A Review in Multiple Parts: Hidamari Sketch, Part 1

This is something I’ve always been curious about trying – too often, I find reviews to be a pain in the ass to read – and mine aren’t exactly entertaining either! I’ve been experimenting with reviews in general, but the idea of an episodic review has always been something I thought would be fun. So again, comments, questions, concerns,  all welcome!

Diary of a Hidamari-sou resident: Day One

January 10

It’s my first day on my own! I just wish it weren’t so cold, or I’d still be outside!

I share the building with four other girls. I found this out the hard way, when I woke up to the blonde girl staring in my window! The crazy girl wanted to know if I had extra granola bars! She introduced herself as Miyako and seemed nice enough, if a little unusual. The other residents seemed a bit more sane, at least. Yuno seems to be the sweet, naiive type – but she’s definitely talented. Hiro and Sae  are both older than I am, and I’m impressed by their maturity. Hiro seems to have some sort of complex, though. She’s always fussing about her weight, and skipping meals. And Sae seems to be a horrible liar. She turns bright red and gets flustered when she does – I can’t be the only one that notices this.
Starting tomorrow, I’ll be a full-time student at Yamabuki Art High School. I can’t wait!

January 11
Just finished my first day of class. I got to introduce myself to the class like some fourth grader.. I always hate that. Anyway, my homeroom teacher is Miss Yoshinoya. She seems nice, but between you and me, she’s quite an airhead for a teacher. I mean, she was crying about how she didn’t receive New Year’s money from her parents! She also seems to be hiding some sort of cosplay fetish. I saw her in no less than five outfits before lunch, including a stewardess outfit and a Santa suit. She kinda scares me.

But, thankfully, somebody scared her as much as she scares me! The very sight of the principal sent her into a blanched panic. She hid behind the desk and I think I heard sobbing when he peeked inside! As for the principal, he’s very nice. But he shakes and jitters so much, you’d think he was some desk toy. Odd, though. I don’t think I’ve seen him leave school grounds, even though I live just across the street. I wonder how he goes home, or if he goes home.

Oh! My neighbors Miya and Yuno are in the same class. I ended up on clean-up with them, though they had to go outside. I finished early, and watched them play in the snow for a bit before going home. I saw this as I was walking by on the second floor.

With a bunch of people like this, I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Hidamari Sketch is currently available through Sentai Filmworks.
The series can be purchased as Right Stuf.
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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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