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OP Sequence

OP: 「Crosswalk」by 鈴木みのり (Suzuki Minori)

「ある夏の夜と告白のコト」 (Aru Natsunoyo to Kokuhaku no Koto)
“The Story of One Summer Night and a Confession”

Amanchu! is back! That’s nothing but good news. But while I’m here introducing Amanchu! ~Advance~ and am quite excited about getting a new season, I’m not going to be blogging it. This has nothing to do with the quality of the show. Those who have been following RandomC for a while and have been unfortunate enough to have been inflicted with my writing long-term know that I love ARIA to bits and that love has carried over to Amanchu!. And all the great things it gave us in the first season is all there. The major staff are all the same. The cast have not lost their muppet faces. The water is still pretty. There’s still cats. In fact, much of this first episode of Advance was a clever recap episode, reflecting on Teko‘s journey in the first season and reminding us of all those good times we had there (and the good times we had in ARIA too. Those cheeky foxes). Though there were a lot of flashbacks, they played into the central theme of the episode and while a fair amount of time was spent refreshing our memories the character characters weren’t stagnant, and their development marched on. The episode didn’t feel like a waste of time, as less integrated recap episodes may. Instead, Advance picks up right where we left off before and doesn’t miss a beat. It’s a solid start, and I’ve no doubt that this season of Amanchu! will be just as strong as the first.

But I’m not going to be blogging Amanchu!. This has everything to do with the way I blog and the kind of show Amanchu! is. I don’t do a lot of reviewing here on RandomC. Often, I’d rather take a big idea of an episode and go on a tangent about it. But there’s only really one big idea underpinning all of Amanchu!: getting more out of life. We’ve already talked about that a lot, haven’t we? Then, what else should I write about? I could go into full review mode and try to really deconstruct each episode, but that’s an awfully dull way to experience anime and I don’t want to do that to Amanchu!. Or I can gush about my emotive response to each episode, but that’s not really valuable for anyone and Amanchu! makes me mellow more than anything else. Amanchu! is more visceral than cerebral, like a warm meal, but for the soul. That is, it’s soul food, what the Japanese call iyashikei, and has a sort of intangible je ne sais quoi to it that I don’t want to ruin with my clumsy words.

When I wrote about A.I.C.O. Incarnation and Violet Evergarden I talked about anime in the age of online streaming and about the differences between anime made for binge watching and anime made for episode viewing week by week. I get the feeling that anime like Amanchu! is not really made for either. I do rewatch ARIA sometimes, but I rarely get the urge to devour it en masse. For me, ARIA is the kind of anime to watch in the quiet of one’s room with a cup of tea, and that’s how I enjoy my Amanchu! as well. Even soul food should not be overindulged. Sometimes your boss will get your goat, or maybe a loved one passes away, or maybe you’ll just have a bit of a crummy day. And it’ll be comforting to know you have an episode of Amanchu! waiting for you.

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ED Sequence

ED: 「ハロー、ハロー」 (Hello, Hello) by 坂本真綾 (Sakamoto Maaya)

Preview

April 8, 2018 at 10:05 am
13 comments »
  • April 8, 2018 at 10:36 amAngelus

    Are you sure we aren’t going to get yuri love triangle drama? I mean, it’s classic yuri form – establish a relationship and then throw in a new girl. (These new goggles I bought are working just great, BTW)

    And you really think they’re cats? I’d like a second opinion from a cryptozoologist, please.

  • April 8, 2018 at 10:52 amNamaewoinai

    http://randomc.net/image/Amanchu!/Amanchu!%20Advance%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2014.jpg

    Aww…I just love their funny faces…:)

    Now i wish that they would bring back this or…this one

  • April 8, 2018 at 1:19 pmSkizzit

    That flat out Aria reference made me laugh.

    I totally agree with you about series like this. It is the perfect series to wait and watch an episode or two when you are in a poor mood. It really is a soul soothing kind of anime.

  • April 8, 2018 at 1:20 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    Ah, the perfect thing to balance out the edge that is Mahou Shoujo Site.

  • April 8, 2018 at 3:17 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    OH NOO!! return of the creepy mepo-face!!!

  • April 8, 2018 at 4:54 pmMormegil

    Fanservice in Amanchu?!

    • April 9, 2018 at 5:07 amAex

      Half of the plot is literally girls in the water wearing either skintight wet-suits or some other swimwear. Not sure where your surprise is coming from, but at least it’s always tasteful… 99& of the time. :P

  • April 8, 2018 at 8:17 pmGreed

    http://randomc.net/image/Amanchu!/Amanchu!%20Advance%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2011.jpg
    Aside from Keijo, wonder how many anime features hot swimsuit girls.

  • April 8, 2018 at 8:45 pmstarss

    We now return to Muppet: The Anime.

  • April 8, 2018 at 10:16 pmDoomSlayer

    This definitely is not a show that should undergo “deconstruction” or anything approaching analysis. Enjoying it on a weekly basis is the way to go for most viewers.

  • April 8, 2018 at 11:41 pmAoihoshikage

    Wow, the Muppet faces returned with a vengeance this episode. Not that I’m complaining though as those faces never fail to put a smile on my face.

    I agree with Passerby and other commenters, Iyashikei Animes should be consumed in moderation. Now that Yurucamp is over, I’m glad Amanchu is back to take its place as the comfy Anime of the season. I thoroughly enjoyed Amanchu S1, so S2 shouldn’t disappoint.

  • April 9, 2018 at 12:10 amjovvi

    Oh no! So sad you won’t be blogging about it! All these cute, slice of life’s tend to not get nearly enough attention that they’re so deserving of, it really is a shame! Sigh, you are allowed to blog entirely what you want, but I’ll miss coming to the site to read up on it and see all the beautiful screenshots! All that aside, HOORAH!! AMANCHU IS BACK!!!!

  • April 10, 2018 at 7:04 pmRenaSayers

    I was worried how the writers would begin a title that had previously left off so softly. When I began to watch the transition was smooth, there was no need for any major summary episode (Grancrest Senki)to tie last season to this season. Seeing how Futaba was ridding her scooter now I want one…

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