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Akebi-Chan No Sailor-Fuku - What We Know So Far

If you aren't too familiar with anime as a medium then you might've been misled into thinking it consists of nothing but intense action series with lots of screaming and punching and not a whole lot of anything else. In the end, this couldn't be further from the truth. Anime consists of many genres, with some of the most popular actually being the antithesis of the stereotypical battle anime. A good example of this would be the upcoming slice of life anime, "Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku."

Based on the popular manga of the same name that started in 2016 and is still ongoing, "Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku" (literally "Akebi-chan's Sailor Uniform") follows a girl named Akebi on her day-to-day adventures after being accepted to her dream school. The anime is being produced by CloverWorks and is set to be released early next year. With all of this information in mind, here is what we know so far about "Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku."

What is the release date for Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku?

While production for "Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku" has likely gone on for some time, fans have only known about the anime adaptation since March (via Anime News Network). At the time of its initial announcement, the show's eventual release date had not yet been revealed. It wasn't until October 2021 that the "Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku" creators released the series' first (and so far only) promotional video, revealing to fans when they would be able to see the series. Along with some plot details and casting announcements, the video announced that "Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku" would be released in January 2022.

At the moment, it's not known exactly where fans will be able to catch "Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku." However, it will likely be streamed internationally through either Crunchyroll or Funimation (or both), as most anime are these days. Additionally, fans may not be able to count on there being an English dub of the series at first, as CloverWorks has not revealed whether the show will receive such treatment. Either way, fans can sit tight knowing that the series will be released relatively soon.

Who are the characters in Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku?

So far, CloverWorks has revealed over a dozen characters and their associated voice actors for "Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku." Evidently, this series is going to feature an extensive cast, as the protagonist, Komichi Akebi (Manatsu Murakami), meets many new people at her new school. Of these many new faces, three seem to stand out from the rest (via Anime News Network). These are Akebi's first friends — Erika Kizaki (Sora Amamiya), Tōko Usagihara (Akari Kitō), and the spectacled Tomono Kojō (Shion Wakayama).

The other 12 characters that have been revealed — though they are likely important to the series' story in their own way — seem to be less noteworthy than the first three, as CloverWorks revealed the rest of the cast en masse two weeks after the others, according to a separate article from ANN. Regardless of this, none of the characters that CloverWorks has revealed so far have been fleshed out very thoroughly. It seems as though fans will have to wait for the actual show to learn more about Akebi and her companions.

What is the plot of Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku?

All her life, Akebi has had only one objective — to attend her dream school so that she may wear its uniform proudly and make a hundred friends (via Myanimelist). For this countryside girl, Roubai Academy Middle School is the end-all and be-all of her goals. Much to her pleasure, the youthful Akebi is accepted to the academy, allowing her to wear the series' eponymous sailor uniform to her heart's content. Now, the only thing left is making those 100 friends.

This is the core premise of "Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku." Like many school time, slice of life shows, it's all about one happy-go-lucky student and the day-to-day adventures she has with her friends. There are no fights to the death and no evil villains hell-bent on world domination. There are only Akebi and her rambunctious friends who, by some means or another, find themselves in trouble on a weekly basis. It may not be a unique premise for a series, but it is time-honored and no less ripe for creative and heartwarming stories. That is, assuming that "Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku" lives up to the hype.