Return Of Nadia is a splendid collection of genga ( key animation ) drawings and layouts from the anime series Nadia : Secret Of Blue Water, produced by Gainax.
Many of the core creative personnel behind Evangelion worked on the series, including director Hideaki Anno and character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, which is why is visual style and look of both series share many similarities.
Interestingly enough, the concept for the film came from Miyazaki Hayao, who based his ideas on Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. He was approached by Toho to produce an anime series based on this concept, and although it never really took off some of the ideas were still used in Future Boy Conan and Castle In The Sky.
(above & below left) I love these dynamic group poses, so full of energy. The book is filled with plenty of drawings as such and is great as reference material when drawing.
Sentai Filmworks has released the complete Nadia blu-ray boxset – I’m hoping for the price to dip a little more before getting it.
The quality of the genga drawings in this book is exceptional, and comes highly recommended even if you’re not a big fan of Nadia. ( You ought to be ! )
– Dimensions – 30 x 20.6 x 1.4 cm
– Softcover, 272 pages
– Black & White, in Japanese language
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