English: Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea
Synonyms: Nagi no Asu Kara
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2013 to ?
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisLong ago, all humans lived in the ocean. But some who longed for the land abandoned the ocean, casting off the special raiments granted to them by the sea god to adapt them to life under the sea...
Though mankind was divided into sea dwellers and land dwellers, each with different ways of thinking, they were all still fellow humans, and they continued to maintain contact as time went on.
Sakishima Hikari, Mukaido Manaka, Hiradaira Chisaki, and Isaki Kaname live in an undersea village, while Kihara Tsumugu lives on land.
When these middle school second-year land and sea dwellers meet for the first time, their hearts begin to undulate like the tides.
The youthful fantasy tale of these young people's lives unfolds in a strange and beautiful world.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Nagi no Asukara
Characters & Voice Actors
Hello fellow people of the Internet, it is time for the review of the acclaimed Nagi no Asukara. I've never been so excited for a review before. Before I begin my review, however, I'd like to give a little spiel:
As you know, we all have slightly different tastes when it comes to anime. There is almost NO way you'll agree with everything I'll say, or maybe none at all. That's awesome, everyone is entitled to their opinion and have the right to defend themselves on what they think. So, all I ask is to take in my info as food for thought, because I don't mean to alter what you think of this show, I just want to give you my perspective (which is almost always a positive one). And lastly, my reviews follow the rating of relevance of genre, how well it's displayed, and the three most important categories: Art, Sound, and Character (Story is something I will not review anymore, I've realized that everyone can get something else from the anime than other people do, so trying to argue the purpose of an anime is useless). I'll also say what I thought in general. The recommended audience will be at the end.
Okay, spiel over. let's so how Nagi no Asukara (Nagi from now on) fares.
Oh yes. A romance series that I find spectacular is emerging (pun intended??). It may be still faint to see some REAL romance going on, but it is definitely prevalent, and for some reason, really hits home with me. Something about the forbidden love type of thing is really heart-warming, and to see the measures some people go through to obtain such love is marvelous. But we're only 4 episodes in! How do we know it will be a well-orchestrated love story? Well, I have two words for you: naive assumption. This series has all its cylinders rolling for it in the romance department (Chisaki, Manaka, and a split side, Akari), because none of us can tell who well end up with who, if anyone at all. It isn't blatantly obvious, they have some competition, and that's awesome. In all, the romance is developing strongly and I can't wait until it starts packing some major punches in this series, because I see it coming.
Something about fantasy. Mocking the world we live in, creating an unbelievable place where we wish we could live in or at least visit (hell, in some situations, avoid them at all costs). Nagi doesn't fail to deliver this feeling. I would gladly give up my belongings in the future just to go see Shioshishio. Hell, slap some Ena on me (the whole fetus thing is a bit too late for me) and let me emerge myself in the town that is Shioshishio. Just for a day. Just for an hour. Just for a minute. Just so I could marvel that I can live inside the ocean, or that I can coexist with its wildlife, or just to be absolutely awe-inspired about how gorgeous it looks. The environment that Nagi makes is literally unreal, and I am quietly weeping in despair that I am not in Hikari's shoes.
I usually won't go into drama, as it naturally falls under any plot device under the main genres, because the story wouldn't be very round but instead not really go anywhere without it, so it's redundant. But in this case, there was one thing. The fear of being cast out. The fear of not being accepted. The fear of not being able to fulfill yourself. The drama in this series is not just Romance based, but simply: Surface people versus Sea people. In all honesty, I don't know how their relations will turn out. It could go either way. I'm sure that this drama will effect the main genre, romance, a lot more than I anticipated it to, and that is wonderful.
In all, the Romance genre is very relevant and is coming along quite nicely, the Fantasy aspect is near perfect, and the additional drama makes it all the more intense.
From now on, when I think of "A series they really freakin' tried on," I'll immediately think of Nagi. I may have expressed Kyoto as a fiesta of colors in your eye sockets, but imagine being launched off from a unicorn into space and land on a world where only rainbows, buckets of colors, and beautiful scenery exist and they lively dance the samba and cordially invite you to become the King of Almighty Art. That's what Nagi is. The scenery is outright amazing, the character designs are marvelous, and anything that happens inside the ocean is a party for my pupils.
Voice Acting: 9/10
There is something about how everyone expresses themselves that amuses me. Their attitudes and expressions totally fit with what is going on in the actual characters, it really makes it that much more enjoyable and relatable when the VAs fit their character. Except Tsumugu. Although his VA fits him nicely, I wish that he wouldn't be so monotonous. It really drags me down when I hear him speak. Hopefully they'll fix it along the way.
Musical Score: 8/10
I really like the majestic-ness of the OP. I feel like I'm walking through the depths of Atlantis when I hear it. However, when it ends, it ends. I don't feel the same majestic-ness as I feel from the opening. The score is NOT bad, it is just not standing out as much as I wish it would. Hopefully they'll fix it along the way.
Naive assumption. That's all there is to it. Out of the "main characters," I only found two who have grown at all (maybe Tsumugu a bit), and that's Hikari and Manaka. Yes, 26 episodes in the season. Yes, only 4 have gone by. No, I'm not satisfied. Chisaki and Kaname can become some of the best characters in the world and then this show will become a character fiesta for champions, if only they get some growth and development. So it's my naive assumption that they'll get some amazing detail later on where I can learn more reasons to love Chisa--ahem, all of them, more. So I love where it is going, hopefully they'll get to it soon.
Coming home on Thursdays to a new episode of Nagi is amazing. The story presented and the story that has yet to become looks brighter than ever, and I'm excited to see how the end will yield its results. This series can go a long way and become amazing, or fall just short of the finish line (which I don't believe will happen), it's all about hoping it will continue on the course it has projected. It is definitely recommended for romance fans, or just some people who want to experience another fascinating series to watch.
"Because it doesn't matter. Because they're people I don't care about, that have nothing to do with me, and I don't care what they think of me." read more
First off, let me just say that this show is fantastic. Based on the raw preview I saw (no subs), I assumed this show would be a cute, possibly surreal (maybe not, maybe just symbolism) slice of life show, similar to K-on...but with water. So I sat down to watch a subbed episode and see what it was about, thinking I was going to be watching a comedy or drama, and not really having high hopes for it as I originally thought it was a bit too cutesy. Wow, was I wrong! And I'm so glad I was!
ART: This show is anything but cutesy. Well, that might be saying too much. They push the cute at first, then club you in the face with realistic characters. The art is amazing. I can't stop staring at the characters' eyes, which look as watery as their own world. And Shioshishio (the underwater world) is just gorgeous! It makes you want to live there.
STORY: Rather than a slice of life similar to K-on, this is more like a drama in the vein of Kokoro Connect or Shinsekai no Yori (without the killing). While the characters are adorable, they have some serious issues. And the cute, young art style just emphasizes that they are tweens dealing with the drama of simply growing up as well as some more serious issues mixed in (dating a widower, falling in love, needing an outlet to express your emotions, wishing ill on your best friend because you're in love with the guy that loves her and all that ill will makes you hate yourself, etc.). On top of all that drama there's the sea god's "spokesman" who may curse you by making your knee sprout a talking fish...like tweens need THAT kind of problem?
CHARACTERS: Well, most were very likeable. Hikari is your typical angry, angsty guy similar to InuYasha. I don't usually like characters like that, but Hikari seems to almost physically grapple with his feelings to the point that his anger is clearly a metaphor as he struggles to understand himself. Then there's Manaka, who seems at first glance to be the typical wilting flower that can't stand up for herself. Except that she grows as well to the point that she's not only standing up for herself, but protecting her friends as well (there's an episode where Hikari is utterly amazed by this). I don't know, sounds cliche but it isn't. There are two characters that were a little too much like what I've seen in every other anime like this, and that bothered me. One is Chisaki who loves Hikari and is sad all the time because he doesn't love her. The other is Kaname who is the gentle, almost feminine support that compassionately loves the unobtainable female.
STORY: Well, at episode 6 the show has been developing the main characters while focusing on their reactions to things that happened to supporting characters. I'm hoping we'll focus more on the main characters. I'm certain there's more to Chisaki and Kaname than the show lets on so far. I'll edit as I watch more, but right now I highly recommend this show!
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.
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.
Have a really similar feel and both have a very complex romance.
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.
The feeling is very similar. Soft adolescence romance with a touch of fantasy.
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
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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.
Opening Theme#1: "lull ~Soshite Bokura wa~ (lull ～そして僕らは～)" by Ray
#2: "ebb and flow" by Ray
Ending Theme"Aqua Terrarium (アクアテラリウム)" by Nagi Yanagi
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