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Old 2009-09-08, 11:27   Link #1
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Talking Anime about Swimming

Hi, guys. I've just recently finished watching Kenkoo Zenrakei Suieibu Umishou, and loved it. Considering that Rough is one of my favorite mangas of all time, and that I was a competitive swimmer in my high school days, I was wondering if there are any more animes or mangas that focus on the sport, in any way - and I've already searched the forum, but have only found recommendations for Umishou and KGNE - both of which I've seen already.

Even a main character who enjoys swimming or surfing would be nice. So, are there any?
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Old 2009-09-08, 11:46   Link #2
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I think you've probably watched Zegapain, I really haven't seen much anime with a swimming focus. But there's tons of pool fanservice episodes out there lol

I also recommend you to watch the movie 'Water Boys', a wonderful movie about a group of guys who are obsessed with synchronised swimming and wants to keep the school club alive.
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Actually, no, I hadn't heard about Zegapain at all, so thanks for that, mate!
But Water Boys was a nice movie, loved it - also, the Rough live-action movie is quite nice, as well.
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Old 2009-09-08, 12:07   Link #4
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can't think of any that is similar to the ones you have watched that i have also
only one i can think of is hatsukoi limited but its like for 2 episode only so i don't think that counts lol
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Old 2009-09-08, 12:10   Link #5
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Yeah, that would qualify, mate. Fortunately or not, I've watched that series already. But, barring something completely about swimming, that would be exactly what I'm looking for.
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Old 2009-09-08, 21:55   Link #6
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The second arc of 5 Centimeters Per Second, has a character that likes to surf as the lead character of that arc. That being said, it isn't even really the focus of the arc, so it's not ideal by any means. When she does it, they aren't even very long scenes really, but they animation is pretty amazing, great use of light especially.
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Old 2009-09-08, 22:04   Link #7
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Beck: Mongolian chop squad has a few episodes about swimming, while I certainly wouldn't call it a swimming anime the swimming parts were fun and the series is a real winner in it's own right.
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Old 2009-09-09, 15:55   Link #8
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All of Yoichi Komori's manga are about diving and other underwater activities, but none of them are about swimming per se.
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Old 2009-09-09, 16:18   Link #9
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VERY interesting. Too bad only Waga Na wa Umishi has a steady pace in regards to scanlation releases - or even a group actively translating it... But thanks!
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Old 2009-09-09, 19:26   Link #10
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I don't know whether I'd call it swimming, but in Real Drive the characters "dive" into "The Metal," a huge network of artificial intelligence. This action is portrayed as if they were deep-sea diving.
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Old 2009-09-09, 20:18   Link #11
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Interesting. I'd heard of this series before, but hadn't picked up an interest in it. Now, I'm gonna remedy that. Thanks!

By the way, C.A., I'm loving Zegapain. Thanks again!
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Old 2009-09-09, 21:02   Link #12
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I was about to say Umisho... lol

I have to suggest Amano-sensei's latest work: Amanchu!--- a manga about diving. (thread at AS). Link

gorgeous artwork, very nice and quirky characters (all-girls so far), and Slice-of-Life along the same lines as ARIA (for the obvious reasons). Highly recommended!
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Old 2009-09-09, 21:13   Link #13
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Wow, this one looks really nice, thanks!

I just noticed that I forgot to acknowledge some suggestions: 5cm Per Second is one of my all-time favorite movies, and yeah, that "arc" was really nice. As for Beck, I haven't seen it yet, and it's kinda hard to get around these parts, but I'll try to look for it. Thanks to both of you, Telmah and mit7059.
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