For years, Yuno's dreamed of attending Yamabuki Arts High School, but now that she's been accepted, it means the scary prospect of moving away from her home and family for the first time! Fortunately, Yuno quickly learns that if her new neighbors at the eclectic Hidamari (Sunshine) Apartments aren't technically family, at least the majority share the bond of being fellow art students.
From second year students like Hiro and Sae, who try to behave like helpful older sisters (mostly successfully) to her hyperactive new neighbor, classmate, and best friend Miyako (who has the scariest apartment ever), Yuno begins to build the support network she'll need for dealing with strange characters like her oddly masculine landlady, her cosplay-obsessed homeroom teacher, her tooth-chattering principal and all of the other odd denizens who inhabit her chosen world of art.
It won't be easy, and it won't always be pretty, but with her friends at her back Yuno's going to reach for the stars!
Aww...this was such a cute show. Not cute as in Little Sugar Fairy where your teeth rott out from to much sugar. No, more like Azumanga Daioh cute. Slice of life both in and out of school. Down to earth characters interacting with each other and their somethimes weird, eccentric but caring neightbors.
Sounds good, especially since I loved Azumanga. Hidamari is definitely perhaps my highest priority buy, along with Maria-Holic, as soon as I can afford 'em. As much as I can make do without a dub, this is one title I always wondered since it was announced what it would be like if there was a dub though. I think ADV's dubs always excelled in these types of series the most.
Season 2 hasn't been announced yet though. Hopefully Hidamari S1 does well enough that they do pick up Season 2 and onwards. Sentai and ADV have in my opinion always been great at trying to complete series, so here's to hoping! But in this kind of market, nothing is a given, so we'll see...
Yeah, it's great that they are finishing the show. Most R1 companies have a very dubious record when it comes to licensing and completing multiple seasons of shows. It's great to see Sentai setting a precedent for reliability.
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Still debating on getting this show or not. Money is getting low , won't be doing any kind of work to the spring , and there is just a lot coming out over the next few months (March Especially). So some stuff may have to be skipped. Was thinking about ordering it witch Skull Man from the weekly's ,but at the same time waiting for a sale means I can spend more plus like I said not sure I want to start another series that's not finished in 1 set.
I just finished watching the first 7 episodes of this today. I thought some lighter fare would be nice after finishing our Ghost Hound and Clannad.
So far, I've been enjoying it. It's definitely random, and there is a lot of jumping in time. For instance, episode one takes place in January, while episode two takes place in August, then it jumps to May, and then Ju;y, etc. But since it's entirely episodic, it doesn't affect the show or confuse you. In fact, it actually adds to randomness and fun in the show. Think of it as Azumanga Daioh with less order and a smaller cast.
The series is also much more stylish than I expected. Random scenes will pop up while the cast is having some otherwise fairly boring discussion. Dream sequences can even be randomly be intertwined with shows. It also does a lot of interesting things with the animation. A lot of live action items are seen in it. For instance, Yuno's teddy bear is an actual stuffed bear, and sometimes they have "real" paint brushes, or will drink "real" cans of juice. It also makes excellent use of colors. The show is quite vibrant, and makes excellent use of many different types of art and animation.
The show can easily draw a lot of comparisons to Azumanga Daioh, Lucky Star, or Doki Doki school hours. Like all those shows, it's based on a comic strip, as opposed to an actual manga. And like the other shows, you can easily tell by how the plot lines flow. It's also basically a slice of life comedy, and focuses primarily on the lives of four high school girls, as opposed to the large casts of Azumanga or Doki Doki.
The big downside to this show is the comedy. While it can be quite hilarious at times, it suffers a bit from the fact that most Americans are not going to get the Japanese puns and references that are made throughout the show. It could have benefited greatly from some ADVidnotes, or some on screen translation like Clannad had. But overall, the show is still easy to understand, and the comedy well balanced.
As for the DVD's themselves, the audio is only 2.0, but that is about all you need for this show. Even when I upconverted the sound on my receiver, it showed very little directionality, as this is a primarily dialogue driven show. There isn't a lot of action, so surround sound really makes no difference. The video quality is crisp and clean and it looks excellent upconverted on an HD screen. There are no jagged lines during motion, no blurring, and no digital artifacts. Sentai continues to deliver on something we could almost always depend on ADV for.
As for the subs, they are pretty good and on par with most anime releases. I spotted a total of three typos on the first disc. One was a dropped word, the other two were simply misspellings. Once what should have been "our" was "out". But there was nothing to distract you from the show.
All of the Japanese seiyu did excellent jobs here, and they all suited their characters perfectly. But with the lack of dub, it's hard not to watch it and imagine hearing Hillary Haag, Monica Rial, or Jessica Boone in various roles. This was always the type of show that ADV excelled at dubbing, and it's a shame we don't have that her.
I still have the rest of the first season and the OVA's to go, but if they play out as well as the first half, I will have no problems recommending this show. If you enjoy shows like Azumanga Daioh, Lucky Star, or Doki Doki School Hours, then you should give Hidmari Sketch a try.
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I absolutely love this anime. All of the funny moments, which there are too many to couunt, always make me laugh or just out right facepalm. Such a cute anime, lately I can't sotp listening to the opening theme, well, the full version of the song. It just sounds so happy, cant get enough of it.
Unannounced Hidamari Sketch Work Listed Another Hidamari Sketch × Star Star Star work listed on free anime industry guide's cover
On Wednesday, the "Okamisan" ("Okami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi") anime's official website posted the cover image of the free "Maker Odan Anime Guide 2010 Summer" pamphlet, and the cover lists a previously unannounced "Hidamari Sketch × Star Star Star" work. The website posted the cover image to announce that "Okamisan" is part of this guide to the anime industry, but the cover also lists 47 other works from nine makers. The guide will be distributed at the Comic Market 78 event in the Tokyo Big Sight convention center from August 13 to August 15.
The "Hidamari Sketch × Star Star Star" television anime series — the third one in the "Hidamari Sketch" franchise — already premiered this past January. The previous two television anime series — "Hidamari Sketch" and "Hidamari Sketch × 365" — each spawned a special mini-series, but a similar special mini-series has yet to be announced for "Hidamari Sketch × Star Star Star".
The "Hidamari Sketch" anime franchise adapts Ume Aoki's manga about a high school for the arts and the everyday life of four of its students. Director Akiyuki Shinbo and the studio SHAFT animated all three television series after working on "Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha" and "MoonPhase".
Sentai Filmworks licensed the "Hidamari Sketch" and "Hidamari Sketch x 365" television anime series in North America, and Section23 Films distributed these two series on DVD. Yen Press published the fourth volume of the original manga (under the name "Sunshine Sketch") in January.
Aniplex's publicity representative Yuma Takahashi ("Aniplex Yuma") wrote in the Anime Maker Odan Sendenman Blog on Thursday morning that there have been times when Aniplex's mistake accidentally revealed something, but this is the first time something has been revealed for them.