The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 21 Review: A Beautiful Return To The Beginning

Kukuru finally had enough of the awful way she was treated at her job and went away. The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 21 was a return to the basics in more ways than one. Let’s talk about it in this review!

The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 21 Overview

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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. 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 twentieth 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 21.

The Aquatope of White Sand Episode 21 Review does not contain spoilers –

The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 21 Review- Art and Music

Since we are looking at a throwback episode anyways, let’s start with talking about the animation and sound of Aquatope Episode 21 like the earlier days. The show’s latest episode was among the prettiest the show has ever had, and the show has had a lot of drop-dead gorgeous episodes. It looked every bit as good as the tremendous initial outings and contained the magic of the same atmosphere and surroundings. The night skies and the beaches harkened back to the very first episodes of the show, which were fantastic.

If you can believe it, the music was even better. One runs out of words to describe something if everything is so good, and that’s how I feel about the music here. The beautiful piano-filled background OSTs were something to look out for throughout the runtime as they were extremely powerful and soulful in the best of ways. Some of them might have been older tracks, but they hit different and much better in The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 21 for a particular reason. Let’s discuss that reason in the next section!

The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 21 Review- Plot and Characters

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Allow me to set the tone for this one. The first episode of The Aquatope on White Sand was an unconventional masterpiece. It told a simple story of running away from a big town to a small coastal area and falling in love with the beauty of the marine life and the simplicity of living. It captured the aesthetic of living in a place like that and forgetting all your problems magnificently, and it was great to witness.

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The show retained its quality for most of the first cour, with the show’s best episode so far coming towards the end of the Gama-Gama part. After that, however, the show seemingly lost its way in the Tingaarla section of the show. It became less about running away from your problems and finding comfort in marine life and more about a new aquarium’s corporate structure and workings. That was still a good storyline, but it wasn’t what anyone signed on for when starting the show. The show had seemingly lost the magic, literally and figuratively.

Fuuka The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 21

The assistant director chastising Kukuru for doing a job that she didn’t even want was grating and didn’t seem like it had an end in sight, and I breathed a big sigh of relief when Kukuru finally broke free of her Grandfather’s B.S. theory of her needing marketing experience to be good at taking care of marine life. She does not, and her getting away from Tingaarla, even for a small amount of time, was delightful to witness in The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 21.

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The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 21 also directly mirrored the first episode in many ways, with Kukuru having almost the same experience as Fuuka did. I do not care if Kukuru didn’t tell her workmates that she would be taking a few days off. She was doing the work of three people alone and still getting abused by her boss. She deserved that break, and her boss deserved to suffer the consequences.

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She saw the birth of the cutest baby turtles alongside Umi-yan’s wife and tried to make the best of a bad situation by visiting an aquarium that paralleled Gama-Gama. Fuuka was also great here, as her attempts to save Kukuru from herself again and her righteous anger at the assistant director were highlights of the episode. With this and the previous episode being this good, it seems like the show is back in its fantastic form. These are great signs for the finale, and I, for one, can’t wait to see how it ends.

Verdict

The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 21 was an absolute pleasure to witness and experience all the way around and reminded everyone why they fell in love with the show in the first place.

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The Aquatope on White Sand Episode 21 was an absolute pleasure to witness and experience all the way around and reminded everyone why they fell in love with the show in the first place.

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