Ah, the familiar Shaft headtilt. Nice to see it back.
|I found the 2nd episode of Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb to be a bit bland, showing the dark side of the cute girls doing cute things genre. Thankfully, the laughs returned with a vengeance in this 3rd episode, with some nice visual touches as well.|
It’s just so wide. I can’t stop smiling.
Hiro’s fat fun at Hiro’s weight just doesn’t stop being funny.
This art is beautiful and reminds me that Okami HD should be out soon. That is all.
Oh god, I love those googly eyes. This shot is perfect.
I love that Miyako managed to get a split milk mustache.
Keeping it classy, Shaft. Speaking of class, how are the boys of this one so well behaved?
Miyako’s trick reminded me a lot of that scene in Zoolander. At least this one is physically possible. Oh, and lucky boys.
Wow, I think I might have my new favorite finger orientation in anime. A daintily unusual way of counting.
I want to point to a couple shots that I thought were particularly nice. This one of the Hidamari 6 playing Old Maid caught my eye due to the single cut pan. A common tool in live action film, but surprisingly unusual in anime. It simulated a rotating camera in the center of the room, and this kind of pan is pretty easy in animation. The single continuous shot following the conversation was an excellent way of getting us sucked into the flow of the game these girls were playing.
This other shot is relatively common in openings and endings, but I haven’t seen it as much within actual episodes. Another simple pan with an even simpler background of just the blue sky. Like with the card game, I love the way the conversation flows with the camera, front to back this time. There is a brief moment when it manages to fit all 6 of them on screen at once.
One of the main reasons that the Hidamari Sketch series is the one cute-girls-doing-cute-things series that I like is because of the visual touches like this. I also like that it pushes things over the top for comedy, often into pretty mean territory. This is a beautiful, hilarious world, and this episode did a wonderful job showing it.