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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Nadia, Secret of Blue Water
Nadia Vol. #02
By Paul Gaudette
February 16, 2002
Release Date: August 14, 2001
Nadia- The Dark Kingdom helps elaborate on some of the ideas presented in the first volume while entertaining and effectively posing more questions.
Video: Just like the first volume, this disc boasts some impressive restoration for an older show. Occasional dirt and scratches mar the presentation a bit, but are barely noticeable. Overall, one of the best jobs done on an ADV disc so far. I'm glad to see none of the problems plaguing EVA on this series.
Audio: Once you get past Jean's accent, I think this is possibly one of the best dubs I've heard. The Japanese track is also fairly well done. I've noticed no surface noise or other similar problems on either track.
Packaging: I'm a bit of a sucker for darker stuff and fantasy. The cover for this volume definitely lets you see that these guys would go on to do Neon Genesis someday. And of course, if the cover doesn't let you know, the large announcement on the back will!
Menus: Simple but effective just like the first volume. Pictures taken from the video are used for all the menus, while either the opening or ending song plays in the background. They load up fast and let you at the material quick, so I enjoy them immensely.
Extras: As with the first volume, they have included textless opening and closing songs and a preview of the next volume, "Aboard the Nautilus." Apparently, the series is taking a turn towards the fan service in NGE. I don't think it will stop me from purchasing further volumes. : )
Content: I have to say I enjoyed this disc a lot more than the first volume. Grandis and her two henchmen have already crashed onto the island that Jean and Nadia are heading toward. They are shot down by a mysterious army that have taken over the island. Soon after Jean's (third?) crash-landing, they meet with a young girl named Marie whose parents were killed by this group. It turns out that the group are a very advanced people and have a power plant in the middle of the island led around it via power line. They are called 'Neo-Atlanteans' and are on a major power trip, taking a couple of chances to play God with their technology. Nadia, Marie, and King are kidnapped by the group after hearing about the Blue Water. Jean takes the gem from Nadia and vows to save her. Unfortunately, that ultimately means having to trust Grandis, Samson, and Hanson. The Natilus shows up later in this disc to help them out of a tight spot. This is a darker volume with a couple of humorous and delightful moments, usually relating to Grandis and the relationship between Nadia and Jean. Marie starts to act like they are her parents and they are quick to take the position after feeling pity out of what happened to her real parents. Also, Jean seems a little more stoic at the beginning of this disc for some reason. (Hemmingway influence?) If you liked the last volume, you will definitely enjoy this one, possibly more.
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