Monday, February 25, 2013

Hidamari Sketch xHoshimittsu 03

Hidamari Sketch xHoshimittsu 03 includes the six Hidamari residents, Yoshinoya, the Landlady, Natsume, and Mami and Nakayama. Part A surrounds the first day of the spring semester at Yamabuki High School, and Part B is a flashback to Yuno and Sae meeting at a bookstore and going to a cafe the previous December.

Scene 1: 00:03 - 01:01
C: Yo
Yoshinoya is found lingering in the school by the principal. She lies about wanting to help her students, but since Yamabuki is mixed-gender it doesn’t affect her. She ends with 0.

Scene 2: 02:42 - 02:49
C: Yu
Yuno wakes up. No yuri to note here.

Scene 3: 02:50 - 03:15
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno does radio gymnastics. Miyako greets Yuno and the two make small talk, but nothing in their countenance conveys especially significant yuri, so both end at 0.

Scene 4: 03:17 - 03:55
C: Yu, Mi, Sa
Sae wakes up and talks with Yuno. Before Sae joins them, Yuno and Miyako are talking about the short school day and Miyako is already trying to make plans with Yuno for lunch, a show primarily of friendship that gives her a 1 for the scene. Sae rises and Yuno apologizes for waking her up, but Sae assures her it’s alright and asks Yuno what she’s doing, displaying forgiveness toward and casual interest in Yuno which Yuno is happy to respond to with an explanation of her reasoning behind the gymnastics, giving both of them 1s as well.

Scene 5: 03:55 - 04:13
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, No, Na
Nori greets Yuno, Miyako, and Sae and Nazuna is caught watching. Nori also asks what Yuno is doing, but their interaction is too brief to give either readings for it. Yuno notices Nazuna staring down from behind a curtain, prompting a series of hearts to appear followed by Yuno calling attention to her, at which point Nazuna hangs her head in shame and once again hides herself. Though Nazuna’s furtive observation could be indicative of admiration for Yuno, it could also be caused by her inability to communicate directly with Yuno; one is a high-yuri explanation and one is a low-yuri explanation, neither of which is supported more than the other by her embarrassment at being caught, so Nazuna ends with 2 while Yuno gets 1 for noticing her and calling for her in a primarily non-yuri manner. The others stay at 0.

Scene 6: 04:13 - 04:41
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, No
Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Nori continue to talk. A smiling Miyako leans over her railing to look for Nazuna, conveying a desire to see her that’s strong enough to raise her to a 2. Other than that, there is no noticeable yuri in this scene, and the others stay at 0.

Scene 7: 04:41 - 04:52
C: Yu, Hi, No
Hiro sleeps. She is smiling, conveying that she is having happy dreams; her whispered murmur of “Sae...” indicates that these dreams are about Sae (and, given the nature of dreams, likely include herself), but since Sae is not in the scene and is not heard speaking before Hiro says this, the dream must have started beforehand. Nothing is given about the specific content of the dreams, but Hiro’s total contentment and peace associated with her thoughts of Sae convey that it’s a very warm dream, and Hiro gets a 4 for this show of affection. Yuno and Nori, meanwhile, talk about the proximity of Hidamari Apartments to Yamabuki, which doesn’t really suggest yuri and leaves them both at 0.

Scene 8: 05:51 - 06:13
C: Yo
Yoshinoya introduces herself to the students. Her attempt to expose herself to the students again doesn’t give her yurilevels since she is being lewd in front of a mixed-gender group, so she ends with 0.

Scene 9: 06:17 - 06:47
C: Yu, Mi, No
Yuno and Miyako walk down the wrong hallway. They are pleased that the teachers haven’t changed in personality from the previous year, essentially giving their tacit approval to Yoshinoya’s lewdness and suggesting they accept or even enjoy it. They then run into Nori, having entered the first-year hallway by force of habit. Nori is surprised to see them and is confused as to why they would look for her, a suspicion that holds her yurilevel readings down. Yuno tries to cover up the slip of mind by saying they were looking for Nori and asking how she is, though this is an attempt to save face and not a genuine interest in her and as such she is not helped by it. Yuno and Miyako each end with 2, Nori with 0.

Scene 10: 06:47 - 07:16
C: Yu, Mi, Yo
Yoshinoya gives the students their new seating arrangements. The new chart arranges all the boys’ seats in the shape of a heart, a brazen display of heterosexuality that holds Yoshinoya at 0. Yuno and Miyako do nothing of noteworthy yuri and also stay at 0.

Scene 11: 07:21 - 07:46
C: Yu, Mi, Mami and Nakayama
Mami and Nakayama greet Yuno and Miyako. Miyako is happy that she and Yuno can sit close to each other again in the second year and notes that she can pat/smack Yuno’s head from behind her; Yuno is happy to be near Miyako, but reacts poorly to being touched, limiting the yurilevels she can receive from Miyako’s actions so that she ends with 1 while Miyako gets 3. After this, Mami and Nakayama stop by their desk, and Nakayama says hello while Mami waves both of her hands, and this division of tasks between them suggests a group mentality conveying a strong connection between them, giving Mami and Nakayama a 3 overall.

Scene 12: 07:47 - 07:52
C: Nt
Natsume despairs. Her woe stems from not getting to be in the same class as Sae due to the structuring of Yamabuki classes, which would not automatically convey a yuri attachment to her, but her angst is strong enough to bump her up to 3.

Scene 13: 07:53 - 08:11
C: Yo
Yoshinoya continues to be lewd. There is still nothing specifically yuri in her actions, keeping her at 0.

Scene 14: 08:11 - 08:27
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako discuss their elective choices. Yuno rests her head on Miyako’s desk to cope with the stress of decision making, slightly suggesting she views Miyako as a source of comfort but since it’s only her desk she only gets a 1. Miyako, who ignores Yuno’s plight to make the conversation about herself, gets a 0.

Scene 15: 08:29 - 08:58
C: Yu, Mi, No, Na
Nori and Nazuna talk about their first impressions of Yamabuki High School. Yuno and Miyako run home from school laughing cheerily on the way, a shared joy that could suggest a close, warm friendship that would moderately increase both’s readings. Nori and Nazuna greet them by saying “welcome home” (おかえりなさい, “okaeri nasai”), to which Yuno and Miyako respond “I’m home” (ただいま, “tadaima”), an association between Hidamari Apartments and home that elicits a comparison between their neighbors and a family and as such conveys a sense of belonging that greatly increases everyone’s readings. Nori says that orientation was surprising and smiles, referring to Yoshinoya’s lewd actions and seemingly approving of them, similarly to Miyako; Nazuna, in contrast, uncomfortably whimpers at the thought, showing her discomfort with female sexuality and diminishing her readings. Yuno defends Yoshinoya’s actions by saying that Yoshinoya cares about her students, and her defense of Yoshinoya raises Yuno to 3, while Miyako and Nori also get 3 and Nazuna only gets 2.

Scene 16: 08:58 - 10:26
C: Yu, Mi, No, Na, La
The Landlady visits to check the state of the apartments. Yuno tries but fails to introduce the Landlady to Nori and Nazuna, an attempt to invoke her role as sempai (elder in school or work) that implies a sense of benevolent authority or guidance over them, giving her a slight increase. The Landlady asks Nori and Nazuna about how their tenancy at Hidamari Apartments is going, including a teasing question about if they’re afraid of their sempai, and they respond to these questions in unison, even occasionally looking at the other and smiling, a clear show of a close and strong connection; their response to the question about their sempai is a quick denial that makes Yuno blush, helping all three from their show of warmness toward each other. Nori and Nazuna end with 4 each, Yuno with 2, the Landlady with 1, and Miyako with 0.

Scene 17: 10:26 - 10:58
C: Yu, Mi, No, Na
Nori asks about clubs at Yamabuki. She asks Yuno and Miyako if either is in a club, which neither one is, and Yuno responds by asking both Nori and Nazuna if they plan to join a club, which both are noncommittal about. Yuno gets a 1 for showing some not especially deep interest in their affairs, while Nori is too self-focused and the others too passive to get above a 0.

Scene 18: 11:00 - 11:12
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako part. Nothing noteworthy in this short connecting scene, so both get 0.

Scene 19: 11:12 - 12:25
C: Yu, Sa, Hi
Yuno asks Sae and Hiro about making her elective choices. Asking for their help at all shows she views Sae and Hiro as respectable sources of advice, an admiration that gives her an initial boost and Sae and Hiro minor increases for agreeing to help her. Yuno apologizes to Sae for bothering her while she was working; however, Hiro was already present, suggesting her presence in Sae’s room is normal or expected, conveying a closeness between her and Sae that increases both’s readings. Yuno then asks Sae if she chose planes but looks at Hiro***, and Hiro is the one to confirm it rather than Sae, saying Sae made up her mind quickly, showing a detailed knowledge of Sae’s affairs. Hiro adds that she also chose planes, but explains that it was for reasons not related to Sae also picking planes (namely that she wasn’t good with solids or information), so her selection doesn’t affect her. Throughout the scene, Hiro acts to comfort Yuno, reassuring her that she’s only choosing extra lessons and asking what she wants to choose, an effort to nurture her development that comes off somewhat motherly, increasing her readings so that she and Yuno end with 3 each, and Sae with 2.

Scene 20: 12:25 - 12:34
C: Yu
Yuno walks back to her room. She wonders if Miyako has already decided, showing a wonder at her competency that’s not yuri enough to warrant more than a 1.

Scene 21: 12:34 - 12:56
C: Yu
Yuno worries about how to choose electives. Again she tries to figure out how Miyako is deciding in the hopes it will help her decide, which here conveys something closer to trust or reliance in Miyako, giving her a 2.

Scene 22: 12:56 - 13:04
C: Hi
Hiro worries about the sound from Yuno’s room. Her concern is what Yuno is doing rather than whether it’s hurting her, though monitoring her actions does still suggest a desire for her well-being that gives her a 1.

Scene 23: 13:05 - 13:59
C: Yu
Yuno finds a postcard from her mother. Her sentimental attachment to the postcard is likely an attachment to her family as a whole (the text of the letter mentions that her mother, father, and cat Nyanta all support her), so since there isn’t a postcard from her father to compare to Yuno can’t receive yurilevels here, ending with 0.

Scene 24: 13:59 - 14:21
C: Yu, Mi
Miyako visits Yuno. She enters by shouting “let’s hang out” (遊ぼ, “asobo*”), expressing a spontaneous desire to spend time with Yuno that moderately increases her yurilevels. She also notices that Yuno has remodeled her room, though the differences are substantial enough that it can’t be said to convey yuri in her attention to detail. Yuno laughs giddily from the recognition and tells Miyako she chose planes, so while the incoherent giggling may be a side-effect of her happiness from having reached a decision her eagerness to inform Miyako is still somewhat yuri since it suggests a desire to share her happiness with Miyako. Miyako also leaps into Yuno’s bed, a show of comfort around Yuno’s possessions that additionally raises her readings. She tells Yuno she randomly chose solids, to which Yuno responds with an astonished “wow,” but since astonishment does not equal admiration Yuno is not aided by it. Miyako ends with an overall 3 while Yuno gets 1.

Scene 25: 14:26 - 14:34
C: Yu
Yuno wakes up on the wrong side of the bed**. A slapstick gag with no yuri to discuss.

Scene 26: 14:34 - 14:41
C: Hi
Hiro sleeps further. Here the sound she makes as she sleeps is a contented sigh, but this is not yuri on its own, so she stays at 0.

Scene 27: 14:41 - 14:47
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako walk to school. Miyako seems somewhat concerned about Yuno’s visible injuries, giving her a slight increase to end at 1, but Yuno’s vague response holds her at 0.

Scene 28: 14:53 - 15:10
C: Yu
Yuno selects electives in class. She is proud of her self-reliance in being able to decide, but is also thankful to Sae and Hiro for being helpful, a gratitude that raises her to a 1 for the scene.

Scene 29: 15:19 - 16:57
C: Yu, Sa
Yuno and Sae meet at the bookstore. Sae is the first to notice her, but this is partly because Yuno is preoccupied putting books back and since it can’t be determined whether Yuno would notice Sae if she was not busy, Sae does not get an increase here. Yuno remembers that Sae has a story published that day, an attention to Sae’s accomplishments that earns minor readings which are accentuated by her asking a bookstore employee to find a copy, giving her a 2 overall. Sae, meanwhile, ends at 0.

Scene 30: 17:00 - 17:09
C: Nt
Natsume excitedly rides the train home. She cheerily peeks at her bagged issue of “Kirara Monthly” (shown previously to be the magazine Sae’s stories are published in) and tells herself she has to wait until she gets home before reading it. Her excitement is almost certainly from getting to read Sae’s piece, but it could also be an enjoyment of good literature (Sae is implied to be at least somewhat talented), so yurilevels in this scene come from her desire to support Sae, which gives her a 3.

Scene 31: 17:09 - 19:58
C: Yu, Sa
Yuno and Sae drink together. Sae is the one to offer getting drinks, and throughout the scene generally tries to seem respectable and mature to Yuno, ordering her coffee black, pretending she visits high-end cafes regularly, and telling Yuno not to force herself to drink her espresso. This display is later revealed to be mostly false, and wanting Yuno to look up to her gives her a significant increase. Yuno falls for it, telling Sae outright that she’s mature, a compliment that makes Sae delighted. Sae’s facade falters when she begins to talk about her dilemmas concerning choosing post-high school education, an openness that shows she has a high intimacy with Yuno, giving her further readings. Upon hearing her troubles, Yuno tells her not to worry and tries to advise her, a show of support that raises Yuno to 2 for the scene, while Sae’s desire to appear favorable to Yuno is strong enough to give her a 4.

Scene 32: 19:59 - 20:13
C: Yu, Sa
Yuno and Sae return to Hidamari and see a mysterious figure. Yuno thanks Sae for the drinks and Sae reciprocates, though this could easily be a polite response to being treated to drinks, so neither gets readings here for it. The woman departing school makes Yuno intrigued, and Sae appears similarly curious in her attempt to rationalize it, giving them each a 1 for their desire to know more about her.

Scene 33: 20:15 - 20:46
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno talks about her date with Sae. She sees parallels between her and Sae to an extent, and notes in the absence of one of Yuno’s negative aspects a positive one of Sae, an admiration for her that helps her readings. Miyako says that Sae’s ability to know what she wants is to be expected of her as a sempai, which is more respect than admiration and does not give her as great a bump as it does Yuno. Later, Miyako’s statements about her carefree approach to life cause Yuno to sparkle and tell Miyako she’s amazing, again displaying admiration and giving her a 3 overall while Miyako only gets 1.

Scene 34: 20:47 - 21:37
C: Sa, Hi
Sae confesses her vulnerabilities. She admits that she lied to Yuno in order to seem mature, specifically saying she tried to act like a “big sister” (お姉さん, “oneesan”), again evoking a familial closeness with Yuno. Her lament that she ended up seeming pathetic is immediately and strongly denied by Hiro, who tells her it isn’t pathetic to be worried about her future decisions, and Hiro’s insistence that Sae isn’t pathetic could be partly out of a desire not to see Sae as pathetic, suggesting a very positive view of Sae in her mind. She then goes to make coffee, already knowing that Sae wants two lumps of sugar and cream, even calling it the usual, showing she and Sae drink coffee together regularly. While she’s up, Sae notices that Hiro has purchased the issue of “Kirara Monthly” that Sae’s story appears in, which is followed by a shot of Hiro surrounded by a white haze. This is implied to be Sae’s perspective, so it’s Sae that is seeing Hiro in a bright, almost heavenly view, conveying strong gratitude and affection toward Hiro for purchasing the magazine. Sae also blushes and is forced to cover her face with a book, an embarrassment that can safely be considered yuri in nature. Both end with 4.

Scene 35: 21:43 - 22:08
C: Yu
Yuno cleans a strange taste out of her mouth. Again she wonders if she’s becoming grown up, but this is not implied to be a yuri-related issue, so she ends at 0.

Final Yurilevel Readings: (both Aokis and Umes are out of 4):
Episode: 1.5322A

  1. Hiro: 3.161U
  2. Natsume: 3.000U
    Mami and Nakayama: 3.000U
  3. Nazuna: 2.670U
  4. Sae: 2.200U
  5. Nori: 2.114U
  6. Yuno: 1.435U
  7. Miyako: 1.041U
  8. Landlady: 1.000U
  9. Yoshinoya: 0.000U

Another very high yuri episode with more phenomenal individual character readings, which seems to be becoming the norm for this season. Despite taking up much less of the episode than the first half (about 400 seconds out of over 1100), Part B contributed more yurilevels, primarily from the fairly long and yuri Scene 31, which raised Sae and Yuno’s readings but not enough to place especially high in the rankings. Nearly every character in the top half (with the exception of Sae) appeared for less than 200 seconds, a low scene time that led to their high readings being significantly weighted; this is especially noticeable for Hiro, who ended with another reading above 3.0 Umes while having a scene time of only 149 seconds. Nori and Nazuna continue to post very strong readings, though I’m surprised Nazuna is consistently ranking higher than Nori given that, later, Nori tends to be the more flirtatious and teasing one. It’s likely her character hasn’t been fully developed yet and that once she and Nazuna are firmly established Nori will perform better, though the ease with which Nazuna can be nurtured and cared for could keep her on top for some time.

Further analysis will continue with Hidamari Sketch xHoshimittsu 04.

*: The kanji 遊 literally means “play” and is usually conjugated in the infinitive as 遊ぶ (“asobu”). The ending “-ぼ” (“-bo”) is the volitional form, which is used to express intention. In context “let’s hang out” is a valid translation, but given Miyako’s impish carefree nature the more literal “let’s play” would also be acceptable.
**: Jokes aside, seeing Yuno in pain is always a distressing experience.
***: The Japanese here is unclear and could be directed either at Sae or Hiro. Asking Hiro would still show that Hiro is interpreted to be on top of Sae’s affairs, which would give her equivalent readings to her answering for Sae, so it doesn’t have a significant effect on her yurilevels.

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

Friday, February 22, 2013

Hidamari Sketch xHoshimittsu 02

Hidamari Sketch xHoshimittsu 02 includes the six Hidamari residents, Yoshinoya, and the Oribe twins, owners of the Olive salon. Part A shows the welcome party thrown by Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Hiro for Nori and Nazuna, while Part B is a flashback to Yuno and Miyako going to a salon.

Scene 1: 00:40 - 01:31
C: Yo
Yoshinoya declares her love of love. This love is mostly reflexive and does not reflect on any females, her students or otherwise, and so she gets a 0.

Scene 2: 03:07 - 03:44
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno wakes up and talks with Miyako on their balconies. Generally characters on separate balconies are not considered as being in separate locations (otherwise a new scene would begin every time a character speaks), which is why this dialogue is only one scene. Their generally warm air and vague comments toward the welcoming party they’re planning for Nori and Nazuna give them each 2.

Scene 3: 03:51 - 03:59
C: Na
Nazuna sits alone in her room, staring at a pair of scissors. It was quickly established in the previous episode that Nazuna is prone to depression, and while she conveys no yuri here for it, in the future other characters may receive yurilevels if they try to cheer her up and/or prevent her suicide.

Scene 4: 04:03 - 04:56
C: No, Na
Nazuna shares a letter with Nori. Much of the scene revolves around Nazuna’s use of honorifics for the other Hidamaris. She refers to Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Hiro collectively as “sempai-tachi” (先輩ーたち), a polite designation which suggests that she has not become comfortable with them yet. She also calls Nori “Nori-san” (乃莉ーさん), employing a fairly standard and somewhat polite honorific, even after Nori tells her it’s fine to just call her “Nori,” a practice referred to as “yobisute” (呼び捨て) which denotes a very strong bond between two people and would almost never be employed when they barely know each other. Nazuna is too embarrassed to drop the honorific, though she does try, and she and Nori ultimately laugh this off. Her inability to open up to the others means Nazuna stays at 0, while Nori’s openness to her and willingness to become very close very quickly suggests an interest in a personal relationship with her that, regardless of whether or not is romantic, is yuri enough to earn her a 4.

Scene 5: 05:01 - 05:05
C: No, Na
Nori and Nazuna head to Yuno’s room. Nazuna seems wary about the others’ intentions, questioning why they would ask her to come to them rather than approach her, and her lack of trust in them holds her at 0. Nori’s brief “ne” (ね, “ne”) could be either agreement that the others are not to be trusted or an attempt to engender good will in Nazuna by showing solidarity, but the inability to be certain prevents her from getting yurilevels, keeping her at 0 as well.

Scene 6: 05:07 -10:01
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi, No, Na
The Hidamaris hold a welcoming party for Nori and Nazuna. Nori and Nazuna walk in to see Sae bringing a ladle down hard onto Miyako’s head; Sae tries to explain it as a necessary punishment for eating strawberries while Miyako doesn’t seem to mind, suggesting she has become desensitized to Sae’s abuse (which could really go either way as far as yuri is concerned, but definitely hurts Sae). Once everyone is settled in, Miyako asks Sae to give the same explanation of Hidamari Apartments she gave Yuno and Miyako the previous year, showing a fondness for her memories of their welcoming party that extends to a fondness for the other Hidamaris, helping Miyako slightly. Nazuna and Nori eat cake and compliment its taste, with Nori asking if the other Hidamaris made it (this is likely saying it’s good since she’s smiling, and not a derision of it as amateurish). Hiro says everyone helped, though Yuno and Miyako apologize to her for the trouble, suggesting Hiro took most of the initiative in making it, giving her readings both for making the cake for Nori and Nazuna and for trying to diffuse credit to the others. Nazuna asks if Yuno and Miyako got a welcome party, and Nori asks what it was like, helping both for their interest in Hidamari affairs; Yuno amusedly remembers that Miyako took Sae and Hiro’s invitation as a challenge, but Miyako, in being able to remember the exact wording of the letter, seems to harbor lingering ill will toward them. Sae and Hiro mention that they also had a welcoming party and smile at each other, similarly getting readings for their fond reminiscing of shared memories. Miyako then reveals her conversation die, a large box intended to foster introductory conversation. While the intention is to make Nori and Nazuna closer to the others more quickly, the execution is lacking (the first side asks the roller if they like hamburgers), limiting the yurilevels Miyako gets from this. Hiro gives the die to Nazuna but refers to her as “one of you” (一年生, “ichinensei” [meaning “freshmen”]), conveying that she does not yet care enough to differentiate the new Hidamaris by name and negatively affecting her readings; Nazuna at this time is staring in Nori’s direction and smiling but is alarmed by Hiro as if she was lost in thought, vaguely implying she was focused on Nori and getting a moderate increase for it. Nori encourages her to throw the die when Nazuna hesitates, at which point Nazuna agrees to do so, so together with the previous item Nazuna is implied to value Nori at least somewhat highly. The side she gets is the jackpot, where Yuno and Miyako clap and give her cookies; since the cookies probably couldn’t have been planned for Nazuna since anyone could have rolled it, they don’t receive yurilevels for it. Yuno then gives the die to Nori, actually using her name instead of Hiro, and Nori is prompted to discuss her hobbies. Nori goes on at length about her computer-related activities, giving her yurilevels for opening up quickly to people who are still relative strangers. She also mentions being broke, which Miyako smiles at, suggesting hope for a kinship based on poverty. The last person to throw the die is Yuno, who prompts Nazuna to ask the others a question. Nazuna again dithers, but this time Miyako is the one to successfully encourage her to continue and here receives yurilevels for it comparable to Nori’s earlier. Nazuna bashfully asks if school is fun, and Yuno and Miyako each assure her it is, citing Yoshinoya as an example: Miyako cheerily says Yoshinoya is busty and likes to strip while putting her arm around Yuno’s shoulder, overall giving Miyako a very lewd air but nonetheless increasing her readings for both physical contact with Yuno and her enjoyment of Yoshinoya’s body. Nori and Nazuna, however, are terrified to hear of this, possibly hurting their readings from their revulsion at the promise of nude women. Hiro wraps up the party by reminding Nori and Nazuna that they should go to bed early for their entrance ceremony the next day, and they respond with a yes in unison like children responding to their mother, giving all three a slight increase for being part of the Hidamari family. Before leaving, Nazuna asks Yuno if she can ask another question and, after Yuno doesn’t respond, asks if living alone is lonely, to which Yuno replies that it isn’t, likely because she is with the other Hidamaris. This response helps her since it shows her happiness at being with the others, though not necessarily romantically. Final readings* give Miyako and Nazuna 4, Yuno and Nori 3, Hiro 2, and Sae 1.

Scene 7: 10:11 - 10:31
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Hiro react to Nori and Nazuna. Yuno is contentedly smiling in the direction of the door, showing her warm reception of Nori and Nazuna. She expresses a concern that they didn’t get to talk much with each other, though Sae assures her they’ll have lots of time to do so; both seem to suggest a desire to know Nori and Nazuna better. Miyako’s second round with the die, using a side labeled “things we can talk about now” (今だから言えること, “ima dakara ieru koto”), is unclear in its intent, but the others don’t join in so it’s never explained and as such is too vague to help or hurt Miyako. Yuno ends with 2, Sae with 1, the others with 0.

Scene 8: 10:35 - 11:07
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Hiro wake up after sleeping with each other. Nori and Nazuna left soon after 9:00 PM the previous night, but Sae mentions that they went to bad late so it’s likely Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Hiro were talking for at least a few hours, giving everyone minor yurilevels to start off with. They’re also all shown to be have been sleeping in the area around Yuno’s bed: Yuno and Miyako share the bed proper, while Sae and Hiro were together on the floor, with both pairs sharing one blanket. Further analyzing this image, Yuno is near the edge of her bed, possibly to give Miyako space, while Hiro is positioned so that it’s likely she was curled up close to Sae (it’s difficult to be certain since Sae has already repositioned herself to be sitting upright and leaning against Yuno’s leg), and nobody has changed their clothes from the previous night so there is no implication they changed into pajamas together. The sleeping arrangements again correspond with the pairings used most frequently in the show, and Yuno gets additional readings for letting Miyako into her bed rather than everybody sleeping on the floor, as does Hiro for her implied desire to be physically close with Sae. They each end with 4, Sae with 3 (the extra increase is from her additional contact with Yuno), and Miyako with 2.

Scene 9: 11:08 - 12:39
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi, No, Na
Nori shares important news with Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Hiro. She still refers to them as “sempai,” so any bonding in the previous scene seems not to have fully stuck, hurting Nori for her reluctance to warm to the others. Hiro, still mostly asleep, stumbles toward Nori and takes hold of her sides as she mumbles about going to the entrance ceremony, seeming somewhat maternal; the implication that Hiro naturally reverts to acting motherly in a state of low consciousness suggests her role in the Hidamari family unit is strongly ingrained in her and gives her a large increase. Nori is shocked and displeased by this, reinforcing that she’s still not fully comfortable around Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Hiro (her comfort around Nazuna is another story that will be discussed later this scene). Sae, meanwhile, grabs onto Hiro and begins rhythmically pulling to loosen Hiro’s grip before lightly smacking her cheek to wake her up, suggesting she has experience with dealing with a drowsy Hiro or is most suited to deal with her, and either way getting a significant increase. Once Hiro is under control, Nori brings Nazuna into the scene, who is embarrassed at all the attention to her; in general, Nazuna’s constant discomfort seems to be intrinsic to her character rather than a response to the other Hidamaris, so it won’t negatively impact her. Nazuna then explains why she is in General Education, delivering a sad story about her parents abandoning her and her general failure as a person; notably, she only starts to cry when she mentions her mother leaving her, not showing a similar reaction to talking about her father leaving. While Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Hiro respond with surprise at how her parents acted, ignoring Nazuna’s open weeping, Nori actually tries to comfort her by telling her there must be plenty of things she’s good at. Nazuna’s reaction is a breathless “Nori-chan...” that vaguely sounds romantic, an impression strengthened by the rows of hearts behind Nazuna’s face that appear after Nori’s initial smack to calm her down and the breaking of another heart when Nori admits that she doesn’t know what Nazuna actually would be good at. Here, Nori seems much closer to Nazuna than she does to the others, and Nazuna seems to be suggesting a reciprocal openness for Nori, which seems to hint that a third relationship dynamic, similar to the ones that exist between Yuno and Miyako as well as Sae and Hiro, is forming between them, and giving them each increases for this closeness. Nazuna ends with 4, while Hiro and Nori get 3, Sae gets 2, and Yuno and Miyako end with 0 for not significantly contributing to the scene.

Scene 10: 12:42 - 13:44
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Hiro talk about Nazuna. Miyako notes that nobody thought to ask whether Nazuna was in General Education or not, reinforcing the general disinterest in her shown in the previous scene and similarly hurting their readings. In responding to her life story, Hiro wonders if Nazuna will be alright on her own (showing some concern for her well-being), Sae feels sorry for her (pity doesn’t necessarily imply the desire to help her, so she doesn’t get an increase here), and Miyako is confident she’ll get used to living on her own (a trust in Nazuna’s self-reliance that gives her a slight increase). Hiro also says that she thinks Nazuna’s hair is cute and wants to know where it’s done, conveying her admiration for Nazuna’s physical appearance; Hiro is in some ways treating Nazuna as a child by complimenting her hair and wondering if she’ll be okay on her own, suggesting she is already inducting Nazuna into the Hidamari family unit and giving her a moderate bump. When Yuno speculates that Nazuna’s hair is done at the Olive salon near the train station, Miyako says hearing the name brings back memories. Yuno then asks Miyako when it was they went, so she assumes that Miyako is speaking of her memories of when she and Yuno went last summer and not that Miyako could be talking about another time she went to Olive, showing her assumption that Miyako remembers everything they do together (a possible projection?). Considering Miyako’s lackadaisical personality and the length of her hair, this is a reasonable assumption and Yuno only gets a slight increase for it. Yuno and Miyako end with 1, Hiro with 2, and Sae with 0.

Scene 11: 13:59 - 14:12
C: Yu
Yuno brushes her hair. It’s unknown what compels her to brush her hair, but there is no evidence to suggest she wants to improve her appearance for a particular person so this cannot be assumed. Her alarm at hearing Miyako scream can be concern for something threatening Miyako, which would suggest a yuri desire for her safety, or concern about a larger threat that could impact her own safety, which would be mostly reflexive and not convey yuri, so she’s limited here to a 1.

Scene 12: 14:16 - 14:58
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno checks on Miyako. She worriedly asks her if anything is wrong and is then terrified when she sees Miyako’s hair on fire. This concern, as stated when Yuno expresses her relief that Miyako wasn’t burned, is explicitly a fear for Miyako’s safety, though Yuno is limited in the increase she gets for it since this fear could be friendly or yuri in nature. Yuno also suggests that they go to a salon since she’s wanted to go to one for a while, though Miyako is too passive in her response to get yurilevels for it. She ends with 0, and Yuno with 2.

Scene 13: 14:59 - 15:44
C: Yu, Mi, Hi
Yuno and Miyako ask Hiro for a salon recommendation. Hiro suggests the Olive salon, naming it because she and Sae always go there (presumably together). She looks for a customer card to lend them, only to become lost in scores of other point cards in her wallet, which Miyako compares to her being a “housewife” (主婦, “shufu”); the implication of her being Sae’s wife is tangential at best, coming primarily from her reference to Sae earlier in the scene, but is present enough to give Hiro a 2, while Miyako also gets a 2 for making the connection and Yuno gets a 1 for her shows of gratitude toward Hiro throughout.

Scene 14: 15:46 - 15:56
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako arrive at the salon. The quick nod they share before entering shows that they consider the new experience of an upscale hairdresser something to be shared in with each other, a gesture of friendship that gives them each 1.

Scene 15: 15:56 - 19:28
C: Yu, Mi, Oribe Twins
Yuno and Miyako have their haircuts. For the purposes of this episode, the hairdressers are treated as separate characters, with the first to be shown designated Oribe Twin 1 (the one with longer hair on her right side) and the second designated Oribe Twin 2 (the one with longer hair on her left side). However, the twins appear to switch at least once in the scene, so either they switched who they were working on or it’s a production mistake; either way, since this makes them virtually indistinguishable, they have to be treated as one character. Yuno is initially afraid by their appearance and nearly leaves the premises, a discomfort around women that hurts her readings. She then apologizes by complimenting elements of the salon, including its name, but whether this is meant to compliment the owners or to be a polite customer is uncertain. When Yuno and Miyako each tell their hairdresser what they want for their cut (Yuno to be more mature, Miyako to be a classical beauty), each expresses uncertainty that it will be possible, a disapproval of how they look that will keep their readings down. Yuno and Miyako each try to encourage their hairdresser, but again this could be indicative of a customer-employee relationship instead of anything yuri. Yuno notes that Miyako is very ticklish without giving any reason for why she knows this, and the implication that Yuno has at some point tickled Miyako gives her a significant increase for the suggestion of physical intimacy. After Miyako’s haircut is finished, the point of view switches from a neutral third-person view to Yuno’s impression of what’s happening, and Miyako is seen with sparkling, flowing hair that Yuno expresses her approval of, again helping Yuno; Miyako’s reaction is fairly coy and partly hidden by a convenient curtain, but she seems to accept Yuno’s praise. She leaves, but says she will wait for Yuno, which is sufficiently inconveniencing to be somewhat yuri. Miyako ends with 2, Yuno with 3, and the Oribe twins with 0.

Scene 16: 19:28 - 20:00
C: Yu, One Oribe Twin
Yuno asks for the salon window blinds to be shut. The hairdresser shuts the blind, but similarly to the previous scene she’s likely doing this because Yuno’s a customer rather than out of any desire to see Yuno comfortable, so both end with 0.

Scene 17: 20:00 - 20:07
C: Yu, Mi
Miyako stares at Yuno. Her leer is primarily out of confusion, but considering Yuno was seemingly nearly blinded in the previous scene she may also be checking to see if Yuno can still see, suggesting a possible concern for her health. Yuno, for her part, sees Miyako emerge from a totally white background reminiscent of an angel appearing before her, though she also sees Miyako as a red figure against black reminiscent of an image of Hell. The rainbow behind them in the last part of the scene suggests that in both cases, the more yuri explanation is accurate, so each get 2.

Scene 18: 20:08 - 20:13
C: Yu, Mi, Oribe Twins
Yuno and Miyako leave the salon. There is no indication of anything more than politeness between any of them, so everyone ends with 0.

Scene 19: 20:13 - 20:23
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako walk home. They don’t interact with each other and as such neither of them has the opportunity to gain yurilevels. Both end with 0.

Scene 20: 20:25 - 21:26
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Sae and Hiro respond to Yuno and Miyako’s haircuts. Hiro is effusive in her praise for Miyako’s hair, lavishing her with compliments and hailing her straight perm, with Miyako being receptive of these remarks and returning them by saying she’s sure people are jealous of Hiro’s curly hair. Both get moderate to high yurilevels for their back-and-forth complimenting. Miyako offers to cut Sae’s hair when Sae worries it’s getting too long, but Sae quickly rejects her, doing the same to Yuno when she offers as well. Hiro ends with 3, Miyako with 2, and Yuno and Sae with 0.

Scene 21: 21:32 - 21:39
C: Mi
Miyako removes her shirt. While the scene is quite lewd, with a gratuitous focus on Miyako’s nude torso, this lewdness is not directed toward any particular subject, and as such Miyako gets a 0.

Scene 22: 21:42 - 22:07
C: Yu
Yuno takes a bath. This scene is again very lewd, even more so since Yuno additionally asks if she’s becoming more mature while sliding a hand between her legs, but again this is not directed toward anything and similarly Yuno receives a 0.

Final Yurilevel Readings: (both Aokis and Umes are out of 4):
Episode: 1.6713A

  1. Nazuna: 3.424U
  2. Nori: 3.092U
  3. Hiro: 2.289U
  4. Miyako: 2.181U
  5. Yuno: 1.994U
  6. Sae: 1.056U
  7. Oribe Twins: 0.000U
    Yoshinoya: 0.000U

Only two episodes into Hoshimittsu and we have the fifth-highest yuri episode of the entire investigation, with newcomers Nori and Nazuna each registering above 3.0 Umes, making this the second episode to achieve such a feat for regular characters (Hidamari Sketch OVA 02 was the first, with Sae and Hiro recorded as having 3.270 and 3.209 respectively). Indeed, except for Sae’s 4.0 in Hidamari Sketch 08, Nazuna has the highest reading of a Hidamari resident yet recorded in the investigation. Readings for this episode were very much affected by Scenes 6 and 15, which combined totaled half of the episode’s scene time, and though Scene 15 wasn’t especially gay, Scene 6 skewed readings upward by heavily focusing on the Hidamari’s attempts to welcome Nori and Nazuna. Their yurilevels for this episode were impacted by primarily only appearing in that scene and a few others, so the high readings they got from it (and from their other major scene, Scene 12) is the primary factor for why they scored so highly. Similarly, Sae’s low reading in Scene 6 held her at the bottom of the character ranking, while Yuno barely missed scoring above 2.0, once again cursed by high scene time. While a very high yuri episode, it also included significant lewd aspects, but as stated the high readings are not primarily a reflection of this and the two appear to be merely correlative.

Further analysis will continue with Hidamari Sketch xHoshimittsu 03.

*: This was included as a footnote since it’s not directly related to the scene, but the write-up for Scene 6 is easily one of the longest, if not the longest, scene analyses recorded in the investigation thus far, and it’s not even especially memorably gay. Again, part of this is because of it’s sheer length of nearly five minutes, but in general write-ups have been getting longer, and I believe this is because there genuinely is more to talk about. This isn’t an ironclad scientific observation, but the growing number of things to note in analyzing the episodes does suggest yuri content is increasing, at least qualitatively.