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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 October 28, 2008, published by Houbunsha. An anime adaptation by Studio Gokumi aired in Japan between April 8, 2011 and June 24, 2011.[1][2]

Characters

Main characters

Tooru (トオル?)
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).
Run (るん?)
Voiced by: Kaori Fukuhara
A blonde second year student with a parakeet like hairstyle and Tooru's best friend. She is incredibly ditsy to the point that her friends often have to stop her from hurting herself in the process.
Yūko (ユー子?)
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 Tooru's teasing, usually because she is envious of her tall and well endowed figure.
Nagi (ナギ?)
Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama
A second year student and Run's classmate who sports pig-tails and glasses. She is pretty intelligent and often makes quip remarks to her friends. She is sometimes conscious about her weight and hates hot weather. She looks completely different when she lets her hair down and removes her glasses.

Other characters

Yutaka (ユタカ?)
Voiced by: Ai Matayoshi
A first year student and Tooru's classmate. She is a fan of Tooru and constantly tries to get friendly with her, much to Tooru's despair.
Miho (ミホ?)
Voiced by: Momoko Saitō
A first year student and Yutaka's friend and classmate, who she affectionally calls Miporin. She is also a fan of Tooru, though not quite to the extremes of Yutaka.
Mr. Satō (佐藤先生 Satō-sensei?)
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.
Ms. Kitō (鬼頭先生 Kitō-sensei?)
Voiced by: Minori Chihara
Tooru's homeroom teacher, who is obsessed with poetry. She is often quite motivated in the mornings, much to the dismay of the students.
Ms. Kamate (鎌手先生 Kamate-sensei?)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
Run, Yuko and Nagi's homeroom teacher, who has a rather laid back attitude.

Media

Manga

The manga by bb Kuroda began serialization in Manga Time Kirara Carat from October 28, 2008. Two tankōbon volumes have been released as of March 26, 2011. An anthology comic featuring guest authors will be released on June 27, 2011.[3]

Anime

An anime adaptation produced by Studio Gokumi aired in Japan between April 8, 2011 and June 24, 2011. The series began release on Bluray Disc and DVD from May 25, 2011, with each volume containing two short +A Channel mini-episodes.[4] The opening theme is "Morning Arch" by Marina Kawano while the ending theme is "Humming Girl" (ハミングガール Hamingu Gāru?) by Aoi Yuki, Kaori Fukuhara, Minako Kotobuki and Yumi Uchiyama. Each episode also contains an insert song performed by the voice actors.

Episode list

No. Title Original airdate
01 Love - An April Day
"Suki - An April Day" (好き - An April Day)
April 8, 2011[5] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Upon visiting her friend, Run, to tell her she managed to get into her high school, Tooru finds her in a compromising position with one of her classmates, Yūko, who Tooru takes an instant disliking to. School soon begins, with Tooru showing hostility to anyone who gets too close to Run, and Yūko and their other friend, Nagi, making sure Run doesn't hurt herself with her aloofness. After school, Tooru admits she feels lonely being in a separate class from Run, but Run assures her that nothing's changed between them.
02 A Bath on a Rainy Day - As rain fell
"Ame no Hi wa Ofuro - As rain fell" (雨の日はお風呂 - As rain fell)
April 15, 2011[6] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Run gets into a little trouble when she forgets to put on her underwear in the morning. Yūko goes into a little panic when Run collapses, though it turns out to be just a bit of sleep deprivation. After having to deal with heavy rain, the girls spend the evening at Nagi's house to dry off. While Run and Nagi take a bath, Tooru forces Yūko to sit through a scary movie before continuing to tease her during their bath time. A little while later, the girls leave with some umbrellas they borrowed, but soon return after Yūko gets herself dirty again.
03 Classmates - All good to go
"Dōkyūsei - All good to go" (同級生 - All good to go)
April 22, 2011[6] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
In her first year class, a classmate named Yutaka becomes overly friendly towards Tooru, which bothers her a bit. Meanwhile, a new health teacher, Mr. Satō, becomes attracted towards Run due to her forehead, which naturally bothers Tooru. It is later revealed that Satō is physically weak himself. As Yutaka becomes increasingly clingy to Tooru, her friend Miho tries to keep her in check, though this admittedly makes Tooru feel lonely.
04 Kilogram - Attention to your weight
"Kiroguramu - Attention to your weight" (きろぐらむ - Attention to your weight)
April 29, 2011[6] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As the students clean the school up, Miho gets to know Tooru, much to Yutaka's chagrin, while the other girls have some fun cleaning the pool. Later, Nagi becomes concerned that she's gaining weight and goes on a diet, but is later convinced that she shouldn't force herself to do so.
05 Sea - An ocean far away
"Umi - An ocean far away" (海 - An ocean far away)
May 6, 2011[6] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After noticing the first years hanging around the pool, Run suggests a trip to the beach for summer vacation. Yūko and Nagi go swimsuit shopping, while Run gives Tooru her swimsuit from elementary school, do to Tooru's small stature. They soon arrive at the beach, where they have fun playing in the sea and sand.
06 A Midsummer Night's... - A school in summer
"Manatsu no Yoru no... - A school in summer" (真夏の夜の・・・ - A school in summer)
May 13, 2011[7] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Run ends up giving Tooru an undesirable haircut, but manages to fix it into something she appreciates. Tooru has trouble dealing with her erratic teachers while Yūko mistakes Yutaka's way of dusting out her neckerchief as a cry for help. When Yuko forgets a form she needs to fill in at school, the gang decide to sneak into the school at night to retrieve it, as well as do some exploring. As Nagi and Yuko go to the bathroom, they spot a strange glow outside, which they later discover to be Mr. Satō who then collapses, forcing the others to carry him to the nurse's office. At the end of the day, Yuko still forgets to collect her form.
07 Summer Festival - August's End
"Natsu Matsuri - August's end" (夏祭り - August's end)
May 20, 2011[7] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The girls go to a karaoke bar, where Tooru is nervous about singing in front of Run, but Run helps her out by singing a duet with her. Later, the girls go to a matsuri festival, where they become so engrossed in one of the stalls that they almost miss the fireworks.
08 New Term - Abnormal circumstance
"Shin Gakki - Abnormal circumstance" (新学期 - Abnormal circumstance)
May 27, 2011[7] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As summer vacation ends and school resumes, Tooru's homeroom teacher, Ms. Kito, is unusually energetic. Meanwhile, Yutaka continues to harrass Tooru, with Miho explaining why they became such fans of her. Later, Tooru and Run end up having an argument, which lead their respective friends to become concerned for them the next day. As Run notices that Tooru had anonymously bought her a drink, she finds her on the roof where they make up with each other.
09 Present - Abstract art
"Purezento - Abstract art" (プレゼント - Abstract art)
June 3, 2011[7] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As Halloween approaches, the girls decide to hold a small get-together. Nagi receives a strange plush doll from Run, which she has trouble identifying. While Run and Yūko attempt to make food for the party, with messy results, Tooru and Nagi go to buy some snacks, where they find a dirty manga with a heroine that looks like Yūko. After Run's failure at trying to make hotcakes from a mix, the girls decide to make some together from scratch.
10 Fizzy - Act up
"Tansan - Act up" (炭酸 - Act up)
June 10, 2011[7] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As Winter settles in, Tooru finds an abandoned kitten and decides to take care of it. After showing the cat to the others, Tooru goes with Run to visit a pet shop and a family restaurant, where Run comes with a name for the cat, Tansan. The next day, snow falls at school and the students have fun playing in the snow, except for Nagi who is noticeably bothered by the cold. By the next day, however, everyone but Nagi catches colds.
11 Birthday - Allow me
"Tanjōbi - Allow me" (たんじょうび - Allow me)
June 17, 2011[8] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As Tooru's birthday approaches, Run remembers how Tooru helped her study for her high school entrance exams two years ago. Run brings in some cake into school for Tooru's birthday, some of which she spikes with wasabi. As they go home that day, Tooru starts to worry that at the end of the next school year, Run will graduate.
12 Alien - Anytime
"Uchūjin - Anytime" (宇宙人 - Anytime)
June 24, 2011[8] {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Tooru is worried about the prospect of being left alone after Run and the others eventually graduate. Whilst cleaning up leaves, Yutaka attempts to rescue a cat stuck up a tree. Later, Yūko collects point cards at a fast food restaurant for a free prize, whilst everyone does impressions of each other. After having a weird dream about Run, Tooru becomes more worried about her fears until she spots Run outside her apartment building, feeling happy that she hasn't changed.
Mini Episodes
No. Title Release date
01 Uniform
"Seifuku" (制服)
May 25, 2011 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Tooru comes over to Run's house to try on her new school uniform.
02 Noooo!
"Iyaya" (いやや)
May 25, 2011 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Tooru tricks Yūko into coming with her and the others to a scary movie, which scares her so much that she tries to force it out of her memory.
03 Participation
"Sanka" (参加)
June 22, 2011 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ms. Kitō becomes annoyed when Mr. Satō interrupts her class.
04 Right now
"Ima shita" (いました)
June 22, 2011 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Run comes home and is surprised to find Tooru spring out of her bed.

References

External links

tl:A Channel (manga) uk:A Channel zh:A Channel

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