The aquatope on white sand

Episode 14
by Mercedez Clewis, Oct 12th 2021

Episode 14, “Penguin Chaser” is, in several ways, a callback to Fuuka’s first days at Gama Gama. We begin with where we ended, with Fuuka back in Okinawa, proclaiming her intent to work at Tingaara. Nevertheless, it turns out that she won’t be working in PR, however instead as an assistant in the Aquatic Animals department, which puts her in exact resistance to Kukuru that’s still embeded PR. Where this will go isn’t right away clear, though provided everything that happens in episode 14, I want to bet it’s somewhere great, or at least will certainly be by the time the penultimate episode and also finale roll about.

I said that this was a callback, as well as I do indicate it: a great deal of the front half of episode 14 is invested getting Fuuka settled right into her duty as an assistant accountable of the penguins, as well as simply sort of typically rejoining Fuuka with the actors, both old and brand-new. The good news is, points aren’t as disastrous as her very first day with Gama Gama’s penguins in episode 2, though Chiyu creates a various collection of worries for Fuuka. Yet this isn’t the Fuuka of the first half of the collection: this is a girl that’s even more positive, and most definitely going to push herself right.

Reality be informed, I had not been expecting Fuuka to be reunited with Kukuru this soon– I had actually imagined investing an episode or two with her back in Tokyo prior to her return. Still, having her back this soon, but with her and also Kukuru’s workplace duties flipped, is intriguing. Fuuka and Kukuru are currently qualified girls, however as this episode shows, they clearly need each other’s assistance to expand in their careers. And also thus far, The aquatope on white sand appears dedicated in developing these young women right into fully-fledged specialists, even if it may take its time getting there. That’s half the enjoyable of viewing this collection: it’s the accumulation, and also the sluggish, gradual development of its 2 leads and their connection, to ensure that when things get vibrant as well as psychological, they struck like a vehicle.

Now, it’s time I confess something: I do think that, typically, The aquatope on white sand will certainly not be a yuri series; rather, it is a series that, similarly to Yuri !!! on Ice, isn’t clearly regarding queerness, however positions sapphic sensation and also emotionality as effective, natural, and also at times, unbelievably gorgeous. That stated, I think that reading queerness as a platonic element right into the collection is just as useful, which is what I’m leaning right into more because … allow’s be actual, there’s no heterosexual description for a great deal of the physicality in between Fuuka and also Kukuru, and that’s alright! A lot of platonic friendships between womanly individuals are kinda sapphic, including lots of touching and also affection, which is what Fuuka and Kukuru demonstrate as they both remain to resolve right into their roles. While it’s to be anticipated, I’m glad Fuuka as well as Kukuru are still such great friends, as their relationship is really attractive to witness.

Altogether, episode 14 continues the truly good feelings from episode 13, assuring customers that of course undoubtedly, aquatope continues to be as strong a show as ever before in its exploration of this new stage of Fuuka and also Kukura’s lives. While not the most plotty of episodes, it is a solid demonstration of both just how much the women have expanded as well as exactly how far they still need to go as we resolve right into Tingaara as well as the second fifty percent of the show. Ultimately, I’m enjoyed see where this series goes, as well as recommend that if you diminished the aquatope bandwagon sometime about, state … episode 5, 6, or 7, this is the time to return on, though I additionally suggest enjoying those episodes you missed out on due to the fact that the show is great, and truthfully, absolutely worth getting on your watchlist this Autumn period.