Upyo! The first season of this relaxing slice of life diving series gets its first English release thanks to Anime Limited. And on Blu-ray none the less.
Note: The photos in this unboxing have been updated on 26th June 2019, but the content is identical.
Amanchu! is an anime series adapted by studio J.C.Staff and published by Production I.G. The anime is based on the 2008 manga series drawn & written by Kozue Amano. The first season of the anime series aired in July 2016.
Amanchu! to me is pretty simple and not something everyone would enjoy but overall it has a nice charm to the characters and setting. There’s also some nice comedic moments thanks to the character expressions. It’s also worth pointing out that the author of this series wrote Aria as well so you may find some similarities throughout.
Amanchu! had not been licensed by anyone except for Anime Limited in the UK & Ireland. As such, there is no English dub produced for this season at the time of this post. The UK release was also authored by Anime Ltd’s UK branch this time around.
The collector’s edition release contains the first season on Blu-ray across 2 discs. There are 12 episodes and an OVA included, in Japanese audio with English subtitles. As mentioned this release has been authored by Anime Ltd and for starters, the episodes are split across 7 on disc 1 and 6 on disc 2.
The subtitles are white and are unlockable during playback, however, the lyrics during the opening and closing segments are not translated. The discs are Region B only. Included with the collector’s edition set is the traditional Anime Ltd style packaging with a rigid box and digipack as well as a Hardcover Artbook and two sticker sheets. Upyo!
Audio: Japanese Linear PCM 2.0
Video: 1080p High Definition Native format with 16:9 ratio
Locked Subtitles: No
Plot Synopsis (via Anime Limited):
After moving from Tokyo to a small seaside town, 15-year-old Futaba is captivated by the ocean views and the vast expanse of water which she finds laid out before her.
Unbeknownst to her, Futaba’s fascination is shared by Hikari, who has lived in the town her entire life, and the two girl’s lives intermingle unexpectedly when the introverted Futaba meets the outgoing and exuberant Hikari as one of her new classmates.
Before she knows it, a whole new world is opened up to Futaba – a sparkling, shimmering world that exists under the sea, as her new-found friend helps her confront her fears and anxieties through the form of scuba diving.
As her circle of friends grows, and with her confidence burgeoning, so Futaba finds the strength and self-assuredness to grow and develop with the support of those around her.
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
OVA Episode: “The Story of the Promised Summer and New Memories”
Dive into Seaworld Shorts
Textless Opening & Closing Songs
Collector’s Edition Extras:
Rigid Box with Clean artwork, Title on Spine, Info on Paper Sheet
52-page Hardcover Booklet
2 Sticker Sheets
Amanchu! Season 1 is available on Blu-ray from Anime Limited.