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[[caption-width-right:300:Providing you with [[{{Kawaiiko}} diabetes-inducing levels]] of [[{{Kawaisa}} cuteness]], from left to right: [[GeniusDitz Miyako]]; [[TheIngenue Yuno]]; [[OnlySaneMan Nori]]; [[FragileFlower Nazuna]]; [[MostWritersAreWriters Sae]]; [[TeamChef Hiro]].]]

->Yamabuki High School's arts program attracts students from all around the country. The Hidamari Apartments is a small apartment block across from Yamabuki High School, infamous for housing weirdos from the arts program.\\
But they've all graduated! We're normal now!
-->--'''Customary introduction to the Hidamari Apartments at every year's welcoming party'''

''Hidamari Sketch'' is a SliceOfLife {{manga}} and {{anime}} series centering on a young girl named Yuno who is accepted into the Yamabuki High art school and moves into a small apartment building nearby. She makes friends with other girls living in the building, and cute things happen.

Animated in early 2007 by Creator/StudioShaft, based on a [[{{Yonkoma}} 4koma]] in ''Magazine/MangaTimeKirara Carat'' by Creator/UmeAoki, this series is best known for its slow pacing, focus on artistically inclined characters, and [[{{Kawaiiko}} diabetes-inducing levels]] of [[{{Kawaisa}} cuteness]]. A second season, ''[[OddlyNamedSequel Hidamari Sketch x 365]]'', aired about a year after the first, and a third, ''[[LuckyCharmsTitle Hidamari Sketch x]] ☆☆☆ ''("Hoshimittsu"), was aired in the Winter 2010 season. A fourth season, ''Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb'', began airing in October 2012. Each season (except ''Honeycomb'') has two extra OriginalVideoAnimation episodes, and there are two independent [=OVAs=] as well, ''Hidamari Sketch x SP'' (released in Fall 2011) and ''Hidamari Sketch Sae Hiro Sotsugyou-hen'' (released in Fall 2013).

The {{manga}} is licensed by Creator/YenPress under the title ''Sunshine Sketch'', and the {{anime}} is licensed by SentaiFilmworks under the original name in a subtitled-only release.

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!!''Hidamari Sketch'' contains examples of:

* AccidentalPun - Sae's embroidered poetry journal -- ''Shishuu'' is a homonym for both "poetry collection" and "embroidery".
* AdaptationExpansion - Both ''Hidamari Sketch'' and ''Manga/LuckyStar'' started serialization in early 2004 and were animated in early 2007. But the former is ''slow'' -- as in about fifteen strips on the same story arc ''per month'' -- while the latter goes much faster and story arcs are seldom longer than two strips. So why does ''Hidamari Sketch'' have ''42 episodes'' of {{anime}}, the longest of any modern moe-style {{yonkoma}} as of this writing? Because Creator/StudioShaft have inserted a large amount of content in the three {{anime}} seasons produced to date, most significantly:
** The introduction of Chika, Sae's 13-year-old sister, who was unnamed and only referred to in the {{manga}}.
** Initially played up the RomanticTwoGirlFriendship between Hiro and Sae, and gave more screentime to [[{{Tsundere}} Natsume]]. Later {{manga}} volumes [[ThrowItIn have begun to run with this]], expanding it even further.
** Episode 10 of ''Hoshimittsu'', in which Yuno flushes her keys and has to bunk with all other Hidamari tenants for several nights in a row, was significantly expanded from the {{manga}} version, in which only one night with Miyako is drawn out -- but the landlady still takes 5 days to find the keys, according to one title -- while the {{anime}} portrays Yuno's stay with every other tenant.
* AffairHair - The incident described in SproutingEars, below, occurred because Yuno's father found a strand of hair (the same colour as Sae's) in Yuno's room, which he construed to mean that Yuno had slept with Sae.
* AlienAbduction - Yuno gets [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cit_hidamari_sketch_-_Yuno_was_a_student_for_fourteen_years_-_When_she_was_young_she_watched_the_roof_and_she_said_to_dad_I_want_to_go_to_the_roof_daddy_-_Dad_said_No_You_will_be_ABDUCTED_BY_ALIENS.jpg abducted]] shortly after [[SittingOnTheRoof relaxing on the school roof]]... but it was AllJustADream.
* AlwaysInClassOne
* AnachronicOrder - Even though it's a simple SliceOfLife series, the first three seasons' episodes don't take place in chronological order. Luckily, each episode gives a calendar date in its title, and the manga and ''Honeycomb'' are somewhat in order.
** For the sake of those wondering, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/eplistafterhoshimittsu.png here is the list the first three seasons' episodes in chronological order]][[note]]The "a" or "b" after some episodes refer to episodes that were split in half, with each part taking place on different dates; "a" is the first part, "b" is the second[[/note]]. Note that ''365'' ended the day before season 1 began!
* ArtShift - Cleverly done in numerous scenes. In the love letter episode, Yuno has an ImagineSpot during an art history class, the imagined scene imitating the art styles of Fauvism and Cubism. A shift to watercolor style is used several times for particularly emotional scenes (Sae's moment of closeness with Chika after she passes her exams, Yuno's sadness when the stray cat they adopted runs away, etc). Numerous other brief art shifts are employed too, from cut-out silhouettes to black-and-white marker pen-style drawings.
* AscendedExtra - Chika, Sae's younger sister. She was only referred to in the manga and hadn't even been named, but her role was greatly expanded in the anime, especially in ''365''.
* BadassGrandpa / CoolOldGuy - Despite appearances, the Principal is shown to possess lightning speed and reflexes, ninja stealth, and the physical prowess needed to jump the school gate and ''adjacent street''.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits - The OP for the first season shows Yuno walking in on Sae on top of Hiro in a suggestive manner, but the part of the manga where it comes from (a NotWhatItLooksLike moment) isn't adapted until ''365''. (See also MythologyGag for the more minor details.)
** Actually, it's only a NotWhatItLooksLike scene until the next strip, wherein Sae's painting is of [[{{Yuri}} lilies]] and accompanied by a collective wideface.
* BarbieDollAnatomy - Yuno's dream in the second ''365'' special. Also, her bathwater becomes transparent when ''Hoshimittsu'' rolls around and brings this trope with it.
* BathtubBonding - Miyako and Yuno, albeit not quite voluntary on Yuno's part.
* BerserkButton - Hiro's weight and/or figure. Miyako pushes this button fairly often. Also, don't flip Yuno's eggs, or say Sae is in any way masculine (or flat).
* {{Bifauxnen}} - Somewhat averted; Sae reacts badly to people implying she's masculine.
* BilingualBonus - In the translated version, where it borders on GeniusBonus at points -- a few of the puns and sight gags of the manga would require at least some understanding of Japanese.
** In the AnimatedAdaptation, it's possible to catch a few of these [[EasterEgg if you listen well enough]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HjFn2wzy1U Example]].
* BlandNameProduct
** Among others, Yuno's [[PrinceOfTennis Echizen]] alarm clock (it was [[AvertedTrope "Citizen"]] in the first episodes, though), Hiro's "Pony" television.
** ''Hoshimittsu'' Episode 11 shows us that Nori's computer is powered by "Shaftsoft Wonders". BillGates is still name checked, though. Also in the same episode, the "[[{{Furby}} Furbo]]".
** Episode 9 of ''Honeycomb'' involves ''TabletopGame/GameOfLife''; renamed ''Experience of Life'' there.
** Nazuna went to [[{{Disneyland}} Destiny Land]] for ClassTrip. Nori was jealous.
** The Gates question becomes even more entertaining once you realize that Nori's computer looks almost identical to an XBox360.
** In the second episode of ''Sotsugyou-hen'', the Landlady was seen drinking Creator/{{Ume|aoki}}[[http://www.sapporobeer.jp/yebisu/index.html su]] beer.
** Nori order's pizza from Domiso's
* BlankWhiteEyes - Yuno does that all the time; while Hiro does that when the paranormal is involved.
* BoardingSchool - Strange variation. Yamabuki is certainly not one, but as discussed in the page quote, the main characters came from different places around the country so they need to rent apartments -- and Hidamari Apartments, our point of focus, is one of them.
* BreatheOnTheFan - Yuno and Miyako catch Sae talking into the fan, pretending to be an alien.
* BrickJoke: Nazuna attempts a drawing and the characters spend a few strips trying to guess who it is. It isn't until a few ''chapters'' later that it's revealed to be the landlady.
* CallBack - Honeycomb episode 9 is full of them, starting with three in Yuno's dream right at the very beginning.
* ChalkOutline - Played with. Miyako drew a chalk outline of Hiro at where she passed out, despite Sae's objection over taste. Sae ended up ''envying'' Miyako though, as Miyako drew the outline in the style of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amedeo_Modigliani Amedeo Modigliani]]...
* ChocolateOfRomance: In the anime adaptation, Sae received Valentine's Day chocolates from girls when she was in junior high.
* ChristmasEpisode
* ClassTrip - Quite commonly used as the art students goes out in the neighborhood to sketch sometimes.
** In ''Honeycomb'' (and manga volume 6), Hiro and Sae went to a more traditional Japanese school trip to Hokkaido.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} - Miyako is sometimes like this, while Yoshinoya practically lives there. Yuno drifts into this territory on occasion when exposed to [[CutenessProximity puppies and paintbrushes]], and Misato (the previous tenant of 101) was portrayed like this in Episode 9 of ''Hoshimittsu''.
* ColorCodedCharacters - And ''symbol'' coded as well: Yuno's X-shaped hairpins; Miyako's cat-paw mark on her stomach (which was an effect of a cat falling asleep on her while she was sunbathing); Sae's glasses; Hiro's tentacle-hair-accented hair buns; Nori's computer mouse (she's the only tenant that can use a computer -- Japan's heavy use of mobile services means few people actually bother to learn using [=PCs=]); and Nazuna's jiggly headbands.
** Also used in some fansubs, which color-code dialogue based on who's saying it. It helps more in this series than most, due to the [[ArtShift frequent moments of abstract animation]].
* ColorFailure - Sae and Hiro, when Yuno and Miyako first mentioned that Yoshinoya is their teacher. Nori and Nazuna also exhibit this, after hearing about Yoshinoya's childish antics for the first time.
* ComingOfAgeStory - The main premise of this story, if not particularly clear to some, is of Yuno's wanting to become mature. This is kind-of lampshaded whenever she's shown to be overjoyed by any suggestion that she's matured, even a little bit.
* ContinuityCavalcade - In episode 9 of ''Honeycomb'', the Hidamari residents try to remake the ''TabletopGame/GameOfLife'' to better suit them -- it's not as if art students will eventually become doctors -- which ends up replacing life events in the game with events from the story. Some of their discussion are also continuity nods. An incomplete list follows.
** Yuno and Hiro mention their experience painting Hidamari's sign and comment that it "seems like so long ago." This comment is particularly true for viewers and readers, as the content in question was published more than half a decade ago.
** After Nazuna explained why her miso soup has too much tofu (the tofu in her fridge is close to expiration), Miyako mentioned the "Tofu goes[[note]]i.e. spoils[[/note]] fast" gag. Nori and Nazuna's response were the same as what Miyako thought in Volume 1, thinking a running piece of tofu.
** "Entrance Ceremony and Welcoming Party" -- see quote at top.
** The incident involving the "Yamabuki-jizou," partly mentioned at the first example of SchoolgirlLesbians, below.
** "Crab Fried Rice" -- this was animated in ''Hoshimittsu''.
** The Masa-no-Yu.
** "Win the blessings of the Northern Seas" -- Miyako's winning of a newspaper crosswords in ''X365''.
** Sae's having SproutingEars -- see AffairHair, above.
** "Catepillar grows wings and becomes a moth" -- this was also animated in ''X365''.
** Chips of "Mild Tuna Flavour" -- that's the title of the episode in ''X365'' when Miyako took in a stray cat.
** "Win the Kirara Prize" -- how Sae got into professional writing.
** "Haircut at 'Olive'" -- see CreepyTwins, below.
** The episode starts with Yuno dreaming about playing in snow with Miyako, as she did very first episode of the anime -- but this time homophones don't trip Miyako up.
* ContinuityNod: In episode 10B of ''Honeycomb'', the girls held another hyoza party for Chika again... And like last time (in ''X365''), there were also ''candy-shaped'' gyoza.
* CornerOfWoe - The FourGirlEnsemble was having a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chankonabe chankonabe]] -- sumo wrestler's hot pot -- prepared mainly by the weight-conscious cook Hiro. And then Miyako and Sae (probably) incidentally uttered lines usually reserved for sumo wrestlers, which prompted Hiro herself to leave her apartment and sit in the CornerOfWoe in the backyard.
** Yuno almost walked off into a ''garbage pile of woe'' in one chapter upon discovering that someone she thought as more talented than her was forced to leave school while she was still there. The anime handled this scene somewhat differently, by only giving Yuno a spotlight.
* CouchGag - A relatively subtle one; in the opening of ''365'' Miyako is shown eating a different dish in each episode ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5S1fVgHvpM video]]). The scroll on the wall behind her also changes each time. The message Hiro writes on the paper plane sometimes changes from the normal "ayafu~ya roketto" too, though not in every episode.
** The beginning of ''Honeycomb'''s opening has 3 stills that always change with each episode.
* CramSchool - The series discussed the existence of a type of cram school for art-stream high school students that wanted to continue doing art in college, called ''research institutes''. In fact, Arisawa's rendezvous with Yuno was related to this; she skipped Institute class that night because of the pressure and stayed at school to paint, [[spoiler:and answered Yuno's cell phone when it was accidentally left behind]]. Institutes are, in fact, TruthInTelevision.
* CranialEruption - Especially when Miyako annoys Hiro.
* CreditsRunningSequence - The first season's opening has [[http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/8364/fuktlogikhidamarisketch.jpg the four girls]] running with images of art tools pass in the background for a portion of the opening, and season one's {{OAV}}s change up the order and add some [[DerangedAnimation weird stuff]] [[http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/444/spoonsubshidamarisketch.jpg like an Afro]].
* CreepyTwins - The hairdressers, to Yuno at least.
* CulturalCrossReference - Miyako likes to invoke strange English references, especially in the anime. Even in manga, she discussed the ''Literature/TheGiftOfTheMagi'' in the "Polaroidzilla" story -- to the puzzlement of her very Japanese co-tenants.
* CurtainClothing - In the FestivalEpisode, [[BigEater Miyako]] wanted a yukata so she could get free sweets but didn't have one, so she thought of using the curtains to make a "modern" one. She ended up borrowing one of Hiro's, though and HilarityEnsues.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow - With the exception of the Principal who is EyesAlwaysShut, all characters are like that: Yuno is brown, Miyako is yellow, Sae is blue, Hiro is pink, Yoshinoya is green, and the landlady is brown, Chika is light purple, Natsume is blue-green, Nori is blue gray and Nazuna is blond.
* DisturbedDoves - More of the ''disturbing'' kind, actually.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune - All three opening themes are performed by the voice actresses of [[Creator/KanaAsumi Yuno]], [[KaoriMizuhashi Miyako]], [[Creator/YukoGoto Hiro]] and [[Creator/RyokoShintani Sae]].
** Nori and Nazuna join in for the Honeycomb OP
* EarCleaning - When Hiro, Miyako, and Yuno walk in on Sae's room and find her asleep on the floor with a note on the progress of the story she's writing, Hiro kneels down and puts Sae's head on her lap. Yuno, charmed at [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Hiro and Sae]]'s intimacy, runs over and offers Hiro an ear pick, to Hiro's confusion.
* EarlyBirdCameo - The two new tenants of the Hidamari Apartments, Nori and Nazuna, were de-{{faceless masses}}-ized among other admission exam takers in the second ''365'' special episode.
* EasterEgg: Pause at [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/annonymous/vlc2010-02-0601-49-49-19.png this frame]] in the first episode of ''Hoshimittsu''. The numbers in the middle (4-8322-7549-6) are the [[http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/4832275496/ref=s9_simi_gw_p14_i1?pf_rd_m=AN1VRQENFRJN5&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=06B00G5Q0MQDP2XPS7Y8&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=463376756&pf_rd_i=489986 ISBN-10 number of the first Hidamari Sketch manga.]] Also, the ones at the bottom are pi to 13 digits.
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai - When others build snowmen, Miyako builds snow-moais.
* EngagingConversation - In one [[{{Yonkoma}} 4koma]] strip, Hiro offers to make some soup for Miyako, who is feeling nauseous from the [[IntoxicationEnsues alcohol she accidentally drank]]. Miyako and Sae respond with dual VisibleSilence followed by dual "Will you marry me?" The title of that {{yonkoma}} is "[[ShipTease Sae said it while sober]]".
* EveryEpisodeEnding - Yuno (or any character who's the center of the episode's story from the ''365'') [[FuroScene taking a bath]] while reflecting on that episode's events.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt - [[http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/8661/hidamari201006goodmood.png Everyone at the museum]] gives Hiro and Sae some space.
* {{Expy}} - Miyako is just a pointy hat away from being Marisa of VideoGame/{{Touhou}}. Their personalities are as similar as their appearance, to boot.
* EyeCatch - Something like it is used for scene transitions. Sometimes an episode may have a common theme (e.g. the second half of ''Hoshimittsu'' Episode 6: giving the girls glasses).
* FacelessMasses - Often color-coded by gender or labeled "BOY" and "GIRL".
* FanService - Fairly mild in the first two seasons, but more common in the after-season Specials. Ramped up a bit in ''Hoshimittsu'' and accompanying specials.
* FestivalEpisode
* FeverDreamEpisode - Yuno had one. Most of the episode is spent in dream, but there are still scenes in the "real world" from time to time. Oddly, some of Yuno's dreams turn out to be remarkably accurate to what happens at school that day. The episode also contains a [[Heartwarming/{{Anime}} very sweet scene, when Miyako decides to help out Yuno]].
* FirstNameBasis - Subverted; Miyako was just being a GenkiGirl when she asked Yuno to call her on a first-name basis, and settled on Yuno's nickname.
** That being said, all of the nonadult characters are referred to by their first names only (we don't even ''know'' what their last names are), meaning that this trope has been in effect for all the girls from the first time we see them.
* FiveMoreMinutes: ''Honeycomb'' starts with a scene like that, by Yuno. This also mirrors the start of manga volume 2.
* FoodPorn - Happens virtually OnceAnEpisode, courtesy of [[TeamChef Hiro]].
** The example of the first episode of ''Honeycomb'' was courtesy of an unnamed restaurant in Hakadote.
* FourGirlEnsemble
** New residents have upgraded that to a SixStudentClique.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Yuno is Phlegmatic, Miyako is Sanguine, Hiro is Choleric and Sae is Melancholic
* FuroScene - OnceAnEpisode the viewers get to see Yuno reflecting on the show's events in the bath. The main cast also once attended a public bath together, which is typically used for the purpose of comedy and not so much for FanService.
* GenericCuteness - Hiro worries a lot about her weight, but any differences in body frame she may have aren't really that noticeable. On the other end, Sae is supposed to be tall. Yuno is still adorable, though.
* GirlishPigtails - Nori sports them, even she may not fit into the general stereotype [[DeadpanSnarker so]] [[StraightMan well]]...
* {{Gonk}} - The Principal.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear - Yuno was deeply embarrassed when a locker room prank exposed her kitten-print underwear. To be fair, she doesn't wear those every day, but still...
* GratuitousEnglish - Miyako spells out "LOVE AND PIECE" in the snow and gets corrected later by Hiro; she also likes peppering her speech with English, even up to MotherGoose references. See also {{Motifs}}, below. The labels are usually right, except... "Hidamari Sckech"?
** When Miyako pranks Sae by putting stuffed animals in her futon to make it look like a stranger is in there, Sae, who thought the "stranger" must be a foreigner as the shoes were put next to the futon, asks, "Who are you?!" when she first sees it. HilarityEnsues.
** To prepare for a make-up exam, Miyako has Yuno name almost everything she sees in English. Yuno continues the habit long after she takes (and passes) the test. During lunch, Miyako asks Yuno to name items which don't have a direct English translation.
* GrowingUpSucks: After the girls start watching part of the new version of ''Lovely Chocolat'', their old favorite TV show, Sae notes that they're [[FanHater still watching it]] even though they're in high school. (and are therefore ''supposed'' to be out of the FleetingDemographic). Upon hearing this, Hiro's hair falls flat, and she laments about how growing up is no fun. This also becomes a plot point in the manga and later anime specials, due to a lack of ComicBookTime, [[spoiler:which means that Sae and Hiro eventually graduate and move out.]]
** Exemplified even more when the trope causes Hiro to fall into a HeroicBSOD when she laments how she'll be leaving everyone at Hidamari behind after graduating.
* HarshWordImpact - Done with speech bubbles in the manga and arrows (the graphical symbol, not the projectile shot from a bow) in the anime.
* ItJustBugsMe - (manga) Yuno starts ranting about various misnomers (like [[NonindicativeName "goldfish"]]) when drunk.
* HighSchoolRocks - A lot!
* HowWeGotHere - ''Sotsugyou-hen'' is structured like this. Yuno woke up early in the beginning of the two-episode special on the day of [[spoiler:Sae and Hiro's graduation ceremony]], then spent the rest of the first episode recalling Sae and Hiro's college entrance exams and decisions which spent most of the month previous. The [[spoiler:graduation ceremony proper]] is in the second episode.
* HugeSchoolgirl - The opening of the first anime season has the girls running together and Miyako is the tallest of the bunch, beating even the willowy Sae by a small margin. This is seldom addressed in any version, though, except in comparison with Yuno who is at the other extreme.
* HypocriticalHumour - often happens on Hiro, who likes to eat but has a serious case of WeightWoe.
** Once in the anime she mentioned she serves jellies used as meal substitutes with ''sweetened condensed milk''.
** In the first episode in ''Sotsugyou-hen'', she complained to her underclassmen about gaining 3kg during her college entrance exams as her underclassmen all made her tonkatsu for lunch. Then Sae enters with cake... [[SweetTooth No guess what happens]].
** Also in the first episode of ''Sotsugyou-hen'', the tenents serves two pizzas to celebrate for [[spoiler:Hiro getting into her first-choice college]]. Hiro said she doesn't have much appetite because she's still nervous... Then proceeded to [[PostStressOvereating stuff her face with two pieces of pizza]].
* ImageSong - All four seasons, though much more extensively in the second season. Even the Principal gets to sing. Beyond that, [[AuthorAvatar the bug that lives on their roof (Ume-sensei)]] has an album!
** For ''Honeycomb'''s, the main characters get paired off for duets. Chika gets in on the fun by having one with Sae. The last one is a group song with the tenants sans Hiro and Sae with quite a new musical nods to the openings.
* IndirectKiss - Natsume was certainly thrilled to receive Sae's leftover sandwich.
* IntertwinedFingers
* IntoxicationEnsues - Hiro wrongly bought alcoholic juice at Yuno and Miyako's welcoming party, and the two freshmen got drunk. While Miyako is still [[CloudCuckooLander herself]], the generally innocent Yuno started ranting about [[ItJustBugsMe It Just Bugs Me's]]... and Sae uttered an EngagingConversation even though she [[ShipTease was not drunk]]...
* InVinoVeritas - Yuno. [[CheerfulChild Cheerful Teen]] into straight-faced DeadpanSnarker (?) ranting ItJustBugsMe about various {{Nonindicative Name}}s when [[IntoxicationEnsues drunk]].
* {{Iyashikei}}
* KaraokeBox - Needs some special mentioning since the FourGirlEnsemble went there because Hiro found she can burn calories by singing. Also, Yoshinoya loves the place.
* {{Kotatsu}} - Just look at the trope's image.
* {{Large Ham}} - Miyako.
* LovableSexManiac - Yoshinoya, in the manga. She's able to suggest going nude at the drop of a hat, and comments that Yuno's small butt looks cute. Understandably, most such references did not make it to the anime.
** Some of the things that ''did'' make it into the anime involved one scene with Yoshinoya-sensei deciding to go HadakaApron style -- which usually involves a girl wearing an apron and nothing else (although she did wear a small bikini underneath it) -- after seeing another class in the middle of cooking.
** She also tries to [[DudeShesLikeInAComa kiss an unconscious Hiro]].
** And then there's the time when Hiro -- walking home from shopping -- encounters a smiling Yoshinoya in a heavy trenchcoat in the middle of summer. Just as Hiro finishes asking her what she's doing, Yoshinoya flings open her trenchcoat and appears to flash Hiro, causing her to drop her bag out of shock. (As revealed a moment later, Yoshinoya had been wearing a new swimsuit underneath, and ''that's'' what she had wanted to show off.)
* LoveLetterLunacy - Hiro did receive a love letter from an unnamed upperclassman [[spoiler: and she calmly rejected him]]. The ones who got nuts were, however, Sae, who [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship freaked out at the prospect of Hiro having a boyfriend]], and Yoshinoya, who ended up in hospital suffering from exposure after waiting on the roof all day to [[DatePeepers eavesdrop]].
* LoveTriangle - [[TriangRelations Type 4]], with Natsume at A, Sae at B and Hiro at C.
* MagicSkirt - Read the page quote over there.
* MeasuringDay - Volume 4 has an entire chapter on this. If even Yuno skipped breakfast for the day, it's not hard to guess what [[HollywoodPudgy Hiro]] did...
* {{Motifs}} - The show combines a variety of abstract visuals such as half-tone patterns, photographs, and labels to make the show seem like it's made out of a collage, which matches the characters' interests perfectly.
** Colored backgrounds patterned with simple two-dimensional shapes and especially a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pattern.jpg half-tone relief pattern]] are commonly used in place of realistic backgrounds or solid colors. They're used when the show is illustrating something abstractly. In addition, objects being talked about or used by a character are often abruptly shown on one of these backgrounds.
** Photographs of real objects are spliced in seamlessly with animated objects. For example, Yuno's alarm clock and teddy bear are both depicted using photographs.
** Objects or groups of objects are individually labeled in English. For example, a tea set is shown and each teacup is labeled "teacup".
** The colors of the mailboxes outside the apartment are almost never the same, sometimes changing in the same scene. In an episode where Yuno stays home sick, the mailboxes each [[http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/4097/temperaturewd3.jpg show the body temperature of their tenant]] with Yuno's mailbox being a different color from the others.
** Each character has a "symbol". Yuno's is her [[HairDecorations 'X' shaped hair clips]], Sae's is her [[BlindWithoutEm glasses]], Hiro's is her spikey {{odango hair}}, Miyako's is the cat-paw shaped tan line she got when she slept on the roof with a cat on her belly, Nori's is a computer mouse as the only PC-user among the tenents, and Nazuna is her [[HairDecorations hair band]]. The characters' actions are often illustrated abstractly by showing their symbols on a patterned background. For example, Yuno's symbol is shown wobbling forward to illustrate her walking over to her friends.
** There was one strip when Yuno entered a gift shop and found some of the animal toys fitting her co-tenents: for Hiro, a sheep; for Sae, a black cat, and for Miyako... a ''dancing flower''.
*** Chika does something similar in ''Hoshimittsu'' episode 7; designating Yuno a hamster, Miyako a cat, Hiro a swallow, and Sae a gecko.
* MoodWhiplash: The comedic focus makes the scenes where things get more serious, like Yuno wondering about a piece of art in the garbage or Hiro stressing out about [[GrowingUpSucks having to graduate someday]], stand out.
* MsFanservice - Yoshinoya-sensei's love for {{cosplay}} makes her fill this role on several occasions, in a rare mix with the PuniPlush style.
** There's also an incident in Volume 4 of the manga (and Episode 3 of Hoshimittsu) where she describes the electives for the Junior class where she describes the electives (2D, 3D and digital arts) while framing [[BareYourMidriff various]] [[{{Gainaxing}} body]] parts with her hands in a suggestive fashion and inviting the students to 'touch them once they'd made their selection'.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone - PlayedForLaughs when [[PerpetualPoverty Miyako]] discovers to her horror how much Polaroid film costs. She starts picking up all the photos she took while counting out their value [[BigEater in terms of meals.]]
* MysteriousPast - There are lots of rumors about Yoshinoya-sensei's past and the little information she gives just ''adds'' to the mystery.
** Miyako also has one of her own, as she occasionally drops comments about having to navigate using the stars along with an incident involving a lack of lifeboats and having to learn to swim quickly. She also drops hints about her family history, including singing in bars and inheriting her brothers' toys.
* MythologyGag - The anime openings (at least x365's) make reference to scenes in the manga that never make it into the anime, such as Yuno's [[{{Yonkoma}} 4koma]]-robot and camouflage Santa. They even put in some frames that had just gone to press. See also BaitAndSwitchCredits.
* NoHuggingNoKissing - None of the girls show any real interest in boys (or girls, for that matter). Hiro [[spoiler:passes on a rejection letter to the one boy who sends her a love letter]]. Sae was apparently a hit [[SchoolgirlLesbians with the ladies]] back in junior high, but [[UrbanLegendLoveLife doesn't seem to have ever actually been in a relationship]]. {{Ship Tease}}s aside, Sae and Hiro's relationship also stays purely platonic. Only Natsume seems to have anyone in mind, [[HopelessSuitor not that her target notices]].
* NonindicativeName - Yuno's aforementioned drunken rant was mainly about this.
* NoodleIncident - Miyako is riddled with bizarre mysteries. Evidently, she had to rely on the stars for guidance at some point, and arrived at Hidamari with all her belongings in a two wheeled cart.
** Misato's graduation project shut down the girls' bathroom for two weeks.
* NotWhatItLooksLike - The second season has Yuno walking in on Sae posed on all fours over Hiro and starts freaking out. Turns out the two were practicing for the school play, with Sae being the criminal. Oddly, this scene is depicted in the OP for the ''first'' season, making it BaitAndSwitchCredits at the time.
** Two examples of this appeared in the same chapter in manga volume 4, all related to [[LovableSexManiac Yoshinoya]]. At first, she invited Miyako to the art preparation room [[spoiler:to properly fix the tear in her uniform]], but she declared to the whole class [[spoiler:"I'll have you strip there, and you can leave the rest to me. I'll take care of it nice and quick. (heart)"]] And the next day, when Yoshinoya came again... [[spoiler:"Yuno, you... forgot something... (heart)" while holding up her missing uniform ribbon.]] Certainly the other students got the wrong idea. The anime fudged it a little, as Yuno is shown [[spoiler:wearing the ribbon]] in a few scenes between leaving the art prep room and the following day.
* {{Novelization}} - This series is made into a {{light novel}} -- mainly the manga's story made into words, that is.
* OcularGushers - Sae has a pretty pic one in the first episode of ''Sotsugyou-hen'', when [[spoiler:Hiro got into her first-choice college]].
* OdangoHair - Hiro. She was annoyed that she couldn't braid her hair into these when it's humid, and [[BigEater Miyako]] once saw Hiro's odango as cream puffs in one episode, when Hiro's class was making cream puffs in the home economics class.
* OddlyNamedSequel - ''Hidamari Sketch x 365'' and ''Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆'', the latter also qualifying as a LuckyCharmsTitle.
* OnceAnEpisode - Yuno waking up to shut off her alarm clock, the DisturbedDoves in front of the school, the girls eating together, and Yuno taking a bath at the end of the day, with a cut showing the dropping of a [[http://www.lushusa.com/Bath-Bombs/bath-bombs,en_US,sc.html bath bomb]] into the water. Hoshimittsu replaces Yuno waking up with some Yoshinoya antics and having the girls do morning exercises.
** Sometimes some of these scenes appeared in an ridiculous way. In the first episode of ''Honeycomb'', the ending FuroScene switched to the hot springs where the twelfth-graders were lodged. There's still a cut of a bath bomb being dropped into the bath water, despite the fact that nobody would ever drop a bath bomb in a hot spring...
* OneHeadTaller - Subverted. Miyako is much taller than [[OlderThanTheyLook Yuno]], and Miyako ''did'' tuck Yuno under her chin quite often, but those incidents were never romantic in nature.
* OnlyOneName - Rather, No Two Names. Everyone.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase - ''"We'll be waiting at the Hidamari Apartments, please come and watch!"'' (On occasion ''Yamibuki High School'' is used instead of ''Hidamari Apartments'', in accordance of next episode's content.)
* OriginsChapter - The last chapter of Volume 4 was used to explain why Natsume was such a {{Tsundere}} towards Sae. It is also one of the few chapters not drawn in {{yonkoma}} format.
* PaperThinDisguise - When preparing to [[SittingOnTheRoof sneak by the "No trespassing" sign on the stairs leading up to the school's roof]], Yuno dons the CoolShades she first used to counter her motion sickness.
* ParentsAsPeople - When [[FragileFlower Nazuna]]'s parents first appeared to help Nazuna moving in, the other Hidamari residents instantly like them, since they're friendly and apparently doting. However, a few comics later there comes the entire revelation about [[ParentalAbandonment why a girl needs to rent an apartment to study in her local school]], above. [[TrueCompanions Good thing the Hidamari residents are so close-knit.]]
** To a lesser extent, Yuno's parents. They can be a little oddball and embarassing, but did at least worry about their daughter's decision to live alone. Her dad is also the classic OverprotectiveDad, so they haven't completely abandoned their parental roles, even if they do like to recapture their youth by visiting amusement parks.
* PhotoMontage - Several episodes (including a special that actually featured the characters playing with a Polaroid camera) feature photo montages over spoken conversation.
* PlaceholderTitles - Creator/StudioShaft was again unable to meet the deadline for ''Hoshimitsu'''s OP, so for the first 2 episodes it was just a very simple one with a lot of [[LuckyCharmsTitle stars]]. The finished version first appeared at episode three. The ED remained similarly incomplete until episode four.
* ActingForTwo - Creator/MiyukiSawashiro plays both the {{Landlady}} and Yuno's classmate Mami.
* PuniPlush - The characters look very young for their supposed age, especially in the nude.
* QuirkyHousehold - As mentioned in the page quote, the Hidamari Apartments long has such a reputation.
* RightBehindMe - Whenever Miss Yoshinoya says or does something inappropriate, almost invariably the principal appears behind her and drags her away to reprimand her. This happens so often that she eventually becomes paranoid and whirls around to check behind her after she suggests going to a restaurant instead of a staff meeting. Cue the Principal's SneezeCut.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship - Sae and Hiro, very frequently the subject of ShipTease. Hiro talks about giving Sae chocolate for Valentine's Day and how Sae watched over her all night when she was sick; the OP even has the NotWhatItLooksLike moment with Yuno walking in on them (with the context not even being given until the second season). Sae spends an entire episode (the 2nd special) ''freaking out'' when Hiro gets a love letter in her shoe locker, complete with an excited Yuno and Miyako misunderstanding the letter as coming from ''Sae''. And then there's the second season's opening...
** Yuno and Miyako also have their moments, which usually are attributed to Miyako's extreme bubbliness and careless attitude toward nudity or physical closeness in general. Miyako also appears to be very open-minded about relationships (see SchoolgirlLesbians) and hops in the bathtub with Yuno the day they meet, since her own water supply doesn't work. One time [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yuno_pretty.jpg Miyako even tells Yuno that she thinks she is very pretty]]. Yuno in turn voices her wish to Miyako that they might one day have the same relationship as Sae and Hiro.
** Natsume wishes she had this with Sae. Poor girl should be [[{{Tsundere}} more honest with herself]].
** Nori and Nazuna have their moments as well -- Nori is very protective of Nazuna, in any case.
* RuleThirtyFour - Carries the dubious reputation of [[http://kotaku.com/5053428/see-erotic-japanese-iphone-games having the first iPhone eroge based on]].
* SameClothesDifferentYear - Yuno's parents showed a photo of her from kindergarten and she has the same crisscrossed Bobby pins in her hair.
* SchoolFestival - Being in an arts class meant the ''Bunkasai'' is really ''cultural''. Students have to put on display their art pieces and {{School Play}}s. This school festival arc was about Yuno's quest for a topic for the aforementioned art piece.
* SchoolNurse - Kawahara-sensei.
* SchoolPlay - Yuno is the stage technician for one in the SchoolFestival, and Miyako, realistically, the ''horse''. In that same episode, Yuno walks in on Hiro and Sae practicing for a play, ending up in the above-mentioned NotWhatItLooksLike moment.
* SchoolgirlLesbians - Subverted when Yuno runs into two flustered girls in the bamboo bushes behind the school, who tell Yuno not to tell anyone as they run off; Yuno calls out to them asking if they're going out, which they quickly and strongly deny (most likely just visiting a statuette there). Miyako also at one point thinks that Yuno has a crush on a female sempai and encourages her to "follow her true feelings". And back in Sae's junior high days...
--->'''Chika''': [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer She even got valentine chocolate from other girls in class.]]\\
'''Miyako/Yuno''': ''{{I knew it}}!''\\
'''Sae''': What do you mean you knew it?\\
'''Miyako''': Sae-san, is that where you got that wealth of love stories to tell?\\
'''Sae''': No way. Chika, don't tell such useless things.\\
'''Hiro''': It's nothing shameful to hide. Sae is also cool from the eyes of a girl.\\
'''Miyako''': Whoa! What a bold statement!!
** Natsume is painfully {{tsundere}} for Sae (see below) but can't catch a break, being the losing corner of a LoveTriangle. Played up to the hilt in episode 12 of x365 when Sae joins Natsume for lunch, with the latter first getting combative before quieting down. We even get a few MaleGaze shots in that episode; when Natsume watches Sae enter the cafeteria (focusing on her hips), watching her eat (focusing on her lips), and again as Sae walks away... The flowers, the spring out of her hair, and the {{luminescent blush}} seem to put it straight into SchoolgirlLesbians territory. The very last episode has her praying at a shrine to become more honest with her feelings. And [[spoiler:guess who wrote that passionate fan letter that Sae got]]?
*** She does get a few moments of happiness later on, including the x365 OVA [[spoiler: where she gets to ride a bike with Sae to help return something one of the soon-to-be-tenants has dropped, after being ordered to 'get on' and to 'hold on tight'.]]
*** And this all began [[spoiler: thanks to Sae just being nice to Natsume when the latter was scared and upset at being at a new school]] by giving a few kind words and a smile. [[spoiler: The latter was having a very, ''very'' bad day up to that point.]]
* SchoolgirlSeries
* SchoolSwimsuit - Yoshinoya wears one during the aquatics meet in ''Honeycomb'' Episode 4, continuing with her {{cosplay}} tradition.
* SelectiveObliviousness - How much more evident does Sae's crush on Hiro have to be, to become recognized?
** The same counts for Natsume's respective crush on Sae. In episode 10 of ''x 365'' is nearly gets spelled out for Sae, for crying out loud!
*** See ShipperOnDeck below. [[SchoolgirlLesbians A crush]] indeed.
* {{Sex As Rite-Of-Passage}} - (cough) When Yuno says something that sounds mature to Yoshinoya, Yoshinoya worries that Yuno has "become mature" before her, complete with a rather suggestive imagination bubble of Yuno.
** And in a similar vein in the first Hoshimittsu TV special, Yoshinoya is horrified when Miyako, sporting a [[MistakenForPregnant noticeably bloated stomach]], tells her she "beat her to it" ("it" in this case being a newly-opened family restaurant, where BigEater Miyako rather over-indulged).
* ShipperOnDeck - In one episode of Hoshimittsu, two of Natsume's classmates downright encouraged her to get over her [[{{Tsundere}} contrary responses]] to spend some time with Sae, getting her to walk Sae home (across the street).
* {{Shiritori}} - in an episode the group played this while sitting around watching Miyako's apartment leak.
** In the manga chapter where they go to Destiny Land, they use it to pass the time waiting in line.
* [[ShoutOutAnimeAndManga Shout Out]]
** Episode one shows a crossword puzzle on screen [[UnreadablyFastText for a few seconds.]] If you [[http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/4714/hidamariep1crosswordpuztq3.jpg solve it]], the answers are the names of a bunch of other popular anime.
---->1. ''[[SuzumiyaHaruhi Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu]]''
---->2. ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru''
---->3. ''DaCapo''
---->4. ''{{Utawarerumono}}''
---->5. ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''
---->6. ''{{Miyuki}}''
---->7. ''Popotan''
---->8. ''{{Kino no Tabi}}''
---->Final Answer: Hidamari
*** And Miyako won that puzzle.
** x365's opening starts with a "bouncing girls" sequence very similar to the one in Manga/AzumangaDaioh.
** In episode one, you can see that Yuno has [[http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/1089/shoutoutuf7.jpg six volumes]] of ''Hidamari Sketch'' manga.
** And then there are of course all those {{cosplay}} outfits as worn by Yoshinoya-sensei. Her statement that she is "forever 17" is also a reference to seiyuu Creator/KikukoInoue.
*** Miyu Matsuki (Yoshinoya's VA) is on the same radio show as Inoue, Creator/RieTanaka, and other members of the "Forever 17 club." So it could be a self-reference, rather than a reference to Inoue specifically.
** ''[[ShowWithinAShow Fasionable Detective Lovely Chocolat]]'', starring [[PaniPoniDash Behoimi]] and [[SayonaraZetsubouSensei Nozomu Itoshiki]].
** In episode 9 of the first season, [[PaniPoniDash Mesousa]] is seen walking past a window while the girls talk, and [[PaniPoniDash Roboko's head]] is seen in a pile of trash.
** When Hiro lamented that new year's rice cakes made her fat, the title of the strip was ''[[MobileSuitGundam White]] [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Devil]]''.
** In one episode Yuno's hairclip (normally an X) also takes on the shape of [[PlayStation an O, a triangle and a square]].
** In episode 6a of x365, starting at around 6:40, you can see a doll sitting on a pillow in Hiro's room. Over the next 2 minutes or so it changes into chibi versions of various characters, including Yoko and Nia from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
** All of the show's soundtracks have cover art that references a Music/TheBeatles album. The first season's is "Abbey Road", ''x365'' was "Help!" and ''Hoshimittsu'' is "A Hard Day's Night".
** Many of the over head shots in the anime are done in ThreeQuartersView. Some shots of the apartment layouts go even further with hidden rooms containing graphic tiles and icons straight out of ''DragonQuest''.
** An episode of SayonaraZetsubouSensei is playing in the background during the season one special.
** The first half of Hoshimittsu EP 8 is titled "Yuno Crab", a reference to how story segments are titled in the ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' series, also animated by Studio Shaft.
* ShowWithinAShow - ''Fashionable Detective Lovely Chocolat''
* SingleStrokeBattle - The principal defeating Yoshinoya during the athletic festival.
* SittingOnTheRoof - Miyako does it on the Hidamari Apartments' roof, usually with stray cats. Yuno, on the other hand, does this on the roof of Yamabuki High School, but for a different reason...
* [[SliceOfLife Sketch of Life]]
* SmashingWatermelons - There is no BeachEpisode (only a pool episode) in this series. However, Yuno finds an inflatable watermelon-like beachball in the shed and plays around with it in this manner, "just to get the feeling."
** The Nintendo DS game has a watermelon smashing minigame, where you are blindfolded (the screen blanked out) and have to listen to the other girls' directions to successfully hit it.
* SmokingIsCool - Outside of the landlady, [[BadassLongcoat Sae's character]] in the SchoolPlay is [[http://www.onemanga.com/Hidamari_Sketch/27/04/ implied to fit]] too.
* SpoilerOpening - Mostly averted in ''Hoshimittsu'''s first episode due to the PlaceholderTitles, we only get a short clip of Nori and Nazuna.
* SproutingEars - As a one-time thing, Sae sprouts cat ears and tail purely out of surprise/confusion when Yuno's dad angrily points at her and shouts "[[YouExclamation It's YOU]]!" as she walks in. (He mistook her as Yuno's boyfriend based on [[AffairHair a stray hair]] he found in Yuno's room -- after first asking whether it belonged to a cat.)
* {{Squick}} - An InUniverse use: Hiro has this reaction when she's rummaging under the sink for something to eat. She manages to grab a very old, very moldy orange.
* StrongFamilyResemblance - Played with. When Miyako first saw Yuno's parents, the first thing she thought was their lack of [[HairDecorations hair clips]].
* SuperDeformed - At the drop of a hat. Its kind of superdeformation was even coined ''wideface''.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial
-->'''Yuno''': Ah, a [[BlandNameProduct Furbo]]! Does it still talk?
-->'''Nori''': It- it's not like I keep it because I think it's cute or anything!
* {{Tanabata}} - The episode of x365 described in [[Heartwarming/{{Anime}} Crowning Moment of Heartwarming]] takes place on Tanabata; after Sae and Hiro make up, the girls spend the afternoon and evening decorating a bamboo the landlady planted in the garden, and hanging their wishes on it.
* ThemeTuneCameo - The second season anime ends with the first season OP.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl - ''two'' pairs. Miyako as the extroverted and boyish type and Yuno being much more introverted and soft-spoken one; Sae's "masculinity" was often lampshaded by Miyako while Hiro is overtly declared by the author as "wife material."
** Let's see if Nori and Nazuna became the third...
* TooLongDidntDub - One particular example are the two strips on page 90 of Yen Press' Volume 3, quoted verbatim below:
** Strip 1, from frame 3 on:
--->'''Miyako''': Maybe it's "chijou no motsure." (Lover's fights)
--->'''Yuno''': Chijou (on the floor)?
--->'''[[LoveableSexManiac Yoshinoya]]''': [[TheChikan Chijo]]!!?
** Strip 2:
--->'''Miyako''': Hmm. Hidamari Apartments is going bara bara[[labelnote:Translator's note]]disrupted[[/labelnote]].
--->'''Yuno''': Huh!? I guess so.
--->'''Yuno''': ''Bara bara...'' (Thoughts of Hiro leaving Hidamari)
--->'''Yuno''': ''Bara bara''[[labelnote:Translator's note]]in shambles[[/labelnote]]'' ...'' (Thoughts of Sae breaking the entire building)
--->'''Yuno''': ''Bara bara''[[labelnote:Translator's note]]rose[[/labelnote]]''...'' (Thoughts of roses growing on Hidamari's roof
* {{Tradesnark}} - sound effects are commonly have the R symbol attached.
* TwelveEpisodeAnime - All four seasons now.
* TwoTeacherSchool - Sort of averted. There are only two named teachers, Yoshinoya and Mashiko, but there are a lot of unnamed teachers teaching other subjects -- Yoshinoya and Mashiko appreantly only teach studio arts.
* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: Happens to Yoshinoya and the principal when she's stranded during a rainstorm and he offers her some cover. Leads to a NotWhatItLooksLike moment when they run into the Hidamari landlady.
* UnmovingPlaid - Part of the art style.
* UnreadablyFastText (Miyako's crossword puzzle, along with the proverbs displayed on the first episode of the second season.)
* VisibleSigh
* VisibleSilence
* WackyHomeroom - This is an arts magnet anyway.
* WasntThatFun - In one episode, the girls visit a water park and go down a very high waterslide. Yuno screams the loudest of the four girls, and seems genuinely terrified as she goes down, but when she comes up out of the water, she's all smiles. "It wasn't as scary as I thought!"
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs - In the manga, when the four girls attempt to draw {{yonkoma}}.
** [[TeamChef Hiro]] actually gave us four... ''pieces of rice cakes''.
* {{Yonkoma}}
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair - Sae and Chika are actually blue. Hiro was pink, but it changed into a peach-ish color in season 2. Miyako is blond and Yoshinoya's hair is ''green''. Nori's hair is a blue/green mix and Matsuri's is a very pale lavender.

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