「宇宙人 – Anytime」 (Uchujin)
“Alien – Anytime”
In a sort of anti-climatic way, A-channel comes to a close. But I suppose going out on such a low key fits this show perfectly. With the main cast of characters all getting at least a few seconds of screen time, it felt pretty satisfying for an ending.
The key point this episode had to be Yuuko tripping and revealing her pure white pantsu to everyone. Unlike a certain bass player whose pantsu could be confused with a bowl of rice, it was great how she didn’t immediately get up, giving our three judges time to give their respective points (;
But throughout the episode, I was happy to see that things kept that “A-Channel” feel to things. More specifically, I was overjoyed to see Miho and Yutaka make their way back onto the show. That bit of friendship building when Yutaka nearly fell off the tree really reinforced the fact that the three have become really good friends. Which was really surprising since as side characters, I never thought that they’d get big important moments like that.
Seeing how this is a slice of life that really sticks to its guns, how about we start the final impressions quickly?
INS11: 「未確認飛行ガール」 by ナギ (Nagi) & ユー子 (Yuuko)
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ED2: 「はるかぜの化学」 (Harukaze no Kagaku) by 福原香織, 悠木碧, 内山夕実, 美菜子寿 (Fukuhara Kaori, Yuuki Aoi, Uchiyama Yumi, Kotobuki Minako)
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The one thing that still sticks about this show is how the characters have changed since we’ve met them back in episode one. Just like how bonds develop over time in real life, A-channel let us into the lives of four girls who strengthened their bonds over time.
Remember when Tooru couldn’t stand anyone being within a meter of Run? You can’t forget how pissed off she’d get when Yuuko would happen to get a little too close to Run, causing her to do something not necessarily evil but something that would bring some sort of misfortune to her. But after one year of becoming friends, it’s clear just how much Tooru cares for Yuuko. Even if she still randomly smacks her boobs, I’m sure it’s all out of love.
On the other hand, Nagi would probably be a great example of how friends are in real life. I love it when she gets on Run’s case for being… herself. In the real world, being that big of an airhead usually has some pretty serious repercussions. Whether or not people noticed it, Nagi would be the only one who’d normally voice her opinion when things started to go awry. And it’s not like she did it for her own self gratification — I’m sure that she also cares a lot for Run when she isn’t angering her.
Another great thing that A-channel has going for it has to be the great variety of side characters. Yutaka and Miho always seem to make my day whenever they manage to make it on screen. Something about Yutaka’s child like attitude and Miho’s seriousness just seem to mesh well with Tooru’s normal attitude. That and I can remember their name on a moment’s notice which says a lot about how memorable they are.
With Satou, Kitou, and Kamade-sensei, they round out the cast with someone super creepy, super energetic, and super “I don’t care”. While the possibility of Satou and Kitou dating each other was never explored, I can’t imagine how funny it’d be to watch Kamade mess with two if something did happen. Now that I think about it, Kitou would probably let her fierce passion as a teacher leak out even considering dating Satou. Then again, feelings can do mysterious things to people!
At the end of the day, A-Channel is a show that you can watch for fun if you want something that’ll occasionally make you laugh and feel all fuzzy inside. With a solid cast of characters to spend time with and a new insert song every single week, there’s always something to look forward too. Would I recommend someone to watch this show? Probably. I’d have some reservations with someone saying this show was amazing, but I’d accept a pretty good.