Nadia of the Mysterious Seas

Season 1 Episode 35

The Secret of Blue Water

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Mar 01, 1991 on A&E
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The Secret of Blue Water
Finally, our pals arrive at Nadia's real homeland--Tartessos. As they tour through its long forgotten ruins, our heroine finally reveals her darkest secrets... including who she is. How will all this affect her relationships with everyone, especially Jean?

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  • Nadia reveals her darkest secrets... and the show itself bounces back.

    Finally, after an onslaught of insultingly bad filler episodes, "Nadia" returns to its roots wherein lies its appeal. The artwork resumes the rich, crisp quality of the first twenty-two episodes, and the characters return to what they all had developed toward in those same episodes. One assumes Gainax had these final five episodes -- in addition to the first twenty-two -- in mind all along when they began production on this show. The only catch is that it happens only for five episodes. This can be seen as good and bad. It's wonderful that the show manages to finish off even more strongly than it began, but at the same time, it does feel somewhat disappointing that it comes after such unbearable filler material. On the flip side, if one ignores the filler episodes -- pretending that they never happened -- then it becomes easier to appreciate the final five episodes... especially since it does provide, to its credit, a very powerful, emotionally charged, and intelligent conclusion that ties up all the loose ends.

    This episode in particular is amazing. After our heroes disappear into some sort of whirlpool and descend into Nadia's long forgotten homeland of Tartessos, the artwork becomes black & white for about 75% of the episode. Only the blue light of Nadia's shimmering jewel, occasional red wavelengths, and a painting of Noah's Ark are in color in contrast to the darker images. This style continues as Jean and company explore the ruins of the kingdom and Nadia confesses her darkest secrets -- her homeland, identity, burden, responsibility, destiny... and ultimately, her self-loathing.

    The combination of an interesting artistic style, poignant scripting, and tugging at all the right heart strings, make this episode rank as arguably one of the very best of the show. Any issues one may have with this episode are probably going to come off as excessive nitpicking. Some of the "secrets" Nadia reveals about her homeland feel somewhat rushed (the writers could have used the filler episodes as an opportunity to hint at them), yes, but are still engrossing to hear. Also, this isn't really a flaw by any means, when Jean and company sing "Happy birthday" to Nadia on the Japanese language track, the song is song in ENGLISH("Engrish"?)! On the dub, Jean and his friends instead sing something along the lines of, "It's your birthday today, may all your wishes come true." One gets the impression that the dubbing team couldn't get the rights to use the song.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Nadia: How do you keep on living, Jean?
      Jean: What do you mean? Because I'm alive now? That's what life is--living for tomorrow. It doesn't matter what the secret of the Blue Water is, or how you're related to Atlantis, or even whether you're an Earthman or not. You're still Nadia.
      Nadia: (Tearfully) I'm so sorry, Jean! Sorry for what I've done.

    • (After Nadia survives jumping from the Tower of Babel)
      Nadia: I knew it. I can't escape from my fate, or the Blue Water.
      Sanson: Stop your nonsense! Quit playing this tragic little game of yours! You don't have any idea how much we were worried about you! You should've seen how Jean took it! Well?
      Jean: Stop it, Sanson!

    • Nadia: You must take a good look at me, Jean! I'm not like you! I'm not an ordinary girl! I make everyone unhappy, and I will scatter unhappiness throughout the world someday! If not me, then my father, or Gargoyle--all by using the Blue Water!

    • Jean: (Trying to comfort Nadia) You're not a bad person, you're just an ordinary girl who makes mistakes and acts selfishly like we all do sometimes.

    • Nadia: What is there inside me that I can believe in myself?! I'm selfish and mean, and always get the people I love into trouble! I've always been a frightened little girl, always running away! When I finally had the chance, I didn't have the chance to say goodbye to the man I knew was my father! I hate myself, truly hate myself! There's nothing good in me! I'm just a spoiled girl who has inherited the awful power of Atlantis!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Episodes 35-39 were storyboarded and scripted under Hideaki Anno's supervision, although the director for the final five episodes still credits "Masatsugu Higuchi."

    • This episode, along with the subsequent four, brings "Nadia" back to its origins of appeal, and, ironically enough, forgets the storylines from many of the island episodes as well as the African tribal village sequence, suggesting that they were never intended to be part of the original story.