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Anime Beach: Five Amazing Episodes to Watch!

Thalia HarrisThalia Harris
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Posted on June 18, 2024

When the temperatures rise, and school lets out for summer, anime fans know it’s time for the annual tradition – the highly anticipated beach episodes! These sun-soaked, sand-filled installments have become a beloved staple across countless anime series! Get ready to dive into the deep end of why these episodes hold such an enduring appeal!

“The Sun, The Sea and the Host Club” (Ouran High School Host Club)

In the Ouran High School Host Club episode “The Sun, the Sea, and the Host Club,” the members take a beach trip to Okinawa with customers. Hikaru and Kaoru devise a game to uncover Haruhi’s biggest fear, revealing how they joined after Tamaki distinguished them as individuals. During the trip, Haruhi helps girls who are being hassled by local men, putting herself at risk. The other hosts become extremely overprotective, with Kyoya attempting to teach Haruhi a harsh lesson about the potential dangers, though going too far.

Tamaki and Haruhi are on the beach. Tamaki is holding a crab, and Haruhi is looking at him with concern.
A day at the beach turns into a big misunderstanding! Image via Apple TV

The episode explores themes of friendship, overprotectiveness despite good intentions and differing gender role perspectives. It provides insight into the twins’ past and close bond with Tamaki, highlighting Haruhi’s independence juxtaposed with the hosts’ excessive concern for her wellbeing. The contrasting character dynamics and the light-hearted beach setting blend drama with comedic moments.

“My Ocean” (My Love Story!!)

In the My Love Story!! episode “My Ocean,” Gouda Takeo goes on a beach trip with friends. His tall, muscular build catches the attention of local delinquents, who start causing trouble. Though Takeo can handle himself, his girlfriend Yamato Rinko worries, while friends Sunakawa and Suna jump in to defend him from the troublemakers. Rinko tries to protect Takeo, too, showing her care, but the guys don’t want her involved in the physical conflict due to potential danger.

Takeo and Yamato from "My Love Story" frolicking in the water.
Takeo and Yamato know how to have a relaxing time! Image via Random Curiosity

The episode explores friends looking out for each other in difficult situations and gender roles—Rinko wants to protect her boyfriend, Takeo, contrasting with the male friends who believe she should avoid the fight. It highlights Takeo’s loyalty and unwillingness to abandon his friends despite being targeted. Overall, it provides insight into the strong bond between Takeo, Rinko, Sunakawa, and Suna through the beach confrontation.

“Final Exams” (Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma)

In this Food Wars episode, Totsuki Academy students had to take important final exams. There was a written test, but the big challenge was a tough cooking practical exam with an ocean theme. Passing these exams meant they could continue at the school, but failing meant getting kicked out!

They had to make a dish following stringent rules for the cooking practical at beach clubhouses. The instructors judging them were super serious. The students practiced hard to get ready, like Soma, who worked extra hours at his family’s diner.

Soma Takeuchi and a black-haired boy from "Food Wars" staring off at the beach.
The student chefs have a final cook-off at the beach! Image via CBR

On the exam day, the written test checked how much cooking knowledge they had learned. But the real test was the cooking practical. All the students were cooking like crazy, trying their best. Soma devised a creative new way to make his dish, even with all the pressure.

The episode builds tension and excitement when the instructors finally taste the students’ dishes. With the incredible-looking food and the high stakes of passing or failing, this episode really shows how intense and stressful it is at the elite Totsuki cooking academy.

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“A Swim Off in a Foreign Land” (Free! Iwatobi Swim Club)

In the anime Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, there’s an episode called “A Swim Off in a Foreign Land.” Rin invites his friend Haruka to come to Australia with him. Haruka feels unsure about what he wants to do in the future, so the trip could help him figure things out.

The boys from the Iwatobi Swim Club cheerily talking to some girls.
These guys have a beach day in Sydney, Australia! Image via CBR

When they get to Sydney, Australia, Rin surprisingly tells Haruka that he admires him. Even though they used to be teammates, they decided to have a freestyle swimming race against each other to bring back their old rivalry.
But then something dramatic happens! While they’re racing, Haruka sees a young boy struggling in the rough ocean water. He stops racing and bravely swims out to rescue the boy from drowning.

This episode explores Rin and Haruka’s close but complicated friendship. It hints that even though they are apart now, they will eventually reunite with their other friends from the Iwatobi Swim Club. With the powerful character moments and daring rescue, this is a gripping episode about friendship!

“Ryunosuke Stunned! Solid Rock Mother Cherishes Her Young Pebble!” (Urusei Yatsura)

The Urusei Yatsura episode “Ryunosuke Stunned! Solid Rock Mother Cherishes Her Young Pebble!” This episode is about Ryunosuke Fujinami, a girl raised as a boy by her really weird dad, who owns a cafe near the beach. At the start, Ryunosuke’s dad is going crazy trying to find a son to carry on the family name, not realizing Ryunosuke is actually a girl! This sets up a funny case of mistaken identity and mixed-up gender roles.

Lum from "Urusei Yatsura" on the beach.
Lum is an oni alien princess! Image via Random Curiosity

While this happens, a giant alien called “Rock Mother” arrives on Earth looking for her lost child. Rock Mother causes total chaos in Tomobiki, which gets Lum’s attention and that of her friends. The episode has lots of silly, slapstick humor from Rock Mother rampaging around. But it also has some really sweet moments when Rock Mother finally reunites with her long-lost child – who turns out to be Ryunosuke!

Why are anime beach episodes special?

Beach episodes in anime are super popular with fans because they give a nice break from the regular school or city scenes by taking place at relaxing, sunny beach locations. The artists get to have fun drawing all the characters in fabulous swimsuits that show off their personalities in a funny way—it’s always entertaining to see your favorite characters dressed up in casual beach outfits!

Two people in casual clothing chilling on the beach.
What’s your favorite anime beach episode? Image via Wallpaper Cave

These episodes also shift the focus to the characters’ relationships with each other in the more laid-back beach setting! Overall, beach episodes provide an exciting change of pace by mixing character development and relationships with comedy and romance, all set against a nostalgic summer backdrop that fans love! What’s your favorite anime beach episode? Let us know in the comments below! 

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