Nagi no Asukara: Episode 18 – “Shioshishio”

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. At the beginning of episode 14, five years have passed and a lot of things have changed.

At the beginning of the episode, Hikari, Kaname, and Miuna arrive at Shioshishio. When they start finding some of the hibernating residents, Miuna keeps looking surprised. Hikari gets upset with her, telling her that they’re not dead, they’re simply asleep. This frustrates Hikari enough that he says he needs to go to his house for a little bit to calm down, and Kaname says he needs to do the same. Kaname tells Miuna to stay where she is. As Hikari and Kaname leave Miuna, Hikari confides to Kaname his own fears about whether not they’re actually asleep or dead. After Kaname points out that he and Hikari both woke up, that helps ease Hikari’s worries.

We see Hikari at home, talking to his sleeping father and telling him about Akira. While he’s doing that, Miuna hears the sound that led them there, and she leaves to go investigate. She comes upon Hikari’s old school and she lets herself in. She finds the classroom they would hang out in, and also sees the column where Hikari and the others marked their measurements and left comments for each other. Suddenly, Miuna has visions of Hikari and the others in the classroom, and of other students wandering through the hallways.

When Miuna leaves the school building, she sees Uroko-sama on the roof. The two of them have a conversation which gets a little heated. However, when Hikari and Kaname find Miuna at the school grounds, Uroko-sama disappears. Suddenly, Miuna says she knows where Manaka is, and starts leading them to where she is. What the three of them find is a major surprise to them.

I was glad to finally see what had happened to the sea village after the five-year timeskip. I admit to being curious as to what had happened to the village.

Is it just me, or has Miuna become even more impulsive than she had been during the first half of the series? Admittedly, her impulsiveness in this episode did ultimately lead the group to what they were looking for, but she shows that she has a hard time listening to instructions. Fortunately, with the saltflake snow on the ground, Hikari and Kaname were able to track where Miuna went; if it hadn’t been for that, who knows how long it would’ve taken for them to find her.

And I should’ve figured that when they returned to Shioshishio that they would encounter Uroko-sama. He had the same attitude as ever, and it’s no wonder his conversation with Miuna became heated. He also says something cryptic in this episode, and from what is seen at the end of the episode, I may have potentially figured out what the meaning of his cryptic line is.

The ending of the episode was both surprising and a dramatic. I’m curious to see how the revelations that were made at the end of this episode will be addressed in episode 19.

Even though the entirety of this episode took place in Shioshishio, it was still an enjoyable episode thanks to being able to see the village through Miuna’s eyes and the information and revelations that are made. I’m looking forward to seeing episode 19 of Nagi no Asukara in order to find out how this series will continue to progress.

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