English: Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea
Synonyms: Nagi no Asu Kara
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2013 to Apr 3, 2014
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
Nagi no Asukara is set in a fantasy world during a period of heightened racial tensions between two groups of humans.
This premise might make the show sound like an incredibly deep and hauntingly beautiful social commentary on racism. A work capable of making even the most intolerant of racists tearfully renounce their ways...
Sorry, but not quite. The show’s premise does influence the plot direction, but it’s not why you should watch this show. Rather, you should watch Nagi no Asukara if you’re looking for an expertly-crafted drama anime with well-written, dynamic characters; many emotionally intense moments; beautiful artwork, animation, landscapes, and music; poignant yet uplifting drama.
The area where Nagi no Asukara really excels is in its characterisation. The show depicts characters as realistic (as opposed to being caricatures of people), relatable, and likeable. The characters are dynamic characters, who are constantly growing and changing as the story progresses. This character development is most pronounced in the two main leads, Hikari and Manaka.
After watching the very first episode, a few viewers considered Hikari to be an insufferable brat and Manaka an annoying crybaby. The show quickly dispels these impressions. By episodes 3-5, there’s no reason to complain about Hikari’s or Manaka’s personality at all. Nor does their development abruptly stop there. They, their friends, and even side characters, continue to change throughout the show. Witnessing these characters grow up is truly a rewarding experience.
Of course, this isn’t without its downsides. The massive development that Hikari in particular receives also means that some characters receive less love, development-wise. There’s also the fact that certain characters (looking at you Tsumugu) don’t get as in-depth personalities. Although all of the characters are interesting in their own way, it’s disappointing to see certain characters be neglected when other characters are given so much depth and development.
Nagi no Asukara is a character-driven drama. As such, your ability to enjoy the drama is something that really depends on your level of attachment to/investment in the characters. As I mentioned above, though, the show does a really good job at developing the characters and making them both human and likeable. The result is that we do actually care about the characters, and end up being invested in the drama.
For the most part, the story is paced decently. However, there are some points that feel a little slower in terms of plot advancement. The first few episodes, for example, are expository, and introduce us to the world and the characters. Though slow, these parts do serve their purpose in getting you attached to the characters, which pays off later.
This show is tagged as romance. However, the drama is not the typical anime romantic drama fare. It doesn’t revolve around teenage angst or silly misunderstandings. When watching drama anime, I often want to yell in frustration at characters for their stupidity, or start to slowly dislike them because of their role in the drama. This is not at all the case in Nagi no Asukara.
Setting and atmosphere
Nagi no Asukara is set in a fantasy world where all humans once came from the ocean. Eventually, some people left the sea to live on land. Fast forward a couple hundred of years and here we are. This is a world with a long and rich history, complete with a religion and various traditions of their own. Also, some people can live and breathe in the ocean. Sadly, that last part is about all that really matters. It allows a good part of the anime to take place underwater (which is really beautiful, by the way) and helps move the plot along.
Nagi no Asukara’s world really seems like it was designed around the story. That is to say, every aspect of the world only exists to help the plot. It’s not the kind of anime that pays much attention to worldbuilding. For example, the show makes no effort to explain how certain things, such as deep-frying food or drinking alcohol, would work underwater. I’m not mentioning this because it had any effect on my enjoyment of the anime – it didn’t. Just don’t watch this for the fantasy universe alone.
Ignoring that part, though, Nagi no Asukara is a pleasure to watch. The art is very colourful and bright. The underwater setting is one not often explored in anime and does allow for some interesting moments. The landscapes, both above and below water, are very pretty and awe-inspiring. In fact, the show as a whole probably has hundreds of wallpaper-worthy scenes.
The music is pretty good and does a good job at complementing and enhancing various scenes. All in all, production values are really good.
Nagi no Asukara is through and through a drama anime. Its strengths lie in its ability to humanise and develop the characters and its ability to convey the characters’ feelings in such a way that the viewer is greatly affected. However, it does not develop each character equally, resulting in certain characters being deeper while others are more flat. The art and music are superb, but my favourite aspect of this show is how it made me feel.
Though I’ve spent hours writing and rewriting this, I still can’t get it right. I will be rewriting this once the series has ended. If you have any feedback, feel free to send it my way. read more
My main objectives for watching a anime like Nagi no Asukara was mainly because I thought "lets see what these cutesy animes have to show for, maybe it'll be relaxing", oh was I so wrong about that, it's been absolutely fantastic, I can't get enough of it!
Starting off with the quality of the animation in Nagi no Asukara, it's gone down as the most detailed and 'lush' anime I've watched. The vivid colours are extremely striking, beautifully showing shading, angles of sunlight in Shioshishio are mesmerizing . This should be expected from a 2013 anime release. The character design is decent, I've never been a fan of massive blue eyes and children's uniforms, but that's why I choose it,very much a memorable anime just from the art alone.
The plot is very much a love entangled coming-of-age anime, it certainly has depth in it's messages. It's main aim is the fear of relationships changing and possibly breaking up. The emotions that fly about are well documented and very realistic. The back stories running in the background to the main plot are very solid and interesting, which is why the main story is so good, there's so much happening it has to be taken seriously. Not to mention the dramatic cliffhangers with the casts relationships which always hooks me in.
The characters include:
Hikari- The main protagonist, he has a bad attitude and loud personality. But his gradual walk to manhood is interesting and needed, furthermore his relationship with Manaka is likeable as their slow transition from childhood friendship turn into to stronger feelings.
Manaka- Cry baby, clumsy and ditsy, she starts off as more the comic relief character. Her only purpose was to be protected by Chisaki and Hikara, but, even she goes under a 'growing up' phase when the anime starts to gain pace.
Chisaki-Is very shy and scared of change. But, she is definitely seen as the mother figure of the group, always looking out for Hikari as well as Manaka.
Kaname- Best friend of Hikari, he tends to be the most mature character, and his assertive personality is very likable, this is demonstrated in his closeness to Chisaki.
Kihara- Lives on the surface with this grandfather. He possesses a good understanding of people and situations, however, this can also be seen as problems as he is from the surface and they are from the sea.
Music wise, the opening song goes well with the expectations of a childish journey of love, however, the ending song truly fits with the anime, as the anime contrasts between growing up and the fears it posses, this is what Aqua Terrarium demonstrates perfectly as the ending theme tune. The musical score does fit in well, it's touching, yet not over the top, definitely a joy to listen to.
To conclude a well balanced, well thought out anime that has the appearance of another common childish cartoon, but deviates from that stereotype and grows into a mature show which questions the main fears of society as well as childhood friendship. Nagi no Asukara has been great watch and I can't wait to see the next half of it. read more
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-)
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-)
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