Like it or hate it, it’s your call. I know there are a lot who got sick and tired of slice-of-life anime. For me, all I can say is it depends on how the series is delivered.
A Channel, to me, did a great job. If you’re looking for an anime with substance, there isn’t any here. But if you’re looking for an anime to unwind, here it is. A Channel is one of the good ones out there. I know it’s hard to compare now that slice-of-life has become repetitive across different anime titles but I really enjoyed this one.
Most slice-of-life anime show the girls (why is it always girls? wouldn’t it be unique to show four boys instead?) going to school or a specialized school, joining a club or having a lot of conversations about the most random things. For example, Lucky Star, my all-time favorite – it’s about four girls going to the same school and hanging out. It has many conversations about the most random things on earth. Or Hidamari Sketch, another good one. Four girls going to art school and doing random things. While it’s fun, it’s slow-paced.
I won’t say A Channel is different cuz it isn’t. A Channel also has four girl going to the same school and doing random things. The casts’ personalities are almost similar to that of Lucky Star. The plot, wait – there isn’t any. It appeals to me cuz there aren’t too much conversations going on and it’s well paced. The most important element here is that it showed how the girls are having loads of fun. I really like episode 10 – the girls were having so much fun playing in the snow.
A Channel can be this fun probably cuz it has only 12 episodes. It’s short and sweet, not long-winded.
The other thing that I find different is how the show always focused on two of the closer friends. That way, no characters are sidelined. In K-ON, I think Mio and Yui or even Azunyan are the ones getting the most limelight. And in Lucky Star, we barely see Miyuki. However here in A Channel, if the four aren’t going out together, the series will take time to show what’s Tooru and Run or Yūko and Nagi up to. I like that.
Perhaps A Channel isn’t as big as Lucky Star and K-ON but it’s definitely one of those I don’t mind watching over and over again.