Akebi’s Sailor Uniform takes place at Robai Academy, a prestigious girls’ middle school in the countryside. Wearing this school’s sailor uniform was Akebi Komichi’s dream.
Now, her dream has come true, and she nervously awaits the entrance ceremony.
This show just happens to be another one I noticed was going to be released by Cloverworks alongside their main product, My Dress-Up Darling. What does Akebi offer in a nutshell is a mediocre life of a middle school girl finally getting into a school that have actual people in it other than herself. And her teacher in a long-abandoned elementary school, which hasn’t been destroyed yet? It all sounds odd and intriguing but honestly. I find it to be something that wanted more attention, biting more than it could chew.
Like any slice-of-life anime, it primarily focuses on Akebi making new friends in an all-girl high school who each have their hobbies and personalities. Hmm, I wonder where they get it from? Anyways, the anime follows an episodic formula where it often goes a bit like this, Komichi introduces herself to the girl she approached. The girl finds her odd, Komichi insists on being her partner or following them just to satiate her curiosity. In the end, the girl finally opens her heart to Komichi. She becomes friends with this eccentric, athletic and happy-go-lucky girl. For most of the time, it does this quite a lot and I find it to be repetitive, though not anywhere I find to be severely annoying.
Just like how they did with My Dress-Up Darling, the art is fantastic and had good moments that were undeniably gorgeous. My favorite episode during the entire show was Episode 7. Which had me hooked and not letting me out from the immersion as the episode weaved. It’s way through to me, to the point where I must say that it’s not quite bad. For the characters to move fluidly in a slice-of-life is something that KyoAni would do. But this is a pleasant surprise to find amongst all of the shows I have been watching this Winter.
Not that amazing, I’m afraid. While it offers the side girls get a bit more attention and expand onto their part of the story. It so happens to make me realise that Komichi’s tactic of barging into someone’s life and insisting on being their friends, going as far as to follow their interests and happens to like every single thing they do, while always giving positive comments is noticeably repetitive and rigid in its own right.
Of course, it is a slice-of-life story, but having the main girl getting her way most of the time without having anyone who offers dynamic chemistry is just so abundant that it bores me. It doesn’t help as well that all of the other girls besides Komichi don’t stand out and feel unrealistic. They don’t offer much and always stays positive as if the author intends to make a story that soothes the reader to their content.
This show is practically similar to a vast amount of shows that do the same without any significant change in their content. I wouldn’t say that I hate watching Akebi, but the idea of remembering this show even exist is downright impossible, as the whole series was mostly forgettable excluding a few moments which could not escape my mind. I would recommend Akebi’s Sailor Uniform to anyone who is way bored out of their mind or just looking for a way to relieve their stress. This show promises you that but not a memorable experience. Think of it as a relaxing massage you would get every few months. In other words, I am alright with it.