Daphne In The Brilliant Blue

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  • TV-PG
  • 2004
  • 1 Season
  • 6.8  (90)

Daphne In The Brilliant Blue is a science fiction anime series featuring an all-female team of underwater bounty hunters. The show was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Takashi Ikehata. It premiered in 2004 and was broadcasted on Chiba TV. The show is set in a futuristic world, where the majority of the Earth's surface is covered in water due to global warming.

The main character of the show is Maia Mizuki, a young woman who dreams of becoming a member of the elite group of underwater bounty hunters known as "Nereids." This group is responsible for capturing dangerous criminals and locating lost treasures in the underwater world. However, when Maia finally passes the Nereids' entrance exam, she discovers that the life of a bounty hunter is not as glamorous as she imagined. She must work hard to prove herself to her new teammates, who are all skilled and experienced hunters.

The team's leader is Rena, a tough and determined hunter who is not afraid to take risks. Rena is often critical of Maia and expects her to work harder than anyone else on the team. The other members of the Nereids include the strong and athletic Shizuka, the wealthy and sophisticated Gloria, and the cute and cheerful Yu Park. Together, the Nereids must navigate the dangerous and unpredictable waters of the ocean to complete their missions.

One of the main themes of the show is the relationship between humans and the environment. The underwater world is depicted as a fragile ecosystem that is being threatened by human activity. The characters often discuss the importance of protecting the ocean and preserving its resources for future generations. The show also explores the consequences of global warming, such as rising sea levels and the forced migration of animals and people.

In addition to the environmental themes, Daphne In The Brilliant Blue also deals with issues of gender and identity. The Nereids are an all-female team, which challenges traditional gender roles and expectations. The characters often deal with discrimination and sexism from other hunters and society as a whole. Maia, in particular, struggles to find her place on the team and reconcile her identity as a woman with her role as a bounty hunter.

The animation style of the show is colorful and vibrant, with detailed depictions of the underwater world. The characters are all well-designed and distinct, with their own unique personalities and quirks. The voice acting is also notable, with strong performances from the cast. Daiki Nakamura, Kana Ueda, Sakura Nogawa, Masumi Asano, Mai Nakahara, Ami Koshimizu, Sayaka Ohara, Hidetoshi Nakamura, Kenji Nomura, Shinji Kawada, Hitomi Nabatame, Mugihito, Mitsuo Iwata, Junko Noda, Tomokazu Seki, Ryouka Yuzuki, Keiji Fujiwara, and Tsuji Shinpachi all deliver solid performances that bring their characters to life.

Overall, Daphne In The Brilliant Blue is a fun and engaging anime series that combines elements of science fiction, action, and drama. The characters are likable and interesting, and the show's themes are thought-provoking and relevant. If you're looking for a new anime to check out, this is definitely one to consider.

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Heaven Can Wait for Maia Mizuki
26. Heaven Can Wait for Maia Mizuki
August 18, 2009
While helping Gloria on a freelance job, Gloria and Maia switch bodies.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nereids (But Were Afraid to Ask)
25. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nereids (But Were Afraid to Ask)
August 18, 2009
The ladies make a PR video.
	Daphne in the Brilliant Blue
24. Daphne in the Brilliant Blue
July 3, 2004
Tony lets Maia, Wong Chang and Lee use the attack sub so that they can find Elpida. Once inside all of Maia's memories come back. She is able to find the time capsule she and her brother buried.
	Escape from Kamchatka
23. Escape from Kamchatka
Tony tells the girls of Neriads about Maia's capture. As soon as Tsukasa returns from Greeland City, Shizuka recruits her to help them capture Maia from the Ocean Agency.
Everyday Life of an Eye and Recollection
22. Everyday Life of an Eye and Recollection
June 18, 2004
Millie and Tony Long save Maia from the slave traders. Tony then confirms to Maia her recollection of being the only survivor of Elpida. The information branch of the Ocean Agency then kidnaps Maia to insure she can say nothing about past events.
	What Happened to Maia
21. What Happened to Maia
Maia is unable to concentrate on her new mission which is to find a girl that has been kidnapped by the slave traders. Shizuka is injured due to Maia's lack of concentration.
	Once Upon a Time in Siberia
20. Once Upon a Time in Siberia
The stress of trying to rescue the treasure hunters triggers memories of Maia's past. Maia returns to Siberia in search of the time capsule she and her brother buried under the laurel.
	Submarine Does Not Rise to the Surface
19. Submarine Does Not Rise to the Surface
Maia is taken hostage when Mai, Wong, Chang and Lee resteal the submarine. Maia then has to rescue the treasure hunters from a watery grave.
Conflicts Winding Down
18. Conflicts Winding Down
May 21, 2004
A con artist plays with Shizuka's heart.
Defeated by a Baby
17. Defeated by a Baby
May 14, 2004
A baby has been abandoned at Yu's front door. Gloria does not want to turn the baby over to the police.
The Great Surge (part 2)
16. The Great Surge (part 2)
Maia and the runaway boy are accused of plotting to kill the CEO; but Rena and Shizuka are able to track down the real plotters.
The Great Surge (part 1)
15. The Great Surge (part 1)
Maia is sent to Siberia to find a runaway. A mechanic has been paid to sabotage the plane of a wealthy CEO.
The Elderly and UMA
14. The Elderly and UMA
April 16, 2004
Since the submarine is just sitting around and costing a fortune, Maia goes out and finds them a job. This job will also double as a training mission for the crew. Their job is to go searching for a sea monster.
Giving Hatred
13. Giving Hatred
April 8, 2004
Wong, Chang and Lee along with their rescuer, Mai, seek revenge on Neriads for putting the three brothers in prison. Neriads confiscates the submarine Mai stole.
The Day the World Surfaced
12. The Day the World Surfaced
April 1, 2004
Maia, Tsukasa and Millie show off the Ocean Agency's new hovercraft. It is also the celebration of the 100th anniversary of underwater cities rising to the surface.
	Like This for a Long Visit
11. Like This for a Long Visit
When Maia passes a Loral Tree it sparks old memories from her past. Everyone decides to spend an extra day in Siberia looking for clues about Maia's past.
Siberian Special Vacation
10. Siberian Special Vacation
March 19, 2004
The girls go to Siberia City where slave traders kidnap Shizuka. Maia has no recollection of being in Siberia before but knows the fastest way to intercept the fleeing kidnappers.
I'm the Only One Without a Tomorrow
9. I'm the Only One Without a Tomorrow
March 11, 2004
Gloria is told she only has a week to live so Tsukasa now has to help her meet her ideal man.
Risk Everything For Speed!
8. Risk Everything For Speed!
March 4, 2004
Maia takes the wheel of a test vehicle when Shizuka's childhood friend, Millie, is injured. Maia gets caught in some industrial espionage.
All That, Papa
7. All That, Papa
February 26, 2004
The branch manager's daughter discovers he has been lying to her about his role at work. The gang catches a group of poachers.
The Great Nighttime Manhunt
6. The Great Nighttime Manhunt
February 19, 2004
Maia gets partnered with Gloria and Yu and discovers the tense relationship they have. Car thieves kidnapped Maia as Yu and Gloria are chasing a suspicious truck.
The Hooligan's Return
5. The Hooligan's Return
February 12, 2004
Maia is introduced to a martial arts expert named Yu Park. Rena and detective Yagi are taken hostage while on a cruise ship. Yu is reinstated as a Neriads agent after serving 90 days in jail and saving detective Yagi.
Chacachaca Banban
4. Chacachaca Banban
February 5, 2004
Maia has to drive the experimental hovercar for Team Albatross. Someone is sabotaging the car so the Neriads try to find out who is doing this in order to keep Maia safe.
There's No Work as Great as Neres?
3. There's No Work as Great as Neres?
January 29, 2004
Maia and Shizuka solve the mystery of the Martin's missing wedding money. Trouble is lying in wait for Rena in the form of a blonde woman.
Maia's Longest Day (Part 2)
2. Maia's Longest Day (Part 2)
Maia becomes involved in a detainee exchange that goes bad. The housing agency confiscates all her possessions so she has to join Neriads.
Maia's Longest Day (Part 1)
1. Maia's Longest Day (Part 1)
January 15, 2004
Maia is having the worst day of her life. She is not accepted by the Ocean Agency and is kicked out of her house. Now she can not find a job that will pay room and board. Then she is taken as a hostage and is shot at.
  • Premiere Date
    January 15, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (90)