Akebi-chan no Sailor Fuku

Alt title: Akebi's Sailor Uniform

Vol: 12+; Ch: 72+
2016 - ?
3.863 out of 5 from 90 votes
Rank #9,113
Akebi-chan no Sailor Fuku

Roubai Private Academy is a prestigious girls' middle school in the country. For Akebi Komichi, donning this school's sailor uniform is a dream come true. Her middle school dream life is finally beginning. Verdant open countryside vistas. The slowly flowing time of youth. 

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What I can definitely say is that this manga's appeal is all about the artwork and showing off well-drawn and cute images. There are a lot of motion-capture sequences, where there are like five or six images of Komichi doing some sort of activity. Sometimes, it's just showing off mundance things like fem putting on a shirt, but many times it's a lot more expressive or athletic. Komichi dances and runs around and is very flexible. You get the same sort of feeling as watching a contortionist or acrobatic at a circus, where there's a sense of beauty and even sensuality at seeing the range of motions that the human body can go through. The slightly uncomfortable part about it is that sensuality aspect. The manga will focus on the butts or the curvature of these middle school girls, and it will make me wonder whether the artist is wanting these girls to be seen as sexually stimulating or just cute. Either way, it's basically just intended to be eye candy. Komichi has a very friendly and engaging personality, where fe will express interest in what other people are interested in and accept them as they are. Feir classmates sorta treat fem as a mixture of an idol and a friend. They just like watching fem and being around feir energy and stuff. It's a story about these girls bonding and developing friendships. And it is nice seeing the bonds growing between the non-Komichi girls as well. With the constant blushing (which can honestly get on my nerves) and delicate, heartfelt/wistful looks the characters sometimes get, the story is basically on the cusp of shoujo-ai. It's good artwork--great artwork--with adequate character interactions and development. [Reviewed at chapter 50]


Describing this manga in words is difficult. It conveys emotions and feelings in such a vivid and fluid way that I've never come across before. You can really feel the love poured into every single page. The expressions, the movements, the dialogue, the scenery... Everything is simply beautiful. It takes a lot for something to make me openly emotional, but I've cried several times reading this series. The emotions the characters feel just seem so real and that you're almost able to experience their sadness, loneliness, frustration and joy alongside them. The mangaka is amazing at making you feel the emotions you're meant to feel. The characters are all flawed in very human ways. They're not overly exaggerated, nor are they strict character archetypes. They're individuals who seem more like real people than in a lot of anime and manga (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). On a personal level, I usually don't like characters like Akebi herself, but she's not super annoying or frustrating. She starts out naive and sheltered but you know she has a huge heart and it's great watching her try to help those around her in her slightly unusual, offbeat ways. She also manages to grow as person why staying true to herself. The art is captivating in a way I can't really explain. "Fluid" is the best I can come up with, but at times it really does seem like the characters are actually moving. It doesn't limit itself to panels and boxes to express things. Sometimes, you get a sequence of poses in order to create a dance/routine. You get full-page drawings of the character's entire body as they move from one pose to the next with nothing around or behind them. Yes, it's a bit slow-paced and honestly I think it's better binge-reading it. But even though the story is, at its core, simple, it's the characters that carry it for me. It's not that deep or meaningful or profound, but it's not trying to be. It's a story about young girls growing up and trying to navigate their changing worlds, lives and bodies. If you're looking for a moving, heartfelt manga, I highly recommend this one. I can't do it justice in a review because it's a very visually powerful series.

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