OP: 「たゆたえ、七色」 (Tayutae, Nanairo) by ARCANA PROJECT
「熱帯魚、逃げた」 (Nettaigyo, Nigeta)
“The Tropical Fish Ran Away”
We gain a better understanding on what’s going on at Gama Gama Aquarium. It was already a struggling tourist attraction prior to Kukuru’s grandfather taking over. And because he was unable to make it into a profitable venture, meaning no revenue to replace old or broken equipment, he sees the writing on the wall and finally decides it’s time to give up. Maybe she’s right to believe there could be a chance. You’ll never know without giving it a proper fight. But by all accounts, it doesn’t seem like the chances for Gama Gama Aquarium are looking very good.
There’s Kukuru throwing her education to the wind by giving her everything to Gama Gama Aquarium, in a last ditch attempt to save it. However, people are only providing assistance out of their senses of altruism and optimism. No one’s got big enough pockets to bail out the situation. And call me a cynic, but I’m not quite if supernatural intervention of the mysterious being can rescue the aquarium from its predicament. Let alone the power of friendship. I’ll be curious to see how these young characters fight till the very end, as well as the way in which their camaraderie will blossom over the course of their trials and tribulations against very adult problems.
I do think that Fuuka is quite naive for believing that running away from her problems and throwing herself wholeheartedly into a new venture will resolve her issues. Or soothe the emotional pain she’s experiencing. However, I can appreciate how she saw the parallel in her situation with Kukuru’s and becomes determined to wholeheartedly save the Gama Gama Aquarium. Especially since it’s quite rare to see her demonstrate that sort of backbone, considering how we’ve primarily been seeing her provide purely concessions up until this point.
Kukuru’s expectations were quite unreasonable when it came to Fuuka feeding the penguins. If anything, it was Kukuru’s fault for explaining everything so poorly. Fuuka did exactly everything she said until the penguins started attacking her – and it was somehow Fuuka’s fault when she followed her instructions? That’s squarely on Kukuru for not teaching her properly, and it was infuriating to see Kukuru put down Fuuka like that. I do not think being on edge over the aquarium’s closure is a legitimate justification either. Plain and simple, being a dick is being a dick. There are no two ways about it. Excessive passion for one specific thing does not mean you should be blind to your own inadequacies while treating other humans like garbage. That lack of accountability is not fitting for any kind of director – interim or not – and Kukuru will seriously need to step it up if she genuinely wants to save Gama Gama Aquarium. Because this kind of leadership is not going to cut it for a long-term project, even if other people are happy to give her a pass simply because they’re personally invested for their own reasons.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post – and see you all next week!
ED: 「月海の揺り籠」 (Tsukiumi no Yurikago) by Mia REGINA