Hello and welcome to the G-Views, where creativity is respected and Dokuro-chan is rejected. As many of my fans know, one of my favorite anime genres is the Slice of Life genre and the Girls Club subgenre is my drug. Having said that, it should come as no surprise that I enjoyed (currently enjoying as I type this review) the show that I’ll be reviewing today. This is A-Channel.
Genres: comedy, romance, slice of life
Themes: school, yuri
Number of episodes: 12+Specials and 2 OVAs
Plot Summary: A series about four friends. Tooru, who has just entered the same high school as her best and childhood friend Run, who is now a second year, and Run’s friends Yuuko & Nagi in their daily lives.
Tooru takes a test so she can enter the same high school as Run, the girl she likes. She passes, but when she goes to tell Run, she finds her hugging a girl she’s never seen before.
That’s the gist of the 1st episode’s 10 minute prologue. The rest of the series follows the usual Girls Club formula: A show about the daily lives of a group of girls (usually 4-5) and their friends and family. The classic elements of moral values and strengthening bonds of friendship are present here and much appreciated since I enjoy watching these shows because there’s no plot to follow, no confusing stuff going on and nothing to whine about other than gripes from the “usual crowd”. As you can see there’s not much else I can say about the plot. You’ll have to see each episode for yourself and meet the cast of fun and quirky characters as they’re introduced. As for the yuri mentioned on top, Tooru’s love for Run is obviously there and there are hints that Run somewhat reciprocates Tooru’s feelings. It’s light and fluffy stuff along the lines of K-ON!’s level of yuri.
The animation is standard and adorable at the same time. I cannot tell you how many times I went aww after seeing bubbly faced Run with her beady eyes and simplemindedness. The other characters and settings on the show are pretty standard suburban locations with nothing that stands out. Overall, it’s nice to look at but nothing wow worthy.
The Music: I’m addicted to the OP. I can’t explain why I enjoy listening to it so much, I just do. The ED is also nice. As for the show’s OST, there’s one particular beat I enjoy. Check out episode 4 at 2:16 and you’ll hear which tune I’m talking about. There are also fun and easy to listen to songs inserted in almost every episode on the show, which means that viewers should expect a song to play during certain pivotal parts of an episode that both describe and set the mood of how the characters are currently feeling during those moments.
Run-chan: Resident airhead, lovable and huggable, Tooru’s love interest. She’s a simple minded yet occasionally interesting person who doesn’t think things through very often but has a friendly aura surrounding her.
Tooru: She’s a soft-spoken, cynical, strong, intelligent and witty girl who has a crush on Run-chan and will do whatever it takes to protect her beloved from harm. She starts off not trusting other people but slowly starts becoming more social with not only Nagi and Yuuko but also makes other friends in her own classroom as well, or should I say…”fans”. Oh and her weapon of choice is a bat. Her signature moves include: Death Stalk, Breast Punch and Bear Hug. In short, she’s hardcore.
Yuuko, aka Mio’s (K-ON!) cousin twice removed: I’m not joking here. She has many similarities to the now iconic Moe Moe Kyun girl that they only differ in terms of intensity level. Think of Yuuko as a softer version of Mio: Meaning not as cowardly, not as violent and slightly nicer…slightly. She’s also one of Tooru’s “arch enemies”, well not really enemy but watch the show and you’ll understand. Oh, and she’s the victim of many classic jokes involving her character type.
Nagi: One word, weight issues. Other than that she’s the most straightforward and level headed girl in the group. Not much I can say about her to make her stand out other than how basic she is. Still, she fills her part very well and does her best not to be a bore…which she isn’t.
Come to think of it, they’re kind of reminiscent of the Lucky Star Quartet: Run (Tsuakasa), Tooru (Konata), Yuuko (Kagami), Nagi (Miyuki).
As usual with SoL shows the rest of the cast is a quirky bunch that will have its share of oddballs and huggables so you have an idea of what to expect.
In conclusion: What else can I say about this show? It’s a straightforward and enjoyable SoL anime that doesn’t do anything wrong and provides lighthearted fun for fans of said genre. If you’re part of the “usual crowd”, you know where the exit is.