Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hidamari Sketch xHoshimittsu 09

Hidamari Sketch xHoshimittsu 09 includes the six Hidamari residents, Yoshinoya, Natsume, former Hidamari residents Misato and Riri*, and Yuno’s classmates. Part A follows a typical day for the Hidamari residents of two years ago, and Part B centers on Yuno and Miyako having art class in the park.

Scene 01: 00:04 - 01:16
C: Misato, Riri
Misato and Riri discuss their plans for after high school. Both give off the impression of a close friendship, with much teasing and joking between them, though Misato seems more emotionally involved in Riri than the other way around. Each also draws the other as she talks about her plans, with Riri drawing Misato as a backpacker in a midriff-baring tank-top shirt and Misato drawing Riri with an elegant, shoulderless dress, and both get moderate readings for showing the other partly exposed. Misato also draws Riri with two children but no husband; Riri asks why there isn’t a husband in the picture and tells Misato she never said she didn’t want a husband, a latent heterosexuality that significantly detriments her. At the end of the scene, Misato draws herself and Riri in swimsuits holding hands, a combined desire for mutual partial nudity and lewdness that raises her to 4, while Riri is held at 0.

Scene 02: 02:58 - 03:07
C: Sa
Sae writes at her desk. A short scene with no evident yuri.

Scene 03: 03:08 - 03:29
C: Hi
Hiro’s awakening is aborted before it can come to completion. Her first thought upon waking is that she has to make breakfast for Sae, though she is unable to overcome her tiredness to do this. The sense of responsibility for Sae that she shows and her lack of sufficient motivation cancel out to leave her at 2.

Scene 04: 03:45 - 03:53
C: Riri
Riri makes tea. There is no indication who she is making it for, if she is making it for anybody else, so she stays at 0 for this scene.

Scene 05: 03:54 - 04:10
C: Riri
Riri finds a trail of sesame seeds outside. Her soft chuckle at Misato’s prank shows a warmness toward her antics that raises her to 1.

Scene 06: 04:11 - 04:21
C: Sa
Sae finds a trail of sesame seeds outside. Her response is one of confusion and consequently doesn’t increase her readings.

Scene 07: 04:23 - 05:19
C: Sa, Hi, Misato, Riri
Sae, Hiro, Misato, and Riri head to school. Riri uses the familiar “-chan” (ーちゃん) honorific for Sae and Hiro, getting a minor increase for this intimacy with them. She also asks Misato about the sesame seeds she left outside and warmly chastises her to clean them up later, an affection for Misato that raises her to 2 overall. Sae and Hiro are generally friendly toward each other and toward Misato and Riri, getting 1 each, while Misato also gets 1 for her openness with Riri.

Scene 08: 05:20 - 05:57
C: Sa, Hi, Yo
Yoshinoya starts class. She invites the class to use herself as a motif, which Sae and Hiro smile uncomfortably at. Since their smiles aren’t condoning her efforts to be physically desirable, and since Yoshinoya is trying to appeal to men as well as women, everyone ends with 0.

Scene 09: 05:59 - 06:09
C: Yo
Yoshinoya is reprimanded by the principal. Nothing yuri worth mentioning here.

Scene 10: 06:11 - 06:50
C: Sa, Hi, Yo
Yoshinoya talks to Sae about her tiredness. She mentions that Sae has been nodding off in class with greater frequency recently and advises her not to strain herself, an attention and care for her that lifts her to 2. Hiro also shows some measure of concern for Sae at the beginning of the scene, but it’s minimal and only gives her a 1. Sae, who doesn’t respond especially strongly to either, stays at 0.

Scene 11: 06:56 - 07:45
C: Sa, Hi
Sae and Hiro eat lunch. Sae is primarily out of touch in this scene, being very tired, which shifts the main focus onto Hiro and her efforts to comfort Sae. She first asks if Sae had any sleep the previous night, then compliments her success upon hearing Sae received an award for her writing and finally compliments how she creates atmosphere in her writing. Though Sae falls asleep at the end of the scene, she is very slightly smiling at having been praised by Hiro. Hiro gets 3 for her efforts, while Sae gets 2 for the happiness being complimented by Hiro creates in her.

Scene 12: 07:45 - 08:05
C: Hi, Nt
Natsume walks by Sae and Hiro’s table. Unlike in other, chronologically later appearances, Natsume is stable and happy in Sae’s presence, suggesting any emotions that create her conflicting responses to Sae have not yet formed or are not yet as strong, which is somewhat detrimental to her yurilevels. She asks why Sae is sleeping, which Hiro refuses to answers, instead replying by telling her to be quiet for Sae’s sake, increasing her readings for her concern for Sae’s rest. Natsume immediately apologizes and complies, walking away but looking back at Sae over her shoulder as she goes. This additional attempt to look at Sae raises Natsume to 3, while Hiro gets 2.

Scene 13: 08:08 - 08:24
C: Sa
Sae sits at her work table. She is not in a position to convey yuri here, being alone at her desk, and stays at 0.

Scene 14: 08:26 - 09:12
C: Hi, Misato
Misato visits Hiro. She jokingly asks for soy sauce before seriously asking for white-out. The levity with which she treats her reliance on Hiro suggests a comfort with her dependence, raising her to 1, but Hiro’s initial confusion does not convey a reciprocal comfort and she thus gets a 0.

Scene 15: 09:12 - 09:40
C: Misato, Riri
Misato talks with Riri outside. Upon seeing Riri, Misato realizes that she forgot that they were going to study English later; her offer to study at a later time does not overcome the detrimental effects of her broken promise and she ends with 0. Riri, however, is not fazed by Misato’s irresponsibility, softly chuckling that “it can’t be helped” (しょうがないだから, “shou ga nai dakara”); her warm acceptance of Misato earns her a 2.

Scene 16: 09:46 - 09:52
C: Hi
Hiro asks for Sae. She is holding stew with intent to eat with Sae, a desire for mutual activity that gives her a 1 since it’s not particularly yuri.

Scene 17: 09:52 - 11:48
C: Sa, Hi
Sae and Hiro eat stew in Sae’s room. Sae apologizes for making Hiro serve dinner for both of them, thought Hiro tells her she doesn’t mind and that she prefers eating together, raising Sae’s readings for her discomfort at overworking Hiro and Hiro’s for her admission of enjoying Sae’s company. Hiro tells Sae that she works too hard, using as an example Yamabuki field day, when Sae got mumps but insisted on going and was apparently stopped somehow by Hiro, helping Hiro for her concern for Sae. She also suggests moving next door to Sae (she lives in Room 203 at this point) so that she can better keep track of Sae, which Sae tries to laugh off, saying she relies on Hiro too much already, again helping her for not wanting to burden Hiro. Hiro insists it’s fine since they’re friends, which makes Sae blush; both get a moderate increase from this exchange. Overall, Hiro ends with 3, Sae with 2.

Scene 18: 11:48 - 14:12
C: Sa, Hi, Misato
Misato joins Sae and Hiro. She has come because she wants stew and not as much because she wants to spend time with Sae and Hiro, though she mentions enjoying having younger people around so it’s likely some factor in her decision to eat with them. After complimenting Hiro’s cooking, she leans toward Sae and teasingly suggests that Hiro would be a good wife for her, invoking other images from the show of Hiro and Sae having a wife-husband dynamic and giving everyone at least a moderate increase for their role in being part of or recognizing this dynamic. Hiro shifts the focus to Misato and Riri, saying Riri talked to her about the awards Misato received at the school concours, which Misato tries to downplay. Misato says Riri frequently gets cross with her for having to take care of her, suggesting Riri somewhat resents her caretaker relationship with Misato, which comes as a surprise to Hiro, who says Riri seems mature and collected and that she looks up to Riri. Misato calls this Riri’s “pose” (ポズ, “pozu”) and jokes that Riri looks like a guy when she does her pose; the association of Riri with masculinity is not paired with an association of Misato with femininity, like how associations of Sae with masculinity are usually paired with associations of Hiro with femininity, so Misato does not get as significant an increase, though she still receives a slight one since such gender dysphoria is somewhat gay. Misato ends with 4, Sae and Hiro with 3.

Scene 19: 14:12 - 14:31
C: Sa, Hi, Misato, Riri
Riri stops by Sae’s room. Her purpose in coming is to collect Misato for English study, so her desire to do friendly activities together with Misato raises her to 1, while Misato’s shared enthusiasm for spending time with Riri also raises her to 1. Sae and Hiro stay at 0.

Scene 20: 14:31 - 14:45
C: Sa, Hi, Misato, Riri
Misato and Riri leave Sae’s apartment. As thanks for the stew, Misato invites Sae and Hiro to hear apartment for curry at an unspecified date, a gratitude that raises Misato to 2. Everyone then bids each other good night, a friendly gesture which raises everyone else to 1.

Scene 21: 14:51 - 15:33
C: Hi
Hiro bathes. She wonders whether Sae is awake writing or if she will rest. The scene then cuts to an image of Sae in the bath relaxing, before returning to Hiro, who immediately follows it by saying that she can’t stop thinking about Sae and needs to also worry about herself. This suggests that Sae may not have been bathing at that time and that Hiro is imagining Sae doing so because she wants Sae to relax, a speculation strengthened by Sae’s depiction through the episode as someone working too hard to take care of herself. Her additional plan to make Sae French toast in the morning raises Hiro to a 4 for her heavy attention to Sae.

Scene 22: 15:43 - 15:48
C: Yo
Yoshinoya dances. There is no suggestion of yuri in her mannerisms here.

Scene 23: 15:50 - 16:08
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, No, Na
Yuno, Miyako, Sae, Nori, and Nazuna do radio exercises. Nori and Nazuna count in English together, with Nazuna following Nori’s lead; they get slight increases for this spontaneous mutual whimsy, ending at 1 while everyone else stays at 0.

Scene 24: 16:15 - 17:15
C: Yo
Yoshinoya starts class. The first half of the scene appears to be Yoshinoya treating having class in the park as being on a date with the other (male) art teacher, fixing her at 0.

Scene 25: 17:17 - 18:30
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako spend time in the park. Yuno accidentally makes a pun, which Miyako notes but does not pass judgment on, getting a slight increase for not taking the opportunity to denigrate Yuno for it. Miyako later plays in a playground while Yuno happily watches, but her skirt begins to ride up after spreading her legs too far, causing Yuno to scream in terror and blush strongly; Miyako doesn’t get an increase since she was unintentionally exposing herself, while Yuno is hurt by her fear of seeing Miyako exposed. Miyako ends with 1, Yuno with 0.

Scene 26: 18:32 - 20:02
C: Yu, Mi, Yuno’s classmates
Yuno and Miyako throw stones. Upon hearing about the Weeping Woman (a large rock that supposedly improves artistic ability if struck), Yuno becomes distressed and tells her classmates not to be mean, showing a general empathy for women that helps her significantly. Miyako suggests they throw rocks together, getting a slight increase for wanting to share an activity with Yuno, and is helped further when later she pets Yuno’s head to comfort her after Yuno has poor aim. Both end with 2, while the classmates end with 0 since they act primarily as exposition and do nothing yuri.

Scene 27: 20:02 - 20:25
C: Yu, Mi, Yo, Yuno’s classmates
Yoshinoya joins her students. Nobody is impressed by Yoshinoya’s superb trick shot, keeping everyone at 0.

Scene 28: 20:28 - 21:06
C: Yu, Mi, Yo
Yuno and Miyako return to class to draw. Miyako asks why Yuno’s hand is quivering, but also notes the irony in how her injury (which prevents her from drawing) was caused by her attempts to cast stones at the Weeping Woman, a levity that cancels out any readings from concern she may have had. Yoshinoya continues to dress lewdly in front of her male students, so everyone ends with 0.

Scene 29: 21:09 - 22:08
C: Yu, Mi, No, Na
Yuno, Miyako, Nori, and Nazuna discuss Yuno’s hurt arm.
Nori offers to lend her a hot water bottle, getting a slight increase for her desire to help Yuno recover, though Yuno doesn’t get a similar increase since she turns Nori down. Nazuna suddenly takes Yuno’s hand in both of hers, nominally asking for her permission as she does so, and squeezes a pressure point in her palm; Nazuna’s suddenness in doing so shows a great comfort in such acts with Yuno that conveys a close physical intimacy, raising both of their readings. She is concerned that she hurt Yuno, but Yuno instead thanks her since it helps reduce the pain in her arm, so Nazuna squeezes her hand more, further increasing both of their yurilevels. Once they finish, Nori and Miyako ask to have their hands squeezed as well, a desire for similar physical intimacy that raises each of them to 2 while Yuno and Nazuna get 3.

Final Yurilevel Readings: (both Aokis and Umes are out of 4)
Episode: 1.5880A

  1. Natsume: 3.000U
  2. Misato: 2.672U
  3. Nazuna: 2.532U
  4. Hiro: 2.121U
  5. Nori: 1.766U
  6. Sae: 1.578U
  7. Miyako: 1.232U
  8. Yuno: 1.186U
  9. Riri: 1.058U
  10. Yoshinoya: 0.367U
  11. Yuno’s classmates: 0.000U

This episode again had strong readings throughout, due likely in great part to the producer’s desire to rapidly create a sense of closeness among the former Hidamaris featured in most of the episode. The way Sae, Hiro, Misato, and Riri further shows a sharp difference between how character relationships are portrayed in this season and how Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Hiro were portrayed in the previous two seasons. Yuno et al. were usually depicted as one collective whole, occasionally broken in two pairs, but here the old Hidamari unit is almost entirely shown as only the pairs of Sae and Hiro and of Misato and Riri, with only three scenes and a combined 89 seconds of scene time showing all of them at once. The first half of this episode had higher readings than the previous few episodes have had, likely because scenes between two characters allow for greater intimacy than group scenes, leading to more suggestions of yuri. This is also seen more generally in the rest of xHoshimittsu, a shift in the direction and focus of the show that is a primary reason behind the increased yurilevels thus far. Misato had very high yurilevels, owing primarily to her 4s for her closeness to Riri and teasing of Hiro, while Hiro had high readings for her nurturing of Sae. Sae’s tiredness kept her yurilevels down, and Riri’s reduced focus and hints of heterosexuality in Scene 01 gave her a relatively low reading as well. Yuno, Miyako, Nori, and Nazuna only appeared briefly in the last third of the episode, so their readings were less balanced than they would in an episode that included them more throughout. Yuno and Miyako end roughly equal, with Miyako slightly higher, but Nori and Nazuna get significantly higher readings than them since they had strong readings in the second of their two scenes. The episode as a whole is on par with results from the first half of the season, and doesn’t seem to have any particular anomalies.

Further analysis will continue with Hidamari Sketch xHoshimittsu 10.

*: Riri’s name seems to be a Japanese transliteration of the Western name “Lily,” and her name in katakana is “リリ,” which could be transliterated either way. However, in online reference materials she is referred to nearly universally as “Riri” rather than “Lily” (the one notable exception being Wikipedia’s main page on Hidamari Sketch) and as such “Riri” is used here.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hidamari Sketch xHoshimittsu 08

Hidamari Sketch xHoshimittsu 08 includes the six Hidamari residents, Yoshinoya, Kuwahara, Mami, Nakayama, and a Yamabuki cafeteria lady. Part A follows Yuno and Miyako attempting to purchase crab-fried rice at the school Chinese fair, and Part B centers on Yuno’s difficulties in the school concours.

Scene 01: 00:09 - 00:43

C: No
Nori eats lunch. She is sitting with other girls, but does not interact with them enough for her relationships with them to seem yuri in any significant way, keeping her at 0.

Scene 02: 00:43 - 01:14
C: Yo, Ku
The principal speaks to the other teachers. Similarly to the previous scene, neither Yoshinoya nor Kuwahara shows any yuri in their actions (Kuwahara doesn’t even speak), and both get 0s.

Scene 03: 02:46 - 03:18
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, No, Na
Yuno, Miyako, Sae, Nori, and Nazuna do radio exercises. On the whole, there isn’t much yuri in this scene; at one point, Nori replies to a question by Nazuna expressly not meant for her (as denoted by Nazuna’s use of a collective “sempai” [先輩], referring to Yuno, Miyako, and Sae), and the implications of both wanting to help answer Nazuna’s question and preventing the others from contributing cancel out so that everyone ends with 0.

Scene 04: 03:20 - 03:52
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi, No, Na
Hiro joins the others on the backyard lawn. Still mostly asleep, she accuses the others of eating without her, implying an inherent distrust or feeling of being left out. Sae manages to control her by putting an arm around her waist (though when the scene shows them both, she’s only holding Hiro’s arm), assuaging her fears, and leading her back to the room. Her ease in handling the situation and quickness to close physical contact shows an ease with Hiro that raises Sae to 3; Hiro’s willingness to blindly obey Sae reverses her initial loss enough to bring her to 1. Nazuna also gets a 1 at the end for wondering if Hiro will be okay, displaying concern for her, and the others stay at 0.

Scene 05: 03:58 - 05:30
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi, No, Na
The Hidamaris have breakfast in Hiro’s room. Nazuna is particularly responsive to Nori’s description of the menu at the school’s Chinese fair, saying she can tell how good it is by hearing Nori talk about it, a praise of her that raises her to 1. Miyako asks Sae if she has had the Chinese fair food, but Hiro answers, saying that they both did; answering for Sae groups them both into one unit, an action with precedent in the series, and together with how she is talking about an action they both participated in together, they are both raised to 2. Nazuna additionally gets 2, and the others get 0s.

Scene 06: 05:32 - 06:01
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako walk to school. The bulk of the scene is them discussing various types of crabs, so neither gets especially strong readings, though Yuno is bumped up to 1 since being with Miyako appears to make her especially cheery here.

Scene 07: 06:04 - 08:04
C: Yu, Mi, Yo
Yuno and Miyako draw sea lifes. Miyako is especially interested in and supportive of Yuno’s art, asking what she’ll draw and giving complimentary facts about starfish, and Yuno is in turn emotionally affected by her starfish facts; both get minor readings for this friendly interest in each other. At the end, Yuno, who was not able to finish, tells Miyako to go to the cafeteria for crab-fried rice without her, but Miyako grabs her shoulder and insists that she’ll never leave Yuno behind, suggesting they go get rice after school, a display of loyalty and of prioritizing Yuno over food that raises Miyako to 3 while Yuno gets a side reading of 2 for her acceptance of these actions. Yoshinoya gets a 0 for her lewdness at the beginning of the scene since the class is mixed-gender.

Scene 08: 08:05 - 08:37
C: Yu, Mi, Mami
Yuno finishes her drawing. Miyako brings her a margarine roll to compensate for not having lunch, getting moderate readings for her concern. Mami also brings her food for unknown reasons; she has not been shown to be aware that Yuno had to skip lunch or that she otherwise needed food, so it’s unusual that she brought her what appears to be a roll in tinfoil (taking the appearance of a small rock). Her lack of responsibility or involvement in the situation raises Mami to 3 since she still brought Yuno food while Miyako only gets 2; Yuno, who thanks both somewhat half-heartedly, gets 1.

Scene 09: 08:38 - 08:45
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako run to the cafeteria. Both are smiling broadly and running daintily, though their happiness is likely more from anticipation for the rice than a result of being near each other. They each get 1 since it is still likely some factor.

Scene 10: 08:46 - 09:05
C: Yu, Mi, Cafeteria lady
Yuno and Miyako fail to obtain crab-fried rice. They lie prostrate on the floor in despair, reaching out to each other, a mutual association between each other and comfort from pain that raises them each to 2. The cafeteria lady gets a 0 for mostly acting as a source of exposition.

Scene 11: 09:05 - 09:51
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi
Yuno and Miyako join Sae and Hiro on their way home. Yuno blames herself for both her and Miyako missing out on the crab-fried rice, but Miyako assures her it’s not a problem; Yuno’s sense of responsibility and Miyako’s continued preference for Yuno’s happiness rather than food gives them each comparable increases. When they explain the situation to Sae and Hiro, Hiro suggests making the rice for them at Hidamari Apartments, though Yuno and Miyako are quick to insist she doesn’t have to. Though this is caused by their previous conversation on the difficulty of making crab-fried rice, Hiro evidently interprets this as them being worried about her weight, and Sae hastily tells her they aren’t. Yuno and Miyako each get 2 for their shows of empathy, Sae and Hiro get 1.

Scene 12: 09:54 - 11:47
C: Yu, Mi, Sa, Hi, No, Na
The Hidamaris eat imitation crab-fried rice. Yuno, Miyako, Nori, and Nazuna all vocally express satisfaction with the meal in some way. Nori additionally says it’s similar to the school rice she enthused about earlier in the episode, becoming ashamed by her use of an incorrect metaphor in doing so. Miyako repeatedly compliments Hiro’s cooking, which Hiro is more than happy to receive and responds to by giving Miyako a larger and larger helping; Miyako’s praises might be partly an attempt to evoke this and thus get more food, weakening the increase she receives here. Sae tries to incorporate Nazuna into the discussion by asking if she had the rice at school, an effort at inclusion that gives her a minor increase. Upon hearing that she did, Hiro becomes upset that she made Nazuna have crab-fried rice twice in one day, but Nazuna assures her that she wanted to have Hiro’s rice as well and that it made her happy to eat with everyone, assurances that significantly raise her readings. Hiro gleefully says she’ll make anything Nazuna wants, raising her to 3 overall, while Nazuna and Nori also get 3, and Yuno, Miyako, and Sae get 1.

Scene 13: 11:47 - 12:27
C: Yu
Yuno prepares for the next day. Her cork board has various images of the other Hidamaris both individually and in groups, giving her a 1 for her desire to keep memories of them.

Scene 14: 12:47 - 14:33
C: Yo
Yoshinoya prepares motifs for the school concours. Her interactions with the male teacher Mashiko preclude yuri situations, holding her at 0.

Scene 15: 14:38 - 16:43
C: Yu, Mi, Yo
The school concours is held. While drawing, Miyako notes that Yuno looks confused at one point and at another encourages her to keep going after Yuno is worried she hit her with a broken pencil lead; Miyako gets a moderate increase for her support of Yuno while Yuno gets a minor increase for her concern. Later, Yoshinoya walks behind Yuno and makes her anxious by silently staring at her. Though Yuno believes she is judging her art, Yoshinonya is musing on how Yuno has a good butt (こ尻でいいな, “koshiri de ii na,” translated by the subtitles as “tight little butt”). Yoshinoya gets a 4 for her fixation on one of Yuno’s erogenous areas, Miyako gets 1, and Yuno gets 0.

Scene 16: 16:45 - 16:56
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako head to lunch. Miyako acts strongly homosexual in this scene, holding Yuno’s shoulders with both hands and calling her plan for lunch “gorgeous,” and ends with 3. Yuno gets 2 for acceding to the shoulder contact.

Scene 17: 16:57 - 17:19
C: Yu, Cafeteria lady
Yuno attempts to order lunch. Neither suggests significant yuri, so both end with 0.

Scene 18: 17:21 - 18:24
C: Yu, Mi, Yo
The school concours pieces are evaluated. Miyako asks Yuno if something is wrong when there is something very visibly wrong, so her increase is slight but not very significant. After Miyako scores highly, Yuno quickly tells her she’s great, raising her to 1, while Miyako also gets 1. Yoshinoya does little interaction with women and thus stays at 0.

Scene 19: 18:24 - 18:32
C: Yu, Mi, Mami, Nakayama
Mami and Nakayama observe Yuno. Mami asks if Yuno is getting shorter, and Nakayama concurs that she looks smaller than usual, but neither one makes anything of this, getting 1s since they were still observing Yuno. Miyako gets a 2 for her visible concern at seeing Yuno upset, partly since it’s less clear than the previous scene and partly since it trumps the excitement Miyako had in the last scene from scoring well in the concours. Yuno, who has no face in this scene and does nothing but shrink into nothingness, stays at 0.

Scene 20: 18:34 - 18:41
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno and Miyako silently walk home. Yuno’s depression carries over the previous scene and is to be expected, but the commonly-cheery Miyako is notably expressionless. Since this is very like empathy for Yuno, it raises her to 2; Yuno, who is not in a state to respond, stays at 0.

Scene 21: 18:45 - 19:17
C: Yu, Mi, Sa
Yuno and Miyako listen to Sae yell on the phone. Sae is on the phone with her editor, shown in previous episodes to be a woman, so her fury toward a woman keeps her at 0. Yuno interprets one of Sae’s shouts as being directed at her and cowers accordingly, a fear of Sae that also gives her a 0. Miyako notes that Sae doesn’t yell very often, a familiarity with her moods that only raises her to 1 since it does not require a significant closeness to be aware of.

Scene 22: 19:17 - 19:55
C: Yu
Yuno feels sorry for herself. Her self-centered focus prevents her from doing anything yuri, and she gets another 0.

Scene 23: 20:00 - 21:08
C: Yu, Sa, Hi
Hiro consoles Yuno. She says that Yuno will get better with practice and does not need to worry about the concours, getting her a slight increase for her attempts to make Yuno feel better and getting Yuno a slight increase for her receptiveness to these comments. Sae’s screams in the next room prompt Yuno to worry, but Hiro stays calm, explaining that Sae is being constantly judged despite still being a young, improving artist, using the situation to make a point to Yuno about perseverance. Hiro’s profound understanding of Sae’s situation and empathy for Yuno raise her to 3, while Yuno gets 1 for receiving these. Sae, who is less a character and more an incoherent ball of rage, gets 0.

Scene 24: 21:11 - 21:31
C: Yu, Mi
Yuno stays up late to draw. Nothing in her actions suggests yuri, so she gets a 0. Miyako is shown to be lying awake in her room, but it’s unclear why and it’s not obviously connected to Yuno, so she also gets a 0.

Scene 25: 21:34 - 21:45
C: Mi
Miyako comes to wake Yuno up. Entering her room without Yuno’s knowledge already shows a shared trust that enables Miyako to do such things without concern of retribution. Her gentleness in stepping over to her bed and kneeling at her side show a great attention to not waking her up and thus to keeping Yuno comfortable. She also smiles warmly after wondering if Yuno stayed up late, a final show of fondness for her that leaves her with a 4 overall.

Scene 26: 21:50 - 22:08
C: Yu, Mi, Yo
Yuno struggles to stay awake in class. Miyako assures that she doesn’t have to force herself to stay awake, revealing that, presumably in the time after the previous scene, she drew fake eyes on Yuno’s eyelids to give the appearance of being attentive. The effort she took to do this, combined with the gentleness it must have done with for Yuno not to be immediately aware of such an endeavor, raises her to 3, while Yuno and Yoshinoya stay at 0.

Final Yurilevel Readings: (both Aokis and Umes are out of 4)
Episode: 0.9943A
  1. Mami: 2.600U
  2. Hiro: 1.971U
  3. Nazuna: 1.643U
  4. Miyako: 1.291U
  5. Sae: 1.236U
  6. Yoshinoya: 1.082U
  7. Nakayama: 1.000U
  8. Yuno: 0.778U
  9. Nori: 0.745U
  10. Kuwahara: 0.000U
    Cafeteria lady: 0.000U

This episode very prominently featured Yuno and Miyako, two rather low-yuri characters, depressing the whole episode to yurilevels that were low by this season’s standards. Hiro’s role as a caregiver gave her strong results, while Sae started strongly but was hurt by transcending matter to become pure fury in Part B. Nazuna continues to score more highly than Nori, while Miyako did well for the extra emphasis the episode gave her friendly actions toward Yuno. Overall these numbers are expected for an episode focusing more on friendly activities rather than more romantically-charged situations such as group events or outings.

Further analysis will continue with Hidamari Sketch xHoshimittsu 09.