Nagi no Asukara just can't resist it's less winning impulses sometimes, but the overall package remains one of the best of the season.
Ena bath. I'm not sure I've seen a series that offers so many visual rewards since Hyouka.
asked for Hikari's forgiveness and appealed to him for help - in Japan, for adult men to behave that way towards a mere boy is enormously difficult. I liked the symbolism of Akari going over to stand with the men begging for Hikari's help, and I liked the way Hikari showed how much he's grown by disdaining from doing any crowing or calling out the men for their obvious hypocrisy - he was just happy to know he had a chance to do what he believes he right. But Uroko-sama pops the balloon pretty quickly, telling him that the Ofunehiki won't make any difference to the Sea God. Even this doesn't stop the kids from plowing ahead, even as their Ena thickens and the date of their hibernation (the same as that of the proposed Ofunehiki) draws closer. No one seems quite sure what to believe, but everyone seems to agree that things are about to change forever, and there's a strong impulse to at least go down fighting.
the arrival of her parents throws him off his game - seems to have been for naught. As bedtime draws closer Chisaki, ironically, draws inspiration from Kaname's boldness to plan a confession to Hikari. I can't think she's going to do any better than he did, and indeed there are signs that Manaka's conversation with the red-bellied sea slug may have changed her view of Hikari, but the overall feeling is that no one wants to go to sleep with any potential regrets left unaddressed.
offering herself up as the sacrifice to the Sea God (which many have surmised based on the OP/ED might end up being Manaka). One way or another I think we're going to see some major events next week, as it brings the first cour to an end (the show is off on the 26th, a down week for many series) and may, in fact, be the last episode with the cast in its current form.