent, and again you probably want to skip the English dub. Extras include ADV previews, more character profiles and interviews with the English dub actors. The "Nadia" movie is on a separate disc, the sixth in the set. Again, unlike older releases this does not come with any soundtrack CDs (which is a shame). The case itself is the same as the last collection: shelf-space saving and convenient. The only gripe I have is the cover art: the art for this collection is more appropriate for the previous set, and the artwork for that box shows a character that doesn't show up until the second half of the show. Oh, well.

Pluses - The same as the first collection, plus a great conclusion to the show with an awesome final battle...

Minuses - ...That you have to sit through a bunch of filler for. Plus a sub-par motion picture and no soundtrack CDs.

Conclusion - "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water" is a show well worth watching. It is fun, has a good story and some great characters. Just be prepared to accept the flaws along with the sublime.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Only eight great episodes + useless stuff = a very disappointing second set July 5 2010
By Jonathon Turner - Published on
Format: DVD
Sadly, the second collection of NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER is a whole other matter. The show, initially scheduled to run for approximately 30 episodes, did better than expected in Japan, and so it was decided to expand the episode count in order to milk more cash. But director Hideaki Anno was already working overtime and Gainax was running short on funds, so it was decided to outsource the animation to other studios in Japan and Korea, and turn direction over to Shinji Higuchi. This only succeeded in spelling a major disaster for NADIA, resulting in a sourly disappointing second half that sadly undermines everything that came before it.

The set actually starts out pretty promising; Episodes 21 and 22 conclude the Nautilus arc in a spectacular showcase of pyrotechnics, emotional turmoil, and surprisingly gutwrenching (if predictable) plot twists which can arguably be considered as the last truly great episodes of NADIA. After a showdown with the evil Gargoyle that cripples the submarine, Captain Nemo jettisons Jean, Nadia, Marie, and King into his capsule, and all four soon become shipwrecked on a deserted island.

Now naturally from this set-up, one would assume that the show will continue on its adventurous, compelling course for its remaining seventeen episodes. But that's just it - from episodes 23 to 34, NADIA doesn't even *feel* like the same show anymore. Subtitled by many fans as the "infamous island episodes", these dozen half-hours are rather nasty, haphazardly animated and abysmally written "fillers" in which absolutely nothing valuable is provided to the central storyline. Contrary to the richly detailed backdrops of the first 22 episodes, the cheaply drawn, stilted, slapdash quality of the artwork during this sequence resembles a cut-rate Saturday morning cartoon. Most distressing of all is the attempt to work in slapsticky "cartoonish" visual gags (in one scene, Jean steps off a cliff, yet stands suspended in mid-air; about ten seconds later his eyes bug out and he falls!), which clash with the "normal" tone of the series. It simply doesn't work.

Worse still, the characters are all spectacularly derailed, to the point where they are not acting anything at all like their usual selves. Case in point: in the early episodes Nadia was a somewhat troubled but nonetheless interesting heroine with personality flaws and redeeming values. Here, however, all traces of her character development from the first episodes are all but completely discarded, and her personality devolves into a totally annoying and downright unlikeable bitch. Seriously, for nearly every episode in this sequence, this change of character is both alienating and only succeeds in draining any ounce of sympathy one would have for her; by the time Nadia (finally) reforms (when the show comes back at episode 35), one no longer cares about her. Even Jean, Marie, King, and the Grandis gang all lose their appealing qualities and become CARICATURES of their former selves. (Defenders of these episodes declare that these serve as character development, but any such moments feel more like character "derailment" than anything else.) That the plots for these episodes are just about as intelligent and compelling as an awful LOONEY TUNES short further exacerbates the problem.

Bad as these episodes are, the episodes which truly disgrace the show include a totally pointless and downright despicable adventure in an African tribal village which make up 32 and 33 (with boring, uninspired new characters and a plot that all but totally destroys the personalities of the protagonists) and episode 26, half of which is a mindnumbingly repetitive dream sequence (it's the same one where Jean does that aforementioned Wyle E Coyote stunt). And then there's Episode 34, which basically recycles clips from various episodes while the characters break into song. Although meant to be a transition, this is, again, a skippable episode. (I do give points to the dub actors, however, for doing their own singing for these songs; I especially liked Nadia's English VA songs and the Grandis Gang's one.) And don't even get me started about that "King VS. King" race; where they got the materials to build two mechanical robots is never explained, just like much of whatever happens in most of the island sequence.

The only episode that comes clean out of this mess is episode 31, "Farewell Red Noah", in which the characters learn a vital clue about the protagonist's past. It still suffers from uncharacteristically goofy gags and a torturously padding pace, but otherwise this is the only episode I'd ever recommend sitting through of this Island/Africa filler, as it is the sole half-hour that has any actual value to the central plot. (It should also be known that even director Hideaki Anno admits that he would have saved this very episode as well as parts of episode 30 -- which leads into the plot for the subsequent half hour -- if given the choice of deleting the filler arc.)

It isn't until episodes 35-39 that NADIA finally recovers. It's obvious that Hideaki Anno returned to the director's chair for this portion, as the animation returns to its former brilliance, the characters all retain their true personalities, and basically everything that happens in episodes 23-30 and 32-34 are all but completely discarded. In fact, you can just watch episodes 21-22, 31, and then these final five episodes and have a much better experience with this collection overall. Watching the filler episodes with them only succeeds in downgrading a fabulous show, and even undermining the awesome impact of its ending.

The final disc in this collection is the best-ignored theatrical feature, which basically wastes a third of its 90-minute running time with (badly edited and sequenced) footage from the TV show (ironically enough, it's the best part of the movie), rendering the remaining hour as very rushed and underdeveloped. And there are character stupidities to be had here too: Grandis and her boys attack Jean after all that they've went through? Nadia wants to be an independent reporter? Preposterous! Matters are not helped by the absolutely DREADFUL animation and the dull, uninteresting new characters (especially Fuzzy, a not very talkative blondie who puts a new meaning in the definition of lifeless). Although (marginally) better than the awful Africa episodes, it isn't saying much at all; it's every bit as disposable.

In all fairness, though, ADV does a fine job at packaging this latter half of the show. The video takes a hit in quality, but that's more due to the poor quality of the bad episodes. The voice acting in both the Japanese and English tracks continue to be spot-on as well, particularly in the final episodes. And while the accents are still occasionally shaky in the dub, the voice actors continue to show enthusiasm for their characters. In fact, one of the best extras in this set are text-only interviews with the English voice actors. If you're a dub fan, this is a very nice bonus.

All in all, however, I cannot recommend NADIA COLLECTION 2 as highly as I would like to; sure, it does have eight watchable episodes, but these are outweighed by far too many unbearable ones. If you decide to pony up the cash to purchase this set, I strongly suggest skipping the aforementioned filler and watching only the worthwhile episodes. That way, NADIA will surely play much better, and the impact of its ending will be a whole lot stronger.
Nadia box set June 6 2010
By Emilia Moncur - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is my favorite anime of all time. I am truly excited to even find the 2 boxset for this anime. This show is amazing and if anyone loves a great plot with twist and turns. Then you shall truly enjoy this boxset! The one thing I notice is that the boxset states that you are to receive a OST with the 2 boxset i did not get one in my boxse and i haven't heard of anyone receiving theirs either. maybe it was a typo on the information.
Nadia Vol.2 exceptional ending July 6 2013
By Peter J Crandall - Published on
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Already had Vol 1 and wanted to see the ending.

Overall the animation is excellent and the voice actors for the main characters are 14 years old like the main characters themselves. There were some episodes which were clearly lacking, both in budget and story, but it isn't enough to really derail the series.
Don't know who I would recommend it to, but I enjoyed it.