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'''''A Channel''''' is a Japanese {{Seinen}} {{yonkoma}} by bb Kuroda. The story is about the [[SliceOfLife daily life]] of [[TheDitz Run]], a second year High School student, her classmates [[ShrinkingViolet Yuuko]] and [[{{Meganekko}} Nagi]], and first year student, and Run's childhood friend, [[TheCaretaker Tooru]]. The series follows their quirks with their teachers and classmates.

The manga has been serialized since 2008 in ''Magazine/MangaTimeKirara Carat'', with currently four volumes released. An anime adaptation by Studio Gokumi aired in [[Spring2011Anime spring 2011]], with two OriginalVideoAnimation episodes named ''A Channel +smile'' released on early 2012. There's also a prequel manga, ''A Channel ~days in junior high school~'', which is... well, the story of how Run and Tooru met and their life in junior high school. It started serializing in ''Manga Time Kirara Carino'' from January 2012.

Not to be confused with ''Manga/SpecialA'' or A-Channel (the former name of Canadian TV network [[Creator/{{CTV}} CTV Two]] or of fellow Canadian network Citytv in some areas of Western Canada).

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!!''A Channel'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AdaptationExpansion
* AlertnessBlink: For example, when Run tells the other girls that Tooru is an honor student.
* BatterUp: Tooru deploys a baseball bat anytime boys get too friendly with Run.
* BeachEpisode: Episode 5, when the girls head for [[RealPlaceBackground Kamakura]] and visit [[LighthousePoint the lighthouse there]].
* BetweenMyLegs: This shot shows up in episode 2.
* BlandNameProduct: The [[{{Ponyo}} Bonyo]] keychain Yuuko buys to forget a horror movie.
** Paskin Robbins Ice Cream
** iBod
** Pocari Sweet & Coco-Cola
** Geeple
** A Hamaha speaker in episode 7.
** Lawsom convenience stores.
* BittersweetEnding: There's a growing consensus that the anime ending qualifies. [[spoiler: Tooru realizes that there is going to be a time, coming very soon, that she will still be in High School but the other 3 will be either in the workforce or at College -- either way, not in her life anymore. She resolves to make the most of the last year they have together.]]
* BlueWithShock
* ButtMonkey: Yuuko can't seem to catch a break, whether it's being tormented by her friends, teachers, dogs, her own misunderstandings, or pure bad luck. [[{{TheChewToy}} And it's hilarious!]]
* CherryBlossoms
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Run. She even forgets her panties!
* {{Drowning My Sorrows}}: Tooru does a version of this with juice in episode 8.
* FestivalEpisode: The second half of episode 7.
* FollowTheLeader: Maybe it's just a genre thing but a lot of the SchoolgirlSeries stereotypes are being employed shamelessly.
* FourGirlEnsemble
* {{Genki Girl}}: Yutaka.
* GoingCommando: At one point Run forgets to put on her panties.
* GratuitousEnglish: Run in episode 3. "No Music No Life" and "Mada (still) No Music Life"
** Nagi and Tooru mentions Yuuko's "nice body" on several occasions.
** Nagi mentions "nice shot" at Run being able to toss a soda can onto the trash barrel at school.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming:
** Every episode has a regular Japanese title and a [[EitherOrTitle secondary title]] in English that always starts with an "A".
** All song titles on [[http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=SVWC-7770 the soundtrack]] are English words starting with the letter A.
* ImageSong: At least one per episode, with one song for each of the main girls in episode 7 (half of which was a [[{{Karaoke Box}} Karaoke Episode]]).
* {{Iyashikei}}
* {{Joshikousei}}
* KaraokeBox: The first half of episode 7. Even Satou-sensei gets in on it.
* {{Lolicon}}: Both Yuuko and Run point out that Tooru doesn't have to be so self-concious of her small body, since there are people who are into that.
* MagicSkirt: The girls frequently fall down or throw their legs in the air but no looky-loos. Tooru even sticks her bum in the air to put on her socks during one sequence but still no action.
* MarshmallowHell: Yuuko does this to Tooru at one point to prevent her from intimidating a boy Run was talking to.
* NonuniformUniform: Nagi and Tooru almost always wear their respective beige and purple cardigans over their school uniforms.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Tooru's first impression of Yuuko is seeing her in a compromising situation with Run.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Run's mom looks exactly like her, so much so that she's often confused as Run's sister.
* OnlyOneName: This is the case with all of the students. None of their last names have been mentioned, and even during class the teachers are on FirstNameBasis with them.
* PantyShot: Averted.
* PetTheDog: Tooru is fond of small animals and children, often giving kids candy. Also she is a great help in the classroom.
** She finds Yutaka annoying, but she's perfectly fine with showing the girl her notes or helping her with problems.
*** She even [[spoiler: feels lonely when Miho drags Yutaka away]], which sends her into an impromptu identity crisis.
** [[SitcomArchNemesis Yuuko]] on the other hand...
*** Shown more in the Manga, but Tooru is shown on a couple of occasions to like Yuuko.
* PuniPlush
* SailorFuku
* SarcasmFailure: Nagi has no words when Run freaks out ("Who are you?") over Nagi's letting her hair down. This despite Nagi having jokingly done ''the same thing'' not one full minute before.
* SchoolgirlSeries
* SchoolSwimsuit: Tooru's had the same one since elementary school.
* SeriousBusiness: Nagi takes the Ibod very seriously.
* {{Shout Out}}: In the third episode of the anime, Nagi shouts [[{{Strike Witches}} "'They're not panties, so it's not embarrassing?'!]] It sure as heck is!"
** In episode 8, when the girls talk about hiccups, Tooru states that [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh it takes a hit to the stomach to cure them]].
** In episode 11, Nagi is suitably freaked out when she finds Run's [[Manga/DeathNote notebook full of names]].
** Might be a coincidence, but after Run asks to use Nagi's glasses as a magnifying glass, Nagi (again) declares, [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann "What the hell do you think glasses are?!"]]
** Nagi joking that her glasses are just for show, because if she takes them off she can see... [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} death]]?
** [[YuruYuri Rum Raisin ice cream]]!
* SitcomArchNemesis: Tooru just doesn't like Yuuko, although she mellows out somewhat during the course of the series.
* SneezeCut
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Run and Tooru look just like young versions of their respective mothers, except for very slightly different haircuts.
* {{Tsundere}}: Nagi describes Tooru as this, Run forgets what one is and imagines Tooru with a spear.
* TsurimeEyes: 75% of the main cast!
* TwelveEpisodeAnime
* WeaponOfChoice: Tooru favors her baseball bat whenever she feels the need to defend Run from the attention of boys.
* WikiWalk: When talking about schoolgirls running the possible risk of being abducted by strangers, Run ends up wondering if [[AliensSpeakingEnglish aliens are able to speak Japanese or not]].
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