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Hidamari Sketch
Sunshine Sketch manga volume 1.png
Hidamari Sketch manga volume 1 cover.
ひだまりスケッチ
(Hidamari Suketchi)
Genre Comedy, Slice of life
Manga
Sunshine Sketch
Author Ume Aoki
Publisher Houbunsha
English publisher United States Yen Press
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat
Original run April 2004 – ongoing
Volumes 4
TV anime
Director Akiyuki Shinbo
Ryouki Kamitsubo
Studio Shaft
Licensor Canada United States Sentai Filmworks
Network BS-i
Original run January 11, 2007March 29, 2007
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Hidamari Sketch Novel
Author Chabō Higurashi
Illustrator Ume Aoki
Publisher Houbunsha
Original run March 31, 2007September 30, 2007
Volumes 2
TV anime
Hidamari Sketch (special)
Director Akiyuki Shinbo
Ryouki Kamitsubo
Studio Shaft
Network BS-i
Original run October 18, 2007October 18, 2007
Episodes 2 (List of episodes)
TV anime
Hidamari Sketch×365
Director Akiyuki Shinbo
Studio Shaft
Network BS-i
Original run July 3, 2008September 25, 2008
Episodes 14 (List of episodes)
TV anime
Hidamari Sketch×365 (special)
Director Akiyuki Shinbo
Studio Shaft
Original run October 17, 2009October 24, 2009
Episodes 2
TV anime
Hidamari Sketch×Hoshi Mittsu
Director Akiyuki Shinbo
Studio Shaft
Original run January 7, 2010 – ongoing
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Hidamari Sketch (ひだまりスケッチ Hidamari Suketchi ?, also known as Sunshine Sketch), is a Japanese four-panel comic strip by Ume Aoki revolving around the daily lives of a group of young girls all living in the same apartment where artists gather.[1] It was first serialized in the seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat in April 2004, published by Houbunsha. Yen Press licensed the manga for English language distribution, and released the first volume on May 27, 2008.[1] A twelve-episode anime based on the manga under the original title Hidamari Sketch aired in Japan between January and March 2007.[2] Two more special episodes were aired on October 18, 2007. A second season entitled Hidamari Sketch×365 aired in Japan between July and September 2008.[3] Two special episodes for the second season were aired in October 2009. A third season, titled Hidamari Sketch×Hoshi Mittsu (ひだまりスケッチ×☆☆☆ ?, lit. Hidamari Sketch x Three Stars), began airing on January 7, 2010. Two light novels were written by Chabō Higurashi, with illustrations by Aoki, which drew its story directly from the manga.

Contents

Plot

Hidamari Sketch centers around a young girl named Yuno who finally is able to get accepted into Yamabuki Art High School, which she has longed for. To attend the school, Yuno moves and starts to live in a small apartment building named the Hidamari Apartments (ひだまり荘 Hidamari-sō ?) located near the school. Once there, she starts making new friends like her classmate Miyako and the second year students, Hiro and Sae. The events of the characters' everyday lives are shown as they attend the school together and get to know each other better.

Characters

Hidamari Sketch main characters: Hiro (left), Yuno (center), Sae (right), and Miyako (bottom-right).
Yuno (ゆの ?)
Voiced by: Kana Asumi
Yuno, sometimes called "Yunocchi" by Miyako, is a young girl and main character in the story. She lives in the Hidamari Apartments, along with her close friends and neighbors Miyako, Hiro, and Sae. Her friends think of her as a very nice person. Yuno dreams of being a great artist someday. Although she is a skilled artist overall, she considers painting and drawing her specialties. She rarely takes off a pair of X-shaped black hairpins.
Miyako (宮子 ?)
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi
Miyako is Yuno's close friend, classmate, and next door neighbor in the apartment building where they live. Yuno refers to her as Miya-chan. She has an active personality and is always trying to have fun with her friends. Her exuberance frequently borders on the childlike, but she is undeniably creative. She is very spontaneous and claims the word "plan" does not exist in her dictionary. She loves to eat and has frequently asked for Hiro's leftovers when she is on one of her diets. She sometimes points out that Hiro may be gaining weight, which earns her a punch on the head by Hiro. Miyako's energy is frequently excessive and misplaced. Her rent is 5,000 yen cheaper than that of the other girls because her apartment is in poor repair, which is fortunate because she has less money than the other girls most of the time.
Hiro (ヒロ ?)
Voiced by: Yuko Goto
Hiro is a year older than Yuno and Miyako, living directly under Yuno's apartment. Although she tries to be a supportive senpai to the girls, she tends to worry excessively about her weight, causing her to go on diets for periods while occasionally binging on sweets. A childhood friend of Sae, she is one of her neighbor's principal sources of support when she is involved with a deadline or other crisis. She is left handed.
Sae (沙英 ?)
Voiced by: Ryoko Shintani
Sae is an upperclassman and good friends with Hiro. Her artistic specialties are photography and fiction writing; she writes fiction professionally under the pseudonym "Aya Tachibana" (橘 文 Tachibana Aya ?) and enrolled at the school specifically so she could learn how to illustrate her own work. Sae, who is tall, athletic, and generally mature, has a playful side that can be at the same time enigmatic and cunning; she has a habit of giving Yuno just enough warning about potential problems for the younger girl to fail to avoid them. She also has a fondness for playing detective when faced with such anomalies as Miyako's apartment. She tends to get upset when Miyako refers to her as having masculine qualities. She also gets very uncomfortable when asked about her love life, frequently inventing a history for herself that even cursory examination would show to be absurd, while blushing furiously.
Nazuna (なずな ?)
Voiced by: Chiaki Omigawa
Nazuna is a freshman introduced in the July 2008 issue of Manga Time Kirara Carat and the third series of the anime. In the manga's canon timeline, a whole year has passed. She lives in room 203. She has sandy blonde hair, braids, and large side bangs. She used to live in the neighborhood, but after entering Yamabuki Art High School her father was transferred somewhere for work and her mother followed with him. She appears very quiet and reserved, but has an inferiority complex. She is not in the art department, but she shows interest in it.
Nori (乃莉 ?)
Voiced by: Hitomi Harada
Nori is another freshman introduced with Nazuna. She lives in room 103. She has lighter blue hair with pigtails. She is in the art department and likes to play with computers. She is honest and straightforward, similar to Miyako, but less erratic. She becomes the tsukkomi character.
Yoshinoya (吉野屋 ?)
Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki
Yoshinoya is Yuno and Miyako's homeroom teacher and art instructor. She is buxom, exuberant, and a cosplay maniac. So much so, in fact, that she will frequently wear incredibly complicated things that are at times truly inappropriate. She has a fondness for modeling for her class, displaying her latest outfits whenever she can, and showing off in general. Moreover, she is shown wearing a pair of squeaking sandals in the anime series. It is later revealed that Yoshinoya still resides with her parents, and would often be criticized by them for not being mature. When asked her age, she will answer "eternally seventeen".
The Principal (校長 Kōchō ?)
Voiced by: Yūichi Nagashima
The Principal is a thin, aging and balding man whose teeth are almost always chattering. Although he sometimes exhibits inexplicable behavior, when he appears it is most frequently to chastise Yoshinoya over her latest excess. Miyako can do a frightening effective imitation of him. His name is unknown, but in one episode of the anime, Yuno was writing the names of people on pictures on a paper. When she got to the Principal, the whole class thought his name was "Moai".
The Landlady (大家 Ōya ?)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
The Landlady is the female owner of Hidamari Apartments. She has quite a few masculine characteristics as she often wears baseball cap, goes out for a fishing in her spare time, and is a heavy smoker. Although she has a very laid-back personality, she is often seen very busy doing various part-time jobs.
Chika (智花 ?)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya
Chika is Sae's thirteen-year-old sister. She is more spontaneous and energetic than her older sister. She enjoys cooking and has an infatuation with a Kabuki actor. She has no artistic talent and prefers music and home economics to art. She has not appeared in the manga.
Natsume (夏目 ?)
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen
Natsume is a rival of Sae's from class D. She later develops feelings for Sae while maintaining the antagonistic attitude (the typical tsundere archetype). In a bonus chapter in volume four of the manga, Natsume goes through various misfortunes on her first day arriving to school. Unable to find her shoebox and ready to break down, Sae shows up to help her, in which she develops strong feelings for her. At the end, as weeks pass, Natsume manages to bump into Sae only to find her already close to Hiro, in which she reacts crudely to Sae.
Misato (みさと ?)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu
Misato is Sae's and Hiro's senpai, who seems to like to pull pranks. She has an appearance in the second season of the anime.
Shokora & Chokoyama (ショコラ&チョコ山 ?)
Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō & Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya
They are frequently-appearing anime-exclusive characters in a fictional TV program called "Charming Detective Lovely Shokora" (おしゃれ探偵ラブリーショコラ Oshare Tantei Raburī Shokora ?). The characters are parodies of Behoimi in Pani Poni Dash! and Nozomu Itoshiki in Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei, respectively.
Ume (うめ ?)
Voiced by: Ume Aoki
Ume is a mysterious green creature that represents the manga's author, Ume Aoki. The character does not actually play any significant role in the story.

Media

An example yonkoma strip from the manga.

Manga

The four-panel comic strip manga is written and illustrated by Ume Aoki, and was first serialized in the seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat in April 2004, published by Houbunsha. As of December 25, 2008, four bound volumes of the manga have been published in Japan by Houbunsha under their Manga Time KR Comics imprint. The second volume was released in a regular edition, and a limited edition which included a calendar. The manga is licensed in English by Yen Press under the title Sunshine Sketch, and three volumes have been released as of April 2009 with volume four coming in January 2010.[1]

Anime

A twelve-episode anime was produced by the animation studio Shaft and aired in Japan between January 11 and March 29, 2007.[2] A two-episode addition aired on television on October 18, 2007. The first twelve episodes were released on six DVD compilation volumes containing two episodes each between March 28 and August 22, 2007. A DVD containing the two special episodes was released on October 24, 2007. The anime is not presented in a chronological sequence though episodes do build upon each other thematically, with details shown in earlier episodes becoming important in later ones. The first season of Hidamari Sketch is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks and will be distributed by Section23 Films; the first season collection was released on DVD with English subtitles on January 12, 2010.[4]

A second season entitled Hidamari Sketch×365 aired in Japan between July 3 and September 25, 2008 and contained thirteen episodes with the fourteenth episode being bundled with the final DVD volume.[3][5] Two special episodes for the second season were broadcast on October 17 and October 24, 2009.[6] A third season, titled Hidamari Sketch×Hoshi Mittsu (ひだまりスケッチ×☆☆☆ ?), began airing on January 7, 2010.[7]

Music

The first season anime, along with the two-episode addition, used two pieces of theme music, one opening theme, and one ending theme. The opening theme is "Sketch Switch" by Kana Asumi, Kaori Mizuhashi, Ryoko Shintani, and Yuko Goto; the single containing the opening theme was released on January 24, 2007. The ending theme is "Mebae Drive" by Marble; the single containing the ending theme was released on February 21, 2007. The first season's original soundtrack was released on April 25, 2007. A character song mini-album named Hida Chara was released on September 5, 2007 containing songs sung by voice actors from the anime. A maxi single entitled "Yume Delivery" (ゆめデリバリー Yume Deribarī ?) was released on June 4, 2008, featuring the opening theme to the Hidamari web radio show sung by Kana Asumi.

For the second season, the opening theme is "Hatena de Wasshoi" by Asumi, Mizuhashi, Shintani, and Goto; the ending theme is "Ryūsei Record" by Marble. The opening theme single was released on July 23, 2008, and the ending theme was released on August 6, 2008. The second season's original soundtrack was released on October 8, 2008. Four character song singles were released on September 10, 2008 for the four main female characters. An image song collection by Marble entitled Hidamarble was released on September 26, 2008. Two more character songs for the character Yoshinoya (voiced by Miyu Matsuki) and The Principal (voiced by Yūichi Nagashima) was released on November 5, 2008, and the character song single for Ume (voiced by Ume Aoki) was released on January 21, 2009. All albums were released by Lantis.

In the third season, the opening theme is "Dekiru Kanatte Hoshimittsu" (できるかなって☆☆☆ ?) by Asumi, Mizuhashi, Shintani and Goto; the ending theme is "Sakura Sakura Saku: Ano Hi Kimi o Matsu, Sora to Onaji de" (さくらさくら咲く ~あの日君を待つ 空と同じで~ ?) by Marble.

Light novels

Two light novels written by Chabō Higurashi and illustrated by Ume Aoki were released by Houbunsha under their Houbunsha KR Bunko label. The first novel was released on March 31, 2007 entitled Hidamari Sketch Novel: Yōkoso Hidamari-sō e (ひだまりスケッチノベル ようこそひだまり荘へ ?), and the second followed on September 30, 2007 with the title Hidamari Sketch Novel: Hidamari School Life (ひだまりスケッチノベル ひだまりSchool Life ?). The novels are not a new adaptation of the manga series, but instead draw directly from the manga's material.

Video game

A Nintendo DS video game entitled Hidamari Sketch Dokodemo Sugoroku×365 (ひだまりスケッチ どこでもすごろく×365 ?) was released on February 12, 2009. The game primarily plays like a normal board game with consecutive boards, each representing a month during Yuno's first school year. Depending on the square landed upon, characters may play one of numerous mini-games, experience mini-events—dialogue and sometimes imagery relating to minor occurrences around Hidamari apartments or the school, or encounter major events which play out similarly to the episode of the anime on which they are based. Points are accrued throughout the year to determine a winning character, and the points can then be used to unlock items in the extras menu.

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