Aquatope of White Sand Episode 3: Life

Learned a bit more about Kukuru, her parents and she learned something too.

Kukuru and her parents

We began with a brief dream about young Kukuru at the aquarium with her late parents (because of course they were gone). We’ll come back to this later. Back in the present everyone gave Kukuru leeway at school because they knew how devoted she was to the aquarium. Most thought it’s only a matter of time before it closed its doors, even Kukuru’s grandpa, but Kukuru refused to let that happen and would give her all to prevent it.

First penguin keychainsAt the aquarium Fuuka noticed the cute “First Penguin” key chains personally crafted by Kukuru herself that apparently didn’t sell well. Fuuka looked up what they meant. Long description short a first penguin is symbolic for someone who is willing to take on all challenges to help those in need and be a positive influence to others. Remember these for later.

Kukuru notices something wrong with ChokoLater Kukuru gave Fuuka a better explanation on how to feed the penguins with Choko as an example. However, as Fuuka celebrated a successful feeding Kukuru noticed Choko had bumblefoot, similar to corns on human feet but infectious for penguins. Kuuya said to tell director grandpa about it but Kukuru insisted she could handle it and phoned the specialist Dr Takeshita…

Kukuru and Dr Takeshita…who was on maternity leave but agreed to come help. As we can see there’s a 99.9% chance what viewers suspected could happen would.

Dr Takeshita going into laborYup.

After doing her best to separate the guests from Dr Takeshita Kukuru and Fuuka tended to her. As they did so Kukuru reminded her of the advice she gave long ago, to care for every life in the aquarium. Kukuru took it to heart and swore to protect not only the animals but the people as well, including her.

Dr Takeshita in the magical aquariumAs Dr Takeshita struggled a certain spirit used its magic again to help ease her mind by having her future son greet her and whisper an encouraging message.

Dr Takeshita and her baby boyMore action followed. By action I mean everyone doing their part to care for the aquarium and get Dr Takeshita to the hospital safely. Thankfully her son was born healthy and we learned the encouraging message was “I’m on my way soon”. Beautiful stuff. Kukuru and Fuuka learned a valuable lesson on how special moms were. Based on the text she sent to her mom it looked like she finally told her the truth, or at least where she was. Meanwhile Kukuru asked Dr Takeshita about a maternity handbook because of the one her mom had. Kukuru also learned a valuable lesson about not carrying all responsibilities on one’s own shoulders. Ask for help when needed.

Fuuka bought the first penguin keychainNoice.

We ended the episode with Kukuru happy Fuuka bought one of her keychains along with asking her if bravery was different from recklessness. Something for Kukuru to think about next time.

Good stuff yet again.

Kuuya thanking Kai for coming to help at workUpdate on Kuuya. Saw two translations of this scene and in both Kukuru said “He’s not really like that”. A sign to give up or Kukuru not seeing it that way herself? I want to hear it from Kuuya himself so for now I’ll wait and see.

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10 Responses to Aquatope of White Sand Episode 3: Life

  1. CJ Apple says:

    Kuuya literally says to Fuuka she should take care of Kukuru, so I think/guess he already ships them and doesn´t want to interfere and the title says two girls – and not boy and girl – met.

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  2. Little Viktoria says:


    I can see how this could go the non-yuri way very easily… however I will keep watching and if it doesn’t, it’s going to be amazing ^^

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  3. yurimylove says:

    to quote a funny forum comment, “The 1st penguin in the water or in Killer Whales speak the appetizer.” 😀


  4. chikorita157 says:

    I can see why Kukuru really got upset over Fuuka messing up feeding the penguin since the one she was feeding was special to her.

    Still, it’s good that Takeshita gave birth safely, despite Kukuru messing up.

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  5. Nick says:

    Of course Kukuru’s parents are dead. Anime parents have the worst track record of staying alive. This trope needs to stop already.

    Stressful times with Dr. Takeshita and her giving birth. I was honestly getting worried for her while watching. Glad it all turned out well in the end.

    I like how Kukuru and Fuuka now have matching keychains. So cute!

    3 eps in and I’m really liking this show so far. Looking forward to more!

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