Monday, December 24, 2012

Hidamari Sketch 07

Hidamari Sketch 07 includes the four Hidamari residents and Yoshinoya, and introduces Natsume and the Landlady*. In the first segment, a planned athletic meet at Yamabuki High School is cancelled due to a typhoon, after which the Hidamari residents spend the rest of the episode in the apartment, where the Landlady meets with them, with Yuno, Miyako, and Hiro later going to the local supermarket.

Scene 1: 00:13 - 00:40
C: Yu
Yuno wakes up and looks at the weather. Nothing yuri to comment on.

Scene 2: 02:37 - 02:42
C: Yu, Mi, Yo
The athletic meet is rained out and Yoshinoya calls the students in. A very short scene with no yuri to write about, and every character has a 0 for it.

Scene 3: 02:46 - 03:45
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Sae and Hiro wait out the rain and Yuno and Miyako join them. Still no yurilevels for the episode, with most of the time spent either expositing about the typhoon or engaged in an extended joke about a possible gymnasium. Yuno asks to go to the bathroom, but nobody goes with her, so it doesn’t qualify. 0s for all of them.

Scene 4: 03:45 - 04:02
C: Yu
While heading to the bathroom, Yuno sees something in the staff room. It’s unclear what she’s looking at, so it can’t count for or against her yurilevels. Another 0.

Scene 5: 04:03 - 04:18
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Yuno tells the others that she saw something, but leaves again to go to the bathroom. Sae and Hiro don’t speak, but they still count toward the scene since they provide reactions to the main action. It will hurt them, since there’s nothing in this scene either to count for yuri.

Scene 6: 04:21 - 04:24
C: Yu, Sa
Sae tells Yuno to hurry. Reading this sentence takes longer than watching the scene, so naturally no yuri can be conveyed. 0s for both.

Scene 7: 04:27 - 06:39
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi, Nt
With the rain cleared up, the students return outside, where Natsume engages Sae in pre-game trash talking, and the storm returns. Natsume’s appearance is brief and she comes across more as of a competitive spirit than the stalker she becomes in later appearances. Sae’s response is slightly embarrassed, and while it doesn’t convey special yuri, both she and Natsume seem on close terms, with both referring to each other without honorifics. Nothing else in that part of the scene is notably yuri, so Sae and Natsume each end up with 1 while Hiro gets a 0. Later, Miyako plays in the rain and tries to get Yuno to join her, doing so by grabbing her wrist. It’s not quite the same as holding hands, but they’re close enough that Miyako and Yuno still get a 1 for the scene.

Scene 8: 06:44 - 07:19
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako head back home after the athletic meet is postponed. A connecting scene where there isn’t anything out of the ordinary aside from Miyako and Yuno’s usual friendship. Each gets a 0.

Scene 9: 07:24 - 13:26
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Everyone gathers in Miyako’s room to make sure the drying agents in her floor don’t catch on fire and there is a brief blackout. Miyako’s light teasing of Yuno as "the girl who brings us storms" and her reaction gets them both yurilevels, and she gets additional Y for interpreting the others’ self-preservationist concern about the drying agents as concern for her (i.e., assuming her desire to seem them safe and well is reciprocated). Hiro continues to act as a maternal figure to the others, giving her yurilevels, but Sae doesn’t do anything particularly notable here. Final readings are Miyako with 2, Yuno and Hiro with 1, Sae with 0.

Scene 10: 13:27 - 15:24
C: Yu, Mi, Hi
Hiro takes Yuno and Miyako to the supermarket. The maternal feeling from earlier is especially strong here between Hiro and Yuno, who convey a feeling of a mother-daughter closeness. Miyako is mostly absent, appearing at the end to win a fish. Yuno and Hiro get 2, Miyako stays a 0.

Scene 11: 15:25 - 15:34
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Yuno, Miyako, and Hiro return from the supermarket. Sae gets slight yurilevels for the downplayed symbolism of leaning in close to Miyako’s fish, so a 1 for her, but the others stay a 0.

Scene 12: 15:39 - 16:39
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi, La
The Landlady is introduced, visiting Hidamari Apartments to make sure it stayed safe during the typhoon. Here she is portrayed as laid-back, cool, and slightly philosophical, all of which could suggest lesbianism on her part, as would the character’s friendly reactions to her arrival. Yuno’s mostly left out here, so she gets a 0, while everyone else gets 1.

Scene 13: 16:45 - 18:01
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Sae receives a package of chestnuts. This scene seems to be setting up for an appearance from Chika later in the season, and consequently as a plot-centered scene yurilevels are low throughout. Miyako continues to build up “masculine lesbian” yurilevels with her proposition to smash the chestnuts with a baseball bat, and gets a 1. Everyone else is stuck at 0.

Scene 14: 18:02 - 18:24
C: Mi, Sa, Hi, La
The Landlady returns, and Hiro gives her the fish. Miyako’s indignation keeps her yurilevels down, while Sae and Hiro convey a sense of politeness more than closeness toward the Landlady. The Landlady’s yuri isn’t as pronounced here, so everyone ends up with 0 here.

Scene 15: 18:24 - 18:58
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Miyako laments losing her fish, and Yuno realizes that the Landlady was Hidamari’s owner. Hiro’s interpretation of the Landlady as a protective figure conveys some yuri, but other than that a low-key scene. Hiro gets 1, everyone else gets 0.

Scene 16: 19:01 - 20:15
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Yuno, Miyako, and Sae discuss the upcoming athletic meet and their need to win. Sae’s determination to beat Natsume can’t quite be verified as yuri since their relationship is at this point very vague, but combined with her concern for Hiro as she whittles down the chestnuts Sae gets about a 1 here. Nothing to comment on for the other characters, who remain at 0.

Scene 17: 20:15 - 20:28
C: Yu, Yo
A flashback scene, where Yuno sees Yoshinoya preparing outfits for her Red team for the athletic meet. Again Yoshinoya falls into the trap of not limiting herself to women with her plan to dress everyone it a loincloth? Jacket? Skirt? She gets a 0, and so does Yuno, whose curiosity isn’t particularly yuri in nature.

Scene 18: 20:28 - 20:46
C: Yu, Mi, Hi
Yuno decides not to say anything about Yoshinoya’s outfits and instead tells the others to do their best. The encouragement might have been yuri in nature, but it’s not character-specific, and the way she phrases it is more a reflection of the Japanese cultural value of doing one’s best. Nobody gets yurilevels here.

Scene 19: 20:49 - 21:22
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
The Hidamaris enjoy chestnut rice. A comedy scene focused around the joke of “pre-ordering” rice with minimal yuri content. More 0s.

Scene 20: 21:22 - 21:56
C: Yu
Yuno takes her bath, simultaneously psyching herself out and up. Again, her commitment to doing well isn’t a reflection of her personal attachments to the others. 0.

Scene 21: 21:56 - 22:04
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako look at the moon together. They both seem very happy to share in the sight of the moon with each other, but it’s not clearly romantic, leaving them both at 2.

Final Yurilevel Readings: (both Aokis and Umes are out of 4):
Episode: 0.6447A

  1. Natsume: 1.000U
  2. Landlady: 0.731U
  3. Miyako: 0.888U
  4. Yuno: 0.657U
  5. Sae: 0.627U
  6. Hiro: 0.330U
  7. Yoshinoya: 0.000U

A slight increase from last week, and about equal to Episodes 02 and 03. This episode was frustrating to analyze due to lots of short scenes and very low yurilevels throughout. Natsume and the Landlady, who barely appear, end up on top due to exceptionally low readings from the main cast, none of whom got anything higher than a 2 from this episode. Miyako and Yuno manage to score higher than Sae and Hiro due to the repeated focus on their close friendship, compared to Sae and Hiro who are mostly separate.

Further analysis will continue with Hidamari Sketch episode 8.

*The English fandom uses two names roughly equally for this character: the name she’s referred to in Japanese, “Ooya-san” (大家ーさん), and it’s English equivalent, “Landlady.” This investigation uses the English name.

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

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