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May 27, 2012

Anime Review: A-Channel

Another Lucky Star type anime, A-Channel aims to bring comedy with the life of a group of middle school girls whether it to be interesting or not.

A-ChannelSynopsis:

Tooru and Run have been best friends forever, so when Tooru learns that she's managed to get into the same high school as Run, she runs to tell her… only to find Run in a compromising position with yet another girl, Yuko. Needless to say, that makes things a bit awkward at school, with Tooru fending off those who might be interested in Run while Yuko and their other girlfriend, Nagi, have to deal with Run's own penchant for drama.

Review:

For a slice of life comedy anime, A-Channel no doubt delivers a quality piece of work to satisfy our moe needs, for a while. There is pretty much no story here as we see the lives of a bunch of girls as they deal with everyday school life. We do get to see some background information of how the characters met each other and how their relationships formed. Other than that, everything else is just your typical generic slice of life storyline; beach trips, summer festivals and hang outs. If you are into these type of anime then A-Channel will keep you occupied for a while. I would consider this anime to be more of a relaxing, easy-going anime that is perfect to watch right after an intense action anime just to "cool off" so to speak. (I did just that)

The art was superbly illustrated from the background sceneries right down to the characters themselves. The characters all looked 'moe moe kawaii' and totally suited the anime perfectly. At times the characters can be viewed more 'chibi' style than normal so that also adds to the 'cuteness' to the overall anime.

The background music, opening, ending, and character songs were all perfect. They really added to the mood of the series. Although I can't say that the soundtrack was compelling here as something like Clannad or ef but it did make the anime more enjoyable to watch. Nothing special here just your typical slice of life comedic anime music.

The characters were cute and sometimes funny enough to make you grin. Other than that they pretty much lacked any depth at all. I'd say that they were rather based off characters from K-On, Lucky Star or Yuru Yuri. The characters were good, but not amazing.

Overall, I would say that between the mentioned anime above, A-Channel is last. Why? Because its story was really linear and generic. K-On was about a girl band, Lucky Star had references to other anime and ridiculous characters, Yuru Yuri was overflowing with cuteness, which leaves A-Channel pretty much nothing that can compare to these other great anime. In the end, you may have to rely on the comedy to get through the series.

STORY: 5
Not much of a story here. Typical slice of life anime with some comedic elements to keep you going.

ART: 7
The characters looked cute and the background sceneries had some nice detail to them.

SOUND: 7
The theme songs suited the anime like any other slice of life anime. Voice acting was perfect.

CHARACTER: 6
Rather generic and not that memorable. Only lasted till the end of the last episode.

ENJOYMENT: 7
Some bits very really funny, some were dry, and others were boring.

OVERALL: 7
I have a soft spot for moe slice of life anime. I still think the other mentioned anime were way better than A-Channel.