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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: N/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. #03

By Chris Beveridge     September 25, 2001
Release Date: September 25, 2001


Nadia Vol. #03
© ADV Films


What They Say
With Gargoyle's terrible weapon destroyed, Jean, Nadia and the rest find themselves once again rescued by the Nautilus. Hot on the trail of a fleeing Gargoyle, the pursuers become the pursued. Will Hanson and Sanson be able to save the ship alone? Why was Captain Nemo so shocked to meet Nadia? What are the memories the Nautilus has triggered within Nadia.

The Review!
Audio:
For the purpose of our primary review, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. Throughout the track, which is essentially a stereo mix, dialogue was clean and clear and the music and effects sounded pretty much on target. There's not much in the way of directionality, but the whole front soundstage works pretty well with the varying number of locations used throughout the show. While it's not a huge standout, it's a solid sounding track.

Video:
The transfer for this volume is pretty much the same as the previous two, but with the exception of a few more rainbows slipping in here and there than I recall on those particular releases. The blues from the sea sequences look very good, and the only noticeable breakup is during some of the night time sky areas, which are fairly minimal in these episodes. There's about the same level of minor nicks and scratches on the source material, and color banding is very minimal, usually only noticeable in some of Nadia's skin or in the solid color of some uniforms.

Packaging:
The front cover this time around continues the same style as the first two, but with the center image things take on an even darker and more imposing feel. The captain of the Nautilus does the profile shot while Nadia takes center stage against a starry and underwater backdrop. There's some sort of ring surrounding the Earth in this pic that makes me wonder what's going to be revealed about that in future volumes. The back cover provides a number of great shots of animation and a couple of the menus, lists all the features in a good sized font and gives a brief summary of the episodes as well as listing their episode numbers and titles. If it wasn't for the cover background being so busy, it'd rate higher since we had a slightly more difficult time reading the text. The insert is another shot of the front cover while the reverse side is box art for other shows coming out.

Menus:
The menus follow the simple is best method here, with the main screen being an image of the characters while the opening song plays along. Everything's laid out in a simple and straightforward manner and the access times are pretty quick. We had no problems at all with this layout.

Extras:
The extras basically seem to be repeating from the first two volumes with similar openings/endings and previews. ADV has also included the collection of promotional trailers they made for the show and a quick preview of volume four.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
So how do you follow-up on the large events of the previous volume, which felt like the end of a series as opposed to the start? With Nadia, they go into a more quiet and reflective phase and starting giving out more hints about what's to come.

With the island in ruins, Nadia, Jean, Marie and King find themselves aboard the ever fun tank Katherine. Of course, with all that's gone on with the tank, it's starting to leak, so Hanson grabs Jean and they get to work on trying to keep things afloat while Sanson and Grandis complain at varying levels. Not too far away thought is the Nautilus, and Jean figures it's worth a shot. Besides, he really wants to get on that ship again.

With some reservations, but knowing that the group helped fight against Gargoyle, Captain Nemo allows the tank to be brought on board for repairs, but the people are restricted to the repair bay and not allowed to wander the ship. Grandis is taken to the infirmary due to her cold, but the others all stay in place. Hanson and Jean become madly in love with the ship, admiring all that's involved with its design and function.

This of course doesn't last long, and eventually just about all of them are wandering through the halls and happening upon various secrets, meeting other members of the crew and slowly becoming familiarized with things. It even reaches a point after awhile where it's decided that most of the new folks should become part of the crew.

The episodes focus mostly on character interaction and some growth from there. The most dramatic change comes from my favorite character, Grandis. After she awakens from the medicine she's given for her cold, she meets Captain Nemo. And her love of middle-aged men comes out in full force, driving her personality to go back to its society ways. She does everything she can to win him over, from cooking the best meals in his life to just being around him in general. During one hilarious sequence when they hit a small island for awhile, she pulls out this ultra skimpy swimsuit to catch his eye. Her affection for the captain also begins to cause problems with the first officer, who also apparently has her eye set on the good (yet oblivious) captain.

Another change is in the relationship between Nadia and Grandis. While Grandis was out primarily for the Blue Water jewel, her feelings for the captain take precedence, which through talking brings the two women somewhat closer together. During a rather amusing segment on the island, we have Grandis relating the tale of her parentage and youth, talking of how her love of her parents and her fiancÚ eventually changed her and set her on the road to loving only jewels, and the reason for her desire of the Blue Water jewel. It's rather interesting in how well the three "classic" villains have now all become very likable; almost more so than the intended main cast members.

Grandis and Sanson have quickly become my favorites with this disc. Their interactions with the Nadia and her friends as well as with the crew of the Nautilus was quite a treat. Grandis has definitely earned a spot as favorite character for this series so far, especially with such a great voice performance in changing from the loud obnoxious version of her to the sweetness and light version. The show continues to move at its own pace, but I'm not getting into its groove and starting to enjoy it more than I did initially.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Textless Opening,Textless Ending,Nadia Trailers (ADV),Vol. #4 Preview

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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