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Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea

Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea

KBS Kyoto 2013

A beautiful fairy tale that wanders through the earth and the sea. Hikari Sakishima and Manaka Mukaido are Sea Dwellers and childhood friends. When their school in the sea is closed they are forced to attend one on land, but due to a special encounter, their lives gain a new twist.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea

Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E13

#1 - Unreachable Fingertips (Season 1 - Episode 13)

After a brief talk with Tsumugu, Manaka returns home and meets Hikari. In the occasion, Hikari reaffirms his feelings for her and she claims that have something important to tell him after the Ofunehiki. On the day of the ceremony, the rest of Shioshihsio is about to hibernate when Hikari and his friends help in the fishermen take Akari to the sea god as planned when Iroko lights the way for them. Suddenly, the boats are surrouded by whirlpools and both Akari and Tsumugu fall at the sea and are pulled down. While Chisaki and Kaname dive to rescue Tsumugu, Manaka rescues Akari and decides to offer herself instead. Hikari rescues his sister but fails to save Manaka as well. Meanwhile the boat carrying Kaname, Chisaki and Tsumugu makes a fast maneuver to avoid a pillar falling onto them, but Kaname falls in the occasion and his fate is uncertain, while a strange barrier covers the entire Shioshishio.

The episode was rated 8.69 from 29 votes.

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Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E26

#2 - The Color of the Sea. The Color of the Earth. The Color of the Wind. The Color of Your Heart. Your Color. (Season 1 - Episode 26)

In order to save Manaka, Miuna is swallowed up by the whirpool that Ojoshi-sama made and is covered in Ena that wraps around her like a cocoon. Hikari and Tsumugu go to save her but are held back by the powers of a god.

The episode was rated 8.41 from 27 votes.

Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E24

#3 - Detritus (Season 1 - Episode 24)

Chisaki rejects Tsumugu and flees back to the surface. Returning home, she meets Kaname, who realizes that she is indeed in love with Tsumugu and encourages her to be honest with her feelings, but she claims that by doing so would betray the feelings she had for Hikari all this time. Later at night, Akira shows to Manaka a letter in which he declares that he loves her and she can't shake the sadness of not being able to remember what love is. In the following day, Chisaki asks Isamu how the story of the Ojoshi ends and he reveals that the Ojoshi did not reunite with her lover as he died by drowning in the sea while attempting to chase after her. Meanwhile, Tsumugu drags Hikari and Kaname to meet Uroko and reveals that when his Ena awakened, he felt the feelings of several being surrounding him and certain that Manaka's feelings are mixed between them, he has the idea of holding another Ofunehiki, using Manaka's stone as part of the Ojoshi doll representing her feelings in an attempt to please the sea god and return Manaka's true feelings to her. Much to their surprise, Uroko agrees with his plan and the residents, including Hikari and the others' old classmates from the past, gather to make preparations for it. When Chisaki reveals her intentions to become the Ojoshi for the festival, Tsumugu reprimands her for it, and Kaname overhears them. Realizing that, Sayu chases after Kaname and lashes at him for not being honest with his true feelings and confessing her own feelings for him in the occasion. Moved by her words, Kaname thanks her and claims that at least his view of her changed. As the festival approaches, Hikari declares to Manaka that he has something important to tell her after it.

The episode was rated 8.27 from 26 votes.

Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E23

#4 - Who Do These Feelings Belong To? (Season 1 - Episode 23)

Still distraught with Uroko's revelations, Hikari is approached by Miuna who suggests him to confide what they just learned to the others, including Manaka, but he disagrees. After Miuna persuades him to at least reveal the truth to their friends, they gather them at Tsumugu's house. Kaname and Chisaki claim that Manaka's condition maybe could not be a bad thing at all, but Sayu lashes out at them for considering such thing. After their meeting, Sayu reveals to Miuna that she could only move on with her life thanks to her feelings for Kaname, unrequited or not, thus she could not agree at all with the idea of losing them. On their way back home, Hikari and Miuna meet Manaka and they find a white rock that according to them, is the same one produced by red-bellied seaslugs. Believing that the rock is a sign that Manaka's wish to the seaslug five years before was granted, Hikari gives it to her, although she can't remember what was her wish, and Hikari then realizes that such wish had something to do with her lost memories of love. In the next day, while making a pendant for Manaka using the rock, Miuna learns from Sayu that she intends to finally confess her feelings for Kaname. At the shore, certain that Manaka's feelings of love are for Tsumugu, Hikari asks him to hang out with her in order to have her lost memories and feelings return, but he refuses much to his anger, and when a passing by Chisaki watches Hikari attacking him because of it, she rushes to help. Tsumugu, efortlessly evading Hikari's attacks, reveals that he in fact loves Chisaki, who flees to the sea after hearing it, and when Tsumugu dives after her, his body also gains Ena just like Miuna's and the cursed fish at his arm swims out, guiding him to catch up to her at Shioshishio. In the occasion, Tsumugu reveals to Chisaki that he always liked her way before the day of the Ofunehiki five years earlier.

The episode was rated 8.22 from 23 votes.

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Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E25

#5 - Love is Like the Sea (Season 1 - Episode 25)

On the eve of the festival, Akira steals the pendant with Manaka's stone and accidentally drops it in the sea. Miuna dives in to catch the pendant and has a glimpse of a conversation between Manaka and Tsumugu five years before, in which she confesses her feelings for Hikari. When asked by her about why he never told anyone about it, Tsumugu replies that he was doing so by Manaka's request. Later at night, Hikari is confronted by Miuna about his true feelings for Manaka and he confesses that he has always loved her, while Tsumugu, encouraged by Kaname, tries to get Chisaki to admit she has feelings for him, which she doesn't deny. The next day, the festival begins. Carrying the holy flame entrusted to them by Uroko, Hikari and his friends traverse the frozen sea until a storm comes, just like in the last Ofunehiki. Manaka falls in the sea but is unable to breathe underwater thanks to her lack of Ena. Miuna swims in after her and her own Ena transfers itself to Manaka. While watching this scene with Hikari and Chisaki, Tsumugu reveals to Hikari that Miuna and Manaka's Ena are connected because of their feelings for Hikari. Miuna then shoves Manaka away and dives deeper to become the Ojoshi herself and calm the water god. A desperate Hikari chases after Miuna in order to bring her back, but is stopped by a barrier which forms around her as she lays in the grave of the Ojoshi.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 26 votes.

Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E15

#6 - The Protector of Smiles (Season 1 - Episode 15)

Chisaki learns of Hikari's return but refrains from meeting him. Meanwhile, Hikari is still recovering from his hibernation when he meets some of his old friends and the fishermen association presents him with the same flag he used during the Ofunehiki. Still refusing to meet Hikari, Chisaki confesses to Tsumugu that she is afraid of how Hikari will react upon seeing her. However, Hikari dives into the sea and attempts to return to Shioshishio but the sea currents drive him away. Before he makes another attempt, Tsumugu appears and confronts him for not going to meet Chisaki and hears from him that he is too scared with how much things changed while he was asleep. While returning home, Hikari hears a song and learns that the song is played everyday for the residents of Shioshishio who are still asleep and following the sound, he encounters Chisaki and the two finally meet again.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 24 votes.

Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E7

#7 - The Boatdrift Ceremony Shakes (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Assisted by their friends, the children manage to rebuild the Ofunehiki. However, the real festival will not be held as the fishermen and the men from Shioshishio are at odds with each other. After helping the others to collect signatures for a petition to hold the festival again, Hikari fails to convince his father Tomori to comply but he ends up taking part in the reunion between both parts arranged by him. Despite being impressed at first with the Ofunehiki, it does not take long for both sides to reiginite their old feuds and start fighting, a situation that gets even more hectic when Akari and Itaru enter the room together. After the failed meeting, Tomori attempts to once again persuade her to break up with Itaru but she had made her decision and prepares herself to leave her house in Shioshishio. Hikari decides to leave with her as well but Uroko uses his powers in attempt to stop them until Tomori asks him to let them go.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 29 votes.

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Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E5

#8 - Hey, Sea Slug (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Still depressed with what happened, Chisaki does not join her friends on their way to school and when she finally leaves, she meets Tsumugu. Chisaki then confesses to Tsumugu that she likes Hikari unaware that Manaka, who returned to pick her up, was hearing them. Meanwhile, Akari breaks up for good with Itaru, claiming that she would never replace Miuna's mother in her heart. However, Akari learns later that Miuna diappeared and after warning Hikari about it, he and his friends manage to find her. Claiming to his sister that they will take care of her for the night, Hikari and co. have dinner with Miuna and after the others leave home, Miuna confesses to Hikari that she always liked Akari, but rejects her out of fear of one day losing her just like it happened with her mother and Hikari manages to cheer her up. In the next day, a worried Akari finds Hikari and Miuna sleeping peacefully beside each other and reconciles with her.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 34 votes.

Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E20

#9 - The Sleeping Princess (Season 1 - Episode 20)

With no signs of Manaka awakening, Hikari keeps searching for Uroko with Kaname and Chisaki's help with no success. Miuna, who decided to not help with their search, is worried about Hikari and reprimands him when he reveals his intention to stop going to school while looking for a way to help Manaka, creating a divide between them. In the next day, while discussing with Sayu about it, Miuna starts wondering if deep inside she does not wish for Manaka to awaken out of her feelings for Hikari. Later at home, while mistaking Miuna for Manaka, a feverish Hikari collapses and in the next day, Miuna feigns to have a fever as well in order to stay at home and take care of him. In the occasion, Tsumugu calls her asking her help with his research, but realizing that she is crying, he rushes to meet her in person. In the occasion, Tsumugu reveals that just like her, he was afraid of Hikari and Kaname's return out of his feelings for Chisaki, but in the end, he got happy with their reunion. Wondering if she will have such feeling regarding Manaka, Miuna returns home, and while she has a serious discussion with Hikari, Manaka awakens to stop their fight, much to their shock and awe.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 21 votes.

Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E14

#10 - The Promised Day (Season 1 - Episode 14)

Five years later, the sea over Shioshishio is frozen and the surface enters into a continued winter. Chisaki pays a visit to Tsumugu's grandfather Isamu at the hospital before returning to meet Akari and her son, Akira. In the occasion, they reminisce about how Miuna cheered Akari up after she had found out that she was pregnant and was too worried about Hikari and the others to be happy with it. Meanwhile at the school, the students are informed that a Tomoebi will occur over the sea and they decide to have a party at the shore when Miuna is warned by Sayu that one of their classmates intends to confess to her in the occasion. It is also revealed that after being shut out from home, Chisaki is taken in at Tsumugu's house by Isamu and they live together until Isamu gets hospitalized and Tsumugu leaves to study oceanography at the college in order to learn more about the situation at the sea villages and their connection with the climate changes at the rest of the world. During the Tomoebi, Miuna is asked out by her friend, but she declines, claiming that she likes someone else, when a strange light appears and Tsumugu, who is studying the phenomena with his teacher, meets Miuna at the place where the light appeared and they find a naked Hikari, who did not get older at all since that day.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 29 votes.

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Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E12

#11 - I Want to be Kind (Season 1 - Episode 12)

As preparations are made for both the Ofunehiki and Akari's wedding, Tsumugu accompanies Manaka and Chisaki to the city to choose her wedding dress when Tsumugu has a brief encounter with his mother and he seems displeased upon seeing her. Meanwhile, Akari has a short meeting with her father and expresses her will to have with Itaru and Miuna the same happiness he provided to his children after his wife passed away. Back to Shioshishio, Hikari and his friends learn that those younger then them are already entering into hibernation and despite their efforts to delay the process, it is a question of time for the same to happen to them as well. Once reliving some of their memories from their old school, Kaname asks Hikari about his feelings for Manaka in front of the girls, and he finally confesses to her. A surprised Manaka runs away and Hikari chases after her, but Chisaki stops him for a while, and after confessing her feelings for him as well, she asks him to go after her. While running away from the village, Manaka ends up trapped again into Tsumugu's fishing net and she meets him.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 26 votes.

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Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E8

#12 - Beyond the Wavering Feelings (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Hikari and Akari move to Itaru's house and after dinner, Itaru reaffirms his intention to have Akari's father and the rest of Shioshishio acknowledge their union. Miuna asks Hikari to help her look for a present to Akari and he calls the rest of his friends to accompany them to the city. At the train station, they encounter Tsumugu who later leads them around the city. They check stores around the city for an affordable necklace for Akari. In one of the stores, Chisaki and Hikari get left behind since the elevator was full. Chisaki uses this moment to discuss with Hikari his feelings for Manaka. Hikari claims that if Manaka chooses to be with Tsumugu, he will respect that. After choosing the present she intends to buy, Miuna asks her father for some extra money just to later discover that the necklace in question is sold out. Hikari and the ohters decides to help her search for some shells to craft a similar necklace instead. When Miuna finally gives the necklace to Akari, it starts snowing and Hikari recognizes that it is in fact saline snow, a phenomenon that supposedly only occurs underwater.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 28 votes.

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Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E17

#13 - The Sick Two (Season 1 - Episode 17)

Naked Kaname appears at the surface asking a man for information. Upon learning of Kaname's awakening, Hikari and the others reunite with him. After being examined, Kaname moves to Tsumugu's house and becomes unconfortable with how Chisaki and Tsumugu got closer. In the next day, Sayu, still having feelings for Kaname, is anxious about meeting him again, but when they meet by accident after school, she flees in tears when he fails to recognize her immediately. After overhearing Hikari talking with Kaname, claiming that he can't change anymore until he reunites with Manaka, Miuna has a fallout with Sayu, who decided to discard her feelings for Kaname for the sake of moving on with her life, but soon after, Sayu meets Kaname again and learns that he indeed recognizes her, much to her joy. Later that night, Hikari, Kaname and Miuna are informed that Tsumugu and Professor Mihashi found a weak point in the sea current surrounding Shioshishio, and in the next day, the three dive there in an attempt to return to the sea village, following the same sound Miuna heard when her Ena first activated.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 26 votes.

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Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E19

#14 - The Lost, Lost Little... (Season 1 - Episode 19)

After some examination, it is confirmed that although still asleep, Manaka is in good health and should wake up soon. Watching Miuna next to Hikari while talking with the uncounscious Manaka, Chisaki realizes that Miuna also likes him as well. Some time later, while tending to Isamu, Chisaki hears from him a part of the Ofunehiki legend she never had heard before. Back at Tsumugu's house, Kaname questions him about what he intends to do with the data obtained regarding Miuna and the others and learns that he and his professor must show results tot he scientific community to ensure that their research on Shioshishio will keep being funded. Later that night, Chisaki has some wine with Tsumugu and while she is asleep, both Tsumugu and Kaname express to each other their feelings for Chisaki. In the next day, Chisaki attempts to return to Shioshishio by herself but is dragged by the currents until Hikari appears to help. As they arrive at the village, Chisaki reveals to Hikari that according to Isamu, the young woman who offered herself to the Sea God could not forget the loved one she left behind at the surface and in the end, the god let her go, for a price. Certain that this must be related to Manaka having lost her Ena, Hikari decides to look for Uroko and confront him about it on a later occasion, and he leaves to return back to the surface with Chisaki, who realizes that she is still in love with him. However, one week passes, and Manaka is yet to awaken.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 26 votes.

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Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea - S1E18

#15 - Shioshishiio (Season 1 - Episode 18)

By following Miuna's directions, the three finally arrive at Shioshishio, now covered in snow and with its residents still asleep. Anxious about meeting Manaka once more, Hikari decides to return home and pay a visit to his father first, while Kaname leaves to check on his house as well. While waiting for them to return, Miuna hears the sound once more and is guided to the sea children's old school, where he sees glimpses of how Hikari and the others' days there used to be. Soon after, Uroko appears before her, questioning the girl if looking for Manaka is what she truly wants, disappearing after Kaname and Hikari appear looking for her. Miuna then hears the sound again and they follow it to a secret, unknown trench where all the previous Ojoshis are deposited, where they find Manaka, who is still asleep. However, Miuna realizes that the sound is coming from Manaka's Ena, which is coming off, putting her life at risk, and Hikari decides to take her to the surface. The whole place colapses as the three leave Shioshishio taking the unconscious Manaka with them.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 24 votes.

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Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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