What a beautiful illustration of Nadia – Secret of Blue Water by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto-san, who worked on the character design for this animated series. He was also the character designer for a whole bunch of other films like Evangelion, Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, just to name a few.
A few illustrations of Nadia can be found in his art book Carmine. ( read review here. ) Another prominent artist who worked on Nadia was Tatsuyuki Tanaka-san; there are some select image boards of the film found in his art book Cannabis Works. ( read review here. )
I remember seeing Nadia on TV as a kid but I honestly can’t remember much of it except the opening sequence. (video link below) The blu-ray boxset is too exorbitantly priced but I look forward to owning it…some day.
The visual style of the opening is very typical of the anime series during the 80s/early 90s; and the quality of the 2D animation is very, very good. ( The varied run cycles of the group shot alone shows off the superb skill of the animator. ) 見るとどきどきしちゃうわ。
I really miss the good old days of these fluid, beautiful cell animation.
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