Contemplative Chisaki and Shioshishio
Battling Factions on this week’s Nagi no Asukara
Better to Be Spared the Pain
These two images don’t really have anything to do with this section. I just wanted
to see which was the more ridiculous place for a smiley face.
Everyone, except for Manaka, now knows about Manaka’s inability to fall in love. And this has split the group into two camps. On the side of “it’s fine that she can’t fall in love” are the, for want of a better term, losers. Kaname, Chisaki, and a part of Miuna. Of course, this lines up with the people who fell in love with people who love other people (follow that?), aka, the Broken Hearts Club. Kaname thinks that she’s obviously happy now, why tease her with something that seemingly doesn’t matter and get her all upset about it? Meanwhile, while Kaname gives Tsumugu the evil eye, Chisaki muses about how she might have been relieved to not have the pressure and pain of falling in love.
Don’t Mess With Mount Sayu
But Kaname’s even-keeled wannabe adult musings set off Mount Sayu, who gets ticked off at him for acting all grown up. Well, at least that’s what she says, but she really thinks that he’s saying it’s not important to love someone. I think Sayu’s explosions of emotion are a lot more palatable than Hikari’s, in general, because unlike a volcano, they really do seem to be more focused, even if she kind of goes back and forth about what side of an issue she’s on. But that effectively breaks up the meeting, although not before Hikari calls out Kaname, Tsumugu, and Chisaki on their passive-aggressive love triangle deal. Seriously, it’s really gotten weird, and maybe finally Tsumugu will drive a truck through the roadblock. And he might get help from Sayu, who decides on her own that she’s going to confess to Kaname, whether she gets shot down or not.
Better to Love
Hikari sees something beautiful
Interestingly, tho, Hikari doesn’t join the “She doesn’t need to be able to love anyone” group, even though he was sure that he’d lost Manaka to Tsumugu (before losing her to be bride of the sea god). And he’s still sure that Manaka loved Tsumugu, and that she was going to tell him so after the ofunehiki. And Miuna seems to be on the side of “Let’s make Manaka whole”, even if she agrees that it can hurt to love someone, and can understand where they’re coming from. I find this is a nicely consistent position, informed by her past from 5 years ago, the Miuna who was afraid to love Akari because it hurt too much to lose her mother Miori. Although it can’t be sure that she isn’t just going along with Hikari’s position to support him.
Everything I love about PA Works art in one shot: lighting, skies, expression
The lengths Hikari will go to, however, are a bit much. Such that he asks Tsumugu to play up to Manaka to try to trigger her memories. Thankfully Tsumugu won’t go along with this plan, while schooling Hikari in what the differences between a 19 year old and a 14 year old are, physically. But the main reasons he won’t cooperate with Hikari are that it’s wrong to lie about your feelings, and that he loves Chisaki, who overhears his confession. And after that, we get another miracle, as Tsumugu tries to chase Chisaki underwater, and before drowning he also gains ena. And using that, he confesses to Chisaki that she’s like the sea that he loves. Calm and beautiful, yet able to be stormy and uncontrollable.
Chisaki marvels at Tsumugu’s acquisition
I thought it was a very nice confession. Not the first blurted out one, but in comparing Chisaki to something else that she knows he loves. But the question I come back to is wondering if there’s a reason that Tsumugu got ena. Was it his love for the sea? Was it his wish to chase Chisaki? When Miuna fell in, and gained her ena, her thoughts were of Hikari. Is it a general love? Or would anyone who fell in be saved? I don’t know if the show will go into it more, but could this be one of the ways to try to turn around the decline of the sea that we talked about back in the beginning of the show?