A Lull In The Sea Part 1
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(Aug 10, 2015)
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The first 13 episodes from the Japanese anime series. The story follows four teenagers from the sea village who have to move to a new school on land after their own school closes down. As they try to adjust to their new surroundings they attempt to keep the peace between their village and the people on land. The episodes are: 'In Between the Sea and the Land', 'The Chilly Layer', 'The Tradition of the Sea', 'Because We're Friends', 'Hey, Sea Slug...', 'The Other Side of the Tomoebi', 'The Ofunehiki Trembles', 'Beyond the Wavering Feelings', 'Unknown Warmth', 'The Saltflake Snow Falls and Falls', 'The Changing Times', 'I Want to Be Kind' and 'Fingertips Beyond Reach'.
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Most of the characters are really likable, and you grow to care about them, which I tend to think is a given prerequisite to enjoy any story of this nature. I did struggle a bit at first with the main protagonist (Hikari) though. It took me a while to warm up to him as he started out as one of those slightly annoying, angry and "shouty" characters that seem to feature quite often in anime. But despite the slightly grating personality, as you get to know him, he really starts to grow on you.
The slightly unusual storyline itself was very well written with a good mix of drama, romance and humor, and was fairly straight forward to follow right up until the last few series episodes where, for me at least, the romance side of things got a tiny bit confusing for a while.
The whole series concluded well though, and didn't feel rushed. It didn't leave too many unanswered questions at the end, like I've seen happen in other anime.
The English dubbed voices and music were superb and so was the quality of the Blu-ray media (I bought the blu-ray version NOT the DVD) but regardless of media format this series will be a truly outstanding and thoroughly enchanting experience to whomever watches it, especially with its epic visuals.
Overall, A Lull in the Sea is a wonderful, beautiful, quiet and enchanting little fantasy story that will feed your 'feel-good' needs to overflowing and leave a lasting impression on anyone who watches it. I highly recommend this series to anyone.