Akebi-chan's Seifuku is definitely not a series for everyone.
There are no major goals to be achieved, no character transformations to be had and no specific plot points to progress. In fact, there isn't even the slightest sense of urgency to proceed into the next scene.
The entire series is just about adorable high school girls bonding over how sweet and attractive their friends are.
Akebi-chan is a slice-of-life in its purest form. Here, you know everyone who makes an appearance is probably the nicest person you could meet and will inevitably form a bond with our cute protagonist.
In my mind, the series itself is meant
to be a calm and relaxing experience, where you can confidently turn off your worries, because you know everything's gonna be just fine. I'd even go as far as to say Akebi-chan's Seifuku is a great healing manga.
And the reason why it manages to have such an effect is because of how well Hiro's art style complements the innocent nature of his/her characters (while also being distinct in a charming way.)
There are some pages here with no dialogue, no backgrounds and no panel layouts. It is just Akebi-chan in motion. And without the wonderfully inked art of Hiro, such scenes would have landed flat on their face.
(The only reason I didn't rate it a 10/10 is because there are some panels with a bit of ecchi undertones sprinkled on it. And those feel a bit awkward at times.
But in its defense, even those moments are in line with the wholesome aesthetic of the manga. So, it is probably meant to be seen the same way the girls admire each other's beauty and not it a weird way.)
So if you are someone who enjoys slow-paced slice-of-life manga, chances are - you will fall head over heels for Akebi-chan's life.
Update: The fan-service seems to be taking more and more spotlight as the series progresses.
This doesn't really change my love for the series. I still see it as a story about a happy, peaceful life.
But my previous statement saying, ''It isn't supposed to be weird'', doesn't hold much water anymore.