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Original TV Anime 'Shiroi Suna no Aquatope' Announced for Summer 2021

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Production company Infinite opened an official website for an original television anime titled Shiroi Suna no Aquatope (Aquatope of White Sand) on Friday, revealing the cast, staff, teaser promo, and visual (pictured). The anime series is scheduled to premiere in July 2021.

Synopsis
Kukuru Umisakino, an 18-year-old high school girl working in an aquarium meets Fuuka Miyazawa, a former idol who lost her place in Tokyo and escaped. Fuuka will spend her days in the aquarium with her own thoughts in mind. However, the crisis of closing is approaching for the aquarium, as the girls explore their dreams and reality, loneliness and friends, bonds and conflicts.

Cast
Misakino Kukuru: Miku Itou (5-toubun no Hanayome)
Miyazawa Fuuka: Rikako Aida (Senryuu Shoujo)

Staff
Director: Toshiya Shinohara (Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara)
Series Composition: Yuuko Kakihara (Chihayafuru 3)
Original Character Design: U35 (Blue: Line Step Brush)
Character Design, Animation Director: Yuki Akiyama (Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarou key animation)
Art Director: Kurumi Suzuki (Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season)
Art Supervisor: Junichi Higashi (Houkago Teibou Nisshi)
Art Setting: Yoshinori Shiozawa (Vinland Saga)
Director of Photography: Satoshi Namiki (Orange)
Color Design: Naomi Nakano (Sakura Quest)
3D Director: Haruki Suzuki (Kamisama ni Natta Hi)
Editing: Ayumu Takahashi (Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? Bloom)
Special Effects: Masahiro Murakami (Kabukichou Sherlock)
Sound Director: Haru Yamada (Made in Abyss)
Music: Yoshiaki Dewa (Flying Witch)
Production: Infinite
Studio: P.A.Works

Teaser PV


Official site: https://aquatope-anime.com/
Official Twitter: @aquatope_anime

Source: Moca News

Shiroi Suna no Aquatope on MAL
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This looks great. I know some people might be hesitant about the director, but I personally love what I've seen of his. This looks like Nagi no Asukara mixed with Irozuku and Children of the Sea (more for the setting). Very excited.

Edit - I also just noticed the music is by Yoshiaki Dewa, who is one of my absolute favorites.
 
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Now the important question is: is this bait or actual lesbian?
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Looks like shoujo ai.
Meh...
 
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Looks fantastic! As @Xaeveax pointed out earlier, the PV really gives off vibes from Nagi no Asukara & Kaijuu no Kodomo with Irozuku's aesthetics and that's fab!

Besides, it's a PA Works Original and that's already more than enough to win me over.
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The pv looks good. Rikako Aida is voicing an idol yet again, I like her voice in LL so I don't think she'll disappoint with this one.
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Is the spelling "Auatrope" official, and is that even a word? The website is spelled "Aquatobe" though.
 
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Just quoting one guy from ANN.

"There's no debate—the katakana clearly read "アクアトープ," meaning "aquatrope." The anime studio inability to proofread English strikes again."

And official site uses "Aquatope". They butched up the twitter message.


I doubt PAW will go even with subtext GL, but I still can hope.
 
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PA Works + beautiful artworks + Aida Rikako + looks like to be yuri = I'm in.
The story also revolves around the aquarium which I also like to visit the Japanese aquarium. That's made it more interesting for me.
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_MushiRock11_ said:
Besides, it's a PA Works Original and that's already more than enough to win me over.


Yeah, I try to watch all of their originals. They are always unique and feel like passion projects (usually good quality too).
 
 
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I get strong yuri vibes. it's possible that it is the first romantic anime of P.A.Works ?

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I get strong yuri vibes. it's possible that it is the first romantic anime of P.A.Works ?


But they had True Tears. Also, just remembered that Cannan was heavy on yuri.
 
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Theo1899 said:
Now the important question is: is this bait or actual lesbian?

Well there's no Mari Okada listed so chances are it's either all or nothing :P




Rosary_Diva said:
I get strong yuri vibes. it's possible that it is the first romantic anime of P.A.Works ?

Iroduku was a pretty romantic work imo
 
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Rosary_Diva said:
I get strong yuri vibes. it's possible that it is the first romantic anime of P.A.Works ?


But they had True Tears. Also, just remembered that Cannan was heavy on yuri.


True tears It is an adaptation of a visual novel with a male protagonist so definitely is not. Cannan I have not seen it, but it seems that is yuri

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This might be a beautiful anime.
 
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But they had True Tears. Also, just remembered that Cannan was heavy on yuri.


True tears It is an adaptation of a visual novel with a male protagonist so definitely is not. Cannan I have not seen it, but it seems that is yuri


You said "romance", not "yuri" so I mentioned TT. And it is an adptation only formally (it has nothing to do with the VN of the same name)
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Looks INCREDIBLY amazing, sasuga P.A.
It's very colorful and sparkly, it strongly reminds me of my favorite original anime of 3 years ago, Irozuku Sekai.
I hope the story will be as good as the anime look. But this is enough so far to make it one of my most anticipated upcoming original anime.
Now time for me to rewind this trailer over and over and over again, due to how beautiful it is.
 
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Although not all of P.A. Works originals work for me, the story still sounds interesting and cast and staff sounds pretty good as well, so I'm looking forward to this one. At the very least it will be looking pretty fancy from what the teaser looks like, even if nothing else works - but I guess I'll have to wait and find out what it'll be.
 
 
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Yes, I'm always up for these P.A. originals. I hope I will end up loving it as much as Nagi no Asu kara and Iroduku.
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Shoujo ai? Ugh no thanks P.A. Works
 
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P.A. Works + Shoujo Ai? Let's go!

 
 
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>Rikako Aida (Senryuu Shoujo)
Surely she's better known for another role? Maybe like one from that one massive franchise?
 
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>Rikako Aida (Senryuu Shoujo)
Surely she's better known for another role? Maybe like one from that one massive franchise?


Just deal with it. MAL staff uses stupid ANN policy to mention most recently licenced anime even if it is not the best option.
 
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Hmmm... not enough info about the anime, I'll be waiting for more info and see if it's gonna be interesting! Looks like we're gonna have Nagi no Asukara mix with Irozuku vibe, Minna-san!
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The pv looks good. Rikako Aida is voicing an idol yet again, I like her voice in LL so I don't think she'll disappoint with this one.


I'm even think this is going to best role in her anime seiyuu career. Looks like she very excited about that, and so was me! \\(^o^)//
Perhaps she can do the best to fulfill this high expectation.
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Nagi No Asukara is still my favorite show from P.A. Works, so knowing this show also use Aquatic theme, I also feeling exicted. Cant wait.
 
 
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@Hrybami @Xenocrisi @Piromysl I love how people start to be happy or upset that this is "shoujo ai" even though we actually don't know anything about this show yet, lol.

Theo1899 said:
Now the important question is: is this bait or actual lesbian?


I'm not even sure if it will be bait at all. But Miku's involvement in this and the apparent absence of male characters could mean something.

Rosary_Diva said:


But they had True Tears. Also, just remembered that Cannan was heavy on yuri.


True tears It is an adaptation of a visual novel with a male protagonist so definitely is not. Cannan I have not seen it, but it seems that is yuri


Canaan was technically about "female super duper friendship", so technically it's not yuri.
 
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I am always in for some sweet Yuri. The pv was really gay. I want to see some cute lesbian kissing,,,YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES


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Just wanted to say it reminds me of "A Tropical Fish Yearns For Snow" with the whole two 'ambiguously gay' girls and aquarium aesthetic.
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RemmyTums said:
Just wanted to say it reminds me of "A Tropical Fish Yearns For Snow" with the whole two 'ambiguously gay' girls and aquarium aesthetic.


It's too early to talk about anything, but I can already predict how people will argue over this before, during and after the premiere. Unless of course it is don't be literal yuri.



 
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RobertBobert said:
RemmyTums said:
Just wanted to say it reminds me of "A Tropical Fish Yearns For Snow" with the whole two 'ambiguously gay' girls and aquarium aesthetic.


It's too early to talk about anything, but I can already predict how people will argue over this before, during and after the premiere. Unless of course it is don't be literal yuri.





Yeah, you're right. It gonna be annoying discussing the series if all anyone talks about is if it's yuri or not. It just made me think of that one specific manga.
 
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RemmyTums said:
RobertBobert said:


It's too early to talk about anything, but I can already predict how people will argue over this before, during and after the premiere. Unless of course it is don't be literal yuri.





Yeah, you're right. It gonna be annoying discussing the series if all anyone talks about is if it's yuri or not. It just made me think of that one specific manga.


For this reason, I have stopped reading discussions of all-female anime unless I have a specific reason. Either I'll be involved in a pointless argument, or I'll ruin my mood.

Did you talk about Tropical Fish or something? To be honest, I haven't read this manga, but I always thought it was yuri. Until I found out that people argue about it.
 
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Script creator and director both commited Irodoku, which was probably the most boring anime ever made. Skipping this one.
 
 
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Xaeveax said:
This looks great. I know some people might be hesitant about the director, but I personally love what I've seen of his. This looks like Nagi no Asukara mixed with Irozuku and Children of the Sea (more for the setting). Very excited.

The perfect mix, literally.

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Now the important question is: is this bait or actual lesbian?

Most shoujo ai anime themselves are already bait. So it's probably bait.
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OHH...Nagi no Asukara with a pinch of Iroduku?

Regardless though, P.A. Works originals have a lot to anticipate about, though a recurring practice for more than a decade.
 
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P.A. Works has a lot of misses these days, idk if ill try it...

They are damn great looking misses tho.
 
 
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@FullyCharged It would be more accurate to say that the non-canon label "shoujo ai" is mainly used for a show that is nothing more than bait.

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OHH...Nagi no Asukara with a pinch of Iroduku?

Regardless though, P.A. Works originals have a lot to anticipate about, though a recurring practice for more than a decade.


If two female protagonists were a deliberate or unintentional bait and this turns out to be the second Iroduku, then I literally will laugh for several days, rereading all these comments on twitter, where yuri fans for some reason decided that a date in an aquarium is some kind of special trope of yuri manga
 
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First Akari, and now Rikako. Damn Miku really do be making a harem out of Love Live girls lol.
 
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Another anime that's giving Kyoani vibes and Adachi to Shimamura vibes because of how they're narrating their feelings and thoughts. Looking forward to this one.
 
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Another anime that's giving Kyoani vibes and Adachi to Shimamura vibes because of how they're narrating their feelings and thoughts. Looking forward to this one.


I'm sorry, at what point?
 
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RobertBobert said:
Rickydory123 said:
Another anime that's giving Kyoani vibes and Adachi to Shimamura vibes because of how they're narrating their feelings and thoughts. Looking forward to this one.


I'm sorry, at what point?

As the synopsis said the story revolves around these two girls exploring their dreams and reality, loneliness and friends, bonds and conflicts. And in the teaser the way they were speaking, the music, the atmosphere kinda gave Adachi to Shimamura vibes to me. And the art seemed Kyoani-ish to me. That's all. :-|
 
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Rickydory123 said:
RobertBobert said:


I'm sorry, at what point?

As the synopsis said the story revolves around these two girls exploring their dreams and reality, loneliness and friends, bonds and conflicts. And in the teaser the way they were speaking, the music, the atmosphere kinda gave Adachi to Shimamura vibes to me. And the art seemed Kyoani-ish to me. That's all. :-|


Hmm, personally I can only understand the KyoAni vibes here, but okay, it's pointless to argue about personal impressions.
 
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I thought Toshiya Shinohara's lastest work (Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara) was on the weak side, so I hope this fares better than that.

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This anime seems to be great, looking forward to the release.
 
 
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Ugh. Looks like this is a yuri or fuyuribait. I pass.
 
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Always nice to see an original anime airing, especially one from P.A. The PV is quite pretty and the synopsis is fairly interesting.