That was NOT where I expected The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 11 to go, and I’m assuming you didn’t either. With a powerful episode, the show has decided to subvert expectations and go in a different direction than most people expected. Let’s see if it worked out in this review!
The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 11 Overview
The Aquatope on White Sand is the latest anime by the Anime Studio P.A. Works, previously known for producing critically and commercially acclaimed anime like Angel Beats and Another. Toshiya Shinohara directs the series, a director whose career so far has been intrinsically linked with P.A. works, having previously directed Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara and Nagi no Asu kara for the studio before. It is an original series by P.A. works, which means it is not based on a previously existing property, such as a Manga or a Light Novel.
If you want to know how I felt about the tenth episode of the season, or if you want to catch up on it, check out my review of it here. This episode is also known in original Japanese as Shiroi Suna no Aquatope Episode 11.
– The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 11 Review contains mild spoilers –
The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 11 Review- Art and Music
The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 11 had the difficult job of animating a storm this time around, which entails frames always changing because of the wind. As is to be expected, P.A. Works nailed every second of this episode. The sections without the lighting looked gorgeous and suitably portrayed the sense of dread the characters were experiencing through brilliant framing. It cannot be understated how much of this show’s quality is due to its first-class animation.
The music was also top-notch, playing sombre piano notes at relevant moments and cheerful success music at others. I especially liked the tune that plays in the background of the marine rescue scene. The one-two combo of the fantastic animation and sound quality in The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 11 is a sight to behold.
The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 11 Review- Plot and Characters
It is going to be hard to keep this one spoiler-free, but I’ll try my best. What most people expected would happen when the show first started is already coming to an end. Kukuru’s journey to save Gama Gama is coming to an end earlier than expected, which came to me as a huge surprise. I really thought the show would milk this one for at least 10 more episodes before giving us an answer as to what was going to happen.
But no, the mystery has now been put to bed in the starting moments of The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 11, with only four days left until the end of summer break and Gama Gama itself. Kukuru naturally has a meltdown, and Fuuka takes the initiative to fix things for her friend. Kukuru’s attachment to the aquarium has been showcased to us multiple times in the past, with this episode serving as the culmination of that.
As if that wasn’t enough, the town was also hit by a typhoon at the exact moment Kukuru was having a moment for herself inside the aquarium. The girls are now in a race against time to save all the marine life before the typhoon rips the entire place apart. If you know anything about Japan, you know that typhoons are an extremely common phenomenon that the Japanese have to deal with almost every year, especially people in Southern Japan, i.e. Okinawa.
All of it was certainly a very effective plot point to showcase the dedication and effort Kukuru put in the aquarium and the reason why she was so attached to it. Fuuka is fiercely loyal to Kukuru and would do anything to help her, and thus her being there with Kukuru was as natural as can be. All their efforts resulted in something magical, but not the ideal result Kukuru wanted. In the end, we were left with a bittersweet moment to end the episode.
As for the quality of the episode, it was phenomenal. The story, the character progression, and the stakes that The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 11 was able to present were better than anything I had seen coming from the show so far, and the show had been spectacular up to this point. The episode explored the relationship that Kukuru shared with Fuuka and Gama Gama exceedingly well, which helped make Kukuru’s childlike actions look justified for the first time in forever.
As far as the pace and direction of the show are concerned, what people assume is going to happen is not the show’s problem. One can hope that whatever happens in the future is consistent with the show’s tone and just as interesting as the Gama Gama arc of the show. There are still a ton of loose ends left to tie, as well as an entire 13 episodes still left to air. I have never been more excited for this show’s success, especially after such a great episode.
The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 11 was a phenomenal end to one arc and a fantastic start to another. Let’s hope the show carries this momentum forward to the rest of the season, as we are in for an all-timer.
If you liked this review of The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 11, you will also enjoy our review of the next episode in the series, available right here!