Classic Anime never gets old, and storytelling really goes a long way. I’m already eight episodes in, and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water has an adventurous vibe from the opening theme.

Opening to Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water

In the eight episodes, I found myself captivated by the characters, plot, and setting.

The setting is vibrant with blue water and blue skies. The sights of Paris was great. I wonder where will Nadia and her friends go before their adventure ends. Africa seems to be the destination where all the mysteries will be solved, but maybe we are heading to an underwater paradise? It’s the how they get to their destination that keeps me so intrigued and with thirty-nine episodes I know I have only scratched the surface.

More specifically the characters nationalities creates a strong foundation for me to feel invested in the characters.

For example, Nadia as the protagonist will have to overcome hardships, but one hardship that hits close to home, and has to be overcome is racism. Right off the bat the audience knows Nadia has struggled with unfair treatment just because her skin is dark.

She says it to Jean in episode one, “I don’t suppose you find my dark skin funny.” Instantly, that struck me, and episode one’s plot is centered around how everyone deserves equal treatment.

Nadia was owned by a circus ring leader and was reduced to a mere circus performer. Jean’s aunt shunned Nadia because the color of her skin. However, Jean saves Nadia and treats her with respect, friendliness, and like an equal. She can trust this daring boy with her life as Jean is an epic inventor, and combined with Nadia’s spunk they venture out to discover her origins.

Escaping Grandis, Sanson, and Hanson proves to be a real challenge and they remind me of Team Rocket. But, these initial three bad guys seem to be having a change of heart and they are proving to be valuable allies.

The Jewel known as Blue Water must be really important and hmmm mysteriously enough Jean’s father is missing or dead? There is so much to look forward to when I watch this anime. The show does a great job in making me feel like this secret will be game changing.

The Secret of Blue Water seems closely related to Captain Nemo and the epic battleship the Nautilus. The Greek and Atlantis mythos combined with Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, makes the story feel heavy with so many literary devices. All I know once Nadia figures out everything I want the water to be under her command or something of that nature.

But, then the antagonist really got me eye stunningly shocked. Gargoyle leads the Neo-Atlantean forces who are a combination of every bad organization you can think of.

These Neo-Nazi-Illuminati-Klan members are bad. They fire at will and ask questions later. They killed a little girl’s parents right before her eyes. Marie, the little girl turned orphan inspires sympathy and her innocence truly is bliss.

But, back to Gargoyle. He had an entire island population under his iron grip. His demeanor whenever he reveals he’s behind an unbreakable glass was just memorable, and he constructed a massive power plant to create a satellite cannon called the Tower of Babel. Watching the destructive power of that satellite cannon was just a taste of things yet to come, but it reminds me that our civilizations today are capable of such feats. Does perfecting the power of the Gods take the power of The Blue Water Jewel? Hmmm?

I feel the anime in just eight episodes builds their story carefully and it makes me embrace my inner adventurer. But, darker themes cannot be ignored and are woven into the characters destinies. Nadia, Jean, Marie, and other characters are coming of age in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, and I know a Classic Anime like this has its own place in history.