Review written on November 2, 2009.
*Possible Spoilers Ahead*
Plot Summary: Kaname Okiura, a student of Prefectoral Umineko Shougyou High ("Umisho" for short), joined the school's swimming club in order to learn how to swim, but the club is filled with weirdos, let alone teaches him swimming. Then, a sunny, happy-go-lucky girl named Amuro Ninagawa
Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho
who was transferred from Okinawa joined the club. Her extraordinary underwater speed and unorthodox swimming style (plus her personal habit of nude swimming—a powerful magnet to teenage boys) surprised every club member, especially Okimura, because she reminds him of a mermaid-like creature he saw only once in his early childhood. (Taken from ANN
On my journey through the adventures of anime, next stop was Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho
or Kenkō Nude Swimming Series Umishō in English. I went into this thing not knowing about anything from the series. Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho is a show about swimming, with ecchi and fanservice thrown in. This show was just outrageously goofy but, that's why I loved the show. There was something that was just so goofy or over the top in ever episode, I just laughed through out the show.
Masa Ikariya, the team captain.
The main character is Kaname Okiura
. He is the manger of the school swim club, despite not being able to swim due to an accident he had during his childhood. One day Kaname was at the beach with Momoko Orizuka
and they see a house boat come from the ocean. On that house boat is Amuro Ninagawa
who ends up joining the swim team due to being a excellent swimmer. During the next day you meet everyone from the swim team. While there are many on the team (mostly girls) there are some that stand out. One being Masa Ikariya
(nickname Ikamassa), the captain of the swim captain of the swim team. At first you think he could be a teacher but, he is actually a 3rd year student. He is super tall, buff, and probably one of the best characters of the show because he is just one goofy dude. One of his favorite things to do is to help shave people, male or female. Another great character is Mirei Shizuoka
. She is a very good swimmer but, she is afraid of people that watch her because she has very large breasts and gets embarrassed through out the show. Apparently she has a collection of dildos. I did not know that so, this must be something from the manga, not the anime. There are other characters as well like, Takeda, a super pervert and Maki
, a super short girl that is trying to learn how to swim properly and also wants big boobs.
I would probably get more out of it if I read the manga but, I think the anime was good enough for me. The characters were enjoyable and awesome, the story was simple to follow, and it's short. It's only 13 episodes long. If you are looking for something that is over the top with craziness, like School Rumble
, or if you want some ecchi/fanservice action, then you will probably love this show.
My Score - 4 out of 5 (another 4 :P )