Taken out by vaccine side effects, then had to catch up with stuff for my real life work first and foremost once that settled down. But I’ve finally found some time to squeeze in coverage for Aquatope.
Seeing someone so young facing a cruel reality for the rest of their life hurts. Airi has to accept the truth about her situation, with the aquarium serving as nothing but a painful reminder of the vibrant youth she had – taken from her too soon by whatever accident has left her wheelchair bound. I can’t claim to understand or know what it’s like to be in that situation. But I can truly sympathise with every inch of my heart. Life can sometimes be extremely unfair.
Despite having a questionable obsession with idols as a middle aged man, and what you could describe as a grating social awkwardness, no one can doubt that Umiyan’s intentions come from a good place. Despite the head nurse of the hospital putting a restriction on crabs, Umiyan sneaks one in so that he can fulfill a promise with Airi. I think it’s really important for kids to have that adult role model or hero in their life. An important role model can help be that positive driving force that helps set the kid in a positive direction – as opposed to aimless let alone negative. I’ve had my fair share of inspiring role models who have inadvertently guided me through life. And Umiyan is able to lift her out of her emotional torpor, giving her something to aim for as well when Airi had lost all hope.
I’m glad the nurse was able to recognise a greater good at stake, ultimately acquiescing in spite of rules being broken. She might have come across as uptight and neurotic, but there was a heart of gold somewhere along the lines.
「刺客のシンデレラ」 (Shikaku no Shinderera)
“Cinderella, the Spy”
It’s about time someone called out Kukuru for being petulant. While she might be a highschool kid, as the acting director of Gama Gama Aquarium, there’s surely a standard she must hold herself to. Although the new girl’s attitude sucked, I don’t blame her for wanting out. When a young upstart ‘tutors’ you but tries to set you up for failure in an extremely unprofessional way, you wonder why you have to put up with something like that.
From her perspective, it’s totally understandable why she would suspect nepotism. Kukuru might have the heart and soul to become a director. But she lacks the life experience, qualifications and people skills to be one. She only landed in the role off the credentials and whims of her grandfather. Fuuka was right to call out Kukuru here. It’s okay for normal people to get into a petty fracas. But when acting as a director and representing said institution, it reflects badly on said institution when one does not meet the standard of professionalism expected. Especially when the role has been effectively mandated through nepotism.
Where I will contend with the new girl’s attitude is the way she refused Udon-chan’s offer of food and readily dismissed Kukuru’s grandfather. She represented a case study of someone who’s academically interested in aquatic life to the point she will overlook the human experience or personal connection for these institutions. Perhaps that’s something her future aquarium director noticed. Her design is very nicely made. So I don’t believe this will be the last that we see of her.
In Kukuru’s defence, I don’t think she’s fully processed the inevitable demise of Gama Gama. She’s still in the denial stage. Potentially her trip to seeing the other aquarium’s construction will open up her world view in terms of accepting that her future path might exist elsewhere, so long as she carries forwards the soul of Gama Gama in her dedication and passion towards sea life. It might not be Gama Gama per se. But with enough determination she will be able to keep a fragment of it alive elsewhere – that’s how my pragmatic brain reasons. Though I reckon for such an emotionally driven cause, with a personal connection going way back to when she lost her parents and ended up adopting the aquarium as her surrogate family of sorts, it isn’t quite so clear cut.
Anyway that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all in a few days!