Grand Blue

Alt title: Grand Blue Dreaming

TV (12 eps)
4.324 out of 5 from 4,290 votes
Rank #409

After moving out on his own to a seaside town, Iori Kitahara makes a college debut he never anticipated. A new chapter of his life unfolds, full of diving with beautiful girls and shenanigans with a gaggle of lovable bastards! Idiot-expert Kenji Inoue and au naturel authority Kimitake Yoshioka bring you a glorious college tale filled with booze-fueled antics!

Source: Kodansha

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HKBattosai
7.6

I was looking for a newer anime that featured Comedy and Ecchi that I could stream without commercials. That is how I came to watching Grand Blue. First and foremost, it is definitely a Seinen anime due to the extremely high level of drinking (alcohol). That alone makes it anime not really suited for teenagers. It is even the rare instance where all of the characters are 20 years old or older. It's not one of those clichéd high school School Life anime that can over saturate the anime market during any given season. So with that in mind, let us begin the review. The story is nearly plotless unless you enjoy anime that feature Oceans or deep water diving. Even then there are a couple of instances with back-to-back episodes having absolutely nothing to do with actual diving. However, the story does flow very nicely with each episode leading into the next almost seemlessly. And where Grand Blue really shines is in it's Gag, Slapstick style of comedy with some meaningful morale lessons slipped in throughout, which was an unexpected surprise. The animation is detailed and the art style is pleasantly appealing and colorful. The characters are well drawn, although the slapstick art style can be overly done on occasion. The scenery is nothing overwhelming but is nice to look at none-the-less. However, the best part is the high-quality and consistency in the animation itself. With so much fluent movement visually happening all the time it's difficult to not enjoy what you're seeing on screen. The OP and ED theme songs are both sound good with the OP being the better of the two in my opinion. It especially suits the series. Other than that, there isn't much to say about the sound in Grand Blue. It's there but it doesn't really affect the show positively or negatively. It's just present, which is OK. The male characters are just crazy and fun. To the same token, some of them can be annoying as well. Both Iori and Kouhei could learn to get along just a little bit better. They're the main reason the slaptick art style is sometimes overly done due to them fighting all the damn time. Iori needs to learn how to stay away from unwanted trouble that prqctically falls right into his lap. Ryuujirou and Shinji are both good guys and freaking riots (of laughter). They're so badass sometimes that they could be crossover characters in a fighting anime, such as My Hero Academia or History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi. The female characters all have their own personalitites that stand out as well, for the most part. Chisa is quiet and somewhat reserved, but is also fearless. She's quite independent and strong willed. She makes for a solid leading lady. Azusa fits right in with the boys. "Cakey" is timid and afraid to come out of her shell. She has two forms: crazy drunk makeup girl and her normal, short blue-haired self. Both versions of her are fun in their own positive way. Nanaka is probably the only significant person that doesn't really shine through enough on her own. If more of all of them were like her then this anime would be lacking personality. She's not a bad character, just one without a truly strong enough presence compared to most of the others. Overall, there is plenty to like about Grand Blue. It's laugh-out-loud funny at certain times with an unexpected morale compass slipped in here and there. The characters have a really good presence and animation is near top notch. If what you're looking to watch is similar to what I just mentioned and what I said in the very beginning, then you're sure to enjoy it. I can easily say that I recommend it. ENTERTAINMENT SCORE:  8/10 Additional Information: Video Format:  HD Streaming Audio Format:  Japanese Audio (with English subtitles) Publisher:  Amazon Prime Equipment Used:  Lenovo TB-X103F Tablet (with Dolby Atmos)

captivus
8

This show is a must-see for anyone in college or wanting to reminisce about college days. It's a pretty great slice of life comedy with lots of heart put in it and the only way You could be disappointed by it is if You're looking for a show about diving. First - the story.  The plot revolves around antics of two freshmen in college, their budding relationship with each other and the diving club they join.  There's also a little bit of romance sprinkled in for the main protagonist. The story is pretty episodic and lets the viewer experience the everyday lives of the characters. College life of the characters is depicted ... how to say it ... VERY realistically (at least from my point of view) and drives the comedy parts of the show.  Second: the animation and artwork. The animation is quite nice and I liked the character designs. It's not groundbreaking or anything but it doesn't have to be with this genre. Third: the sound. The sound is ok. I can't really say anything more about it. Fourth: the characters. As with all slice of life anime, the characters make or break the show and fortunately for Grand Blue its characters are its strongest part.  First of all, every character has a logical motivation for his or her actions and is very believable. Sure they might act dumb sometimes ... or most of the time ... but you're supposed to act that way in college. Or at least I did. Secondly, the characters (two protagonists, in particular) are very likable, which makes You want to watch their new adventures every week. Lastly, the main protagonist and most of the other important characters have their arcs which makes it satisfying to watch them grow and change little by little.  Verdict: It's definitely worth checking out - the comedy is great and you'll fall in love with two main protagonists instantly.

ClubFoot
9

“Grand Blue” is a slice of life comedy anime with lots of stereotypical humor and adult jokes. It starts with Iori Kitahara. He is a new student who began his college life at Izu University. He lives in a residence in a diving club called Grand Blue. His adventure from here begins. As it is full of many things on his way, he started his freshman life with issues of things. There is no other way that this show maintains a lot of chaos in it. He has lots of other connections with other characters. Initially, he did not want to join into that strange club filled with often-naked students. Next, he meets Chisa Kotegawa, his cousin, Nanaka, Kouhei, Aina, Shinji, and Ryuujirou. Among the Grand Blue club, men are the main focus of the jokes. The male cast really loves to drink rather than like diving. Not that they don’t like diving as well. However, they only prefer to whatever they enjoy. Like what the show explained from the beginning, this show full of adult jokes even tells you not to watch this show while drunk. Iori, the main character, has a lack of common sense when he meets those insane people. Initially, he saw them at strange and crazy habits they often naked. Then, his life went in the opposite direction after he was forced to join the club. Even so, he also wanted to join because of his cousin’s wishes. After meeting Kouhei, this misdirected adventure began. “Grand Blue” uses humor about the adults stereotypical or rather college student. Stereotypically, they really like drinking, hanging out, and partying. The humor, in addition, acts as adult humor with some nudity or perverted jokes. The exaggerated expression from its characters makes it look similar to “Prison School”. The difference is, this show acts like mixing between what’s the show introduction like for example a diving club. Besides diving, there is also little knowledge about it. The most focused one is just adult humor. This show is a laughing-out-of-loud type where you just realized what this “Grand Blue” is. It’s not about diving but it’s about less society with adult jokes. The main female cast consists of “normal” people at first glance. The main heroine, Chisa, is, I think, the most normal character among all; including all female characters. She likes diving and she takes it seriously when it comes to that. She did not care about Iori when she first met after never meeting again. But, she is the only real character because she misses her childhood with Iori. On the other hand, she also wants Iori to join the diving club and wants to introduce everything about diving. In the end, this is not a romance anime. There is Nanaka who act as an older sister type of Chisa. At first, she was a normal character. However, her abnormal obsession with Chisa was what made her not a normal character. Sometimes, you can also call it normal and on the other hand, it doesn’t work according to the fact, including for Iori as well. I mean, it’s sarcasm of humor to say at least. There is Azusa who has the same quirky habits just like all the men in the club. Apart from her strange sexuality, he really likes to play sexual jokes, especially to Iori. There is Aina where she plays two personalities. At first glance, she was weird and indeed from the beginning too. But, she is another type of character you cannot trust other than she is also the most normal. It’s not aware of being in the “weird” category. The way the show plays with humor, they always focused on the chemistry between the two characters. Like for example between Iori and Kouhei who always designed various absurd plans but were counterattacked by karma. They always adhere to strange problems surrounding women, especially the female characters. They play nasty humor and humor about drinking such as mixing vodka, beer, whiskey, and alcohol together. In the end, they went naked too and I want to mention that the black censored circles are so funny, self-aware, and an absurd sarcastic new level. “Grand Blue” uses a gimmick in an excessive way. This show knows how to execute its humor and they know what their intentions are for this show. The running gag, the misunderstanding of humor, the nudity, very similar to “Prison School”. Both shows know exactly who they were and they know how to over-present it. There are moments where you can learn about the sea, enjoy the beauty of Blue-Planet vibe, natural landscape, or about diving too. But, it’s not a slice of life relaxing type show. It’s far from it and it’s a pure comedy show. Zero-G worked on a lot of project past. There is “Tsugumomo”, “Battery”, “DIVE!!”, and “The Scales of Nil Admirari”. For winter season this year, we got “My Roommate is a Cat”. They succeeded in capturing a beauty from this show. This anime does not emphasize over-the-top or anything. But, there is a frame when the show shows the beauty of the sea like the aquarium scene. The characters are real and exaggerated when it comes to their expression. It was all about them in such an extreme way. The show managed to do it. The voice acting is really great with so many talented voice casts. The opening theme is fit and the ending theme? I mean, yeah. It’s a karaoke segment wrapped by sarcastic again. I’m not really a fan of the manga adaptation by Kenji Inoue. But, “Grand Blue” emphasizes excessive humor with real gimmicks and quite sarcastic with self-explanatory way. Besides this is about diving, it’s not like that. It sucks you onto its theme. Character humor, adult humor, drinking, it’s a summer theme of what anime wants itself. Don’t forget to watch this show in a normal circumstance. Don’t drunk while watching.

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