Hidamari Sketch is, for lack of a better word, stylish. This show is just seeping with style from its core.But being a Shaft show, of course, that would be the case. But don’t let that intro trick you, Hidamari Sketch not only is full of style but also full of substance! The premise of this series centers around four girls living in the Hidamari Apartment building while attending an Art School just across the street. I know it’s a pretty simple premise but a lot of fun comes out of it.
Hidamari Sketch has some of the most likable characters of any anime I have ever seen. The four main girls in the series are probably the best characters (other than the principle). These four girls being Sae, Miyako, Yuno, and Hiro. I’ll start with Sae because she’s my favorite. She is a 16-year-old upper classman to Yuno and Miyako, as well as an established author. She is a workaholic, who is always up to the wire on finishing the chapters of her novel, through this she has a lot of really funny moments and her relationship with Hiro is amazing to watch. Hiro is 16-year-old and is Sae’s best friend and (possibly), girlfriend.She is obsessed with her weight and is on a different diet in every episode of the show. She is a constant supporter of Sae and is the one who helps her through her writing problems.
Miyako is a 15-year-old classmate to Yuno (the main character). She is an incredibly poor student who came from a family where they couldn’t afford much (hence why she lives in a completely run-down apartment). She has a really eccentric personality and is very silly always making a fool of herself. She is great at impressions as we see when she try to impersonate the principle. Yuno (or Yunocchi) is the main character of Hidamari Sketch. She is a 15-year-old playful girl who loves to have fun. She wishes to one day be a great artist and loves to be around her friends. She considers herself to be a painter and sculptor more than anything else.
The shows animation is really spectacular and is incredibly experimental. They will randomly use clipart in the place of food and have one of the most unique Super Deformed styles (when they use it). They use harsh shading and incredibly sudden palette swaps to give it a very eerie feel, that I’m a big fan of. This (as far as I know) is because of the directorial work of Akiyuki Shinbou. Shinbou is a director who has an incredibly unique visual style, he once said that he dos what he does so the audience will have a good time visually, and holy hell does this deliver. The backgrounds are very isometric, and the character designs are so unique and absolutely spectacular.
I was incredibly surprised that I wasn’t bored during this show because I hardly ever complete these 4-girls shows. The comedy is frantic and incredibly funny, and the writing is never less than interesting. I love this show and the reason why I love this show is because you get to experience the conversations of friends. Conversations between friends are one of the most amazing things to witness, with all the weird places they can go, and Hidamari Sketch exemplifies it.
Final Rating 10/10