Ranked #157

Nagi no Asukara

Alternative Titles

English: Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea
Synonyms: Nagi no Asu Kara, Earth color of a calm
Japanese: 凪のあすから


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2013 to Apr 3, 2014
Premiered: Fall 2013
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.401 (scored by 66,978 users)
Ranked: #1572
Popularity: #182
Members: 150,811
Favorites: 3,901
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Long 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

Shiodome, Miuna
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Komatsu, Mikako
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Hiradaira, Chisaki
Hiradaira, Chisaki
Kayano, Ai
Kayano, Ai
Mukaido, Manaka
Mukaido, Manaka
Hanazawa, Kana
Hanazawa, Kana
Sakishima, Hikari
Sakishima, Hikari
Han, Megumi
Han, Megumi
Hanae, Natsuki
Hanae, Natsuki


Shinohara, Toshiya
Shinohara, Toshiya
Aketagawa, Jin
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Asai, Yoshiyuki
Asai, Yoshiyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Anzai, Takefumi
Anzai, Takefumi
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

# Episode Title Aired
1 In Between the Sea and the Land
Umi to Daichi no Mannaka ni (海と大地のまんなかに)
Oct 3, 2013
2 The Chilly Desert
Hiyakkoi Usumaku (ひやっこい薄膜)
Oct 10, 2013
3 The Tradition of the Sea
Umi no Iitsutae (海のいいつたえ)
Oct 17, 2013
4 Because We're Friends
Tomodachi Nanda Kara (友達なんだから)
Oct 24, 2013
5 Hey, Sea Slug
Ano ne Umiushi (あのねウミウシ)
Oct 31, 2013

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)

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Apr 8, 2014
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 read more
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May 22, 2014
When I first saw the description for Nagi No Asukara I really didn't know what to expect. The synopsis didn't really give off much of an idea of what this show was going to be like. So thinking that Nagi no Asukara would be another cheesy romantic comedy. I began watching with low expectations. Little did I know that what I was about to watch would be one of the most enjoyable slice of life anime I have seen in a long time.

A long time ago people lived and read more
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May 5, 2014
First a little background, having just watched Golden Time, I was on the look out for something new to watch and first came across Nagi no Asukara in the suggestions list. At a first glance at the anime and having read its description, I thought perhaps it could be worthwhile and decided to chance it. It didn't disappoint at all, this show was magical from start to finish and I couldn't have been happier to have stumbled across this gem. It certainly ranks among my top 7 favourite anime.

This show is a "slice of life, fantasy and romance" show in a nutshell, however it takes read more
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Apr 16, 2014
I made sure I watched it until the end even though I wanted to die, so that people would not say that I hated it just because I missed the best part.
It was crap from start to end, they took a nice idea about a fantasy world that could totally become decent and turned it into the most senseless idiocy about "love", a kid's fairytale with no goal whatsoever.

The best ideas such as enviroment and history were completely skipped and left unexplained, the setting under the sea could become absolutely awesome and they botched it, because instead of adjusting it to the situation read more
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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.  
reportRecommended by Crzykido
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-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  read more 
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Realistic, supernatural anime that deal with love in all its different forms. In addition, there are striking similarities between the main protagonists and their respective relationships with their families and their primary love interests.

Consider watching the other if you enjoy the exploration of the themes of romance, friendship, family, and the changes in these relationships as time passes. 
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