It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a good yet unique romantic anime series, as most are pretty good but usually remind me of one of the many classic titles from the 90’s. It’s good to know that NIS America’s latest release, A Lull in the Sea, is a great and different spin on school romance along with some slice-of-life thrown in. Spanning 26 episodes across three Blu-ray discs, it’s sure to grab viewers hook, line and sinker.
Things start off with four of the main characters, Chisaki Hiradaira, Kaname Isaki, Manaka Mukaido and Hikari Sakishima being teenagers who live in the sea. It took me awhile to realize it at first since the world under the sea looks just like it does on land, except there are fish swimming by and people can be running and jumping one second and swimming the next, thanks to a special substance on their skin that allows them to breathe and talk underwater. After their school gets closed down, the four of them are forced to attend a nearby school on the surface, much to the dismay of people that live there as tensions between the two worlds aren’t exactly pleasant. Along the way they meet a surface dweller named Tsumugu Kihara who becomes a friend to them and a love interest thrown in that’s sure to test the feelings and friendships of all the characters.
A Lull in the Sea is definitely one of the most imaginative and unique anime titles I’ve seen. Watching the tension build not only between the characters but also the land and sea people kept me wanting to binge watch the entire series. Things rarely slow down here, and when they do there’s always something in each episode that will keep you watching. Another thing that really got me into the show is the amazing artwork, brought to life even more so thanks to the high definition of the Blu-ray format. The backgrounds are simply gorgeous and detailed nicely while the characters look and animate great as well. It’s a nice treat to have both the original Japanese as well as English audio on this release, along with some extras such as the clean intro and outro, trailers and more.
There’s so much more I’d like to tell about A Lull in the Sea, but doing so would spoil the many surprises that await those who jump into this sea of goodness. If you love slice-of-life anime with some dramatic and romantic elements thrown in along with beautiful, detailed backgrounds and characters, this series deserves to swim around in your collection.