At first, A Channel gave me the feelings that it will have some similarities to K-ON. As the series went on, the show became an enjoyable experience with the girls’ personalities driving the comedy along with great production values.
The story involves a girl named Tooru, whom has recently passed the entrance exam for the high school her childhood friend, Run is attending. During her first days of high school, she meets her other friends, Nagi and Yuuko. After meeting each other, they started to hang out every day. From there, they do some fun activities during the year such as going to the beach, sneaking into the school at night, singing karaoke, playing in the snow and making pancakes. In addition to hanging out with her new friends, she also catches the attention of Yutaka and Miho in her class, who has a liking for her. Sometimes, Tooru finds Yutaka annoying, but not so much when she asks her for help.
I have to say that the characters was the strongest part of the show because the uniqueness of each girls’ personalities as described briefly:
- Run: While she reminded me of Yui because of her ditzy nature, she tends to do some really crazy things such as making deformed zebras and squirrels and forgetting to wear her underwear. Also, she is really clumsy to the point of dropping a whole bowl of pancake mix on top of Yuuko’s head. At least Tooru is around most of the time to prevent that from happening and keep her company.
- Tooru: She is a quiet girl who is also an honor student. She spends time helping her teacher when she is not with her friends. In addition, she also protects Run, which leads to hilarious moments in her attempt to drive away boys who tries to ask Run out. At the same time, I kind of feel sorry for her since she has a small body like a child’s and only wants to grow taller. There is no wonder why she is obsessive over Yuuko… her body is simply perfect!
- Nagi: Since she wears glasses, she is the most knowledgeable out of the group. She is cool, but very self-conscious when it comes to her weight and diet. She also dislikes the extreme cold and hot weather. Nevertheless, she had some amazing moments, especially when she had her hair down and did an impression of Run.
- Yuuko: Resembling Mio in appearance, Yuuko is practically flawless except for one thing. She tends to overreact to everything that happens around her, especially when her friends take advantage of it and humiliate her even further. With the addition of Kotobuki Minako’s voice, it just makes Yuuko’s humiliations/overreactions feel more hilarious. While there are so many scenes where she gets embarassed, the most memorable scene is when she reads an adult manga that has a heroine that resembles her while wearing only a towel. At least she has a lot of self-confidence to shrug off it off rather easily. Otherwise, she would be in a mental breakdown by now.
Lastly, the production values for A Channel were great. The animation was colorful and the character designs looked really cute. This was a bit more noticeable in episode 7 when the girls watched the fireworks that looked really pretty. As for the show’s music, each episode has an insert song to fit a specific mood of the episode, except for episode 7 where each girl sang an individual song. While there is not much to write home about the insert songs, they sounded good and were at least listenable. On the other hand, I liked the opening song, “Morning Arch” since it sounded so pleasurable and happy.
Overall, A Channel was an enjoyable show that cheered me up after several weeks of college exams and homework. There were simply so many enjoyable moments with the girls that it was so easy to enjoy yourself. Then again, it mostly depends on whether or not you enjoy slice of life shows that soothes you with happiness. If so, definitely go for it as you most likely enjoy it like I did!
Overall Rating: 8.8/10, B+, Very Good