A-Channel – 02
「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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