Miyu-sensei just made me laugh hilariously in this screenshot when she complained about being dragged to school even though she had a cold. That remaindered myself of how my parents used to push me to school, even though I have a cold and fever. Of course, I turned out worse and eventually went home going all dizzy.
Just for your information and warning, the summary is going to be random. Why? We have malfunctioned just like Yuno.
Yuno was in a snow field, crawling around as she had a voice seemingly from Miyako telling her that she was surrounded. Yuno was suffering from a high fever of 38.2 degrees as Yuno said that the thermometer was faulty. It seemed that Yuno was also faulty due to her random actions to go to school as they told her to rest at home. Yuno started to dream about arriving late in school, as the other three gals were practicing sketching Brutus. The principal then appeared, telling her not to be late and take care of her health.
Yuno was getting thirsty as she had yet another dream about her rushing back to her class. She wanted to grab some school clothes but suddenly thought about seeing Miyu-sensei’s clothes. As she opened her closet, all the closets opened with frilly dresses appearing as she wore them while using flour on Brutus. She then realized the temperature was wrong and wanted to fix the thermostat but collapsed in her dream. Miyako arrived to see Yuno sleeping deeply as she gave Yuno a change of clothing since it was all wet (and noted a mole). Miyako also placed a wet towel on Yuno’s forehead as she left.
Yuno had yet another dream in which she was supposed to fix the thermostat. She felt better, with her head feeling less hot, as she tried to make sure that she was functioning well (or the thermostat). As she walked on the road, she found the little buddha as she talked about seeing her parents, as well as buying cakes but realized that she had no money pouch.
Finally, she woke up from her dream as she checked her mobile phone. A text message from Chika asked whether she had any plans for Valentine’s Day but Yuno responded she had no dates. Sae also texted her that they had brought some medicine from the sick bay and would see her when they got back from school. She then stood up confused, as she saw a rabbit apple, as well as the fallen towel on her forehead, as she went back to sleep.
In school, Sae, Miyako and Hino were at the sick bay to get some medicine for Yuno, as they found Miyu-sensei sleeping. Miyako asked if she was faking illness but it was actually because her parents forced her to come amidst her cold. Sae then remarked sarcastically whether Miyu-sensei was a secondary school student. Back at Yuno’s room, she realized it had been a while since she rested in the afternoon. The three finally got to Yuno as Sae brought her some child medicine and the others brought her some cakes, apple juice and lollipops to replenish sugar (don’t ask).
Sae decided to cook some porridge for Yuno as Miyako said that everyone around Yuno was not around, when it was in fact all the students surrounding Miyako. They then talked about Miyu-sensei hiding in the sick bay and hence did not go to school. As they were on Miyu-sensei, Yuno re-accounted in her dream that she was trying to find Miyu-sensei and was even stopped by the principal. Miyako then said that the dream had came true as she imitated the principal extremely well as she repeated what the principal said about Miyu-sensei being sick and he was here to replace her for the class. He then continued to tell everyone to take care of their health, telling everyone that using a reason that having wet hair was good looking was a clear way of getting sick.
Miyako actually tried to copy the notes for Yuno but fell asleep within seconds as Hino cleaned up the place. Yuno also placed the rabbit apple into the fridge as she was full. They then discussed about Valentine chocolate as Miyako said that the reason why Sae received chocolate was because she was like a man, as Miyako received a punch. Yuno also noted that she was always sick at this period of time. Late at night, Sae brought the old notes for Yuno while Hino brought some cakes for her to eat tomorrow. Hino said that Sae was very kind and added that Sae had watched her the whole night when she was sick, leaving Sae to blush badly. They eventually left, as Yuno woke up in the night to see the preparations that the two seniors had made. After that, she tried to get back to bed but realized that she could not sleep anymore.
After the madly hilarious episode 4, this episode is a bit low on the laughs, even though it is definitely not too far behind. Miyu-sensei sleeping at the sick bay was one hilarious scene that I loved, since she is just about the queerest teacher portrayed in anime. I mean, try to find a teacher in anime that is so cute, so innocently perverted (yes, irony) and loves cosplaying so much. She rocks so much, especially since it is mostly her in the previous few episodes that have brought the anime to some hilarious moments, other than Miyako.
I do not know about you, the reader, but I find that Hidamari Sketch’s unique use of super-deformed faces is spot on for most cases. I have seen my share of bad SD forms that totally annoys me (Crescent love, anyone?) but this one seems to be generally pleasant.
I am also glad that we have a bit of character development for Sae, who I feel is almost stereotypical at the start of the series. It is definitely a good thing that she is now much more fleshed out, as we can tell that she is in fact a shy person that has a really kind heart rather than being all cool. It is actually better, since we see her going all red on two seperate occasions just this episode. That makes her much more adorable than she is, even though Miyako takes the cake for being totally blunt and amusing with her extremely realistic portrayal of the principal.
*Shivers* You…all…better…listen…when…I…talk. I apologize but I can see why Miyako is having such a kick imitating the principal.
The thing about this episode that can be a little disorientating is also the dreams. If you ask me, I feel that Yuno is not exactly the most exciting lead for a slice of life series. I know that part of her charm is her innocence at many things and that she is probably fitting as a female lead. However, when an episode concentrates completely on her, the humor level seems to drop, even though she does have her moments such as the start when she malfunctions. I also like how they painted her glowing red to signify that she has a fever rather than the red blushing face. I think it’s a good touch and these are the small little things that make Hidamari Sketch such a cute little piece to watch during a nice rainy sleepy day to warm yourself up.
Well, if you are wondering that the lack of comments will deter me from blogging this series, I believe that this series is good enough and I hope to provide information to all for this. So, to end off this entry, I want to ask. Who is your favorite character after 5 episodes of Hidamari Sketch?
I think you can tell who my favorite is.