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.
Quite a bit of the episode focuses on Hikari and the others trying to locate Uroko-sama. During the course of their search, Hikari starts discovering that Manaka has lost bits and pieces of her memories from before she went into hibernation.
As time passes in the episode, the salt-flake snow begins falling more frequently, and it’ s also falling in towns and cities far from the sea as well. Because of the salt-flake snow, Mihashi has to go back to the university earlier than expected; however, Tsumugu decides to stay behind for now.
After Hikari realizes that Manaka has no memory of him confessing his feelings to her, he becomes upset and runs off. Miuna follows after him. As she follows him, the two discover a small shrine that they didn’t know existed; it turns out Uroko-sama is at the shrine. The remainder of the episode sees Uroko-sama finally filling in the information for both the characters and for the audience in regard to what’s happening with Manaka.
Finally we get some explanations as to what’s been going on up until this point. Unfortunately, getting the answers is rather bittersweet, because it’s rather heartbreaking for Hikari. It turns out that when Manaka was taken from the Ojoshi-sama graveyard, she lost more than just her Ena. I don’t want to say what that is in order to avoid providing a spoiler, but I’ll say that if you’ve been watching Manaka closely since she returned to the surface, there had been subtle hints dropped about it. Also, losing this also explains why she’s lost the particular memories that she has.
I would suspect that the remaining episodes of Nagi no Asukara will deal with Hikari dealing with the knowledge that he has acquired from talking with Uroko-sama. There’s also the various feelings that characters have for each other that will hopefully be resolved before the series comes to an end. With four episodes still remaining, the series should be able to wrap up most, if not all, of the loose threads that are still out there.
I’m looking forward to watching episode 22 in order to find out how Nagi no Asukara will continue to progress.
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