GKIDS has acquired the North American distribution rights for Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, the 1990 animated series 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 on home entertainment platforms this year, based on a new 4K restoration.
Synopsis: It’s 1889 and people from around the globe are flocking to Paris to see scientific achievements at the Exposition Universelle despite rumors of dangers lurking in the oceans. While attending the fair, teenaged inventor Jean meets Nadia, a mysterious girl who possesses a highly sought-after crystal called Blue Water. Pursued by nefarious forces, the pair journey by sea and by sky to escape their would-be captors and to discover the secret of the crystal.
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water was created by NHK, Toho and Korad, and helmed by Anno out of the animation studio he co-founded, Gainax. The series runs for 39 episodes.
Last year, GKIDS released Anno’s critically-acclaimed Neon Genesis Evangelion on home entertainment platforms, marking the first time the property was available on Blu-ray in North America.