Sunday, 25 November 2012

Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb - Episode 8

After some pre-amble last week, it's time to really dive into the heart of the Yamabuki culture festival in this week's Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb.

Despite Yoshinoya's proclivities, we find Yuno and Miyako's class plumping for that age-old culture festival staple, the haunted house, while Hiro and Sae's group opts for an udon cafe, Nori gets involved in a decidedly unique version of Romeo and Juliet featuring two male leads and cows, and Nazuna's class offers up a balloon room.  A spanner is thrown into the works however when at attempt to make the haunted house even scarier lands Miyako with a couple of injured fingers that puts them out of commission for a week.

Still, nothing is going to prevent the girls from enjoying themselves once the festival itself rolls around, and after Yuno takes her time picking up as many pamphlets as possible due to her design featuring on the cover, we spend the rest of the episode soaking in the ambience of the festival, all the way through to an impressively scary haunted house and a visit from Yuno's parents.

Even though the whole culture festival thing has been done to death (and arguably presented in a way never to be bested by Hyouka this year), as per usual Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb provides a light-hearted but hugely fun and frequently hilarious take on it, complete with perhaps the best line ever to come out of an episode of this series.  That the show's sense of entertainment remains undimmed so far into its fourth series is high praise indeed, but praise of which Hidamari Sketch is entirely deserving for proving so consistently adept at what it does.

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