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English: Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea
Synonyms: Nagi no Asu Kara
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2013 to Apr 3, 2014
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.131 (scored by 13766 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Jan 14, 2014
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
Dec 23, 2013
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
Feb 6, 2014
This is going to be a spoiler free review, however, it will be a review based on
the fist 18 episodes so newcomers might not feel the same way about this show. It's a long review so sit back, and enjoy the ride.
First, the story.
Now, the beginning of the story was pretty average with the twist of middle school students from the water going to the surface. However, as the show progresses new things are constantly brought up that make the show more interesting every week. To add to this amazing writing, the pacing on this anime is ridiculously good; almost flawless. Nothing feels sped up, or too slow, or anything. Every event is exactly how long it should be, and new ideas and dramas are introduced at such a perfect time, you are often left wanting more by the time you watch the latest episode. Also, the plot twists are absolutely amazingly timed. Overall, the show has an extremely strong story of love, drama, and out of this world ideas along with amazing writing and pacing to go along with it.
Art. (Seriously, this show is beautiful)
From the first episode to the most recent, Nagi no Asukara has always payed attention to their art consistently. Some animes have a tendency to drop their quality in animation past the halfway point, but Nagi continues to improve. The scenery underwater, and the scenery above water are magnificently detailed, and are gorgeous. The character design is also outstanding. One look into the eyes of these fictional characters captivates the watcher immediately. I have not much to keep talking about here, as all I can say about the art of Nagi no Asukara is personally the best art of the fall selection, possibly of all time. No more, no less, it is absolutely beautiful and the sceneries are eyecandy to go along with the amazing story.
Wow, the voice acting is of course, amazing (to be expected). If an anime can't get the voice acting down, generally, the rest of the sounds aren't up to par either. Now, lets break the sound down.
1. The background noises, ambient noise.
The sounds of the life underwater, the splashes, wind, everything are perfect. The cicadas are also very lifelike, and honestly, the sounds of the world of Nagi no Asukara replicate the sounds of real life, and does it beautifully well.
2. The OSTs
The music that plays throughout the entirety of Nagi no Asukara fit the mood perfectly. Also, going along with the pacing, the music is never out of place.
3. The OP and ED (both)
The first and second OP's both fit the arc that they were made for. Not only this, but the music is extremely catchy, and very good. Lull and Ebb and Flow both fit Nagi no Asukara so well in that, it represents the sea and the world so well. Overall, the OP music is absolutely amazing, and I highly reccomend you download the music, or at least give it a listen, because once you do, you will be in the most relaxed and peaceful mood of your life.
Well, I can't say much here without spoiling things, so all I'll say is the development is perfectly timed along with the story, and the characters you hate or love at first might be completely different after.
Well, did you see the rest of my review? I fucking love this anime. Please if you dropped it, give it past episode 13. I promise you that you will be on the edge of your seat and flipping from episode to episode and forgetting that hours have gone by.
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Feb 1, 2014
Synopsis: Nagi no Asukara tells a tale of three high schoolers from the sea (yeah, you heard me right) namely Hikari, Manaka, Chisaki and Kaname adjusting themselves on the surface. After meeting new faces and befriending them, the group of friends then act as a catalyst of bringing balance and harmony between the surface and the sea whilst facing many trials and hardships.
The show is visual spectacle to say at first glance. Beautiful animation, great colors, breathtaking art, artistic character designs and so on. With Buriki handling the visuals department, the show itself is considered art.
Music is brilliant as well. The track from the opening and ending theme is a treat on the ears after you've watched an episode. The music greatly relates itself to the story's mood and story, bringing more life in presentation and storytelling.
If you remember AnoHana, then you might have heard the name Mari Okada - the show's screenwriter and the latter is handling Nagi no Asukara's as well. The story is fairly enjoyable and interesting. It's not predictable as I deemed and it would be thanks to the plot twists. Halfway into the series that storyline takes on a more deeper and complex turn. We see the characters asking themselves about who they are and what was happening around them. And characterization excels due to the character development present in most characters. The show's take on the story is somewhat related to racial disputes. A major example is the conflict between the land and sea people that reflects on the continuous feuds between african-americans and caucasians. Overall the story is fun and interesting to watch and its shortcomings won't make you dislike the show entirely.
In conclusion Nagi no Asukara isn't just a show worth to waste your 25 minutes. The show is creative and enjoyable. It's brings a tinge of nostalgia if you're already familiar with the concept running behind most anime shows but you'll be surprise of the impact in storytelling Nagi no Asukara projects. And along with the beautiful visuals and likeable characters, Nagi no Asukara is a show worth your time. read more
Jan 23, 2014
I seriously can't NOT do a review on Nagi no Asukara, looking at its extremely underrated score right now. If you're reading this and sitting on the fence on whether to pick it up, DO IT. REINCARNATED MENMA WOULD BE PROUD.
I heard of this show when it first started airing, but like many of you I put it aside. After another 9001 recommendations from friends, I watched the first episode.
Then the all-nighters began.
Pack yo' bags and prepare your fucking minds for the biggest feels trip this season.
Story - 8/10
The story, at first glance, seemed quite dull to me. My first thought was a cute, light-hearted slice of life. HOW FUCKING WRONG WAS I. Pick this up prepared that your heart will get assaulted by feels in nearly all the episodes.
So we have a bunch of happy-go-lucky friends - join Hikari, Manaka, Chisaki, Kaname and Tsumugu on their adventures AS THEIR WORLD FREEZES OVER. LITERALLY. Not to mention theres like a complicated as fuck love-pentagon going on. Crazy, beautiful stuff.
After watching the first episode you'll definitely find it's something different.
The plot is unique enough to give a premise to watching it, and the key factor is how well they execute the other things (art, sound, character...) that brings fullness to the story.
The plot beautifully enwraps motifs of discrimination, segregation, fear of change, friendship and lots and lots of friendzoney angst.
At times however I do feel the story went a little over-the-top with the melodrama to the point where it stopped being relatable, more notably Episode 5. Aside from those moments, a key strength in this anime is how it incorporates and weaves themes that could relate to real life easily, despite its fantasy elements.
The story is hard to convince you with, since I don't want to include any spoilers - since spoilers can seriously damage your viewing experience with these sort of series.
Art - 9.5/10
The art is wonderful. I absolutely love the art direction. I tend to like animes more which has a variety of settings and rich backgrounds - Nagi no Asukara ticks all the boxes. From sea to surface, animation is solid and refined.
A tiny peeve of mine would probably be the situation underwater. If you're the logical and analytical type like me, I found it slightly uncomfortable when underwater scenes had people running, moving, eating and cooking at forms and paces which are scientifically impossible. It's like watching that episode of spongebob where they set up a campfire underwater and you think "what the fuck are they thinking?"
Of course, this is a fantasy anime so after a while I stopped caring. Animation is the best way storytellers can immerse us in a fantasy story after all.
Although I would probably find a "live action" version of Nagi no Asukara hilarious. Cue the crappy CGI effects of bubbles and fish to try and convince us that the scene is happening underwater. Or all the actors and crew dive underwater in tanks and attempt to converse. Huehuehue
Sound - 11/10 (if possible)
The sound is ridiculously good. 11/10, SERIOUSLY. The opening and ending for the first thirteen episodes are near perfect, and they were on my iPod and osu! playlist from Episode 1. Very good compliments to a strong OP and ED animation and feely episodes.
The BGM in scenes are heartfelt and emotional at perfect times. Combining the soft elements of piano progressions with the dreamy, resonating synths, we get a complete picture of the emotions of characters, the problems they are facing, the fears they have, the tensions and drama, and the differences and similarities between the sea and surface people. Perfect in every aspect.
Voice acting is stellar, as you would expect from such a strong cast. When I recommend this anime to my MAL peers, they get sold almost entirely on cast. We have the voices of Menma/Mashiro, Mayushii/Kanade... the experience these actors have guarantee a great drama.
Character - 10/10
Character development is the strong feat of this anime, and is definitely one of the strongest I've seen in my days of anime-viewing. Development moves at a rapid pace for almost every character, but still manages to be convincing thanks to the strengths in Art and Sound. Because of how well executed development is, there is enough screen time for almost all. We see huge changes and maturity from our protagonists as they overcome their internal struggles with themselves and others.
Timeskip is an element almost never used correctly, but in Nagi no Asukara it was used in almost the best way possible. It ensures that you really feel for the characters, all of them, at different points in the story. Hikari goes from a hotheaded faggot (lel ichigo kurosaki anyone) to an understanding and supporting character in a matter of 6 episodes and none of it seems rushed. Manaka develops from an indecisive, protected crybaby to a courageous, outspoken person. You get my drift. Of course there is more development to come, and I think we will see the greatest developments in the next coming episodes with Chisaki, Kaname and Tsumugu.
Enjoyment - 9/10
Nagi no Asukara leaves you thinking about the characters, their relations, and what will happen to all of them even while you're doing important things (like trying to sleep). I rate enjoyment here more so of how much of an impact the show made in my mind. It's definitely a feels trip (or more a feels journey) - so whether you enjoy that or not is up to you. Granted, it will leave you with a strong and fulfilled experience. Beautiful.
Overall - 9/10
This show has the potential to be a masterpiece. A highly underrated masterpiece. The show isn't over and I'm not ruling out any sudden dips into crapville, but looking at its consistency throughout these 16 episodes, I'm sure the series will conclude beautifully. Prepare for the rating to skyrocket once the series is over and people can marathon it (Sakurasou, anyone).
TL;DR: Underrated and may seem dull but an unbelievably, surprisingly strong and beautiful experience. Recommended to all.
Oct 24, 2013
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
Feb 23, 2014
I seriously have conflicting feelings about this anime. That being said, I feel it has a mix of good and bad (Or at least, what I feel is annoying). Let’s jump into it then…
The premise intrigued me; I think the whole sea-people-land-people idea is really nice. The fantasy element isn’t as cloying as it could have been. The plot is a little slow, but it picks up pace and generally seems to be pretty well done.
Those were the pros, and now for the cons. The only thing about the story that bothers me actually has to do with the characters and the way their actions affect outcomes- I don’t know if some characters are just ignorant or the story writers wanted to force outcomes, but…but… I won’t spoil anything. Anyway, even though they exist, I totally do not think that the slight, minor inconsistencies are worth dropping this anime.
For an anime that is character oriented, I feel that Nagi Asu’s writers could have done a little better.
It’s true that some characters get a lot of exploration and thus you get to bond with them; the cast is diverse and they also have relatable problems.
However, I personally only saw this depth of character in the first thirteen to fifteen episodes.
In the beginning, the theme connecting the characters is ‘friends’ and ‘change’. The cast are friends who want to stay that way. The romantic element, while important, is second to the ‘change’ theme. When watching the anime, it was like I was observing friendships, and the reason I got to know the characters was because I was seeing them from perspectives other than the romance frame.
And then, suddenly, from fifteen-ish onward, the romantic plot literally overpowered the main theme. Every single character’s thoughts are consumed by the person they like. This really infuriated me, because while brooding over the one you’re infatuated with is understandable, you probably don’t lose some of your personality in the process.
I’m not saying I don’t like the romance. I just feel that viewing all the characters by the romantic perspective is a little flat.
If you just watched Nagi Asu for the art, you’d be hooked immediately. The artwork is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I’d even say Nagi Asu has the best artwork from all of the anime I’ve seen.
Read above comments for art. Same goes. Both opening songs really suit the anime and contribute to the atmosphere.
Alright! Overall, I’d give Nagi No Asukara an 8.5. It does have its bad points, but then, what doesn’t? You won’t be wasting your time watching this playful and innocent anime. And it won’t bore you in the slightest.
Jan 5, 2014
Nagi No Asukara follows the lives of a group of children. The setting takes place a world where a specific minority of humans have the ability to live in the sea. The people of the sea and the people of the land do not get along well, making a difficult situation for the children.The story balances its kind characters with an increasingly intense plot. The characters offer a sense of security and safety that the setting does not. Both the Land and Sea have an aura of judgment and discrimination. Being blatantly different is hard, you could compare the character's struggles to the feeling of being black after the ending of the Civil War. No one's suppose to be judging you differently, but they are and it's too intentionally obvious. We see family defined by bonds rather than blood, parents have to protect their children in a world they no longer know. As the anime progresses, a more serious tone becomes prevalent.
Romance is also a major role in this anime. Unfortunately for the characters, it comes in the form of an inconvenient love chain. You can't help you fall in love with, and you can't force someone to love you. You can ship almost all the characters to your hearts content. At some points the romance gets a little annoying, as the characters refuse to give up on their crushes. Rather than moving forward, there is a strong desire to pause time.
Nagi No Asukara has received plenty of praise for its stunning top quality art. This praise is well deserved, as the scenery is beautiful, and the colors are astounding. It's evident that the creators were careful with their palette. The characters are slightly more cartoonish than realistic; there's a good balance of reality and fantasy.
The OP/ED are soothing and fit well with the tone of the anime. There's a lot of meaning to the lyrics, and the mood of the song fits the atmosphere.
Character voices are well done for all characters.
Friendships are fragile, and nothing is permanent. Time never stops, and people continue to age. Delicate bonds can only be kept if everyone puts in effort.
The notable issue of the characters is how generic their problems are. Being overly shy, in love with someone unattainable, and dealing with change. The way these problems are handled makes up for it though. Sometimes the romance gets a little unbearable, as almost all the characters like someone who doesn't like them back.
The characters really do have unique wonderful personalities that are a delight to discover. And yes, they do prove to gain much more character over time and their friendships are truly heartwarming. Some characters are already mature enough as it is. All the characters are nevertheless, interesting.
-The main character Hikari is quite childish, stubborn, and very loud, but has good intentions deep down inside.
-Manaka is a clumsy, cry baby but she isn't super annoying and develops character quickly.
-Chisaki and Kanama are the two other supporting main characters but receive much less attention. They're extremely noble friends, and I believe they're slightly more intelligent than the other two main characters themselves. Kaname is one of the most emotionally stable characters.
-Kihara lives on the surface, and is genuinely a good boy.
Although Kaname and Kihara receive less attention, they really are more developed than the other characters initially so it's understandable. The two are very considerate and mature. Though it's important to note that maturity does not equate to perfection, everyone has their own problems regardless of age.
All the characters are proving to be like-able, and have a high amount of depth to them..
There are also more characters such as family members and other supporting characters who actually play large roles in the story. So far I've liked all of them. There's such a great message of family importance that is used in such an original way.
On an ending note, this anime may not be for everyone because of it's childish characters. By childish I mean young and growing. It does however, shines with an enjoyable plot that viewers can effortlessly get into. There isn't a large amount of heavy action, but there is enough dialogue and interactions to keep you drawn to the show.
I'd recommend this anime to anyone who enjoys a great story accompanied by a plethora of emotions. The anime really sets itself apart from all previous anime with it's surreal visual quality. Personally, I love the anime for it's characters, story, and art. Each episode has been a pleasure to watch, so I'm going to give this a strong 9, hoping that the upcoming episodes continue to keep quality. I find myself really enjoying this anime and the plot keeps me wondering what events will happen next.
Nov 6, 2013
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!
Jan 12, 2014
So first of all, i'll be giving a valuation for the storyline. The storyline is very unique. I like how they tell a story about a boy and his friends who lives underwater, the most unique thing is that they can breathe both under&above water, too. The romance is complicated, but it's what makes it interesting for me. By the explanation above i'll be giving the story 9.
I love the art of the anime. It's one of the best i've ever seen. No doubt i'll give it 10.
Enjoyable. I like both the opening and the ending of the anime. I'll give it 8.
The main character is a stubborn hard working boy. His attitude might not be good at first but if you watch further he'll start to change. I makes me think they are unique because of the complicated romance among them. I'll give it 8.
I really enjoy watching this anime, everytime i finish 1 episode, i never get satisfied and want to watch more and more because the story is just too unique and interesting. By that i'll give it 9.
Jan 11, 2014
About love and youth and growing up. Also telling you that even adults are still growing up.
A mixture of drama, romance, with a little bit funny scenes coupled with fantasy and science. The personality struggle of each character is something I sympathize too.
You'd expect lots of twist in the story that would leave you expressions like "Ahh, I see" and "Oh, now I know" and etc.
You'd expect some scientific explanation about the people living under the sea and the best part is how they made fantasy and science go together.
I originally scored it 10 but I remembered some very minor scientific/logic flaw about how they walk under the sea. You'd get what I mean when you watch the series.
Modern graphics. Definitely not an eyesore especially the color blending.
The theme songs are perfect especially the lines.
The background music fits perfectly with the scenes.
The characters are well drawn. Their face, body, expressions show their personality. You can see how they struggle with their own issues. Even the minor and very minor characters have been drawn well and gives a sway to the story. Their outfit is cute too.
The way I score this anime shows how I enjoyed the series.
The twist and drama got me real good.
Let me repeat it again, the twist and drama got me real good. The personality of the characters and how they act make you feel how they feel too. The music support the emotional LULL of "Nagi no Asukara" (A Lull in the sea).
I hope this review will encourage you to watch this too and this anime gets the rank it deserves here in MALnet. read more
Jan 2, 2014
Keep in mind this is not an official review, it is a set of my impressions of how the show looks so far.
To be blunt: like Golden Time (but even more-so for this show), I feel like this show has been severely overlooked. It's funny because both of these shows can be easily compared to a few other critically acclaimed shows. For Golden Time it's Toradora!, and for Nagi-Asu it most definitely has to be Anohana.
Let me explain.
Much like Golden Time, this show starts off very unimpressive, giving the appearance of a kiddy type show about some friends who live under the sea (but not in a pineapple) going to school on land. Because of this slow and rather uninteresting start, MANY people decided to drop this show in favor of shows with more interesting starts such as Kill La Kill, Beyond the Boundary, Log Horizon, etc. However, this show has bloomed wonderfully into drama between friends and the world around them. The friendship themes and heavy dose of drama, and even the artstyle to a point just all really remind me of Anohana, but with 26 episodes, there is even more potential to get attached to the characters.
Although Nagi-Asu's main characters are indeed middle schoolers, the themes presented in the story are not to be taken lightly. Yes, there is the typical love triangle (square? pentagon?) going on (which I must say is wonderfully done so far), but there are other topics on focus besides the romance. The show deals with morality, discrimination, and the foolishness of misplaced hatred. The setting of tension between the people of Shioshishio and Oshiooshi isn't a violent one, but the tension is most definitely there, and the show makes it clear that without this tension, many of their problems could be solved.
So far, Nagi-Asu has provided many heartfelt moments, as well as some very funny humor when it wants to.
As for the production value of this show, it is VERY good. PA Works always manages to impress me with their visual masterpieces like Angel Beats, Another, and Hanasaku Iroha, and Nagi-Asu is no different. The music also fits each scene perfectly, and they really nail the underwater vibe of Shioshishio both visually, and audibly.
This is one of those shows where character development is HUGE. At the beginning, basically all the characters seemed one dimensional and predictable, but since then, most of them have vastly grown and provided a wonderful cast of characters. A few of the leads still need to grow a lot more, but there is still an entire half season to go so I'm not too worried. There are many intriguing characters that have also yet to get too much spotlight which makes me very excited for the rest of the show. Especially after the midseason point, it is now extremely interesting to see who ends up with who and what is going to happen to all their relationships. This is one of the few shows that I really would be fine with just about anybody ending up with each other because I love every character, and the dynamics they have with each other are all fantastic. Usually I like to pick a match that I want to see happen in romances like this, but for this show I just love everyone so much that I will be happy with whatever happens (and the road getting there will be extremely exciting).
As you can see by my very high score, I am thoroughly enjoying this show. It has joined Golden Time in my list of favorite animes from the Fall '13 season to this point. It's funny, sad, heartwarming, thought provoking, and pretty much anything you could ask for in a slice-of-life.... fantasy ....drama...? I don't know how to properly categorize this show haha. But yeah, I love it and recommend all of you who dropped it after the first episode or 2 to pick it back up! You won't regret it!
And just because I haven't updated this since the midseason point, I'll add on commentary on episodes 14 and 15. In a word: fantastic. I love me a good drama, and although I was a bit skeptic on how this plot twist would turn out, it is really making things interesting and emotional. This show just really makes you think about what you would do in the different situations the characters have found themselves in. I can't wait to see how it all plays out and plan to keep this post updated!
Dec 29, 2013
The world of Nagi-Asu is fresh and imaginative, more specifically Shioshishio, the beautiful underwater land populating the sea with its own unique traditions and history that are slowly unveiled to the viewer as the series continues.
The fantasy aspect adds a whole new side to the anime and works alongside the romance in a perfect balance, both strengthening each other and keeping it interesting.
Romance - 10
While that's not an official scoring factor on the site, I felt that it had to be added in because the anime is so far handling it wonderfully.
A nice change is the way that it takes a long time for it to become clear who ends up with who, so that it leaves you on the edge of your seats wondering what rather than when.
The chain of crushes the characters have are tangled so that there are a lot of potential couples to support and debate, as well as a lot of possibilities as to who is going to end up with who. It seems like it's going to be tricky to resolve, but at the same time you get the feeling that everything is going to work out nicely one way or another in the end, something important in a romance anime.
Story - 9
At first glance it seems like there won't be much in the way of a specific plot, but once it's eased you into the world you definitely begin to see some form of story arc developing until it hits you at full force which definitely stops it from getting repetitive.
While I can't be sure if the current focus will be the main plot for the whole anime or just a temporary predicament (Only 13 episodes in), I can say that it came as a pleasant surprise and certainly sets things in motion.
Art - 10
The art is definitely one of the main sources of appeal for the anime, and for a reason!
Colourful, detailed and absolutely stunning; what more could you want?
The art fits the anime perfectly, even makes it in some ways! While the character style can be a bit cutesy for some, it'll surely grow on you and if not then the scenery makes up for it fully!
Not only is the surface nicely drawn, but the anime takes it up to a whole new level with the underwater world, full of shimmering detail and bright underwater life.
Even if you aren't a fan of the romance and school parts, I recommend you have a look purely because of the beautiful animation.
Sound - 8
The soundtrack is nice and strengthens each scene considerably, but other than it's beautiful ending there are no songs that I would remember especially or seek out to listen to later.
I can't speak for everyone though and that is most likely my personal opinion as someone who hasn't been paying special attention to the background music, so it's probably best for you to have a listen for yourself!
Character - 9
When I first started watching this, I'd have given it a 7 or an 8 most likely. I didn't feel particularly attached to the characters, the side characters seemed far more interesting to me and a lot of them got on my nerves.
However, I feel that as the series continues they have developed a lot even though it happens so that you don't notice it at first. As of episode 13, I personally feel proud for a great deal of the characters I wasn't a big fan of at first (namely Manaka, who I think is progressing wonderfully!), with the exception of Chisaki who seems to be deteriorating a bit.
There's a lot of variety when it comes to characters, and the side characters get a lot of focus too so that it's not purely centred around the two mains, which keeps things fresh.
Enjoyment - 10
Every episode leaves me eager for the next, desperately wanting to find out what happens. It never gets boring or leaves you wishing it would end sooner, and very importantly moves at a perfect pace. It doesn't rush into things or progress painfully slowly so that you can just sit back and enjoy, and enjoy you most likely will!
Overall - 10
While I didn't give each individual aspect a 10, I feel that the anime as a whole deserves this based on the overall enjoyment factor and effort put into it. I definitely recommend that you try this, whatever your tastes in anime.
Mar 5, 2014
That's what I thought when I started .
In the early episodes, something makes you wanna watch.. then you realize that 10 episodes have passed.
The setting , the delicacy that the story is shown, the construction of the characters, and the soundtrack, are captivating, even with a simple plot that doesn't bring anything substantially new, compared to other animes that have been already released.
"There are people that live in the sea , there are people living on land".
Is shown to us a conflict between two worlds and in the middle of it, we start to know about Manaka, Hikari, Chisaki, Kaname and Tsumugu. We live their experiences, their fears, their frustrations , their romance.. and of course their friendship.
I'll not tell more about the story because the anime has not reached its end. I felt encouraged to write this review, after watching 20 episodes only, for a simple reason : Surely this anime touched me.
I limit myself to just say:
I feel a great joy watching this. read more
Feb 6, 2014
The first half of Nagi places out heavy on the romantic entangling between the characters and "coming of age" style of slice of life. On the surface and at the outset you could very easily assume this is a very shallow anime and if you aren't fortunate enough to watch far enough into the series you would be right in assuming as much. Slowly, as the series continues, different nuances become more and more apparent. The characters start off very stereotypical with each fitting into different archetypes. Slowly these archetypes are augmented and the subtlety of each character surfaces in more profound detail allowing the story to flow very nicely yet at a very slow pace.
The animation is very moe style but in the latter half of the story it really serves to accentuate things, complementing them and creating a world that you would really want to visit your self. This depth took be by surprise in a great manner. Some of the scenes are just so beautifully haunting that you cant help but appreciate all of the hard work the artists put into them.
The very slow moving plot seems rather simple at first but as it progresses it moves in less and less predictable territory. What makes this all the more exciting is that there is a lot of foreshadowing scattered through out scenes from the first half and yet you cant truly appreciate this until you get deeper into the anime. As I write this, the anime is close to the final stretch but there are still some very complex questions that have yet to be answered. The metaphor is very very heavy in this show from the way the plot flows (like waves) to the character design.
I will leave this review unfinished and with a 9 until I see the final episode. I don't wish to expose spoilers nor do I want to jump the gun. I will say however, that everyone who likes anime should take a look at this one. Everything about this anime is extremely well done from the lay out of the plot, the sound assets, the voice acting, the character design and general art/animation. Even with it not being finished yet, I can say with certainty that the art design and the sound assets/music/voice acting are all top shelf. read more
Dec 13, 2013
+Clannad but with an aquatic theme, right? Some cheesy love anime that bores you half to death with the level of generic drama? A reverse harem story with one guy, too many girls, and thousands of love triangles all pointing at one guy? WRONG! Even though this story presents the common theme of fate intertwined with most dramas, this is not the case. There are love triangles, but even so, the decision of who the character will fall for is ambiguous. It's not like a typical drama where you can predict everything by the first 10 minutes of the episodes; you never know what's coming.
+The one thing I like about this show is the interaction between the sea people and the land humans. The show basically revolves around these kids who are sea people, and go to school on the surface. Yes, there is bullying involved due to the difference in race, but that's what makes this show so unbelievable. The cruelty and differences caused by race is the most interesting part of this show. Humans just abusing and fighting with each other because of a difference in DNA.
+Love isn't the only thing to fight for. In this story, this isn't a sole focus on a love triangle; that comes second to the actual story. The story's main focus is on the drama and fantasy aspects respectively. On one side, you get the conflict arising between races, relationships(not in a romantic sense), and fictitious religions, and on the other side, you get this world where the supernatural aspects cause the entire course and your expectancy of the story line to fly out the window along with your expression of boredom(lets face it, there are times in this show when irrelevant scenes are put in).
-The kids world also falls upon the adult world, and vice verse. The perception of adults in this world is pretty generic for a school life. So they are pretty much stubborn, arrogant, selfish, and neglecting to the point where they get almost no screening time. There is, literally, only a handful of adults in the anime that are kind at all, but you can pretty much tell who they are 30 seconds in, because, like most school life anime, they all have one thing in common:blood relation with the main protagonists. This is one of the few things in the story that is predictable at all.
+The art is pretty cutesy to say the least. It's a fantasy drama, so it has a lot going for it in the art department. The animation is always fluent, and the design on the character's faces seem pretty similar at times, but the detail in all their other features such as hair and especially the shine given to the eyes, takes the art over the top.
-You can find hundreds of anime posted in the past 5 years or so that surpass this level of animation.
+The opening song is generic, yet upbeat and soft beated. Though, this fits this kind of anime with this light atmosphere. The OSTs are nothing to rave about, but there are a few instances in the anime when the OSTs really play their part and give off this extreme vibe of emotions and tears. The drama and music in the show really come hand in hand and completely destroy your ability to hold back your emotions.
-The ending is pretty much the same, a light female voice, that has a lack of dynamic and tempo changes which make it seem monotonic.
+All of the characters, with the exception of Tsumugu, are dynamic and interesting. The main character, Hikari, especially. He initially appears as this slightly racist, hot head, with an extreme pension for picking fights. But as the story moves along, his personality does a huge turn. He no longer remains a brat who just charges in at people because of prejudice. His advancement and maturity through the anime has really amazed me, personally. I initially disliked his judgmental attitude, but his rise in his level of compassion and intelligence really astounded me.
+The primary female protagonist, Manaka, is another that really takes the viewers on an emotional roller coaster. She's the typical weakling who cries in almost every episode and gets lost within her mind, but just like Hikari, her personality does a 180 and her presence in the show, although initially repulsive, becomes a joyous occasion. Initially, I pretty much wanted to throw something at her because she was weak to the point where she seemed hopeless, but her emotional advancement and support plays a pinnaclel role in the story that just molds the group and the story together. Just think of her as the glue that holds everything together, because even with her later weaknesses, she still appears to be a perfect female protagonist.
-The other two members, Chisaki and Kaname, don't have much going for them. They play a rather minor role in this story. They have a lot of screening time, but they never actually do anything. They usually just follow the main characters like all side characters in dramas. They don't have much development through the story and are empty cartridges at best. They could disappear and the story would only have minor issues in them.
-Tsumugu, is one of those characters that acts cool and quiet, but has no emotional depth. He stays the same through the entire story so far. He just serves as an ear and magic conch shell for the characters; giving them advice once in a while. Other than that, he's also an empty character. No actual importance to the story at all. He's just a character introduced for fan girls.
-Like I said before, weak and generic adult characters.
+But the one's who are actually nice, have an extreme amount of depth and representation within them. They may be a supporting cast, but they always manage to pull through when the weak main protagonists can't seem to get the story straight.
I was ready to drop this by episode 4, but I'm glad I didn't because all the evens occurring after that are earth shattering to the point where you can't even tell if if the story was still rotten anymore. All the elements added to the later part completely save this anime, which without the other elements, would be one of the biggest failures in drama in the past decade.
Definitely watch this anime if you have enough patients because without it, you won't be able to get into the main core of this show that makes it so great. Right now, I can't keep waiting for another episode. This is a story of kids, but with a huge impact in terms of romance that just drives you to the edge of this world.
Oct 21, 2013
I've only watched 3 episodes so far but I have to say that I am not disappointed at all.
For me the one thing that captured my attention for this show was Hikari. He is one of those rare characters who actually mature as the story progresses. In just three episodes, he grew so much it's hard to believe that he was the same immature, overreactive, rash, and bratty kid. He really comes to understand the people in the story and his views and actions towards them also change. He doesn't become so quick to judge others anymore either. And all that growth in just three episodes is honestly incredible.
I'm sticking to this show and I'm hoping that it continues this way.
Jan 26, 2014
Here is what interested me. The story line itself is great. I like the idea of tension between these land versus sea people. It's like the little mermaid except less singing and more doing. It's very reflective of today's social issues. I'm very interested to see where that goes overall in society and on the micro level with the characters.
My favorite character is definitely the land boy Tsumugu, he is so open and lovable. I like his attitude towards Manaka and the sea people. My other favorite is their teacher, I'm not sure why, maybe because he's so gentle towards the kids. I love the sea god's servent, he's really cool. I want to see more of him.
Here is what bothered me. The following is what might prevent me from finishing the series. Usually I love drama, the arguments, the tears and the whole nine yards. But this anime does it very badly. From the high pitched cries of Manaka to the endless anger of Hikari it get really annoying really fast. Hikari is clearly a racist and gets angry at everyone so you couldn't really tell either way. Yes his mother pasted when he was little, but it doesn't really have a direct connection to why he bites everyone's head off with 90% of his interactions. Manaka cries at the drop of the hat for whatever reason. Hikari's sister also cries a lot. Now that I think of it almost every female cries at some point. I feel like the voice actors think they have to give the highest pitch cry possible to prove that their feelings are authentic. Sometimes it's loud and high pitched that I have to turn the volume down.
For now I'll keep watching, I'm hoping the series brings less drama and more slice of life. I would compare this anime to Gingitsune: Messenger of the Fox Gods. read more
Jan 5, 2014
Story 9 - Nagi No asukara Starts off with 4 friends, but they unexpected feelings for eachother , as there school gets closed down these 4 friends have to go to the school on the surface,
If you are looking for a similar story to Clannad, which contains alot of drama and some comedy and a lot of unexpected events then this anime is perfect for you.
One thing i found perfect with this anime compared to so many other ones , its that there is little to NO story plots, everything is explained even to the smallest detail eventually, maybe not right away . also one thing i enjoyed is after u finish an episode you think to yourself " I NEED TO WATCH THE NEXT ONE" the first two episodes end in a level of surprise because of how quickly the anime is progressing
IF you also do not like waiting for an anime to start off properly then this anime is for you, a lot of dramas i have watched they always start off really slow simply by introducing the characters and kind of giving away whats going to happen just by how they act. Do you expect someone to die in this anime? Who knows I wouldnt be surprised, Do you expect the people to end up with the people you wanted them to? Who knows because i sure wish it was that easy, does this anime gives signals and hints to who likes who? alot of mixed feelings are involved so again, who knows? So i hope you enjoy the anime.
Art -9 The art in this anime is probably one of the best animes of 2013 -2014 that have a very beautiful art design, ...Lush is the best way to explain it, it flows easily is the best way to describe it, this anime art is simply one of the best in 2014
Sound - 8 ...yes im one of those people that put in the ending and opening theme song in this rating, So i gave it a 7 because i do enjoy the Ending theme but not so much for the opening i dont know why? i just dont,
Overall - 9 Am i enjoying this anime ? Hell yes ,Do i wait on thursday every day for it to be put up on a site? hell yes i do, Do i wait in school for it to be put up? Mhmm , as for people that expect this to be a drama comedy, i wouldnt recommend it, it does have SOME comedy, but not to the extent where u can just laugh and laugh and laugh and keep on laughing its not like SakuraSou No Pet no Kanojo also my top 5 favorite animes . read more
Jan 31, 2014
nagi no asukara is about a friendship between 3 sea people and 1 land people when sea people and land people had a strained relationship. 4 of them attends school and something grows between them..
from the story point of view it is a great story. well it is like romeo and juliet but more interesting.
the art, well good but not as good as makoto shinkai's .
sound, ai kayano as seiyuu plus ray and yanagi nagi again same as ano natsu de matteru? well can't i ask more? i said well done !
enjoyment, this is what i hard to tell about, the first half of this anime displayed a "lovely" romeo and juliet stuff, but in junior high with the netorare level same as a university student. my junior high, my koimonogatari on junior high was not that netorare!!! but it is still enjoyable. the second half ... well i can't assessed it yet because i'm still watching it.
this anime is full of surprises, tears and heartbreaks wrapped with a beautiful fantasy story it is worth to watch !! read more