Disappointing--watch some TV episodes instead!
Matthew L. Mutchmore | Indianapolis, IN | 10/03/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If you haven't seen the complete Nadia The Secret of Blue Water TV series, I would imagine you will be totally LOST when watching this. The first 30 minutes of this film are a severely compressed version of almost all 39 TV episodes. I say almost all, because the happy ending of the television series is completely ignored! Instead of leading their lives together, Nadia is trying to be a reporter in London, while Jean lives not far from his Aunt and Uncle--leading a solitary existence in his lab. They meet up again when a former Gargoyle scientist hatches a plot to take over the world by replacing its leaders with dissolving robots. Some new and uninteresting characters are introduced along the way, and Grandis & Co. are back to being villainous goons...for a short while anyway.So what's the result of half an hour of clips and an hour of new material? NOTHING SPECIAL. The animation looks cheap and rushed, the story is less than interesting, and the rewritten history does a real disservice to the charm and originality of one of the most beloved TV series of all time. If I had this to do over, I would not watch this. I would rather remember Nadia, Jean and their friends as they were when the series ended. Skip this movie--go back and watch your favorite episodes of the TV series instead."
Not as good as the TV series.
Christopher C. Teese | Texas | 01/30/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"As many of you reading this review should very well know, the Nadia TV series is one of the best anime series' of all time, with it's wonderful cast of characters and it's roller coaster storyline. Now we get to the motion picture...
The Story: 2/5 - Weak
Now, keep in mind that when I review a title, I always do it with a very open mind. Even with those that I expect to be mediocre. Nadia: The Movie started off on the wrong foot with me when the first 15-30 minutes or so of the movie was literally nothing but recycled clips from the TV series. In my personal review system, this automically deducts a star. I can safely say that the abosolute worst way to start off a movie based on a TV show is by recapping. Fans of the show already know what's happened, and the don't need to have to have the entire story retold to them before getting into the movie. Of course, this is apparantly a way of getting the movie to last longer. Didn't work for me. I skipped over the entire part. The, we FINALLY get into the main story. Unfortunately, the script is riddled with too many short comings. For one, the story is just not good enough. And while it's true when another reviewer stated that this movie takes place BEFORE Nadia and Jean get married, it STILL ignores key parts from the ending. (Grandis and her crew are thugs again, which, according to the official ending, doesn't happen.) King is mysteriously absent as well. The villain is also laughable, not nearly as intimidating or evil as Gargoyle was.
Animation: 2/5 - Weak
The animation is extremely low budget for an anime movie, even for the year it was made. The TV series was much better animated than this. Not much quality in action scenes either. The whole movie often looks too stilted.
Sound: 3/5 - Mediocre
The music in this movie isn't terrible, but it isn't very inspired either. Most of it lacks the emotion and depth of the TV series soundtrack, although the the opening and closing themes are decent.
Conclusion: I loved the TV series, I really wanted to at least like the movie too, but unfortunately it just doesn't measure up. Unless you own the Second Nadia Collection that already includes the movie, it's just not worth a shelling out the extra cash for the movie. (The movie was NOT made by the original creators anyways.) If you have read this and still want to check out the movie, be my guest. However, you aren't missing much."
Nadia saga goes to hell
Douglas E. Stangler | Seattle | 03/17/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"In the past 2 weeks, I watched every dvd of the Nadia series and just finished with the motion picture today. I loved the series UNTIL the ripoff motion picture.
I agree with all the other reviewers' negative comments. The makers of this film insult the fans of the series.
Here are the biggest things offensive about this movie:
1. First third are scenes from the earlier episodes. Total waste.
2. Opening credits and song vastly inferior to the tv show.
3. Nadia left Jean and became a gofer for a newspaper???? Huh???? After almost being ruler of Atlantis she becomes that?
4. Grandis, Samson, & Hanson turn against Jean and are thugs again?
5. No Marie, King, or any of the Nautilus crew?
6. Villian so dull. Gargoyle 1,000,000 times more interesting.
7. Terrible story.
8. At end of film, Nadia again leaves Jean???!!!!!!!!!!"
Better than you think
Hot Poison | Bentonville AR | 10/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think I found out the problem with this movie. No one thinks first before watching it. This movie really takes place in 1893, not after 1902,so this is actually before Nadia anf Jean get married. So, i Bet Nadia feels more independent when she marries.
Anyway this movie is actually pretty good it has a surprise ending and the songs in the film are great (get the soundtrack) So please, before you watch this , think first. See Ya!"