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Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Itekureta Koto~ – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「violet」 by marble
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When undersea dweller Marin finds a ring falling down through the water, she decides to go above water to return it to its owner. Her sister Urin goes with her, and they arrive on a nearby island during festival time. By chance, the girl Kanon who threw it away hears them calling for the ring’s owner and takes the ring back just so that she can throw it away again, though Marin stops her. It turns out that the ring was given to Kanon by her ex-boyfriend who had just earlier dumped her. What really gets her pissed off is seeing him again, and before Marin can stop her again, Kanon throws the ring somewhere into the nearby forest. Marin and Urin try their best to search for the ring and get separated in the process. Kanon finds Marin again later that evening still looking for it and while they’re together, the fireworks start. It scares Marin, but it frightens Urin even more since she’s all alone, and she ends up running blindly down a dark path through the forest. She eventually trips and crashes into a stone coffin that has a seal on it. It just so happens that the ring is stuck beside the coffin, and in trying to get it, Urin unknowingly breaks the seal. That leads to her hearing a voice that instructs her to open the coffin, so she does. A dark smoke emerges from it and surrounds not only the island, but it also imbues the ring. It soon starts raining as well, and lightning strikes a nearby turtle statue which begins to glow as a result.

ED Sequence

ED: 「透明な祈り 」 (Toumei na Inori) by 伊藤真澄 (Itou Masumi)
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I had seen the OP as part of the promo material for this series, so I knew coming into this that it would a decent song and have a fairly standard accompanying animation. What really impressed me was the ED. That’s partly because it’s a better song than the OP, but mostly because it featured a very cute story-in-a-story by having Marin and Urin watching the tale of the Little Mermaid. It’s rare to see something as short as an ED animation have such a coherent narrative done in such a nice way, so this was quite a treat.

As for the episode itself, it was decent. I know it’s still early on, but I actually found the story to be the weakest link. It looks like the series is going to be a combination of romance, friendship, and supernatural elements with a bit of comedy, and while I enjoyed some of the comedy, it wasn’t until the final few minutes that the plot got a little more interesting. I assume the great evil that Urin released is going to be the antagonist for the rest of the series. What’s holding the series up is its relatively high production quality. All of the underwater scenes were nice, and I found the drawing style of the comedy scenes to be cute. It also seemed like they turned up the animation quality slightly whenever there were opportunities for Urin fanservice. Anyway, the music was a strong point too and included several good piano pieces. The voice acting, however, was a bit of a wash. Horie Yui and Asumi Kana were fine in their respective roles, but something about how Kotobuki Minako‘s voiced Kanon didn’t click for me.

Ultimately, the most impressive part of this first episode was probably the ED. The plot has some potential, but this first episode didn’t convince me that it’ll be worth sticking around to see the rest of it. With two other promising Wednesday shows coming next week (Umineko and Aoi Hana), it’s unlikely that I’ll continue watching this unless I find out that the second episode turned out to be really good.

June 25, 2009 at 2:56 am
  • June 25, 2009 at 3:17 amminikui

    her name sucks xD

  • June 25, 2009 at 3:29 amMD

    This one looks great, the animation is no-questionable, OP and ED are good, I’m really moved at the ED ^^

  • June 25, 2009 at 3:56 amKayu

    i’ll give a try

  • June 25, 2009 at 4:19 amzzeroparticle

    Still banking on Juunichi Sato’s ability to make this show excellent, so I’m still hoping that we’ll see something more out of this as the series goes on.

  • June 25, 2009 at 5:34 amGod~Knows~

    Meh…I guess it looks OK,my black heart isn’t moved though.

  • June 25, 2009 at 6:11 amGP

    Oh great, yet another yuri’ish show? What the hell is it with all the lesbian stuff this year? Not that I don’t like some yuri, but only in my pr0nz kthx.

    I’m skipping this.

  • June 25, 2009 at 6:22 amJello

    Can’t wait for the subs.
    And it looks like the animation isn’t half-bad.

  • June 25, 2009 at 7:11 amExia


    thats a shame. Doesn’t hurt to have yuri stuff EVERYWHERE.

  • June 25, 2009 at 8:16 ammegalith

    hmmm… I guess I’m a bit interested in it. Waiting for subs. :)

  • June 25, 2009 at 8:31 amOzzy03

    Awwwww!!! that Ending is so cute x333

  • June 25, 2009 at 11:49 amDmonHiro

    What the fuck? Now two sisters can’t hug without some moron going “yuri”? The show was adorable so far, and the ED is really sweet.

  • June 25, 2009 at 12:33 pmAbby

    OK. The drawings remember me something, wait…. wait… Toradora!

  • June 25, 2009 at 12:48 pmillu

    I could fap at this:


    Actually, it was not a bad show. I will consider watching this throughout this season – although Aoi Hana might take its place.

  • June 25, 2009 at 12:49 pmillu

    And uh, shoujou-ai ftw ^______________^

  • June 25, 2009 at 2:54 pmmb

    I like the fish in the underwater portions of the opening sequence. The ending video is cute, and the song is more interesting.

  • June 25, 2009 at 3:30 pmoutcast

  • June 25, 2009 at 3:50 pmChimasternmay

    with the mains being the 3 girls and romance target of one girl being side character seriously a undesired romance, seems like gonna be more of a friendship anime and ya doesnt seem to interesting to watch it for tat reason, and trying to just fix the problem caused by ur self.

  • June 25, 2009 at 5:38 pmPfft

    @ minikui: How you judge somebody by their name is beyond me but you’re one to talk, eh?

    Anyway, it was decent on my end.

  • June 25, 2009 at 5:59 pmfrubam

    flat chested lolis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 25, 2009 at 6:12 pmMeery

    …and a blonde. If it keeps up the “surprise, we’re gonna keep up with the animation quality” aspect, like Tears, I may follow through on zis.

  • June 25, 2009 at 7:59 pmhelen

    there were some parts where the mer-people would just swim without moving their arms/legs… I hope that won’t happen again

  • June 25, 2009 at 8:11 pmShebear

    Looks geared to a younger demographic…


  • June 25, 2009 at 10:21 pmauntiebin

    another anime for the boys -_-

  • June 25, 2009 at 11:06 pmTJ

    what, this is already out? I never pay attention to premiere days…

  • June 25, 2009 at 11:30 pmcutemi2

    that anime is preety simple story….Marine is kinda cute, good luck for keep on blogging

  • June 26, 2009 at 9:00 amminikui

    I don’t judge her by her name, but her name is simply really badly chosen. Luckily she isn’t the blonde one ;)

  • June 26, 2009 at 10:22 amRex

    Why, japan, why are one of the persons called “urin”? They should know what it means… But propably some japanese dude flicking trough a dictionary finding random words to use as names.

  • June 26, 2009 at 1:42 pmStory

    This looks kind of cute.

  • June 26, 2009 at 3:01 pmDmonHiro

    Urin means “rain forest” in Japanese.

  • June 26, 2009 at 5:01 pmminikui

    well, unfortunately it does not in quite a few other languages v.v

  • June 26, 2009 at 5:16 pmtrebors

    did i just saw luffy O_o

  • June 26, 2009 at 7:25 pmhallyo

    I think this anime would of been better without the supernatural stuff, but its still early on might turn out good.

  • June 27, 2009 at 6:42 amSilver

    @ trebors

    Wow, I thought the exact same thing! It looks like Luffy who just ate his fill! Anyway, overall, this episode gives off that “Aria” feeling which is a very good thing to me.

  • June 27, 2009 at 2:27 pmSplash

    After watching this 1st episode I have to say it looks pretty decent. As someone else said it appears to be geared towards a younger crowd (so dont expect to see any tits). Not a bad anime to start the summer season off.

  • June 27, 2009 at 5:16 pmEuna

    The music sounds just like Kure-nai. Is it the same composer?

  • June 28, 2009 at 3:29 pmfoamer

    The music was a bit TOO relaxing, had a good nap because of it. Overall it was ok, i think its going to be a bit like that other series, the girl who sees thingies reflected in her eyes – whatever it was called some long name – you know with the whole sci-fi otherworldly goings-on n’ all that o_O *shrug*

  • June 28, 2009 at 4:35 pmlost

    Drop this show. It seems more on the just for kids side of the coin

  • June 29, 2009 at 6:31 pmOzzy03

    ^ Kids and lolicons :D *cheers*

  • June 29, 2009 at 7:14 pmsealouse

    what a nice soundtrack. I’m going to have to watch it just for that.