Umisho – Anime Review

The Essentials

UmishoName: Umisho, Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho
Genre: Comedy, Sports
Episodes: 13
Released: July 3, 2007 – September 25, 2007
Based On: Umisho manga by Mitsuru Hattori
Director: Koichiro Sohtome
Produced By: Artland, Marvelous Entertainment
US Distribution By: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Kaname Okiura: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
Amuro Ninagawa: Aki Toyosaki
Momoko Orizuka: Hitomi Nabatame
Maki Ikuta: Ai Shimizu
Masa Ikariya: Makoto Yasumura
Mirei Shizuoka: Yukari Fukui
Maaya Nanako: Sayuri Yahagi
Sanae Kise: Ryoko Shintani
Kaori Himekawa: Ayumi Murata
Seito Takeda: Satomi Koorogi

Major English Cast

N/A

Scores

Animation: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Story: 6/10 (x 4 = 24 pts)
Music: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 6/10 (x 2 = 12 pts)
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 5/10 (x 5 = 25 pts)

Total: 117/190 (61.6%)

Review

Umisho centers around a high school swimming team from the Umisho High School, it’s manager, Kaname Okiura, and a new (and strange) transfer student from Okinawa who joins the team, Amuro Ninagawa.

Kaname has a problem though: he’s afraid of swimming due to an incident when he was young when a “mermaid” attempted to drag him underwater at the beach. However, things start getting more difficult for him when Amuro suddenly shows up on a raft saying that she’s a new Umisho transfer student. However, she shows some good swimming skills and ends up on the school swim team. The problem for Kaname is that Amuro’s swimsuit of choice is, well, nothing. The rest of the swim team – the boys and the girls – all have their particular eccentricities as well.

What follows is largely a show that uses the fact that it’s centered around the swim team to show off as much fan service as possible, and of course all the guys (with the exception of perhaps Kaname) ogling over the girl’s bodies as much as possible. The show does have a bit of comedy, and there is a minimal amount of plot regarding the team trying to defeat a rival high school’s swimming team in competitions, plus the relationship between Kaname and Amuro.  However, the purpose of this series is fan service.

I’m not sure there is very much else to say about this series other than that.  As many series whose focus is fan service, it has a tendency to go over the top, which just damages the little plot that it has.

As far as it’s technical aspects, animation wasn’t bad, though it wasn’t excellent either. The music was OK as well.

In the end, if you’re looking for a fan service-laden series, or a halfway-decent comedy and don’t mind excessive amounts of fan service, you may like Umisho. Otherwise, this is probably a series you can avoid.

First Watched: July – November 2007
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: No

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