In my The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 2 Review, you will find out that this anime is easily my favourite that I’ve watched this season. The anime by P.A. Works seems to be getting better and better every episode, and I am here to talk about exactly how.
The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 2- 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 first episode of the season, or if you want to catch up on it, check out my review of it here.
The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 2 Review- The Art and Music
The art from The Aquatope on White Sand belongs in a movie. I don’t know how P.A.Works manages to make art and animation of this quality for every episode in a 2-cour series. The way the colours complement each other, how the water scenes look, and the entire magic of the visuals is beyond comprehension. I do not have a good enough vocabulary to describe how good the animation in The Aquatope on White Sand is, and I hope that saying that much is enough to describe the magic that happens in front of our screens.
In a similar vein, the music in the anime is also amazing. The piano number that plays intermittently throughout the episode is mesmerizing, and so is the show’s main theme. The opening and ending themes sound great, and the thing that makes the entire package even greater is that the art direction and the music just fit the entire tone of the series. The small, lonely village vibe where you can do whatever you want without worrying about what the world expects from you is exactly the impression they give out.
The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 2 Review- The Plot and Characters
The plot doesn’t move that fast in The Aquatope on White Sand, and I love that about it. It gives off the feeling of running away to a small, quaint place where no one knows who you are and what you did in your previous life. The characters are just as charming as ever, and we get introduced to more of the side characters after catching tiny glimpses of them in Episode 1.
The passion of Kukuru to save her aquarium, the utter dedication that Fuuka devotes to her new job, and the helpfulness the various characters treat her with is still a joy to watch. All the characters are very distinct and possess great personalities. And since a week has passed since the first episode was released, we can talk about what happened and its relation to this episode.
The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 2 picks up right where the first one left off, with Fuuka requesting Kukuru to let her work in the aquarium. Kukuru is all too glad to accept her offer, and her grandparents even ask Fuuka to live with them. How sweet! Some more information on why Fuuka left Tokyo and her girl group is also revealed, and that does a great job in establishing her as the character she will be for the duration of this season.
As I said in my previous review, the personalities of our two main characters mesh delightfully well and compliment each other perfectly. All the other side characters are great seasonings in this already well-made gravy.
This just keeps getting better, and I have absolutely no complaints with the direction in which it is headed. I am fully along for this aquarium ride, and I hope I get to see some dolphins while on it. The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 2 was an absolute pleasure to sit through.
If you liked this review of The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 2, check out our review of the next episode in the series, The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 3, which is available right here!