Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hidamari Sketch 03

Hidamari Sketch 03 again includes the Hidamari residents and Yoshinoya. In the first half, Yuno and Miyako have drawing class, and in the second half, all four main characters spend time with each other in Yuno’s room and then Miyako's.

Scene 1: 00:14 - 01:02
C: Yu
Yuno wakes up, laments the rainy season, and prepares for school. She says “good morning” to a caterpillar which she’s decided is male (determined from the male honorific -kun) and treats it with friendliness. Even for a seasoned lepidopterist, determining a caterpillar’s sex would require lots of scrutiny or dissection to look for the presence of testes, so (assuming Yuno is not surprisingly knowledgeable about caterpillars) Yuno most likely assigned this gender to it by her own whim. If she had referred to the caterpillar as female it might have given Yuno yurilevels, but referring to it as male suggests a desire to want males in her bedroom*. 0.

Scene 2: 01:02 - 01:06
C: Yu, Mi
Miyako calls to Yuno that they have to go to school. Yuno, being very tired, perks up at Miyako’s call, but it’s unclear whether it’s in response to Miyako’s presence or to the fact that she has to leave soon. Since there’s ambiguity, Yuno gets a 1. Miyako, who doesn’t do anything but tell Yuno to come to school, gets a 0.

Scene 3: 01:06 - 02:08
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Yuno and Miyako greet Sae and Hiro, who are each having troubles caused by the rainy season. The only possible yuri in this scene is Sae’s admonishment of Yuno for letting herself feel depressed, but it doesn’t have any real substance to it. All four get 0s.

Scene 4: 03:45 - 04:13
C: Yu, Yo
While rushing to class, Yuno encounters Yoshinoya, who is wrapped up and unable to move. Nothing of interest here, so they each get a 0.

Scene 5: 04:16 - 05:20
C: Yu, Mi, Yo
Yoshinoya shows the class several of her cosplay outfits, ostensibly for artistic purposes. For revealing herself to both boys and girls indiscriminately, Yoshinoya has a 0. Yuno and Miyako could have gotten yurilevels if they’d reacted with interest or embarrassment, but Miyako’s reactions all are about finding fault with Yoshinoya for her outfits and we never see Yuno’s reaction, so they get 0s as well.

Scene 6: 05:22 - 05:40
C: Yu, Mi, Yo
Yoshinoya is reprimanded by the principal for her lewdness while Yuno and Miyako watch. This scene is the first physical appearance of the principal in the series, but being male he’s not tracked in this investigation. The bumper image features Yuno in a wedding dress, but it’s not clear who she’s marrying. As such, she doesn’t get a yurilevel for it, nor does anybody else in this short, subtext-less scene.

Scene 7: 05:41 - 05:57
C: Yu, Mi, Yo
Yoshinoya asks Yuno and Miyako to fetch a motif for the class. No yuri to comment on here, each gets 0.

Scene 8: 05:58 - 06:47
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako retrieve a statue of Brutus from the reference room. There is reminiscing in this scene, but unlike in Episode 01 it centers on a shared experience with media rather than a shared memory the two have together, so doesn’t get yurilevels. 0 for both.

Scene 9: 06:47 - 09:28
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako draw the statue they brought. Of particular note in this scene is when Miyako eats two slices of bread out of Yuno’s hand, putting Yuno’s hand in her mouth in the process twice. It would be a very special friendship that would allow putting parts of each other in their mouths, and Miyako gets a 3 for it. Yuno, for reacting with neither alarm nor happiness, just gets a 2.

Scene 10: 09:30 - 09:49
C: Yu
Yuno falls asleep at her easel after lunch. No other characters are brought up and no lesbian tendencies are displayed. 0.

Scene 11: 09:55 - 10:18
C: Yu, Yo
Yoshinoya wakes up Yuno, whose face now has charcoal on it from her drawing. The interaction is too brief for significant yuri. Both have 0s.

Scene 12: 10:20 - 10:38
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno cleans her face off, and Miyako is revealed to also have gotten charcoal on her face. The two seem surprised to see each other, so it’s not likely that Miyako intentionally did this, like she intentionally put a drop of coffee on her painting in Scene 9, so no yurilevels for either one.

Scene 13: 10:41 - 10:58
C: Yu, Mi, Yo

Yoshinoya ends the drawing class and notes that Yuno and Miyako’s drawings have dots on Brutus’s forehead. Another scene without yuri.

Scene 14: 11:18 - 11:34
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Yuno and Miyako, both wet, join Sae and Hiro in Yuno’s room, having brought groceries. Yuno tells Miyako not to leave her behind: is this a more general statement? She gets 1 for the possibility, everyone else is stuck at 0.

Scene 15: 11:34 - 11:59
C: Yu, Mi
A flashback to a few moments before, showing Miyako playing in the puddles outside Hidamari Apartments. Again Yuno asks Miyako not to leave her behind, getting her another 1, but Miyako doesn’t do much in the way of yuri, only skipping about playfully and cheerily, and there’s nothing to justify giving anything but a 0 to her.

Scene 16: 12:00 - 17:10
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Hiro discuss food, Sae’s cold, and Miyako’s admission to Yamabuki High School. Miyako’s role here is more as the comic character, with much of her screentime revolving around the twin gags of her hunger and her difficult admission to the school, so there’s nothing to speak of for her yurilevels here and she gets a 0. Yuno acts as Miyako’s straight man here, so they get interaction, but none of it suggests yuri, so Yuno also has a 0. Sae and Hiro, meanwhile, do get some implications here when Sae inadvertently brings up one of Hiro’s recent diets that Hiro planned to keep a secret, showing Hiro and Sae are close enough that they trust each other with these sorts of things and warranting 1s for each. A yuri-light scene overall, which will probably affect the overall readings since this is the longest scene of the episode.

Scene 17: 17:13 - 20:24
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Yuno, Sae, and Hiro rush to Miyako’s room after hearing a loud noise and stare at Miyako’s crack, and Sae and Hiro tell Yuno about the previous inhabitant of her room, Misato. The way Sae and Hiro talk about Misato doesn’t convey any real yuri, since they appear afraid at the thought of her, so they don’t get any yuri from it. The rest of the scene is also yuri-free, so 0s all around.

Scene 18: 20:28 - 21:02
C: Yu
Yuno expresses regret about making Miyako’s room wet and finds a mysterious purple rope coming from her roof. While there isn’t anything noticeably yuri in what she says, she does imagine Sae’s head between her legs. It only depresses Yuno further, so she stays at a 2 for this scene.

Scene 19: 21:02 - 22:06
C: Yu, Sa, Hi
Yuno explores the rope while Sae and Hiro talk about how Misato liked to play pranks. This should really be at least four different scenes, but the back-and-forth between Sae’s room and Yuno’s room and the overlap between who’s talking and who’s on screen makes it difficult to determine where the boundaries between scenes are, and they’re all so short that combining them won’t affect the yurilevel readings significantly. Hiro acts like a devoted wife to Sae here, bringing her food while Sae works, and their conversation is easy-going and comfortable, so Hiro gets 2 while Sae gets 1. Yuno does nothing in this scene except suffer cranial trauma, so she stays at 0.

Final Yurilevel Readings: (both Umes and Aokis are out of 4)
Episode: 0.6066A


  1. Hiro: 0.681U
  2. Sae: 0.581U
  3. Miyako: 0.507U
  4. Yuno: 0.372U
  5. Yoshinoya: 0.000U

This episode, a small drop from the previous one, is more in line with what I anticipated out of Season One: very low yuri throughout, with Hiro and Sae being the most gay out of the Hidamaris and Yuno and Miyako being the least. Scene 16 significantly raises the overall low yurilevel readings just by having any yuri in it, a result of its long running time. For the same reason, Scene 9 contributes most of the yurilevels for Yuno and Miyako, and even though Yuno has a higher total of yurilevels hers are in shorter scenes, which is why Miyako outranks her here.

Further analysis will continue with Hidamari Sketch episode 4.

*That said, Yuno is by no means impure, since Yuno's other yurilevels throughout the show far outweigh this one moment of weakness (yuri being the purest form of love).

8/24/13: Yamabuki High School was originally mislabed as "Yamabuki Academy." The name has been fixed.

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