A completely cliched meeting
So what’s the more important plot point? The return of Kaname? Or is it Miuna’s apparent acquisition of ena? Let’s see what this week led to.
Another Son Returns
Kaname’s returned, but the reaction is a little different from Hikari’s. That’s to be expected for the second person to come back. But for Kaname at least as much has changed as it has for Hikari, so is it better to be left more alone to deal with it? Or to have more people around to try to help? Either way, the show doesn’t really focus on Kaname, except for one scene where he is a new arrival to stay at Tsumugu’s house with Tsumugu and Chisaki, who really put on an old married couple performance of kitchen synchronization. Certainly Kaname’s going to feel like he’s missed some chance, with Chisaki so close to Tsumugu, but we haven’t really found out what Chisaki’s true feelings are, besides that she seems to still have a crush on Hikari.
Is there room for Kaname?
Instead, the show focuses more on Miuna and Sayu. Sayu in particular is struggling with Kaname’s return, of course, because she comes to realize that her crush that she’s held onto for five years is kinda silly, and things are going to change. It doesn’t help that Kaname doesn’t recognize her right away, hitting her pretty hard in her self-confidence. But of course she’s not going to, and when Kaname makes a special point to say hello to her and pat her head, the way he’s always done, she’s overcome a bit. It was good that she didn’t make any resolution about “I’m not going to be interested in Kaname anymore”, more that it was kind of “I thought things would never change, but now I realize that they will no matter what I think.”
Surprise head pats
Can They Finally Return To Shioshishio?
With Kaname’s return and Miuna’s experience where she gained her ena, something that’s now been confirmed to be thin but present, now Tsumugu and his scientist mentor think there might be a current that would get them to Shioshishio. Miuna volunteers, but should she? I personally thought it was fine if she volunteered, even if she’s the least experienced person with ena ever. She even practiced, to get rid of the fear I had that she’d instantly freeze up and drown as soon as she jumped in.
Can I blame Hikari not hearing it on how loud he is?
It was kind of funny to watch Miuna carefully get in the water after Hikari and Kaname had just jumped straight in. But she was able to hear the current, and how could the other two not hear it? Is it just girl power? Or they need to have her there for some reason? It would be hard to believe that her hearing underwater is better, given that she has no experience. It’s not really the kind of show that’s going to put Miuna in a lot of danger, even if they’ve talked about how it might be dangerous, so I’m not expecting something awful to happen when they get into Shioshishio. But there will be something that happens, I’m sure.
There was some interesting sakuga animation in this episode. The jarring one was being Kaname’s eyes following the seagull as it flew past the three broken columns, symbols of Kaname’s 5 years of sleep. It was an interesting perspective, in that we usually don’t track what someone’s looking like that in anime, instead seeing a still background and objects moving across them. Very well done.
As far as the story, it’s just progressing along. One thing I am starting to really appreciate about Nagi no Asukara is that it doesn’t go in for big shockers. And while some accuse Mari Okada of being melodramatic, I don’t think this show has really gone there. Instead, it’s just mostly followed along with life in a world that’s not really the same as our own.