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Stark700 2021-01-15 04:06

Aquatope of White Sand (Shiroi Suna no Aquatope)
 
https://i.imgur.com/fRlTkDD.jpg?1

PA Works has a new TV anime project called "Aquatope of White Sand". It will air in July 2021, this Summer

Trailer


https://twitter.com/PAWORKS_info/sta...05766741139463

Official site

https://aquatope-anime.com/

Stark700 2021-04-06 10:27

We got new info including a new visual

https://i.imgur.com/5SlFlzL.jpeg

https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-ne...trailer-visual

Stark700 2021-06-22 11:13

Crunchyoll announced for streaming

https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-ne...1-anime-lineup

EroKing 2021-07-01 00:14

http://i.imgur.com/HHxKQNil.jpg

Stark700 2021-07-08 10:51

24 episodes confirmed

https://twitter.com/AIR_News01/statu...72812554670081

Blaat 2021-07-08 13:15

Okay first episode feels like an amalgamation of previous PA works you have the failing workplace, supernatural elements involving the sea and hardworking girls at different work places are the main characters. We'll see if it's as good as those series. Still with this barren season and this series being surprisingly two cour I'll definitely give this a full cour before making the drop or continue judgement.

serenade_beta 2021-07-08 14:53

Spoiler for ep1:

Kanon 2021-07-08 18:05

Well... that was very PA works. For better or worse. If they avoid romance and focus on the sea life aspect, this could end up being good. Lack of romance is what the best PA shows all have in common (Shirobako, Tari Tari, Sakura Quest).

Guardian Enzo 2021-07-08 19:14

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Originally Posted by Kanon (Post 6480085)
Well... that was very PA works. For better or worse. If they avoid romance and focus on the sea life aspect, this could end up being good. Lack of romance is what the best PA shows all have in common (Shirobako, Tari Tari, Sakura Quest).

True Tears on line two.

serenade_beta 2021-07-08 20:38

I'm pretty sure that in some epilogue bonus short novel for Tari Tari, they not only added romance (and getting pregnant), but they also added crap like divorce into the story. So... yeah, about that lack of romance.

True Tears worked, but that was written by Mari, who sometimes make the greatest girl-vs-girl stuff around.

Master_Yoma 2021-07-08 21:00

Well a nice start a girl shoved out of the industry going to Okinawa at the spur of the moment and falls asleep on the beach

FlareKnight 2021-07-08 21:16

Well that was certainly eventful :heh:. I can totally understand this girl not wanting to go home right now. Her mom might be right that this sort of thing will be talked about no matter what. But spreading the news without even talking to her daughter first was pretty tasteless. I suppose at least she was useful in saying there was a party planned so said daughter could run away to avoid it.

This could be a solid ride. I'm curious how it will all work out in the end. You have an aquarium that clearly has issues and a girl that wants to save it. But I'm mostly curious to see where Fuuka's story wraps up. Will she just stay there long term to help with the Aquarium? Will she go home and just find a new path forward? Will she try to make a legitimate return to the entertainment industry? Who knows. But no doubt they'll make the ride as emotional as possible no matter what.

Archon_Wing 2021-07-08 21:30

Best character of the year right here:

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Also what a good looking ice cream that is:

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Marcus H. 2021-07-08 21:35

Where do broken hearts dreams go?

Fuuka, now a former idol after an issue that made her decide to relinquish her role of Center to fellow member Luka, found herself heartbroken upon seeing her dream crumble to dust. Since her relatives seem to be out of touch with regards to her current situation, she decided to escape to Okinawa, where fate brings her to a first-hand experience of Gama Gama Aquarium, which is led by the seemingly orphaned Kukuru (note the lack of mother's name in the card she was shown holding in the scene).

This seems to be a different flavor of Working Girls as it involves fantasy elements in the fish-head-chomping Kijimuna and the "enveloping sea" imagery. I would have liked something that's grounded like Sakura Quest, but I don't mind seeing more of PA Works' love for the sea.

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However, the protagonist. She's acting like she was kicked off the team for being bad or something, but she was not only good, but she gave up her position on her own free will. Her career didn't end, she ended it herself/
There are clear clues that the agency doesn't look at her in a positive or supportive way. The short dialogue between the two employees of the agency implied that they don't see any potential in Fuuka, and it may not be the first time Fuuka overheard the same sentiments from them. Luka was at least supportive of Fuuka being Center, but Fuuka already know that the agency does not care about her so she relinquished her Center to Luka.

Also, some info about the kijimuna: it is a youkai with a penchant for fish and tricking humans. They sometimes make friends with humans, but most of the time the relationship goes sour.

serenade_beta 2021-07-08 22:13

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Originally Posted by Marcus H. (Post 6480113)
There are clear clues that the agency doesn't look at her in a positive or supportive way. The short dialogue between the two employees of the agency implied that they don't see any potential in Fuuka, and it may not be the first time Fuuka overheard the same sentiments from them. Luka was at least supportive of Fuuka being Center, but Fuuka already know that the agency does not care about her so she relinquished her Center to Luka.

Also, some info about the kijimuna: it is a youkai with a penchant for fish and tricking humans. They sometimes make friends with humans, but most of the time the relationship goes sour.

If this was written by Mari, I would already be 100% sure that the girl she gave her position to is actually laughing at her in her mind while crying on the outside. :heh:

Marcus H. 2021-07-08 22:24

She'd be really lucky to have enough free time for that, considering how the idol industry can be a "shark tank" as some people stated. :heh:

Also, correcting a statement I made on the previous post:

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Originally Posted by Marcus H.
(note the lack of mother's name in the card she was shown holding in the scene)

Those are actually just for the names of the children. Both of them are dated October 8, Heisei 14 (2002), but only Kukuru's (born on July 7, Heisei 15 or 2003) was filled up. It's possible that Kukuru should have had a twin, but only Kukuru survived.

serenade_beta 2021-07-08 22:46

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Originally Posted by Marcus H. (Post 6480120)
She'd be really lucky to have enough free time for that, considering how the idol industry can be a "shark tank" as some people stated. :heh:

Anime characters have the ability to stop time when they monologue inside their mind, so I'm sure she's fine there. :heh:
Apparently it is 2-cour, so unless they go complete fantasy like that other PA ocean anime, they surely are gonna spend an arc or more on the idol part of her story. I can't see how they plan to expand the story otherwise.

scififan 2021-07-09 02:58

Apparently, after many years, some people still feel bitter about the character interaction in Nagi no Asu Kara. The theme of feeling betrayal is common in Okuda's work. Her inclination of this plot device can be summarized in her autobiography. Since this franchise has nothing to do with Okuda, I will stop here.

One of the major sponsors of White Sand is DMM Picture. DMM is known for selling digital content. It also has the acquarim in Okinawa. So, many speculates that this anime is promoting DMM Kariyushi Acquarium. The interior design is strikingly similar. However, many would remember DMM's acquarium has the neighbor, and it is the largest acquarium in Japan: Okinawa Churaumi Acquarium. The bigger size has better immersive experience, and is more attractive to the tourists.

Nachtwandler 2021-07-09 04:16

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Originally Posted by scififan (Post 6480147)
Apparently, after many years, some people still feel bitter about the character interaction in Nagi no Asu Kara. The theme of feeling betrayal is common in Okuda's work. Her inclination of this plot device can be summarized in her autobiography. Since this franchise has nothing to do with Okuda, I will stop here.

One of the major sponsors of White Sand is DMM Picture. DMM is known for selling digital content. It also has the acquarim in Okinawa. So, many speculates that this anime is promoting DMM Kariyushi Acquarium. The interior design is strikingly similar. However, many would remember DMM's acquarium has the neighbor, and it is the largest acquarium in Japan: Okinawa Churaumi Acquarium. The bigger size has better immersive experience, and is more attractive to the tourists.

Do you hate her so much that you butchered her surname twice? :heh:

Kanon 2021-07-09 07:41

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Originally Posted by Guardian Enzo (Post 6480097)
True Tears on line two.

There's always an exception.

deadite 2021-07-09 08:20

Calling it now. This is a stealth sequel for NagiAsu.

Guardian Enzo 2021-07-09 09:10

P.A. Works has become the Pringles/Spam of anime. Canned product, and every time you pop the top on a new can you know exactly what the thing inside will look and taste like.

SeijiSensei 2021-07-09 10:54

Does P.A. Works have just one character designer? Change the hair styles and colors and you get Aoi or Yoshino.

Also what's with the crossed-over bangs look that everyone in anime seems to be sporting these days? Is it popular in real-life, too?

I thought the best moment was when the spotted shark "smiled" at Fuuka. We only saw its eye, yet the expression was obvious.

Kanon 2021-07-09 18:36

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Originally Posted by SeijiSensei (Post 6480185)
Does P.A. Works have just one character designer? Change the hair styles and colors and you get Aoi or Yoshino.

I'm almost certain it's the same guy as Irozuku but I'm not so sure he worked on other shows. But yes, their shows tend to look the same.

Infinite Zenith 2021-07-09 22:51

Let the location hunting games begin:

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serenade_beta 2021-07-09 23:15

Quote:

Originally Posted by SeijiSensei (Post 6480185)
Does P.A. Works have just one character designer? Change the hair styles and colors and you get Aoi or Yoshino.

Also what's with the crossed-over bangs look that everyone in anime seems to be sporting these days? Is it popular in real-life, too?

I thought the best moment was when the spotted shark "smiled" at Fuuka. We only saw its eye, yet the expression was obvious.

Since they did stuff like Fairy Gone and Kamisama ni Natta Hi, I guess not...? I guess it is kinda like KyoAni's Hyouka and that show with guys in swimsuits, where they have one main character designer and maybe sometimes hires a new guy for one anime?

The only problem is that PA Works not only uses the same character designer a lot, but they use the same character designer for the same types of story.

Liddo-kun 2021-07-10 08:10

episode 1:

as someone who owns 4 aquarium at home, this anime is beautiful to me in many ways.

a failed idol who wants to work in an aquarium center. Good start.

will be watching 2 or 3 more episodes before judging on drop or continue.

BBOvenGuy 2021-07-10 13:16

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Originally Posted by Infinite Zenith (Post 6480228)
Let the location hunting games begin:

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Oh goody. Okinawa is on my bucket list, ever since I researched what happened there in WW2 for one of my books.

Infinite Zenith 2021-07-10 18:08

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Originally Posted by BBOvenGuy (Post 6480285)
Oh goody. Okinawa is on my bucket list, ever since I researched what happened there in WW2 for one of my books.

Okinawa is also the home of my martial arts school, which is based off Naha-te, so I've definitely been curious to visit :) I'm thinking of keeping an eye out on notable spots shown in The Aquatope on White Sand this season and put together a virtual tour such that when the time for a visit comes, I can hit this and Harukana Receive's spots all at once!

Kanon 2021-07-10 18:14

I checked and the character designer for this series has only worked as a character designer once before on Irozuku. So no, they don't have only one character designer.

BBOvenGuy 2021-07-10 22:58

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Originally Posted by Infinite Zenith (Post 6480316)
I can hit this and Harukana Receive's spots all at once!

Don't forget that Non Non Biyori went there, too!

Nachtwandler 2021-07-11 02:13

You know, when I see Okinawa scenery it reminds me a lot of a bunch of seaside Europian resorsts for some reason.

Infinite Zenith 2021-07-11 14:36

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Originally Posted by BBOvenGuy (Post 6480345)
Don't forget that Non Non Biyori went there, too!

Absolutely! I think a few other anime also head to Okinawa, so it'll be nice to gather all of the spots and do one concerted tour to check everything out.

Archon_Wing 2021-07-11 17:15

Quote:

Originally Posted by SeijiSensei (Post 6480185)
Does P.A. Works have just one character designer? Change the hair styles and colors and you get Aoi or Yoshino.

Also what's with the crossed-over bangs look that everyone in anime seems to be sporting these days? Is it popular in real-life, too?

I thought the best moment was when the spotted shark "smiled" at Fuuka. We only saw its eye, yet the expression was obvious.

Nah, those have rounder faces and bigger eyes. Though I suppose being anime it's just been that way for a while. Though everyone does have that thin and borderline lanky look as in many a PA works thing.

I would say modern PA Works probably follows from either Shirobako or Nagi Asu designs. For example, yes Yoshino is just palette swapped Aoi. This show is closer to the later but less fishy. The old PA pointy chin style ~(True Tears/Hana Saku Iroha/Tari Tari) died out with Glasslip. I used to call it the Rin-Chin from ufotable's UBW even though it shouldn't relate to her at all.

As for crossed over bangs, I'll need more examples.

scififan 2021-07-12 01:51

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Originally Posted by Infinite Zenith (Post 6480411)
Absolutely! I think a few other anime also head to Okinawa, so it'll be nice to gather all of the spots and do one concerted tour to check everything out.

Traveling to where anime takes place is called Anime Holy Land Pilgrimage(アニメ聖地巡礼).

Not every place is doable, such as South Pole: Super Atragon, and A Place Further than the Universe.

Guardian Enzo 2021-07-12 03:05

Eureka Seven AO is not only set in Okinawa but delves into the unique politics of the place.

Archon_Wing 2021-07-15 15:45

People running in the intro. Check.
Naive newcomer girl but actually has spunk. Check
Someone doesn't have enough money. Check.
Male characters immediately get ridiculed when appearing. Check
Fierce young independent woman stands up to slimy instigator. Check.
Violence involving Birds. Check
Scenery involving a place that needs tourism. Check.

Yea, it's a PA works anime. :heh:

Also that guy just reminds me of Ishigami. I don't even know his actual name.

Kanon 2021-07-15 17:57

Surprisingly, the one character that might end up being gay is the dude with no motivation. But he won't. PA works is probably never going to get out of their comfort zone when it comes to these kind of stories.

Nachtwandler 2021-07-15 18:44

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Originally Posted by Kanon (Post 6480887)
Surprisingly, the one character that might end up being gay is the dude with no motivation. But he won't. PA works is probably never going to get out of their comfort zone when it comes to these kind of stories.

Same as KyoAni. Even their romance anime got tamer after 2010. P.A. Works at least had Canaan.

Master_Yoma 2021-07-15 20:48

So Kukuru just threw Fuuka into the deep with out much of her being broken in on how to feed or getting used the the animals


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