Monday, October 18, 2021

The aquatope on white sand Episode 15 Sub English


 The aquatope on white sand opened Episode 15, "The Great Sea Slug Debate," with a track so fanciful that I assumed we'd be in for Slug StuffTM or something equally lighthearted and humorous, but that's not at all what we got. In fact, I believe episode 15 is quite serious.

This episode continues to introduce viewers to Tingaara while also demonstrating how different it is from Gama Gama. If Gama Gama was a lemonade stand, Tingaara is an entire lemonade factory with samples after your tour: it has this polish that Gama Gama never has. While I still miss Gama Gama and can't help but wonder if it will return in some form, I think it's better to let Kukuru, Fuuka, and the rest of Team Gama Gama grow at Tingaara, and maybe inject a little of that Gama Gama flavour into Tingaara's very polished presentation.

In terms of adding that Gama Gama feel, I think it's crucial to mention Kukuru's development as a character. Kukuru spent most of episodes 13 and 14 stumbling her way into her new role, but by episode 15, she's come to be rather confident, combining her expertise as the director of Gama Gama with her PR work at Tingaara. Naturally, this ruffles a few feathers and eventually gets her into trouble, because Kukuru isn't remaining in her lane as Tingaara would like her to. But, of course, witnessing Kukuru do the right thing is at the core of the episode.

Kai, on the other hand, is assuming a new role: that of a potential romantic partner for Kukuru. It's something that was hinted at in the first half of the series, but is much more evident in this episode, especially near the end. The song makes a strong case for them as the series' principal couple, and it wants you and me, the viewers, to agree. Is it going to "pay off"? I'm not sure. I'm not sure if The aquatope on white sand will have any romantic overtones. I'm hoping it won't, and instead that everyone will just be friends and use that as a springboard for their own personal growth.

It's not that I don't want to read the series as a Yuri; I just don't think The aquatope on white sand is the right setting for that storey, especially in a book that has the capacity to convey a human storey about queerness. At this point, since that's pretty much dead in the water, I'd just like to see a series with a female lead and her male best friend who aren't triggering red flags for a romantic ending, and while it appears to be mostly Kai realising his affection for the time being, I have a feeling it won't be long before the storey shifts Kukuru's attention to romance as well.

Aside from that minor complaint, episode 15 was good, leaving viewers on a "cliffhanger" that will most likely be followed up on in the future episode. I'm really digging The aquatope on white sand's more mature vibes, and while I didn't get into everything that happened this week, it's plenty to keep the momentum going from the previous two episodes.It's fun to watch Kukuru develop into a more sophisticated version of herself, in part because this is the twenty-something millennial experience, and while Kukuru and Fuuka aren't my age, I found myself relating to their progress as they settle into life at Tingaara. Even if the ladies here are still maturing into womanhood, it's good to see a "working women" series.

The aquatope on white sand is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.

Mercedez is a JP-EN localization editor & proofreader/QA, pop culture critic, and a journalist who also writes for Anime Feminist, where she's a staff editor, and But Why Tho?. She's also a frequent guest on the AniFem Podcast, Chatty AF. When she's not writing, you can find her on her Twitter or on her Instagram where she's always up to something.

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