Saturday, 13 March 2010

Hidamari Sketch x☆☆☆ - Episode 10

Losing the key to your apartment is easy enough at the best of times, but somehow Yunnochi manages to turn it into something of an art form in this tenth episode of Hidamari Sketch x☆☆☆ in a convoluted ballet involving the school toilets.

With no key and her spare locked in her own room, Yuno turns to the landlady to help, only to find that she's having quite the struggle finding the additional spare key herself. It's a good job then that Hidamari Apartments is full of so many kind souls, with all of its residents offering to let Yunnochi stay with them, giving Yuno something of a tour of the entire apartment block over the subsequent days as well as the characters within.

This particular plot device actually made for a hugely enjoyable episode from beginning to end, mixing in the slice of life goodness that this series and its characters provides so well with some equally great moments of humour, from Miyako's Dali send-off paintings through to Hiro's ever-more terrifying morning hair.

Somehow this all blended together to make an instalment that was as heart-warming as it was funny, matched up with some of the best animation we've seen of this series of late to sneak itself a place in my heart... Not that Hidamari Sketch ever really needs to sneak into my heart, seeing as it has a huge place reserved in there for it already. Still, credit where credit's due for a particularly wonderful little episode.

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