Hidamari sketch journal is a watch along where the two of us watch the Hidamari Sketch series in chronological order on the actual dates that the episodes are supposed to be on. Today’s episode was on December 10th, so we’re watching it today, on December 10th!

Feel free to join us in this watch along by following the spreadsheet and read our post afterwards! 

Jun
Edy

Season 3 Episode 3 Part two

Summary: Yuno meets Sae in a bookstore. We see Yuno talking about the magazine which Sae’s novels are published on and Sae getting flustered because they sold well. Afterwards, in a cafe, Sae and Yuno discuss what they want to do for college as Sae explains that she has yet to decide whether she wants to do literature or art. At the end of the episode, Yuno talks to Miyako about her discussion with Sae while Sae talks to Hiro about her discussion with Yuno.

Like last time, this was a half-episode. But before it was about 15 minutes long, while this episode was bordering 7. So there’s no helping that this one did feel very short, but I think it ends pretty satisfyingly with the bath scene. There’s something about the BGM there that really wraps things up and makes me want to watch another episode.

We watched episodes from Season 1 and 2 in the previous ones, so visually, it was a huge jump. The episode is really stylistically different from the first two seasons but in a very good way. Everything feels a lot more cleaner, the texture is a lot softer for the atmosphere, but the Shaft aesthetics are still there. It almost felt like more modern Shaft shows like recent Monogatari episodes or Madoka visually.

Yeah, I definitely agree. From hoshimitsu, Hidamari surprisingly becomes a visually appealing show. Something you don’t really expect from the first two seasons, not to mean any disrespect to the previous seasons. They had a lot of charm, but the art was not the main appeal to say the least. I’m not informed on art enough or observative enough to be able to point out exactly what’s been done, but even with the same character designs, what used to be slightly awkward and borderline unappealing characters are now really cute and aesthetically pleasing with a lot of personality. 

The show had a lot of funny moments I liked. Yuno holding stocks related books to transition into the bummer with her sitting in front of computers was pretty funny. Miyako talking about how she has zero plans for the future in a happy manner is so Miyako-like. Though Jun did expect her to say “dinner” I think her saying it will end up someway or another was pretty funny especially the way they transitioned into that with Yuno worrying about it. A lot of puns in the episode that were sadly mistranslated by the subs.

Yeah, it’s a shame about the subs. It doesn’t really matter for us since we could understand it, but I think on my first watch I probably missed some of them. I can remember in the past being confused about what being “sweet” was before. Though I definitely can’t blame the subbers, translating subtitles, especially for a large amount like anime subbers gets boring after a while and becomes more and more of a monotonous task and you begin to care a lot less for each individual line that you translate. To whatever group made the fansubs for this episode, I give you my deepest respect as well as condolences.

 My favorite subs this episode when they made literature school “Lit school”.

Other than that the episode had a pretty sentimental moment at the end with Sae disappointed that she showed her childish side while Yuno and Miyako admire her. I really like how Hidamari Sketch does this. It really feels more than a normal cute girls show. These girls are constantly thinking of what they want to do in college or their dreams. It really makes the show more nostalgic and realistic considering that they are highschoolers.

Yeah, though Sae and Yuno’s trouble is more relatable now, and it makes me no feel good 😦 

This girl also came up, and since we’re watching in chronological order, I’m hoping that the next episode will feature her ^^

This was the shortest episode so far, so there’s no helping that there isn’t much to say.

Stay tuned for the next post, at December 24th!

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