WARNING: The next comprises spoilers for The Aquatope on White Sand, now streaming on Crunchyroll.
Generally, crucial factor we are able to do is learn to depart a dream behind. The Aquatope on White Sand‘s tackle the significance of desires, each in combating for them and in studying to allow them to go, makes it stand out as the most effective reveals of the summer season 2021 anime season.
Fuuka is a member of a profitable idol group however offers up that dream when she is regularly shafted. After quitting, she buys an impulse ticket to a seaside city in Okinawa to keep away from going through her household. She feels battered by the message that her dream was foolish and that she must find out about the actual world. Shopping for the ticket is her one act of private company.
Kukuru is the performing director for Gama Gama Aquarium in rural Okinawa, which is about to shut in a month. Kukuru is throwing every little thing into saving the place she loves although most everybody round her has accepted the closure. Fuuka learns that Gama Gama is in want of workers and volunteers herself with the concept that she will be able to ignore what she misplaced. Nevertheless, Kukuru’s devotion to Gama Gama is contagious, and the story turns into one in every of rallying round another person’s dream as a result of typically, that’s the best way to rediscover your personal.
One of many beauties of the present as a real slice-of-life piece is the appreciation for the small issues. From the lengthy photographs of attractive surroundings to the private tales of the characters, small issues are what make life worthwhile. It is barbecues on the seaside and late-night conversations. It is day by day choices to a shrine and a pal who will at all times give a raise. It is shaved ice and matching keychains. It is the thought of staying in a spot you’re keen on to search out happiness as an alternative of fame or grandeur. Gama Gama itself may be thought of a small factor, however for Fuuka, it is a sanctuary and for Kukuru, it is the closest she will get to the mother and father she misplaced. It’s small, however it issues.
A contact of magic and a sneaky shrine god add to themes of hope and grief. The aquarium is sometimes a spot the place guests expertise sudden visions to offer them what they want of their struggles. A veterinarian whose water simply broke is granted a imaginative and prescient of her future baby telling her that issues can be okay regardless of the circumstances. Kukuru sees a imaginative and prescient of her potential future self, somebody she will be able to change into whether or not Gama Gama succeeds or not. In the identical imaginative and prescient, she sees her mother and father and is ready to maintain them and cry with a ache that has by no means correctly healed. A customer who misplaced his older brother within the warfare envisions the two of them collectively when he was youthful, granting him that happiness as soon as extra. “Always have hope,” the visions appear to say. “Things will be alright. Though grief is natural and necessary, there is something on the other side.”
The present doesn’t restrict grief to misplaced family members or ruined careers, circling again to the significance of the small issues in life. Fuuka connects with a Yaeyama blenny fish throughout her first go to, noting that, like her, it stays out of the highlight regardless of working very laborious. When the Yaeyama blenny dies unexpectedly, each Fuuka and Kukuru are hit laborious by the loss. Whereas a logo for Fuuka’s idol profession in addition to merely a fish, the Yaeyama blenny is a creature to be mourned, and it’s alright to really feel unhappy over the loss. Grief is grief and is at all times essential to acknowledge, even (or particularly) for the small issues.
The Aquatope on White Sand is a narrative of group, of straightforward pleasures, of hope in despair and the way a dream can change into a lot multiple individual’s ardour. It’s a love letter to these caught in between whereas searching for function in life and a reminder that desires can change. It’s a message to embrace your grief however continues to maneuver ahead. By doing what’s proper, every little thing will fall into place; Kukuru’s day by day devotion to the native shrine god encapsulates the thought that every little thing will work out ultimately, even when it results in a very sudden vacation spot.