You can't catch fish if you don't go fishing, and you can't make friends if you don't at least try. Which is how relationship-challenged student Yuki finds himself on a fishing trip to a tiny island with three other boys he barely knows. Well, another boy, a grown man, and Haru, who claims that he's an alien. Not that constantly stewing Natsuki or mysterious Akira are any more likely as prospects for good companionship. But there's something about fishing that makes it unlike any other pastime, and maybe that quiet sense of companionship and hopeful expectation is just what Yuki needs to start charting the unfamiliar waters of personal connections. Or maybe it will turn out that Haru's right and they're going to have to save the entire planet. There are lots of different kinds of fish stories, from the "ones that got away" to the "best catches ever," but whichever way the currents of life take them, for four young men, this trip may turn out to be the biggest whopper ever!(Source: Sentai Filmworks)Can be watched at Crunchyroll if you're in the available region. Or proxy. Will be dubbed by Sentai Filmworks.Now has a character sheet in desperate need of attention.
Character Development: A third of the way into the show and already there are clear differences. It's done pretty well, too, not jarring or strange. Certain traits remain or later resurface, without a complete remission.
Cerebus Syndrome: hooo boy.Though a rather light case of it, considering that several characters are in mortal danger at times, but ultimately Everybody Lives.
Cloudcuckoolander: Haru claims to be an alien. Akira gives off this impression as well, surveilling the three boys from odd hiding places like under the sand at the beach and speaking to his pet duck Tapioca.
Cool Old Lady: Kate. Always on hand to hear Yuki and Haru when they need someone to listen, and in Episode 9 she distracts the DUCK squad with her sweet meals in order to allow Yuki to escape the house and find Haru.
Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Most evident with Yuki, who overcomes much of his social anxiety thanks to Haru and the others, but all of them have character development as a result of hanging out with the other weirdos.
Starfish Aliens: Haru and Coco's alien species can communicate through water, but whenever they try it on a human it just ends up as Mind Control. A powerful enough alien can work via moisture in the air if it's particularly humid.
When the Dragon's nearby not even wearing protective suits will protect you from his control. Only one of the crewmen seemed to not be affected by it.
Stealth Pun: Haru's obsession with the Sky Tree might have something to do with the fact that the "Tree" is tsurii and "fishing" is tsuri.
Floral Theme Naming: The girls. Coco (coconut), Misaki (doesn't seem to be an actual plant, although it literally translates to "ocean blossom"), Sakura ("cherry blossom"), Erika ("heather"), and Kate (keito/"plumed cockscomb").
Episode 6, boy howdy.An artificial reef suddenly disappears. A giant pink halo appears in the sky that looks like Haru's. It then smashes Haru's halo. Haru goes berserk and starts using his water gun. Akira starts shooting at him before their ship crashes and he goes unconscious. Everything soon goes back to normal...up until the episode ends with a bunch of fishermen doing the Enoshima dance for no reason with the creepiest smiles on their faces youeverdid see.
Episode 8: The true nature of the Big Bad is divulged (the "dragon" in the fairy tale—a renegade member of Haru and Coco's species), his possible plot is revealed (mind control the entire world via air humidity) and his fleet of mind-controlled fishing ships makes landfall at Enoshima. Akira is disowned by Duck and held at gunpoint by the rest of his unit; meanwhile, a Duck combat unit is en route to Enoshima.
And then again in Episode 9. Let's just say Haru got hit with Break the Cutie. Hard.
And yet once more in Episode 10: As JFX takes control of a Duck battleship, without the use of water, the only unaffected officer bumps into a missile control switch. The missile launches and destroys the Hemmingway, with Ayumi inside.
What the Hell, Hero?: In episode 7, both Sakura and later Yuki call out Natsuki for picking a fight with their father and slapping his sister respectively. He tells them both to shut up and storms out.