Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hidamari Sketch 09

Hidamari Sketch 09 includes the four Hidamari residents, Yoshinoya, and a former student of Yoshinoya named Kishi Maiko*. The first half is about Kishi’s visit to Yoshinoya’s class, and the second half is about the Hidamari residents waiting for the results of a lottery drawing.

Scene 1: 00:14 - 00:37
C: Yu
Yuno is woken up by an especially troubling alarm clock loaned from Miyako. The clock displays an image of a topless woman, but it’s more of a reflection on Miyako than Yuno. Still, that Yuno accepted the clock and its associated lewd imagery both displays Yuno’s desire for the female form and a close connection between her and Miyako. Yuno gets a 1.

Scene 2: 02:12 - 03:27
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno meets Miyako outside the apartments and finds an envelope with lottery tickets inside. They spend the scene engaging in what is essentially a boke/tsukkomi routine**, and little yuri is present. 0s to each.

Scene 3: 03:29 - 05:09
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako discuss the lottery and what they would do with a winning ticket. A friendly conversation, but one with no yuri subtext to speak of. More 0s.

Scene 4: 05:29 - 10:23
C: Yu, Mi, Yo, Kishi Maiko
Yoshinoya has a former student visit the class, who talks about how she came be a film student. Early in the scene, Yoshinoya invites her students through preterition to imagine in her consensual heterosexual intercourse for the purpose of procreation, an ineffably lewd act that, if it were possible, would invalidate all her yurilevels past, present, and forever, but for the purpose of this investigation stays her at 0 for the scene. Kishi, meanwhile, is implied to have had a boyfriend, but its unclear how these past indiscretions reflect on her current state and it will not impact her yurilevels for the scene. Her film is a heterosexual romance, though Sae also writes heterosexual romance stories and it doesn’t affect her yurilevels, so for fairness Kishi is not impacted by this either. She refers to film as her lover, a possible suggestion of asexuality that, if true, would reduce her yurilevels. Ultimately, Kishi does not suggest strong yuri and ends with a 0 for the scene. Yuno’s main involvement in the scene comes very late, when Kishi asks what her dream is and she can’t come up with an answer, and Miyako’s involvement occurs around the same time for the purpose of a joke, so neither one gains yurilevels from the scene and each stays at 0.

Scene 5: 10:37 - 11:05
C: Yu, Mi, Yo, Kishi Maiko

Kishi leaves, and Yuno turns down Miyako’s offer of lunch to go and ask Kishi a question. Kishi and Yoshinoya have very limited roles in this scene, and neither gets yurilevels for their restrained niceties. Miyako believes that Yuno’s desire to find Kishi is caused by a desire to confess to her, and she encourages Yuno thusly, giving her substantial enough yurilevels to warrant a 4. Yuno denies any yuri on her part, in a flustered enough manner to get about a 1.

Scene 6: 11:07 - 11:36
C: Yu, Kishi Maiko
Yuno runs after Kishi and asks if she’ll be able to find her own dream. The way Yuno looks up to and admires Kishi could suggest a very sudden infatuation (the “love at first sight” that Yuno denies in Scene 5), but it would be difficult to prove, so Yuno only gets a 1. Kishi doesn’t particularly suggest yuri here, so ends with a 0.

Scene 7: 11:37 - 11:43
C: Yu, Yo, Kishi Maiko
Yoshinoya joins Yuno and Kishi. A six-second scene revolving around one joke that doesn’t suggest yuri. Everyone gets 0s.

Scene 8: 11:44 - 12:49
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Yuno gives Sae and Hiro her extra lottery tickets and Miyako asks them how they would spend the 300 million yen first prize. Another jokey scene with characters acting independent of each other and barely addressing each other at all. 0s all around.

Scene 9: 12:55 - 13:21
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
The Hidamari residents wait for the lottery drawings to be announced. Sae and Hiro arrive together and it is suggested they also went to the store together, a closeness that, while familiar, could too easily be friendly to give them anything more than a 1. Yuno and Miyako, meanwhile, don’t suggest a closeness in this scene, so get 0s.

Scene 10: 13:21 - 14:05
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno remembers taking a sketchbook from the garbage. Miyako is mostly only here in a peripheral role, with the focus of the scene, being Yuno’s discovery of the sketchbook, so no yuri is present here and both stay at 0.

Scene 11: 14:07 - 20:02
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
A return to the previous setting in Scene 9. When Yuno has another depressive episode caused by her anxieties that she doesn’t deserve to be at Yamabuki High School, Miyako’s response is a very physical tackling hug (one that nonetheless avoids her erogenous zones), a show of closeness that again considerably raises her yurilevels. Through the remainder of the scene, however, she returns to her usual role of comic relief and there is little else she does that could be considered yuri. Yuno’s response to the hug is to chastise Miyako, and her obvious discomfort prevents her from receiving yurilevels from the act. The rest of the scene is entirely yuri-free, instead either focusing on Miyako’s jokes or bits of character exposition, so Yuno, Sae, and Hiro receive 0s while Miyako has a 3.

Scene 12: 20:02 - 22:07
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako share a bathroom and sleep together. Miyako shows much appreciation and gratitude to Yuno for letting her bathe at her apartment and asks to spend the night, at one point touching Yuno’s chest briefly, and gets strong yurilevels, but Yuno, stuck in another of her feedback loops of despair, pays her little attention. Yuno’s yurilevels are bumped up somewhat by her admiration of Kishi and warmness to Miyako at the end of the scene, but it still leaves her quite below Miyako. Overall readings for the scene are Miyako with 4, Yuno with 2.

Final Yurilevel Readings: (both Aokis and Umes are out of 4):
Episode: 0.6206A

  1. Miyako: 1.506U
  2. Yuno: 0.281U
  3. Sae: 0.058U
    Hiro: 0.058U
  4. Yoshinoya: 0.000U

This episode had very low yurilevels, with Miyako receiving a large boost from her 3 in Scene 11 and the other characters suffering from, again, low yurilevels in long scenes. Kishi Maiko was not a substantial factor in lowering the yurilevels of the episode, since her scenes had generally low yurilevels anyways; her only major impact was in weighing down Miyako’s 4 in Scene 5, lowering the readings of the entire episode by 0.01 Aokis (1 cA).

Further analysis will continue with Hidamari Sketch 10.

*Because Kishi is a minor character in the series, only appearing in this episode and in an episode of Hidamari Sketch x365, she is not tracked as a character and her yurilevels are not analyzed as a main character's or as a tracked supporting character's would be. However, she is a significant character in her appearance in this episode, taking up substantial screen time, and as such her yurilevels are recorded and she is included with the number of characters in calculating the Y of a scene. This is the first time this has occurred in the investigation, but will likely not be the last.
**From the Japanese “fool/straight-man,” a popular form of double act comedy where one person presents foolish or otherwise mistaken views and the other tries to correct the first person’s errors. See Wikipedia's article on manzai comedy.

Corrections: 2/22/13: Scene 12 originally said "at then end" rather than "at the end". This has been fixed.
8/24/13: Yamabuki High School was initially mislabed as "Yamabuki Academy." The name has been corrected.

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