A Review in Multiple Parts: Hidamari Sketch, Part 2

This is the second of several parts in an ongoing review experiement. I highly suggest that you read this from the beginning, to get an idea of what’s going on.

Anyway, some more detail – In each post, I plan to highlight a particular aspect of a show – last time it was characters, this time it’ll be something else, and so on. By approaching this format, I’m hoping that I don’t appear TOO insane with my unusual review style.

Diary of a Hidamari-sou resident: Day Two

August 21

It seems like just yesterday that I moved in, but it’s already August. It’s funny, though – I’m still taken aback at how little people stand out. Sometimes, it’s like you’re walking through a sea of faceless dolls more than you are people. The only ones that really stand out are the ones you see all the time. In my case, it’s the neighbors and teachers I always bump into. I’m still not sure if that’s something I should consider eerie, or just part of the normal day.

I know it’s an art school, but I wish that they didn’t paste pictures of things all over the furniture and walls. I know it’s supposed to make the school look like a big collage, but… well.. between you and me, I find myself grabbing for supplies that don’t exist, when I’m not paying attention. It’s very unsettling, but I guess it does fit the whole atmosphere of the school.

I think this school is getting to me, though. Sometimes, I swear that the walls get bathed in colors, or that the world takes on an atmosphere not unlike the comics I love so much! But I’m getting away from the point.

Today, I came home to a brand new sign for the apartments. I wonder where it came from…?

Hidamari Sketch is currently available through Sentai Filmworks.
The full series can be purchased at Right Stuf.

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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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