studio : Studio Gokumi
director : Manabu Ono
serial run : April 8, 2011 - ongoing
total episode : ?
hime's priority rank : 02
zange's priority rank : 02
as with lucky star and k-on !, a-channel for the absolute part of it is a character-driven slice of life flick; of fun loving group of friends spending their time together fooling around and having fun at life, and best part of the bargain is that these character-driven stories are often granted with limitless amount of freedom that it doesn't need to forcefully constraint itself within the story intensive architecture of classic plot-driven stories - in that a particular series of this genre can assume for itself a much more free flowing format, with each of its every episodes having its own strength to stand on their own while retaining the exact same mood, atmosphere and energy of the entire series throughout its full episodic run. thus if you fancy these kind of series, then a-channel certainly is something that is worth checking for this spring :3
the greatest charm of a-channel [ according to us ] came in the form of its fabulous four leading character; yuuko and her kansai-ben for one is highly admirable for us, as well as the mildly abusive relationship she's having with the bat wielding silent oddball tooru - the latter of whom seems to [ greatly ] enjoy teasing her out on every single chance available once they were both left alone together. run on the other hand is the tsukasa hiragi + yui hirasawa of the quartet, a superb airhead of whom is prone to severe case of absent mindedness which often put her life in line of extreme danger if it wasn't for her friends saving her around. rounding the party up is nagi, the brain and the voice of reason of the quartet, often there to deliver her witty punchline.
together with hanasaku iroha and ano hi mita hana no namae o bokutachi wa mada shiranai, a-channel stood as one of the three most exquisitely executed series made for this spring - summing up from those we have seen so far that is. its visual production aspect for one are among the best seen this season, and can easily be mistaken for a kyoani or gonzo [ by gonzo we're referring to its quality-conscious half that produced well budgeted series like saki and dragonaut, for example ] product - should one were to neglect on doing some background research for the series beforehand of course. overall, a-channel greatly benefited from its splendid visual / art direction and outstanding cinematography work that best compliment its handsomely written screenplay and comedy.