After passing her entrance exam, Yuno is able to enter as part of an art degree. She now resides at the Hidamari Apartments along with best friend Miyako, and seniors Hiro and Sae as they spend their time together. Review:
Season 2 of Hidamari Sketch is still the simple yet relaxing slice of life show just like season 1 was but that doesn't mean things haven't changed. By overlapping itself with some of season 1 episodes, adding more character development, and going crazy with its art style and music, Hidamari Sketch x365 is by far the best of the series.
Like in season one; there isn't much to talk about since it basically about the everyday events of these four girls. Episodes are still shown in anachronic order and the pacing is nice and slow. The thing that season 2 does is reference back to old episodes from season 1. It helps answer some questions that were left unanswered from season 1 and allows for a more complete view of what was going on. For example in season 1 Yuno overslept on her art project for the school's festival but ended up in the gallery. In season 2 it is example where Yuno got the idea for her art project and showcase her struggle of getting the idea. Season 2 as so starts off with what could have been the first episode to the whole series where Yuno is taking her entrance exam. While it is strange to place an episode like this in season 2, it gives off a better intro to the series. Some episodes are focus on one character development like how Sae is coping with her job and dealing with her sister, Chika.
All of the characters from season 1 are back from the 4 main girls Yuno, Miyako, Hiro, and Sae to the crazy cosplaying teacher, Yoshinoya. Some new additions like Sensei Kuwahara, the school nurse are there to add more to the funny interactions with the characters. Some of the old characters are given more development like Natsum's obsession with Sae or for on going jokes like the landlady's smoking habit.
Its abstract art style help bring out many of Hidamari sketch x365 scenes.
The one major change that anyone can tell with season 2 is it art style. I wrote in my last review that season one was a bit outdated in some animation but was able to use abstract style effectively later on. In season 2, SHAFT want all out with their abstractness using multiple colors, real life objects, and all kinds of craziness to either set the mood of a scene or represent something. Character design have been greatly improve no longer having plain shapes or colors and sporting all kinds of different movements that are well animated. The series still has it trademark wide-faces which by now is more welcoming then it was last season. Season 2 also displays nicely on a wide-screen no longer feeling stretched out. Music is just as good as the art is and are well placed in many scenes of both happy and sad. The opening sports a hyper active song (Hatena de Wasshoi) that goes along with the craziness of the OP animation while the ending has a more calming, soft song (Ryuusei Record).
While maintaining its calm nature, Hidamari sketch x365 takes a step above season 1 by adding more development to the characters, more style to the art, and reflecting on past episode to tell a better tale.
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