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「雨の日はお風呂, As Rain Fell」 (Ame no Hi ha Ofuro)
“A Bath on a Rainy Day, As Rain Fell”

In terms of pure randomness, A-Channel manages to keep putting little twists on a normal everyday life. Sure forgetting to put on your sock could happen to just anyone, but how many girls forget to put on pantsu before leaving the house? Better yet, if given the opportunity, would you take a peek if someone said they weren’t wearing their pantsu? It’s all these small little quirks that grab my attention and keep things from getting boring.

But besides highlighting that our cast aren’t a handful of perfect girls (except for Run, maybe) who can do anything, it was fun to watch Tohru wreak havoc on Yuuko’s mind. It’s hard to ignore how funny it is when Yuuko gets anywhere near Tohru and nearly loses her mind but it’s just too much when Tohru goes along and actually starts to toy with her. While it’s fairly common for the tall girl to be extra self-conscious about herself, it normally only appears when something about their figure or personality is brought up in correlation with their complex. With Yuuko, she’s just timid all the time. Not that it’s a bad thing, but when she starts confusing her head and stomach because she’s embarrassed, it looks pretty bad. She’s almost like a timid rabbit with a wolf staring at her — naturally timid and stuck with something trying to capitalize on it.

On the other hand, Nagi seems to be the direct opposite of Yuuko. Calm and composed she even understands how to deal with Tohru! While she may look pretty sute without those glasses of hers, her attitude when it comes to things in her comfort zone is sometimes a little off putting. The things I’d normally expect from someone who speaks with a Kansai dialect keep coming from the girl who’s supposed to be the most leveled headed of the bunch. That said, it works well since it establishes someone to be the pseudo leader of the group.

From trash bag rain suits to getting poked to death in the bathroom, A-Channel doesn’t disappoint in filling in the gaps with laughs. Throw in Tohru’s slightly introverted personality and Yuuko’s fear of her and there are laughs all around. For those of you who care, Yuuko’s Kansai dialect really came through this week. As someone who really loves hearing someone with that kind of dialect, it’s a real treat to hear a soft-spoken character use something normally reserved for “harder” characters.

INS2: 「Start」 by るん, トオル, ナギ, ユー子 (Run, Tohru, Nagi, Yuuko)
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April 15, 2011 at 12:25 am
47 comments »
  • April 15, 2011 at 12:32 ambullrogg

    Tooru boob slap!!

    this completes my thursday nights :D

    • April 15, 2011 at 12:38 amShirt

      Last show for the night. Boobslap is ween!
      (To much anime on Thursdays!)

  • April 15, 2011 at 1:18 amn0216332

    this show is so cute >.< im gonna melt

  • April 15, 2011 at 1:35 aminfo600

    let the random Hilarity begin…at least it’s not as random as the last ep.

    I’m finding that Kotobuki Minako using her time from K-ON pretty funny: 50% Mugi + 50% Mio…now that’s gold

    oh, who’s finding that guy disturbing?

    • April 15, 2011 at 4:02 amSerapita

      You will find “that guy” more and more disturbing as the series go on… though some of his actions/reactions are very VERY funny.

      • April 16, 2011 at 1:33 amkeiOnDaisuki

        LOL. yes, he’s disturbing.

    • April 15, 2011 at 12:06 pmKinny Riddle

      Minako hails from Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture in Western Japan, so she’s pretty much a native Kansai-ben speaker.

      Already we see glimpses of her Kansai-ben in K-ON, when Mugi speaks in perfect Kansai-ben to show Ritsu how it’s spoken.

    • April 15, 2011 at 3:20 pmAisu

      I actually thought he was quite attractive xD

    • April 17, 2011 at 11:15 amVictor3y

      Somehow, I got the impression that Show Spoiler ▼

      but I have a feeling I’m wrong

  • April 15, 2011 at 1:45 amFlamingYu

    http://randomc.net/image/A-Channel/A-Channel%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2034.jpg

    She’s gonna get the ” Tooru Trauma “.

  • April 15, 2011 at 1:57 amPopo

    Where’s the rest of Houkago Tea Time? Why are there boys in their school now? WHY HAVE MIO AND MUGI SOMEHOW MERGED INTO ONE?!

  • April 15, 2011 at 1:57 amSoiyeruda

    Run’s random ringtones never cease to amaze me. =x

  • April 15, 2011 at 2:49 amSleepyOtaku

    lol @ the Oasis part.. and making use of plastic bags ain’t that bad compared to getting yourself all wet XD.. and somehow Run’s note reminded me of my notes when I let my mind drifting off in classes

  • April 15, 2011 at 3:30 amSparvid

    I usually don’t care about Kansai dialects in shows either way, but Minako Kotobuki’s is just so adorable!

    • April 16, 2011 at 1:36 amkeiOnDaisuki

      yeah. characters with different accent are hot. XDD shizuru fujino is the most notable one for me. XDD gahh!!

  • April 15, 2011 at 4:05 amSerapita

    I wonder what Run does in her night time or how late she goes to bed. She seems to be ready to fall asleep anytime anywhere.

  • April 15, 2011 at 4:07 amamado

    I read the manga and it was quite enjoyable. this ep had some alterations and scenes that didnt happen in the manga but they did it in a splendid way that fit the series well, unlike most animes…

    • April 15, 2011 at 4:26 amSerapita

      Yes, I totally agree. The alterations are very well done, especially the listen to the rain part.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:07 amahelo

    Well at least it inherited the knee/shoulder/elbow blush that got me HNGGGGing in Saki. Everything else is just plain damn boring and recycled from so many series. It’s like there’s no effort anymore.

    • April 15, 2011 at 6:40 amamado

      its a slice-of-life. they just have to make it lighthearted and smooth.
      plus almost everything you see in other animes have been “recycled” from the older ones.

      • April 15, 2011 at 7:07 amahelo

        That’s like admitting anime is just a bunch of rehash series put together from older ones.
        When I meant recycled I meant “completely cut and pasted” and made just a little bit more moe. Well a lot of people commenting here is mesmerized with this show and I can definitely see why. I don’t even know why I’m not mesmerized with this show. I mean I liked K-On and all so why do I not like this. Is it because it’s getting less and less refreshing? Is it because the only goal of this show is to please the viewers with their moe-ness? Is it because I suck and I’m the only problem? I don’t know, this show isn’t working for me.

        Well it still has the HNGGG skin inherited from Saki so BANZAI.

      • April 15, 2011 at 8:06 amamado

        then perhaps try looking at other animes like this. it might be hard to find one though.
        or maybe its time to try something else. you never know, you might like another kind of genre you never thought you would. I once thought I wouldnt like yuri but, well, as you can see in my avatar….
        besides, dont worry about it too much. people have diff opinions. its not like I was saying your a problem. just try another show.

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:29 amprejsu

    It really is great. One question, cause that whole talk about the kansai dialect made me a bit curious. Exactly in what way does it differ? Is it really that clear to notice?

    • April 15, 2011 at 6:51 amTendou

      Yes it is. The way some words are said and how different parts of words are emphasized compared to “standard Japanese” aka Tokyo Japanese, basically gives it away. If you pay attention the Kansai-ben puts more stress on vowel sounds where as the Tokyo-ben puts more stress on consonant sounds.

    • April 15, 2011 at 9:35 amTakaii

      FYI: I love Kansai-ben, I just love it. If you look for when Yuuko says “akan”, literally meaning no good, that’s one of those Kansai only things.

      Go watch Lovely Complex, since EVERYONE speaks in Kansai-ben.

      • April 15, 2011 at 10:38 amsarcastic_weasel

        Kansai-ben is fun, sure, but my favorite for sheer unintelligibility is Hakata-ben, which you can get a dose of every now and then in Sketchbook.

        I once went to the Hakata Folk Museum in Fukuoka, and they had a telephone you could pick up, and listen to a conversation all in Hakata-ben. Now, I understand Japanese pretty well (at least the Tokyo-ben that shows up in textbooks), but damn if I couldn’t figure out what that language was. Might as well have been aliens or something.

        There are a few books out there on Kansai-ben if you want to learn more about it… and if you want to hear a lot of it, watch the just-finished drama “Teppan!”

    • April 15, 2011 at 12:10 pmKinny Riddle

      Will be planning to go to Japan to study by end of this year, though I’m still struggling to decide whether to go to Tokyo or Osaka, as the school I’m applying to has branches in both cities.

      With everything concentrated in Tokyo, I find myself naturally gravitated towards that choice.

      Though Osaka would provide the opportunity for me to learn their uniquely eloquent dialect as well.

      The quake-tsunami-nuke triple whammy last month may or may not have influenced my decision a bit. We’ll see…

      • April 15, 2011 at 12:12 pmTakaii

        My university also offers the same program, except I’m not rich enough =_+

      • April 15, 2011 at 1:01 pmHilibor

        I always thought bloggers are paid quite handsomely… Isn’t RandomC paying you enough?
        Jokes aside, maybe you guys can open the site to advertisers to bring in some extra cash? With the hit rates that you’ve been getting, the global reach and not to mention the “prime” age group that your site targets, it should be easy pizy right?

  • April 15, 2011 at 11:05 amGermanguy

    Is this Show, some kind like Lucky Star, by change?

  • April 15, 2011 at 11:09 amShafter

    The opening song is really growing on me…

    • April 15, 2011 at 1:20 pmShirt

      I like the offbeat rhythm. It’s catchy

  • April 15, 2011 at 11:11 amP0NCH

    The trash bag suits and Tooru X Yuuko moments are absolute win!

    Kansai-ben is also a plus :)

    • April 16, 2011 at 1:27 amkeiOnDaisuki

      Tooru X Yuuko moments are absolute win!

      agreed. XDD

  • April 15, 2011 at 12:03 pmKinny Riddle

    Poor Yuuko getting “bullied” by Tohru again. Expect to see more of the poor Kansai-ben girl getting tormented. :D

    Nagi with her hair down is hawt, and cute as well when Run noticed she actually calls her old brother “Onii-chan” like most juvenile girls rather than the more mature “Aniki”.

    http://randomc.net/image/A-Channel/A-Channel%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2015.jpg
    If your locale is suffering from a drought, call for Run the Rain Girl at 0800-RAINGIRL.

    BTW, something’s been nagging me: Why is this series called A-Channel anyway? For that matter, why was Lucky Star called Lucky Star? It seems 4-koma mangas either have straightforward titles (K-ON, Working, Nichijou), or they’re just made up on the spot by the authors who can’t think of anything appropriate enough (Azumanga, Lucky Star, A-Channel).

  • April 15, 2011 at 12:23 pmKinny Riddle

    BTW, sorry to go off-topic for a bit.

    Is RC seriously not considering blogging AnoHana? (Short for “Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai” あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない – “We Have Yet To Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day”)

    It started one week later due to last month’s quake. Like Hanasaku Iroha, this show too is penned by top screenwriter Okada Mari and despite its overly long name, already I can feel this series is giving Hanasaku Iroha a run for its money as best show of Spring 2011 season.

    Despite not a Key work, it does give a lot of Key-like vibes. The gang name “Cho-Heiwa Busters” (Super Peace Busters) reminds me of “Little Busters”, series also has a Clannad feel to it, with its protagonist Jinta being a social outcast traumatized by the past and estranged from his childhood friends, not unlike Tomoya. And then there’s Menma, a “ghost” that appears in front of Jinta, not unlike Ayu from Kanon.

  • April 15, 2011 at 1:09 pmShirt

    lol @ the psycho killer bathroom scene from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

  • April 15, 2011 at 3:40 pmPeepQ

    I like this series much more than Nichijou because it feels like its actually going somewhere, like how it doesn’t jump to random times and scenes, if that makes sense..

    • April 16, 2011 at 1:18 amkeiOnDaisuki

      i haven’t seen a single episode of nichijou either. but i think that show’s more comparable to azumanga daioh than a channel.

  • April 15, 2011 at 3:57 pmanishuma

    I still haven’t gotten around to watching Nichijou yet, but I’m going to try. I just picked up watching that anime Ano Hi Mita, it’s good, but pretty sad ;/

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:25 pmOblivion

    Still not that into this anime. Ill give the show a couple of more episodes, but its just not drawing me in like some of the other shows this season.

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:36 pmKarmafan

    I like this show. Its this seasons K-On for sure. Tooru is a riot.

  • April 16, 2011 at 12:49 amNimmy

    If Lucky Star and K-On has a child, it would be A-Channel. This series has everything! Cuteness, Comedy and slice of life. :)
    I’m looking forward to more A-Channel!!!

    • April 16, 2011 at 1:12 amahelo

      Lol the child should have been Nichijou(it’s kyoani after all) but apparently that one got its roots from Chromarite High School and Azumanga Daioh.

  • April 16, 2011 at 1:14 amkeiOnDaisuki

    yuuko’s adorable when she’s scared. she really reminds me of mah mio. <3 it's so sweet and cute to see tohru so protective of run. XDD what an airhead, forgetting to wear her undies. XDDD toru even managed to see her precious thing. XDD i wish i was able to see it too *killed*

  • April 16, 2011 at 8:33 pmKimberly

  • April 19, 2011 at 10:46 pmLGrey

    Not sure if it’s the same person, but there’s a “Minori Chihara” credited for “poem’s letter” in this episode credit.