One word best describes this particular Girls Club show, “elegant”. The intrigued may find out what I mean as we take a look at Akebi’s Sailor Uniform.
Alternate Title: Akebi-chan no Sailor Fuku (Japanese)
Genres: Comedy, School Life, Slice of Life, Yuri
Number of Episodes: 12
Plot Summary: Komichi Akebi is starting junior high at the prestigious Rōbai Academy in the countryside. It’s been her dream to wear a sailor-style school uniform and tomorrow her dream will come true. Thus began the story of Komichi’s life in Class 1-3 and her many cute and pretty classmates.
Before we get to what I referred to in the introduction an explanation of the title. In short the reason Komichi wants to wear a sailor uniform so badly is not just because it looks cute, cool and pretty but what it represents both in its conception and what it means for Komichi herself. The gist of the main story is about Komichi’s quest to make as many friends as possible in her new school, specifically all her classmates in Room 1-3. She is a pure, kindhearted, talented and capable country girl. Once viewers come to understand who she is beyond her personality and her childhood it becomes clear why this quest means so much to her and why she gives it her all every single day.
While Komichi is already a bundle of fun her classmates are equally fun and interesting such as Minoru Ohkuma. Even ones whose backgrounds are short and sweet such as the tall girl Hitomi Washio. Their activities are all standard schoolgirl/Girls’ Club series fare but like most lauded series of its ilk the best ones have simple setups with great to fantastic execution. Akebi has simple setups with fantastic execution.
This segues back to what I said in the introduction. The one word description of all things Akebi is “elegant”. The character designs? Elegant. Their mannerisms? Elegant. Komichi’s cute and silly expressions? Elegant. The soundtrack? Mostly classical music, thus elegant. The sexiness? Divisively elegant. See, unlike shows such as Bisque Doll (Pretty good show by the way) and World’s End Harem (Haven’t seen it but screen grabs were all I needed) the cultured content in Akebi ranges from simple or sensual show of skin to accentuate how beautiful most of the girls are to high quality art as if the girls are posing for fashion or gravure magazines. Usually it is to convey the aforementioned sexiness but at times there is good reason for it, such as Kei Tanigawa’s story.
The Yuri? Naturally it too is “elegant”. While overall it is Komichi forming a stealth harem of all her classmates there is no question who is the undisputed #1. This one sentence by the second protagonist of the show, Erika Kizaki sums up her “raison d’etre”. Curious yuri fans watching this anime are recommended to engrave this thought of Erika’s into their souls during viewing. Remember what I said in the presentation about accentuating the girls’ beauty? That goes double for Erika’s “RDE”.
One last thing. This is Komichi’s younger sister Kao. Nuff said.
Overall Akebi’s Sailor Uniform is a simple Girls’ Club show with fantastic execution. Komichi, her classmates/harem and the rest of the cast are all wonderful, each with neat backgrounds. The presentation is “elegant” in every single way, including the yuri. How viewers approach the sexiness depends on their tolerance of anime sexiness, as always. Recommended to most Girls Club aficionados.
Normally I would say “NEED SEASON 2 YESTERDAY!” but even if we do not get one what was featured here far surpassed my expectations.
PS: The season finale is AMAZING!