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Amanchu! Season 1 (2016)


Futaba Ooki, a shy girl who just moved in from the city to the oceanside town of Shizuoka, meets Hikari Kohinata, an erratic girl who loves scuba diving. Together, they join their school’s Diving Club and discover the joys of underwater exploration.
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An anime television series adaptation by J.C.Staff aired in Japan between July and September 2016. An original video animation was included in the seventh Blu-ray/DVD volume released on 29 March 2017, later releasing on Crunchyroll on 12 October 2017.

TL;DR First Impression

Amanchu! (あまんちゅ!, Okinawan for “heavenly people”) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kozue Amano, which began serialization from November 2008.

The opening theme song is “Million Clouds” by Maaya Sakamoto, while the ending song titled “Futari Shōjo” (ふたり少女 lit. Two Girls) is sung by Tekopikari, a duo consists of Eri Suzuki and Ai Kayano. You can’t go wrong with Maaya Sakamoto doing your theme song. Both the opening and closing themes are a solid pop song that fit this series well.

The first thing that stands out was the girl school uniform. It seems really out of place as the boy’s uniform looks traditional. Not sure I really like the design as it shows a gap in how girls suppose to dress in school. The dress extends all the way to their feet. The design is a mix between flamboyant pink style with frill and an old fashion yukata that bind your movement.

The art is charming and the color is vibrant, though the details are a bit lacking. The deform facial expression is adorable and a bit eerie at the same time. It does grow on me though.

I can tell this is going to be a slow pace slice-of-life series, which is ok as long as they can keep my interest. I can see the two main female lead polar personality and I am interested in how they will interact with each other.

I enjoy this first impression and looking forward to watching the rest of the season. Though this show could be too slow for some viewers.

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