Nagi no Asukara: Episode 25 – “Love is Like the Sea”

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, the final preparations are being made for the Ofunehiki. Akira goes over to see the Ojoshi-sama when Miuna, Tsumugu, Kaname, and Sayu are working on it. Miuna holds Akira up to see it up close, and he notices Manaka’s pendant. When Miuna tells Akira that the pendant is filled with Manaka’s love, he suddenly snatches the pendant and runs off. Akira trips, and the pendant falls into the water. Miuna and Tsumugu jump in after it. When Miuna finds it and grabs it, she hears Manaka’s voice saying, “I love Hii-kun.” Tsumugu comes over and says that he knew it.

Tsumugu has a flashback of a scene we had seen earlier in the series, except the scene goes beyond where it ended originally. It turns out that during that conversation, she admitted to Tsumugu that she was in love with Hikari, but was concerned because she knew that Chisaki liked him, too.

Kaname has an important talk with Tsumugu about Chisaki, and then Tsumugu sees Chisaki that night. He tells her that Kaname told him about Chisaki’s feelings for Tsumugu, and he also tells her about Manaka being in love with Hikari. After some back and forth, Tsumugu asks if he can hold her. When she doesn’t say anything, he tentatively puts his arms around her. While he embraces her, Chisaki feels guilty because she feels happy and her friends don’t.

Also that night, Manaka starts hearing the sea loudly again when she thinks about love. Manaka covers her ears, and then Miuna puts her hands over Manaka’s hands; when she does, the sound stops. Later, Miuna gets up in the middle of the night and sees Hikari going out. Miuna follows him, and when she catches up, she asks him if he loves Manaka. After a slight hesitation, he says he does. Miuna pushes him to say that he loves Manaka more. After some fighting, he declares it several more times. Miuna starts crying and says she’s going home. She thinks that the love she feels for Hikari hurts, and that she needs them to hurt more and more so she can push them to the breaking point and throw them away.

The Ofunehiki takes place the next day, and all of the main characters are involved in the ceremony. After the Ojoshi-sama is sent into the sea, the same phenomenon that happened during the first Ofunehiki happens again. A large wave comes and knocks Manaka off of the boat she’s on, and the characters who have Ena jump in to try to save her. The ending of the episode is both climactic and a little surprising.

The various relationship threads seem to be headed in the directions that I thought they would. It looks like Chisaki and Tsumugu will end up together, there’s a chance for Sayu and Kaname, and it turns out that Manaka and Hikari are interested in each other. I can’t really comment on Miuna, because a surprising event involves her at the end of this episode. If you ‘ve noticed a particular image in the most recent version of the opening, you might be able to have some kind of idea as to what happened to Miuna at the end of the episode.

I’m really looking forward to seeing Episode 26 of Nagi no Asukara. I hope that everything will turn out as best as they can under the circumstances presented at the end of Episode 25.

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