Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hidamari Sketch x365 03

Hidamari Sketch x365 03 includes the four Hidamari residents, Yoshinoya, a little girl, the Landlady, Natsume, and Kuwahara. The first half focuses on Yuno and Miyako visiting a shrine on their day off from school, with the second half focused on them joining Sae and Hiro for snacks.

Scene 1: 00:21 - 00:44
C: Yu
Yuno brushes her teeth and sweeps her front porch. Nothing to comment on here, as is the case with most Scene 1s. She gets a 0.

Scene 2: 00:45 - 01:08
C: Yu, Mi
Miyako greets Yuno. She twice compliments Yuno for her capacity to be active and working so early on an off day, displaying a respect for her that here also comes across as admiration. Yuno happily accepts her comments but does nothing to reciprocate, so she only gets side yurilevels off Miyako. Miyako ends with 2, and Yuno with 1.

Scene 3: 01:08 - 01:20
C: Yu, Mi, Yo
Yuno and Miyako see Yoshinoya as she reluctantly heads into school. Another scene where nobody conveys any noticeable yuri, with everyone getting 0s.

Scene 4: 02:56 - 03:13
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Sae and Hiro tell Yuno and Miyako how to get to the train station. No obvious yuri here, but the way Sae and Hiro are on hand standing together at the door to see them off is reminiscent of a family unit between the four with Sae and Hiro as parents and Yuno and Miyako as their children, which has cropped up enough that it could be considered a motif at this point. Everyone gets 1.

Scene 5: 03:18 - 04:12
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako ride the train to the shrine. They smile together when Yuno barely makes it onto the train, but that’s too obviously friendly to get yurilevels. Later, the two also squat together and Miyako jokingly calls Yuno “Yuno-dono,” but both are only slightly yuri. Miyako ends with 1, Yuno with 0.

Scene 6: 04:14 - 05:12
C: Yu, Mi, Yo
Yoshinoya suggests that Yuno and Miyako visit the shrine on their off day. She refers to meeting an old high school classmate that she was apparently very close to, given the comment that they were like twins, but since their relationship and the details of their meeting aren’t clarified she only gets a 1. Yuno and Miyako don’t do much here and get 0s.

Scene 7: 05:15 - 05:27
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako get off the train. Miyako notes that her recollection of the end of the previous scene may have been incorrect, which would throw Yoshinoya’s 1 into question, but since it’s the only account we have it’ll have to stay. Yuno compliments Miyako’s memory but too briefly and lightly for a 1, and both stay at 0.

Scene 8: 05:29 - 08:08
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako arrive at the shrine. It’s revealed that the reason Yoshinoya praised the shrine was because of the priest there who compliments all the women that pass by. Neither Yuno nor Miyako seem taken by him, with Yuno being the only one to respond and even then giving a simple and polite “thank you.” Though it’s possible his charms don’t work on girls of their age (we see him woo two older women, and Yoshinoya’s age is unknown but is implied to be at least late 30s), their resistance to masculine charms would get them each a 2. However, Miyako later says that the priest was one of the best parts of the shrine, so only Yuno gets the 2.

Scene 9: 08:09 - 09:36
C: Yu, Little Girl
Yuno starts sketching the cityscape and is visited by a young girl. The little girl is a significant character in this scene but not in the episode or series as a whole, and consequently receives yurilevels here only to determine the readings of the scene. That said, she receives considerable yurilevels: first burying her head in Yuno’s lap, then rubbing her own crotch area before asking for Yuno’s picture and being surrounded by hearts when she gets it. Yuno first reacts uneasily, but quickly warms up to her and is shown to have enjoyed meeting her when they part in Scene 11. This happiness at having her around, combined with yurilevels from passively accepting the little girl’s advances, gets her a 3, with the little girl at 4.

Scene 10: 09:40 - 10:02
C: Yo
Yoshinoya protests against filing paperwork. This scene makes jokes about her inability to handle responsibility rather than gives her the opportunity for yuri, so no yurilevels here. 0.

Scene 11: 10:02 - 10:53
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako leave the shrine. Yuno is clearly very happy at the little girl enjoying her artwork, enough for Miyako to comment on it and say it “moved her heart,” possibly suggesting a “love at first sight” situation for the girl. Miyako also says the little girl didn’t ask for her art, confirming that she was interested in Yuno alone. Yuno’s response is to have her nose grow, which probably means shock at her art being appreciated. The expression “nyoki” appears over her nose, but I couldn’t find an adequate translation for it; the only other place I’ve seen it is this video where it seems to be the onomatopoeia for a squirting liquid (which is unsettlingly applicable). Yuno gets a 3, Miyako’s perceptiveness of Yuno’s mood and implications about the little girl get her a 2.

Scene 12: 10:53 - 11:10
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako ride the train home. Miyako sleeps against Yuno’s shoulder, but since it’s an exhausted sleep rather than a happy or peaceful one she only gets 3 instead of 4. Even though Yuno only gets some side yurilevels since she doesn’t seem to notice, she still spends the train ride thinking about how she made a girl happy and also ends with a 3.

Scene 13: 11:12 - 11:32
C: Yu, Sa, Hi
Yuno sends Sae a message saying she and Miyako ended up at the wrong stop. Sae and Hiro are shown quietly sitting near each other with the implication that such a scene is normal for them, giving them each yurilevels for the comfort and closeness implicit in such a relationship. Yuno says Miyako was sleeping (shown to be sleeping on her) and she didn’t notice the announcement for their stop, but it’s unclear if the two were connected in any way. If they were, and Yuno missed the announcement because she didn’t want to wake Miyako up, she would get yurilevels for wanting to help Miyako sleep comfortably. Splitting the difference gets Yuno a 1, with Sae and Hiro at 2 each.

Scene 14: 11:35 - 12:00
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Sae and Hiro talk with Yuno and Miyako upon their return. We see another appearance of the motif of the Hidamaris as a family unit, with Yuno getting additional yurilevels for saying she was “spacing out” (possibly suggesting she was watching Miyako sleep, which would be enough for anybody to lose track of time). She gets 2, everyone else gets 1.

Scene 15: 12:04 - 12:37
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako talk about erasers. For some reason, Miyako knows Yuno has a lot of small erasers, meaning she’s either very perceptive or pays close attention to even the small details about Yuno.  Since it’s not a significant thing for her to note and the erasers don’t seem very gay on their own, Miyako only gets a 1. Yuno’s quiet embarrassment at having the erasers is shameful instead of romantic and she gets 0.

Scene 16: 12:37 - 14:09
C: Sa, Hi, La
Sae and Hiro talk with the Landlady as they return from the store. Hiro complains to Sae that she should have stopped her from buying too many snacks, which Sae counters by saying she told her not to buy as many. Here Hiro conveys a reliance on Sae to rein in her impulses, but since Sae is either unable to or doesn’t try hard enough most of the yurilevels Hiro gets aren’t reciprocated on Sae’s end, so Hiro ends with a 3 and Sae with a 1. When they meet the Landlady, she starts to take their picture together, either showing a desire to have images of them or showing her assumption that they would want pictures of them together. Either way, Landlady gets a 3.

Scene 17: 14:09 - 16:28
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
The Hidamaris eat snacks in Yuno’s room. Hiro may or may not have fed Miyako a chip, since it cuts from the chip in her hand to a representation of the chip being eaten, but if she did it would get them both significant yurilevels for intimacy. Miyako later does the same thing with Yuno. They all get 1 each for the possibility, but since the rest of the scene is very yuri-light those are the only yurilevels given here.

Scene 18: 16:28 - 17:05
C: Yu, Mi, Hi
Yuno finds a lucky chocolate. Hiro claims that finding the lucky chocolate means the person Yuno likes will fall in love with her, using a construction that sounds gender-neutral*. Yuno wonders aloud who it would be, showing she doesn’t like anyone at the current time (unless she doesn’t realize it or refuses to admit/accept it?), after which Hiro argues that she also has a claim to the chocolate, possibly suggesting that she has a reason she would want it. Since that reason is unspecified, there’s nothing to go off of to give her yurilevels for. Ultimately, everyone ends with a 0.

Scene 19: 17:05 - 17:43
C: Sa, Nt
Sae sees Natsume on the sidewalk outside. Natsume sounds surprised when sees Sae and proceeds to blush, attempt to explain her presence without being prompted, break down while doing so, and walk away. If she were just Sae’s rival, like her early appearances seemed to be setting up for, then she should just be irked or passive-aggressive, so it’s odd for her to get flustered like she does here. Like the previous episode, her appearance here adds considerable evidence to the idea that the way she treats Sae is caused by something more than a desire to top her. Natsume gets a 2 for getting on the steady road of character development, while Sae’s inability to notice her and confusion at her antics gets her a 0.

Scene 20: 17:50 - 18:41
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Sae and Hiro talk about Natsume while Yuno and Miyako play. Hiro expresses disappointment that Sae didn’t get to see the lucky chocolate, showing a desire for Sae to be included in her special moments that gives her a 2 since it could still be indicative of a friendship. When Sae returns, she tells Hiro about her encounter with Natsume and calls her weird, again displaying an overtly non-yuri disdain for her that doesn’t increase her yurilevels and keeps her at 0. While they talk, Yuno puts Bugles** on Miyako’s fingers, which is only barely not hand-on-hand contact and gets slightly reduced yurilevels from what such actions would entail. Miyako proceeds to jokingly threaten Yuno with her new claws, and it can be presumed that had Sae not interrupted further contact (possibly fingers-on-sides or hand-on-shoulder) would have taken place. Miyako gets a 3 for the intention, but since it didn’t happen Yuno stays at 2 for going along with it.

Scene 21: 18:41 - 19:19
C: Yo, Ka
Kuwahara rushes to school. Yoshinoya and her seem to be setting up a boke/tsukkomi pairing with Yoshinoya as the fool and Kuwahara as the straight man, and although it could provide opportunities for yuri in the future, here Kuwahara just seems disappointed. Yoshinoya inviting her is likely a result of her being the only other staff member at Yamabuki High School (that we currently know of) and doesn’t carry with it any especially apparent yuri. Both get 0s.

Scene 22: 19:25 - 19:32
C: Yo, Ka
The principal chastises Yoshinoya. Kuwahara is nearby observing, and her reaction either suggests she thinks the principal is being too harsh on Yoshinoya or that she she’s dumbfounded by the entire situation. She might have gotten a 1 for the first explanation, but the scene is left too ambiguous for that, leaving with her with a 0. Yoshinoya cries through the entire scolding and doesn’t get yurilevels either.

Scene 23: 19:35 - 21:47
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Hiro talks about her diet and Yuno remembers the girl at the shrine. Yuno shows concern when she hears Hiro only has jelly for dinner, but it only gets slight yurilevels since she asks about if Hiro gets bored rather than displaying concern for her health or well-being. Sae gets a bit more when she tells Hiro not to try so hard, since it has been previously speculated that Hiro is dieting to make herself appealing to the others; even if she isn’t (the position of the investigation), Sae’s misinterpretation seems to suggest she wants to believe Hiro is dieting for her sake. Again Yuno shows pride that her drawing was picked by the little girl from earlier, but then she insists she couldn’t have drawn a good picture when Sae and Hiro tell her it must have been good, reducing her yurilevels due to her rejecting this praise. Miyako also tries to downplay praise of her picture when the others see that one, but unlike Yuno she doesn’t seem serious about it. The display of false humility gives Miyako a 1 for the scene. Hiro also gets 1, and Sae and Yuno both get 2.

Scene 24: 21:53 - 22:07
C: Yu
Yuno bathes. She makes an oblique reference to the girl she pleased when she says she hopes her art can make everyone happy, but since it’s a hope that could easily stand on its own it’s not sufficiently yuri for a 1 and she remains at 0.

Final Yurilevel Readings: (both Aokis and Umes are out 4)
Episode: 1.2325A

  1. Little Girl: 4.000U
  2. Landlady: 3.000U
  3. Natsume: 2.000U
  4. Yuno: 1.450U
  5. Hiro: 1.424U
  6. Miyako: 0.917U
  7. Sae: 0.906U
  8. Yoshinoya: 0.423U
  9. Kuwahara: 0.000U

Significantly more gay than the previous x365 episodes, with the little girl and the Landlady making important contributions. If the secondary characters do turn out to be lesbians and the show continues to increase its focus on them, x365 may end up with quite higher yurilevels than the first season.
Overall, everybody’s yurilevels were low but consistent. In contrast to previous episodes, Sae ends up with the lowest readings for the Hidamaris, caused mostly by her reticence and defensiveness in scenes with other characters. Hiro was able to get yurilevels from her, ending up with the second highest reading in Hidamari, but Yuno gets the top spot among them, mostly caused by the little girl and by close interactions with Miyako. The focus on side characters is helping her considerably so far in x365, since it reduces her screen time compared to her nigh-constant presence in the first season.

Further analysis will continue with Hidamari Sketch x365 04.

*: I haven’t noticed this construction very often, so I may be wrong. The only other place I’ve heard it is in the 2011 Illusion game “Artificial Academy,” where it is also translated “person you love.”
**: The corn chips strongly resemble Bugles, and since they are sold in Japan it’s likely that is the chip portrayed here.

1/27/13: Corrected misspellings of Kuwahara's name as "Kawahara."
8/24/13: Yamabuki High School was initially mislabed as "Yamabuki Academy." The name has been corrected.

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