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Nadia of the Mysterious Seas

Title: Nadia of the Mysterious Seas aka Nadia: the Secret of Blue Water – The Secret of Fuzzy aka Nadia: the Secret of Fuzzy
Company: Group TAC
Genre: Action
Format: Movie; 87 minutes.
Dates: 29 Jun 1991

Synopsis: It’s been three years since Jean and Nadia traveled the world with Captain Nemo. World leaders and other powerful people have begun to spontaneously vanish, even right in front of other people. Nadia, in her job as apprentice reporter, becomes entangled in the disappearances and soon finds herself in danger. Jean finds a mysterious girl washed up on the shore by his house that may be connected to the disappearances. Before long, Nadia, Jean and several old friends find themselves wrapped up in another adventure.

The Highlights
Plot: Cheesy and pointless; the first twenty-five minutes are a recap.
Characters: Act like they did at the beginning of Nadia – the Secret of Blue Water; incomplete cast.
Relevance: Zilch.
Uses: Keeping children entertained should Fox Kids and Cartoon Network suddenly vanish.

If movies made to cash in on a popular anime were cheeses, Nadia of the Mysterious Seas would be Limburger. It reeks. Gainax was nearly totally uninvolved in production and it shows in the total lack of charm and entertainment. This is one title that Nadia fans will want to ignore.

The first twenty-five minutes are a recap of the events of Nadia – the Secret of Blue Water. Ironically, that is the best part of Nadia of the Mysterious Seas and I had already seen the footage. The rest of the plot reminds me of a Saturday morning cartoon in terms of feasibility, irrational character motivation and execution. Did I mention that Nadia of the Mysterious Seas adds absolutely nothing of importance to the Nadia universe or its characters?

Speaking of characters, I was upset that the relationships did not develop one bit. Not only that, but the characters regress to their earlier personalities. Nadia acts less mature than she did at the end of Nadia – the Secret of Blue Water, while Grandis and company are back to their old criminal ways. Perhaps I should be grateful that several major characters were entirely left out with no explanation so that I did not have to see them act like their old selves.

Nadia of the Mysterious Seas is more useful as a babysitting tool than as entertainment. I pity those who had this shallow reflection as their introduction to Nadia, and encourage them to check out Nadia – the Secret of Blue Water if they have not. Nadia of the Mysterious Seas does nothing but disservice a great anime.

The Rating: 3
3/10

Reviewed by: Kuma

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