Hidamari Sketch x SP Episode 1
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Series Premise: Hidamari Sketch is a long-running, light-hearted anime and manga series about a group of young girls who all live in an apartment complex and attend a nearby artistically-inclined school. The episodes follow the normal, everyday lives of the girls. Hidamari Sketch x SP is a two-part television special that aired in October and November, 2011.
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Spoiler-free Series set-up: The girls decide to all visit a local museum, where they muse at statues and look at the artwork. On another day, they all take a day trip to the local swimming pool, and later that night they have a slumber party. Fun is had by all, the end.
My Impressions: This is not my first encounter with Hidamari Sketch. Nor my second. I already was bored to tears before with Hoshimittsu and the Hoshimittsu Special. So, I already knew what to expect.
There’s no reason to go into any depth, because really is nothing more than the same as before. There was nothing “Special” about this; it was essentially nothing more than any other episode, indistinguishable from the rest. Cute girls doing cute things, with a massive dollop of Shaft-y over-stylizations that they are infamous for, in the end meaning nothing at all. Since I intensely disliked what I had sampled from Hidamari Sketch before, this “fifth verse…same as the first…” episode is no different. Boring, inconsequential, annoying, with unnecessary amounts of artsy-fartsy geometric designs and style cuts that hurt my brain.
Yeah, I know this type of laid-back non-story storytelling has its fans, and I’m not totally averse to the concept (hey, I actually watched all of K-On and Lucky Star, by god). But Hidamari Sketch hits all the wrong notes for me. Now excuse me while I track down something with lots of explosions and bloody guts or something, so I can cleanse my palette.
As an aside, this is exactly the type of show that makes me wonder why I’m reviewing it. After all, I’ve seen Hidamari Sketch before, this is nothing different, so why does it deserve a full review? The only reason I’m doing this for the matter of completeness (if I say I’m going to review just about everything, then that means just about everything) The answer is it doesn’t deserve a feature-length review like this, and this is one of the areas I am looking at streamlining in the future, starting next season.
Oh, and given that about half the episode is dedicated to the girls in their skimpy swimsuits at the local swimming pool, I have to say that when it comes to which anime characters I would like to see in a fan-service-oriented episode, the Hidamari Sketch girls come pretty damn near close to the bottom of my list.
- Ultra-stylish opening sequence on Youtube.
- Info resources:
- If you like this, you might also like: G.A. Geijutsuka Art Design Class or Lucky Star.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “I guess it was about the same as always. The first half about visiting the art museum was better than usual and very reminiscent of GA Art Class at times, but the second half at the pool was a little weaker.” – Tenka Seiha
- “No matter, it remains a rather enjoyable watch, lacking a central plot as is usual with Hidamari Sketch – yet considering this episode is gratifying elsewhere instead of the comedy department, one may only truly find it worth watching if they gain pleasure in creepily observing young girls live their lives.” – Seventh Style
- “While enjoyable, x SP didn’t quite seem to live up to its predecessors. It was good, but not exceptionally brilliant. For me, I think this is partly down to the fact that Nazuna and Nori have yet to fully ingratiate themselves to me. Grade: 4/5.” – Cassie’s Anime and Manga Blog
ROUND ONE RESULTS FOR THE FALL 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round One: Un-Go, Chibi Devi, Working Season 2, Bakuman Season 2, Mirai Nikki, Shinryaku Ika Musume Season 2, Ben-To, Chihayafuru, Guilty Crown, Phi-Brain, Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing, Fate Zero, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Hunter x Hunter, Tamayura Hitotose, Kyousou Giga
Thumbs-down for Round One: Morita-san wa Mukuchi Season 2, Kimi to Boku, C3: CubexCursedxCurious, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls, Shakugan no Shana Final, Mashiro-iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers, Persona 4: The Animation, Maken-ki, Cross Fight B-Daman, Digimon Xros Wars Season 2, High Score, Infinite Stratos OVA, Hidamari Sketch SP
Coming up next: oku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai OVA, Gdgd Fairies, Sengoku Paradise Kiwami, Sora no Kiseki, BLupin III Movie, Ao no Exorcist Special, Queen’s Blade Visual Book, Deadman Wonderland OVA, Toradora Special, Dragonball Z Episode of Bardock, R-15 OVA, Hoshizora e Kakaru OVA