Aquatope of White Sand promises to be one of the most beautiful works of the season, with two relatable female protagonists, a heartfelt coming-of-age arc, and several endearing sea creatures, in an aquarium setting that provides an ideal escape during this difficult summer. The slice-of-life show is slow-paced like summer itself, so you might be craving more content in between the weekly updates. So, is The Aquatope of White Sand based on a manga or light novel, and what is its status?
The Aquatope of White Sand, or Shiroi Suna no Aquatope, tells the story of two very different girls who cross paths one summer: Kukuru Misakino; an 18-year-old girl living with her grandparents and managing their aquarium; and Fuuka Miyazawa, a failed idol who has given up on her dream and finds herself adrift.
Not wanting to face her family and friends after being fired, Fuuka goes to Okinawa instead, where she becomes enchanted by the Gama Gama Aquarium and gets a job as a live-in assistant there. At first, Fuuka struggles to find her feet, but she comes to cherish her friendship with Fuuka and her time in Okinawa.
But can a summer dream ever last? Soon, Fuuka finds out that the aquarium is in danger of shutting down and decides to support Kukuru in her dream to save it, even though time and resources are against them.
Unfortunately for fans who return to the show weekly, The Aquatope of White Sand is not based on a manga or light novel. To be fair, the animated form might be the best to tell such a story. Shiroi Suna no Aquatope isn't very eventful as anime go, so color and sound are important, and help us become truly immersed in beautiful Okinawa.
Even so, fans might be glad to hear that the Shiroi Suna no Aquatope anime is currently being adapted into a manga. The first chapter came out on the 1st of August. We don't think that the ongoing manga is likely to surpass the anime at this point, but it could provide this sweet, sweet extra content.
This also means that we're all on the same page for now. There's no sure proof way to tell how the 24-episode anime will unfold, and, sometimes, that's ok.