March 4, 2005

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water

I finished watching Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water last night. This is one of the best anime series I've come across, although when I first began watching it I began to believe its good reviews were based on a children's audience. But as the story progressed, it quickly became very engrossing and the length of the series allowed plot and character to fully develop.

The beginning of the series bore some resemblance to Pokémon, and in particular Team Rocket. There was also quite a bit of type-casting going on with the characters. But that changed as the character development progressed.

In fact, the character development in this story is extremely good. Personalities and history are revealed naturally and without obvious effort. Episodes do not focus on a single character in an artificial attempt to provide depth.

There are also several topics addressed in the series, but these are not approached in the childlike fashion of shows that are trying to convey a moral or make you believe in right and wrong, black and white. In fact, many of these topics are not clearly resolved, and instead the viewer must decide whether or not to further pursue them. This makes the series more approachable to younger viewers, while providing a lot of depth for mature viewers.

Posted by josuah at March 4, 2005 4:53 AM UTC+00:00

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