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Nagi No Asukara Episode #26 Anime Review (Season Finale)

Manaka gets her turn to narrate events, as rapid fire clips of past episodes file past.  We’ve reached the final episode of  Nagi no Asukara .  It’s time to finally close out this fairy tale of jilted sea gods and young lovers. As they say, love conquers all.  Even though in the case of this series it was more often the cause of massive amounts of angst rather than warm fuzzy thoughts. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/04/04/nagi-no-asukara-episode-26-anime-review-season-finale/

Nagi no Asukara Episode #25 Anime Review

The end of  Nagi no Asukara  approaches, and if it wasn’t apparent that the show is wrapping up in the next episode the loss of the opening credits is a dead giveaway. I have a new found respect for Manaka after the beginning of this episode.  It turns out Manaka had confided in Tsumugu, pre-timeskip, how she felt about Hikari.  Yes, of course she loves him, and she says why she does so eloquently that it makes me wonder if Manaka’s usual ditzy persona is more an act that she puts on.  She tells Tsumugu not to tell anyone because Manaka knew how Chisaki felt about Hikari, and she didn’t want to hurt her feelings. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/03/28/nagi-no-asukara-episode-25-anime-review/

Nagi No Asukara Episode #24 Anime Review

Tsumugu confesses his love to Chisaki, and Chisaki can’t bear to hear it. Why does she have to be the difficult one? Tsumugu tells her that he’s grown to know her, and love her, and Chisaki is clinging to this notion that she can’t love him.  She promised that she’d only love Hikari, but why?  He never felt that way about her.  Chisaki tearfully admits that she felt like falling in love with Tsumugu would betray her countrymen and Manaka’s feelings.  However, it’s quite possible that Manaka was actually falling for Hikari prior to the time skip.  Chisaki is only causing herself misery by denying her own emotions. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/03/22/nagi-no-asukara-episode-24-anime-review/

Nagi No Asukara Episode #23 Anime Review

What to do about the girl with the, quite literally, broken heart? Should Hikari and Miuna tell Manaka what she has lost? The supposedly mature characters think it’s better off if she doesn’t ever get her heart broken, and if she can’t love she can’t suffer the pain of unrequited or lost love. Sayu just might be the best member of the cast, and she started off as the most obnoxious brat.  She’s disgusted with how Kaname, Chisaki, and Tsumugu were willing to leave Manaka unable to love.  She’s right that they’re being selfish, and her declaration that she’s going to ask Kaname out because he’s not as mature as he thinks he made my respect for her grow.  She’s exactly what Kaname needs. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/03/14/nagi-no-asukara-episode-23-anime-review/

Nagi No Asukara Episode #22 Anime Review

Manaka is back among the world of the awake, and yet there is a persistent feeling of unease.  Hikari watches Manaka’s bright, smiling face with a frown.  The kids go to school and get on with their lives, and yet the snow continues to fall. Tsumugu’s scientist friend returns to the university and Tsumugu stays behind.  Most of this episode is devoted Hikari and Manaka, but there’s a short scene between Sayu, Tsumugu, Chisaki and Kaname which illustrates perfectly why you should keep your voice down in thin walled houses. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/03/07/nagi-no-asukara-episode-22-anime-review/

Nagi No Asukara Episode #21 Anime Review

I made a mistake watching the last episode of  Nagi no Asukara , and that was not paying attention during the end credits.  They had updated the animation to get rid of the sepia filter, which made the whole scene of Manaka walking on the sea wall more vivid and less depressing.  While it was a change easy to miss if you weren’t paying attention, the changes to the opening animation in this episode are much harder to miss.  Manaka has been worked in to the beginning and ending of the montage.  They also changed out the scene where Manaka was asleep for one of Manaka and Miuna, which seems to hint heavily at how the resolution of this series is going to play out. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/02/28/nagi-no-asukara-episode-21-anime-review/

Nagi No Asukara Episode #20 Anime Review

In this second half of  Nagi no Asukara  we haven’t been given the clear window into Hikari’s thoughts that we got during the first half of the series.  We know what makes him tick now, and he’s become far more likable than when he first appeared on screen.  He can laugh off most things even if inside he’s a wreck, and getting Manaka back has only made him more of a mess.  Especially since she’s been asleep for about a week at this point. That concern has boiled over into his physical well being, as Hikari has been diving nearly every chance he can get to go search for Uroko.  He’s not alone in his search, even Chisaki  and Kaname have been looking.  The minor deity is avoiding the humans, and no one has been able to question him about all of this.  Exhaustion sets in and Hikari has a very vivid nightmare about Manaka which uses some excellent sound direction to be very unsettling.  The exhaustion leaves Hikari venerable enough to catch a fever, which Miuna fakes on herself in order to stay home out of guilt, leaving nearly half of Akari’s household in some sort of state of bedridden. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/02/22/nagi-no-asukara-episode-20-anime-review/

Nagi No Asukara Episode #19 Anime Review

The last episode of  Nagi no Asukara  was a tense walk through a ghost town with a troubling finale that saw the long awaited return of Manaka to the cast.  However, this episode is less about her and more about Chisaki, and its far more lighthearted for it. Yes, Manaka has returned, and in reasonably good health despite the creepy undersea bed she’s been in.  At least, the doctor thinks so.  We get to see Chisaki in her new professional role, although her uniform makes her look more like a chef than a nurse. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/02/14/nagi-no-asukara-episode-19-anime-review/

Nagi No Asukara Episode #18 Anime Review

If there was one thing that Miuna always wanted, it was to be included in the tight knit group of Hikari’s friends.  As she leads Hikari and Kaname after a sound that only she can hear, she appears to be in her element.  Yet the fact that they are heading into a strange and unknown situation is putting a damper on the joy of a trip into the depths of the sea. Miuna takes to life in the sea like pro, or at least like a tourist.  She’s understandably a bit creeped out by the sleeping residents, but certainly not as disturbed by them as Hikari is.  The kids split up for a bit, with Hikari and Kaname heading off towards their homes to calm down while Miuna breaks out the Pocky and takes in the scenery. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/02/07/nagi-no-asukara-episode-18-anime-review/

Nagi No Asukara Episode #17 Anime Review

This episode poses the question, how much does the heart change in only five years?  Sayu is beating herself up over her lingering feelings towards Kaname.  She’s afraid to meet him again, as if she’s worried to confirm her old crush is still a crush.  She knows the whole thing is ridiculous, she berates herself over it.  That doesn’t stop her feelings though, and it makes for a hilarious slow-motion reunion scene. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/01/31/nagi-no-asukara-episode-17-anime-review/