Nagi no Asukara: Episode 14 – “The Promised Day”

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 started out by focusing on four middle school students who live in the ocean named Hikari, Manaka, Chisaki, and Kaname. Because their middle school shut down, they had 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.

Episode 14 is set five years after the events that took place in Episode 13. There’s now ice on the ocean, and saltflake snow is prevalent on the surface.

We learn that Hikari, Kaname, and Manaka were never found after they fell in the sea during the Ofunehiki. Chisaki was the only one of the four to remain on the surface, and we learn through a flashback that she was taken in by Tsumugu’s grandfather. At this point in the story, Tsumugu’s grandfather is in the hospital, and Chisaki is helping to take care of him.

At this point in time, Tsumugu is at college in the city to study oceanography, and that he has returned with one of his professors to watch the Tomoebi phenomenon. It was a phenomenon that could only be seen in the sea village previously, and it involved the sun. It’s now taking place on the surface with the moon.

Akari and Itaru now have a young son named Akira, and Miuna is now a junior high student. In fact, Miuna and Sayu have the same teacher that Hikari and the others had when they attended the junior high.

On the night of the Tomoebi, Miuna and Sayu’s class has gone to the beach to have a rice feeding before the Tomoebi. Right as the event happens, Miuna notices a bright light coming from the ocean; she runs toward it. At the same time, Tsumugu and his professor see something unusual on their computer, and Tsumugu goes out to investigate. Miuna and Tsumugu arrive at the same spot, and something the characters don’t expect happens…

I have to admit that going into this episode was a little jumpy, because the audience can tell by looking at Chisaki that time has passed, but it’s not until a little later in the episode that it’s revealed that we have experienced a five-year timeskip.

There’s a lot of exposition in this episode, which is accomplished through a number of flashbacks to fill in the gaps for the viewers as to what’s happened in the five years that have passed since the end of episode 13. Normally, I find exposition-driven episodes tend to be more on the boring side; however, I was interested enough in learning what happened during the intervening five years that I didn’t find myself feeling bored by the exposition.

I have to admit that I kind of expected the happening that takes place right at the end of the episode at the Tomoebi; however, it didn’t quite happen the way I had expected. With how much the Tomoebi was being played up over the course of the episode, as well as some of the visuals from the new opening sequence, I was able to partially predict what happened. Sorry to be so vague here, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone reading this that hasn’t seen the episode yet. However, I imagine that I’ll be talking about it quite a bit when I write about episode 15.

The timeskip and the change in tone was a little distracting at first, but once I accepted what was going on, I adjusted just fine. I’m really looking forward to watching episode 15 in order to find out what will happen in the wake of the event that took place at the end of episode 14.

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