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「プレゼント – Abstract Art」 (Present)
“Present – Abstract Art”

While I can’t put my finger on it, something didn’t feel quite right this week. Unlike Nichijou which survives off of its unique humor and extreme randomness, A-Channel just doesn’t feel right with all these different random elements coming into play. At the same time, I wish that they’d integrate the “different then the norm” pairings. Instead of seeing Nagi with Yuuko and Tooru with Run, it was really fun watching things get jumbled up.

Isn’t it interesting how plans amongst friends can come from literally onthing? Somehow, a Halloween party that was inspired from a creepy looking squirrel doll almost turned into a snack eating party but instead became a pancake making party. As random as that sounds, it’s a pretty good depiction of how plans work in real life. Things that are planned out never go exactly how they intend to and watching how that unfolds can be pretty interesting. At the same time, this week’s episode felt like it was lacking something. I couldn’t really put my finger on it, but something just wasn’t there. It’s probably because Tooru wasn’t being her usual trollish self.. probably.

But what was done really well this week had to be the dynamics between our main cast. When there’s no Yuuko to torment, it’s fun to watch the more innocent side of Tooru come out. It’s a stark difference between how she normally is and clearly indicates that she isn’t just some sort troll all the time. While it probably helps that Nagi and Tooru are on the same wavelength, I’d love to see them together more often. They seem to bring out the best in each other.

With Yuuko and Run, it’s just fun to watch how hard Yuuko tries to deal with her. Remember, while attempting to act cool, it probably helps if you can actually do that cool move (right Run?). At the same time, I’ve noticed that Yuuko is a pretty observant person. With memories of her attempt to prevent Run from falling down while napping in class, it surprised me to watch her actually save Run from dropping the pancake batter. How often do you actually get to witness a successful save attempt? Too bad it didn’t matter in the end.

At the end of the day, it’s fun to watch how A-Channel changes things up ever so slightly. While the general dynamic of the show is still the same, it’s fun to watch the same characters we know do different things. That said, I know that I smiled a bit when I heard Yutaka and Miho’s voice chime in during the preview. I can’t wait for the perfect combination of our main and side cast to appear all together in a single episode!

INS8: 「オカシナ時間」 by るん, トオル, ナギ, & ユー子 (Run, Tooru, Nagi, & Yuuko)
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June 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm
  • June 6, 2011 at 11:55 pmCroos

    This episode is good. “Zebra”

  • June 7, 2011 at 12:06 amBabyChooChoo

    Run’s ‘expressions’ never cease to put me in tears when she does something stupid/questionable. It’s just this big cute, stupid smile with a blank background and silence. I’ve seen other shows do it of course, but something about the way A-Channel does it makes me laugh every. single. time.

    • June 7, 2011 at 6:43 amKarmafan

      Same. I love Run’s facial expressions and the way her eyes get big and missing pupils at the same time sometimes.

      • June 7, 2011 at 6:52 amKimberly


  • June 7, 2011 at 12:21 amamado

    id say tohru was lucky, if I was still into candy. I like sweet stuff but not candies.

    also, yuuko reading about herself a look-alike in an ero manga was quite amusing. with tohru preventing run from seeing it.

  • June 7, 2011 at 12:32 ampheranchis

    i want that book

  • June 7, 2011 at 2:22 aminuyasha94588

    Wha? This was my favorite episode. Great fun

  • June 7, 2011 at 2:33 amAnnyms

    Takaii, great choice in the preview pics. Also thanks for giving us Tooru in her full caped glory!

  • June 7, 2011 at 3:24 amJon

    zebra!! that was very shocking!! 0__O|

  • June 7, 2011 at 8:49 amPP305

    A-Channel isn’t A-Channel without Yutaka and Mipo-rin =(

  • June 7, 2011 at 3:18 pmMM

    zebra lol glad that she at least got the stripes though XD