Umi Monogatari: Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto
The story centers on Marin and Urin, two “pure” sisters who live alongside the fish in the sea, but yearn to be in the world beyond the water and above ground. One day, a beautiful ring falls in the middle of the sea, and Marin and Urin retrieve it. The two decide to leave their waterbound world for the first time to deliver the ring. After an arduous journey, they come across an isolated island where a high school girl named Kanon lives. The encounter between Marin and Kanon — the maiden of the sea and the maiden of the skies — awakens a hidden power as the world is threatened by an enveloping darkness.
Recommend? No. Anime seemed cute, but the fact that Marin was so whiney when things between her and Urin went bed was really annoying. It felt like 10 out of the 12 episodes was Marin crying and yelling at others for something she didn’t really have much control over. Actually, all of the characters became whiney. Urin because she wouldn’t share Marin with anyone. Kanon because she didn’t like people saying she possesses an evil aura even though she’s the one purposely emitting it and how she won’t let anyone in and snap at them if they try.
Sora no Manimani
Sakura Ooyagi returns to his old hometown in order to start school at Sōei High School. On the first day, he runs into an old childhood friend: a junior named Mihoshi Akeno. As children, the two used to play together, with Mihoshi, or Mii-chan, being extremely fond of astronomy. After convincing Sakura to join the school's astronomy club, another girl, Hime Makita, joins the club in hopes of winning over Sakura. The anime tells the story of the 6 club members as they soar through their lives, each maturing and changing their outlooks on life.
Recommend? Maybe. It’s not a bad anime, but it may be a bit forgettable for some. It’s a bit weird how Ooyagi was practically forced into the astronomy club and he stayed in it all the while complaining about being in it. Mihoshi is one of those characters that don’t really care about other people’s feelings because she’s too obsessed with whatever she wants instead. Despite those things, I think it always gets a bit heartwarming when we see the characters experiencing stargazing in full effect. When do we ever get the chance to see the starlit sky without all the light pollution going on in cities, right?