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May 28, 2012

Anime Review: A-Channel: A-Channel+smile

A-Channel: A-Channel+smile is a couple of OVAs as a short sequel to A-Channel. Whether this can be strictly called a sequel or not, the characters are back for more comedic slice of life.

A-Channel: A-Channel+smileSynopsis:

Following the everyday lives of four high school girls: the flighty Run, the reckless Tooru, the timid Yuuko, and the level-headed Nagi. 

Mountain of Pancakes — Kitou-sensei injures her hand during class and has to deal with it while Tooru brings cat Tansan to school with her to meet Yutaka and Miho. Later, the girls decide to get pancakes at a cafĂ© where Miho happens to be working, facing trouble when Yutaka shows up out of the blue. 

A Picture of a Wish — Yuuko catches a cold so the others pay her a visit and help look after her. Later, the girls get together for the New Year's shrine visit.

Review:

Not much can be said of the story. Heck, it's a slice of life anime after all. A-Channel: A-Channel+smile is a direct sequel and side-story to the original series. Although there is no story, just watching the lives of these four girls is quite interesting indeed; especially the OVAs now focus more on character development and interaction than previously. The comedic elements are back with some cuteness from the characters. If you have watched A-Channel then you should definitely finish off the entire series with smile. To all those who haven't watched the original A-Channel then I recommend that you don't start this one until you have finished the prequel.

The art is pretty much the same as before with nice details on the characters. The cuteness is back with some nice "moe" features. The backgrounds were well illustrated and the animation was fluid. Nothing else I can add here.

Sound track was pretty much standard tunes for your average slice of life anime which included some peppy and energetic songs to go along with the introduction and ending to the anime. Voice acting was perfect as usual containing the same cast as the prequel.

The same characters are back with the flighty Run, the reckless Tooru, the timid Yuuko, and the level-headed Nagi. Some more variety and character development is shown here.

After watching the entire series, I've quickly forgotten what happened already in the anime. The story wasn't that memorable and I forgot why I enjoyed it. Perhaps it was the occasional pun or joke that kept me going till the end. Well, I would not recommend this to anyone if they have not watched the first series or enjoy slice of life anime.

STORY: 5
Again, there was pretty much no story here except the lives of these four girls.

ART: 7
Same as A-Channel with some minor details being improved.

SOUND: 7
Some cute voices by the same voice actors.

CHARACTER: 6
There is nothing different this time although some more character development is established.

ENJOYMENT: 6
As enjoyable as watching water boil. There may some unexpected bubbles but nothing to be memorable about.

OVERALL: 6
Well if you are into slice of life anime featuring a bunch of high school girls then you may enjoy this.

SPYAIR to release new single, “0 GAME”

Rock band SPYAIR has revealed that they will be releasing their new single, “0 GAME“, on June 27th.
This will be the band’s first single since releasing “My World” back in March. Not much about the single has been revealed at this time, except that it will be available in both limited and regular editions.
Additionally, SPYAIR will hold a 3-day live called ‘Manatsu no 3ban Shoubu 2012‘ at Shibuya CLUB QUATTRO in August. The band’s official website is currently taking applications for ticket pre-orders.
Stay tuned for more details on SPYAIR’s upcoming single!

Source: Tokyohive

Miyano Mamoru holds special live

On May 6th, popular voice actor Miyano Mamoru held a special live called ‘MAMORU MIYANO SPECIAL LIVE 2012 ~FIGHTING!~‘ at Pacifico Yokohama.
Miyano is known for voicing characters in the animes ‘Death Note‘ and ‘Mobile Suit Gundam 00‘. Tickets for this concert sold out several minutes after it went on sale. He excited about 4,500 fans with 21 songs including “EGOTISIC“, “Orpheus“, and “FANTASISTA“.
The concert kicked off with Miyano showing off his dance moves alongside professional dancers. He greeted the crowd saying, “The special live has started! I’m going on full throttle from the beginning!” Aside from singing track lists from the album ‘FANTASISTA’ and “DREAM FIGHTER“, he challenged himself to a large jump rope and a game of ‘Russian roulette’, where he ate a piece of sushi with a lot of wasabi in it.
Miyano took the stage again for an encore after the crowd gave a “Mamo” call. He expressed, “I thought a lot about how difficult it would be to express myself at this big place. But after standing here, where I feel I’m not alone, I think I can take another step toward my dreams.” Miyano also thanked his fans saying, “I’m very glad that I got to spend quality time with everyone here today. Everyone, thank you!
On August 22nd, Miyano will release footage from this concert and last year’s summer tour on DVD and Blu-ray.

Source: Tokyohive