After much reluctance, I decided I wasn’t watching enough anime and decided to re-pickup Nagi no Asukara right before it finished. I originally dropped the show mid season due to it’s habit of being waaaaaaay too overly melodramatic (almost every episode, there is at least one person who cries) and due to the fact that I pretty much hate a majority of the main cast. I felt like Hikari was way too self-righteous, Manaka was just plain annoying, and Kaname was just kinda this background character to make the main cast a nice even number. After watching episodes 12-26 in one sitting, I mostly still feel the same way. I have a bit more to add to my opinion though.
The characters don’t really grow out of their annoying ways. This kinda makes them feel flat. Now I won’t say that they’re flat the entire series (they stick quite a bit of relationship and character growth at the very end) but they are for a large portion of series. There’s a lot of just dwelling on the same thing and no progress for episodes at a time. Though, this would normally be a bad thing, it actually makes sense to have flat characters in this show. There is a reoccurring theme of growing up and changing in NnA, with a vast majority of the cast literally refusing to change and let go. I actually think this is an interesting approach to character writing and I have nothing against it. The problem I have with it though is that, for this to work, I need to like the characters, and frankly, I don’t.
This kinda makes me wonder what kept people interested in this show. I know there’s a decent fanbase on /a/ and a lot of people Random Curiosity eat this shit up. After about 5 minutes worth of thought, I figured it’s probably the melodrama. For whatever reason, people like to watch anime characters get way too overly emotional. That’s why AnoHana had the best ending of all time, right? CLANNAD too? There’s some sort of sick fetish towards tears in the anime community and people are always quick to throw out the word “feels” and call it good writing. You can only have so many “feels” in one show before it gets dull though. When it’s happening almost every episode… ugh…
So yeah, I didn’t really enjoy this show. I dunno. It wasn’t that great.