Nagi no Asukara Episode 26 (FINALE) – The Sea

Nagi no Asukara Hikari and Manaka happy ending
HAPPY END.

Not as great as I thought it’d be.
Nagi no Asukara Episode 26 Review
Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea Episode 26 Review
“The Color Of The Sea. The Color Of The Land. The Color Of The Wind. The Color Of The Heart. The Color Of You. ~Earth color of a calm~”
“Umi no Iro. Daichi no Iro. Kaze no Iro. Kokoro no Iro. Kimi no Iro. ~Āsu karā ofu ā kāmu~”
(海の色。 大地の色。 風の色。 心の色。 君の色。 〜Earth color of a calm〜)

Overwhelming, massive, violent and yet calm at times, that is the sea. Endless from the surface, but deep from underneath, the lull of the sea has become the crashing waves of human emotions. One may feel that it’s too difficult to endure as its entirety engulfs his or her very being, but struggling, fighting, and finding one’s own way through the boundless depths of the sea may be the passage to happiness.



Nagi no Asukara Episode 26 Impressions

Hiradaira Chisaki

PLOT TWIST. SHE’S DEAD.

Ojoshi-sama

SWIM NAKED PEOPLE!
SWIM!

So…
INCEST PLOT TWIST?

Nagi sea god

Perverted God of Scales.

HEARTO.

NUUDDDIISSTTOOO BEEEEAACCCHHHH.

Nagi no Asukara chisaki kisses manaka

Here’s the real pairing guys.

At least the animations have been good throughout.

NOPE.

Shiodome Miuna crying

Yesss…. PAAAAIIINNNN.

Yeah, yeah. Crymoar.

SSSSSSSSSUUUUUUPEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRR
SAIIYAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNN
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Mukaido Manaka

She hears your screams.

Wat.

She’s right there in abundance calm the fuck down.

Dayum.

Sakishima Hikari hulk smash

HUUUUUULK

Hikari saves Miuna

SMASH!

TOO BAD. YOU’RE NAKED NOW.

So he was dense just like most male protagonists in a typical harem animu.
Sounds about right.

WAVES OF FEELS.
WHERE ARE THEY?!

How could he not know about the famous KANCHO.

DEM CGI WAVES.

Those waves of feels sure aren’t hitting me.

Tsumugu and Chisaki

REKT.

I wonder what else is sturdy as a rock.
I guess you’ll find out soon enough, Manaka.

Manaka hugs Miuna

OTP.
Hikari can go mate with the Sea God.

Well, people were originally born in the sea, right?

Nagi Hikari change

Deep.

Isaki kaname

2DEEP4U.

Bitch please, I’m fabulous.

wtfisgoingon

Manaka and Tsumugu first episode

It was.

Deep.

Hisanuma Sayu blushing

GO GET EM.

You have a chance now.

TO GET REJECTED AGAIN.

She sure abandoned that hulk smash.

“Kind sea.”
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN THESE PAST 26 EPISODES?!

Shiodome Miuna last episode

HER FACE WHEN SHE SAW THE “STURDY ROCK.”

MANAKA’S FACE AS SHE ENDURES THE “STURDY ROCK.”



Kihara Tsumugu and Hiradaira Chisaki

Okay, now copulate.

ARE YOU IMPLYING THAT HUMAN BEINGS ARE MASOCHISTIC BY NATURE?
SHIT.
JUST.
GOT.
DEEP.

OF THE STURDY ROCK.

HOW STURDY IS YOUR STURDY ROCK?

VERY STURDY.

SHINING STURDINESS.

What is the sea? The sea is the adversity that our characters, especially Hikari, face throughout the series. But the sea is a symbol for many other things. It is the endless depths of human emotions. Those feelings that we hide deep within us that we may never convey, and strong emotions that have no end can be what the sea represents. While the name “Sea God” has the word “God” within it, he’s just as human as any other human being. The sea is unpredictable, the Sea God is unpredictable, and so are people’s feelings. We sometimes have to fight against the deepest parts of ourselves to push forward much like how Hikari has continuously struggled against the sea to get Manaka and Miuna back. We sometimes try to confront our feelings and the feelings of others only to be pushed back by the pressure like how Hikari initially got pushed away by the sea from Manaka before the time skip. It’s painful to continue to push on trying to find what the deepest parts will bring and whether it’ll be worth it. If it were not for Miuna, perhaps Hikari would not have came as far as he did. But a strong enough feeling can shake the sea enough for it to begin to move once more. The feelings of Hikari, Miuna, Manaka, and everyone else began to finally move forward now that everyone is back to their normal selves.

Another major theme is whether it’s okay to feel the emotion of love even if it brings sadness. I don’t completely agree with the statement that, “If you have feelings for someone, someone else will cry.” It just happens that this is an anime and that it needs to be dramatic or else there’d be nothing to show. That aside, do you think you should be able to love even if it will bring you sadness? It’s hard to say because both perspectives have various pros and cons. If you were not able to love, you don’t know what it’d feel like to do so and it wouldn’t really make a difference to you. You can liken this to how if you only listen to music with average headphones and never switching to anything else. You don’t know what it feels like to experience something better, but that ignorance can allow you to enjoy the music all the same. Once you have tasted something better, however, things begin to change. So what about being able to have the emotion of love? Well, we have to first ask ourselves if there is a single human emotion that doesn’t have an opposite. Even if there were, there certainly aren’t many. Then, is it possible to assume that being able to feel strongly in a positive way needs a necessary counteraction to make that feeling possible in the first place? Can happiness not exist without sadness? That’s delving a bit too much into the philosophy of happiness, but there’s some food for thought for you all. I don’t think any of us can truly answer the question of whether we would want a life without being able to feel love because we’re destined to feel it even if we don’t want to. We don’t know how it’d even feel to have no strong emotions at all.

“Nothing is actually fated. We’re able to change everything ourselves.” No matter your philosophical stance on fate, this idea reflects the idea of the sea well. Originally, the sea pushed Hikari back from reaching Manaka to show that he cannot overcome fate. Even in this episode, Hikari could not reach Miuna initially no matter how much he struggled. However, his intense feelings did end up shaking the sea and bringing about change signaling this theme of being able to change fate. But that’s not all. Change is also a theme touched upon often particularly in the slower episodes of Nagi no Asukara. Chisaki’s struggle to not change made it seem like a negative thing, but change eventually brought about good things such as letting Chisaki move on and having everyone back together once more. “No, things can change. But things don’t have to change. Whatever is fine.” The anime portrays its final message regarding change very clearly. Overall, everything ends happily! All the themes end up being portrayed happily! Everyone is happy! But are you happy about this ending and this anime as a whole?

Nagi no Asukara Episode 26 Review

I came into Nagi no Asukara not expecting much from it at all, but my perspective quickly changed as it utilized the setting in an unique way. As the second season began and we had the time skip that many of us were anticipating, I couldn’t help but be excited for what could follow. As usual, my guesses are completely off the mark as usual as I said in episode 14 that “I have a feeling this will either be one of my top five anime of 2014 or it’ll be one of the most disappointing anime of 2014.” Twelve weeks have passed since then and I can safely say that Nagi no Asukara is none of those two things to me. I won’t say that it’s not disappointing, but it’s not going to be one of the most disappointing shows of the entire year. I can also say that this won’t make it in my top five anime of 2014 either as it just didn’t hit the right spots for me. Let me explain.

The main problem I have with the second half is the pacing. After episode 14, I was very much looking forward to what developments would arise from this time skip. I was looking forward to how that would affect the mindset of the characters and how the drama will unfold from there. But good lord, the episodes around episode 20 were crawling at a pace that was so slow I was wondering what the heck I waited a whole week for. Like I said at that review, I don’t care if the sluggish feeling is reflective of the themes. It sure bored me to hell though, and why is this bad? Because I ceased to care about the characters and the show as a whole. Yes, pretty much the worst thing possible. Tsumugu may have developed a few episodes prior to the finale, but he was completely static before that which made the drama surrounding him, Chisaki, and Kaname quite stale. Heck, even after Hikari came back it was just episode after episode of Miuna trying to confront her feelings and reeling it all back out of consideration for Manaka over and over again. This is not the first romance/drama anime I have watched, and I’m honestly a bit tired of this kind of development. What I will give the series is that it didn’t really fall into melodrama even though Okada Mari is responsible for the series composition. If anything, that’s the biggest shocker of this entire series.



What I do like, however, is how the setting helped the themes and how that is the way the story unfolded. I couldn’t care less about the Sea God, but the Ofuneki, the sea, and the themes presented fit the show very well. Because my expectations were toned down so much after those painfully slow episodes, I found this episode to tie together all of the major themes quite well. I see that some people are unsatisfied with the way that no one really explicitly confessed to another and the final relationships seem nearly wholesome but not quite as complete as they’d like it to be. Personally, I like it when shows imply things like they do at the very end with Hikari and Manaka. It avoids the typical lines that we always hear which makes the way this episode unfolded to be a safe bet. This is a decent happy ending. Yeah, that’s it. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely not great. I’m not sure if it’s because White Album 2 spoiled me or something, but I didn’t feel the “FEELS” at all during the entire series. At best, I was pretty happy with how things turned out and was anticipating the next episode, but at no point was in a state of euphoria or great sadness. It just didn’t affect me emotionally to where I can appreciate more than just saying that it was a decent show. What I do hope is that Nagi no Asukara sets an example for how to utilize a unique setting to one’s advantage in the drama/romance genre as it certainly did that well. What are your thoughts? Did you tear up? Did you cry? Did you feel the same as I? Do you think I’m a heartless son of a bitch? Feel free to share your thoughts and most importantly, your reasoning as to why you felt that way. I’ll probably be able to dig a bit deeper into why I feel the way I do after reading and discussing the show with you all. That said, it’s time for the new season… The preview and a special something is coming in the next few days. Stay tuned.

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  • k24bfan

    I am with you since White Album 2 a romance anime have to do a bit more now for me to be on the “hype” train. On reddit/anime most people did enjoy the show greatly and I agree with many that it was one of the better shows of 2014 so far. That being said Okada Mari has had better works in my opinion.

  • sweN

    Hello Entravity,
    First and foremost, thank you very much for your work.
    I am exactly like you. I was pretty excited after the first season (1~14 episode). The story was interesting and rather fast. But from the 15th episode, the story was so damn long. Not any developments, it was pretty boring. I did not feel any feelings at the end, I was kinda happy for Tsumugu and co. but I have known anime with more emotions.
    I don’t think it will be one of the best anime in 2014, but just decent.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Thank you for reading.

      Yep. It’ll just end up being decent in my books.

  • MACHA

    From the beginning, the setting is what drew me in. The fishes casually swimming by in the amazing scenery of Shioshishio. The anime was just beautiful to look at. I’ve also been trying to figure out the color scheme I’m going to use for a manga I’ve been working on so of course, I enjoyed the visuals to the fullest and it has been a great source of inspiration. And I liked the themes it introduced in the first half. It was unique and fresh and so I stayed aboard to see how far those themes would go. I don’t watch romance anime, but I was surprised to find myself caring for the characters. The one or two romance shows I’ve seen on internet (not anime) have always been tedious with the jealousy and triangles and melodrama. I can’t take that mess, so I avoid romance anime like the plague. But Nagi really did it well. It’s nothing jaw dropping, but it never felt tedious and it never went into melodrama territory. Though, perhaps it’s an advantage that I haven’t seen any romance anime because I actually found myself caring about the characters more than I thought I would (hating them sometimes, too. But mostly caring)

    I’ve mentioned before that I didn’t really like Chisaki, but after hearing her reasoning I could understand why she felt the way she did, some of her actions in the past made more sense after the explanation too, and I’m happy it worked out for her and Tsumugu. :)
    And SAYU!!! OMG SAYU!. I’ve been rooting for her from the beginning! She’s just great. But Hikari and Miuna have my respect. Especially Miuna. They’ve both grown a lot through out the series.
    Although Miuna knew she could never have Hikari, she always did what she could for Manaka and Hikari. She still cares for the both of them and never let her feelings get in the way of her good intententions. She truly is a strong character in my opinion.

    The second half definitely went slower than the first. But by then, I was quite captivated by the direction the story was taking since the major themes that dominated the first half were dealt with, so I wasn’t really bothered by the slower pace. The transition from socio/cultural themes (first half) to the meaning of love and what it truly is (second half) was done pretty well I think.

    As I romance anime, I think it did really well. And overall, the show looks great, it sound great, it did great. The ending was great. Uroko-sama was smexy ;) and Akira was ABSOLUTELY adorable! I’ve got no complaints. I’m happy with the way it ended.

    Thanks for reviewing this Entrav! :D

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Thank you for reading!

      The second half really made me really not care that much about the cast as a whole especially Tsumugu, Chisaki, and Kaname. However, Hikari still remained fairly strong which is nice. But man, I’ve been apathetic towards a lot of shows that have good responses from a large amounts of people. MAYBE I AM COMPLETELY HEARTLESS. D:

      • MACHA

        Nah~ I wouldn’t say hearless ;p
        I had a similar apathy for Ano Hana (just finished watch it). ….. Now I seem totally weird, I’m sure XD. Yeah…. I can’t explain how or why, I just… became heartless for that show D:

        Seriously though, it’s just happens sometimes. I saw your epic about
        White Album 2 (yes, that review is an epic dude. That was long, but wow,
        it was good) and it seemed like that shook you to the core. So… Ya
        gots a heart! :D

        What you should check out if you haven’t seen it yet is Grave of the Fireflies. Heartless or not, THAT MOVIE MAKES YOU CRY. And if it doesn’t, it changes you. Have to see at least once (and never again, lest you want to break your soul to pieces)

  • Gamematio

    This is the second best anime that I’ve watched in my life, for you guys this may seem like a total exaggeration though, this anime touched my heart and my daily life in so many ways, IT WAS AWESOME. I’d like to thank P.A. Works for this amazing anime and this amazing art. It was a heck of a lot of fun and a great anime, too bad it’s over, and I’m guessing for good. We won’t see another season, but we can rarely get an OVA in the future. Thanks Entrav for this great review.

    • http://ipchicken.com Joel Mappa

      This anime is exceptional it has a particular way of feelings that make it unpredictable memorable it is one of the best animes i ever saw

  • MgMaster

    /heartless bastard mode: ON

    Cry? Wat? I was laughing at all the convenient plot devices the show was throwing at us(ena4every1,yo!)and,of course,while reading your review,as usual :P

    /heartless bastard mode: OFF

    Alright so,I got very mixed opinions about this and in the end I was more disappointed than I was satisfied. However,I don’t regret watching it.

    I managed to confirm one thing due to it: the fact that I just can’t seem to like romance anime(usually dramas) that lack subtlety and have their characters constantly bawl their eyes out. I don’t know exactly where that put’s me as a fan of the romance genre,which I consider myself to be,especially when I think that I could’ve really hated Nagi just like I did Golden Time after a while if it wasn’t for it’s great visuals and so-so coming-of-age & racial(although this didn’t last long) aspects. By this point,I’d really consider myself a heartless bastard if it wasn’t for the fact that I really enjoy romance shows such as White Album 2,Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien,Ef: a Tale of Memories & a Tale of Melodies(just to name my favorites of the genre) where I can’t do anything to dodge the tidal waves of FEELS.

    In the end,I guess that’s just a matter of taste with the romance part. I did realize that Nagi wasn’t exactly my kind of romance anime early on so I turned my gaze to it’s other aspects that I mentioned a few paragraphs above in order to try & enjoy it more. However,those were just secondary to the romance and were hardly given enough attention which was fair enough,since it was primarily a romance show,although I still think they could’ve made more use of their setting.

    tl;dr :

    – great visuals
    – an interesting setting which the show hardly made use of as much as it could have
    – weak romance,IMHO,despite being the main focus of the show

  • Some1

    I really loved the animation. It was beautiful. I LOVED it. Moving on….. I usually don’t enjoy most romance animes because they usually start to get cheesy and I start to lose intrest. Suprisingly I really liked this romance.
    I really enjoyed the way the plot gave you an idea of what was going on but would keep you guessing by throwing in twists. I have to admit that the ending was a little bit of a disappointment. I liked the last episode a lot but…. maybe it was a little too happy for me. I guess I just like slightly bitter or mysterious endings better.

  • spnova

    This is probably an old review considering the anime ended nearly 4-5 months ago, but I fell in love with the anime completely. I can probably agree on the pacing thing but more or less I feel that the theme of not being able to move forward in those episodes really played out well. This also gave time for Miuna to have a lot of character development, which ultimately made her my favorite character perhaps not only in the series, but of all 200+ manga and anime I’ve seen/read so far. The other thing I wanted to touch was that I’ve been going through personal issues the past 2-3 years and failed to sort them out properly…and this anime actually blew it all wide open for me, it’s been nearly 4 days since I finished the show and each day I haven’t stopped crying yet.

    I’ll probably start with the negatives before moving to the positives. I wish there was more development for Tsumugu and Kaname. For Tsumugu it was noticeable between things like his conversations with his professor as well as Miuna, but ultimately it makes you kind of wish there was more..he was stoic, but it was difficult for me to recognize him as a believable character…especially one that put in effort enough for Chisaki’s affection more than Kaname. However…Kaname’s Stepford smile was a tough nut to crack as well, and you hardly see how he deals with things.. he’s very mature for his age, but his childishness showed when he rashly confessed before the time skip. You can tell that while he’s wise, he’s still a child in some way. That stretched into post-skip, and what I can’t stand is that he made almost no efforts in development..of COURSE he wouldn’t win Chisaki that way, but ultimately, time was cruel as well. I also can say Manaka is prone to lack of development, but it works out in one way or another as I’ll try to explain later.

    For the good though, continuing on, I’m glad of having someone like Sayu there. With characters like Kaname, it takes a hotblooded person like Sayu to snap them out of things like that. He felt loneliness, but her confession helped him realize that Chisaki’s not the center of his universe. I don’t think many noticed it, but it was heartwarming on his end when she fell out of the boat during the climax. He caught her before she fell and promised her that he’ll start looking at her more. The fact that he did this shows signs that he finally matured and was ready to move on. So the Sayu/Kaname ship…just feels right. My personal favorite though was all of Miuna. Going off the theme of the sea being human emotions, I believe that while Manaka showed love to Hikari out of their growth together, Miuna has shown it through all her efforts throughout the entire series. From taking care of Manaka to the climax. AND THE CLIMAX. She showed to us that even after heartbreak, she still shows the emotions she shared with Manaka, and the willpower to willingly sacrifice herself for the sake of her friends. It was that action that FINALLY showed Hikari how she felt for him…which made him as blind as Kaname. And I think it was bittersweet for her but the fact that he returned her feelings through his own actions was wonderful to see as well, as it showed that he acknowledged her efforts with efforts of his own to save her. It was extremely touching for me. Her efforts were also the main event that caused even the Sea God to realize his own past actions and which brought about the salvation and calm for everyone else. I’d say this really touches on us as humans…in order to come of age..to grow up, to move on..we have to be willing to sacrifice ourselves for a cause. That sort of change is painful to go through, as I can testify…but as Minegishi and his friends hinted at the end, it brings out a better tomorrow and more growth.
    I really wish it would receive an OVA just so I can see more Miuna LOL

  • randy191993

    The anime was pretty good. The only thing that i kinda disliked was the way the drama was forced into every episode. It was pretty obvious that a lot of the events happened just so they had some drama in that particular episode, and was just as quickly forgotten and never mentioned again as it appeared. That made the whole expirience feel staged.

    Overall it was pretty nice though.