「私たちの海は終わらない」 (Watashitachi no Umi wa Owaranai)
“Our Oceans are Endless”
Everyone knew by the end of last episode that Gama Gama’s fate was all but sealed. This episode hammered it home. I wouldn’t quite call it a funeral. It was definitely more of a celebration for the life that Gama Gama had as well as the happiness it gave to so many people.
Some little kids love to put up a tough act. With how belligerent Rui behaves, we know he’s a kid but sometimes it can be hard to remember that kids are quite sensitive and can behave obnoxiously to compensate or hide those signs of vulnerability. So it’s definitely expected that he teared up hard on the final day, because Gama Gama is his precious place. At least he can probably challenge Kuya to more quizzes at Tingaara. As for Kuya, the old man gave him a place to belong when he had been unfairly rejected by society. For all his stoic posturing – a tough exterior derived from harsh life experiences, pretending he didn’t really care, he truly did care. And that really endears me to his character, seeing his hard-ass facade breaking down.
Given how the aquarium seems to provide visions of spirits from people who have passed on, I feel inclined to believe the girl Kukuru sees is not the future version of herself like many had posited. Rather, it is the spirit of her dead twin watching over her. Making sure she’s going to be okay. I think Kukuru can feel more courage going forwards knowing that she has a guardian angel by her side. Especially with heavy implications Kai and Karin are looking to join Kukuru on the next step of her journey.
Fuuka leaving to chase her dreams only makes sense. We saw how broken she was feeling when it didn’t seem to work out. And these golden second chance opportunities absolutely can’t be passed up on. But damn did it hurt to see Kukuru going off to cry by herself at the airport. Fuuka is the kind of friend anyone would want to have. She is true to the people she cares about. It can really suck, because that kind of selflessness gets taken advantage of – as we saw with the kouhai who usurped her. Nevertheless I feel more sorry for the kind of pathetic people who would only think about themselves and take advantage of others, because they are self-centred and will struggle to have true bonds or connections with other people. For me at least, one’s connections to others is a huge part to the meaning behind life. So at the very least, although Kukuru and Fuuka might have parted ways, they have forged a genuine connection that will last a lifetime – having bonded over that once in a lifetime experience where they endeavoured to save Gama Gama Aquarium together.
I’m curious to see where Aquatope goes. Seems inevitable that Kukuru will join Tingaara, and despite the personal shortcomings she acknowledges, I have to agree with Tingaara’s director Hoshino at the end of the day. She has the experience and no one can question her dedication or commitment to looking after sea life. Regardless of her fuck-ups, she’s only what – 16 or 17? For all the criticisms I’ve made, there’s no question she’s done and achieved at her age is remarkable. Any kind of hiring manager can see that. Perhaps she’s got some way to go before becoming the best version of herself. As do most young people. However her drive and determination seem second to none so I have no doubt that she’s well on her way to reaching that goal.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!