English: Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea
Synonyms: Nagi no Asu Kara, Earth color of a calm
Oct 3, 2013 to Apr 3, 2014
23 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisLong ago, all humans lived beneath the sea. However, some people preferred the surface and abandoned living underwater permanently. As a consequence, they were stripped of their god-given protection called "Ena" which allowed them to breathe underwater. Over time, the rift between the denizens of the sea and of the surface widened, although contact between the two peoples still existed.
Nagi no Asukara follows the story of Hikari Sakishima and Manaka Mukaido, along with their childhood friends Chisaki Hiradaira and Kaname Isaki, who are forced to leave the sea and attend a school on the surface. There, the group also meets Tsumugu Kihara, a fellow student and fisherman who loves the sea.
Hikari and his friends' lives are bound to change as they have to deal with the deep-seated hatred and discrimination between the people of sea and of the surface, the storms in their personal lives, as well as an impending tempest which may spell doom for all who dwell on the surface.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#1: "lull ~Soshite Bokura wa~ (lull ～そして僕らは～)" by Ray (eps 1-13)
#2: "ebb and flow" by Ray (eps 14-24)
Ending Theme#1: "Aqua Terrarium (アクアテラリウム)" by Nagi Yanagi (eps 1-13)
#2: "Mitsuba no Musubime (三つ葉の結びめ)" by Nagi Yanagi (eps 14-25)
#3: "lull〜Earth color of a calm〜" by Ray (ep 26)
*This is my first review on here so don't judge me if I don't write it as amazing as all the other ones ^
To this day and forth, this anime will stand as my favorite anime for various reasons.
*Story- This anime is set in a world where there is sea people and surface people. The story follows around the leading characters Manaka Mukaido, Hikari Sakishima, Chisaki Hiradaira, and Kaname Isaki. They meet some people from the surface (which helps the plot advance in later episodes) because they are forced to go to school up there. This is a story with a lot of emotion and it will definitely bring you a tear or two a couple times. (getting back on track) Through the story you start to notice that (other than the complicated love stuff) they start talking about a mysterious sea god and the ena these sea people have.. (There are mysteries that are left up ahead but it will be your choice to unlock by watching the actual anime.) 10/10
*Art- The art in this anime is truly beautiful, so beautiful that it was one of the main reasons why I had to watch the anime in the first place. The design of the sea people's eyes and the ocean and the surface is just ughghghgh... so amazing. I don't think I've seen a anime with this good of design since a while back. 10/10
*Sound- The sound, for me, there's not much to say about it. The soundtrack during really intense and dramatic parts where just so beautiful adding to the background animation and plot.. I don't think any anime with a theme like this one could have done any better. 10/10
*Character- As I said before the anime revolves mostly around these 5 characters going up to the surface and back down to the village meeting new people along the way. The way these characters make me feel at really emotional parts are just half of what I need to say about them. I get really frustrated throughout this anime for various reasons, (Characters cry a lot and many other reasons) but because the characters cry a, lot I'm feeling frustrated because I just have to cry with them at these parts. I don't think I've ever teared so much at an anime as much as this one. 10/10
*Enjoyment- You definitely know what I'm gonna give for this one ;). Listen, at the beginning of the anime I was thinking about not trying to rush through it and just take my time like I've did with several I've been watching. 5-7 episodes later I was so into it that I just had to watch more. I did take short break's but trust me, they were short. 10/10
*Overall- This anime, overall, was the best anime I've ever watched in my time of watching anime (which isn't that long.) It definitely gives you a kicker in the eye with all the tears you'll be flowing. It definitely does sounds crazy to say that it's my favorite anime of all time but I still got ways to go in watching anime and that might change. All that matters is right now and how I'm making a review and how my favorite anime of all time is Nagi no Asukara or A Lull in the Sea. 10/10 read more
The age-old idiom of "don't judge a book by its cover" never ceases to amaze me. Every so often you come across an anime that just blows your expectations out of the water and delivers something completely different. In the case of Nagi no Asukara, on the surface (or below the surface in this case) it mostly looks like yet another done-to-death high-school romcom. Consequently, if there was one thing I didn't expect coming into this, it'd be that it turned out to be the most beautiful anime TV-series I've seen aired since 2011.
Nagi no Asukara (or Nagi-Asu for short) takes place in a fantasy world where there exist two different subspecies of humans. In this story, people originally came from the ocean, however over time there were ones who started crawling up on land as well to see what lay above the surface of the water. Now, ages later, the population has been split completely into land people and sea people, and they generally live quite isolated from each other.
The story follows a circle of childhood friends from the sea, living in an underwater village called Shioshishio. For various reasons their local middle school closed down, and they had no choice but to transfer schools… to one above the surface. Trying to adapt to a life on land is not an easy thing, as they constantly have to keep themselves wet in order to not dry out their Ena; the protective shell given to the sea people by the Sea God, which is what enables them to live and breathe underwater in the first place. Furthermore, there is substantial discrimination and tension between the land people and the sea people which keeps raising new hurdles for the group of friends.
There are numerous areas that the plot revolves around over the course of time. There is the diplomatic relationship between the two groups of people, the mysterious supernatural aspects concerning the Sea God and Ena, and last but not least Nagi-Asu has some of the most complicated love drama I've ever come across in anime. However fear not, because Nagi no Asukara is an exceedingly rare case of romance done right.
You see, unlike 99% of all romance anime out there, Nagi-Asu is actually unpredictable. Normally you barely have to watch five minutes of the first episode of an anime TV-series in order to know with almost complete certainty which couplings will end up taking place before the end (unless there turns out to be no development at all, which is even worse), but not this time.
For one, the main character cast of Nagi-Asu is rather large as well as evenly divided in gender. There is also no one that really can be called a protagonist in this series; Hikari probably gets the most screen time but I wouldn't really go as far as to call him a “lead" character. Point being that it never really feels like anyone has any innate “advantage" when it comes to love rivalry simply due to the concept of plot armour, because they all appear to be on fairly even grounds from start to finish. Above all though, if you would draw up all the characters and their various crushes in a relationship graph, you would very quickly realize that there are just way too many arrows… and there is no obvious nor optimal solution in sight. Hence, I honestly didn't know how any of this would turn out until very close to the end of the entire series, and that is something extraordinarily rare in anime (which in itself is a pretty sad realization for the sake of the anime industry).
Anyway, all the love drama aside, the character development in Nagi no Asukara is fantastic. Each and every character feels like he/she actually serves a purpose, and adds something crucial to the bigger picture. The anime covers a quite large timespan and there is plenty of opportunity to see how everyone matures and changes over the course of the story. All the members of the main character cast have very specific and detailed personalities and depth behind them, and you never get the feeling that any of them are any less important than the other. I guess the best way to explain it is that the supernatural aspects aside, there is a constant sense of realism when it comes to the characterization in Nagi-Asu and it just kept getting better and better the longer it went because of it.
Oh the burden of not having an 11/10 rating.
If there is one thing you will realize within the first few minutes of the very first episode, it is that the visuals of Nagi-Asu are simply out of this world phenomenal. I'm not talking as much about the facial expressions etcetera although those are certainly very good as well, but this category is all about the environments. Everything involving the sea in this anime is breathtaking. Absolutely stunning. The underwater world and its submerged town has all kinds of marine creatures swimming around everywhere in perfect detail, and the lighting coming through the ocean surface (which works sort of like the sky in this case) and how it refracts with the water looked almost futuristic at times. P.A. Works really outdid themselves this time around.
That is not to say that the surface world is that much less impressively looking in any way, as the animation quality of this show is just all-round top notch. I don't really have much to say about it however other than the fact that it is really solid throughout; it's just that it kind of gets outshined simply by how gorgeous the water world of Nagi no Asukara is. I really cannot praise it enough.
Anything starring Hanazawa Kana is always an immediate potential winner in my book, but she's not exactly the only factor to take into account regarding the audio of Nagi no Asukara. As far as the voice acting goes, I think pretty much everyone really lived out their characters' roles as good as you could possibly ask for. While there was no one character that really stood out for me as being above the others in this regard, the amount of feeling that was put into the voice acting should definitely not be understated, and consequently I think it was a really good performance by the seiyuu cast in general.
Regarding the soundtrack… this part is actually pretty hard to comment on. The reason for this is that the music of Nagi-Asu is generally pretty quiet. It doesn't have any sort of epic OST or catchy/emotional music; rather it goes with a generally ambient theme that tries to up-play the atmosphere of the anime in general as well as its key scenes. As far as that goal goes, I think it does its job very well, but on the flipside it also results in the individual tracks not being very memorable as they're pretty much only good alongside the show itself and not as something you would ever listen to on its own in a music playlist. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but it's simply the way it works.
The various OP/ED themes would probably all fall into the category of “good, not great" to me; originally I wasn't too fond of them but they kind of grew on me over time as the show kept getting more and more emotional.
Overall I feel that the music of Nagi-Asu was mostly intended as a supporting aspect for other categories of the show rather than something intended to be great on its own. It's not the most common way of approach but if that was indeed the producers' goal then I think it was executed fairly satisfactory.
This show took up almost all the spare time I had available over the course of the three days it took me to marathon it. Normally that is not something I manage to do quite as much anymore, at least not for anime of this type of genre, but in the case of Nagi no Asukara I really could not stop watching it. It has this constant drive of making you want to know more, both regarding what is going to happen to the characters in focus, but also regarding the entire population of the two human subspecies and the world itself. It is extremely immersive and has a huge sense of realism to it that makes it really hard to not get absorbed by it. Also, like I mentioned earlier, it is less predictable than most anime series out there so you can never take what is going to happen next for granted.
Nagi no Asukara is a series for people seeking feels and beautiful landscapes. It utilizes environments you normally never get to see in anime and it does so in style. It once again showcases that a seemingly stereotypical concept can be extremely successful when you add one or two twists to it on a very basic level, as well as boost it with very high production values. It also makes you care, not just for the main characters but for everyone and everything in it as the scope of Nagi no Asukara is unusually large.
This anime made me bask in its beauty as well as sob silently. It went above and beyond all my expectations and now I have to consider it as one of the best I've seen in ages. A gem not quite like any other. read more
Oh, I'm not gonna make myself any new friends with this review. PA Works is one of those studios that you either praise the shit out of or you just don't give a rat's ass about. Even for the number of "successes" that they've had in the past, I don't really find myself feeling anything but indifference toward the bulk of stuff that they've produced. Hell, I'm surprised I found myself giving this show a negative review. Granted, I've never truly liked a single show that they've ever released. PA Works' programmes aren't as visually enticing as A-1 Pictures', they're nowhere near as emotionally involving as Kyoto Animation's, and they're not as comfortable to watch as JC Staff's. But yeah, PA Works doesn't really rank all that high on my visceral outrage meter. So what is it about Nagi no Asukara that doesn't work for me? Well, it's hard to sum up in just a few words so let's just dive straight into the review.
I should point out that I actually quite enjoyed watching Nagi no Asukara when I first started. The fantasy setting was certainly intriguing and I also found myself quite fascinated by the relations between the land and sea people. Of course, another reason why I picked this show up in the first place was that it was supposed to be one of the better anime romantic dramas out there on the market and I was in the middle of a romance binge at that point in time. But over time, the stuff that I found myself liking about the show combined with other things the show was doing as it progressed ended up causing me to actually really hate the show. Allow me to explain.
1) The "romance" is fucking terrible and it eclipses the actual plot of the show
Now, I'm not one to despise will they/won't they romances from the get-go (especially given how I happen to adore the shit out of Rumiko Takahashi's works) and I usually don't take umbrage with love polygons because if done well enough, it makes for a more suspenseful read and leads to interesting developments going down (like in the manga for Ichigo 100%). But in Nagi no Asukara's case, nothing of the sort actually happens. This is the kind of love polygon that's just meant to shoehorn some shitty melodrama into the show for no other reason than to give off the illusion of actual romantic development.
Kaname likes Chisaki, but Chisaki has the hots for Hikari. Hikari wants to bone Manaka, but Manaka's fingering herself to the thought of Tsumugu. Meanwhile, Tsumugu's just standing there like Kurasama from School Rumble with a blank expression on his face. Hell, this isn't even a love polygon. It's a love line segment, if anything. I mean, I wouldn't mind this so much if the characters were actually capable of carrying a scene without it devolving into melodramatic territory. I wouldn't mind this so much if the farcical melodrama didn't eclipse the actual plot of the story, but it unfortunately does.
I have nothing against works that try to tell a romantic subplot whilst telling a larger story at hand, and if done correctly, it can actually be quite lovely (i.e. Futurama, Justice League, Daria, The Spectacular Spider-Man, etc). Unfortunately, it would seem that PA Works forgot that the real story at hand is (supposedly) about two tribes of people with vastly different ways of life that must work together to avoid cataclysmic disaster. I wouldn't mind this so much if the "romance" actually went somewhere but unfortunately it doesn't and it never does at any point in the series. Hell, the resolution is open-ended with only one official couple actually forming by the end of it all (and even then, that pairing didn't have much build-up going for it).
2) The characters are one-note archetypes with no depth whatsoever
You know, it seems like just yesterday when I was 15/16 years old so the hormone mixture was still running wild and I was having a shitload of brand new experiences. As such, I can definitely sympathise with what our leading quartet would (presumably) be going through... to a certain degree, anyway. Unfortunately, being able to sympathise with someone does not a good character make. I suppose it's not entirely fair to say that the characters are one-note archetypes but I'd be lying through my teeth if I said they weren't defined by a gimmick or two.
Hikari is your typical male tsundere, whilst Kaname is the mature, mild-mannered one. Manaka is the primary love interest who's a crybaby, relies on her friends, and has the hots for some other guy whilst Chisaki is the tertiary love interest who withholds her feelings for Hikari because he knows he wants to fuck the shit out of Manaka. Meanwhile, Tsumugu doesn't even have any sort of characterisation about him. He's just this quiet guy who follows our leading quartet around.
Manaka and Chisaki could've easily been fused into a single character, because they both feel like they were meant to originally be one character but were then written into to separate separate characters for some undecipherable reason. On that note, Kaname has to be the most useless character in the entire show. I appreciate how he's a foil to Hikari, but he never contributes anything of relevance to the story at hand. All he really does is just stand there chatting with the other characters. At least Manaka, Hikari, Chisaki, and even Tsumugu (at one point) contributed *something* of relevance to the story at hand. Hell, I can't even call Kaname a Kaworu Nagisa clone because Kaworu actually did more stuff in Evangelion in one episode than Kaname ever does across the span of 26 episodes.
Then again, I really shouldn't be bitching about Kaname and Tsumugu not contributing anything of substance to the plot because they (along with some irrelevant side characters) are the only ones I could actually find myself liking. I couldn't help but feel contempt any time I saw Hikari, Manaka, Chisaki, or Miuna in the frame because they're so fucking unbearable. Hikari's tendency to shout at everything he doesn't understand is what ultimately causes me to viscerally despise him because I just want him to shut the fuck up AND HE NEVER DOES. Whilst I hate Manaka and Chisaki, I can safely say that they're nowhere near as infuriating as Hikari is.
On that note, let's talk about our two lead "heroines" and why they make me want to shoot up some heroin. Manaka is a moeblob plot device and nothing more. Thankfully, she's not the insufferable hyperactive type of moeblob, but that still doesn't change the fact that she's a useless crybaby who serves no purpose other than to advance the plot. Say what you will about Usagi from Sailor Moon, but at least Usagi grows as an individual over the course of the series. Hell, at least Nagisa from Clannad helped spark Tomoya's growth as an individual. I have absolutely nothing of the sort to say about Manaka whatsoever. Virtually everything I've said about Manaka can also be applied to Chisaki, but it should be noted that Chisaki at least has *some* sense of characterisation about her.
3) The worldbuilding in Nagi-Asu is absolutely appalling.
Considering the fact that this show takes place in a fantasy world where one group of people split off from another and then went on to live their own lives whilst still retaining *some* form of contact with one another, one would assume that the cultures of the people on land and at sea would be highly divergent but that couldn't be further from the truth. Aside from the fact that the people of Shioshishio live underwater and worship a sea deity, there's virtually no conceivable differences between the people of the former village and the people of Oshiooshi. I mean, their names are just anagrams of one another's for Christ's sake!
On another note, I love how the series claims that all of humanity originated from the sea and moved onto land but we only really see two locations throughout the span of the entire series. By sheer implication, Shioshishio would've been the origin of all humanity since that's the only sea village we're ever made aware of and it's never stated whether or not other sea villages exist. So how is it that a faction of people could emigrate from a single village and then go on to populate the rest of the planet? I mean, Nagi no Asukara does exist in /some/ space of reality. We have electrical grids, motor vehicles, grocery stores, and other such things that would imply that the history of the world that Nagi no Asukara also follows real world events to /some/ degree. I wouldn't be bitching about this so much if the show didn't bring up all this shit and decided to do absolutely fuck-all with it. Hell, I wouldn't have minded any of this whatsoever if the actual "romance" went anywhere meaningful, but both plots are fucking awful and half-baked.
4) The second half of the show is a poorly paced time skip and has a resolution that forces a happy ending
The second half of the show starts us off with a time skip after a MAJOR event occurs, which is already an indicator that these episodes are bound to suck because PA Works already proved that they're incapable of writing a cogent plot in the first half of the series. With that in mind though, it's not like the first half of the show was entirely without merit because the actual plot of the story, though extremely atrophied in terms of depth and detail, was still interesting enough to keep my attention and the episode before the timeskip was nothing short of intense to the point where it was almost enough to make me forget about all the shit I was complaining about previously.
On that note, I should point out that I don't have anything against time skips in general. When you get right down to it, a time skip is a literary device and what ultimately matters is how that literary device is used. Oyasumi Punpun, one of my all-time favourite mangas uses time skips to great effect, as it covers life-changing events throughout various points in time that ended up shaping the person that Punpun would eventually become. Unfortunately, the guys at PA Works lack the tact of Inio Asano so they just ended up using the time skip as a crutch to avoid actually writing up the direct aftermath of what just happened after said major event.
If that weren't bad enough, the pacing is just dreadful. There's almost no sense of transition whatsoever, so events are brought up like there's no fucking tomorrow. Random plot details are also introduced at random intervals with almost no sense of foreshadowing whatsoever and effectively diminish the impact of events that previously happened. The events pre-timeskip implied that the world was doomed because the sea god was angry at the fact that people abandoned the sea to live on the surface, and the land dwellers aren't appeasing him with regular offerings. It's not a perfect set-up, but at least that seems like something meaningful, right? Post-timeskip, apparently the sea god is just lonely and he needs someone to cuddle on those cold winter nights. Way to ruin what little good there was to be found in your shitty programme, PA Works!
On top of that, the actual ending to the entire series just feels forced beyond all belief. I understand the desire to see everything work out for the better in regards to your protagonists, but god damn it, you have to fucking EARN that happy ending and I can safely say that nobody in Nagi no Asukara deserved that happy ending. The entire conflict is just resolved without any hint of subtlety, foreshadowing, or anything of the sort. Hell, nobody ends up getting sacrificed to appease the sea god's raging boner by the end of it all! Like, what the actual fuck PA Works? Is it so hard to actually write up an ending that doesn't stick a gigantic middle finger to anyone with a functioning brain? Of all the things that I dislike about Nagi no Asukara, the ending would definitely have to be the thing that I hate the most.
So, in conclusion: this show sucks the chrome off of doorknobs. In between the farcical melodrama, the shitty worldbuilding, the hackneyed "romance," AND that shitty ending, I just have one question to ask: Why? As in, "why did PA Works even greenlight this show in the first place if it had such obvious problems?" I guess this is the level of quality we should expect from a studio that's effectively the poor man's Kyoto Animation. Whilst Nagi no Asukara is far from the worst thing I've ever watched, it's still undoubtedly the most disappointing thing I've ever sat through. Here's to hoping that PA Works won't fuck up another show beyond all belief... oh wait, we have Charlotte. *sigh* read more
Do NOT judge a book by its cover, I've learnt that very well from this anime...
At first I thought it would be a cheesy cute child's play but after watching it i realized how much meaning it had and how touching it was.
The summary gave me the idea of a few kids from magical sea cities just wanted to play on land and it sounded pretty simple and somewhat boring.....seriously do NOT trust that stupid summary it got me in tears and I literally got so into it I took a day and a half to just finish it!
It's a "light" feeling anime about a group of friends, just like AnoHana. I would definitely recommend it. They both have fantasy elements and are about how a group of friends' lives are changed forever by different circumstances, including love, among other things.
The overall atmosphere of the series is very alike. Most of all because the characters of Manaka and Menma seem very similar, and both of them have a friend who always cares about them (Hikari and Jinta respectively). Both series are about a group of friends who spend time together.
In the sense of atmospheric mood--sweet adolescence romance between childhood friends! The sentimental feels that you'll get from watching the two are very alike where sometimes you just want to burst out in sheer joy for the characters or weep for them. Both have a drab of supernatural or out of the world charm that makes the love polygons more than any ordinary childhood crush.
Both main leads (Jintan in 'Ano Hana' and Hikari in 'Nagi no Asakura') are in love with a childhood friend and do not openly admit it. Both main lead girls, Menma (Ano Hana) and Manaka (Nagi no Asakura) have similar personalities: cheery, selfless, and often empathetic for others.
And with every love polygon...there exists a Girl B who likes the main lead male in both series and of course, a Boy B who notices it.
Both Anime are Drama that have a kind of 'fantasy' theme to them and a huge focus on the romance aspect. The main girl is very similar in both shows (in a way of being naive and overly moe) and the cast itself has a similar setup as well (2 girls, 3 guys and similar relationships imo).
Also at some point both focus on a somewhat important event, those episodes felt especially similar but overall you get a very similar feeling watch those two.
Dealing with friendship, loss, and coming of age. Really heartfelt series with similar OST and characters of similar age.
SIMILARITIES: group of friends, growing up together, unrequieted love, love triangle (and more complex polygons...), how relationships change over years, guy as main character and POV, childish girl as female protagonist.
DIFFERENCES, referred to AnoHana: way more tragic and sad, realistic setting.
As everyone said, both basically give off the same vibe. Both refreshing and don't claim to be more than they are, they don't claim to be the most exploring animes into the themes of childhood, they give what they want to give, a middle-school story.
Childhood friends relationships and growing up
Themes of change and fear of change
A perhaps too much focus on childhood love that conquers all
Manaka and Menma are alike but Manaka is more developed and becomes somewhat mature as the anime progresses (though we can't really blame Menma who's practically frozen in her childhood self)
Both have brilliant soundtracks and you can't ever feel the urge to skip the openings and endings in very episode
The characters of Nagi are more complex imo but then again its 13 Vs 26 eps. That being said, I think despite Nagi being longer, its pace and direction are actually better executed imo
brilliant art and animation for both and a beautiful colourful, summer-like feel to them both (especially at the beginning of Nagi)
I actually went back and watched some of Anohana after this
This two are more alike than me and my identical twin brother (haha ok, ok.. maybe not THAT alike, but still). Nonetheless, if you enjoyed the first one, it shows that you like love triangles, in which ofc someone is left outside of the geometrical shape of painful love, aaand you enjoy seeing them suffer throughout the series, therefore making you a sadist. OR you kinda hate this love-triangles but the story is so good that you can't stop watching and you choose to endure all those heart-crushing moments, which kinda makes you a masochist.. hahahaha k bye.
Nagi no Asukara and Anohana are both anime series with a similar atmosphere, small cast of characters, and involves romance between friends.
A shy young girl is in caught in the middle of a love triangle with more complex circumstances also involving themes of supernatural. Both series also has some emotional factors as characters tries to go deal with certain situations with their own hands.
•both anime focus on a group of friends, and there present lives while emotions begin to stir for each other, as the story continues, emotions explode and the story sets in motion, concluding for better or for worse
•both focus on the human interactions of certain incidents that happen during an event, and the result of the time lapse there emotions froze or changed for the better or for worse
•both are the light heartwrenching emotional roller coaster, that will make the audience cry out in happiness or sadness, it will stir up past feelings or present
•both are an anime that are enjoyable and will make you feel something for every episode, wheres its agony for the guy who wants the best for the girl he likes, or sadness because they love to be around the person they love even though there heart aches, they will always be happy for them
•they are both a great series to watch and the scenarios are very similar, with love triangles here and there, connecting one to the other for different reasons,
Have a really similar feel and both have a very complex romance.
Very similar feeling. Lot's of drama and hidden feelings among a group of friends, resulting in/because of an unfortunate event. Also, both series revolve around their "mascot": an airheaded young girl who would do anything for her friends.
Similar romantic drama between a group of friends in school. Manaka and Menma are very similar and even have similar sounding VA's. Hikari and Jinta are also similar male protagonists, though Hikari is a bit more tsundere and jealous. They both have very similar feelings despite having very different settings.
Nagi no Asukara is basically a fusion or a mix of both AnoHana and Shinsekai Yori - they're both anime about a group of friends/teenagers growing up (mentally and physically) in an "unique" world related to magic in a way. Also the romance and feelings factor and characters are really similar to AnoHana. Menma could be compared to Manaka while Hikari could be compared to Jinta, etc. (Spoilers Alert) There also was a huge love "shape" (because it was basically a triangle that kept getting more angles as the episodes went on) a bit similar to AnoHana.
High school problems amidst a lot of rampant emotions and a slow journey into the characters' lives, make these anime similar.
Both have that lovely theme of friendship and will definitely make you cry at least once.
-Focuses on a group of friends and their relationships
-Both have love triangles
-Can make you cry
-Both are bittersweet dramas
-Has a colorful cast
-Both the main female characters are innocent and cheerful, yet complex.
This is an easy one. Both have a dramatic focused story line. They both have comedy and romance, but AnoHana is definitely more comedic while NagiAsu is much more romantic. They both have problem related to the past in different way. The main character are teenagers having difficulties to accept those changes around them. They leave you during all the show with a lot of bittersweet feelings.
They both are light hearted series about a group of friends. Just like in AnoHana, there is love involved. Manaka and Meike (main characters from both series) are very alike also.
If you a sucker for anime that makes you soft as hell; then I thoroughly recommend these anime. They both exert this "cry or else I'll fck you in the ass" feeling... Haha, sorry I know this isn't much information but if you like one then you will probably like the other. To sum they're both about a group of friends filled with drama, slice of life, and some sort of crying magic.
P.S: Even big boys can force tears :P.
Both stories are about childhood friends and how they cope with their feelings toward each other.
If you like watching the drama unfold in AnoHana, you may also like Nagi no Asukara. In my opinion, they're similar because of the drama, romance, artwork, character design, and supernatural essence. It's kind of difficult to explain without spoiling any plots, but both animes share same aspect of not being able to assume what's going to happen next. Also, another point that needs to be put out there is how there's always a lump of hopelessness that gets bigger and bigger with each passing episode until the very end. I think if you're into that sort of tear-jerking, tragic storyline, you might also enjoy Nagi no Asukara.
The characters are really similar, as is the plot line, since it focuses on similar themes/genres. It has light-hearted as well as sad/touching moments. Art also has a similar feel to it, but it's nicer in Nagi no Asukara. And they're both full to the brim of sometimes annoying, tearful love triangles!
Both have a group of friends that grew up together ever since their childhood. They build feelings for each other, and it's a really heartfelt adventure and experience.
Both of these shows have similar feelings (even though AnoHana is like 10x more dramatic). They portrait the daily lives of a group of childhood friends, with similar characters (Menma similar to Manaka and Jinta similar to Hikari) with an extremely beautiful environment. Also, both of these shows talk about changes in life.
Both deals with love pentagons and so on, both has similar main characters and will occasionally make you cry. Both has a mixed setting of supernatural and reaity. Both have student settings and they're a group of childhood friends as well. Very similar except for the setting and story.
The story line from each show is different from one another, but the slice of life aspect and the interactions between the main, girl character in both shows are very similar. There are several relationships involved, but both shows go beyond the surface level of exploring relationships.
Nagi no Asukara and AnoHana are both written by Mari Okada so there are some similar emotions that are brought out.
Story about friends,coming of age.... with the drama and hardships to tackle mixed in. Also the romance kinda feels similar,especially on the heroines' part.
+ The cast of friends have all grown up together but eventually, something happens along the way that splits them apart
+ They're bother rather depressing yet they leave a happy or innocent feeling in you once you finish it
+ Love triangles are involved
+ In the end, you can see the change between the group of friends compared to what they were like in the beginning and the end after dealing with their issues which is pretty depressing in my opinion. It basically shows how dramatically something can change a person
- Anohana focuses on only paranormal activities while Nagi no Asukara leans a lot more towards the fantasy world
The pains and joys of youthful friendship are what make them so strong, and what help them last. Even the calamities of romance cannot break this truly wondrous connection that we make between ourselves.
Like Anohana, Nagi no Asukara focuses on a group of friends who struggle through obstacles and change as they figure out who they want to be for themselves, and for the others. As the characters struggle through the calamity of romance threatening precious childhood friendships, we see them develop and mature into different people as time goes on. Similarly to Anohana, the characters in Nagi no Asukara work together to maintain what's most important to them—their friendships.
A coming of age story about romance and opening their eyes to the world they live in. Changes and Growing up, truths and lies. They both have this supernatural feel to it, but Shinsekai Yori definitely has a darker edge.
A group of friends slowly discovering more about the society they live in. Then, each one of them find their own way to deal with the situation. Both have drama and also deal with forbidden love and other aspects that affect their lives.
Children witness the "end" of their societies and discover that not all is as it appears to be.
Both start off following a young group of friends, their life, their friendship, etc, but soon evolve into something much more. Shinsekai Yori is a lot more mature than NnA but both excel in transmitting emotion and captivating the viewer until the end.
Shinsekai Yori takes place in a post apocalyptic world and our main cast live in a Utopian society with strict rules. While Nagi no Asukara is the light hearted version of Shinsekai Yori minus the dark, gory, mystery, and suspense-like feel.
The character design is so similar it's astounding. Kihara Tsumugu and Shun look and act the same way. The way Mangka shows her interests in him is basically the same way Saki feels to Shun. Both Tsumugu and Hikari are rivals yet they care for each other too. Hikari and Satoru are very protective and comedic at times with everyone. Chisaki is very calm and caring like Maria. Both Maria and Manaka have the same seiyuu Kana Hanazawa. Kaname and Mamoru look alike but act very differently. Chisaki has taken Maria's role as the one to keep the group together.
Nagi no Asukara and Shinsekai Yori shares a variety of similarities ranging from their strict societies to discoveries of their worlds. Similarly, they both consists of a small cast of colorful characters each with their own personalities. However, their relationships with others and each other seems to often clash involving contrasting ideologies.
Both series' contains fantasy elements although Shinsekai Yori has more of a dark atmosphere while Nagi no Asukara seems more lighthearted. There is bits of romance with an artistic touch added to their backgrounds. By production standards, both series' qualities sets its bar high along with its premise.
They're both about children growing up and understanding the world they live in. They both are similar in genre, and have a similar feeling when watching.
•both anime focus on there own scenarios with a different 'world' adjoining to their own, being brought together or drawing harsh lines between them, showing differences or showing that they are alike
•both focus on a group of students, showing their day to day lives and growing up, co existing with the other 'species'
•both anime have specifcally different genres, but somewhat relate to each other, where as SY is deep/dark/mysterious, while NA is very light hearted but the touch of heart wrenching, complete opposites, but they relate with the growth development of the human feelings as they twist and turn, and how it affects there day to day lives, with time.
•both anime are an exceptional watch, showing the human characteristics as it faces the emotional collateral, that everyone experiences and we can relate to in one way or another
•they are very similar with the twists and turns of their lives in there own worlds colliding with the 'other' as they grow up changing there minds/views on their reality. you might like one if you liked the other,
While Shinsekai yori plot was much darker both plots are similar. The characters also remind me of each other even though the characters in Nagi no Asukara tone is much lighter they still give the same impressions of Shinsekai Yori characters.
The Characters , the art style, I couldt stop thinking of Shinsekai yori..
The very feel of the Nagi no Asukara and Shinsekai Yori is similar.
The world they live in is interesting and unique, definitely a check out if you liked either of these series.
Let's see. There's group of five childhood friends in both anime. Every one of them has very special personality, and you could say the group is psychically almost identical. (I mean, Satoru/Hikari, Saki/Manaka, Maria/Chisaki, Shun/Kaname), There's plot about a fantasy place where they live (utopian village/sea). The second main part of the plot is feelings because both series play with the relationships between the friends and their feelings for each other. (I guess you could call it "love quadrangle"?) The feeling you get from watching these anime is very similar. The animation in both is really beautiful, as are the soundtracks. The differences could be in the seriousness of these two series. Shinsekai Yori is a lot darker and more depressing (generically horror), while Nagi no Asukara is a bit more slice-of-life. This doesn't mean NnA doesn't have any drama and can't make you sad though!
Each of these anime follows a group of kids with special abilities that are commonplace in their respective world. They deal with issues like love, loss, and societal intolerance, and both heavily utilize the themes "coming of age" and "loss of innocence." In terms of genre, elements of Shinsekai Yori are set in science fiction whereas those in Nagi no Asukara are set in fantasy.
The main character casts are very similar as are the romantic relationships involved (aside from SsY having a few homosexual parts). This is mostly comparing the early part of SsY as it eventually adds in some horror aspects which (so far anyway) Nagi no Asukara does not have (since it's much more slice of life style). The art styles are also similar and very good (Nagi no Asukara may be a little better and more vivid though), but especially when it comes to the character designs, the shows seem very similar in this aspect. In both shows, there is plenty of drama especially between the main characters as well as dealing with their problems in their supernatural/fantasy worlds. Also, Maria in Shinsekai Yori and Manaka in Nagi no Asukara have the same VA.
They're both shows about teenagers in a "unique" world with special abilities and they're both about how people change living in such a society filled with racism, etc. They're really alike.
Strange worlds, strict laws, forbidden boundaries. Story revolving around a group of children stepping into the adult world discovering the truths about their world in a somewhat harsh manner. Although Nagi no Asukara has a more lighthearted theme.
Complex relationships in a group of friends are explored in a world with magic.
It's about how a group of close friends grow up together, experiencing love webs and gradually understanding how their society works. Not surprisingly, if you watch either of them, you will definitely love it since they both share the same vibes.
In short, Nagi no Asukara is the light-hearted version of Shinsekai Yori and vice versa.
Both from Shinsekai Yori and Nagi no Asukara take place in world slightly different than the one we're in. At first glance they don't seem that similar, one's more light and happy while the other's are a little more tense and thrilling, but when you look into it the plots of the 2 have a very similar feel and flow to them that I haven't seen in many anime.
Both series are based around a group of friends that face various challenges along their journey into adulthood. While many of these events seem to be focused around the group's focal points, being Saki in from Shinsekai Yori or Hikarai in Nagi no Asukara, the other characters still play a major role in how it plays out.
Both are about kids with special powers learning what it means to become adults with the struggles of the society's they live in.
Both shows begin in a very similar style and have a similar overall formula in development (with the mid-season jump forward in time). Both shows follow a group of children as they discover the secrets of their world which have been hidden from them by the adults in the community. However where Nagi no Asukara takes a lighter turn early on, Shinsekai Yori takes a much darker and macabre turn.
The main thing that both Animes have in common is the relationship between humans and other humans who are a bit different.
In Shinsekai yori there are the humans with the psychokinesis and the humans without psychokinesis (the queerats).
In Nagi no Asukara there are the humans with Ena (an additional skin layer that provides people the ability to breath and speak underwater) and the humans without Ena.
Both focus on children learning about some phenomena/true nature of the world they live in (though in Nagi no Asukara the main focus is on the Romance/Drama and in Shinsekai yori the main focus is on Psychological/Mystery).
To sum up, if you enjoyed the slow and productive plot progression of Shinsekai yori, you are sure to like Nagi no Asukara, especially if in your opinion Shinsekai yori lacked some Romance/Drama focus. read more
Gorgeous settings in sea side towns, unique aspects not seen in other anime, and realistic character interactions among a group of kids who have grown up together.
Sure was a suprise . It had the same features as nagi no asukara. It's still quite mysterious. Its very similar to Nagi because of the characters and the place its located. Its just a small town near the sea with not so many people. Very good if you like a little comedy and romance in a slice of life kind of anime. Though it may be a little slow .
Nagi no Asukara & Glasslip both gives a feel of drama between friends who have been together for a long time. These story starts with the involvement of another person that created a domino effect aka one thing leading to another. They also share similar genres and art, plotted in a small town.
This is literally the exact same show.
-Group of friends get interrupted by the arrival of a new, seemingly emotionless male student in their group
-Main character is a silly genki girl
-Plot seems to be based around the love spider web, leaving the actual premise on the back burner.
-Sachi is Miuna (Not that that's a bad thing)
-Takes place in a seaside town
-Same animation/character designs
-Same overall feel
Needless to say, if you liked NagiAsu, and want a simila- another NagiAsu, watch Glasslip.
- Group of school-age teens/kids
- Web of relationships ("he likes her but she likes this other guy" kinda deal)
- Seaside setting
- Fantasy element (fish people in Nagi no Asukara, seeing into the future in Glasslip)
- Manaka is similar to Touko
- Relaxing soundtrack/opening theme
- Rushed ending in Glasslip (better, more developed ending in Nagi no Asukara)
- No undersea city/fish people
- In general, Nagi no Asukara has younger protagonists (middle school vs. high school)
- Glasslip is shorter than Nagi no Asukara (13 episodes compared to 26)
-Both school setting
-Girl falling in love with the stranger guy
- Both have an iddentical scenario
- Both have a triangle or square love
-Both have beautiful OP song
-Slice of life and romance
-Setting (Port Town)
-Seems like a huge love polygon
And P.A Works studio keeps them rolling! First things first, both series has high quality visuals and animation which is always a pleasure. Similar atmosphere where it can be light and warming but also can be mysterious and tense. The characters are typical P.A Works standard where both sets of characters personalities are nearly identical. Nonetheless a fairly good Slice of Life/Drama. Where there is drama, there is romance.
Both by P.A. Works
Similar type of genre where character development will play a huge role in acceptance of the new character, or drama inside the group
Both have characters whos main role is to effect the outcome of the party they are involved in.
Love and drama will be factors as a Male rivalry kicks in
A person like a person but the person likes another person (complications)
Their both awesome even thought Glasslip just came out !!!!!!!
Has a really similar feel to Nagi no Asukara
Close group of friends that get thrown into a bit of chaos following the introduction of a new student
Complicated love triangles/squares/pentagons
Tsumugu - Okikura (I swear Okikura is an older version of Tsumugu)
Hikari - Yukinari
Manaka - Touko
Both anime have similar moods and atmosphere and is also centered on romance with complex relationships.
NagiAsu and Glasslip are both located in a port town while the former having an added fantasy genre with people living under the sea.
Beautiful animation with a beautiful soundtrack. Both anime deal with a group of friends slowly starting to drift apart as feelings are revealed and conflict ensues. The theme of change is also constantly prevalent in both.
How within the group of friends, their corresponding love interests are pretty similar. The main characters having a love interest for an "alien". In Ano Natsu the main Kaito a human falls for Ichika an alien, in Nagi no Asukara its kinda the reverse. The main Manaka a half human and fish (alien) falls for Tsumugu a human. Characters that play similar roles in both are, ( Nagi no Asukara 1st ) Hikari and Kanna, Chisaki and Tetsurou, Kaname and Mio.
Both OP by Ray
and ED by yanaginagi
The boy 1 loves girl 1, girl 1 loves boy 2, boy 2 loves girl 3,
The difference is girl 3 loves boy 4 in Nagi no Asukara
:v :v :v
Ano Natsu and Nagi no Asukara shares a similar theme of youth during. The characters from both series aren't fully adults yet so they learn to grow up and learn the world around them.
The main characters from both series have various interactions with a touch of friendship, romance, and respect. Not all the characters are human as a few possesses supernatural traits that are viewed differently in their perspective worlds.
There is a similar atmosphere as the characters follows a slice of life-like pattern. There's also some drama related to the special people involved in both series that seems to be shunned by society.
The elements of Jealousy is present on both shows heck, having Ano Natsu on my recommendation. Apart From That, They both share almost the same tags such as Romance and Fantasy. A love Polygon/Triangle is also implied and shown on both shows.
The Only Difference is the setting.
Both have a similar feel to them and the romance is very complex.
It has the same feels and similar drama... Also, same as having a love pentagon or the unrequited feelings between a group of friends and as to how it affects their realtionships.
First off, this is one of my all time favorites. As a die hard romance fan, this is super amazing.
Ano Natsu and Nagi share the similarities of love triangles, Nagi's being a bit more complicated I think. But both have amazing artwork and great storylines, definitely worth a watch. Ano's ending left me speechless
Nagi-Asu and Ano-Natsu both share a similar atmosphere and focus on developing the character's feelings and relationships.
Both anime have selfless characters which lead to complicated relationship problems and also has a love polygon which causes drama and distress within the cast.
They also have a similar fantasy setting but while Ano-Natsu deals with aliens in space the other focuses on people living underwater and on land.
-Both were aired at the same time
-Both heavily focused on romance and drama, with a touch of fantasy for NnA.
-shippers would actually have a bit of a hard time discerning who their favorite pair is
-both are set (not focused) in schools
Now this is where its different. you got a group of adults and a group of kids, but both groups have problems that are opposite of their age group. the "adults" are wishy-washy, cry a lot, and have problems kids could take care of. The "kids" on the other hand are way mature, actually have more sense to their thoughts and actions, and have more solid personalities, not something flaky like the salt flake snow.
Romance, a classic theme presented in both series. Golden Time and Nagi no Asukara explore relationships from a multitude of angles. The main male protagonist is caught in a love triangle and comes across difficult decisions in his life.
Golden Time takes place in a more mature environment (University) while Nagi no Asukara's setting has more fantasy elements. However, their small yet colorful cast of characters creates an atmosphere of dramatic sequences. Comedy also exists in both series.
Romance and dramatic situations with some kind of love triangles. Both deal with the main male character's problems and some events around them which affects their friends.
Kinda at a loss for words here but... this series is simply amazing.
This series contains a lot of drama and is can become quite addicting. Early on in the series the viewer is given a quick sense of the social tension between the group of friends. With unrequited love as one of its main themes, you can expect a lot of drama. Like most most 'coming of age' animes, the series will kind of drag its feet. And may often feel a little rushed. But don't give up just yet. The series really picks up. There’s some good payoff for a relationship that has been developing for a long time. As the drama develops, the plot development actually doesn't seem rushed despite the many sudden events that take place.
The series offers many themes and gives off a sort of magical feeling... yeah... I can not describe this or make sense of it ._.
If I could compare this series to something... I would compare it to something like a Shakespeare's play. Or maybe that of Ano Natsu de Matteru and Anohana. Every episode has something new to offer and will have plot twists. Something totally unexpected will happen. Even expected outcomes will come as a surprise. And each episode will always leave you wanting more.
Well... my advice isn't that trustworthy haha... afterall, I thought wouldn't watch this series at first. The reason wasn't because of the synopsis or whatever. It was because I just didn't bother to watch any of the episodes. I never thought that a group of friends from middle school could do much to surprise me. Boy was I ever wrong.
The series can be very mature. It will use a lot dramatic irony and themes like melancholy and unrequited love. This is a through and through drama anime.
Sighs* meh... *gives up* too hard to find words to describe this ._.
Basically it is a masterpiece.
Love is basically a central plot theme in this story, as well as conflicts in the character's atmosphere. While the story deals around on love, other conflicts such as a home town sea, or amnesia memories, became an obstacle of the main character's motivation and must deal the situation as they advance through. It is all about the drama, cries, memories, and losing something important, hang in their for 24+ episodes.
Nagi no Asukara, is a fantasy drama, where the main characters are having conflicts in their hometown in the sea. Many relationships were shown here. Golden Time is a dramedy, where a character has amnesia and has to put things together. A love triangle is in here.
Both feature a protagonist who experiences internal conflict and have a tone of drama coupled with fantasy elements, though less so with Golden Time. Both protagonists have feelings for a girl that they struggle with.
Explore relationships variety of angles. And the protagonist is caught in a love triangle
-Both are about adolescent love/love conflicts, and are structured with multiple, emotion-evoking arcs. However, Clannad is a tad more emotional/sad at times.
-Both give off a fairly "happy" or "nostalgic feeling", making the show very fun and enjoyable to watch.
-Both have very beautiful and fluid artwork that is similar to one another.
If you loved Clannad and love heart-wrenching shows? Nagi no Asukara is an anime for you! I love Clannad and Clannad After Story! I wish there was more! If you want something similar I recommend this anime!
Similar romantic drama between a group of friends (though Clannad introduces the characters as it goes while Nagi no Asukara begins with almost everyone already together). They have very different settings, but the colorful art styles (mostly of the backgrounds) are similar. They both have amazing soundtracks.
I think it's pretty obvious why would I recommend Nagi no Asukara for those who liked Clannad.
Both of these anime like to show romance in their own way and gave me same feeling, only Nagi no Asukara did it better. I personally found Nagi no Asukara better than Clannad as Both of them are on same emotional level, While Clannad was dealing a normal every-day kind of stuff and only care about the characters and their past, Nagi no Asukara was dealing with even more serious kind of stuff, such as how characters changed and matured. While both of them have slice of life, Nagi no Asukara changes that on second half of the series and gets serious, such things happen you never could expect for this kind of anime.
I don't know how to explain this, so I'll just say, if you like Clannad (and if you like those kind of anime), there is a big chance you will like Nagi no Asukara. There are lot more these shows have in common, but I wouldn't want to spoil it :)
Clannad AND Clannad after story is what I recommend because they both have great art, sound, characters and sadness put together. Clannad's story is basically all arcs but it's still a great anime as well as Nagi no Asukara. I have to admit, you need a lot of patience for Clannad/After story because watching both is about 48 episodes but if you only watch one season then you probably would get bored. Clannad after story is sort of better than clannad but I would recommend Clannad first because well, it's the first season. These animes are both romance, drama and sort of fantasy so I highly recommend Clannad!
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