An anime series airing in October 2013 and produced by P.A.Works named Nagi no Asukara. A story focused on two junior-high school friends Mukaide and Sakishima. Will P.A Works deliver another great series?
P.A. Works has been doing a lot of different things in recent times. From supernatural slice of life to folklore based series. With the last installment Uchouten Kazoku, P.A. Works decided to throw the visual style onto another route, stepping away from the familiar look and feel like Tari Tari and Hanasaku Iroha.
On the other hand P.A. Works suffered from what I like to call the Red Data Girl syndrome. Red Data Girl and Uchouten Kazoku are both great shows and will probably fancy a lot of viewers. But, these shows are mainly targeted for domestic audiences. This makes it difficult for ‘foreign’ audiences to fully understand or comprehend the series.
Nagi no Askura has one very interesting and stylistic story element. Mukaide, Sakishima and her friends live under the sea. Not only is this stylistically very interesting and gives P.A. Works the possibility to fully show off their animation skills, it also gives room for the studio to play with the story.
Although I must admit judging from the preview, the ocean seems more stylistic . It is still too early to judge, but the elements mostly hinting to a life under sea, are the fish that float around and some swimming scenes. It almost seems like there is a mixture between sea and above water life in this series.
Looking at the cast, Manaka Mukaido is being voiced by Kana Hanazawa. Kana did many different roles in series such as Angel Beats, Guilty Crown, Blue Exorcist and many others. In all honesty, I don’t mind Kana Hanazawa, she is a good voice actress with a cute and soothing voice. On the flipside, she is all over the place. She is in so many series in recent years that I’ve grown a little bit tired of Kana Hanazawa. Hikari Sakishima is voiced by Natsuki Hanae, who did voice acting roles in Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge and Tari Tari.
Original character designs are done by Buriki, who is known for creating illustrations for the light novels Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai and Denpa Onna. Buriki has a very distinctive style with a roundish shape of the head and a recognizable style for the eyes.
Judging from P.A. Works’ past we probably have a steady show on our hands. The animation seems top notch as always and there is potential on the story department. We’ll have to wait and see what P.A. Works will do with this show as the synopsis is still rather vague. For those readers who cannot wait, a manga adaption started June 2013.