After barely escaping from Jean’s home in Le Havre our young adventures find themselves sitting in the aircraft in the ocean with a storm raging around them. They are sound found and rescued by the American Battleship the Abraham who brings them on board. There they are fed and well looked after by the crew however Nadia is not happy in these new surroundings.
The Grandis gang come across the battleship and try to attack it to get the Blue Water however they are defeated by the battleship. Jean & Nadia meet Ayerton who tell them he is a scientist looking for the sea monsters that the ship is hunting. Soon enough the sea monsters attack but all is not as it should be. During the attack the Abraham is badly damaged. Jean, Nadia & King are lost overboard and are once again floating in the ocean.
This wonderful retro anime series keeps getting more interesting with each passing episode. Firstly a mysterious girl and her blue pendant show up and now we have sea monsters which may be more than meets the eye. I can’t wait to see what Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water throws at me next.
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water is an anime series developed from a concept by Hayao Miyazaki (of Studio Ghibli fame) and was the first television series made by Studio Gainax. Released in 1990 it was inspired by the works of French novelist, poet & playwright Jules Verne, specifically his works Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and the adventures of Captain Nemo.
In the first episode Jean and his uncle are in attendance the world fair in Paris where they are determined to prove their flying machine is the best one out there. While there he encounters Nadia who is working for a circus as an acrobat. Nadia is an orphan who is in possession of a blue jewel. A jewel which Grandis Granva and other thieves are after and try to capture Nadia to get it. Jean comes to her rescue and their adventures begin together.
This is beautiful anime series, which I first sat down to watch the first episode I noticed the richness of the world and the style of the anime. I thought this feels like a Studio Ghibli film from the same time period not knowing at the time Hayao Miyazaki was involved in it’s development.
The characters of Jean & Nadia are nicely introduced in this episode with Jean being an inventor who comes to Nadia’s aid. Nadia herself being mostly a mystery in her initial character outlay in episode 1. We find out just enough about her for the episode but not too much.
One could not but help getting swept up in the story as it progressed, feeling sorry for Nadia as she was captured and cheering Jean on as he works toward rescuing this girl he hardly knows.
Despite being 25 years old this anime has stood the test of time well and is still very enjoyable even to this day.
Last Saturday (The 12th of December 2015) my wife & I attended the end of year marathon screening at JAFWA. The end of year screening also doubled as the 25th anniversary celebration for JAFWA.
As a way of information and background JAFWA stands for Japanese Animation Fan of Western Australia. I first started attended from around 2000-2004. In which time I saw some rather excellent anime and formed some awesome friendships. My now wife Cathy was also in attendance at that time and used to sit directly in front of me, however we never spoke to each other.
At the 25th anniversary they screened some awesome retro anime including Read or Die, Tenchi Moyo, El-Hazard, Neon Genesis Evangelion, GTO, Card Captor Sakura & Full Metal Panic! it was great to see these and other titles which are much loved by the anime community.
It was also great catching up with friend who were in attendance of the screening, some of whom I have not seen in quite a long time.
While the continued rise of the internet and streaming services have in some way caused diminished numbers at clubs like JAFWA. I still feel that clubs like this serve as an invaluable service to the community because it brings fans together.
My thanks to the committee of JAFWA for putting on an awesome event. it has rekindled my love of anime and I may very well may make JAFWA a regular fixture on my calendar again.
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