12 (of 26) episodes in and Nagi no Asukara has become my star pick for the fall 2013 season.
The initial set up of Fantastic Racism has morphed into Fantastic Climate Change with a very unsubtle jab at an “Our country is fine, stuff yours” attitude.
The Fantastic Racism is still part of the background, but by episode 12 the high school kids (on both sides) are clearly over it which is nice to see.
The high school leads are being put through some extremely tough emotional challenges, and they’re handling them about as well as can be expected for teenagers.
In other words: badly. Sometimes legendarily badly.
That said Manaka, Hikari, Chisaki, Kaname, and Tsumugu have been noticeably growing as characters, as people, and it is becoming increasingly easy to care for them.
The bratty kids Miuna and Sayu have also become easy to forgive. They are actually really nice kids but like their elders simply didn’t know how to handle what they were feeling.
This is a really pretty show to look at, as demonstrated by the opening credits.
However the tone of this series is far close to the ending credits than it is to the opening, and I certainly recommend the first 12 episodes. I plan to do a full rewatch at the end before doing a proper review.