September 12, 2011
They seem a bit more chibi-fied on this cover.
( That last bit might not be canon)
Being about art students and written by creative types, it's sort of a Mary Sue strip for aspiring artists. The humor is generally pretty dry and revolves mainly around sketch comedy and character bits. The pacing reminds me a lot of Peanuts.
The art and direction is exceedingly quirky. This latter may grow out of the first series being a throwaway filler show with no budget. The production team seems to have compensated for their initial lack of resources with offbeat art and a LOT of screen-tone. The first series was a runaway hit and SHAFT seems to have responded by throwing money at the animation team, though the quirkiness remains.
The characters are all living in an apartment complex near the school and one of them is an established (and award winning) writer who has enrolled in the school to learn to draw so she can illustrate her light novels. So...I'd gotten it into my head that this was a college and that Sae was much older than the rest. That was certainly the vibe I got from the first two discs.
This show makes it much clearer that the art school is actually a high school. It just specializes in art.
"Why would that make...?...!!...Oh God...I just threw up a little in my mouth."
Posted by: Mitch H. at Mon Sep 12 14:47:37 2011 (jwKxK)
You say that like it's a bad thing.
Muppet, you forgot the most important part of the HidaSketch franchise: Yuno's Duckie.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Mon Sep 12 21:07:44 2011 (o45Mg)
And according to Google, I am the only person ever to have made that joke.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Sep 12 23:05:50 2011 (PiXy!)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Tue Sep 13 13:20:27 2011 (9KseV)
"Hoshimittsu" means "3-star", "hoshimatsu" means... "a star fir", I guess. :-)
Actually, seeing as how a Google search for Hoshimatsu turns up this blog entry only...I'm guessing it be gibberish.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Tue Sep 13 18:39:39 2011 (EJaOX)
Posted by: J Greely at Tue Sep 13 20:46:16 2011 (fpXGN)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wed Sep 14 17:24:53 2011 (9KseV)
OMG Ken, you are a brony?
Actually, I was a Cub Scout. The Brownies are a girl thing. ( Not to be confused with The Girl Thing )
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Sep 15 08:01:38 2011 (EJaOX)
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