Nagi no Asukara Episode 11 Impressions

Nagi no Asukara Episode 11 – The Changing Times I still can’t believe Kaname pulled it off before even halfway into the series. Following the sledgehammer confession in Episode 10, things are surprisingly very normal. So normal that Chisaki is still going for Hikari, despite having husband material right in front of her. Kaname knows that expecting an answer, let alone a positive one, ...

Nagi no Asukara licensed by NIS America [Update]

As you may know, almost every anime from this season has been picked up for Western release but a few of them have not been licensed yet. One of these seemed out of place and it seems there is good reason for that. If you happen to watch Nagi no Asukara then you can now watch the first six episodes of the series on Hulu. While this is news on its own, the big piece of news here is what is in the i...

Nagi no Asukara – Episode 10 Impressions

Nagi no Asukara Episode 10 – The Saltflake Snow Falls and Falls The plot finally matches the absurdity of the premise in this episode of Nagi no Asukara. Huge revelations are abounds as well as a confession that we all knew was coming, but didn’t expect so soon. Uroko finally reveals the truth of what is going on to Hikari and Manaka; that devastating climate change is underway for bot...

Nagi no Asukara Episode 9 Impressions

Nagi no Asukara Episode 9 – Unknown Warmth After a fairly relaxed shopping trip, Episode 9 has started what is an ominous saga in the plot of Nagi no Asukara. It seems the significance of the Sea God and the differences between the sea villagers and the surface people have caught up to our young friends. The saltflake snow continues to fall on both the surface and the village, gradually drop...

Nagi no Asukara Episode 8 Impressions

Nagi no Asukara Episode 8 – A Lull in the Sea What’s this? Real character development in my slice-of-life? While Episode 7 was really heavy on plot, this time Hikari is going above and beyond the typical young and rash kid that we see in almost every anime. When Nagi no Asukara began, there was nothing to like about Hikari. He yelled instead of talked, got angry and his closest friends...

Nagi no Asukara Episode 7 Impressions

Nagi no Asukara Episode 7 – The Ofunehiki Shakes Well, that escalated fairly quickly. I had a gut feeling something was going to throw a spanner in the works and complicate the tenuous relationships between the village and the surface following the previous episode. The Wooden Maiden or the Ofunehiki, an offering to the Sea God, is finished and is looking stunning thanks to the hard work of ...

Nagi no Asukara Episode 6 Impressions

Nagi no Asukara Episode 6 – Beyond Tomoebi First of all I have to apologise for the delay in bringing this out. A bunch of things cropped up and hopefully future episodes of Nagi no Asukara won’t be stalled for this long. Following on from the beautifully done episode 5, the episode begins with a swimming event among the students, which is interesting seeing as how it pits normal kids ...

Nagi no Asukara Episode 5 Impressions

Nagi no Asukara Episode 5 – Hey, Sea Slug Now this was a lovely little episode, putting the rift between Akari’s connection to the Sea and her new relationship in the spotlight. It seems like Hikari is becoming a more likeable character with each episode, while it turns out Chisaki is a much less perfect, more three dimensional person following her troubled emotions in the last episode...

Nagi no Asukara Episode 4 Impressions

Nagi no Asukara Episode 4 – Because We’re Friends Nagi no Asukara continues to focus on friendship and character development rather than throwing a spanner in the works with Episode 4. That’s not to say that things aren’t moving toward uncertain times, as we see with Uroko-sama and Chisaki in particular later in this episode. The previous episode wrapped things up nicely, w...

Nagi no Asukara Episode 3 Impressions

Nagi no Asukara Episode 3 – The Tradition of the Sea There wasn’t much time for Nagi no Asukara to develop before we were thrown into a troubling love triangle and a case of forbidden love between Akari and a surface dweller during the first two episodes. Everyone was left feeling uncertain and a little anxious about the future. It’s surprising then how much of a turnaround Episo...

Nagi no Asukara Episode 1 – 2 Impressions

Nagi no Asukara Episode 1 – In Between the Sea and the Land | Episode 2 – The Chilly Desert Nagi no Asukara has emerged to become one of the most intriguing shows this season, mixing slice of life and love triangles with an underwater premise. I mentioned it in my Fall 2013 Picks but it’s a bizarre idea, something you’d expect to only work in a Disney movie but here it is, ...

Sergei’s Fall 2013 Anime Picks

The Fall anime season is imminent and I’m sure many of you are still catching up to all the Summer shows that we foolishly decided to take up, thinking we could smash through them every week. Oh how wrong we were. Surely I wasn’t the only one struggling last season? Personally, Fall represents an opportunity to tighten up my anime viewing. Less anime, more focus. Abandon the shotgun ap...

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