Sanson is a anime/manga character in the Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water franchise
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Sanson is Grandis henchman/friend and happens to be the strong man, sharp-shooter, and driver of the Grandis Gang.


Early History

There is very little info about Sanson before he appears in the show. His birth of origin is Nice, France and his date of birth February 22nd 1862. At some point at a very young age he was growing up during wartime and widespread epidemics. He even saw his own parents die during those struggles.

Sanson (Before)
Sanson (Before)

Years later, in his teenage years, he grew up very slim, girls made fun of him and named him “Bean Pole”. Hanson decided to take action and trained himself day by day as he becomes a strong but incredible vain young man. Because of his newfound strength, Sanson uses it to charm women. He considers himself as an expert on handling women. He also develops an obsession for his clothes and his hat.

Before the Grandis Gang
Before the Grandis Gang

Then some time later, Sanson found work as a chauffeur to the Granva Family in Italy. After Grandis was tricked into marrying a scoundrel named Gonzalez, who only married her for her family’s wealth and made Grandis excluded from her friends and family, both Sanson and a mechanic named Hanson remained loyal and faithful to her. They both have strong feelings for her, but she does not love them in return. Both Hanson and Sanson have done everything necessary to protect their mistress, even by trying to prevent Grandis from falling in love w/ another man. The trio sustained themselves from Grandis’ jewels which belonged to her deceased mother, until they were all gone. When Grandis became obsessed with jewels, the trio then began their lives as jewel thieves and called themselves The Grandis Gang.

The Grandis Gang
The Grandis Gang

It is believed that during their time as criminals, Sanson developed outstanding marksmanship. Sanson also becomes the navigation pilot of their multi-purpose getaway vehicle – The Gratan (or the “Catherine” as Grandis and Sanson refer to it).

During the Series

By 1889, at the very start of the series, the Grandis Gang arrives in Paris to steal a famous, and yet mysterious, jewel called the Blue Water from a colored circus performer named Nadia. Once they tracked her down at the Eiffel Tower, Nadia easily manages to escape from them. The Grandis Gang then locates the young acrobat at a circus, where they bought her from her master to try to steal her jewel necklace. Their efforts were soon foiled by an ingenious boy named Jean, who fell in love with Nadia and rescues her. The Grandis Gang began to chase Jean and Nadia with the Grantan by land, air, and sea, on a never-ending pursuit as they become hell-bent for the Blue Water.

After a failed effort to snatch the kids from a US Navel warship, the Grandis Gang found themselves adrift until they came across an island. They island they settled on is where they located Jean and Nadia (who were sent there by a submarine called The Nautilus via aircraft) and soon were encountered masked soldiers called the Neo Atlanteans. After being captured and put to work in a slave camp, the Grandis Gang were unsuccessful to escape and were locked away in prison. They tried to escape again, they team-up with Jean as they worked together to rescue Nadia, her pet lion cub King and a little girl named Marie from a villain named Gargoyle. Although their rescue attempt was almost successful, they were outmatched by the technological science of the Neo Atlanteans. They were all eventually saved by Captain Nemo and the Nautilus crew.

Soon after the defeat of the Neo Atlanteans, Jean, Nadia, King, Marie, Grandis, Sanson, and Hanson then found themselves as guests (and later honorary crew members) of the Nautilus. While on board the submarine, Sanson experiences many changes. First off, because the heroic rescue attempt he (along with Grandis and Hanson) becomes friends with the children. Sanson even develops a relationship with Marie (who has a crush on him, and often acts protective of her from time to time) and tries to help Jean grow closer to Nadia. He then develops a dislike of life in the submarine when orders are given and being served fish three times a day. He considers Captain Nemo to be cruel and heartless when he almost ignored to help heal Marie from an illness. He also sense trouble from Captain Nemo when Grandis develops feelings for him.

When the Neo Atlanteans finally tracked down the Nautilus with their own aircraft, the Grandis Gang used the Gratan to defend the ship when it was pulled to the surface by a magnetic field. After a crude effort, with Sanson firing a shot to loaded torpedo, the Grandis Gang was caught adrift when the enemy aircraft shot a hole in the balloon. They eventually landed on a mysterious deserted island (later revealed to be Red Noah), where it exhibits strange abilities like changing tropical weather to winter. Sanson and the Grandis Gang discovered another inhabitant on the island named Ayerton, who was also shipwrecked and tried to consume much of their supplies and buried him in the sand as punishment as they were disguised as monsters. Their monster disguised was short lived when Jean, Nadia, Marie and King appeared on the island and were reunited as they tried to fix the Gratan in four months. As repairs were about finished, the Red Noah begins to manifest itself and the landscape surrounding it begins to sink into the ocean. Once the Gratan was ready for lift off everyone managed to locate and save Jean and Nadia from a final cataclysm as they venture to Africa, where they hope to Nadia's homeland.

Their new adventure it a snag one night when Gargoyle's aircraft followed them. When the enemy aircraft shot the Gratan, it caused another hole in the balloon as it spiraled and crash landed to Africa. At first that they were captured by a native tribe but were soon set free and became friends with the natives. Their new alliance proved victorious against Gonzalez, who was causing trouble with the natives and later kidnapped King, Nadia, and Grandis. Afterwords, they traveled onward towards Tartessos, the country of Nadia's suppose homeland. When they reached a lake, Nadia begins to act strangely as she is slightly possessed by the Blue Water. While she was possessed, she managed to open an underwater passage from the lake and other underground doorways that lead to the ruin city of Tartessos where she explains her true origins about herself and her heritage from both Atlantis and the Neo Atlanteans upon her discovery from Red Noah. Despite the fact that she was not of this Earth, everyone still accpted Nadia because they cared for her.

Their happiness was soon short lived when Gargoyle and the Neo Atlanteans arrived via aircraft where they discovered Nadia. She sacrificed herself to become held hostage in order spare the lives of her friends. Gargoyle soon betrayed Nadia's trust and tried to kill them all. As everyone tried to escape the deadly assualt, everyone was soon rescued from Electra, who she and the rest of the Nautilus Crew were revealed to be alive. As everyone regrouped with the Nautilus crew in a space ship to take arms against Gargoyle, they soon discover that he plans to rule the Earth and place humanity into servitude. As they go into space to confront Gargoyle one last time in space, the Grandis Gang try to sabotage the force field generator and sacrifice the Gratan to do so. Sanson was soon captured along Grandis and Hanson. Sanson was soon freed by the Nautilus crew after the defeat of Gargoyle and returned to Earth as a badly injured Captain Nemo sacrifices himself to save Sanson and the others.


By 1902, after twelve years since after the defeat of the Neo Atleanteans and the tragic death of Captain Nemo, everyone went there separate ways. Sanson married Marie (who has grown into a beautiful young lady) and are expecting their first child.

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Steve Kramer
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Name: Sanson
Gender: Male
Birthday: 02/22/1862
1st manga book:
1st anime episode: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water #1
1st anime movie: Nadia of the Mysterious Seas
Aliases Bean Pole
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Nadia of the Mysterious Seas

Three years after the defeat of Gargoyle and Neo-Atlantis, a new threat has surfaced bent on bringing the world under his control.

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