This is Okamura, on the editorial staff of MANGA.TOKYO.
I’ve been to the preview screening of TV anime “Amanchu!” episode 1, which starts airing in Japan in July, 2016!
The latest work of Kozue Amano, widely known as the creator of “ARIA”, is finally animated!
After completing her futuristic healing comic “ARIA”, she chose Izu Peninsula, endowed with nature in the boundless ocean, as the premise of her next work. With Hikari Kohinata and Futaba Ooki as its double heroines, she illustrates their friendship through scuba diving with seasonal happy happenings in daily life.
The series is directed by Jun’ichi Satou as the chief director, who has led “ARIA the animation” to its success. This is another “Ao no Monogatari/蒼の物語” to be animated like “ARIA” by the talented staff including Ken’ichi Kasai as the second director, Deko Akao as the writer, GONTITI for music, and so on.
Spring is the season when everything changes dramatically. Hikari Kohinata grew up in a town in Izu, while Futaba Ooki has just moved here from Tokyo. They had a fateful encounter at Yumegaoka High School. Encouraged by Hikari, Futaba meets the unknown world of scuba diving.
Futaba starts to lose her adamant cowardice, as she sees Hikari’s positive nature and she learns how small her own presence is in the boundless ocean through diving. The two start building their relationship and share happiness together in daily life as “buddies” who rely on each other for life in buddy diving under water…
It’s an exhilarating story! I’d love to recommend it to those who are feeling cooped-up.
The “Boundlessness” is the key word I found from the first episode.
The beginning sequence describes the theme and the world view of this story very clearly, so the audience can easily get immersed into it.
The majority of the audience will most likely relate Futaba Ooki to themselves.
The protagonists are high school students, but the daily frustrations and cooped-up feelings in the modern society are what adults in the working world also have in common.
Everyone has experienced the fear of jumping into a new environment and the emotional barrier at puberty. And you sense the coming of age hunch to get over it. There are various major influences Futaba receives here and there in the show.
The quality of Sakuga (or animation) is very high, and not only the characters are attractive but also the scenery gives you the high realistic sensation, especially “the ocean”.
“The ocean” itself is worth noting since it strikes a chord with the characters as a metaphor, and also as a physical object to influence the story development.
※The premise of the story, “Izu”, is a beach resort close to Tokyo. It’s famous its for beautiful ocean and fresh and delicious seafood. Please visit and enjoy your holiday there, checking out the sites appearing in the show when you have a chance.
The characters are very appealing so that there is nothing left to ask for more.
They are all positive and cheery including one of the heroines, Hikari Kohinata (VA: Eri Suzuki).
My favorite is the teacher in charge of their class, Mato Katori (VA: Shizuka Itou). I wish I had her as my teacher in my high school days.
She is also in charge of the diving club, so I’m looking forward to seeing how she gets involved in the story.
The characters often take the form of adorable deformed ones.
It makes some changes to the story pacing to avoid boredom, and makes the overall atmosphere better.
There will be a lot of fans who will adore the characters, as well as the story itself.
The best approach to enjoy this show may be relating to one of the heroines, Futaba, as if you’re a high school student in Japan.
If that doesn’t suit you, please enjoy it for pure experience.
※The dish “Tonjiru” appearing at the first scene is a traditional kind of miso-soup with pork.
It generally has big chunks of ingredients in the soup, and the pork fat melted in the soup makes it really dense and rich in flavor and smell.
As far as I know, most soups with miso is called “miso-soup” and Tonjiru is the only special dish that changes its dish name for the ingredient. It’s one of the greatest dishes of all to heal your cold and exhausted body after diving.
This dish is a popular one generally seen in many restaurants and cafeterias in Japan. Please try it once when you have an opportunity to visit Japan.
TV anime “Amanchu!”
AT-X 7/8 Fridays 23:00～
TOKYO MX 7/10 Monday 00:30～
Sun TV 7/11 Monday 23:30～
KBS Kyoto 7/11 Tuesday 01:00～
Shizuka Broadcasting System 7/12 Wednesday 02:30～
BS11 7/11 Monday 24:00～
※AT-X Broadcast time (4 times a week)
Friday 23:00-23:30/Monday 01:00-01:30/Monday 15:00-15:30/Thursday 7:00-7:30
※broadcast date and time may change
Official HP: http: //amanchu-anime.com/
Official Twitter: @amanchu_anime
(C) 2016 Kozue Amano / Mag Garden, Yumekeoka High School Diving Club
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