WARNING: The next incorporates spoilers for The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 23, “At the End of the Siege,” now streaming on Crunchyroll.
To this point in The Aquatope on White Sand, Kukuru, with assist from Fuuka, has been doing all she probably can to save lots of Gama Gama Aquarium from shutting down. Nevertheless, what she has failed to understand is that the aquarium closing for good would truly be a constructive factor for almost everybody — together with her.
In the latest episode of the sequence, Kukuru lastly comes to just accept that it’s time to let go. Gama Gama is closing and there’s nothing now that she or anybody else can do to cease it — no quantity of promoting shaved ice or holding child’s occasions will probably be sufficient to maintain the already run-down aquarium getting into the long run.
Nonetheless, provided that slice-of-life anime are hardly ever tragedies and that there are nonetheless a scheduled 13 episodes to go, the probability of the aquarium closing and remaining closed for good seems slim. At the least at this stage, it appears possible that somebody will step up within the nick of time with a miracle, or that Gama Gama will shut solely quickly and finally come again higher and stronger than ever. In any case, the complete sequence up till now has revolved round Kukuru and Fuuka’s efforts to stop the aquarium from going underneath; it might be unusual for the anime to all of a sudden reverse course on its plot.
The ladies’ efforts have been largely seen as a constructive factor in Aquatope. Gama Gama is introduced as a part of the city’s historical past and really lifeblood — it’s frequented by a number of generations of individuals, from the very previous to the very younger, and it even grants individuals spiritual-like visions, implying that it has some form of divine significance. Furthermore, Aquatope leans exhausting on themes comparable to environmentalism and sustainability, which the aquarium performs a component in by educating its guests about ocean life and offering a genuinely caring haven for the ocean creatures it homes. Conversely, anybody trying to offer in to the inevitable or actively play a component in shutting down Gama Gama is depicted as both not fairly caring sufficient or outright villainous.
Nevertheless, an argument might simply be made that it might truly be a very good factor if the aquarium closed and stayed that means. The proprietor is an previous man clearly previous retirement age, and his granddaughter, Kukuru herself, is barely the interim director as a result of he’s bodily unable to take the helm on his personal. Regardless of this hefty duty, Kukuru remains to be solely a highschool scholar; her love for her hometown, the ocean and all marine life is painfully apparent, however her abilities and information might be put to a lot loftier objectives than operating a small-town and never well-frequented aquarium for the remainder of her life.
In the meantime, Fuuka, impressed by Kukuru and her imaginative and prescient in Episode 1, could have found a eager appreciation for the aquarium as properly, however that is clearly not her personal life’s objective. As she herself has beforehand identified, her dream is now useless and so, in lieu of something higher, she has adopted Kukuru’s dream as her personal. Except for her deep friendship with Kukuru, the one motive she’s persevering with to work on the aquarium is that she doesn’t know what else to do, and she or he’s clearly nonetheless having issues dealing with her resolution to stop Tokyo and return house to her household as a failed idol.
Final however not least, the city itself positive aspects nothing from an aquarium that’s merely now not financially viable. The dilapidated situation of Gama Gama is clear — all it’ll take is yet another hurricane for the aquarium to be broken past rapid restore, which might doubtless spell doom for a minimum of a few of its aquatic inhabitants. It additionally gives neither vital tourism nor cash for the native financial system; at this level, it’s develop into largely a drain on the group, irrespective of what number of old-timers and elementary college children pay to make use of it as a glorified hangout spot.
The Aquatope on White Sand is a present that makes use of pleasant environmentalism, small-town nostalgia, and the heat of its close-knit group to its finest benefit. Painted on this rosy gentle, viewers are supposed to see the aquarium as the center of the sequence — a actually magical place that brings individuals collectively and grants supernatural visions. Nevertheless, for the sake of Kukuru, Fuuka and the complete space, it might be higher if Gama Gama was left to its pure destiny and bid farewell with a smile.