Ojoshi take 4
I don’t know if there’s too much to talk about in this week’s episode of Nagi no Asukara, but let’s find out. It kind of feels like we’ve hit “a lull in the show”, as we’re waiting for the hammer to fall
The Ofunehiki is Back On Again
Asking for help, a change of heart
And now with the support of the Fishing Cooperative. One could say that it’s awfully convenient that when they start to believe the warnings that they’re now interested in helping. But that’s the way humans are. And Uroko even acknowledges that this is unexpected and appreciated, that they are not “a total loss.” And no, the Ofunehiki doesn’t have too much meaning by itself, but if it’s a situation of belief, then it could be the start of a revival of the belief in the Sea God, a touchstone of faith.
Maybe they think this will work this time
And everyone’s pitching in, even though Hikari is told that it won’t make a difference. I do wonder what Akari’s thinking is with offering to become the ‘sacrifice’ for the ceremony. I can imagine that there could be some magic happen, and the Sea God “reclaims” his lost daughter, and that would be quite the scandal, as well as quite the blow to Miuna, who oscillates between wanting Akari around and trying to get rid of her for her own good. Thankfully, Akari explains that she only wants to live in the same time and place as Miuna, a good way to put it.
Akari for sacrifice
With Kaname’s confession starting the episode, and Chisaki’s vow to confess to Hikari ending it, we’re getting everyone to realize their part in the love conga line. Meanwhile, Hikari is admitting to himself that he loves Manaka, and she’s showing weird amounts of support for Hikari. But then Manaka is showing weird amounts of support for everyone, even if I think she’s being a little annoying always saying “me too!”
Hikari tries his best
The real key is what Manaka will do. And it’s clear that the hibernation or sleep or whatever they’re calling it is worrying her, to the point where I’m not sure if Manaka will actually go through with it. Could she start a chain reaction of all the kids not joining the rest of the village?
This was nice
Not a lot of conclusive movement this time, but some admitting to self that is an important sign, especially on the parts of Chisaki and Hikari. We also have the deepening commitment of Akari to Itaru and Miuna, which makes me fear for a possible tragic twist to come, with her becoming the offering in the boatdrift ceremony. But we’ll just have to see what happens as we end out this first cour of the series.