A Channel Episode 2
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Series Premise: A Channel is a weekly television anime series that started in April 2011, based on a four-panel Japanese comic strip. The story follows the daily lives of four Japanese high school girls as they get into various comedic situations.
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ep. tl;dr review: Four girls doing nothing of importance. Run, run, Run!
Episode Summary: Run forgets to put on her underwear before going to school. Run collapses at school due to lack of sleep. Run runs around outside during a downpour and gets wet. Run and Tohru wear trashbags. Run and friends run to Nagi’s house. Run and Nagi take a bath while Tohru traumatizes Yuuko. Run and friends play video games and do girly stuff. Run and friends head back home.
My Impressions: As I mentioned before, this is far from an original concept; the idea of a bunch of high school girls running around and doing nothing of consequence has been a staple in Japanese anime for years. And other shows have done it in a much more entertaining fashion. The gold standard is, of course, Azumanga Daioh. This is *not* Azumanga Daioh. It’s not even Lucky Star. Hell, it isn’t even K-On.
But I really want to try and judge this show by its own merits, rather than subjectively compare it against other shows. Although I admit that is very hard to do, considering some of the characters seem to lifted whole cloth from some of its predecessors (Yuuko == K-On’s Mio, for example). Even judging this completely independent of all other shows, though, it still comes up lacking. Not that there’s anything terrible about A Channel, simply that it is not very interesting, engaging or entertaining. And perhaps the worst sin of all: pointless. A few light jokes may be worth a chuckle, but largely this show involves me sitting stone-faced in front of the computer for twenty minutes at the cute, cartoony character designs.
Also, RUN IS AN IDIOT. Forgetting your underwear while wearing a short-short miniskirt? And that’s just for starters this episode. It’s a good thing she didn’t look upward while in the rain because she might have ended up drowning like some urban-legend chicken. So stooopid it even makes *my* brain hurt just watching her.
Perhaps it doesn’t help when shows like this are sexualized. Given that these are, what, fifteen year old girls? And in the second episode we have them all squeaking around shiny-skinned naked in the bath? Makes me feel like a dirty old man for watching. Of course, underage sexual titillation is widespread in anime (in fact it’s hard to find a show without some sexual element). But what I don’t like is that it is unnecessary for the “story”, which is based entirely on the jokes themselves. Look no further than the aforementioned Azumanga Daioh, which thrives while avoiding sexual innuendo. Another example: look at the concurrently-running Nichijou (the second episode I’ll be reviewing shortly). I don’t have to feel like a filthy lech watching those. Unlike this episode.
The verdict: – Not awful, just sub-par.
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (June 15th)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this series, then you might also like: Azumanga Daioh or K-On. Or Sofuteni if you’re a pervert who likes underage girls.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “From trash bag rain suits to getting poked to death in the bathroom, A-Channel doesn’t disappoint in filling in the gaps with laughs. Throw in Tohru’s slightly introverted personality and Yuuko’s fear of her and there are laughs all around.” – Random Curiosity
- “I’m extremely excited at the fact I literally laughed out loud in this episode, for a couple of times actually! They managed to bring in more comedy, mainly with torturing poor Yuuko throughout the episode…I have to say though, this episode was only a tad bit better than the last. While there was more comedy, I still couldn’t help but feel like it was just so agonizingly slow with only a few interesting events.” – Metanorn
- “Pretty standard stuff here. I doubt A Channel will break the mold this season…But seriously, the show could use a little more substance, as of now, the show is more in the realm of C- Channel.” – Moe Monster
- “The show did get a little dull. Being male, and not really relating to this likely didn’t help much either. I just got bored with it. Seeing as this was at the end of the show at well, it didn’t really help things as it cause the episode to just putter out. This is especially felt considering how fast it came out of the gate, as its first half had a lot of funny moments that hit viewers one after the next. Then, to switch into slice of life mode all of a sudden afterward was rather jarring. Grade: C+.” – Deep Blue Vortex
- “The show is funny sometimes, I’ll give it that. The garbage poncho bag Run made in order for Tooru to be protected from the rain really made me laugh, however this being mixed up with some weird loli perversion and cheezy friendship moments, the show is scattered all around and for me to blog this is completely useless…I don’t have the patience and the time to crack my head open trying to figure out how to write a post out of not much.” – Angry Anime Bitches
- “So overall, watching these girls everyday life making my stress away and I still can smile at the end of a busy and stressful life. You should watch them, I recommending it.” – One Precinct
- “It’s “Slice of Life” through and through, that’s the only plot you’re going to find here. What A-Channel lacks in plot—it makes up with in cuteness. Grade: 4/5.” – Geek Revolt
ROUND TWO RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Two: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Moshidora, Ano Hana, Tiger and Bunny, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Thumbs-down for Round Two: Dog Days, Fireball Charming, A Channel
Coming up next (in this order): Sengoku Otome Time Paradox, Nichijou, Yondemasuyo Azazel-san, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, X-Men, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono, Showa Monogatari, Appleseed XIII, Fujilog