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.

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       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.

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