The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 12 Review: Goodbye, Gama Gama

The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 12 marked the end of our beloved Gama Gama aquarium. It was also the end of the first half or the first cour of The Aquatope on White Sand. Naturally, it was a bittersweet feeling to say goodbye to so much. Let’s see what the episode was like in this review!

The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 12 Overview

The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 12 Title
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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 eleventh 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 12.

The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 12 Review does not contain spoilers –

The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 12 Review- Art and Music

Kukuru Sister
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Some people in this world of ours have the ability to comprehend and create music. They are the ones tasked with bringing the magic of music in the years of people like me, who couldn’t tell a piano apart from a guitar. I have never been able to comprehend much of the music I hear, with most of my knowledge being limited to “This sounds good” and “This sucks.” Even someone with less than minimal knowledge of music knows that there’s something special about the music of this show.

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The music in The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 12 is nothing less than perfect. All the tracks and compositions fit in seamlessly with the gorgeous animation of the show and the small coastal town aesthetic. The sad moments are enhanced by serenading violins and pianos, while the intense moments call for heavier instruments with more bass behind them.

Music is a very important aspect of any show, animated or not. Good music can take a show from good to great, while bad music can take one out from the deepest of immersions. Thus, whenever a show has music as good as it is in The Aquatope on White Sand, it needs to be acknowledged. The animation was also spectacular in this episode, just like always. No surprises there.

The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 12 Review- Plot and Characters

Surprise, surprise, the final episode of part one was an emotional one. While the fact that this one was going to hit a little too close to home was entirely obvious due to how the previous episode ended, that just made the anticipation hit even harder. This was always going to be the final goodbye to Gama Gama, and knowing that beforehand didn’t make the pain hit even a tiny bit less.

Fuuka x Kukuru
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With The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 12 also came the departure of Fuuka from the beautiful oceanside of Okinawa, Japan. With both her and Gama Gama slipping away from Kukuru’s hands, she was naturally devastated and struggling to cope with the feelings of hopelessness and abandonment. That she already had another job offer didn’t bring any solace to her pain. This combined to form a fascinating episode that was made even more interesting because of Gama Gama’s unique illusion powers.

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The future looked grim for the series before the final 5 minutes transpired, resulting in a very bittersweet ending to the first half of The Aquatope on White Sand. While the episode did manage to end on a hopeful note, the future of everyone remains uncertain inside the show. All the relationships everyone had built with each other were intrinsically linked with Gama Gama, and now that it is no more, what will become of the relations? Also, the preview of the next half was very exciting, though the lack of a certain main character vexes me, despite them having a fantastic scene in this particular episode.

Verdict

The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 12 was a bittersweet ending to a phenomenal first half of the season, which built upon everything the show had set up so far. With the future uncertain for now, what will become of the characters in the show? I guess we’ll see next week when the series resumes with its second half.

If you liked this review of The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 12, you will also enjoy our review of the next episode in the series, available right here!

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SUMMARY

The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 12 was a bittersweet ending to a phenomenal first half of the season, which built upon everything the show had set up so far.

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