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A-Channel – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「Morning Arch」 by 河野マリナ (Kawano Marina)
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「好き, An April Day」 (Suki)
“Love, An April Day”

A-Channel isn’t your average, run of the mill slice of life. It’s more of your real life situation, feelings of doubt and rejection; totally serious yet totally not serious at the same time, slice of life. I know that you readers were comparing A-Channel to Nichijou a while back, and I’m glad to see that A-Channel feels completely different in nearly every aspect — something which makes me happy.

The reason I say this show makes me happy, is that it doesn’t seem to focus on comedy all the time. Sure, there are some funny moments, but the feeling the show exerts is something deeper than just corny jokes. Take Tooru (Yuuki Aoi) who I feel extremely bad for. Being the youngest one in a group of friends usually never ends well and unlike a certain guitar prodigy, I felt strongly attached to Tooru as I watched her struggle to deal with change (more so since I can relate). I can only imagine just how close she was to Run (Fukuhara Kaori) before she became a High School student and the amount of mixed joy she felt when she saw Nagi (Uchiyama Yumi) and Yuuko (Kotobuki Minako) standing beside her beloved Run. It’s these kinds of moments that really grab me since it’s easy to understand right where Tooru is coming from — it’s the feeling of jealously and a bit of betrayal when the truth that you’re not the only person in someone’s world smacks you right in the face.

But pushing past all the negativity, the first episode managed to overcome all of that and set the stage for a group of four friends to learn more about each other. When everyone noticed that Tooru had been struggling with her mixed feelings, it was an amazing moment went Run went and hugged Tooru. Even better was when Yuuko and Nagi followed up and announced just how much they want to become Tooru’s friend — friendship building moments all around!

With a general introduction episode, I was happy to find that I really enjoyed A-Channel. With a handful of boob slapping-ly funny jokes, I can honestly say that I was surprised how well the subtle humor got me. Besides that, I’m really excited to see just how well we get to know each character. With all their unique personality traits, it’s fun to watch everyone butt heads over the simplest things. From Run’s air headedness to Nagi’s concrete sense of judgment, all the way to Tooru swinging that metal baseball bat, I’m expecting good things from this show. Combine that with a near stellar cast of seiyuu behind the faces, and I’m all smiles.

P.S. If I’m the only one who thought Tooru’s long sleeves were extremely cute, I’m going to hurl something heavy over a large ledge.

INS1: 「はるかぜの化学」 (Harukaze no Kagaku) by るん, トオル, ナギ, ユー子 (Run, Tohru, Nagi, Yuuko)
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ED Sequence

ED: 「ハミングガール」 (Humming Girl) by 福原香織, 悠木碧, 内山夕実, 美菜子寿 (Fukuhara Kaori, Yuuki Aoi, Uchiyama Yumi, Kotobuki Minako)
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April 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm
  • April 8, 2011 at 10:17 pmkeiOnDaisuki

    first!! XDD

  • April 8, 2011 at 10:18 pmAlec

    I prefer Nichijou, but A-channel has its own charm. it kinda got boring for me at the end though -_-

  • April 8, 2011 at 10:20 pminuyasha94588

    This show left me smiling the entire time! It’s great that we get to feel emotions along with our yuri shipping and boob scooping now.

  • April 8, 2011 at 10:25 pmOrinX


  • April 8, 2011 at 10:27 pmSyllen

    k-on clone that is extremely boring =\

    • April 9, 2011 at 12:20 amRutlege

      are you kidding? this is way better than ep1 of k-on

    • April 10, 2011 at 1:34 pmvirox

      >implying keion is not boring

    • April 11, 2011 at 4:38 pmRincewind

      Well, for me K-on! its not boring at all. Is funnycute!!! Just needs more Mugi-yuri-vision! And less Asuza and more Mio! (Waiting for being impaled by Asuza fans)

    • April 15, 2011 at 8:25 pmconyo985

      This is really more boring than K-ON! Nothing happened. Just girls doing mundane activities. In K-ON! they formed a band and a club, composed music, had a lot of misadventures. I guess it’s the first episode but using up the whole episode doing nothing doesn’t help at all!

    • April 21, 2011 at 7:30 pmAhmy

      I didn’t waste my time to watch k-on after ep 1 and its i my drop list , when A channel is in my watch list :D

  • April 8, 2011 at 10:35 pmYs10

    I’m disappointed in seeing a lot of negative reactions to this show, a lot seem to think that K-On was apparently the first slice of life with high school girls and everything must be compared to it.

    The episode introduced and set up the character dynamics well and I’m looking forward to the future episodes. And you aren’t the only one that found Tooru exceptionally cute with her sleeves.

    • April 8, 2011 at 11:21 pmKJacket

      Yes, very unfortunate that somehow k-on has to be brought up and compared to all all-girls slice of life anime in at least next two years. It didn’t even cross my mind until someone had to say it – like I lost the game. At any rate it’s probably more lucky star than k-on.

      • April 9, 2011 at 3:13 amSkizzit

        The funny thing is everyone compared K-ON to Lucky Star when it first came out as well. Maybe in a year or two, the new all girl slice-of-life will be compared to A-Channel. The circle of life…

    • April 9, 2011 at 12:49 amSerapita

      Not to mention people now comparing A-Channel to Nichijou. I find both of them funny and worth watching but Nichijou is just a little over the edge, in my opinion. While A-Channel has a more tender atmosphere to it.

      And yes, I agree this is more of Lucky Star than K-ON.

    • April 9, 2011 at 8:12 amkira-kun

      A-Chan looks to be fun. Tooru is unbelievably kawaii. Long sleeves are a huge plus.

      I personally compare these girl slice-of-life shows to my ultimate fave slice-of-life comedy Azumanga. A-Chan certainly is entertaining so far. Boobie upper-cut attacks lol… poor Yuuko. That BBQ ringtone joke was so rofl. And made me want kalbee and Yakiniku too.

  • April 8, 2011 at 10:36 pmDivine

    Those who follow A-Channel get early access to the next season preview. So, who’s watching this awesome show?

    • April 8, 2011 at 10:38 pmAlec

      *raises his hand*

    • April 8, 2011 at 10:41 pmRei

      *raises hand too*

    • April 8, 2011 at 11:02 pmkeiOnDaisuki

      *raises 9 fingers*

    • April 8, 2011 at 11:02 pmJo

      me three!!


    • April 8, 2011 at 11:04 pmJo

      Darn it…just got beaten to it..Lol.
      me four, me five..I am watching this…


    • April 8, 2011 at 11:06 pmsarcastic_weasel

      I’ve been waiting for A Channel since the PV came out in January. I’ll be following it. It’s a cute 4-koma manga.

      I don’t grok the hate. How can you hate Tooru? She’s so cute when she’s feeling murderous rage… like a dangerous hamster or something.

    • April 8, 2011 at 11:23 pmamado

      it was already on my list when I heard of an all girl cast, slice of life. yuri potential with comedy and heartwarming scenes.

      • April 8, 2011 at 11:43 pmkeiOnDaisuki

        ahahaha. same here. XDDD

    • April 8, 2011 at 11:27 pmgawrshness

      To me it kinda looks like an exaggerated version of Lucky Star with the personality of the girls switched with one another…which is exactly why I’m gonna watch this to the end~! I’ve been looking for this kind of show since forever!

    • April 8, 2011 at 11:40 pmKaosu

      I was dying when the subs didn’t come out by Thursday night.

    • April 8, 2011 at 11:51 pmNhelraios

      I am.

      I thought this episode was a good start for a slice of life show.

      PS: Don’t throw something dangerous over the ledge or else

    • April 8, 2011 at 11:54 pmTorrigan

      Isnt the question who isnt watching this??

    • April 9, 2011 at 12:05 amJusta_Dream

      Right here! *raises both hands* ^_^

    • April 9, 2011 at 12:21 amRutlege


    • April 9, 2011 at 12:35 amFenicks

      here too.

    • April 9, 2011 at 12:38 amSerapita

      Me Me Me!

      I alike this a lot more than Nichijou

    • April 9, 2011 at 2:41 amDivine


      • April 9, 2011 at 2:54 amFlamingYu

        Feels like Divine is planning something.
        Your ” Excellent. ” gives me the chills.

        Btw, I like that “action” done by Tooru on Yuuko.

      • April 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm✙Croosboy✙

        I wonder what his plan is :|. hmmmm.
        Well if its Divine liking the series, I have high hope that on it.

    • April 9, 2011 at 2:42 amDacasa

      Im following this one!
      Tooru and Run are too cute to ignore. The seiyu did a great job really.

    • April 9, 2011 at 3:21 amImperialX

      Of course I’m following it. :)

    • April 9, 2011 at 4:38 amSoraNoKaze

      I shall be watching and this wasn’t even on my list

    • April 9, 2011 at 6:13 amBossun

      Most certainly I am. Slice-of-Life/Comedies about cute little girls are a guilty pleasure of mine

    • April 9, 2011 at 8:15 amkira-kun

      banzai…(double hands raised with long sleeves)

    • April 9, 2011 at 8:50 amP0NCH

      Oh yes! ヽ(゜▽、゜)ノ

    • April 9, 2011 at 11:28 amKinny Riddle

      When Divine calls, everyone follows. Well, almost everyone. :)

    • April 9, 2011 at 11:34 amShadoWanderer

      *raises hand too* this was in my list since I checked out their manga. I love it how Tooru has some Run radar on when to get her metal baseball bat.

    • April 9, 2011 at 11:47 amJason

      *Raises hand.* And I wasn’t even planning on following anything outside of Steins Gate, Hanasaku Iroha, and Yugioh ZeXal. But this is so cute (Tooru and her long sleeves, Yuuko, etc.) I just fell in love with it.

    • April 9, 2011 at 12:34 pmVictor3y

      *raises hand*

      It’s interesting in the way it has a lot of potential to be a really great Slice-of-Life show

    • April 9, 2011 at 3:22 pmShirt

      *hand raise*


    • April 9, 2011 at 3:57 pmShrubbery

      Will surely be following this

    • April 9, 2011 at 4:32 pmKit-A-Ron-Ron-Kat

      Late but I’m joining the ranks :)

      I don’t even see the point of comparing, for me these shows are meant for pure enjoyment, and this episode delivered – BBQ ringtone ftw, how could I as a fellow meat lover never have thought of that ???

    • April 9, 2011 at 8:48 pmTrunk monkey

      I really enjoyed the first show.

      Any one else think that Tooru may have a little shoujo-ai going there .

    • April 10, 2011 at 9:22 amlordip

      Just watched. Love it. so me..me..me

    • April 10, 2011 at 11:11 amEien


    • April 10, 2011 at 6:56 pmKarmafan

      Me too! I really love Tooru even tho she kinda violent.

    • April 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm✙Croosboy✙

      woh this is long for a reply but i guess i’ll join to :D. 俺も!!

    • April 11, 2011 at 12:18 ambertman4

      Just watched the episode. It was a lot of fun.

    • April 11, 2011 at 4:49 pminnerchihiro

      DUH! Totally following!!
      Divine, I really hope we can hear from you in the retrospective looks in the upcoming months. Your input is very welcome!!

    • April 12, 2011 at 7:16 pmBaKaYaRou

      I’m late kono bakayarou.!!! raises both hand including ahoge ^^

  • April 8, 2011 at 10:40 pmRei

    IT’S A YURI!

  • April 8, 2011 at 10:44 pmAlec

    Yuuko everybody?

  • April 8, 2011 at 10:55 pmSadamitsu

    Yuuko makes the show good

    • April 8, 2011 at 11:03 pmkeiOnDaisuki

      yeah. I like her. <3

    • April 9, 2011 at 2:45 amAlec

      Most people here seem to like Tooru -_-

      click “like” if you prefer Yuuko xD lol

  • April 8, 2011 at 10:58 pminuyasha94588

    Screw the MugixMio hybrid, It’s all about Tsukasa2.0 RUUUUUUUUUUN

    • April 11, 2011 at 4:54 pminnerchihiro

      This :D

  • April 8, 2011 at 11:23 pmPeanutbutter003

    Yes, Tsukasa 2.0. Shouldn’t go wrong here.

  • April 8, 2011 at 11:26 pmQwerty

    Tooru’s long sleeves are so cute I was practically heartbroken when during the credits they showed her in her summer uniform wearing a sweater vest…

  • April 8, 2011 at 11:27 pmamado

    oh and your not the only one who finds tooru cute with her long sleeves. I like her actions to yuuko when she’s jealous.

    • April 8, 2011 at 11:41 pmkeiOnDaisuki

      yeah, tooru’s adorable too. i get this fuzzy feeling when she starts ‘assaulting’ yuuko. *grins*

      anyhow, i love the yuri in it. <3

  • April 8, 2011 at 11:47 pmKaosu

    Tooru is like 90 percent of the reason why I watch this.

    The flow of this first episode didn’t quite feel right thought. Not being overloaded with jokes is perfectly fine, but spacing them out evenly and having some weirdly long pauses just threw me off.

    Well seeing Tooru makes up for it, especially knowing that she just gets more awesome as time goes on.

  • April 9, 2011 at 12:08 amMrMartini

    I really like Tooru and her attitude. It’s like watching a cute, small dog scaring off a huge one.

    And that last picture, did anyone else think about Pyramid Head?

  • April 9, 2011 at 12:13 amBROOKLYN otaku

    Boring so boring, i guess i just can’t get into “slice of life” shows that try to emulate “real life” while at the same time using cutesy,quirky supposedly high school age girls. if i wanted that i would watch “Dawson’s creek, 90210, gillmore girls” etc, etc. well..maybe those are bad examples, but for the life of me i can’t recollect any subject subject matter that is as tame as this for comparison, maybe that’s the appeal of this kind of show, the slooow lull effect, kinda like if there was such a thing as a G-rated soap opera.It’ll be Nichijou for me, that’s a nice far out and exaggerated imagination inducing trip i don’t mind taking.
    Of course I’ll give it another 1-2 ep’s,but…
    to each his/her own.

  • April 9, 2011 at 12:45 amrainstrife

    Hmm, long sleeves.

  • April 9, 2011 at 12:54 amgunners4life

    cute but booring luck star was way more funny and k-on was more moe this is like in between in boring land my opinion though

  • April 9, 2011 at 1:02 amanishuma

    I like this waaaaaaaaaaay more entertaining than Nichijou and I usually don’t like or stay away from moe’d up anime.

    Boob slaps and baseball bats, where could it ever go wrong?

  • April 9, 2011 at 2:34 amRiddle

    It’s only the first episode…remember how boring the first episode of K-on was. I’m saying, this anime is good. It felt more natural than K-on by the way. And I am a K-on fan (can’t live without it). However, I’ve got to admit, this anime is way better than K-on. Boring? No, you just don’t get it. The jokes are quite clever…I’m not saying all of them, just some of them.

  • April 9, 2011 at 3:19 amamado

    yuuko is like the butt monkey except its not quite as serious(or comedic) as the usual ones.

  • April 9, 2011 at 3:25 amPockets

    Anyone actually tried boob slapping before?
    I’m putting this is my bucket list XD

    • April 11, 2011 at 1:56 amTakaii

      Yes. You create pain for all parties involved (normally).

  • April 9, 2011 at 4:05 amahelo

    Screw everyone comparing this to nichijou. I feel like its an insult to compare nichijou with this cus at least nichijou has an ambition. This reeks of anything can be moe. Moe still has a bit of prestige you know.

    • April 9, 2011 at 4:25 amMrBrownSound

      lol, I think I understand what you mean.

  • April 9, 2011 at 5:14 amBanana

    Aoi Yuuki is in this show? Hell yeah, picked up.

  • April 9, 2011 at 6:12 amSoiyeruda

    Just on a first episode comparison, I find A-Channel much stronger than K-On and Lucky Star, and about tied with Nichijou (if you don’t count episode 0).

    K-On: Light character introduction; band formed.

    Lucky Star: Literally half of the episode droned on about. . .food. How is this supposed to be riveting?

    Nichijou: Episode 1 was good, but in a purely comedic sense, many of the jokes were hit or miss.

    A-Channel, for me, had a strong hook, providing a combination of drama, comedy, and moe. Everything was just sorta balanced (Okay, moe was ahead but still :x).

    People here seem to be trying to compare 1 episode of an anime that just came out (from a relatively new company) to three 2+ cour series, two of which have been established, and one with precedence, due to the company in question (aka, KyoAni). That’s just unreasonable on so many levels.

  • April 9, 2011 at 6:15 amBossun

  • April 9, 2011 at 7:02 amSleepyOtaku

    :P Great show, was waiting for it to come out all this time… love the empty headedness of Run-chan… and also the art style… especially when the eyes are drawn like this –> 0.0

  • April 9, 2011 at 7:25 amricz

    gonna watch it
    if it’s already finished :p

  • April 9, 2011 at 7:57 ambear

    Yeah, everyone else is here, but where are Ritsu and Mugi?

    Maybe their elective is going to be light music ;)

    • April 9, 2011 at 8:28 amSoiyeruda

      Yuuko’s VA = Mugi.

  • April 9, 2011 at 8:24 amstarss

    O . O

    I’m really close to picking this up! It looks so good.

  • April 9, 2011 at 8:48 amP0NCH

    Tooru is freaking adorable

  • April 9, 2011 at 11:34 amKinny Riddle

    At first I struggle to figure out who Run reminded me off, because she is unlike my beloved Yui, yet she is also what you call “the moe-blob” in a slice-of-life show. Then I saw that she’s voiced by Fukuhara Kaori, then did I remember, Run reminds me of Tsukasa, except a slightly more mature version of Tsukasa, since Run is the senpai here.

    Besides Kaorin and Minako, I’m not too familiar with the other two girls’ seiyuu, though Tohru has that Azu-nyan vibes with her.

    That said, I see Chihara Minori and Sawashiro Miyuki doing the voices for their teachers. This should be fun.

  • April 9, 2011 at 1:18 pminfo600

    it may have been a bit segmented, but the boob jokes…xD (do hope that it would appear less often…)

    …and for a minute (or 5), I thought I heard Mugi instead of Yuuko; and it doesn’t help that they both travel to school by train.

  • April 9, 2011 at 1:57 pmAndré

    Forcing moe in our heads. Not cool. They should’ve learned something from Ika Musume: how to make a “natural” moe anime.

  • April 9, 2011 at 2:01 pminnerchihiro

    Loved the first episode, this anime is for me.
    “With a handful of boob slapping-ly funny jokes…” This is called “scooping.” I’m a girl. This has happened to me. It’s hilarious. :D

    • April 11, 2011 at 1:58 amTakaii

      I didn’t know there was a term for these things. I should probably jot this down..

  • April 9, 2011 at 2:09 pmPera

    This was a good first episode. It made a lot of good impressions on me. And I already love Tooru! She is so cute!! My favorite moment of this episode is where Tooru is swinging the bat to get away the guys around Run

  • April 9, 2011 at 3:32 pmKevin

    I thought this would be pure comedy like Mitsudomoe or Ika Musume, but it isn’t. It actually doesn’t make me want to turn my back to this show either. I kind of like the sort of peace in every scene. I’ll continue watching as long as there are enough comedic moments (I thought WTF at the boob slapping) and cute moments (Tooru at the end) to keep me entertained. Though I still want to find a pure comedic anime.

    • April 9, 2011 at 11:06 pmSkizzit

      Nichijou for all your comedy slice-of-life needs. I found it to be extremely funny. Very much in the same vein as Azumanga, Ika Musume, and Ichigo Mashimaro. I also heard that Softenni is pretty funny, but I have not watched the first episode yet.

  • April 9, 2011 at 3:46 pmShirt


    • April 9, 2011 at 5:02 pmShalaKairos

      YES!!! Loving the new banner!!!!!

    • April 9, 2011 at 5:25 pmamado

      I was hoping for a madoka magica one but star driver is fine as well.

    • April 9, 2011 at 5:50 pmJulie

      Would have preferred one with Mizuno or Keito in it as well :((((

    • April 9, 2011 at 10:58 pmShirt

      I noticed the text change from Japanese to Engrish! D: “Kiraboshi!”

    • April 10, 2011 at 4:54 amDer Fur Shur

      Indeed the new banner is pure win

  • April 10, 2011 at 12:57 amDCLXVI

    After watching this I thought “this must be what watching K-ON feels like.”

    • April 10, 2011 at 1:17 aminfo600

      shame that you missed the “music” part of the “Light Music” (K-ON!)

      …now if I can see where is this going…

  • April 10, 2011 at 1:20 aminfo600

    one request, Divine: can we have the insert song in the sidebar media player? (it’s odd that I like that more than the OP/ED)

    • April 11, 2011 at 1:58 amTakaii

      I could talk to him about it.

  • April 10, 2011 at 4:53 amDer Fur Shur

    I too could not resist the alluring power of the super-long sleeves

  • April 10, 2011 at 5:24 amRazgriz

    Frame 32 looked like Sawa-chan with round glasses. LOL

    Looks like I underestimated the Spring Anime. The shows here hold more potential than I thought. Maybe I’ll give this a try, since I’m starting to lose some confidence in Dog Days.

  • April 10, 2011 at 8:31 amOdeus

    One word: Moe!!

  • April 10, 2011 at 9:24 amPeepQ

    K-On! > A-Channel > Nichijou

    Also Run = Yui
    Tooru = Azunyaa
    Yuuko = Mio
    Nagi = Who cares

    • April 10, 2011 at 11:44 amPockyG

      I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

    • April 10, 2011 at 12:36 pmdxb_blackwolf

      For me it’s K-ON! > Nichijou > A-Channel

    • April 11, 2011 at 4:43 pmRincewind

      Nagi is… YOMI from Azumanga! When she´s not having her hair in girlish pigtails is an perfect expy!

      And for me:

      Azumanga Daioh != K-on! != A-Channel != Nichijou

      Who cares about rankings… I love them all!! Yeay for the cute girls doing cute things sub-genre!

    • April 12, 2011 at 8:43 pmkeiOnDaisuki

      i say, i still like k-on way better!! XD but i like this show. XD

  • April 10, 2011 at 12:04 pmMytho

    When I watch a movie, some of my friends or family ask where did that particular actor appeared other than in that movie, I use to reply: Don’t know and don´t care. I’m watching this movie and don’t think about other movies for as long as it lasts. Why can’t anyone watch and decide over the merits of the show? Why is it that you must compare a show to other in the past? It’s as if I said: “Look! the first bits of the intro strongly resemble a videoclip from Michel Gondry’s Star Guitar” Does it matter?

    • April 10, 2011 at 12:30 pmOdeus

      Well said!

    • April 10, 2011 at 12:35 pmdxb_blackwolf

      It’s just expressing opinions. I could say the same thing to you, does saying what you just said really matter? It’s not like people are going to stop comparing anime because of what you just said. Just because people are comparing a show to another doesn’t make them enjoy it any less.

  • April 10, 2011 at 12:39 pmLeticia

    I prefer Run-chan, she’s just adorable. I’m waiting to watch the next couple of episodes to say my opinion about this show…

  • April 10, 2011 at 3:38 pmA Channel fan

    Testing testing

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • April 11, 2011 at 4:45 pmRincewind

    I liked the first episode, very cute and funny… I come for the yuri, and I stay for the… yuri and the cuteness and the fun. And the yuri!

  • April 12, 2011 at 5:34 amNine

    I think i’m hooked to this.

  • April 13, 2011 at 10:05 amShirt

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen the long-sleeved-moe concept before . Nice work, team.