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 Jan 10th, so we’re watching it today, on Jan 10th!

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

Left: Jun
Right: Edy

Year 2 January 10th

Season 2: Episode 13

Summary: The main four come back to Hidamari Sou after spending the new years with their family. They talk about what they did during new years then proceed to visit the temple. On their way they visit Yoshinoya-sensei’s home to invite her to the temple with them. 

This was a really incredible episode because one of the best characters also known as Yoshinoya-sensei was featured for more than 20 seconds(though…. It was kind of close.)

This episode was the normal “Hidamari-like” episode. Most of the episode was centered around a table conversation between the characters of which were made great by the characters as usual. 

Yeah. Though I feel like we say in every post that the episode was very hidamari like. Another thing that’s quite hidamari-like about this episode is about how we hear the characters talk about what they did instead of actually seeing it. It’s one of the things about the show that I think sort of makes it unique and gives it a bit of charm, especially when it’s a once-in-a-while thing. But considering how there’s such a lack of scenes in the entire three seasons where we get to  see characters other than Yuno outside of interactions with the main cast, it makes you feel like you’d rather see what they’re talking about rather than just hearing about it. 

I think Shaft really does a good job making scenes that could be considered fairly boring exposition interesting through different background effects, character expressions, or icons that pop out at the back. Rather than keeping their characters in the setting of the conversation, the show frequently shows a zoomed in shot of them with different background effects along with a ringing.

As a person who is very aesthetically oriented, seeing interesting visuals that are drawn differently every time sync well with the atmosphere of the scene or the dialogue is so pleasant to watch. Of course the “wide” faces that the show is known for also really help emphasize the different facial expressions from different reactions by characters during normal conversations. 

One thing that’s different about this episode to most is that we actually got to see every character in the show pop up, even if just for a short while. It was nice seeing Natsume, yoshinoya-sensei, and the landlord and a glimpse of how they spent their new years.

Yeah, with the episode being the last one of the season they did really well wrapping out the two seasons by touching upon all the relevant characters. The way they ended the episode with the main cast + Yoshinoya Sensei singing the first season opening was very nice too.

There were some very cute shots at the end of the episode that showed each of the characters and then there was a final one with all of them. They all had like different colors that complemented the hair color and it was really nice.

Oh, and right after that there was an extra long bath scene featuring all four members of the main cast.

That’s about it for this episode, but we have another coming up tomorrow! Stay tuned for January 11th’s post!

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