Kaname Okiura, a student of Prefectoral Umineko Shougyou High ("Umishou" for short), joined the school's swimming club in order to learn how to swim, but the club is filled with weirdos, let alone who can teach him swimming. Then, a sunny, happy-go-lucky girl named Amuro Ninagawa who transferred from Okinawa joined the club. Her extraordinary underwater speed and unorthodox swimming style (plus her personal habit of nude swimming—a powerful magnet to teenage boys) surprised every club member, especially Okiura, because she reminds him of a mermaid-like creature he saw only once in his early childhood.
The story of Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho tells of the trials and tribulations of the Umisho Swim Team. The main plot focuses on Kaname Okiura. He is a member of the swim team, but he doesn't partake in the actual swimming. As a child he got into a swimming accident and has feared it ever since. With the arrival of Ninagawa Amuro coupled together with all of the other members of the Umisho Swim team, everything descends to chaos with much fan service. Fan service is essentially the whole point of this show. Stay away if you are easily offended by frequent panty shots
and the prospect of shaving each other.
The Art style of Umisho is fairly unique with a lot of washed colours and bright landscapes. Although the backdrop is usually a pool or pool area, most scenes are very colourful and easily convey the mood. No complaints from the art of the series, but it certainly isn't special in any way.
The sounds of Umisho aren't spectacular in any way but the background music is fine and the OP/ED are nice. The music is usually very cheery, but in the few "serious" parts the music heats up and helps you get into the action. I'm not a big fan of using the OP as an insert song and they do this one or two times. It makes it feel like they were just lazy more than anything. Voice acting was good, there weren't any standouts as great voice actors but everyone fit their characters fairly well and did a nice job.
The characters of Umisho are all very diverse and each are funny in their own respects. The captain of the team is always off the wall and doing extremely weird stuff, always very funny. The main character, Kaname, is really the only letdown character wise, all of the other characters are funny in some respect or an other, but he is a fairly static character. The large breasted Shizuoka on the other hand is usually very shy, but she gets very excited when she thinks someone is watching her or the prospect of seeing a man naked. Overall the characters for the most part are all very nicely done with well written dialogue for each.
I enjoyed Umisho to the point that I looked forward to each episodes release, but I can't say it is one of my favourites. Overall it is very nicely done and a good quick watch show. With a very open ending I think it is safe to say that we will see more Umisho in the future.
Ah, another one I watched that I shouldn't have watched, I knew I shouldn't have watched it before I watched it and during watching it I kept telling myself; "drop it, drop it, drop it". I didn't, good anime are in short supply these days so I guess I'll have to watch the bad ones instead.
There was one good scene in this anime and that scene saved it from being a 2. Instead it's a 3, which is very bad. The reason for this bad rating is that this anime was bad. Why? Let's begin with the animation. Animation is basics in anime. This anime
was made in the year of 2007. The year of 2007 is not a year of the stoneage when fire had been discovered just the other day, it is the year TTGL was made, one of the best animes when it comes to animation and art that has ever been made. Don't get me wrong, I am quite aware that the production budgets for the two animes were on different levels completely. Still in the yar 2007 I would expect better than something made in the late 80's.
Now let's move on to the story. What story? The story of Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho, a great story. A story so ellaborate and complex that I fear nothing is ever going to compare. No but really, there was no real story in this anime. There were some haphazardly loose plot fragments here and there, some girl living on some sort of floating plank construction drifiting in from the sea that didn't really feel like the main female lead, she felt like something thrown in for fanservice. Did I mention the fanservice? There's alot of it in this anime and the thing is, it's not even good. I don't like fanservice in anime especially when it is not called for, if fanservice is required for story development or character development then by all means. If you want to see that sort of thing go watch hentai intead.
Characters are important in anime. Now that short sentence should be sufficient to rate this anime a 3. The characters in this anime were poorly drawn, poorly timed and had very, very, very poor character development. Interaction between the characters felt so fake that I laughed most of the time whenever seeing two characters on screen at the same time.
In conclusion; I don't think anyone should watch this anime, mostly because it's bad, but also because it's really bad. Now I am sure there are fanboys even for this, something I truly can not, for my life, understand.
~You can fly, let's get naked, because it's tropical and feels great!~
Wow. To be honest, I will have a hard time describing how good this anime was.
Somehow, it actually became one of my favorites. Unlike other ecchi, this anime concentrates on more than just boobs and butts - although it has a nice, quality bunch of it. It has a simple, yet great story, surprisingly good art, rather cute, although not so original music, and amazing results with character development. This is Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho!
Although the plot seems simple, Umisho hides much more in my opinion - the way to the top
isn't always easy, and that is exactly what Umisho swim club has to deal with! As well as weird habits of the new student, whose love for the sea is greater than (almost) anything. Every episode is hilarious, it always somehow sticks to the story, even if only slighty, and there is enough of fanservice for everyone! Even some of the yuri fanservice, but I won't say anything for the sake of not spoiling.
The art is what first got me to take a look at this anime - the colors, the light, the effects - they are much better than many other anime. The scenery and the backgrounds are always so lovely made and detailed, and the character design is the most unique one ever - you may have noticed the character almost never have noses, but it's actually making it look cute; and they constantly have this blush on their face, but I believe it is there to make the whole city look as if it were constantly very warm in it, as well as the fact summer arrived early. (it is May in the beginning) It is also warmly welcomed, because I usually hate seeing characters blush over anything, it's too cliche. If you hate it too, welcome to the club. A very small club.
While pretty much typical for any anime of this sort, the lyrics of the opening are fantastic! I quoted the first sentence of the song on th ebeginning of the review - doesn't it sound perfect? Perfect for anime about sea, swimming and hot girls!
The ending was pretty much of the same style, but also nice.
The background music also pleasantly surprised me, although sometimes it sounded more like it would suit a more serious situation.
The voice actors did a splendid job, and they greatly helped in making the character.
One of the best things in the anime!
It is incredible how, although only 13 episodes long, Umisho managed to give enough of profiles for all the characters. One thing also amazed me:
We have typical characters, such as shy, and reclusive Shizuoka, bossy Zuka, and happy-go-lucky Amuro - but they are all unbelievably realistic at the times, and have unusual secrets. To avoid the spoilers, I can not say anything, but the main point is there is always more of a character than you may think. And it's not always obvious.
I watched this in 2-3 days, whenever the times would allow me. What you will enjoy the most is how funny it is - the humor is original, ecchi, and at the times weird, but of high quality.
Second, it's the character design - you'll find specific characters incredibly cute, I'm sure of it, if you like ecchi.
But what I "cherrish" the most, is the first scene of the first episode - when I saw it, I immediately though it was an incredible scene. The smile Amuro has is, for me, so far the most unique one ever.
Definitely watch this, you will not regret it. So far, I haven't notice many really good ecchi, and whenever I thought I found one, it was disappointing. But Umisho is unique in every aspect.
Actually, I do believe this anime is underrated.
I have not seen an anime in about a month. I choose this to come back. I could not be more angry at myself for sitting through the whole thing. I will SPOIL, but you will laugh and be glad i did.
First, to those who have seen it, I liked the freak muscle man who had the shaving fetish. That was all I liked. Every single aspect of this anime is a rehash of concepts taken from better anime.
It felt like I was watching an anime put together by stencil. By this I mean that the writer probably said to himself:
#We need a
useless side-cast. The cast will be: a hot, horny, shy girl, the hot aggressive girl, the loud and annoying loli (wtf always a loli?) , the hot,loud, stupid, naive, over happy, annoying girl --love interest? I dont know nothing seemed to ever happen between her and -- the loser main character who tries to avoid her, and the loser male teammates.
The only member of the cast who wasnt taken out of some random book of cliches (oh wait....) was the freak guy who liked shaving, stripping, and was bi(?).
# Next we need something that separates our story from everything else thats ORIGINAL. This takes place on an island.Sweet that all the originality i can get outa my head. Now lets forget about that and (other than than the dumb naive chick's bizarre way of swimming) keep everything as generic and unoriginal as possible.
Nothing ever happens that you have not seen 4 or 5 times before. Theres a meeting scene. Theres a "were living together cause of bizarre circumstances" scene. Theres a "its raining and were stuck together" scene. And everything in between can be justly called filler because nothing changes from ep to ep as more stupid stuff happens.
#We need Fun Mannerisms: A girl who lives of on a raft, sees the water with the main loser guy character and "WAAAAAAAAAAAA."
There is always a reason for the main annoying girl to either do stupid actions like putting her hands in weird ways on her head or making loud expressions of ABSOLUTE AWE at normal stuff.
So much for the writing. Visually is pretty nice to look at. Tons of censored fan service.
Two more things I just had to mention:
#This takes place on an island yet neither the loli or the main loser knows how to freaking swim.
#This is garbage. The hot dumb chick is a mermaid. I just saved you 4 hours.
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