Nagi no Asukara is set in a world where long ago, human civilization lived on the ocean floor. However, there were humans who wanted to live above the surface and moved to land, and this created a separation between the humans. The series focuses on four middle school students who live in the ocean named Hikari, Manaka, Chisaki, and Kaname. Because their middle school shut down, they must attend a school on land. During the first episode, Manaka met Tsumugu, one of their new classmates. He’s from a family of fishermen and has an interest in the underwater village.
Unfortunately, the Ofunehiki doesn’t take place in this episode, but it’s obvious that it’s getting closer and closer. At the beginning of the episode, Akari and Hikari’s father comes to the surface and meets Miuna. Later, he meets up with Akari and the two of them talk; at the end of the conversation, they come to an understanding about where each other is coming from. While this may not necessarily be an outright blessing for Akari and Itaru’s wedding, at least her father is no longer fighting it tooth and nail.
In the sea village, some of the younger children are now falling into their hibernation state because their cells move a lot faster. Because of this, their Ena developed fast and they fell asleep without waiting for the hibernation.
There’s also a major focus on the relationship web between the main characters. At one point, Kaname forces his hand and backs Hikari into a corner to admit that he’s in love with Manaka. Manaka doesn’t know how to react to this, so she runs off. Hikari and Chisaki run after her, and Chisaki tries to get Hikari to stop going after her. After Chisaki trips, Hikari goes over to her. Chisaki admits her feelings to Hikari, and the two of them have a conversation about their feelings for the person that they like.
Manaka returns home, and finds her mother asleep at the dining room table. Fortunately, she is able to wake her mother up; however, after her mother mentions that the hibernation is coming soon, Manaka gets scared and runs off. At the end of the episode, a scared and confused Manaka doesn’t know where she should go, and she starts swimming toward the surface.
At this point, the only real thing left for Akari’s storyline is to have the wedding and Ofunehiki, so her story is just about over. The main focus of episode 12 was definitely on the main characters and their relationships and worries about what will happen in the future. Now that various characters have confessed their hidden feelings, this is more than likely going to have a strong impact on how the series progresses going forward.
One thing I’m very interested in seeing is what will happen to our main characters in regards to hibernation. It appears there’s more going on to the thickening of the Ena than simply not eating, because at least one of our main characters is still acting like they would if they were fasting in the sea village. And since younger people will have their Ena thicken faster, it’s likely that our main characters should be the next ones to fall into the hibernation state. It’s noted that Hikari’s Ena hasn’t developed much, and this is probably due to the fact that he’s been eating. But we haven’t heard what the Ena development has been like for the other three, so I don’t know if they’re further along than Hikari or not.
Now that we’re halfway through Nagi no Asukara, there’s several possibilities as to what direction the story could be headed into moving forward. I’m looking forward to episode 13 in order to find out what will happen to Manaka, since she’s the one who’s been dealing with a lot of confusion and uncertainty.
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