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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 or The Anime Network (subbed or dubbed) if you're in the available region. Or proxy.

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This series contains the following tropes:

  • Alien Among Us: Haru.
  • And I Must Scream: Coco is forcibly added to JFX's growing horde.
  • Anime Accent Absence: Averted. Kate the Frenchwoman, Akira's foreign benefactors, and the space aliens all have some kind of accent.
  • Animorphism: The aliens can turn into fish.
  • Art Shift/Medium Blending: The first episode's introduction, the ending credits, and the eyecatches use a computer-generated artstyle based around clusters of circles and paper cutouts.
  • Babies Ever After: In the epilogue Tamotsu reopens the resturant with Sakura as a waiter and Mariko is heavily pregnant.
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  • Big Brother Instinct: Natsuki to his little sister Sakura. Haru saying to Sakura that Natsuki'll be teaching him and Yuki how to fish is the only reason Natsuki agrees to do it.
  • Bishōnen
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Haru, Natsuki and Akira, and Yuki.
  • Break the Cutie: Haru, Haru, Haru. Episodes 6-9 did NOT Treat him well.
    • In the span of nine episodes, he went from this to this!
  • But Not Too Foreign: Yuki, who is one-quarter French. Akira is also presumably part Japanese.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys
  • Catchphrase: Yuki's "Eno! Shima! Don" definetely counts as this.
  • 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.
  • The Comically Serious: Akira.
  • Conspicuous CG: Used minimally, but on the DUCK vehicles.
  • 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Ayumi gets blown up by a rogue missile! Subverted as he survives
  • Dancing Theme: The opening features the various characters performing what is apparently an Enoshima-endemic dance.
  • Demon Head: Yuki obviously, but not intentionally.
  • Double Meaning: Yuki points out that Haru can literally "be the lure".
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: What Haru and Urara seem to be.
  • Easily Forgiven: Urara gets nothing in the way of comeuppance and even becomes friends with Haru, Coco, and Yuki.
  • Family Business: Natsuki feels obligated to take over the family restaurant, but also wants to leave Enoshima to pursue a professional angling career.
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: Haru tries to cheer up Yuki about Kate's hospitalization by telling him that everyone dies at some point.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The four main characters.
  • First-Name Basis: Haru, Yuki, Natsuki, and Akira all use each other's first names.
  • Fish out of Water: Haru, literally.
  • Foreshadowing: A lot of Haru's behavior actually makes the fact that his species of alien are fish rather obvious, such as being afraid of cats, needing to stay wet, and shouting 'Ow' while Natsuki is talking about hooking a fish. There's also a blink and you'll miss it shot of the fishbowl he carries around being empty, right before Coco is introduced.
  • From Bad to Worse: The second half of the series is very noticably darker than the first.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Defensive Universal Confidential Keepers
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Yuki gives one to Haru during his Heroic BSoD in Episode 10.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Everyone in the class does this to Haru after his return in the final episode.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Haru in episode 6.
  • Gonk: Yuki, whenever he gets extremely stressed.
  • Hen Pecked Husband: Ayumi
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: They all follow the formula "[descriptive word] [fishing term]".
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Kate seemed to be following this trope, but has since recovered and left the hospital. Yay for Grandma!
  • Intellectual Animal: Tapioca proves itself to be not your ordinary duck.
  • Involuntary Dance: Humans under the influence of the aliens' water guns and not commanded what to do.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Natsuki. Strangers and his father see the jerk side but his friends and sister get the gold.
    • Captain Ayumi.
  • 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.
  • Madness Mantra:Haru spouts one in episode 6.
    "Fish, human, alien! Fish, human, alien!"
  • Meaningful Echo: Yuki's Catchphrase "Eno! Shima! Don" becomes this.
  • Meaningful Name: Misaki ("ocean blossom"; the pronunciation also matches "cape" when written with different kanji), the girl at the bait and tackle shop.
  • The Men in Black: Akira and his crew of Indians, who are monitoring Haru and Coco.
  • Mind-Control Device: Haru and Coco's "water guns".
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Aliens under the influence of another alien.
  • Mood Whiplash: The end of episode 6.
  • Mukokuseki: The Frenchmen and Indian don't look significantly different from the Japanese characters.
  • Multicolored Hair: Coco's hair is basically a Palette Swap of Irabu's.
  • New Transfer Student: Yuki, Haru, and then Akira, who is 25 years old.
    • And in the epilogue, Urara returns with Haru to be a transfer student!
  • No Social Skills: Yuki. The poor guy didn't have friends at his old schools—mostly due to how he gets facially expressive panic attacks when nervous.
    • We can pretty safely assume this is a product of social anxiety disorder but some of his unsocial behaviour and anxiety may be attributed to something else.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The organization that Akira and his team work for, who are somehow involved in both the occult and aliens.
  • Only Sane Man: Natsuki... so far.
  • Parental Abandonment: Yuki's parents. Whatever happened to them is not specified, but Yuki seems to imply that they're alive.
  • Parent with New Paramour: One source of conflict for Natsuki and his father.
  • The Power of Friendship: Basically the point of the entire series, fishing coming at a distant second, saving the world third.
  • Real-Place Background: Most of the series takes place on Enoshima, an island off the coast of the Japanese town of Kamakura. Many local landmarks are clearly recognizable.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: The ending, "Sora mo Toberu Hazu", is a cover of an existing song by Spitz.
  • Saving the World: What Yuki is supposed to be doing by being forced to fish... somehow.
  • Scenery Porn: Enoshima is a beautiful, colorful place.
  • Shout-Out: Different design elements of Haru and Coco appear to compositely reference Irabu from a previous noitaminA anime, Trapeze.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Haru and Coco, if they really are siblings. Haru's free-spirited, bubbly, and energetic, while Koko's more serious, calculating, and willing to use her mind control water gun.
  • Sinister Geometry: Haru and the dragon can conjure creepy triangular halos.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The cutesy ending theme cuts in as the Big Bad finally begins to take action in episodes 6 and 7.
    • In episode 10 it kicks directly after Ayumi's apparent death!
    • The opening is becoming rather jarring as well.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Crunchyroll subs give Kate's name as Keito and Coco's as Koko.
  • 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.
  • Strange Salute: Akira's crew hold up cards emblazoned with a "D", strike a Ginyu Force-esque pose, and shout "Duck!"
  • Stripperiffic: Coco's black bikini and odd silver skirt and gauntlets.
  • Survival Mantra: Yuki in episode 12:
    "I won't let you wither. I won't let you wither."
  • Theme Naming:
    • 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").
    • Gender-Blender Name: All of the main boys have unisex names.
    • Temporal Theme Naming: The boys are named after the seasons—Yuki ("snow" for winter), Haru ("spring"), Natsuki (natsu/"summer"), and Akira (aki/"autumn").
  • Third-Person Person: Sakura.
  • Wham Episode:
    • 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 you ever did 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 Is That Accent?: Coco's dialect is...strange. Haru's pitching can sound strange as well.
  • 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.
  • Where Are They Now: The epilogue with Urara, although it might possibly also function as the bait of a Sequel Hook. Only time will tell.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: JFX's human form, Urara


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