Nadia of the Mysterious Seas (1990 IMDb)

Categorization

TV series. Very uneven steampunk adventure by Anno and post-Daicon III Gainax co-founder Higuchi Shinji.

Subject

A young French inventor and an exotic circus girl escape mecha marauders and board a submarine, in 1889. The truth about the world is slowly uncovered.

Commentary

The bastard child of Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Ghibli's Castle in the Sky (1986). Some sources say Nadia is independently based on a pre-Castle script by Miyazaki. Also brings to mind Flying Phantom Ship (1969).

Beware of episodes 22 to 34, ending with a musical clip show: these episodes were creatively controlled by Higuchi and broke the original planning to take advantage of the show's popularity. Watch the soundtrack for embryonic versions of Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)'s music, and remember Anno's a vegetarian. Fair characters and some pleasant biblical exoticism, but not nearly consistent enough to shine. Those filler episodes can't be ignored, and they are not the only major problem.

References here: Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995).

Anno Hideaki Gainax Japanese production animation series

Non-Gainax sequel:

Nadia: The Motion Picture (1991 IMDb)

Commentary

Not as disastrously incompetent or unfaithful as I feared, actually. (A second series also followed the original, but I won't go that far.)

Japanese production animation movie