Nagi no Asakura Discussion

Topic started by takashichea on Aug. 21, 2013. Last post by LHWKnight 6 months, 4 weeks ago.
Post by takashichea (13,148 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Welcome to the Nagi no Asukara discussion thread.
Come here to chat about the latest episodes, the characters, plot, or the series in general.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Produced by: P.A. Works

Plot: Long ago, humanity lived in the sea. But the humans who longed for the land left the sea behind. They cast aside the special raiment they'd been given by the sea god that let them live in the ocean. The thinking of the sea humans and the land humans became as separate as the places they lived, and as countless time passed, they forgot they were once one people. This will change as the land-dwelling human Tsumugu Kihara befriends four students who live in a village at the bottom of the sea.
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Post by takashichea (13,148 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Normally, I'm a Shonen and comedy fan. I don't usually watch slice of life shows. My first one was Sket Dance, but I don't count it as my first because Sket Dance is more gag comedy. Tari Tari was my 2nd slice of life but my first true slice of life.

Given that, I tried this show because the animation and art style remind me of Tari Tari in a sense. I loved the animation. It's gorgeous when you see the reflection of the water and the scenery. The episode made me chuckle a few times. I see a love triangle forming. I'm interested in the show because it portrays another side: tension between two races: humans who live on land and humans who live under the sea.

Post by AURON570 (572 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Just watched episode 1: Reminded me immediately of Tsuritama because of the ocean theme, bright art style, and use of myths! By myth I mean how all humans once lived in the sea, and then came onto land. Which is true from an evolutionary perspective, how we were all descended from single cell organisms, and long ago the earth was almost entirely covered in water.

The love triangle/square (if you count Chisaki as having feelings for Hikari) was pretty funny. The racism/social-class bullying was interesting, but I can see it being used superficially to advance the plot or deepen character relationships. Like how in this episode Manaka gets embarrassed and is bullied by classmates because she is from the ocean, which is a trigger for her running off and getting found by Tsumugu, which ends up making their relationship a little more intimate and causing Hikari to be jealous.

Unlike Tsuritama, this anime has a lot more room to deepen the story, characters and world (26 episodes), so I'm looking forward to how things turn out. Since this anime is being done by P.A. Works, which also did Hanasaku Iroha (which was also 26eps), perhaps we will get some deeper emotional punches in episodes to come. Right now it seems like we're dipping into the shallow end of the pool so to speak. xD

P.S. Also is it just me or do all the characters from the ocean have blue eyes?

Post by takashichea (13,148 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@AURON570:

I have made note of that for the Ena concept page. Though, I don't know what to call these people, Umimura or Shioshishio.

I watched episode 2 and 3, so I'm pretty hooked on this series. The idea of race and romance blend really well. In ep. 3, they explain more about Ena. I can't spoil you since you watched it a week later than the simulcast.

Edit:

Hikari is worried that he will lose more of his loved ones to the surface after losing his mother. When the surface people and sea people have a baby, the baby doesn't have Ena. It furthers hinder the relationship between the races.

Post by OkumuraTrain (38 posts) See mini bio Level 6

The characters are so cute. I want to gobble them up especially Manaka.

@takashichea: @AURON570:

Hey guys! Who do you ship?

Post by AURON570 (572 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@takashichea said:

Hikari is worried that he will lose more of his loved ones to the surface after losing his mother. When the surface people and sea people have a baby, the baby doesn't have Ena. It furthers hinder the relationship between the races.

Oh! That's some genetic level stuff! Now I'm thinking about which would be more advantageous. On the one hand it can allow sea people to have a closer relationship with nature, the ocean and such. But on the other hand, the sea people could be at a disadvantage because they have to recharge (in a sense) in salt water. Since land people don't have this limitation they can explore further on land, in the air, and even dive down into the ocean with the right technology.

Hmm I wonder if it would be possible for the sea people to develop some technology to help them survive on land longer. Or maybe do some crazy genetic engineering to make it so that humans can live both in water and on land with no side effects! >=D Haha

Post by takashichea (13,148 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@OkumuraTrain:

Don't have a favorite.

@AURON570:

That would be awesome. I wonder about Isamu Kihara. Hikari notice he had Ena, but he has no blue eyes. It's weird.

Post by takashichea (13,148 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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I have been enjoying this series. This week's episode had brilliant graphics with Uroko's freezing the water. It's funny that the children are mature than the adults.

Post by Marshal Victory (2,407 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@takashichea: So has the series goten beter from its start? Kinda was turned off by it thought i might go back after i cach up on Detective Conan only up to 640 atm.

Post by takashichea (13,148 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Marshal Victory:

Hard to say. There is a lot of teen angst between Manaka, Chisaki, and Hikari. Now, we got trouble under the sea once it started snowing. Haven't seen this week's episode yet.

Post by Marshal Victory (2,407 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@takashichea: Its one ill probly hold off on till its done then try a full run at it again.Some times i can handle love triangles an octigons etc ok an some times they just dont work for me.It has to overcome to the humans are dirty for the envorment part to.. cant stand preaching even from a fictional people how humans polute when they have magical pixy dust to live on.

Art tho an animation style were great as i recall.

Post by takashichea (13,148 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Marshal Victory:

Good idea. It's better to watch in a marathon. I'll do the same for Tokyo Raven, Unbreakable Machine Doll, and Galilei Donna. I'm still watching Arpeggio, Samurai Flamenco, Noucome, Diabolik Lovers (for some odd reason), Magi, Wanna be the Strongest, Walkure, Golden Time, and Kill la Kill weekly.

Post by AURON570 (572 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Episode 2 thoughts (no such thing as late =P): I totally don't remember who those 2 kids are, I was just as baffled as Hikari, but it was cute anyways and animation was great. So it looks like the racism goes both ways, sea people not wanting to lose their own kind, and land peeps feeling distant from sea peeps. But in the end it looks like LOVE TRANSCENDS ALL BOUNDARIES! *cough*... It will be interesting how this anime gets to that end though, and how the characters deal with their life/love/self problems. Heh also they did a good job on making it look like Akari was about to get raped as punishment for going out with a land person. -.-" Last note, so is Uroko-sama a god, spirit person? MAL says he's the "Lord of the village"? I feel like the story is saving some important role for him to do in the story.. we shall see.

Episode 3 thoughts: Lol well looks like the writer was having a field day with these love polygons.. The placement of Tsumugu's first laughing, and the first time all the "main characters" have a moment of sheer joy when they jump in the pool was well done. Hmm yeah sucks that having Ena skin is a recessive trait. Hah like some children, Hikari is just stubborn and willing to do rash things to stick up for what he believes in. Hmm we never really got to hear why Akira was having a thing for that dude, but it looks like she just wants to shove it into her unconscious and look strong for her younger brother.. which sucks. The tease with the old man possibly having Ena skin.... *COUGH* genetic engineering, did I call it or what?! Lol j/king, I guess we'll see if he appears again later. I mean he is Tsumugu's old man right?... so maybe Tsumugu is a sea descendant? somehow?

Ep4 thoughts: And with forgiveness comes acceptance, compassion and a deepening of friendships. o3o" I Enjoyed the mirroring family situations, both losing their mother. Doling out the melodrama like it's nothing! It was alright though, seeing Muina and Sayu's characters develop. Hmm just enough mystery surrounding Uroko-sama again and his relationship to the God.

Post by Marshal Victory (2,407 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@AURON570: Yeah i got that feeling from 1st 3 the writer took the "drama is life with the boring parts cut out" route of story telling.Some times that can play well an some times its nails on a chalk board.That type of story telling doesnt play well with me when im sick.. an more often than not these days im sick :/

Post by takashichea (13,148 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Marshal Victory: @AURON570: @OkumuraTrain:

Post by Marshal Victory (2,407 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@takashichea: Anime news Network ? ya some times i have to wonder how it works with them on genes an themes .think some one confused it with Coppelion ? or this another its supernatural cause of a guys personality?

Post by takashichea (13,148 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Marshal Victory:

Yeah, it's Anime News Network. Look how much episodes Nagi will get. I wondering about the apocalypse thing. Still, Golden Time shouldn't have a supernatural theme if there is a "ghost" representing Banri's past.

Post by Marshal Victory (2,407 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@takashichea: ya that makes what 3 shows this season with odd or really out right wrong theme picks.I mean if it was on a off site thats not legit i see that but them that kinda makes me wonder.Then again some aruge their is no science fiction their is only fiction to.

Post by takashichea (13,148 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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The apocalypse could be a

  • Storm
  • Manaka is going to be separated from her gang and hibernate somewhere else or
  • The kids all going to hibernate and wake up to see the surface kids all grown up.
Post by AURON570 (572 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Okay wow I'm almost 'caught up' with the series (just finished watching ep9), and damn, this anime could really blow itself out of the water with all the apocalypse stuff. It could take a very depressing/sobering turn.. which would be a huge contrast to all the progress that was made between the kids and their friendships. On the other hand it could still go for a happy ending, like some deus ex machina resolution, where everything turns out okay.. Either way it will be interesting to see how it's handled.

Hmm from the looks of it, the apocalypse will be an ice age. Haha, which is basically reverse global warming. The anime hasn't done too much with those environmental themes, but I guess it's still interesting to keep in mind.

It's still mysterious exactly what role Uroko-sama and the "sea god" plays in this whole thing. There was that little bit with Uroko trying to freeze Akari and Hikari from leaving for the surface, maybe they have some control over the weather? On one hand it just sounds like they want their species to survive, without much of a care for surface people. Which I guess makes sense. Heh we also get the classic "choose how to spend the last days before the apocalypse" dilemma. Land people don't have a choice because they can't go underwater where it is safer, but sea people do!

If this ice age really happens and land people get wiped out, it will be like resetting the ecological situation. Since (at least in the anime's mythology) people used to all live in the sea, and then moved on land.

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