A Channel (manga)
The cover of the first manga volume, featuring one of the main characters, Tōru.
|Genre||Comedy, Slice of life|
|Written by||bb Kuroda|
|Magazine||Manga Time Kirara Carat|
|Original run||December 2008 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Manabu Ono|
|Written by||Tatsuhiko Urahata|
|Original network||TBS, MBS, CBC, Animax, Anime Network|
|Original run||April 8, 2011 – June 24, 2011|
|A Channel ~days in junior high school~|
|Written by||bb Kuroda|
|Magazine||Manga Time Kirara Carino|
|Original run||January 27, 2012 – present|
|Original video animation|
|A Channel + smile|
|Directed by||Manabu Ono|
|Written by||Tatsuhiko Urahata|
|Released||March 21, 2012|
|Runtime||24 minutes each|
A Channel (Aチャンネル Ē Channeru?), is a Japanese four-panel comic strip by bb Kuroda. It was first serialized in the seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat on December, 2008, published by Houbunsha. A prequel manga series, also by Kuroda, launched in Manga Time Kirara Carino from January 2012. An anime adaptation by Studio Gokumi aired in Japan between April 8, 2011 and June 24, 2011. An original video animation, A Channel +smile, was released on March 21, 2012.
Two adolescent girls named Tooru Ichii and Run Momoki have been best friends since childhood. After taking their entrance exams, Tooru successfully managed to get enrolled into the same high school that Run is attending. She decides to go tell her friend the big news, only to come at a bad time to find out Run and her new classmate Yuko Nishi have gotten themselves involved in an embarrassing situation; which begins to makes things a bit awkward but funny on their first day of school, as Tooru begins fending off other people-(including boys) who might show their interests in Run while Yuko and their other friend, Nagi Tennoji, start dealing with Run's own penchant for drama. As Run, Nagi and Yuuko begin their sophomore year while Tooru begins her freshman year, their exciting high school life filled with drama, humor and adventure begins for the four friends during their everyday lives.
- Run Momoki (百木 るん Momoki Run?)
- Voiced by: Kaori Fukuhara
- A blonde second year student with a parakeet like hairstyle and Tōru's best friend. She is incredibly ditsy to the point that her friends often have to stop her from hurting herself in the process. She is very forgetful, even forgetting to wear her panties and bring her school stuff. Despite her qualities, she is very caring for Tooru and will try to help her when she's somewhat troubled.
- Tōru Ichii (一井 透 (トオル) Ichii Tōru?)
- Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
- A short first year student who often has overly long sleeves. Due to her short and skinny stature, she often has trouble finding clothes that fit her. She has been friends with Run since kindergarten, often getting lonely when separated from her and threatening anyone who tries to make a move on her. She disliked Yūko at first, since her first impression of her was seeing her in a compromising situation with Run, and since then constantly teases her at every opportunity. She has a pet cat named Tansan (炭酸?, named after fizzy drinks).
- Yūko Nishi (西 由宇子 (ユー子) Nishi Yūko?)
- Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki
- A long haired second year student and Run's classmate. She is something of a scaredy-cat who often finds herself at the mercy of Tōru's teasing, usually because she is envious of her tall and well endowed figure. She speaks with a prominent Kansai accent.
- Nagisa "Nagi" Tennōji (天王寺 渚 (ナギ) Tennōji Nagisa?)
- Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama
- She is a second year student and Run's classmate who sports pig-tails and glasses. She is often called by Run, Yūko, and Tōru by her nickname, Nagi. She is pretty intelligent and often makes quip remarks to her friends. She is sometimes conscious about her weight and hates extreme temperatures. She looks completely different when she lets her hair down and removes her glasses.
- Yutaka Imai (今井 豊 (ユタカ) Imai Yutaka?)
- Voiced by: Ai Matayoshi
- A first year student and Tōru's classmate. She is a fan of Tōru and constantly tries to get friendly with her, much to Tōru's despair. She is very talkative and always takes the chance to get close to Tooru, but is always stopped by Miho.
- Miho Noyama (野山 美歩 (ミホ) Noyama Miho?)
- Voiced by: Momoko Saitō
- A first year student and Yutaka's friend and classmate, who Yutaka affectionally calls Mipo-rin. She is also a fan of Tōru, though not quite to the extremes of Yutaka, and constantly tries to keep Yutaka from bothering Tōru too much. She works part-time as a maid in a cafe.
- Sachiyo Satō (佐藤 幸世 Satō Sachiyo?)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Ono
- The school's health teacher, who is actually rather weak himself. He appears to have a crush on Run and has an infatuation with her forehead.
- Kimiko Kitō (鬼頭 紀美子 Kitō Kimiko?)
- Voiced by: Minori Chihara
- Tōru's homeroom teacher, who is obsessed with poetry. She is often quite motivated in the mornings, much to the dismay of the students, and doesn't get along too well with Satō.
- Taki Kamate (鎌手 多季 Kamate Taki?)
- Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
- Run, Yūko and Nagi's homeroom teacher, who has a rather laid back attitude. She is often seen teaching sports classes.
The manga by bb Kuroda began serialization in Manga Time Kirara Carat from October 28, 2008. Five tankōbon volumes have been released as of March 27, 2015. An anthology comic featuring guest authors was released on June 27, 2011. A prequel manga series, A Channel ~days in junior high school~ began serialization in Manga Time Kirara Carino magazine from January 27, 2012.
An anime adaptation produced by Studio Gokumi aired in Japan between April 8, 2011 and June 24, 2011. The series began release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from May 25, 2011, with each volume containing two short +A Channel mini-episodes. Sentai Filmworks released the series on DVD in North America on February 28, 2012, with a Blu-ray release followed on January 27, 2015. An OVA, titled A Channel + smile, was released on March 21, 2012.
- Opening Theme
- "Morning Arch" by Marina Kawano (TV)
- "Balloon Theatre" (バルーンシアター Barūn Shiatā?) by Marina Kawano (OVA)
- Ending Theme
- "Humming Girl" (ハミングガール Hamingu Gāru?) by Aoi Yūki, Kaori Fukuhara, Minako Kotobuki and Yumi Uchiyama (TV)
- "Smile Equation" (スマイル方程式 Sumairu Hōteishiki?) by Aoi Yūki, Kaori Fukuhara, Minako Kotobuki and Yumi Uchiyama (OVA)
- Insert Songs
- "Chemistry of a Spring Breeze" (はるかぜの化学 Harukaze No Kagaku?) by Kaori Fukuhara, Aoi Yūki, Minako Kotobuki and Yumi Uchiyama (ep. 1; ep. 12)
- "Start" by Kaori Fukuhara, Aoi Yūki, Minako Kotobuki and Yumi Uchiyama (ep. 2)
- "I Want to Hold You Tight" (ぎゅっとして欲しいんだ Gyutto Shite Hoshiinda?) by Aoi Yūki (ep. 3)
- "Summer Dream Syndrome" by Kaori Fukuhara (ep. 4)
- "Mermaid Sisters" by Minako Kotobuki (ep. 5)
- "Let's Explore!" (たんけんのススメ Tanken No Susume?) by Yumi Uchiyama (ep. 6)
- "Summer Breeze" by Minako Kotobuki (ep. 7)
- "Tea's Melodical Beauty Bang Bang" (オチャメロディカルビューティーバンバン Ocha Merodikaru Byūtī Ban Ban?) by Kaori Fukuhara (ep. 7)
- "One Night's Love, One Night's Dream" (恋一夜夢一夜 Koi Ichiya, Yume Ichiya?) by Yumi Uchiyama (ep. 7)
- "Friends" (ともだち Tomodachi?) by Kaori Fukuhara and Aoi Yūki (ep. 7)
- "Your Hand" (君の手 Kimi no Te?) by Daisuke Ono (ep. 7)
- "We Don't Have Wings" (翼はないけど Tsubasa wa Nai Kedo?) by Kaori Fukuhara and Aoi Yūki (ep. 8)
- "Sweets Time" (オカシナ時間 Okashi na Jikan?) by Kaori Fukuhara, Aoi Yūki, Minako Kotobuki and Yumi Uchiyama (ep. 9)
- "Happy Snow" by Kaori Fukuhara, Aoi Yūki, Minako Kotobuki and Yumi Uchiyama (ep. 10)
- "Surely, Always, More" (きっと ずっと もっと Kitto Zutto Motto?) by Aoi Yūki (ep. 11)
- "Unidentified Flying Girl" (未確認飛行ガール Mikakuninhikō Gāru?) by Minako Kotobuki and Yumi Uchiyama (ep. 12)
- "A Special Place" (大切な場所 Taisetsu na Basho?) by Aoi Yūki, Ai Matayoshi and Momoko Saitō (OVA ep. 1)
- "Happy New Days" by Aoi Yūki, Kaori Fukuhara, Minako Kotobuki and Yumi Uchiyama (OVA ep. 2)
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