|Genre||Drama, Slice of life story|
|Written by||Kozue Amano|
|Published by||Mag Garden|
|Original run||December 2008 – ongoing|
Amanchu! (あまんちゅ!?) is a Japanese shōnen manga series serialized in Comic Blade. It was written and illustrated by female Japanese mangaka, Kozue Amano, who is widely known as the creator of Aria. The series motto is "Fun for All. All for Fun".
A 15-year-old girl, Hikari Kohinata, who loves the sea, living her care-free life until another 16-year-old girl, Futaba Ōki, comes along. Both studying together in same school, Yumegaoka High, they find themselves becoming the best of friends as they each discover the wonders of town they living in.
Yumegaoka High School
- Hikari Kohinata (小日向 光 Kohinata Hikari?) / "Pikari" (ぴかり?)
- One of the protagonists, Hikari is a first-year student of Yumegaoka High School in class 1-2, and a member of the school Diving Club. She is a diving instructor living with her Grandma at a beach house, and frequently called by the nickname "Pikari".
- Futaba Ōki (大木 双葉 Ōki Futaba?) / "Dotty" (てこ "Teko"?)
- The other protagonist, Futaba is also in class 1-2 of Yumegaoka High School. She is drawn by her new friend Pikari into joining the Diving Club despite never having dived before. Her main transport to school and around the town is her scooter. She loves taking photographs using her mobile phone. Pikari gives her the nickname "Dotty".
- Ai Ninomiya (二宮 愛 Ninomiya Ai?)
- A second-year student at Yumegaoka and president of the Diving Club. She is Mokoto's older twin sister.
- Makoto Ninomiya (二宮 誠 Ninomiya Makoto?)
- A second-year student at Yumegaoka, and a memmber of the Diving Club. He is Ai's younger twin brother.
- Mato Katori (火鳥 真斗?)
- Homeroom teacher of class 1-2 and the faculty sponsor of the Diving Club. She first appeared in Amano's earlier series, Roman Club.
- Hikari's Grandma (光の祖母?)
- Grandmother of Hikari Kohinata (Pikari), a smoker who own a beach house.
- Cha/Tea (ちゃ?)
- A town stray cat with tea-coloured ears and tail. First appearance is in Chapter 1 as a background character.
Amanchu! stated serialization in Mag Garden monthly shōnen Comic Blade magazine on November 29, 2010. In September, the series changed to quarterly release due to the author pregnancy and childcare. As of October 2010, three tankōbon collecting the serials chapters have been published the first on August 10, 2009, and the third on August 10, 2010.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|01||August 10, 2009||ISBN 978-4-86127-642-2|
|02||February 10, 2010||ISBN 978-4-86127-696-5|
|03||August 10, 2010||ISBN 978-4-86127-757-3|
Chapters not yet collected in tankōbon
- 19. "Durama"
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- "あまんちゅ! 1" (in Japanese). Mag Garden. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
- "あまんちゅ! 3" (in Japanese). Mag Garden. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
- "藍海少女 1" (in Chinese). Tong Li Publishing. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- "あまんちゅ! 2" (in Japanese). Mag Garden. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
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- "Japanese Comic Ranking, August 9-15". Anime News Network. August 8, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010.