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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • 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. #10

By Chris Beveridge     May 28, 2002
Release Date: July 16, 2002


Nadia Vol. #10
© ADV Films


What They Say
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!

The Review!
The Nadia TV series comes to a conclusion here with the final three episodes of the series. Unfortunately, all the momentum from earlier in the series when I was actually interested has seeped away.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Being an older show, its stereo track sounds more like a mono one but a good one. Dialogue is definitely center channel based with music making decent use of the left/right speakers, along with the sound effects, to give the show a full forward soundstage feeling. Listening to both tracks, we didn't notice any dropouts or other distortions.

Video:
The transfer for this volume is decent, but continues to show the flaws in the source material where you can see the cels shifting and various smudges and so forth. Cross coloration and aliasing is pretty minimal. Colors looked good and things in general look decent.

Packaging:
The standard look of the series appears here again with the clear logo and the center placed image that shows off the main characters of these final episodes with Nadia in a prayer position in the center, naked. The back cover shows off a few animation shots as well as a good summary of the episodes. Episode numbers and titles are also listed and the discs features and production information is clearly listed. The insert provides another shot of the front cover while the reverse side just has more boxart for other titles.

Menu:
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 only extra included this time around, other than a trailer for the movie release, is a variety of text cast interviews with most of the other main characters and some secondary characters from the series, such as the Nautilus crew and so forth. Some are more interesting than others, but I was glad to see many people got a chance to get a few words in about the series they worked on.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The finale to Nadia, coming in through these three fairly packed episodes, plays out both in expected ways and unexpected ones.

The majority of these episodes take place onboard the various Gargoyle craft, from their main ship to the newly resurrected Red Noah that they plan to use to conquer and control the world. A great deal of background material is brought forth on the origins of humanity and the place of the Atlanteans in all of it, some of which we can see being a theme carried on to Evangelion in some respects. Nadia despises everything she sees, but is unable to do anything about it after the Emperor takes away her Blue Water crystal.

There’s a number of revelations throughout these episodes the deal with family as well, bringing forth some new but not unexpected relationships between the cast. Some of it also works on the relationship between Nemo and Nadia, giving them something of a chance to come clean with each other.

The bulk of the show though deals with the conflicts between the group that comes together aboard the Red Noah, with Nadia being controlled and placed alongside the Emperor. The captured crew of the New Nautilus becomes the foil with which things play out against, with them railing against what Gargoyle is doing. This gives Gargoyle a chance to be the Villain and cause them pain in several back and forth moments. There’s little unexpected here, but it falls into some very corny moments, such as when Gargoyle “unplugs” someone from their socket, and it literally looks like a giant plug.

The story plays out fairly well outside of the corny moments, but with so much distance between the episodes I cared about and these episodes, I just find myself fairly uninterested in how it all wraps up. Nadia gets a lot of praise from fans as one of the greatest series ever, but I just can’t see it, even with the good parts that are there. In the end, I find myself more disappointed than anything because it did hold so much promise, but instead fell victim to the usual end of series clichés and the expected deaths and resurrections.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Text Interviews with the English Cast

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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