Hidamari Sketch X 365 Complete Collection DVD Review

After the first season of Hidamari Sketch, I found myself enjoying the show but not finding anything really unique about it. I liked the setting, I liked the characters and the laid back comedy works well when it comes into play, but there wasn't a strong hook that would make the show hugely memorable for me in the years to come. This second season of the show, which has another twelve episodes and two more OVAs that came out afterward, we essentially do get more of the same. The big draw for the series is the work by SHAFT in the way they design their shows with the quirky visuals. While it's not as really quirky as some of their other shows, such as Pani Poni Dash, there's a lot to like with how they animate it, though I think they get a little too self referential with the series logo and variations on it throughout.

Hidamari Sketch x365 is definitely a difficult show to really review and talk about though. It is essentially without any real plot or even overreaching ideas. At its core, it's just about watching these girls at different times throughout the year as it bounces around and we see how they're slowly growing and interacting with each other. There aren't any big events and most of the time not even small events. It's about going to class, having meals, walking to the convenience store and talking about sometimes inane little things. The art side makes some decent appearances here and there but even then it's often not a central focus.

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