Aired: Jul 2016 to Sep 2016
Also Known As: あまんちゅ！
Summary: Ooki Futaba recently transfered to a city near the ocean where she meets Kohinata Hikari, a classmate who loves the ocean as well as scuba diving. Before long, Hikari manages to drag Futaba into this new, underwater world.
Review: I’ll keep this one on the shorter side (since it’s already 1 AM and
I have several posts in mind I want to push out tonight I have to catch up on notifications and other people’s blogs…oh, and sleep) and say that Amanchu! isn’t for everyone. It’s definitely a slower series, but the pacing never really falters and each episode managed to keep my interest from the begining to the end. Still, it’s another slice-of-life show, so you should already have an idea of what you’ll be getting yourself into should you watch this.
In my opinion, there are three things that set this show apart from the other slice-of-life shows. First of all, the backgrounds are beautiful both in and out of the water. It just seemed both realistic and pretty while I watched the show.
Secondly, the show made good use of two distinct art styles. One style was hilarious (and more exaggerated / simplified) while the other style was used for more serious moments. It was through these two very different art styles that Amanchu! informed readers about a scene’s underlying tone. While the show definitely had its funny moments, it also had its fair share of sombering moments where good aesops and life lessons came to the foreground.
Finally (and probably most importantly), the main character, Ooki Futaba is incredibly adorable and endearing. If you’re an introverted person by nature, you can probably relate to her problems. Same goes for viewers who find themselves at a loss in regards to dreams and goals and aspirations in life. Futaba does eventually finds her way, however, but I still think the show can be rather inspirational to viewers who have yet to do so.
The other members in the Diving Club (as well as Futaba’s grandma) are likeable, too. It’s been a long while since I’ve liked every member in the main group of a show, so that was a refreshing change. They even all get episodes where they’re the focus instead of Futaba. No character is left behind!
The opening and ending songs for the show are both enjoyable. My brain is a bit too fried for me to describe them, but I could see myself adding them to a playlist and playing them on loop for a few times whenever they come up before I move onto a different song.
The yuri is light since the girls only say some embarrassing things to one another or hold hands, but that’s fine by me. The show is about a lost girl coming to realize that there’s more to life than just her phone, in short. As such, the yuri is just icing on the cake. Sweet, sweet icing, but just icing nonetheless.
tl;dr it’s a girl-meets-girl story with a touch of yuri subtext. Introverted and/or lost viewers will probably relate to the main character, but in the end this show is a slice-of-life show. If you’re a fan of the genre, you’ll probably like Amanchu! If you aren’t, then chances are you won’t. I personally enjoyed it a lot, however.