Well, I have at last finished watching Hideaki Anno’s interesting take on Jules Verne. The long course of time over which I watched this show renders me less able to give a comprehensive review, so you might want to check out Cajun Samurai’s three part review (Part One, Part Two, Part Three) for a more in-depth take on the series. On this blog, the show managed to inspire a post on vanity and another on unlikely animal lovers. The greatest problem with rating Nadia overall is that the parts which are good are really good, while the parts of it which are bad are really bad. The Lincoln Island arc and even the episodes following until the final four episodes make for a very painful memory. While slogging through them, I was ready to give the show a 6/10.
However, the nail-biting action and gripping drama of the last four episodes saved the show’s rating. How did the studio ever allow the show to get so far off track? If they had compressed the events of episodes 23-35 (Yes, it was that long of a slog) into two or three episodes, I would gladly have given this show a 9/10 or even a perfect score. But, I just can’t ignore what must be deemed the worst sagging middle in all of anime. And I thought Glass Fleet had a terrible sagging middle! But, it does not even compare to Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water. I am never watching that part again!
And so, the great story arcs, moments of striking originality, and the likable characters of Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water–especially Samson, Hanson and Senorita Grandis–merit for this show an 8/10. I found myself a little annoyed by the show’s alternate history of the human race, but, as I mentioned above, this does come from the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion. The similarities between the two shows will delight the fans of Evangelion–as would watching Gunbuster, amuch more focused and of higher quality work of Hideaki Anno’s than Nadia. Even if you’re not a fan of Evangelion, you might want to give this show a shot–if reading Cajun Samurai’s adverse and more critical opinion does not put you off.