I know this comedy might be described as absurdist, but I think it makes perfect sense… That is, for an anime/manga adaptation. Welcome to the crazy world of Grand Blue, where you don’t remember what just happened or where your clothes are. That being said, as the mystery unravels sense goes out the window and dancing starts on a single exclamation. But before we jump ahead, let’s sit back, take a deep breath and dive in.

Grand Blue Dreaming (2020) is directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa and written by Manabu Uda. Iori Kitahara (Ryo Ryusei) is not having fun. He just woke up in the middle of the university campus of the beautiful island of Izu. Except he’s completely naked and getting photographed by everyone. And everytime he manages to meet a beautiful girl back at his uncle’s place, he seems to end up back where he started – and naked again! Perhaps Kohei Imamura (Atsuhiro Inukai) can help? Nope, he’s pretty much in the same situation.

Okey this would make perfect sense in an anime not surprising that this is the live adaptation of the manga by
Kenji Inoue and Kimitake Yoshioka. Eventually the guys will discover the lovely and aggressive Kotegawa sisters Chisa (Yuki Yoda) and Nanaka (Aya Asahina) and the overly zealous members of the scuba club. They’ll still need to navigate dance numbers, a talent competition and the fact that jealous students want to murder them for their luck. That’s without mentioning the amount of times they end up without clothes.

Highly recommended for purely zany comedic fun. This is manga-style comedy at its best, overclocked and heightened to create all sorts of misunderstanding and ridiculous situations. Half the fun is, of course, seeing Iori and Imamura react to the impossible situations they’re put it. Even if the rest of the cast treats them as punching bags you can see how much fun they’re having, even if they’re not admitting it to themselves. Really worth a watch. Vamos!

That will do for now.