After passing her entrance exam, Yuno enrolls at Yamabuki High School as part of an art degree. She stays at the Hidamari Apartments along with best friend Miyako, and seniors Hiro and Sae. Each episode follows a day in her life as she mingles with her friends, close peers, overly hyper teachers and closely follows the mundane lives of the high school girls. (Note: This season also takes place in Yuno's first year at high school, and overlaps with season one of the show)
Essentially, Hidamari Sketch (as a whole) revolves around the lives of 4 art school students living at the Hidamari Apartments just across the school. The girls consist of 1st years Yuno, the shy, quiet girl who is often seen with her trademark X-shaped hairpins, and Miyako, the overly hyperactive and spontanious girl who appears to be an excellent artist despite her childish demenor, and 2nd years Hiro, who is an excellent cook, but can't stop worrying about her weight, and Sae, who excels in writing stories that even gets published in magazine, but has the tendancy to get nervous when asked about her "active" love life. Though x365 is the second season, the anime is not in chronological order, and, in fact, the first episode of the season is first in chronological order of the whole series.
Let's all admit, there isn't really much of a story to speak of, and the constantly bouncing timeline doesn't help either. Each story is very episodal, and can be somewhat childish, but it is still very enjoyable to watch all the same.
Despite many complains by many that wattch the anime, I actually like the art style in the anime. They are simple, yet carry the message very efficiently.
I love the cheerful opening song to this anime. Various sound effects in the anime are placed efficiently too.
Now, what's not to like about the characters? They are a very mixed batch of people, and yet, they live together, both enjoying and causing trouble for each other. Sae was a personal favourite of mine in the first season, but this season, the great parts went to Yuno and Miyako. Either way, the characters are very much lovable.
I think the anime has the whole package. Calming, comical and entertaining
What's not to love about this anime? Great characters, simple yet effective artwork, good for a laugh, and calms a stressed out person (I can personally attest to that).
Possibly the best series to air during the summer season.read more
I remember learning somewhere that it's Japanese manners to ask for second helpings of something, as a way of appreciating the food. I'm probably mixing that up with something else, but in any case, Hidamari Sketch x 365 is a second course that's almost as good as the first, especially with how the two compliment each other.
The premise of Hidamari Sketch x 365 is really a unique one. It basically serves to expound upon and continue telling the story told in the first season of Hidamari Sketch, detailing the bite-sized adventures of Yuno, Miya, Hiro and Sae. Just like the first season, this means that event are told out-of-order, with each episode being more or less self contained. However, the pacing isn't executed quite as well as in the first season; the subtle threads connecting stories and morals aren't quite as present in Hidamari Sketch x 365, and none are quite as delectable. But that's not to say it's bad at storytelling, only that the events are shorter, to the point where several episodes are split in half. That makes it great for watching in short chunks, without the need to remember things that happened ten episodes ago.
The stories themselves are written competently, and are just as much of a roller-coaster ride as ever. Being such an obsessively cute slice-of-life show, nothing really dramatic ever happens, and each episode basically starts and ends the same way. But this accomplishes much more than it lets on. Seeing all the details of such beautiful friendships, how everything really unfolded, and wonderful sequels and prequels to episodes from the first season is more than what anyone who enjoyed the first season could possibly ask for. Some days are more enjoyable than others, but that's how life is.
Art direction really does take a shift in Hidamari Sketch x 365. Animation is the most obvious from the first episode, with a smoother, more detailed approach taken that most fans would find agreeable. Character designs themselves are more subtlety altered - most changes you don't notice until you compare the final episode to the first. This approach parallels the written character development perfectly, and anyone with a careful eye will always notice something intricate. The sound department leaves no major complaints, with all the Seiyuu returning and doing just as well. The new OP is even more poppy and cute than the first, something which seemed impossible!
The characters, just like before, are what make the show shine. Wonderful care is taken to not just develop them individually (which was already done pretty well to completion), but to play out the character relationships. Each girl forms a graspable view of the others. Fights are played out for all their melodramatic glory. Layers are peeled back to expose details that seem new, but that you soon realize were there all along. A minor complaint is that they both try to keep the same cast and expand it at the same time. Guest stars like Sae's little sister show up, but aren't focused on. The much loved Yoshinoya-sensei gets even more screen time, and is exposed probably more than any other. But giving Yuno's parents multiple episodes was a mistake - I agree with the message of youthful spirit overriding actual age, but this a cute show with cute girls, end of story. Seeing middle aged characters in chibi-style is just disturbing.
You probably wouldn't look up Hidamari Sketch x 365 unless you were familiar with the original, in which case you need to watch it: it's just as enjoyable. You certainly could start with the sequel if you wanted to, the pace is nice and slow.
Ultimately, I must give them both the same recommendation, for anyone who can at least tolerate the cutest young girls in anime and who's inner child longs for the days when you could curl up in a blanket and spend the day sipping coco with good friends. read more
A fantastic season of Hidamari Sketch that takes place during the first season. It's a good thing 98% of the anime is episodic and requires little knowledge of what's happening, but it's also nice to see how they reference past events. The time skips/jumps makes it really hard to follow, but in the end it works out pretty well.
This "season" works really well at showing us more about the girls Yuno-chi, Miya-chan, Hiro and Sae. We witness many fun events that the girls go through, but we also get a better understanding of the issues they face. Hiro's "weight" problems, Yuno being worried and concerned about what she wants to become, Sae and her feelings with Hiro or how she keeps work so close to her. It's all really good.
I love the art style too, Hidamari Sketch looks so fun and the mega pastel colors makes it so easy to watch. The animation this "season" also seems a bit better than in Hidamari Sketch. The chibi-like faces are still super adorable. I also love the outfits the girls wear; I realized it in the first season, but they're super cute and always varied/different.
Seiyu continue to do a fantastic job with the character voices, especially Yoshinoya-sensei; she's so much fun to listen to, I love the extra-moe voice. All the seiyu in Hidamari Sketch do a great job though.
Music continues to be used well, background music, OP and ED are all great. The OP is cute and peppy as ever, being a great intro to the anime and the ED helps calm you down once you've watched an episode, since it's much more soothing and relaxing.
Overall, I continue to enjoy Hidamari Sketch and x 365 was great to watch. Very cute slice of life that I would recommend to all. read more