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Nagi no Asukara 25 + 26

Why did I combine both episodes into one post? Well…I watched them back to back. So, I figured I may as well combine the two suckers. Ok, enough introductory-nobody-cares-bullshit, let’s get on with the show.

The 25th episode of Nagi no Asukara involved many things, among them the realization to everyone that Manaka does indeed love Hikari; apparently the only one with enough sense to know this is Tsumugu. Congratulations, Tsumugu, on not being mentally impaired like the rest of our cast! Notice I even gave you more than one congratulation, which is more than what we used to get in the old days!

Tsumugu confronts Chiisake very logically about who she actually loves, and she reluctantly admits that she has feelings for Tsumugu. I couldn’t even begin to say how cute this scene was. Finally, we’ve got those two together at last! Miuna also forces Hikari to repeat his feelings for Manaka, which she knows he holds. I do feel bad for Miuna but I’d feel worse for her if her fanbase wasn’t the most obnoxious shipping fandom of all time. Our friends continue to prepare for the boatdrift festival this time with the full support of Lord Uroko, who confesses he still harbors feelings for the maiden that passed away long, long ago. It was touching in an “Old man telling you a story and you’re like ‘okay’ kinda way” (Relatable, am I right).

Hikari champions the boatdrift festival once again and of course…the same situation transpires, capturing Miuna in the maiden graveyard. On the other hand though, Manaka DOES get her feelings and ena back, so yay!

Miuna is eventually let free by the sea god, who upon hearing Uroko’s story rends the entire graveyard apart, realizing what he had done to the maiden he loved. Uroko wryfully laughs at the situation. Thankfully, Hikari (who had previously said he would give up his own feelings to save her) grabs her and they escape. It seems as though all of Shioshishio has awoken as Hikari’s father meanders over to them and explains all; perhaps there is no reason to forbid their children to intermarry with the land dwellers, as Miuna and Tsumugu are living proof that they can still have ena. In addition, Hikari’s old man mentions that he heard everything Hikari would tell him in his sleep. Made me smile.

Miuna gives up on her first love (and it looks like there is hope for beta-kun that loved her before, as narrative foreshadowing shows he still has a chance). Tsumugu shares a warm moment with Manaka, says his goodbyes to the old man and Chiisake and heads out to university. He promises to return at the end of the month. I know they’re fictional, but I’m happy for those two.

It seems that Sayu is still trying to impress Kaname, and I wish her luck. Hikari claims he is content with not rushing things along with Manaka, saying that he’ll let them play out naturally. Good job, Hikari. They share a tender scene at the end, remembering all that has happened between them.

Isn’t that what love is? Love is memories, passion, feeling as though you belong. Sharing all those memories with the one you love only serves to make it stronger. Fighting for love is also part of the game; with a struggle (whether an internal or real, tangible one) it feels that much stronger. Hikari and Manaka have already begun on many of those concepts and I feel that Hikari understands that. Most importantly, love is a learning experience where the two of you learn together, but honestly, that’s part of the fun. Somehow this show conveyed those ideas and I can’t help but nod in agreement.

Amazing show, and surprisingly touching for being a “ship” war at the core. Certainly unpredictable as well without feeling cheap. I’ll miss you guys.

Nagi no Asukara – 24

Thankfully, nagi no asukara is a 26 episode series rather than the typical 24 (there are a bit too many plot threads to address in simply two episodes, so I applaud this decision that was made forever ago and I just didn’t know about because I’m dumb wow this is the longest parenthesis ever and this sentence is needlessly long-winded.) This gives plenty of opportunity to finish up our lasting plot threads.

Being Tsumugu is suffering. The poor guy pours his heart out for Chiisake but she is taken aback by the sudden outpouring of emotions. Admittedly, she must have been dense not to notice…but did she really not notice? She claims she doesn’t love him but it’s much too obvious that her heart betrays her words; She cries later to Kaname about the entire situation only for Kaname to state the obvious (ok, it’s only obvious now that I’ve pointed it out (ok, everyone figured it out already except me I’m dumb)).

As interesting as this is, I’m confident things will work out for Tsumugu and Chiisake and I’d be surprised if they didn’t end up an item by the end of this show. More importantly, Hikari, Tsumugu, and Kaname decide to continue onward with the boatdrifting festival once again, with the hopes that a dummy sacrifice will placate the sea god once more and return Manaka’s memories to her. Unlike last time, the entire city pitches in the effort without any needed “pushing”.

Then comes the scene that nearly moved me to tears: Sayu confesses her feelings to Kaname, leaving nothing. I was certain Kaname wouldn’t be interested…but he was overjoyed at hearing that someone actually couldn’t wait for him to return. Normally so strong, we see Kaname pour all his feeling out on the table for the first time in the series. The fact that Sayu moved him to such a point is indicative of the pull the two have on one another. Seriously, just watch it. It’s amazing. Sayu was the winner this episode and I was happy for her.

Where do we go from here? Two episodes left and hopefully not some dangerous foreshadowing. Let’s hope the boat-drift festival goes over well this time.

Nagi no Asukara – 23

The great time of confessions. Finally! This show doesn’t have much time left so it’s about time we got the ball rolling here.

Is anybody else surprised at the fact that Hikari thinks that Manaka still likes Tsumugu? Anybody with half a brain figured out that she was over him by like, the fourth episode. Not sure why it took him so long to figure out this basic fact.

Anyways, on to this episode. Of course, we remember from last week that Manaka is unable to fall in love. Hikari asks Uroko if there is a way to undo this. Essentially, he doesn’t know, but it may be possible. Hikari believes that stimulating her feelings by having her as close as possible to the one she loves will bring her feelings back. He STILL thinks she was going to confess to him about Tsumugu. Is the guy bloody insane?

Anyways, Kaname and the others have what is undoubtably the most callous and retarded conversation of the show where they say “Hey, maybe it’s better she can’t love! It’s for the best. She doesn’t need it.” I don’t dislike Kaname but what a fucking dumb thing to say, seriously. Hey, Kaname, I’ve got an idea; how about you don’t tell other people what basic fucking human feelings they need, huh? Thankfully, Sayu did this for me and screamed at them, and Hikari further added that they were all cruel. Agreed and thank you.

Sayu is shaping up to be one of my favorites of the show; a nice girl that doesn’t make any beans about what’s right and doesn’t beat around the bush like Miuna does. Thankfully, she’s finally decided that, come hell or high water, she’s going to confess to Kaname. Good luck, Sayu!

Meanwhile, Hikari confronts Tsumugu about his plan and big surprise, Tsumugu has no romantic feelings for a 13 year old that he never had romantic feelings for in the first place. Hikari is being dense. Tsumugu also gets an ena, something of which I feel the guy rightfully deserved, being that ena’s are getting handed out like candy and he always loved the sea and has been kind to shioshishio residents. He accidently ends up revealing to Hikari that he loves Chiisake, who dives into the water and he gives chase. He DOES catch up with her and begin his confession…I hope she reciprocates!