Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~ (Sea Story)


OK, so far, I’ve chosen quite a few fun/silly topics for my “12 moments of anime 2009” posts, so it’s time to get serious with my eight post in the series by choosing to look at the banality of evil in Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~ (Sea Story).

       In many anime where evil is involved the evil tends to be an outside force or creature that threatens our world that needs destroying, so train hard and destroy the threat, case closed. But, in the anime series Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~ (Sea Story) the evil (Senda) is us; our fears, our weaknesses, our pain, our loneliness, our jealousies, our self-loathing, and our inability to accept, transcend, and forgiven our own flaws.

 

         If this had been a typical anime Sedna would have just been a evil creature that needed destroying, but in affect Sedna is the child of every islander who ever went to the little shrine and tossed their loneliness and sorrow into the sea. That’s why Marin felt the same pain from the eclipse when the heart of darkness attacked her, in the previous episode Marin tossed her sorrow into the sea and now it’s returning home to roost. Kanon now understand this because she can feel her mother’s pain, and Ooshima’s suffering. Senda is the creation of everyone who had ever tossed away something to hard to deal with, and now I think both Marin and Kanon understand that Sedna can’t be killed as long as people can’t come to terms with their own emotions.

      Throughout the entire series the Turtle Elder has been driving Marin and Kanon forward in an attempt to make them soldiers of light in a battle with their mortal enemy, darkness. It turns out that until now the Turtle Elder and the girls were only operating with half knowledge, I had wondered throughout the series why Sedna couldn’t be defeated for good in the past. The island’s shrine priestess had been trying to drop them hints about the nature of the darkness affecting the island and he refused to listen.

       Since Sedna was a creation of every one’s abandoned feelings the only real solution was to embrace all those hurtful and scary emotions, we don’t throw them away, we allow ourselves to be transformed and changed by our life experiences.

      If anything, Sea Story was a tale about growing up and learning to accept all the scary emotions that come along with being an adult. Kanon’s fear of being rejected, Marin’s fear of the darkness, Urin’s fear of loneliness, we shouldn’t hide these emotions, we need to share them with others who care for us, and forgive the weakness inside our hearts.

       While our nature might be good, we all  harbor some darkness inside our hearts, it waits, quietly, until we become fearful, uncertain, lonely, and depressed, then it slowly grows, and can cause us to say cruel thing, and to be unkind to others. But, with the knowledge of its existence we can fight to keep it in check, and when we do slip up, we ask for forgiveness.

       The key to dealing with Sedna is that the girls will have to embrace her and love her breaking the cycle of self-loathing, self-isolation, and come to terms with all of our painful emotions. This is a message that we’ve seen in many popular anime like in Sailor Moon when Usagi says that you can’t kill chaos but you can keep it in the recesses of our hearts, and also in fruits basket when Tohru tells Momiji that we must learn to live with all our painful memories and feelings, we must transcend them because they make us who we are.

Urin is attacked 

       This episode begins with us seeing the last couple of minutes of the previous episode where Marin and Kanon slowly losing consciousness after discovering Sedna’s true nature and having been infected by the heart of darkness. As this is happening, Urin wonders what she’s has done? Sedna tells her that she’s obtained her power while she’s obtained Urin’s body and that the darkness has won out. Urin asks what will happen to her sister? Senda says that unless Marin embraces the darkness she’ll fade away with the light. Why don’t I feel sad? Because you’ve been released from the eternal sorrow. As Marin calls out to her sister we get the introduction animation, but this time everything is dark and there’s no living creatures in the sea or on land.

Dark Urin rises

       Urin goes to her sister and takes her hand and she tells her that she would have been better off if she’d never went to the sky, or became a shrine maiden. Marin struggles up and takes her sister’s hand, hugs her, and tells her it seems like its been so long since we did this. Urin then tells Marin that she’ll use her powers to turn her heart black too; Marin says no because she’ll lose her affections for Urin, and this seems to have some affect on Urin because she takes her sister in her arms and takes her away from the others.

It's been so long since we did this

        While Urin is holding Marin she asks Urin if she wants to see the coral again, and Urin tells her that it would be better if we had never seen them or we had never met. Urin tells her that it would have been better if she had never called to her, or met her, or that Urin had ever liked her right away. Marin begins to cry in Urin’s arms, and Urin says that way she never would have become sad. While Urin is holding Marin, she asks Urin if she wants to see the coral again, and Urin tells her that it would be better if we had never seen them or we had never met. Urin tells her that it would have been better if she had never called to her, or met, or Urin had ever liked her. Marin begins to cry in Urin’s arms, and Urin says that way she never would have become sad.

never 001never 002never 003

never 004

       After a few minutes, Kanon and the Turtle Elder wake up, and Kanon explains to him what exactly Sedna is, and how she was born. They both decided to try and find where Urin and Marin have gone off to.

the darkness in our heartswe pour them into the seabecausw we're afraid

We're all Senda

        Then we see that Urin has taken Marin to the place of their memories where she wants to use her powers to make Marin hate her so she’ll turn to darkness and won’t die. As Urin unleashes her power memories of the two sisters come flooding back and Marin asks her to stop, and Urin says she has to hate her, or she’ll dies. Urin also tells Marin that it’s OK if she’s hated, and alone. Marin tells her no, she’s sure that they’ll be able to return to those days from before, and that someday she see her smile again. Marin’s words seem to have some affect on Urin.

this it the place of our memories

       While Marin makes her way toward Urin she tells her that nothing she could ever do would make her hate her, and that she could never think of anything more painful than hating her sister. When Marin gets to Urin, she hugs her and tells her that she always loved her and still does.

I can never hate Urin

       Sedna’s spell over Urin seems to be broken, but Sedna’s powers is inside Urin fighting for control. Urin screams in pain and pushes Marin away from her, she says she’s sorry, she won’t do bad things again, and that she still her heart of light inside of her. As Sedna assaults Urin’s body, Urin says that she loves her sister, and that every time she thinks of Marin it causes Sedna pain.

I love you too

      As Senda continues to assault Urin, she tells her sister to keep back, she tells Marin that she has the power to seal Sedna. Then Sedna’s voice tells Urin that if she goes, she’ll take Urin with her and that Urin will evaporate into bubbles of light and disappear, Urin tells Sedna she’s fine with that.

You will fall into darkness

       As Urin starts to be consumed by Sedna she says she’s alright with it but Marin yells that she’s not. Marin tells Urin that she loves her, and doesn’t want her to disappear. Soon, Urin also cries out for her sister saying she doesn’t want to disappear, and that she loves her. The turtle Elder tells the girls to keep back, but both Marin and Kanon enter the power bubble to reach Urin. Marin hugs Urin and tells her that she won’t let her go anywhere.

Embracing the darkness

       At that moment, the Turtle Elder notices that Sedna’s power is weakening. Sedna’s voice says that she’s doesn’t want to be alone, and that she wants to her I love you. Kanon says that she can feel Sedna’s heart, it’s all their hearts and feelings that were unable to be expressed, it’s not light or dark, and it’s just our weak hearts. Kanon, Marin, and Urin’s love embraces the darkness that is Sedna, and her power begins to transform and blend with the light, the darkness is melted by the light. Urin transforms back to her normal self and Sedna’s power begins to fade from the land and the sea.

the darkness and the light

     Then we see the island’s sea priestess over looking the transforming sea and she tells us that the darkness and the light now understand each other, and now it’ll return to the hearts of the people, and even if the darkness returns, we just have to remember to forgive.

embracing the light

       Back on land, Marin and Urin have to return to the sea with Warin and Sam, and they ask Kanon to come with them but the Elder says, no. He tells them that soon everybody except people born with sea or sky priestess blood will soon have their memories of this fade to a dream, plus they aren’t meant to live together. Marin tells Kanon that she loves her, and before Marin can fully return to the sea Kanon finally tells Marin that she loves her too.

I also love you

       Later, when summer break is over, we see Kanon finally tell Kojima that she loves him. This is overheard by a lot of other school kids including Ooshima who says the real competition begins now. Well, that’s all for this series, until the special DVD only episode comes out next year.

the battle starts now

       Well, this was a very sweet ending to a very enjoyable magic girl series where the power of love and understanding reigns supreme. Since Sedna’s was a creation of every one’s abandoned feelings the only real solution was to embrace all those hurtful and scary emotions, we don’t throw them away, we allow ourselves to be transformed and changed by our life experiences.

      If anything, Sea Story was a tale about growing up and learning to accept all the scary emotions that come along with being an adult. Kanon’s fear of being rejected, Marin’s fear of the darkness, Urin’s fear of loneliness, we shouldn’t hide these emotions, we need to share them with others who care for us, and forgive the weakness inside our hearts.

       While our nature might be good, we all  harbor some darkness inside our hearts, it waits, quietly, until we become fearful, uncertain, lonely, and depressed, then it slowly grows, and can cause us to say cruel thing, and to be unkind to others. But, with the knowledge of its existence we can fight to keep it in check, and when we do slip up, we ask for forgiveness. 

the darkness is our feelings 

        This episode begins with the corrupted versions of Warin, Sam, and the Turtle Elder’s daughter confronting Marin and Kanon.  They claim that Marin no longer loves Urin and that she wants to kill her, Marin says that’s not possible and she’d never wish for that. So, they say that it’s Kanon and the Turtle Elder’s fault and begin attacking them.

You want to kill urin 

        While Kanon and the Turtle Elder are fighting with their enemies, Warin confronts Marin and tells her that her sister is waiting for her, and all she has to do is give into the darkness and all the sorrow and pain will vanish. Marin can tell that Warin’s heart is in terrible pain, so she tries to purify all her friends with her power, but that attempt fails. The Elder tries to give Kanon his fire to defeat the enemies but she refuses saying that the only one who has to be defeated is Senda.

your heart looks painfulMarin's blast of powerthe Turtle Elder releasing his power

        Once Kanon and Marin are able to combine powers they create an affect that is able to purify all of Marin’s friends and the surrounding area. Later, back at Kanon’s house, the girls think that they might have the power to save Urin without killing her, and still be able to defeat Senda. When Kanon’s mother stops by to talk with them they can tell that she’s also being affected by Sedna’s growing powers. So, the girls and the Turtle Elder head off to the sea to find Urin, but before they leave, the Elder tells the girls that if he’s taken over by Senda to please don’t think twice about defeating him.

Marin and Urin releasing their power 

       When the group arrives at the location where Urin was last seen they discover her missing, so Marin suggests that maybe Urin went back to their underwater home. Once there, Marin finds Urin sleeping in her bed, and when Marin makes it to her side, Urin awakens. She tells Marin about a terrible dream she had where Marin befriended the sky dwellers and began to hate her and that she would never come to see her again. Urin says she’s been doing her best to be able to defend herself and she asks if Marin will help her defeat the sky dwellers if they come here. Soon, Urin notices that Kanon and the Turtle Elder are also inside their home and she screams “no”, and unleashes her power blasting a hole in the roof allowing her to flee from the group.

Marin finding Urin

I You started hating meI'll do my best not to be hatedA voice told me you would never come back

who is that there 

       Later, we see the island sea priestess standing near a cliff overlooking the sea where we hear her tell the sea and the sky not to be sad or have fear and that sooner or later the eternal struggle has to end with the light and the darkness finally intertwining with each other.

Someday the dark and the light will come together 

       Marin and her group follow Urin back to the place where Senda was released and they hear Urin having a conversation with Senda. A tearful Urin tells Senda that she thought her sister loved her, and she thought that they would always be together, but Senda tells her that before light can purify the darkness she needs to snatch away the light and leave them in darkness and sorrow. Marin tries to talk Senda into letting Urin go but she just ignores her, and Marin and Kanon attempt to combine powers and purify Urin.

I really liked my sister

Return my sister to me 

        When their combined powers hit Urin, she thinks that this is all the fault of the light, so she uses Kanon’s ring to draw all the power away from both Marin and Kanon. Once Urin has sucked all of their power from them she sends a blast of her own power back at Marin and Kanon.

Urin firing back 

      Urin’s power hits Marin and Kanon and it draws out and shatters both of their orbs of lights, and Marin and Kanon lose their transformations. Then a huge amount of Sedna’s power is released from the seafloor, and Urin tells them that this is the heart of darkness as she sends it towards them, so please give into it. As the power of darkness sinks into each member of the group the Turtle Elder collapses. As the power of darkness continues to sink into Marin’s and Kanon’s bodies they both get weaker, and Marin says this feels like what happened to her at the eclipse.

this is the same feeling I had at the esclipse

       Now, Kanon and Marin come to understand the true nature of Senda and how she was created, Senda is all the sorrow and pain that the islanders have been throwing into the sea. Sedna is the living combination of all the pain and suffering the island people were unable to share, all the misunderstandings between people, and all the loneliness that the people couldn’t deal with. Kanon knows this for a fact because she can feel Ooshima’s pain and suffering, and she can also feel the pain that her mother couldn’t share with anyone after the death of her father.  As, Marin and Kanon are losing awareness, Kanon says that the Turtle Elder had it all wrong, and Marin says that they now have nothing to fear because she now believes that they will be able to save Urin. Well, that’s all for this episode.

the heart of darkness is all of our feelings

if that's so we have nothing to fear

      Well, only one regular episode of Sea Story left to go,  I think that things have just gotten a lot easier for the girls to handle. Throughout the entire series the Turtle Elder has been driving Marin and Kanon forward in an attempt to make them soldiers of light in a battle with their mortal enemy, darkness. It turns out that until now the Turtle Elder and the girls were only operating with half knowledge, I had wondered throughout the series why Sedna couldn’t be defeated for good in the past. The island’s shrine priestess had been trying to drop them hints about the nature of the darkness affecting the island and he refused to listen.

       If this had been a typical anime Sedna would have just been a evil creature that needed destroying, but in affect Sedna is the child of every islander who ever went to the little shrine and tossed their loneliness and sorrow into the sea. That’s why Marin felt the same pain from the eclipse when the heart of darkness attacked her, in the previous episode Marin tossed her sorrow into the sea and now it’s returning home to roost. Kanon now understand this because she can feel her mother’s pain, and Ooshima’s suffering. Senda is the creation of everyone who had ever tossed away something to hard to deal with, and now I think both Marin and Kanon understand that Sedna can’t be killed as long as people can’t come to terms with their own emotions.

         This understanding now makes Sedna much easier to deal with because you can’t despise or hate Sedna because in the end you’ll only hate and despise yourself. The key to dealing with Sedna is that the girls will have to embrace her and love her breaking the cycle of self-loathing, self-isolation, and come to terms with all of our painful emotions. This is a message that we’ve seen in many popular anime like in Sailor Moon when Usagi says that you can’t kill chaos but you can keep it in the recesses of our hearts, and also in fruits basket when Tohru tells Momiji that we must learn to live with all our painful memories and feelings, we must transcend them because they make us who we are. I think that all the girls need to do is to give Sedna and nice big hug & kiss, and tell her welcome home, you’ve been gone too long.

Kill me along with Urin 

       This episode begins with Kojima in danger from two of Sedna’s creatures, the creatures use words that Urin used earlier, and Marin calls to Urin to return to her side, she’s not cruel like this. It seems that Marin’s words do reach Urin and her/Sedna’s creatures release Kojima, and Urin says to herself that her sister loves her, but soon Sedna’s uses words to regain control of Urin. Sedna has Urin release a blast of power that starts to kill and pollute everything it touches, it spreads outwards to engulf the whole ocean, and we see that Urin is released from the power bubble and she’s transformed into a creature filled with dark energy.

to take away the important person 

      As Marin and the crew observe the polluted sea they notice hundreds of Sedna’s creatures approaching the island, and Marin calls forth her powers and purifies all of the creature. The Turtle Elder makes the comment that Marin has gotten stronger, but this action has really drained Marin.

 the large blast

       When Kojima reawakens he says terrible things to both Kanon and Marin and storms off on his own, and the Turtle Elder says that it’s easy for Sedna to affect pure hearted people. We also see that Sedna’s influence is starting to affect people such as Suzuki, making them say hateful things. When Ooshima runs into Kojima, she tries to confess to him but he’s so cruel to her that she ends up in tears, and all over the island people are saying hateful things to one another.

Ooshime you bother me 

       Once the crew return to Kanon’s house they find Urin waiting for them by Kanon’s bedroom window where she tells Marin that she’s here to get her, and that now she’ll protect her. Urin asks Marin to come over to her side since light can’t defeat the darkness, and she also tells Kanon that this is her fault by showing Kanon her ring and telling her that her desires summoned Sedna to her. Once Urin knows that Marin won’t return to her she uses her Sedna butterfly wings and flies away from the house.

I won't lose to the light 

       Later, the Turtle Elder takes Marin and Kanon to the place where Sedna was sealed and explains to them the nature of Sedna and how to reseal her, they must summon the Spear of Radiance and thrust it into the core of Sedna. Since Sedna has taken over Urin’s body this means that Urin will most likely share the same fate as Sedna. Well, both Kanon and Marin aren’t taking this news very well, but the Turtle Elder tells them that it’s either that or let the world fade to darkness.

I can't do it 

       A few minutes later, Marin tells Kanon that she’s going to take Urin back from Sedna, and if she fails Kanon needs to seal her with Urin. Kanon tells her to calm down, but Marin says that Urin has do nothing wrong other than feel a little lonely and that she should have noticed it happening. Marin says that she won’t have Urin sealed with Sedna, and Kanon vows to Marin that they will find away to save Urin from Sedna, the Turtle Elder says this is very risky.

Seal me together with Urin 

        Later, Kanon takes the crew to a small shrine where it is said that if you pray here the sea will wash away the sorrow. After both Kanon and Marin pray, the island priestess appears before them and she she explains the separation of light and darkness and why they hate and fear one another, and she also says it’s an eternal battle. The Turtle Elder disagrees with her saying we have to fight and win this battle.

this battle is eternal 

        Later, on the beach, the Turtle Elder teaches the girls the spell to summon the Spear of Radiance and tells them they have to strike Urin in order to seal Sedna’s powers. Both Kanon and Marin vow to separate Sedna’s powers from Urin before they strike, to which the Turtle Elder says that this is quite a risky idea. While all this is going on, the Turtle Elder’s daughter is snatched by Sedna’s agents while she’s standing near the ocean, and a few seconds later she reappears as a agent of Sedna along with Warin and Sam who have also fallen under Sedna’s spell. Well, that’s all for this episode.

you have to kill Sedna and Urin

       Well, Urin is fully transformed and Marin and Kanon finally are told what must be done to defeat Sedna, and what a terrible toll it’ll be. We’re finally told by the Turtle Elder that Sedna never really had a body until now and this battle has been fought over and over again. What a terrible choice that Marin is given, to defeat Sedna she must most likely kill her beloved little sister who’s hasn’t committed any crime other than becoming lonely. This episode really showcased how deep Marin’s love for her sister goes, she’s willing to sacrifice her life and spend eternity sealed with Sedna, and Urin rather than let her sister be alone forever with Sedna.

       I feel that the Turtle Elder is wrong about the current situation and the shrine priestess is right, what she’s trying to tell them is that because the light and darkness are separated they hate and fear one another when the light and darkness should be at peace. I think that the solution to this problem will be like in the fifth season of Sailor Moon after Usagi defeats Sailor Galaxia who harbored Chaos inside her. Usagi was asked if Chaos was destroyed or sealed and she tells them “no” and that the darkness/chaos is where it belongs; All of us have small pieces of the darkness inside our hearts and it’s up to us to keep it in check. So, in affect, we are all creatures of light and darkness, good and evil, order and chaos, and the choice of how we act is up to us.  

Kanon comes to the truth of the matter 

       This episode begins with us hearing an internal dialog between Urin and Sedna with Urin saying her sister will return to her, and Sedna telling that no one will every come for her or love her again. Then we see Kanon thinking about what it means to be sisters, be friends, and how she now feels lonely with Marin gone. As Kanon is looking out at the sea, the Turtle Elder and Marin return and Marin begs her to help her to regain her power to transform, and Kanon agrees to help her.

my sister will love me

no one will ever love you again 

       Kanon takes Marin to see her friend Suzuki to practice the art of Yoga where Marin also learns how they became friends, and of Kanon’s lonely childhood.  Later, while Kanon and Marin are practicing Yoga on the beach they run into Ooshima, she tells Kanon that she told Kojima that she’s alright, Ooshima asks Kanon not to make Kojima worry about her. Ooshima then tells Kanon that she’s made up her mind and will confess to him so she wants Kanon to make a decision and face her head on.

I understand how you feel

this is the standing treeanother yoga poseno one can play with Kanon-chan

Kanon and Suzuki together

stop being half-hearthed and face me

        Kanon admits to Marin that she did a bad thing to both Ooshima and Kojima by being half-hearted and not honest about how she feels, and Marin says that she also said some cruel things to Kanon. At that moment, Kanon hugs Marin and says that she’ll find away to save Urin.

 we've lost our ways

        While it has begun to rain, Kanon is off by herself doing some thinking, and Marin runs into Kojima at a bus stop where they begin to talk about things. How he and Kanon first met, how he struggled to get to know her better, and Kanon’s thinking the same things off on her own. Kojima tells Marin that he’s been uncomfortable with the part of Kanon that feels she needs to be alone, and Kanon thinks to herself that she senses danger in letting people get to close to her, like Kojima and Marin. Kojima tells Marin how he became fond of Kanon and confessed to her, and Kanon thinks to herself that if people get too close that they’ll eventually have to split. Kanon thinks that the more Kojima liked her the more unsafe she felt, and Kojima tells Marin that their hearts gradually grew apart and eventually he was dumped. Marin asks Kojima if he still likes her and Kojima brings up the island song and the meaning behind it, and while Kojima’s telling Marin about it, we see Kanon singing it. Kojima tells Main that the song is about sadness and separation, light and darkness, and about the shadow that lives in every one’s heart, but also say how he feels that someday everything will come together, hearts linked as one. Over by Kanon, she comes to the conclusion that she’s a coward, even though she likes Kojima and Marin she’s never had the courage to tell them that.

Marin talking with KojimaKanon is smilingthe more I feel unsafe

the seperation and pain

I've never said my feeling outloud 

       After it finishes raining, Marin and Kojima walk down towards the beach, and Kanon makes her way towards them. Kojima see Kanon and starts to leave but Kanon tells him to wait, and as she’s in the process of confessing her feelings to him he’s snatched into the sea. At that moment, Kanon discovers that Marin has regained her transformation powers and they vow to save Kojima together. Just then, two of Sedna’s creature appear holding Kojima captive and they ask Kanon if they kill him will her heart turn dark again. Then we hear a voice that sounds like Urin’s saying that by killing the most important person to the Sky Maiden she can get back her most important person. Well, that’s all for this episode.

now I have to say my true feelings

Kojima is captured and in danger

“When you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

        Well, another great episode of Sea Story, in this episode both Kanon and Marin had to look deep inside their hearts and come to grips with their inner feelings and fears. One of the great self-discovery moments of the series came when both Marin and Kanon come to the full understanding of the meaning of the island song;  Kojima told Marin that basically the song means that we all harbor some aspects of light and darkness inside all our hearts and it’s our responsibility not to let the darkness consume us, let the hope of us coming together keep the darkness at bay.

Kanon finally battled with the source of her evil aura and found that it was herself, it’s Kanon that feared personal connection, it’s Kanon that felt that it was better to be alone than risk the sadness of separation, and the darkness was all her own creation. Yes, Kanon understood that she was the coward, and it was her own fear that closed her off to other people and now she has the courage to tell the people she cares for that she doesn’t want to be alone.

        In Marin’s case, she now understands that while the eclipse did affect her it was her own fear and weakness that allowed her to say mean things and treat Kanon and Urin unkindly, the darkness was always hiding in the back of her heart.

         It pained me greatly to see Sedna working towards the complete destruction of Urin’s psyche; Urin is the innocent girl who’s always basked in the unconditional love of her sister and felt that she was being torn from the center of her sun because she felt that she had no power to help her sister fight and that’s how Sedna trapped her. Now, Sedna assaults Urin’s Ego, Urin’s mind tells her that her sister loves her but if she’s assulted often enough by Sedna she just might be able to crack her. Once, Sedna cracks Urin’s Ego then it’s only a matter of time, and it might have already, that Sedna can force Urin’s Super-ego to give in to the urges of her Id. Even though Urin’s only been a prisoner of Sedna for a short time it must feel like an eternity if every time Urin thinks that her sister loves her and will come for her that Sedna tells her that no one loves her and she’ll never feel love again, to me it would be worse than physical pain.

        This the classic magic girl puzzle and mystery, the understanding of the links between  power and passion, light and darkness, love and hate. While magic girls might fight with rods, crystals, bows, and any other assorted silly objects, they are, in the end, just a conduit through which the power of the magic girl really comes from, her heart. Because the girls fight with their hearts, as long as their hearts remain true they can access unlimited power, if the heart doesn’t break they can’t break, so that’s why the most effective attacks against a magic girl have always been attacks their hearts. If Kanon and Marin can remain true, they can rescue Urin from the darkness, they can touch the love that will be buried, no matter how deep in her inner darkness, and they can destroy Sedna because love is limitless and hate eventually destroys itself.  

only sadness and loneliness awaits you 

       This episode begins with us seeing Urin and Marin playing a game of hide & seek when they were little, and then we’re treated to a pre-opening animated clip of Marin and Urin frolicking under the sea as kids set to music.

Urin I love you 001Urin I love you 0002Urin and Marin 0001

Urin and Marin 0002

      After the opening song we see that the blast has knocked Marin out cold, and when she revives she wants to go to Urin again. The Turtle Elder and the others counsel against this course of action. The Turtle Elder speculates that Urin was brought under Sedna’s influence when the ring she was wearing reacted to Sedna’s vibrations and because Marin can’t transform right now the Turtle Elder suggests that the Sky Maiden return to the surface world for the time being.

I'm sure Urin is waiting for me 

        While this is going on we see that Kojima has stopped by Kanon’s house to check on her, and her mother says that Kanon must be out training. Kojima begins to get worried about Kanon and tell Ooshima that they should split up and search for her; needless to say, Ooshima isn’t too happy about hearing the phrase “split up” being mentioned, or having to look for her rival in love, Kanon.

I'm worried about Kanonhow Ooshima thinks Kojima sees Kanonlets search for Kanon again

what us split up 

        As Warin escorts Kanon back to the surface she tells Kanon about how the sea dwellers are born and about their family relationships; sea dwellers are born from sea shells and both Marin and Warin where born from extremely pure shells. Sea dwellers don’t know their parents or siblings when they’re born, but, both Marin and Urin where attracted to each other from the beginning. Back at Urin’s location we hear Marin tell the Turtle Elder that she’s sure that Urin is waiting for her to come save her just like before. Back with Warin and Kanon, Warin tells Kanon a story about how when she, Sam, Marin, and Warin were on a trip, Urin became lost. While they were searching for Urin, Marin hears Urin’s cries and she rushes to find and embrace a tearful Urin, and a short while later Urin calls Marin sister for the first time, so that’s how Urin and Marin became sisters.

Marin seeing Urin being born

Marin saving Urin 

       When Kanon finally returns home, her mother tells her that Kojima stopped by looking for her, and she tells Kanon that they seem close. Later, in her room, Kanon checks her cellphone to find that Kojima has left her several messages, and when she goes to reply to his messages she gets a angry call from Ooshima. Kanon hangs up on Ooshima, but she calls back a few seconds later, and this time she takes the call. After listening to Ooshima’s angry call Kanon meets with her by the ocean, Ooshima tells Kanon to just dump Kojima instead of leaving him hanging. Kanon tells Ooshima that she was the one being dumped, and she says that she thought that Ooshima was going out with Kojima to which Ooshima says that if that was the case she would have never called her. Kanon tells Ooshima that she thought that she was dumped because Kojima spent less and less time with her and called her less often but when Kanon thinks back on her and Kojima’s last meeting she just assumed that she was being dumped.  Ooshima yells at Kanon calling her a fool, and saying she doesn’t understand why Kojima likes this girl. Then it all comes out, Ooshima and Kojima aren’t really dating, and when they’re together all Kojima talks about is Kanon this, and Kanon that. Ooshima asks Kanon if she still likes him? When Kanon says nothing, Ooshima says this has to be a bad joke; am I not good enough? Ooshima starts crying and asks why does it have to hurt so much because you like someone? Soon, Kanon starts crying, and Ooshima tells Kanon that she’ll tell Kojima that Kanon is back to her old self. But, Ooshima says that she won’t lose to her as she walks away.

I found Ooshima’s facial expression so great I just had to add lots of caps.

die swimsuit girlwe were worried about youare you stupid Kanon

are you not listing Kanonthe huh expression

you're a fool Kanon

why do I have to go through all of this

I've never liked someone so much 

       Meanwhile, under the sea, Marin goes towards Urin saying that if she can get Urin to remember the time when she got lost she’s sure that Urin will come back to her. When Marin gets close to Urin she finds a barrier surrounding her, and Marin attempts to break through. Urin can sense her sister, and calls her name. Marin tries to break through the barrier but gets stuck, Warin rushes to her aid but also gets stuck, and finally Sam is able to pull them free. Later, Marin wants to try again, but Warin warns against it saying she needs to get her powers back, and the Turtle Elder tells her that since the eclipse the Sea Maiden’s heart has been blinded by darkness. Warin suggests that they return to Kanon’s place because Kanon’s heart is surrounded in darkness and she can still transform, so Marin might be able to learn from her how to transform again. The group soon heads off towards Kanon’s place leaving Urin behind.

your heart is blinded by darkness

I'm sure you'll be able to transform again 

       As the group departs, we hear Sedna’s voice telling Urin that they left her, Urin says that they came for her, and Sedna tells her that no one is ever coming back. Urin says she hates being alone, Sedna tells her that sadness follows loneliness, and she tells her that no one is worthy of forgiveness. Well, the episode ends with Urin trapped, alone, in the energy cocoon with Sedna whispering to her.

I hate being alone

no one is worthy of being forgiven 

        Well, I found this episode very interesting for several reason. First of all it seems that we’ve come to the conclusion of the Kanon, Kojima, and Ooshima love triangle with Kanon finally figuring out that her relationship problems were all in her mind or at least created in her mind. When Kanon thinks back to the day she thought Kojima dumped her she realizes that she assumed that Kojima dumped her when he never came out and dumped her. This goes back to the problem I pointed out about Kanon a couple of episodes ago, and ever her mother told her several times that her evil aura was going to cause her problems. Well, it seems that Kanon’s feelings about how she perceived Kojima’s feelings toward her were tainted by her self-loathing and the delusion that she didn’t deserve to be loved.

      I also felt a great deal of sympathy towards Ooshima for all the effort she put into trying to get Kojima to feel some attraction for her; it’s a real bitch loving someone that you know doesn’t love you back.

        This episode really tore me up having to watch Urin helplessly call for her sister, and having Marin be unable to help her. Since Sedna has been dead/sealed for a long time she needs a physical vessel to transfer all her powers into and she has to totally break Urin’s mind to make the process complete. I found watching Sedna slowly twist and pervert Urin’s spirit about as painful as getting some teeth pulled, Urin’s only sin was wanting some power so she could fight along side her sister. In many respects this part of the story arc reminds of the black lady arc from Sailor Moon R, after all,  Junichi SATO was involved in the Sailor Moon series.

       In the end, Marin is the only one who can save Urin, but she has to get her heart right first. Marin must forget about the present and fill her heart with all the love and happy memories she has for her sister then she’ll be able to transform once more and bring the child of light back from the darkness that surrounds her.

the dark power surrounds Urin 

     This episode begins with the Turtle Elder telling Marin that maybe it’s better that Urin returned to the sea because both her and Kanon are still lacking something. When they all return to the house we see that the woman that Urin defeated and returned to her original form is the Turtle Elder’s daughter, Ichikawa. Later, they hold a great feast in celebration for the Elder and his daughter being reunited, and when Urin’s name gets mentioned Marin says she going after Urin. Kanon catches Marin and tells her that she thinks that she saw a black butterfly mark on Urin’s hand. The Turtle Elder says that this is very bad, Urin could have been attacked and taken over by Sedna, and if that happened Urin could have tremendous powers because of her shrine priestess blood.

the turtle elder's daughter

she loves pickles 

      Later, we see Urin at the location where Warin and Sam felt the evil energy, and we watch Urin activate her power and send pulses of energy to attack the location.

Urin unlocks her poweer 

      When the Turtle Elder tells them that the reason that Sedna might have attacked Urin is because she need her power to unseal her body Marin rushes to the sea saying she has to find Urin. Kanon tries to follow but the Elder stops her saying that she needs to stay behind and find something called the Porterius ring; Since her mother has to have shrine priestess blood the ring might be in the house. The elder leaves his daughter behind to help Kanon while he returns to the sea to aid Marin.

you will stay here 

       As Kanon and Ichikawa try out any item in the house that might have some power, Marin and the Elder travel to the place where Sedna’s other half is located. As Marin and the Elder look over Sedna’s shrine Sam and Warin hook up with them. While Kanon and Ichikawa continue to try out items we see that Urin is inside Sedna’s shrine. Urin uses her power and unseals Sedna’s crypt releasing her dark energy into the sea, and the black power begins to leave the sea in the form of black butterflies.

Kanon and the daughterUrin unlocking the cryptthe black butterflies return

      Everyone standing outside Sedna’s shrine can feel the power spiking, and Warin asks where Kanon is? The Elder tells her that until she finds the Porterius ring she can only fight on land. Marin begins to head towards the shrine, and the Elder tells her it’ll be dangerous going alone, but Marin tells him she’ll be OK alone. As Marin heads towards the shrine, Warin and the others decide to also join her. As Kanon is about to give up on the ring she remembers to check inside the pickle urn where she finds the Porterius ring.

I've found the ring 

      Then we see Ooshima and Kojima out on a sight seeing boat having a date where Ooshima tries to use all her female charms to get him to forget about Kanon. Just as Kojima’s dumping Ooshima he sees Kanon and Ichikawa diving into the ocean depths, he declares that it’s very beautiful, and Ooshima curses Kanon for daring to use a swimsuit in this kind of fight.

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how dare you

     As Marin and her group approach the shrine entrance a giant octopus attacks them, and the fight goes badly for them because Marin can’t transform. Just as they’re about to be killed Kanon shows up and uses her power to save them and she manages to trap the giant octopus and transform it back to it’s original form.

returned to its form 

     Marin and the group makes their way inside Sedna’s shrine to find Sedna’s crypt unsealed and over flowing with energy. Inside the maelstrom of energy Marin sees her sister Urin, and as Marin tries to reach her, Urin tells her to stop and don’t come any closer. Urin tells her sister that in a little while she’ll be able to protect herself and be able to win her back from Kanon, but Marin tells her that she has to refuse this power and she’ll save her. As Marin tries to approach Urin, she again tells her to stay back and activates her power blasting Marin and the other away from the shrine, Urin’s energy release is so powerful that the shrine is blasted away. We see a tearful Urin wrapped in a cocoon of energy telling her sister that she only needs a little longer to make the power hers. Well, that’s all for this episode.

come to me urinthe blast 0001the blast 0002

it'll only be a little while longer

      Well, even though I saw this coming several episodes ago I can’t say that it didn’t make my heart sick to see Urin’s fall into darkness. Urin and Marin, sisters, but more than that, two halves of a whole, sharing a love so strong that one is willing to embrace the darkness that dwells inside all of our hearts to preserve that love. As sad as I found Urin’s fall, it’s completely understandable, many times Urin had to watch her sister go into battle and risk her life while Kanon hemmed and hawed on the sidelines, it had to just eat at her soul to watch her sister risk her life while Kanon did nothing with the great power she was granted for free.

      In a magic girl anime the onset of the magic girl’s powers usually coincides with the onset of puberty linking the great trans-formative stage of changing from a girl to a young woman to the change that occurs when the girl changes from a normal girl to a magic girl. So, in this aspect, Urin is still a girl who desires to be more than she is at that moment, and Senda senses her desire and an offers her a deal with the devil. Senda offers Urin a chance to advance faster than nature is allowing her and Urin accepts her offer. No matter how much Kanon desires to help in this situation the matter will only be settled by a battle for Urin’s heart and soul. Marin must be able to touch the goodness that still lives inside Urin’s heart and have her reject her desire to be more than what she should be at this moment. While Senda may think that she has the upper hand, bad guys always underestimate the power of love because they can’t imagine caring for something more than they value their own goals.  

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