A-Channel – 01
「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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