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Nadia: Secret of Blue Water: V7 Nadia's Island (ep.25-28)


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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: NTSC, Color, DVD-Video, Dolby
  • 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: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: A.D.V. Films / Section 23
  • Release Date: Nov. 11 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UW7B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,098 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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In this volume, Nadia and Jean have escaped Gargoyle's terrible wrath, but must now survive a battle with nature itself. Along with their fellow shipmates, Marie and King, the two must put all their skills to the test when they find themselves far from modern society. While Jean attempts to bring a little civilization to their new home, Nadia tries to commune with a nature that's less than friendly in return. Stranded together in the middle of nowhere, their future is uncertain. Will Jean win Nadia's heart? Or will their differences seal their doom? Join Jean, Nadia, and the colorful supporting cast of "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water" as they continue their underwater journeys in this exciting new chapter of the cherished classic produced by Gainax [creators of "Neon Genesis Evangelion"].

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Mon Dieu! (Heh, I'm not even French) Let me just begin by saying that the only thing that saved this Nadia DVD from getting 2, 1, or even NO stars is the fact that it's "NADIA" and I will stay loyal to the characters no matter what. However, this is near unforgivable in terms of animation quality, and, even worse, the awful concepts for the episodes.
I'd heard all kinds of complaints about these episodes online (I went on a HUGE Nadia kick for about a month, in which I went out and literally blew all my money on Nadia DVDs every week, and I'm happy I did it because I'm finished the series now), but I never thought it would be this bad. As I opened the shrink wrap, I thought, "Ah, how bad could it be? Maybe it'll just be really funny or something...Bad animation? Yeah right! I'll bet it's just dated-looking." My response to that now is: "What was I thinking? I'm an idiot for being so naiive!!!"
The first episode rather frightened me. It was alright through the beginning, with some funny moments regarding Nadia, Jean, and Marie's problem of finding water and food. However, I nearly choked on my own saliva when, out of NOWHERE, Jean eats these brightly colored mushrooms for no reason other than the fact that it was most likely a reference to some kind of hallucinoginic (sp?) drug. Dear god. The spores don't even move! I dealt with the fact that Jean/Marie/Nadia's hair colors and designs changed every other frame, but for mushrooms to be animated so poorly...*sarcastic* Just awful. ^^;;; In more than one frame, you can actually see paint smudges in the cels. I kid you not. Just watch Nadia's hair- sometimes, the glare of the camera that took the photo of the cel is showing on the painted surface of that cel. It's laughable.
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By Horace on March 18 2002
Format: DVD
I can't help but say I have mixed fealing about this one; because, the eps. moved alot slower than the other parts.
However I still think the characters are better then most modern anime Characters, because I can't count on Hero Yu's I have
found in anime. Nadia and Jean don't have the same cookie cutter feel.
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A complete insult to the series. Aug. 28 2002
By Jonathon Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"This is getting ridiculous!" ever-perky little girl Marie shouts. Ironically, she may as well be speaking for the viewer, because this seventh entry of NADIA is a complete disaster in every way imaginable. Chalk this up to a case of corporate greed; the executives at the NHK Enterprises were thrilled by the success of NADIA on Japanese TV that it was decided to extend the show from the stationary 26 by thirteen. This was bad news for director Hideaki Anno and animation studio Gainax, because they were both running short on funds ($800,000 in debt) and already butting heads with NHK over which direction the show should go. The staff behind NADIA have every reason to be ashamed of their decision, because these "infamous island episodes" are universally derided as the lowest point in the show.

The first twenty-two episodes of NADIA were wonderful, compellingly scripted masterpieces of deeply moving character relationships, exciting action sequences, an engrossing plot, an ever-present sense of danger and imaginative marvels to behold. All that is gone in these episodes, which place the cast on a deserted island and route them through poorly written story lines that are absolutely devoid of any substance or adventure. Even director Hideaki Anno was reported to be horrified by the end result to the point that he declared them non-canon. Ironically, Anno was not even directing the show for this section of the show (23-34); he was working on the ending while his assistant Shinji Higuchi took control of the director's chair. Needless to say, Higuchi wasn't on the same page as Anno when it came to the development of the script.

The animation in these episodes is some of the sloppiest I've ever seen, with lots of shots where the characters are off model and backgrounds lacking in detail. In other words, it looks like a poorly made Saturday morning cartoon. (The reason: other studios in Japan and Korea were commissioned to produce these episodes, rather quickly and cheaply, too, and it really shows.) This aspect is exacerbated by the decision to insert physics that seem more at home with LOONEY TUNES than NADIA. For instance, in Episode 26, we see Jean step off a cliff, yet he is suspended in space until he looks down. At which point his eyes bug out and he falls, Wile E. Coyote-style, into the ground, leaving a Jean-shaped pancake. This clashes with the dramatic tone of the earlier episodes, (there was a similar scene in episode 24 on the previous volume in which Jean swells up like a balloon while swallowing water, a clue that things were seeming off) and more distressingly, this style continues for the remaining episodes.

Bad as the animation is, it's not the sole reason why these episodes are so awful. As mentioned, the scenarios for each of these episodes are distressingly bloated, boring, and extremely stupid, giving the protagonists very little to do except argue. More unforgivable is the derailment of the characters. Jean, Marie, King, and even the Grandis gang (who turn up in the last episode of this volume) all lose both their developments with each other and personalities and turn into caricatures of themselves. Later on, Ayerton, a sailor from episode 3, is brought into the picture, but he spends most of the time telling exaggerated stories and bragging. In other words, he serves little purpose - it's almost as if the writers decided to throw in another character just because.

Worst of all is Nadia herself, who devolves into a totally unlikeable, obnoxious brat, spending most of the volume treating her friends hideously and doing nothing worthwhile. Her relationship with Jean is also affected negatively as a result. While there were moments in the first 22 episodes where she could be grumpy, such rocky scenes were basically overshadowed by ones of heartwarming progression and a genially friendly nature. In other words, the audience could really feel that she was being changed by Jean (any scene where both are on good terms with each other is a winner). Here, however, the writers press reset on their development for every five minutes, which not only becomes tiresome (very fast), but infuriatingly frustrating... to the point where one no longer cares about their bonding. For instance, at one point in episode 26, Jean and Nadia share their a romantic kiss under a nighttime sky, but the writers quickly take them back to square one immediately afterward. The only reason it happens at all is because of a bizarre and inappropriately placed incident involving hallucinogenic mushrooms and Nadia shifting from hostile to loving without any explanation... as well as engaging in stupidity which is rather out of character on her part, wrecking the buildup of the moon-watching scene. This turns a potential turning point in the progress between Jean and Nadia into a disappointing and extremely cruel tease. Sitting through episode after episode of such asinine flip-flopping moments in these fillers is the stuff of maddening insanity.

Even without that, there is still a lot wrong with these episodes. There is an inexplicably long and mindnumbingly repetitive "dream" scene in episode 26, in which Jean is seen developing invention after invention before Nadia and Marie (including an atomic bomb!) which does absolutely no favors to the story. The culmination of this scene is a flight aboard an aircraft taken straight out of another Anime series called THUNDERBIRD, an inside joke that proves to be lost on audiences unfamiliar with that particular show. Then there is the matter of King behaving rather erratically; he spends most of the island episodes doing some sort of rain dance/worshipping by the statue or walking on his hind legs... just like a human... for no apparent reason. In a similarly insulting scene, Marie chases King around the beach sadistically, swinging him by the tail into the hot sun. (She also seems to act more mature than everybody else at this point, which is rather inappropriate for a character her age. And what's up with her calling King her husband?) There's also a ridiculous subplot involving a mysterious "moving" island with low gravity which causes the companions to run superfast just like Road Runner and jump for miles. Once again, this is the stuff of Saturday morning cartoon fare, not what NADIA was aiming for.

That we don't even learn about what is happening to Nemo, the Nautilus, or even the Neo Atlanteans offscreen is an even bigger problem, although there is one moment in episode 25 in which Gargoyle gives Nemo a "mock funeral" and foreshadows at the awakening of "Red Noah." That sequence, along with two flashback scenes where we get a glimpse of Nadia's childhood in the circus, abused by her cruel ringmaster and separated from her elephant friend Momo, are the sole saving graces of that episode... as well as the whole volume, which is only about 2 minutes out of 100. Unless you count the episode in which the children finally reunite with the Grandis gang. If the rest of the volume had more bits of story development like this, it would have at least been good for something. As such, it only shows that the whole thing would've been much better if it was squashed down to one episode, as the whole thing is really three and a half episodes too long.

Ironically, the quality of this DVD is similarly disappointing. The visual transfer looks jaded (no wonder; I bet someone at GAINAX tried to destroy the masters for these episodes!), for one, and the dialogue is both inept and uninspiring. In all fairness, though, the English vocal cast continues to do an excellent job with their characters; particularly the children and the Grandis gang - even though they are unable to redeem these episodes, it is at least reassuring to know that they never lose their touch. That's another point in favor of this volume. (For purists, the same is true for the Japanese version.)

Overall, though, this seventh entry in NADIA is insufferably awful and a slapping insult to an otherwise fine series. Even as someone who generally likes the show overall, I cannot recommend this volume. It's a crying shame to see NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER tread into dubious territory, especially since the previous five and-a-half volumes were so brilliant. Alas.
What happened to the quality control ??? Aug. 25 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This dvd suffers from the most film artefacts so far. Telecine wobble, out of focus shots. Minus 1 star.
Even stranger .... the characters look as if a different artist was hired to complete these episodes. I hope volume 8 will be different. Compare the drawing of Jean, Nadia, Hanson and Sanson to some of the earlier episodes, they all "appear" different. Minus another star. Episodes are:
25. The First Kiss
26. King, the Lonely Lion
27. The Island of the Witch
28. The Floating Island
If you've followed the series this far then you dont need to be told to get this volume and you would've seen highlights in the preview of Nadia's Island on volume 6. Some funny moments are Jean's dreams of becoming the world's greatest inventor, the "dummy" argument, King praying for rain and Nadia living off the land. If you havent seen any episodes or dont know what Nadia is about then check out volume 1 straight away.
Full of Parodies (Episode 25-28) Aug. 24 2007
By susumu-5 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In the whole seris of Nadia TV animation, Vol.7 is not as great as the rest of the series, having full of jokes from Japanese animation or Japanese monster movies such as Gamela, Godzilla or Ultraman series.
Basic idea comes from Jules Verne's novel MYSTERIOUS ISLAND with some of borrowed settings. Nadia's unpredictable character runs wild and make-believe of heroines Hayao Miyazaki created can also be found (particularly NAUSICAA). Overall you can skip it if you purchase the series individually so I recommend to have second volume of Box series to see these slow and rather peaceful (no gargoyle attacks) episodes with the exception of personal brawls.

Verdict: Nadia's In Mysterious Island
Rating: 68 out of 100
Recommended for: Die-hard Nadia fans. I recommend second volume of Box series containing the latter half of Nadia episodes.
An Island In The Sun Sept. 30 2013
By Wrath - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have already seen reviews going in to the background of these episodes so I won't bore you with a history lesson about the outrageous budget constraints and work load of Hideaki Anno, if you are interested in that I suggest going to Wikipedia. The true question you want to know is if you should purchase this volume and the answer is yes and no.

The only reason I can think of ever purchasing this volume is to complete out your collection. I am personally a stickler for wanting all of the DVDs in a set so if you are a fan of Nadia and you want the perfect set of DVDs then I say buy it as cheaply as possible because really all it will be is a placeholder.

IF you're someone who does the research and says "well I'll try it out. It's probably not nearly as bad as people say" erase those thoughts from your mind now. The animation quality is hit or miss with much more misses than hits, the story practically takes a nosedive and doesn't really feel like it sticks to canon and Nadia almost reaches Shinji Ikari levels of unbearable. Trust me there is a reason the director himself said he would scrap all of these episodes
Good Older Teen Cartoon Nov. 25 2012
By Casteela - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great movie, love it bunches. Purchased it for a gift. Arrived quicker than expected and was well packaged for protection.


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