In concert with my review for the actually A-Channel series, I decided to look up and watch the +A-Channel shorts. My ratings stay the same as the series for the reasons of consistency. You can't horribly rate an omake because it is an omake. It's like trying to study for a test with the textbook; it's ridiculous. I will say this, yes these are a series of shorts. These episodes are the little "bonus" for those devoted A-Channel fans who bought the BR or DVD of the series. Personally, I did enjoyed them because they made me laugh. It's all the same material from the
actual series, just a little extra for those A-Channel fans who wanted more. I really don't regret watching watching any of these shorts. Maybe it's because I'm biased toward slice-of-life anime genres.
Simply put, if you the enjoy slice-of-life and enjoyed A-Channel then you should go ahead and watch +A-Channel, they're pretty funny! If you despise this genre, why are you even looking at this bonus in the first place?
Art - The art style of this is a mix of moe and chibi, which really isn’t a problem and is actually very cute to watch. The characters kind of remind me slightly of “Is the Order a Rabbit?” which is another show that I really enjoyed. With the short episode run time I was surprised to see how much detail the artist put into all of the background characters. Normally shows like this will stick to silhouettes of characters that don’t speak or even have anything to do with the story, so I thought that this was a really nice touch.
Because of the short run time this show had very little musical direction. I did however like that the simple music fit the simplicity of the show itself. This music was catchy and fun to listen to, but I found myself anticipating it and expecting it to get annoying. However, when this happened, the same song didn’t repeat itself. I am sure there was re-used music in the 12 episodes, but they were spread out far enough to not let you notice that they were being reused, which made it much better - and I am someone who can hear a song once and want to listen to it over and over again.
Story - There really isn’t a story in this show. With a run time of only about 3-5 minutes, how could there be? Really this show takes a peak into the life styles of four friends in their first year of high school. They go to the movies, they make each other bentos, and they even fight off bugs together. While what the show lacks in story, it makes up for in characters. I say this because while it was super short and overall kind of boring, the show had me coming back because I enjoyed watching the characters have fun.
Personal Reflection - This is one of those shows were I knew next to nothing going into it, and after the first episode was over in 3 minutes I felt a little confused. But then I was able to watch one episode after another and really enjoy the show overall. It was like binge watching Youtube episodes, and I really enjoy doing that. When the show finally came to a close it was so sudden and I actually was a little disappointed because I wanted the fun antics to continue. Overall I felt like the show had no story but fun characters. It was so easy to get invested in them that when the show was over as quick as it started, it left me wanting more. If you need to burn a half hour, go and watch A-Channel! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
There isn't really much I can say about these cute little extras, but I did enjoy that they all seemed to be taken from the strips in the manga that weren't in the normal episodes, like Nagi talking to a story display when she took her glasses off or when Tooru and Run made character bentos for Yuuko and Nagi, these little shorts are a cute little add-on to the normal A Channel series and I'd recommend watching them if you want more A Channel or if you wanted to see more of the manga strips made into anime ^^
I wasn't completely impressed with the main series for A-Channel because I thought the pacing was a bit slow. I like slice of life and I enjoyed it overall, but it felt a bit too drawn out.
In contrast, this set of specials benefits from being quick and to the point. Being familiar with the characters obviously helps, but I think these would (mostly) be enjoyable for anyone looking for a quick fix of cute and humorous slice-of-life situations. The exception would be the first special which relies on familiarity with one of the characters in order to really appreciate it completely. The others have elements
of humor that I think work even without familiarity to the main series.
To summarize: I recommend this for anyone who likes cute and humorous slice-of-life situations and doesn't want to sit through full episodes to get their fix, but special #1 should be saved until you have a bit of familiarity with the series.