Well - baby steps, I suppose.
seeing their home as a kind of lifeless wax museum, and seems not at all surprised to see her there. The decision has clearly been made that she's going to be the show everyone the way, and not only does he not object to her leading the boys to Manaka, it almost seems as if that's exactly the point.
Hikari finds his father "asleep" in their home. I'm not sure what to make of Hikari's panicked interrogatory about whether the whole hibernation thing is what it seems - I certainly had the same thought myself. In any event given all the history between father and son this moment is poignant in the way Nagiasu has occasionally been at its best, and showcases Hikari and the abundance of perspective he's gained since the early episodes of the series. I don't want to think that Tomoru and the others might in fact be dead - it would certainly cast Hikari's monologue in a different light, though even as is it very much has the feeling of a child's visit to a lost parent's gravesite.
posing for Newtype with pocky sticks, but I suppose if that's the toll to respectable disk sales (V. 1 charted yet again and V. 2 opened at about 3400, a sizeable improvement) I suppose it must be paid.
curled up in a giant (Godly?) hand, is both interesting and unsettling - and the fact that her Ena is seemingly dissipating seems to suggest that there might have been some sort of metaphysical transferring of Manaka's Ena to Miuna. Naturally enough Hikari isn't content to let sleeping girls lie when their Ena is flaking off, the dangers of waking a hibernating sea kiddo be damned - but the rumblings on the sea floor speak to the potential of an angry Sea God. Again, Uroko-sama (who still hasn't shown himself to anyone but Miuna) makes no attempt to stop Hikari here, and though it would be no stretch to say he looks pretty unhappy, he looks pretty unhappy pretty much all the time.