The story begins one winter day when the wish of a few girls was realized with a miracle, changing the landscape of a town. “In the skies above this town, a disc is always there.” Nonoka Komiya is a girl who once lived in Lake Kiriya City, based off of Lake Tōya Hokkaido, where she met a blue-haired girl named Noel. Seven years later, Nonoka returns to the city, which now has a mysterious saucer floating above it, and reunites with Noel, who promises to grant her wishes.
Type: TV (13 episodes x 24 minutes)
Studio: Studio 3Hz
Aired: Oct 5, 2014 to Dec 28, 2014
Watch Online: Crunchyroll
Celestial Method Episode Synopsis
Episode 1: Saucer City
Nonoka Komiya moves with her family to her old hometown of Lake Kiriya City, which now has a large flying saucer floating above it. While her father is out the next day, Nonoka encounters a strange girl named Noel, who claims they met each other a long time ago. As Nonoka tries to remember who Noel is, she gets mad at her when she assumes she had cracked a photo of her late mother whilst unpacking her things, telling her not to appear before her again. Upon later learning that the crack was actually an accident on her father’s part, Nonoka searches for Noel in order to apologise, during which she remembers knowing Noel from her childhood, realising she had been waiting at the observatory for her return. As the two reunite at the observatory, Noel states her desire to fulfill her promise to grant Nonoka’s wishes.
Episode 2: Their Promise
On her first day at school, Nonoka befriends with a girl named Koharu Shiihara, but becomes alienated by another girl in headphones, Shione Togawa, both of whom she had previously encountered whilst searching for Noel the other day. Another girl, Yuzuki Mizusaka, vents her irritation that noone else in town seems to be concerned about the saucer that appeared seven years ago, roping Nonoka into helping her protest against it. After getting into an argument with her brother, Souta, Yuzuki prepares to go fight against the saucer herself, but is stopped by Nonoka, who decides to help her with her cause provided she not do anything dangerous. Later that night, Nonoka asks Noel for help in getting the saucer to leave the city as well.
Episode 3: Where Memories Live
While on an orienteering trip with the others, Nonoka feels confused as to why Shione is so hostile towards her. The girls soon encounter Noel along the way and have her join their group. Later, when it seems that Shione has strayed from the group, Nonoka goes off in search for her, unaware that Shione had actually gotten ahead of them, winding up lost herself. After ending up at an abandoned kindergarten and eventually being found by Noel, Nonoka remembers that not only was she friends with everyone seven years ago, but she was the one who suggested they call forth the saucer, with Noel revealing she is the saucer itself.
Episode 4: A Fragment of Emotions
Nonoka’s apology for forgetting everything only earns her a slap from Yuzuki and further disdain from Shione. The next day, Nonoka tries to learn what had happened during her absence, but Yuzuki refuses to tell her and runs off to continue her protests, which Noel decides to help with. Nonoka later meets up with Souta, who hears from her about how Yuzuki had wanted to see fireworks long ago. After Koharu stops Yuzuki from protesting outside her store, she attempts to protest in the middle of the road instead, becoming depressed when Koharu effectively states her efforts to stop the saucer are meaningless. That night, as Koharu lets out all of her tears, Nonoka comes to her, asking for her help.
Episode 5: Flower of Light
Koharu helps Nonoka out as she tries to get permission for a fireworks show in a week’s time. Meanwhile, Souta attempts to apologise to Yuzuki, who had been feeling guilty for a long time after Souta got injured while searching for her one day. On the day before the fireworks show, Koharu speaks with Yuzuki while Shione comes across Noel and tries to determine her relationship with Nonoka. The next day, Noel shows Yuzuki Nonoka’s photo album, which shows Nonoka chose that date because it was the anniversary of their last fireworks festival. When Yuzuki arrives at the lake, she finds Nonoka, Koharu, and Souta waiting for her and apologises to them while Noel uses the saucer to project a fireworks display of her own.
Episode 6: True Friends
Shione wins some hot spring inn tickets and invites Noel, while Yuzuki receives some tickets herself and invites Nonoka and Koharu, with both groups unaware that they are staying at the same place. While at the hotel, Yuzuki works up the courage to talk properly with Nonoka and apologises for her previous actions. The next day, Shione is taken aback a little when Noel considers her a friend, while Nonoka asks her father for a favor.
Episode 7: What I Lost
After inadvertantly breaking the monster sign outside of Koharu’s shop, Noel stays behind to try and fix it while Nonoka goes with Koharu and Yuzuki to the countryside to visit her mother’s grave for her birthday. Arriving at the cemetary, Nonoka laments how the pain of losing her mother shortly after leaving Lake Kiriya led to her trying to forget what happened, including her time with her friends, but Koharu and Yuzuki assure Nonoka that her mother would still be proud of her. Meanwhile, Souta helps Noel with fixing the monster sign, explaining how he, Yuzuki, and Koharu made it together. Whilst giving Nonoka some time alone, Koharu and Yuzuki come across Shione, who was visiting her own family’s grave, before giving Nonoka the encouragement to try and make up with Shione. After arriving back home, Nonoka barely misses Shione, but hears from Noel that she wanted to watch the meteor shower with her.
Episode 8: What She Believes
Wanting to grant Shione’s wish without waiting for the next meteor shower, Nonoka and the others decide to make a planetarium for the school’s Hokubi Festival, inviting Shione to participate. The next day, Shione decides to visit Noel, who she had also met seven years ago, having previously received a message from her that Nonoka would return to watch the meteor shower with her, though the time she waited led her to become distrustful of her. Shione expresses to Noel how she is afraid of putting her trust in Nonoka again, but Noel gives her some encouragement. Later that night, Shione arrives at the finished planetarium, where Nonoka firmly states her desire of watching a meteor shower with her, with the two making up with each other. However, the next day, after Shione recalls Noel calling herself the saucer, she tells Nonoka that they can’t be together.
Episode 9: The Meaning of Goodbye
As Nonoka decides to put her trust in Shione and wait for her, Shione learns that Noel will disappear when she has granted everyone’s wishes. While everyone else helps to finish the planetarium, Shione makes plans to move out of town, recalling how she and the others each made wishes while summoning the saucer. On the day of the festival, Nonoka escorts Noel around the school, becoming anxious over whether Shione will show up or not. Learning Shione is absent, Nonoka goes off to confront her over why she’s trying to stay away from her, but is unable to get through to her. Noel then goes off in search of Nonoka, only to collapse in front of her.
Episode 10: Where Wishes Go
Realising Noel’s condition is from straying too far from the saucer, Nonoka calls her father to take them back home to where she can see the saucer. After getting Noel back safely, Nonoka tells the others the truth that Noel is the saucer they summoned seven years ago, which is why she can’t leave town. Nonoka later then learns from Noel that she will disappear when she fulfils her assigned wish, in this case, Shione’s wish to smile together with Nonoka. The next day, Nonoka learns that Shione is transferring and goes to talk to her once more, learning that she intended to move so that Noel wouldn’t have to disappear. As Nonoka becomes conflicted over choosing between Noel and Shione, Shione explains the situation concerning Noel to the others, who argue over who should leave so that Noel can stay. Truly wishing for everyone to smile together, Noel tells Nonoka they will have to part ways.
Episode 11: Night of the Meteor Shower
With everyone still avoiding each other, Nonoka makes a decision to invite everyone to the observatory to watch the meteor shower, despite the cloudy weather. As Nonoka speaks with Shione, stating her desire to make everyone happy and asking her to speak to Noel, Souta, Yuzuki, and Koharu do their own reflecting, believing Noel granted their wishes to become friends with everyone. Later that night, Shione speaks with Noel, who says she is happiest when everyone else is happy. Afterwards, everyone, Shione included, gathers at the observatory, where they take some pictures together before Noel receives a signal telling her to go home. After a tearful farewell, everyone watches the meteor shower together, where Noel finds herself unable to hold back her tears as well before both she and the saucer vanish.
Episode 12: Saucerless City
Nonoka suddenly finds herself returning to the day she arrived in Lake Kiriya, this time with the saucer nowhere to be seen above the city, like it was never there to begin with. Furthermore, she discovers none of her friends have any memories of Noel or the saucer, and Shione is nowhere to be found, later learning she moved away during elementary school. As Nonoka starts to doubt herself over whether Noel even existed in the first place, Shione appears before her, revealing that she has also retained her memories of Noel.
Episode 13: From the Starting Sky
After Shione encourages Nonoka to not give up on Noel, the two of them concoct a plan to bring everyone to the observatory. The others, despite still not remembering Noel, feel there is something important they are forgetting and agree to try and summon the saucer once more. Together, they wish to see Noel again, after which a large field of sunflowers suddenly appears near the observatory, but no Noel. The next day, Nonoka learns from her father that someone was in her house, while the others start to regain their memories of Noel, and together they head towards the sunflower field, where Noel is waiting for them.