Type: TV Series + Specials
Episode Count: 12 + 2
Genre: Slice Of Life / Comedy
Version reviewed: Japanese Subtitled
Date of Review: 07 Nov 2011
The alternate (and pronounceable) title for this series is Hidamari Sketch Hoshimittsu, meaning Hidamari Sketch Three Stars, as might be expected.
The Hidamari Apartments are as lively as ever in this third batch of episodes.
More days in the lives of the girls of the Hidamari Apartments, with a couple of new faces introduced to mix things up a bit.
So, you enjoyed Hidamari Sketch and x365? What are you waiting for? x☆☆☆ and all of Yuno and friends’ daily lives are waiting for you! That’s really all the recommendation you need for this series, which continues the delightfully abstract and non-chronological window into the lives of Yuno, Miyako, Hiro, and Sae at the Hidamari Apartments and Yamabuki High.
But what makes Hidamari Sketch x☆☆☆ different? Besides having an unpronounceable title? The winning formula has been tweaked somewhat. For the majority of this series, the primary four characters are second and third years, so that leaves an opening. There have also been two vacant apartments in the Hidamari flat for the first two series. No longer! We are now introduced to two new faces: first years Nori and Nazuna. Nori is the resident computer whiz, and Nazuna’s delicate and shy nature makes Yuno look like the pinnacle of assertion.
The addition of these two personalities expands the dynamic of the characters by increasing the different combinations of interaction that are possible. While the interaction by the initial four never got stale over the first two series, increasing the main cast to six allows a new dynamic to develop. Yuno and Miyako soon realize that they are now sempai to Nori and Nazuna, so we see a new side of their personalities. Sae and Hiro are also now in their final year of high school, so there are hints of them looking towards the future as well. And never fear, Yoshinoya fans. She is still being scolded by the principal day after day.
Hidamari Sketch x☆☆☆ is exactly what fans of the series should expect: a fun and cute series with an unusual presentation. If you’re new to the series, it would still probably be best to start at the beginning to get acquainted with the characters from the start and learn their personalities. There’s no overall story over the three series to worry about here, but it is structured in such a way that the characters get introduced without confusing the viewer. To paraphrase the end of each episode preview: Yuno is waiting at the Hidamari Apartments, so be sure to go see her!