Steampunk Anime ‘Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water’ Gets 4K Release

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‘Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water’ is a 1990 steampunk anime series that takes inspiration from Jules Verne’s novel ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.’ The show was created by the Japanese animation studios Gainax, Group TAC, and Sei Young Animation. It is considered a classic among fans, having both a release in Japan and North America.

GKids announced that they had acquired the rights to the show and would release all thirty-nine episodes on DVD in 4k format.

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“GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced today it has acquired the North American distribution rights for NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER, the 1990 animated series directed by acclaimed director Hideaki ANNO. The high seas adventure is a masterful preview into ANNO’s early directorial vision before creating the renowned series NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. GKIDS will release NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER and on home entertainment platforms this year, based on a new 4K restoration,” they said on their website.

The show is directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi and originally ran on the Tokyo-based NHK network.

You can watch the trailer for its 2009 DVD release below:

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MyAnimeList describes the synopsis as follows,

“In 1889, the world is on the pinnacle of great discoveries in technology. In mankind’s grasp for the future, a sinister foe known only as Gargoyle, obsessed with restoring the former Atlantean empire to the glory it once held, begins his plans to take over the world. Nadia, with the help of a young inventor, Jean Roque Lartigue, and Captain Nemo of the submarine Nautilus, must fight to save the world from Gargoyle and Neo-Atlantis.”

The series has two different English dub versions, one done by Streamline Pictures for a VHS release and the other by ADV Films for a DVD release. Sentai Filmworks would release a blu-ray version of the show.


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