Nadia Vol. #03 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2001
Overall Rating: 4
(on a scale of 1-5)
English Acting: 3
What happened? The first disc made this series seem like such fun. It looked like it was going to be one of the little gems you pick up by accident. This disc continues on the same note from the last one, and while it's entertaining, it's really missing something... I just can't figure out what it is.
Things remain exactly the same in the technical department. You've got great sound and picture on this disc. The menu is quick and well done (the opening song plays during all the selections and that gets a bit annoying). The keepcase has all the information it except volume number and number of channels of sound used. The cover features Nadia and Captain Nemo in front of a dark seascape. It's pretty neat looking. You get opening and ending animation as well as a trailer for the next disc as extras. Stuff is remaining pretty constant on this disc in the technical department as well.
This set of four episodes comes off a bit as filler. We are getting a bit character development here and there. You also get some goofy antics (which seemed a bit forced) from the cast as well. Things are still very mysterious, especially when dealing with the Nautilus itself. But for some reason it's just not pulling me in too much.
After escaping from Gargoyle and his hooded baddies our heroes, Nadia, Jean, King, Marie and Grandis and her pals are pulled aboard the Nautilus. Captain Nemo allows them to repair the sub/tank/airship. Things seem to go well until Grandis meets Nemo. She falls for him (much to the annoyance of her bodyguards Sanson and Hanson as well as the first officer of the Nautilus, Electra). Nadia and Jean get to explore a bit. Gargoyle comes back for a bit of a scare, oh yeah and you get to see Grandis in a bikini. It's a little bit of fun, and a little bit of action in this disc of Nadia.
The animation and sound are still very solid. The Nautilus gets some showcasing here and it's very well designed and just comes across as looking very cool. I also really loved the underwater sequences, they captured an otherworldliness to them that was very effective. The sound design continues to be interesting as well and supports the visuals.
The plot is a bit bland at this point. Mostly it's our heroes interacting with the crew and getting into trouble. The main focus shifts from the kids' perspective to Grandis and her love affair with Nemo (even if it is mostly imagined). This shifting of focus once again takes some of the fun of the first episodes away. We are not really with Nadia too much and as for Jean he's wandering around reading a book for most of the disc. We do get to know the adults in the series a bit more and that is the saving grace. It's not a bad story but it seems to be really meandering at this point.
Nadia has a good solid English dub. It sounds like the woman performing as Grandis is getting her character down a bit better. For some reason she felt a bit off in the previous discs. I have to commend the kids again on the great job they are doing. The big standout performance was Gargoyle again: it really stood out as bored sounding. I'm not sure what the actor or voice director was going for but it just isn't working. Every time he speaks it sounds like it's just line reading. But everyone else is doing a very good job.
The score is still very solid and that opening theme is as catchy as ever (just wish it wasn't on the menu, it starts to get irritating).
This disc kept all the same scores. It was fun and entertaining, but very average. It's not really getting better or worse, but it really seams to be wandering around, not sure what it's trying to do. I've got another disc waiting to be watched, and I hope it picks up. Otherwise, I might have to have another incomplete series on my rack.
Roman J. Martel
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Phillips Flatscreen (27 Inch), Sony DVP-NS300
Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
Video Rating: N/A
Packaging Rating: N/A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Nadia, Secret of Blue Water