The footprints tell quite the story
A time frame, a remedy, an abandonment, and a confession: Nagi no Asukara gets deeper into the big calamity.
Uroko Explains It All
Not really hibernation, but the coming crisis of cold is inducing the sea people to go into what seems to be a state of suspended animation, made possible by their ena. Apparently, if they ‘fast’, it will thicken and put them in a state that will allow them to last through the coming cold. Of course, none of them have ever gone through this, so they’re all kind of hesitant about it, but most are trusting Lord Uroko’s knowledge of it.
Hikari’s dad is a terrible speaker
It kind of sounds like ‘starving’ to me, but I’ll go along with Lord Uroko as well. But I also wonder about the time frame. It seems like they’re really jumping the gun when they say that it’s 50-100 years away from getting too cold on the surface, but they have to start their fasting next week. What’s the big hurry? It would seem to me that putting yourself in that kind of state that early would be just adding a lot of exposure unnecessarily, and also missing out on decades of development. Of course, if it would just mean that your population bleeds away, maybe it’s better to go ahead and start hibernating now.
To Share Knowledge?
What will they do when they know?
Most of the adult sea people, in what I think is a pretty dick move, think they shouldn’t tell the land people about the coming calamity. Even if you think maybe someone wouldn’t want to know, again given the time frame that we’re talking about, 50-100 years, I think you have to share the information. To do otherwise is just to be inhuman. Give them the chance to do something about it. And I’m sure that people, given time to prepare, would be amply able to prepare for a coming cold period.
(And here’s where I annoy some readers by talking about Earth 😉 ) Since the evolution of modern humans, there have been multiple periods of glaciation, and they probably did have effects on humanity and population, but they were all survived. And with the amount of technological prowess that humans have now, I would think that more humans could survive a period of even extreme glaciation in more comfort than before. So I definitely think they should be told, because they could do something about it.
Manaka was separated through this whole episode
But even while knowing, the long time frame means that there isn’t the sense of urgency on the part of the land. And I don’t think that’s particularly wrong. 50-100 years is a long time, certainly difficult for most humans to comprehend. Even Akari eschews the offer to come back, deciding instead to stay with Itaru and Miuna. But with the knowledge, they’re at least going to try to spread the word, as Hikari also tries to do with their classmates (after convincing them to let him go back to school).
Manaka just doesn’t know what she’s going to do
This is still a romance show, and with the uncertainty of the future, it’s making some people think. Manaka is thinking about what happens now, with an apparent limit on what she can do. She’s definitely scared of the idea of sleeping, of not waking up, of waking up too soon, of waking up too late. I think these are all valid worries. And she’s also worried about Hikari, and what her feelings are for him. I’m still not convinced that she’s really in love with him, but what happens if he’s the only eligible person around? I also noticed her first concern is “what about the people on the surface?” Is she ready to give up on Tsumugu?
And one more thing… Kaname decides he’s tired of waiting. Maybe with the same thing Manaka’s thinking about, that there’s no other eligible guys, Kaname is going to take the leap, and surprises Chisaki with a confession. What will happen when she gets over the shock? Or will she before the sleep?
The cold will be coming… eventually. I just really think it’s weird that they’re making such a big deal about something so far away. But do they really need to? Or is it motivated by something else. The other big news is the relationship news, and what waves will Kaname’s confession make? Will this mean that Hikari ends up all alone? Or will he be with Manaka? Is she thinking about Hikari? Or is she just grossed out by the idea of “popping out babies”?