Nagi no Asu kara

A Lull in the Sea

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Synonyms: Nagi no Asukara, Nagiasu
Japanese: 凪のあすから
English: A Lull in the Sea
German: Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea
Spanish: A Lull in the Sea (Nagi-Asu: Nagi no Asukara)
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2013 to Apr 3, 2014
Premiered: Fall 2013
Broadcast: Thursdays at 22:00 (JST)
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: P.A. Works
Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance
Theme: Love PolygonLove Polygon
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.961 (scored by 256662256,662 users)
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Ranked: #6862
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Popularity: #361
Members: 602,303
Favorites: 9,450

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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. 
report Recommended by renchan
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. 
report Recommended by HRinka
Gorgeous settings in sea side towns, unique aspects not seen in other anime, and realistic character interactions among a group of kids who have grown up together. 
report Recommended by AnimeObasan
Both anime leverage their supernatural elements to create unique dramatic situations/character relations that wouldn't normally be possible. Both focus on romantic drama and love polygons with adolescent characters. 
report Recommended by Serpentsounds
-The two anime have a fanciful side - story showing a group of friends -Both deal with themes like friendship and unrequited love 
report Recommended by Pink_Pudding
-Both were aired at the same time -Both heavily focused on romance and drama, with a touch of fantasy for NnA. -shippers would actually have a bit of a hard time discerning who their favorite pair is -both are set (not focused) in schools Now this is where its different. you got a group of adults and a group of kids, but both groups have problems that are opposite of their age group. the "adults" are wishy-washy, cry a lot, and have problems kids could take care of. The "kids" on the other hand are way mature, actually have more sense to their thoughts and actions, and have  read more 
report Recommended by supermegasonic
Both are really emotional anime they make you smile and cry, every one fight for the one who loves . but there friendship always in the way of there love ..  
report Recommended by gonko
Realistic, supernatural anime that deal with love in all its different forms. In addition, there are striking similarities between the main protagonists and their respective relationships with their families and their primary love interests. Consider watching the other if you enjoy the exploration of the themes of romance, friendship, family, and the changes in these relationships as time passes. 
report Recommended by ataraxial
Both these anime are about the sea and friendship. for the sake of preventing spoilers, lets say something big happens in both anime that are related to the sea. additionally both are drama based.  
report Recommended by muggy8
Both are stories about relationships and human connections with fantasy elements. Themes of change and time are strongly present in both. Both have very strong emotional impacts. Excellent music throughout, though Nagi no Asukara is certainly the strongest for this.  
report Recommended by Xaeveax
There have been many shows that features a group of friends having love interest with each other and/or one of the character in the group will fall in-love with someone foreign to them and Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo and Nagi no Asukara are example of the said theme. While Sakurasou does not feature supernatural creatures like Nagi no Asukara but features weird people, they both have the same feeling and the most important part of both, the characters' development that improves the show more. 
report Recommended by Navizel
Both are beautiful supernatural stories that focus heavily on nature and it's preservation and balance. Something is thrown out of whack in both cases, but to avoid spoilers, I will just say that the stories change quite a bit because of this. They both have excellent music and directing, and have some of the most gorgeous shots I've ever seen in anime. I would say Nagi no Asu kara is much more relaxing and cozy, though Tenki no Ko certainly has it's calming moments. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
Love pentagons galore. In all seriousness, these are two very enjoyable romance stories. Lots of drama and emotions, but it all feels believable and easy to get invested in. Nagi Asu's drama stems from the characters being so young that they don't really know how to properly express themselves. As they grow, they come to understand themselves more. Just Because! has more of it's drama from the fact that the characters are about to graduate and have lots of uncertainty about their futures. Both have similar moods (though Nagi Asu obviously has a fantasy element to it as well). I personally think all of the  read more 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
These are both supernatural stories about some sort of incident taking place and the main characters trying to prevent it (I won't specify due to spoilers). They are beautifully animated, have great soundtracks, and leave you with a similar sense of satisfaction by the end. The scenery is fantastic in both. If you are looking for a good supernatural romance, either of these will likely please you. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
True Tears and Nagi no Asukara both take place in a setting that gives off a similar vibe. They consist a small cast of characters in a local setting where drama, comedy, and romance develop over time. The main female protagonist from both series is a bit odd although although their personalities contrast with another from its perspective series. There is a love triangle that is built up and present. P.A. Works is involved in both series for its production. The quality of the production also shares a similar feeling.  
report Recommended by Stark700
-Both are about adolescent love/love conflicts, and are structured with multiple, emotion-evoking arcs. However, Clannad is a tad more emotional/sad at times. -Both give off a fairly "happy" or "nostalgic feeling", making the show very fun and enjoyable to watch. -Both have very beautiful and fluid artwork that is similar to one another. 
report Recommended by xxvioxx
Watching Nagi no Asukara brings back feelings from watching Toradora. They are similar in a way that characters in both animes are caught between valuing friendship and their romantic loves, and choosing between the two. I liked the diversity of the personalities of the lead characters in both series. Both have good plot progressions.  
report Recommended by rgsrn
An obvious similarity - sea themes! People from the sea interacting with people of the land, plus their interpersonal relationships. 
report Recommended by Valkyrie_Wings
Both by the same director and studio: Toshiya Shinohara and P.A. Works Both contain motifs involving the sea and youth Both are visually and thematically similar in several aspects 
report Recommended by raremann
Hanasaku Iroha and Nagi no Asukara are both produced by the animation studio P.A. Works so expect similarities in terms of their visual presentations. Both series includes a colorful cast of characters involved in interpersonal relationship from friendship, respect, and romance. They also takes the story and narratives into a slice of life form with comedy and drama. The main female characters from both series are also often insecure about their decisions but deep down does care about the friends they make.  
report Recommended by Stark700
They're set in very similar places (possibly even the same place) and are similarly styled, slice of life with a bit of drama and comedy but very well written and highly engaging.  
report Recommended by kerodean
This recommendation might feel a bit... shallow... (sorry), but I still feel it is valid. Water, water, water. If you like well animated water that makes you want to dive in yourself, both of these are among the best. Lots of swimming involved, though in Nagi no Asukara it sometimes feels more like flying due to the setting. In all seriousness, both shows have great characters, drama, and stories, and if you fancy yourself a bit of a water connoisseur, check these out. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
These series are both absolute eye-candy. The backgrounds in both of them are bright, colorful and simply beautiful. The animation is fluid and flawless. The effort that is put into the appearance also enhances the emotional impact of the drama that both of these series contain.  
report Recommended by mimiiria
The style of Nagi no Asukara and ef: A Tale of Memories gives a familiar mood with its spectacular visuals and colorful cast of characters. Among these character includes interpersonal relationships with romance and drama. Ef: A Tale of Memories does take on a more mature style with descriptive dialogues while Nagi no Asukara has a more atmosphere of innocence. However, they both include characters with a multitude of personalities. The setting of both series also takes place in a school life environment.  
report Recommended by Stark700
Both animes are about groups of friends that have sort of love triangles. The stories are very different but they both have a light hearted feel to them.  
report Recommended by BFbooklover
Same Director : Shinohara, Toshiya Both fantasy anime with Drama. Both story lines are really awesome. Manaka and Suzuhara both get protection of the main male charachter. Manaka get protection of hikari and Suzuhara get protection of Sagara. 
report Recommended by shirley1994
Obviously both deal with the sea, but I would say they also have similar themes of connection to nature/living with nature. They are tonally quite different, one being a romance drama and the other being much more of a spiritual journey, but there are some overlaps in mood. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
If you are just craving the ocean, these two are great picks. The narratives are quite different, but the nautical settings are fantastic in both. One is a romance/supernatural drama and the other is simply about a fishing club, but both focus heavily on human coexistence with nature, specifically the sea. I'm massively biased towards anything ocean-related, so these two both did wonders for me. Perhaps they will do the same for you. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
Both titles take place in a coastal landscape with tree covered hills, a blue see and blue skys. Respectively, there is a fantastic technology or mystic power, that allows the protagonists to float in the air, or under water. Before these promising backgrounds, sensitive teenagers are entangled in romance or sports competitions, like seen in countless other titles. If you want to see beautiful backgrounds with potential for more used on commonplace characters and stories, both titles may be for you. 
report Recommended by Estefan
Because it's got comedy and strong friendship like Nagi no Asukara 
report Recommended by Mitsukuni41
Both have a charming design that instantly transport you in their world. The shows focus on some paranormal circumstances and the leads are teenagers. While Made in Abyss is more a dark edgy anime, They have similarities and even though they look like anime for kids, they surely are not 
report Recommended by AgiLess
Both shows are different in set-up but both messages and underlying themes are similar. Both shows deal with a romance-situation but also both shows deal with the problem of being an outsider trying to fit in. Both shows are excellent and if you liked Nagi no Asukara (One of my favorites) than I think a more heavy, yet light-hearted Kotoura-san is a good show to watch. 
report Recommended by nnadel27
Both have beautiful artwork that is similar in terms of character design and backgrounds. Although Shelter deals with loss of a loved one and Nagi no Asukara with the complexities of friendship and first love, both have a lonely, nostalgic feel to them.  
report Recommended by venturegirl
Now here me out before you go, "wtf! these two are nothing alike!" Well, you're not entirely wrong, but there are a lot of similarities between the two. If you're looking for a deep story line, you're in for a treat. Similarities: They both have awesome pacing (I am not counting the second season of Psycho Pass here). There is no clear "antagonist" in both series. You might be able to argue on who the antagonist is, but really, it's far more abstract than that. They question how society is run and why things are the way things are. Both, unfortunately, front loads the setting. Very character driven. Differences: One is a  read more 
report Recommended by somedayasunbae
Both of them use the supernatural as a major part of the plot line, Both are drama/romantic SOLs where we watch the relationships between characters evolve Both will make your heart warm and leave a void after you finish them  
report Recommended by WiredLily
Such a touchy movie, I really cried a lot. The movie shows how to girl get bullied day by day, but she finally understand it...It's so omg i can't describe it It's such a touchy movie same genre such as Hyouka or Nagi no Asukara ~ watch it >o< 
report Recommended by Saaraahhh
While the settings and stories are completely different, both of them are thoughtful looks at racism and discrimination--and the ways in which love, kindness, and friendship can overcome them. 
report Recommended by Jerakor
Both shows focus heavily on drama and romance with occasional comedic moments.  
report Recommended by WeebForPrez
Great slow-burn dramas that are both very engaging with strong character interactions.  
report Recommended by Hikool101
"Love Me, Love Me Not" is remarkably similar to "A Lull in the Sea" but without the "sea/ocean" concept. From friends to lovers, confession, rejection, unrequited love, and a five-way romance. If you like all or most of those things, then I think both can provide the same feeling to you as it starts as funny and proceeds to become dramatic over time. 
report Recommended by Solaris-----
That annoying protagonist; that one which always gets on your nerves. That selfish little brat that can't seem to think about anyone other than himself. You can't wait for him to mature or to even get out of the picture... which makes his consequent realistic character development and progression all the more gripping and striking. The fantasy world setting and the friends that help help both Hikari and Luke to mature into hugely likeable characters are similar, but the growth itself is the most wonderful shared development to behold. TL:DR: Highly annoying protagonists slowly mature into absolutely lovable characters (and similar feel throughout). Fantasy setting. 
report Recommended by TadanoMari
- both of them shows a slow but sure character development - both of them are one of the best slice of life I could find - both of them have extraordinary art and fluidity - THE MUSIC BOTH ARE SO BEAUTIFUL AND EPIC!! even if they are rather different, one has a touch of fantasy and the other one is more into reality, but the feelings and conflict of both of them are interesting in their own way. If u are looking for another great story, great music and beautiful visual at the same time, Violet Evergarden sure will do!  
report Recommended by fadalanu
Just to make it simple. The romance in Nagi no Asukara, from its too-many-sided love and the MC is similar with Cross Game. I can't say it with words, but i can guarantee that if you love romance in Nagi no Asukara you will love Cross Game too. 
report Recommended by War_D
High school setting - group of friends - love triangles 
report Recommended by Jawad_Haque
These two are similar in one big way: the characters' relationships. Nagi no Asukara has no action, so you should only try it if you enjoy the relationship drama aspect of DitF.  
report Recommended by BonerInc
Both feature comming of age tales brilliantly and creatively mixing elements of tragedy, drama, hardship, and comedy on a very spiritual journey. 
report Recommended by MontuBGTB
Similar stunning environment/art style Same VA for male mc's Both fit into the fantasy, drama genres 
report Recommended by CynixSera
Both the female mains have an innocent appeal, somewhat clumsy and always receives the help and protection of the male lead. However, both are admirable for their strong will and mindfulness of everyone's emotions around them. This next part may be somewhat of a spoiler for Nagi no Asukara, but the fact that Manaka loses her ability to love other people is closely similar to Sakura's loss of memories as well as her inability to have Syaoran's feelings reach her. Hikari loves Manaka, and Syaoran loves Sakura, but both girls are unable to receive those feelings because of some supernatural force taking their ability to  read more 
report Recommended by lunafly
•both anime mainly focus on the relationships between each one of the main protagonists •both protagonists are different in age, so the maturity of each emotion that is verbally said or through meaningful actions is completely different, though there are similarities •both show the deep connection between friendships and the 'lines' that can/cannot be crossed, until the relationship 'lovers' be shown •both show the love triangles in many different ways it can be approached, while some are just left hanging, or some take the aggressive nature and take a leap of faith •both anime settings are mostly situated in schools where everything develops, •they are very similar if  read more 
report Recommended by Lupta
Similar atmosphere and phantasmic setting; love polygons and futuristic edge. Both are bittersweet, memorable, and have captivating art to watch. Nagi no Asukara is a series while Nerawareta Gakuen is a movie. 
report Recommended by ink-and-paper
They are about a group of teens in puberty. The two anime have very dramatic drama settings. They are also strongly influenced by tragedy. They are both modern anime and are perhaps "over-moe"  
report Recommended by Illuminatli
The type of drama that deals with alienation of those who are considered different and the hostility and rules devised against each other. Elfen Lied basically deals with the race of Diclonius being tormented for their appearance, which is a cause in their violence and psychopathic attitude towards humans. Nagi no Asukara deals with sea people who detest the idea of being with the land people, and vice versa. Though, the former show is more horror oriented than the latter. 
report Recommended by Allice84
Relationship between close friends. As one falls in love with the other, the other shows signs of affection too. New beginnings and changes in their lives, but they’re still haunted by the event in the past which is holding them back. Similar romance and drama too.  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
Maybe it's the beautiful settings, the art style, or just the mood, but something about these two feels very familiar to me. (Yes, Mari Okada and PA Works obviously play a part there.) The emotional cores of these two feel quite similar, lots of drama and character focused stories.  
report Recommended by Xaeveax
Ponyo consists in a plot aimed at a younger audience while Nagi no Asukara's targets the older, but both display some similarities: - Beautiful sceneries and unique animation. - The heroine is from the sea and is in love with a human. The story takes place when she is fished by the human boy. - There is a kingdom underwater where mystical beings live like a god/goddess who are able to cast curses. While Ponyo focuses on friendship, fantasy and adventure, NnA centers itself in a love polygon and is able to give more depth to the characters. If you liked one and enjoy the theme  read more 
report Recommended by Orulyon
Despite of the completely different stories, both are about a group of friends and they focuse on drama, romance, love triangles and unrequited loves, but honey and clover is more realistic and the other is fantasy oriented. I completely sure you'll like both because of the romance aspect. 
report Recommended by darkuria
Both heavily feature ocean themes and soothing atmospheres. They use very similar colors (blue and white primarily) and there's something about the music that just brings the two of them together. Nagi no Asu kara has more supernatural elements and more drama, Aria is more slow paced and relaxed. But both have a unique aquatic charm that cannot be described without simply giving them a try. So get to it. dive right in.  
report Recommended by Xaeveax
Both Series are very emotional, in a sad and in a funny way. Both Anime Series have a very dramatic story. Both don't need any action scenes, but attack the heart of the viewer. At least the most important thing: Both are great! 
report Recommended by Petoyusa
While Nagi no Asukara is more of a school tale romance and Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is a slice of life, iyashikei the feel of a town by the sea is so strong for both of them that the ambiance reminds me of each of them. The beautiful end theme of Nagi makes me feel like I am walking through Alpha's world. 
report Recommended by starshinesMonet
They have a very slice of life feel but with an interesting fantasy setting. The younger characters grapple with dealing with the realities of the setting. The pace is slow, but rewarding (especially for Nagi no Asukara). There is a lot of focus on how friendships are affected by loss and stress. 
report Recommended by SunnyAslan
Both anime encompass: -The interaction of two different groups of people; those of the sea & land, and those of the underground & surface. -Minimum contact being kept between each other, although in Nagi no Asukara it is intentional. -Negative relations due to their past history. -Gorgeous animation and art. -The main characters seeking to restore the calamity which has been imposed upon them. I hope you found this recommendation helpful! 
report Recommended by IceColdAcer
The school and romance elements are also present within Nagi no Asukara. Overall, Nagi no Asukara has a more fantasy feel, and I personally believe contains more enjoyable drama.  
report Recommended by whiteshadowdj
While the supernatural element is more pronounced throughout Nagi no Asukara, they both involve events out of the main heroines control. They also both have a similar oceanside setting, while one focuses on the sky the other on the sea 
report Recommended by Sakagami_Tomoyo
Both of these anime deal with the every day school life with a twist. In both of these animes time is important. In Orange it's because Naho receives a letter from the future. In Nagi no Asukara it's because relationships change through time, you'll have to watch the anime for more details about that. Orange and Nagi no Asukara are both about a group of friends that experiences something out of the ordinary. Both are romantic slice-of-life anime that can make you cry. If you enjoyed one, chances are you'll enjoy the other one as well. 
report Recommended by SweetSerenadexX
A commonality between the plot lines of "Nagi no Asukara" and "Shijin no Shougai" was that they both depicted a sudden and unexpectedly cold winter in which much of the populace entered a form of stasis as they were frozen in time. Through this very similar event, characters from the two series realized their purposes, found what was important to them, and changed themselves for the better by the end. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
For starters, these two series both have absolutely amazing art! They both have a Si-Fi aspect about them, which is definitely more noticeable in Nagi no Asukara, but is still prevalent in Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko. Romance plays a big role in both series, as well. They do, however, diverge in setting because Denpa focuses on space and aliens while Nagi focuses on the sea. Both shows are fabulous and deserve a watch! 
report Recommended by -Droid-
While the plots of Nagi no Asukara and Howl's moving Castle are considerably different, there's something about each that reminds me of the other. Both have large fantasy and romance aspects, though Nagi no Asukara is more romance driven and casual than the latter. There's a certain bright atmosphere to each one, along with colourful animation and beautiful scenery. It might be a bit of a stretch, but if you like one then you should definitely try the other!  
report Recommended by ShinyShing
Both will rip out your heart but the main characters are all really cute trust me on this. Magi though is a lot more violent (?) and magic based whereas NagiAsu just focuses on four (five if you count Tsumugu but he's not a sea kid idk) students getting through hardships as well as love triangles.. Kind of a generic romance school anime but? Still very good imo. Magi focuses on friendship for the most part (in my opinion), but both have really great art as well as scenery. (also Tsumugu and Titus are my sons fight me) 
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