“The Colour Of The Sea. The Colour Of The Land. The Colour Of The Wind. The Colour Of The Heart. The Colour Of You. ~Earth colour of a calm~”
(海の色。 大地の色。 風の色。 心の色。 君の色。 〜Earth colour of a calm〜)
Twenty-six weeks of agonising and pain and laughter and joy and tragedy and finally, peace. It has been one heck of a journey and all the drama and tears have led to this ultimate conclusion. And what a conclusion it was. There’s an oddly subdued, bittersweet feeling when a show ends and you’re left to pick up the threads of an old life (to quote the Lord of the Rings, because really, it’s necessary), or in my case, pick up the threads of a now empty Thursday until the next best show comes along. It’s really quite hard to believe that I’ve spent twenty-six weeks watching this show – it’s almost obscene, and yet now that I think about it, it’s twenty-six twenty-four minute long episodes well worth it despite whatever qualms and criticisms and rants I’ve had in the weeks leading up to this.
Nagi no Asukara is, ultimately, a show well worth investing one’s time and effort in.
“Love, Is Just Like The Sea.” (好きは、海と似ている。)
And we are at the penultimate episode! Only one more to go and if the next episode is as good or better than this one, I’ll be really quite pleased and satisfied with the way this show has panned out. Well, to some extent in any case. What I can say for absolute certainty is that this episode was beautiful in more ways than one. The scenery and the art seems to grow exponentially more stunning withe every episode and the play of light and water is always a treat to the eyes. I don’t think I’ve seen art of such calibre on such a consistent basis in a show in a very long time. I think this series is right up there in terms of graphics with shows like Gundam 00, Kyoukai no Kanata, and XXXHolic, just to name a few. I was left thoroughly breathless this time.
This was very much a calm-before-the-storm type of episode, the deep breath before the plunge, to quote Gandalf, which is never unnecessary nor unimportant. I have mixed feelings about this episode. There were areas that were amazing and then there were scenes that just rubbed me the wrong way and left me feeling cheated and disappointed. Unsurprisingly, all these issues had to do with characterisation and plot, which, to me, are the two most important aspects to any sort of literature and I will fight you on this if you say that anime isn’t a form of literature and I will win. Just don’t.
“To Whom Do These Feelings Belong” (この気持ちは誰のもの)
Yet another beautiful episode from the increasingly resplendent show and with only a few more episodes to go we’re getting closer to not only the main plot’s climax, but the height of drama between all the characters. I repeat myself week after week about how much better this show is compared to the first half and how this show in general harks back to an atmosphere of whimsical nostalgia a decade-past. There’s something about this show that’s reminiscent of the slice of life dramas of the 90s and early 2000s that I can’t quite put my finger on.
“Thing That Was Lost” (失くしたもの)
This was a beautiful episode and I was left utterly breathless and so impressed with the direction this episode jerked the plot towards. There really isn’t much to say other than that and how completely stunning everything about this episode was, not to mention the sheer level of clenching emotion it evoked within me. I really feel like this final stretch is exceeding all my expectations and what started out as a fairly standard show has thoroughly redeemed itself in the second half.
“The Messenger from the Bottom of the Sea” (水底よりの使い)
I think it’s safe to say that this was the most long-awaited episode of the second half of this series. And with it comes a couple of changes in the opening, i.e. the inclusion of this very beautiful-looking scene right here. Isn’t it just stunning? There’s something very breathtaking about this particular screencap and I think it’s because it looks both lovely and kind of sad at the same time and as soon as I saw it my immediate reaction was don’t do anything to Miuna! The fact that they’re both under the sea and very clearly connected in regards to Manaka losing her ena and Miuna gaining hers makes for a very exciting scene within the final stretch of the show. As rocky as it started out for me I’m beginning to feel a little lost with what I’m going to do with my Thursdays from now on.
“Sleeping Beauty” (ねむりひめ)
Dramatic episode was dramatic and poor Hikari’s words and actions get the better of him yet again, resulting in some very tense arguments between the characters, notably Miuna. Of course, there was more angsty Tsumugu, which is my favourite kind of Tsumugu because I feel like of all the characters in this show, he’s changed the least – apart from his blossoming love for Chisaki, which is just adorable and needs to happen so that at least ONE aspect of drama in this show is resolved.