Akebi-chan no Sailor Fuku

Title:Akebi-chan no Sailor Fuku
Akebi's School Uniform
明日ちゃんのセーラー服
Overall:Rent
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Notables: Animation - CloverWorks
MURAKAMI Manatsu
Komichi Akebi is starting junior high at the prestigious Rōbai Academy in the countryside. It's been her dream to wear a sailor-style school uniform and tomorrow her dream will come true.
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TV anime that premiered on January 8, 2022.
Animated by Cloverworks.
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Rent 10 9 9 7 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:4421#1552]
Akebi’s Sailor Uniform is a slice-of-life series focused on a young girl named Akebi Komichi starting her first year of middle school at the Rokuba Girls’ Academy private school. Dreaming of wanting to be in a sailor attire school uniform like her idol, pop singer Miki Fukumoto, Akebi’s mother sews her a sailor uniform for Rokuba. To her shock however, Akebi discovers on her first day that the school had changed their dress code with blazers. But the school’s headmistress makes an exception to allow her to wear the sailor uniform. Going through her early years of adolescence, Akebi befriends classmates at her school and deals with some of the challenges that come with growing up.

At its core, Akebi’s Sailor Uniform plays out no differently from any other slice-of-life series in its mundane mood and focusing on Akebi’s interactions with her classmates at the academy. The series does a solid job at exploring the lives of Akebi and the classmates she befriends throughout the series, each having their varying problems they are attempting to overcome with growing up such as fitting in with others and body image. The heart of the series comes from Akebi’s lively and outgoing personality leading the girls to become more confident with developing or honing any skills they engage in. The fleshing out and personalities of the characters are kept rather straightforward to follow without any drama or complicated developments, making the characters relatable to those who have dealt with growing up and keeping the mood rather light throughout the title’s 12-episode run. This said, the series is still likely to be an acquired taste for anime fans due to the title’s slice-of-life premise and the more mundane mood won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, even with the gorgeous and highly-detailed artwork and character designs offered up by Cloverworks for the series.

There are a couple elements of Akebi’s Sailor Uniform that I do have some gripes or possible concerns with. While I do praise the great amount of effort Cloverworks put into the visuals for it, it seemed like at points they may have overdid things with the amount of detail put into designing scenery and characters, especially in close camera shots of the characters. Related to this issue is also the anime’s habit of often focusing the camera on the body parts of the girls and featuring them in states of undress. The camera focus is often done on the legs and feet of the girls to represent how they view themselves personally, this working fine with Akebi and some of the classmates she bonds with. Others focus on the figures of the girls, seemingly meant to represent their start of maturity and puberty. However those with American sensibilities may take offense to the mentioned camera shots and assume the show is sexualizing its preteen characters, one notable case being one of Akebi’s classmates experimenting with sexting when Akebi admits admiring her legs. This would be another element of the series where you mileage is likely to vary with your reception to it.

In short, Akebi’s Sailor Uniform is a solid slice-of-life series exploring the gradual developments of Akebi and her classmates as they befriend one another and deal with growing up into adolescence. This said, the anime is still likely not to be everyone’s cup of tea due to its mundane mood and possible concerns with the anime’s habits of having focused camera shots of the girls’ bodies and being in states of undress. Still if these aren’t any concerns for you, the series is still a light-hearted coming-of-age series exploring it’s titular character starting her time in middle school.

Last updated Thursday, June 16 2022. Created Thursday, June 16 2022.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:4421#628]
(Seven episodes watched):

Based on the title, I had figured that this would probably be a fanservice-heavy show which pandered to the lusts of guys who felt young girls in school uniforms were hot. But shows like that don't have the quality artwork and distinctive character designs that this one displayed right from the start. OK, but where could this be going? How can an entire series be built around the wish of one girl, Komichi, to wear an old style girl's school uniform (probably because her favorite idol wears one while on stage)? It turns out that the standard uniform of Komichi's new school has been changed since her mother went there, and as a result she's the only student who shows up wearing the sailor type. But, since its nostalgic and they were partly to blame for the misunderstanding, the administration grants her special permission to wear this now unusual outfit. Which means she will inevitably stand out, drawing attention to herself in an unfamiliar school where many of the student come from a somewhat higher class than she does. 'The nail that stands up gets hammered down' is an old Japanese proverb. It's a clever twist which transformed what had seemed a confusing premise into a tantalizing one. The ED sequence (IIRC) suggests that by the end everyone will be wearing sailor outfits.

I had feared that Akebi's classmates would not take kindly to her way of drawing attention to herself, but no, they don't seem to mind. Things go smoothly in episode two and she quickly makes a number of friends. This is looking like a pretty laid-back, slice-of-life sort of show, but fortunately a fairly 'deep' one which delves into fairly interesting personalities--if I can keep track of them all, the cast is pretty big. Akebi decides which club she is going to join, learns a little about dorm life, cooking, etc, etc. But I was getting impatient with the lack of tension; I wish there would be some sort of serious problem that needs to be solved. I had thought that maybe Akebi would teach a bunch of stuck-up and insecure city girls how to live a more freewheeling and happy lifestyle (perhaps leading to all of them adopting the sailor uniform as well), but I'm not seeing any sign of such a thing. Akebi's unique outfit hardly gets a mention anymore and I wonder what plot this show is pursuing. The jokes make me smile rather than laugh out loud, so there has to be something to make watching worthwhile. It was getting to the point where in order to watch another episode I would have to promise myself that if I did so I'd be rewarded by watching something exciting afterwards. This show has a lot of good points, but I can't help feeling bored as I watch. I waited for several weeks between episodes six and seven, considering quitting the show but ultimately deciding to continue on for now. I don't sense any sort of climax building, just minor problems cropping up and being quickly solved. Some episodes are as much about fellow classmates as about Akebi herself. I finally decided that I'd save this show on a DVD so that if I ever felt curious about how it would end I could take it up again.

Last updated Friday, June 17 2022. Created Wednesday, January 12 2022.

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