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Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Vol. 10 - The Prophecy Fulfilled (1989)

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Studio: ADV Films
Genre: Anime, Animation, Cel
Running Time: 75 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Now that the evil Gargoyle has seized young Nadia and her magical necklace, the Blue Water, he sets his foul plan in motion by resurrecting the most terrible power of the ancient people of Atlantis! Can Jean and the crew of the New Nautilus rescue Nadia and prevent Gargoyle's horrific plan to control the destiny of humanity? Who will survive the final battle of one of the world's most beloved animated series? Join Nadia and Jean one last time for the thrilling climax of Nadia, Secret of Blue Water!

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A truly wonderful finale! One of the best. Ever. by JTurner1 May 26, 2004 - 2:30 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
GAINAX's Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water has been a show of ups and downs. It started out wonderfully with eight engaging, exciting episodes and an equally entertaining sequence of fourteen chapters on the Nautilus. There was much to enjoy in these 22 episodes, from imaginative marvels to deeply moving character development to memorable, spectacularly executed action sequences. But things got completely out of hand when GAINAX was pressured by the executives of backing distributor, NHK Enterprises, to produce more episodes. What resulted were what fans dub the "infamous island episodes". Only 30% of the filler content moved the story along (landing on a floating island which turns out to be a spaceship, learning of Nadia's birth origins, as well as Jean singing a song which causes Nadia to think twice before she throws another temper tantrum for no good reason at him). The remainder of the content, which ranged from mediocre to just plain awful, should have remained in the trash can where it belongs, as it does nothing except sink a brilliant production. On the penultimate volume, however, the last two episodes showed that GAINAX had finally returned to the roots of wherein lay Nadia's appeal. But these two are not even half of the five-part finale of this show, which blows the worst episodes of the show out of the water as though they never existed. This, the last volume of the TV series, also is the best of the bunch, ending the story and everything related with it on a high note. Oddly, some critics downgraded this final volume, claiming that it fails to deliver the goods... probably because they were so infuriated at the filler garbage. Despite how horrible the extraneous episodes were, one can simply choose to skip the worst of the filler excess and pretend they never happened. Or they can pass them off as not worth dwelling on, for when something is irrelevant to the plot, it's not worth the time to grouse about it. What is important, is that the content on this volume is so strong that, when one watches it with the good material, they're sure to find it an engrossing, tearjerking, and ultimately rewarding experience.

Unlike the other Nadia volumes, I will not give you a summary about what happens in the last three episodes. Doing so would be involve revealing spoilers. I will say, however, that there are action-packed scenes, shocking revelations, unexpected twists and surprises, emotionally gripping drama, love beyond death, and a tearjerking ending that will leave you on the edge of your seat... or rather, blow you away; either one works just fine. Featuring spectacular animation effects, clever writing, and some truly terrific music, the ending of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water more than lives up to its name as being one of the best climaxes in any Anime. The voice actors on the English language track are at their best ever, despite some technical oddities: notably occasionally awkward sentences, sometimes fuzzy sound quality, and some lines on the Japanese language track not spoken at all on the dub. (The Japanese language track, which I spotchecked, consists of similarly excellent quality.) The only other drawbacks are a not-as-decent video transfer and the same textless opening and closing animations as extras (we already got those on Volumes 1-3). However, the good far outweighs the bad, with text interviews with the cast members (some woefully short), and, well, the content presented here.

Now that I've reviewed all ten volumes, what can I say about Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water that hasn't already been said? Well, I still stand by my belief that ADV should have cut out the filler episodes from the DVD releases altogether (or more importantly, that they didn't exist), but when the show is on target, it provides for some truly first-rate entertainment. For the first 22 episodes and the final five, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water is a decent, if not perfect, Anime series with more than a share of priceless moments to overshadow its frustrating weaknesses.

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(Average 8.18)
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