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.
This episode sees Chisaki bringing Manaka back up to the surface. Kaname and Chisaki discover that Manaka now has her Ena back.
Meanwhile, Miuna has been taken by the Sea God and placed where Manaka had been in the Ojoshi-sama graveyard. Hikari tries to free Miuna but he keeps being repelled by the covering that surrounds her. After thinking about Miuna’s feelings for him, Hikari starts crying and telling the Sea God to take his ability to fall in love with someone. We hear Miuna’s thoughts, and apparently, so does the Sea God.
Uroko-sama has brought the sacred fire to the sea village, because the Sea God wanted him to. The sacred fire suddenly grows bigger and begins going all over the sea. When it reaches the Ojoshi-sama graveyard and begins burning the wooden Ojoshi-samas. During this scene, the Sea God finally understands Ojoshi-sama’s true feelings from what was left of them in the sea. As the Sea God comes to this realization, Hikari manages to free Miuna.
After this, we see Hikari’s father approach the graveyard, and then Hikari, Miuna, Tsumugu and those in the sea village who have awakened go up to the surface. The rest of the episode shows what has happened to not only the characters, but to the surface and the sea village as well.
First off, I do have to say: Is it just me, or was the title of this episode a major mouthful?
Overall, I have to say that this was a satisfying ending for the series. Admittedly, while there are hints about the various couples that could form by the end of the series, none of them were truly established at the end; you have to assume that they’ll officially become couples after the point where the series ended. While we may not have necessarily seen these couples become definitive, I still found the ending to be enjoyable. And I have to say that for the most part, the series pretty much ended as I expected it to; however, there were still several moments of “feels” in the episode.
Nagi no Asukara ended up being quite a ride, and it’s a show I really looked forward to watching every Thursday. With both this and Samurai Flamenco ending this season, my Thursdays are going to very different going into the Spring 2014 season. I’m really going to miss Nagi no Asukara.
Since NIS America has acquired the home video rights for Nagi no Asukara, this means that we should be able to expect some kind of home video release in the future. I’m very curious to see what kind of release NIS America ultimately gives to this series.
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