Nadia of the Mysterious Seas

Season 1 Episode 1

Girl at the Eiffel Tower

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Apr 13, 1990 on A&E
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Girl at the Eiffel Tower
Jean, a 14-year-old orphan, sailing into Paris to help his uncle design an airplane for the Paris Exposition's flight competition meets a pretty young girl named Nadia and her pet lion cub, King. He ends up rescuing her from a woman named Grandis who is trying to get Nadia's jewel, the Blue Water. Nadia leaves the only home she ever knew - a circus - as Jean has offered to help her search for her place of origin, starting with the random choice of Africa...moreless

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  • A magnificent and delightful beginning to an uneven series.

    "Do you seek adventure beyond the treacherous waterfalls? Do you seek the mythical being that lies in this unreachable place? If you do, then you must first find me."

    And with that statement begins "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water," an adventurous sci-fi series loosely based on Jules Verne's novel, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." Originally, the concept for the show was conceived by a young Hayao Miyazaki, but it wasn't until twenty years after he first pitched the idea that animation studio Gainax and their creative director, Hideaki Anno, would launch this concept into what would become a smash hit serial.

    It is always valuable to have a strong first episode in order to give viewers the implication what kind of show this is going to be, and "Nadia" delivers this not only in its first episode, but in the subsequent seven. Here, we meet our hero, nerdy but sweet and instantly charming young inventor Jean, who happens to be at the Paris World Exposition to participate in a competition when he finds himself involved in the perils of a brooding and moody circus performer, the dark-skinned Nadia, who wears a mysterious pendant around her neck. When a trio of gem bandits kidnap the girl, Jean races to her rescue and earns her trust.

    In addition to providing interesting characters, the opening episodes showcase some impressive television animation for its time. The tone is upbeat and lively without being cartoonish, and the pacing, although slow, builds up masterfully. "Nadia" stays on this fine start for several more episodes, thanks in no small part to a strong opening.moreless

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