Young Aloha: ‘The bottom of the sea is beautiful! It’s totally different from the boring fishing village!’
Young Aloha: ‘Hm? What is that? A black and white island? Let me swim there and take a look...’
It was another night that the young Aloha had the same dream again: although in real life he was not able to swim, in his dreams he would become a seasoned swimmer. He could even swim faster than the fishes in the sea, but the one thing that always drew his attention was the slowly moving and unstable “island”. Whenever he swam close to it, he would wake up, and the island remained a mystery to him.
Aloha could no longer hold back his curiosity, so he decided to use his swimming “experience” and feelings to live his dream in reality.
Young Aloha: The island might really exist!
Young Aloha: Whew! The water is cold! I’ll try submerging my head first...
Young Aloha: Then a left arm stroke...why...why can’t I...float?!
Young Aloha: The waves are too huge. I can’t control my...Cough! Help!
The sky was grey and a tornado was forming in the distance. Despite the bad weather, Aloha still embarked on his first swimming journey. But as he jumped into the water and started moving, a huge wave dragged him into the sea.
The sea was different in reality compared to that in his dreams, making it difficult for Aloha to adapt to water pressure. His struggling was to no avail as his body kept sinking. Aloha gradually lost consciousness as he vaguely saw a gigantic shadow swimming toward him...
???: ...Aloha! Aloha!
Young Aloha: ...It’s warm...
???: He’s awake! Haha!
Young Aloha: ...Who’s that...Village chief?
Village Chief: When the villagers came back from their hunt, they found you lying on the shore and could tell that you drowned.
Village Chief: Why did you do it? You’ve never been in the water before, yet you still dare to dive into the sea!
Aloha tried to recall the scene when he drowned, but all he could feel was fear and powerlessness. Since then, whenever Aloha dreamed of swimming, he did not enjoy it anymore and instead, it became a nightmare to him that he would snap awake with sweat all over his body.
Aloha: Teacher! Please teach me how to tame killer whales! I swear to the Sun that I shall never disappoint you!
After being brought away by Casey the killer whale, Aloha met a Druid on a secret shore — O’Barry. This old Druid lived harmoniously with killer whales, making Aloha astonished and intrigued, so he hurriedly asked O’Barry to teach him how to “control” the whales.
Although O’Barry incessantly emphasized that the principle of living with killer whales was to “treat” them with kindness and respect instead of trying to “control” them, Aloha had yet to understand this...
One day, Aloha went surfing again in hopes to get closer to the killer whales. However, the whales remained distant all the time, showing no intention to communicate with the teenager.
Aloha: Teacher, why are they so cold toward me?
O’Barry: Aloha, ask yourself first. Why do you want to get close to the killer whales?
Aloha: I want to overcome my fear of them!
O’Barry: Is that what you only fear?
Aloha: No. I also fear the sea.
O’Barry: If you fear the sea, then why do you surf?
Aloha: Only when I surf on top of the tides do I feel that I have conquered the sea.
O’Barry: Aloha, building a wall is not a good way to overcome fear...
O’Barry wanted to say more but stifled his words. Aloha contemplated what the old Druid meant but still could not comprehend. The next day, he stepped onto his surfboard and set out onto the sea again, but the killer whales did not avoid him this time and instead, converged toward the teenager!
Aloha: Why did they suddenly start raging?
Aloha: Hey! Stay away from me!
???: ‘Aloha, building a wall is not a good way to overcome fear...’
While Aloha went surfing again, killer whales swarmed toward him, snapping his surfing board in two. Aloha fell into the water and struggled. Seeing the destruction of the object he heavily relied upon, he could not help but think back to what O’Barry told him.
Aloha: ‘So this is the killer whales’ world...Enclosed by water, with no walls or barriers...’
The killer whales which had just assaulted him were now slowly swimming toward Aloha, who could do nothing but waited for his death. Surprisingly, they did not attack him and instead, circled around the teenager. Aloha was shocked by their peculiar action. Along with shock came amazement — he found himself able to move freely with a steady breath. It was not until he lowered his head did he notice that his arms were covered in blue, black and white...
When Aloha was about to drown, the Soul of Animal residing within his body awakened and turned him into a killer whale, which helped him gain trust from his counterparts. After returning to shore, he immediately asked O'Barry about his changes, but the old Druid merely smiled, told him to remember how he felt at that moment, and assigned him to the mission to guide the killer whales in finding food on the next day.
At first, Aloha could only trigger his Soul of Animal by the momentum of jumping from a cliff into the sea; but after just a few days, he established a stable connection between his will and the Soul. When he dived into the water, he could transform into a killer whale as he pleased. He then guided the killer whales to find food, but just as everything seemed to be going smoothly, the whales began to act strange...
Aloha: What happened? You’ve behaved well in the past few days, but now you guys are nervously swimming around.
Aloha: ...Is something happening in front?
Aloha could see anxiety in the killer whales’ eyes, so he comforted them and brought them back to their base. Then he went back to the location where the killer whales were anxious alone. The water became dirtier as he proceeded, while Aloha felt increasingly uneasy of what could be lying ahead.
Just then, a spout darted straight toward Aloha’s shoulder! He hurriedly moved to the side and dodged the attack. However, the spout was so powerful that it created massive waves around Aloha.
Aloha: This is...a dragon?! You dare mess up the sea, huh? Darn!
Aloha: How powerful! Is the dragon attacking because it just enjoys creating trouble for others? Or is it possible that there is someone controlling it?
Faced with the Water Dragon of Icy Thorns, Aloha channeled his Druid power which resonated with the power of nature. In a short while, five fast-rotating swirls of water rose from the bottom of the sea and joined together to form a gigantic vortex, almost swallowing up the entire dragon. However, with a forceful lash of its tail, the dragon created an opening in the vortex and hastily swam away.
Aloha followed the Water Dragon of Icy Thorns after their fight. It was obvious that it had trouble swimming which further intrigued Aloha who wondered why it wanted to cause harm to the sea. Suddenly, the dragon performed an underwater somersault and diminished into a male’s palm.
The male had blue colored hair and decent clothes, and was radiating with peculiar blue light. The most surprising of all was that the male was also able to breathe underwater. From either appearance or power could one tell that he was not an ordinary human.
Aloha: Who are you?
Aloha: Why are you harming the sea?
Receiving no response, the angry Aloha conjured a vortex to show his opponent his bargaining power, but with a wave of Azazel’s hand, the vortex no longer obeyed Aloha’s orders and instead, turned to attack the killer whale Druid! Aloha could only swim aside to dodge the attack, but his arm was still cut by the high-speed current.
Aloha: What...what is this power?
Azazel: Demons will soon rule this ocean. Stay out of my way.
Aloha: Demons? We’re not gonna let you take the sea!
Aloha: Whew...thanks, guys.
Azazel’s attacks were unpredictable. Water converged at various spots and shot toward different directions, causing damage to numerous locations on the water bed. It was clear that he did not care for the sea at all. Aloha was not able to foresee his opponent’s next attack, so he could only defend himself instead of launching attacks.
However, seeing the sea getting destroyed this way caused pain in his heart. He could not help but bellowed out of anguish. To his surprise, his bellow alarmed other creatures in the vast ocean. Not only did the scared killer whales hurriedly swim to him, other creatures such as sharks, turtles, and eels also came to his aid. They all surrounded Aloha and swam in circles with high speed, creating an overwhelmingly powerful spout.
With a courageous cry, Aloha darted toward Azazel, carrying the spout with him. Sensing the imminent danger, Azazel summoned the water dragon and decided to retreat under its escorting. However, the spout did not stop pursuing them; it destroyed half of the dragon’s scales, forcing them to swim into the dirty water that they had created.
Aloha: That guy said ‘Demons will soon rule this ocean ’...It’s worrying...