English: Hidamari Sketch
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2007 to Mar 30, 2007
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.631 (scored by 9745 users)
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Popular Tagscomedy school slice of life
Apr 13, 2008
Even though the series is slow-paced, its never dull or mlacking in any way. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Each episode follows the trials of our 4 main heroines through the course of a day. That means no magic battles, no mushy romance, just staight up good, enjoyable slice of life, and all the bettter for it. What makes it a winner is its mix of comedy and heartwarming moments. From Hiro's constant worry over her weight, Miyako's obsession with food, Yuno's cutesy whining, Sae and her sister problems and everyones favourite cosplaying teacher, the series continues its run of constant laughs and entertaining views of the lives of these girls. And even though there is very little overriding plot, the development of the characters as they grow, and how the themes develop is a blessing on what could have been a total snorefest.
Animation-wise, you know what your getting into watchinbg a SHAFT series. Limited plot, but visually represented in a beautiful, yet simplisitc way. A perfect blend of bright colours, live-action photography and the pure moe of the characters make watching the show a treat to the eyes. The character's look distinct and cute, and the chibi deformations are used effetively and neither are over the top or underused. The soundtrack may be the shows weakest factor, but its by now means bad. Background music gives a calming effect, and moves elegantly from daft over the top during comedy to gentle, moving pieces when the need arises. The Opener and Ender Songs are perfect examples of this, with Sketch Switch acting as the fun, chirpy happy tune thats so addictive, it gets better every time you listen to it. Mabae Drive, on the other hand, is calm and sweet, perfectly complementing the series' moral and sweeter side.
There is very little to complain about in Hidamari Sketch, as it is a beautifully quaint show. Sure it never hits those comedy/tearjerker highs that other series experience, but what it does, it does extrememly well. Needless to say that the show itself is part of a small niche audience and if you don't like slow slice of life, you wont like this. But I feel You will miss out if you miss this series. Its an underappreciated gem, not helped by the fact that it was released around the same time as another 4 girls at high-school comedy slice of life, namely Lucky Star, which recieved much more critical acclaim being KyoAni (but in my opinion Hidamari Sketch is the better overall series). Watch this show, and it shan't disappoint. read more
May 8, 2008
Their story may be the same as everyone else,
but their delivery is unlike most other high school
sitcoms you have seen.
When you start watching this show, the first thing you will notice right away is the art style and animation. Its definitely like nothing I've seen before. Well its more like theres two opposing art styles to the show. One is the standard cute chibi loli look (round faces and short stature). The second style is the super simplified look of the first style but taken to a whole new level. Its a little hard to explain but when you watch it you will realize what I mean. On top of that you will notice that the character backgrounds are quite unique as well. They emphasize more on simple single color backgrounds with light patterns. My favorite part of the show was how they used real photos of actual Japanese food and products.
That is another thing you will notice is that this show does a lot of fast camera switching. Basically changing scenes/viewpoints in under 2 seconds. It's long enough to understand what they're showing and what they're joking about, but it's a style that most people might get a little confused at first (i certainly did). This is what makes this show a little more unique than others of the same genre. It's comedy focuses more on one-shot gags more than anything else. While some shows do this once and a while, this show relies heavily on them. One-shot gags are basically telling a joke and showing what they mean real fast and then moving on to the next joke. Its a difficult style to understand since you will have to understand what they're talking about or you'll just waste your time trying to understand the previous joke. The casual anime viewer will most likely be confused more than anything since they're all jokes about Japanese culture, but its also a good way to learn the culture too. The show is also set as a sitcom style, with each episode representing one whole day (and specific day's at that). So you can essentially watch all the episodes in any order.
What seems to be where all the hard work (aka money) has been put into show is from the choice of voice actors. It's a mix of veteran seiyu's and rookie seiyu's but the outcome of it all comes off perfect since they all sound so insanely cute. From their school principal all the way down to one of the characters little sister's, they all have that air of cuteness in their voice. Even though their character types are very stereotypical of a high school sitcom, I found the characters to be very memorable. They are all drawn very cute, sound cute and act cute, so I found it VERY hard not to like every single one of them. But if i had to choose, the chemistry between Hiro and Sae would have to be my favorite part of the show. But as far as individual characters go, Miyako is my favorite even though I'm not a huge fan of the energetic-type characters.
For a show that sounds like just like another cookie cutter high school sitcom, they try their best to make this show different from the rest. From the story telling to art work, to even the way they tell their jokes its all unique. I definitely recommend this to anyone who love high school sitcoms or who wants some cheap laughs (or lolicon). Unfortunately, casual anime viewers might want to steer clear of this show simply for the Japanese one shot gags. read more
Jun 27, 2008
Hidamari Sketch starts off with Yuno, who, mostly, is the protagonist, but mainly it centers around the four high school girls. There’s not so much of a story, as with all the other slice-of-life high school animes. You’ll get many a laugh out of it though, and it has it’s sweet moments as well. Some shoujo-ai is integrated in, mostly with Sae and Hiro, but it’s definitely not extreme, purely fluff, and it sort of depends on how you look at it. It could be just seem as a very caring friendship.
Speaking of the characters, they were all very likeable. Yuno is kind of the typical airhead who wants to do her best, but she seems introverted; Sae is unquestionably shy as well, blushing a lot (mostly due to Hiro’s teasing) but also levelheaded; Hiro is the gentle and sweet of the girls, but what sets her apart is her weight obsession: she’s constantly dieting and worrying about weight; and finally Miyako, certainly the most inimitable of the bunch, and also the most nonsensical. However, you don’t really delve into the characters lives or relationships that much, but that’s because the setting never strays away from the high school (besides the school trip and going shopping) and the Hidamari Apartments. Which is good, really, because it isn’t about their lives completely, it’s about their lives at Hidamari Apartments. You can’t forget their extremely silly teacher, Yoshinoya-sensei, and as she said in an episode, looks like she’s “enternally seventeen”. Seriously, how old is that woman?? Yoshinoya-sensei often dresses in various outfits which she insists, is most certainly not cosplay. Her childish actions provide a few laughs (and she always ends up being scolded by the frail eccentric principal).
The art, though not outstanding, is completely adorable and the animation is very creative. The angles it’s shown at, and the fast switching of the “camera” makes it more interesting. Also, what I really loved, was how they incorporated quirky things real-life photos, or the wiggling of Hiro’s wavy hair. The characters switch into chibi mode a lot, and their regular expressions are already adorable to begin with.
Oh, and I really loved the music. The opening and ending themes were so adorable! They contrast one another: the opening is peppy and chipper, while the ending theme is a little melancholic and has a sweeter, gentler sound to it. The seiyuu were wonderful, too, and all their voices were cute and fit the personality of the character, providing believable displays of vocal range.
You might think this is one of your typical high school girl lolicon sort of show, but I believe it goes beyond that, ranging from the wonderfully done animation to the relaxing feel to the show overall. read more
Aug 31, 2008
If you're a fan of slice of life animes that leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling then look no further! Every episode guarantee to leave you in a euphoric joy! take a peek into the life of some of the most lovable, adorable, and kindhearted characters ever made.
While Hidamari Sketch may not be a fast paced action packed show that usually top the charts, its a slow and steady anime that will never let you down or fail to make you smile :D
Lets start with the beginning! The opening theme song for the first season of Hidamari Sketch is "Sketch Switch" sung by the cast themselves. This catchy smile inducing song mixed with the opening really shows you what you're about to expect 4 girls, art school, living together, and their close knit friendship and their generally carefree view on life.
The first thing that surprised me is the simplicity of the art style, and this by far is not a drawback, if anything its simplicity is what gives it its charm. its unique "wide faced" style really caught my attention on how well it works to both show the feelings and emotions of the characters, as well as knocking you out of your chair in joy :D
The storyline gives you just enough to feel like you're there with them, living at the hidamari apartments going through the'yre hardships and happy times by their sides. you'll want to give Yuno inspiration, toss Miyako a little snack, tell Hiro shes fine the way she is, and tell Sae to hang in there!
And speaking of the characters, I have yet to be introduced to one that I didn't like! Everyone has they're place, from the fun loving childish sensei to the kindhearted chain smoking land lady. The four girls themselves fit perfectly in what I like to call a "cozy family" (there is even a reference to this in the 2nd season) the friends care for each other unconditionally and are always there to support one another in times of need.
But this show isn't without its cons.. :D and my biggest complaint? its far too short! 12 episodes is hardly time to say what needs to be said and to explore what needs to be explored. At the end of each episode you'll be begging for more! It was almost too hard to watch the last episode you'll hate to say goodbye to these girls that you feel such a bond with...
That's where season 2 comes in ^_^
Jul 20, 2008
Well, my friends were always talking about this anime, so I figured I would pick it up and see what all the fuss was about. I wasn't disappointed at all, and if you go into it expecting a typical boring slice-of-life anime, you will probably be pleasantly surprised, at least if you like this type of anime. If not, steer clear of this anime as it is just about the daily lives of some art students. If you don't mind anime about everyday life, though, I think you will enjoy Hidamari Sketch.
The story is the only category I really subtracted a bit from. The story is a typical bunch of girls live together, become friends, and go to school deal, but this is really what you should expect in this type of anime. The story doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't redefine the anime genre either. Despite this, I thought it was good.
The art style is honestly one of the main reasons I decided to watch this anime. You can't really make an anime about an art school and have bad art. That just wouldn't work well. The art style in this is very unique, unlike anything I've seen before, at least one of the art styles in this anime is. There's a typical Japanese anime realistic looking style which they use a lot and isn't really unique, and also a super deformed almost chibi-looking art style which is very cute and each character has an extremely wide face. The art style was wonderful, in my opinion. I won't ramble on any more about how great it is, but I really liked this aspect of the series.
This anime has a VERY catchy opening theme and perhaps a not-so-catchy ending theme, but they are pretty good. It gets you in the mood for the anime and does its job well. I also found the music in the preview for the next episode to be very relaxing for some reason and it fits the "everyday life" theme well. The characters all sound very cute. The sound is creative and used well.
Well, there are quite some odd characters in this series. Most of them tend to be flat (one-sided, don't change much), but that's exactly what I enjoyed about them. The characters were so predictable in their actions you could almost imagine what they would do in any scenario: Yunocchi worries about lots of stuff, Miyako eats anything available, Hiro worries excessively about her weight, and Sae worries about writing stories and her sister. How each character is so one-sided they seem like they have infinite sides to them somehow is what made me like the characters. They are very enjoyable to watch interacting with each other. They tend to be very simple characters, but all of them are cute in their own way.
I highly enjoyed this anime and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys slice-of-life anime. I never got bored with it and never paused for very long to stop watching. It is a very fun series, in my opinion. If you enjoy anime of this type, you will probably enjoy this series.
I rated it a 10 simply because it's just about the best everyday anime I have seen. You may or may not like it as much as I did, but I mostly found this to be an excellent show. I tend to rate things higher than most people do, but I really thought this series was great. So, if you haven't seen it yet and like slice-of-life anime, I would recommend watching it sometime. read more
Jul 16, 2010
Here you will find a show for an extremely specific audience, one that probably isn't for most fans, to be honest. Not only is it the dreaded slice of life genre, but it's unapologetically moe to boot! Both of these subsets have quite vocal critics, and if you insist on rejecting a show based on either qualification, then stop reading right now.
But if you're curious about why I hold Hidamari Sketch in such high regard despite these two facts, and if you're patient enough to judge something for yourself, you'll find here a production without equal. Like any anime, it just requires the proper mindset going in. Especially if you've never seen a real slice of life show before, prepare for a whole lot of nothing. Each and every of the 12 episodes begins and ends exactly the same way; Yuno wakes up hitting her alarm clock and goes to bed after taking a bath. But the magic lies in what the writing does for the show despite such an unexciting premise. Anyone can create tension and drama with premises like magical witches, superhuman fighters or giant mechs; it takes something special to make viewers respond to everyday activities. Yuno and her friends have that in spades.
That pacing is the most unique thing about Hidamari Sketch in the end. Unlike just about every other show, it's shown anachronistically (out of order), with one episode for each month. But instead of being chaotic, the resulting pacing is seamlessly continuous. The subtle beauty of connecting motifs and barely stated plot points one after another creates an experience that seemingly never ends. When the last episode finally arrives (quite quickly, as the show tends to suck you in), the full context of the first episode is revealed and a real sense of maturity descends.
That's the other beautiful thing about the show, the delicacy of the themes. Common things like coming of age, friendship, independence and childhood dreams are addressed, but instead of being beat over the head again and again like less articulate shows, morals are only ever implied. You have to look for the rewards here, but the result is much more satisfying.
Outside of the writing, that overriding moe style is quite unavoidable, for better or worse. It really is for the best if you can at least stand cuteness upon cuteness, and if that's a delicacy of yours, then look no further! Basically, that overused chibi style is used more often than the character's normal designs. And the loli fan-service, for lack of a better descriptor, rears it's ugly head more often then any cute pretext could pretend to require. While on the subject of design, the animation could be called...simplistic at best. To fit with the overriding cute style, things are seemingly left out. For example, other students are left as blank silhouettes, random objects like alarm clocks and vegetables are drawn photo-realistically, and passing cars are only animated as a cutout with the word "car". If you're a stickler for big production value, then this might be an issue. But again, it's not a bad thing. If you can open your mind to see what kind of story can be told without all the bangs and whistles, then you can begin to appreciate it.
Yuno and her three friends are quite a paradox, really. Each one can be quickly associated with a primary color personality, but the way they mix together will astonish you. You'll see them gradually mature over the course of a year, and you'll grow right along with them if your inner child can at all remember what that age was like. For an anime based on the lives of student artists, it might seem like very little drawing actually takes place. Just like everything else, this is all part of the illusion. Each time something small is sacrificed, tiny and intricate rewards pop up at every turn. Whether you're looking for a pleasant diversion for the young at heart, a blatant nostalgic trip to childhood days gone by, or an incessantly cute comedy craving, Hidamari Sketch will leave you with a smile. read more
Jun 21, 2009
More than any other slice-of-life I've seen, I want to live this perfect life. Yes, this is a perfect life kind of slice-of-life: everybody's always happy, they live on their own and go to a high school for art, and they do fun things even when things look boring.
Now the story...uh...who cares about plot, it's basically a direct feed of happiness and sunshine into your head. I grew rainbows out of my eyes after watching this. And no that's not painful. It feels warm and fuzzy.
I absolutely love how SHAFT does anime, really, and this is no different. In fact, I think this is the pinnacle of SHAFT's distinct artsy style--and it's quite fitting, taken the art theme of the whole thing. That, coupled with the unique random stretched-out face thing (you'll get what I mean if you don't already), makes the art especially memorable.
So basically, if you are feeling sad for whatever reason, this is a perfect way to turn your frown upside-down ^___________^ read more
Jul 8, 2009
it was fun, it wasn't trying to be anything, not serious or too funny, or to sweet. and it wasn't even trying to tell a fully plotted story either. what they focused on most was the interactions between the characters in the setting. And it really showed in the quality.
Hidamari sketch, and it's second season hidamari sketchx365 encompass almost two years of time withinthe anime. each episode opens with a date, and after watching enough, you can see where it lies in the timeline. one of the fun points is watching an episode and there's a gem of a hint hidden somewhere in there, and you don't think of it much until perhaps 5 episodes later when it's earlier in the timeline and it's explined, and it seems all that much funnier to you becuase they had that forsight. sometimes jokes aren't revealed untilthe second season.
hidamari can be a lazy anime, there isn't action or real conflict, it really is a slice of life fluff anime. but i find lately that's what's the most fun. you can burn out on watching the drama filled, harem sutffed, or action packed animes, but a nice fluff is always welcome. especially for cuddling up in bed or on the couch.
the characters are quite funy and each bring something special to the group dynamic. and even the supporting cast shows enough of itself to really find a place.
i would liken this anime to azumanga daioh, but, lighter.
All in all very enjoyable, and just. Fun. read more
Jan 9, 2010
It's as though the writer(s) knew what they were up against when it came to the popularity of Azu and Lucky and just tried to go all out with their adaptation of this series. Sure there were many interesting ways of showing certain emotions and the faux-3D scenes etc. but I felt the character design and emotions were too on par with Lucky/Azu. Maybe this series is just trying to find a niche in an already niched up place and thats its true downfall.
I dont even know why I took the effort for this review...all in all I would only recommend this to someone that has never seen the famous two... read more
Mar 28, 2013
I'd like to give a thorough review which allows the readers of my reviews to decide whether they want to watch this anime or not, but unfortunately, I will have to be rather bias for this particular anime.
Story - 3. As an anime of "A Splice of Life," nothing particular happens within this series. In fact, so much so that there really is no Build Up, Climax, then Falling Action like the series I'm much more adapted to watching. There is no plot, just four girls going through ordinary lives as they attempt to make it through Art School.
Art - 1. The drawings of the characters themselves are rather well proportioned, and definitely brings out the term, "individualism." However, the animation aspect efficiently lacks any effort in work. Each episode consists mostly of text or isolated animation objects in order to avoid actually animated the full scene.
Sound - 1. The music felt misplaced, and quite a bit of "dead air" was introduced during the course of this anime. Dead air tends to make the moments animated rather stale and bland to watch.
Character - 7. For a splice of life, these characters definitely fit the bill, and the voices certainly play out their parts. I've no complaints here.
Enjoyment - 1. I have learned that I cannot handle animes dwelling in the field, "A Splice of Life." While others may enjoy it, I live to find animes where plots develop and characters continue to "fight." This genre of anime does not fit that bill, because the random events leading towards no climax drove me nuts to the very end.
Overall - 3. That's the average. I've never rated an anime so low before, but there you have it, my bias review to those who don't know what they're getting into. I've never felt the need to drop an anime so badly in my life. It may be a rather entertaining anime for those who don't hope for a plotline, but I certainly could not handle it. read more