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AKA: Adventure of the Patapata Airship, Patapata Airship Adventure, Secret of the Cerulean Sand
Genre: Classic adventure
Length: Television series, 26 episodes, 23 minutes each
Distributor: Currently unlicensed in North America
Content Rating: 10+ (fighting, violence, extremely ruthless villain, death, emotional intensity)
Related Series: N/A
Also Recommended: Castle in the Sky, Nadia: Secret of Blue Water
Notes: Based on the Jules Verne novels Face Au Drapeau ("Facing the Flag") and L'etonnante Aventure de la Mission Barsac ("City in the Sahara").

Patapata Hikousen no Bouken


Legends of an ancient "floating liquid" convince scholar George Buxton to travel to the Middle East on a quest to discover the mysterious substance. After setting on his trip, word reaches his family that he has been executed after inciting a failed rebellion. Heartbroken and after receiving a mysterious parcel one night, his young sister Jane becomes convinced that he is still alive. With the help of the loyal family butler, she will soon begin the adventure of her lifetime.


Before I get into the heart of my review, I did want to note that the alert viewer who has seen Nadia: Secret of Blue Water will notice some similarities between the Gainax classic and this show. While at first I had assumed that perhaps this Patapata may have been partially inspired by Nadia, after a several hours of research into the Verne novels this show was based on, I'm beginning to think that the similarities between the two might be just incidental because of the common source author. The bulk of the show's main plot does seem to quite heavily derived from the events that unfold in "City In The Sahara" and "Facing The Flag" with many elements being directly drawn from the novels. Heck, even the main villain's somewhat goofy sounding name (which I was sure at first that some Japanese screenwriter made up), Harry Killer, was directly taken from "City In The Sahara". I

One of the most enjoyable series I've watched in a while. A classic adventure populated with a large number of likable characters, interesting locales, and a good balance of exciting successes and sad failures. This show is mainly an old-fashioned adventure centered around Jane and despite some brief philosophical questions raised, isn't particularly deep in terms of thematic issues. If you are the kind of person who wants your anime to explore deep existential questions subtract a star. I also suppose if you like your anime a bit more directly brutal or dark, subtract a star. Jeremy A Beard

Recommended Audience: There is a lot of fighting, though you see very few occurrences of people actually being killed on screen. As I noted above there are several deaths that occur in this show including some major characters toward the end. There is one instance of brief rear nudity but there is nothing remotely sexual about the scene. Harry Killer is extremely ruthless and this is demonstrated rather directly toward the end of the show. While this is all a bit too intense for young children, I feel it should be fine for older children. In fact, I think this show would make a wonderful "family" show for both the kids and the parents to enjoy and discuss.

Version(s) Viewed: Prerelease fansub
Review Status: Full (26/26)
Patapata Hikousen no Bouken © 2001 Telecom Animation Film / TMS / Wowow / Koko / Sega / ZET