Characters / Hidamari Sketch

Here's the character sheet for the Slice of Life Schoolgirl Series Hidamari Sketch.

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     Tenants of the Hidamari Apartments 

Voiced by: Kana Asumi
Yuno is a soft-spoken, friendly girl from Room 201 who tries to get along with anybody she meets. Initially painfully shy, she slowly breaks out of her shell thanks to Miyako, with whom she soon forms a deep friendship. She does not have much confidence in her skills as an artist, even though she manages to do very well at Yamabuki High (and she might be somewhat forgiven considering her friend's intellect). She loves drawing and painting the most and considers those her main skills. She constantly worries about being considered an adult, which isn't helped by her comparatively short stature. Her trademark accessory is her X-shaped hair clip, which she rarely takes off.

Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi
Yuno's best friend and next-door neighbor from Room 202, Miyako is bubbly and cheerful to the point of ditziness. Nevertheless, she's also thoughtful and considerate, especially toward Yuno. She takes life's happenings in stride and likes to drag the other girls along for the ride. She is the most talented member of the main cast and can easily come up with interesting works (or interpretations thereof), but is often plagued by lack of cash, so she always tries to save money, falling just short of mooching off the other girls. Her symbol is a cat's paw, in line with her independent personality.
  • Allergic to Routine: In contrast to Yuno, a Creature of Habit.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Subverted — her ADHD-esque behavior doesn't seem to affect her functionality; she appears to be the most talented among the Four-Girl Ensemble, both artistically and academically. Yes, she has the attention deficit and hyperactivity, but not the dysfunction.
  • Big Eater: If given the chance.
  • Book Dumb: Subverted — she may seem to be ADHD-afflicted, but her grades back in junior high were so exceptionally good she exempted the academic portion of Yamabuki's entrance exams. It's just that others believe her "I came in through the back door" joke. This subversion was lampshaded in character sketches:
    "Surprisingly, she does good in school!"
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She's not Book Dumb, but is prone to dozing off in class.
  • Cleans Up Nicely: Not that she's ugly at the worst of times, but when her hair gets a rinse and a treatment she gains a Bishie Sparkle.
  • Cry Cute: After Sae and Hiro move out, she enters Sae's empty apartment to eat some leftover food in the fridge, realizes they're really gone, and quietly breaks down.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In the sports day episode, she competes in her bare feet, for no explored reason. Also, the cover of the OST shows her walking barefoot in a parody of Paul McCartney in The Beatles's famous cover of Abbey Road.
  • Dumb Blonde: She is a tall, busty blonde who often comes off as ditzy, flighty, or just plain weird, and is prone to making extremely poor decisions - but most of it seems to be the result of an extremely severe case of ADHD (which is actually presented in a surprisingly accurate fashion compared to most examples of Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!). Artistically speaking, she is by far the most talented of the main characters (all of whom go to a prestigious art school, mind you), she is quite a fair bit more knowledgeable than all of them (when it comes to strange and extremely obscure trivia) and she's such an academic genius that it's heavily implied she got accepted to the school on a full scholarship (because she appears to be dirt poor) and was actually exempted from having to do the academic portion of the entry exams.
  • Genius Ditz: Miyako may look like a Genki Girl with an attention span problem and is frequently subjected to Sae's snarks, but her artistic abilities are certainly levels above the rest of the Four-Girl Ensemble, and also does well in academic subjects.
  • Genki Girl: While she's prone to sleeping in class and can sometimes sleep for twelve hours in one go, once she is awake, she's quite energetic. One episode shows her coming into Yuno's apartment, showing no signs of having awakened two minutes ago; another has Yuno pointing out that she's hyper even in the morning. "That was quick!" is a common reaction to her actions, whether she's eating or making (usually impromptu) art. But despite all her teasing, she's a likable person, a good friend... and surprisingly does well in school.
  • Idiots Cannot Catch Colds: She may be a Genius Ditz, but she is still invoked this once to herself, when Yuno fell ill, and even when she was in the admission interview of Yamabuki.
    • Lampshaded in the Fever Dream Episode (and the corresponding manga chapter), when all the eight classmates around Miyako were struck down with the flu.
  • Innocently Insensitive: At least some of the time, particularly with regard to Hiro's weight and eating habits.
  • The Nicknamer: Slightly. Mainly by way of using unusual or made-up honorifics and other suffixes; she almost invariably calls Yuno by "Yunocchi", and on at least one occasion used "Yuno-dono"; meanwhile, she settles on "Norippe" for Nori, except on the occasion that she uses "Norisuke".
  • Perpetual Poverty: She's generally low on cash, such that in one strip, since she didn't even have 300 yen for lunch, she decided to drink water instead. Her apartment has the lowest rent because of damages, including a leaky roof.
  • Rags to Riches: Mild example. Shortly after starting her senior year, her brother- a cabbage farmer- lands a contract with a major restaurant chain, thus significantly improving her ability to afford going to college.
  • Second Year Protagonist: In Hoshimittsu
  • Sleepyhead: Of the Cloudcuckoolander subtype

Voiced by: Yuko Goto
Hiro lives at Room 101 and is, together with Sae, Yuno and Miyako's senior at Yamabuki High. She is a gentle, warm girl and mother-figure to the other girls at Hidamari Apartments. She loves cooking and other girls often assemble at her room for some feast. Her extremely close relationship with Sae at times makes the other girls tease her for acting like Sae's "wife". She constantly worries about her weight and is often on a diet, even though that doesn't go well with her culinary hobby and love of sweets. Hiro's symbol is a silhouette of her fluffy hair.

Voiced by: Ryoko Shintani
Hiro's best friend and next-door neighbor from Room 102, as well as Yuno and Miyako's senior. She is a good writer and can often be found pulling all-nighters in an effort to meet yet another deadline. Luckily she can rely on Hiro to take care of her in such times of need. Since she's rather masculine, she often teasingly gets called Hiro's "husband", which embarrasses her highly. Sae's symbol is her pair of glasses, establishing her as the more intellectual of the girls.
  • A-Cup Angst: Most noticeable in her rant when she and her classmate baked cream puffs, as well as her response when Hiro and Yuno discuss her choice of '2D arts'.
  • Berserk Button: Any doubts on her gender.
  • Bifauxnen: Relatively mild, but enough to make Miyako make fun of it.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Once mistook a soup ladle for a clam from a foot away without glasses.
  • But Now I Must Go: Finally graduates with Hiro and Natsume at the end of the appropriately-titled Sae and Hiro's Graduation arc.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She has trouble telling her little sister Chika how much she really cares for her.
  • Cool Big Sis: Subverted. Her inability to express her concern for Chika is mainly due to her desire to play Cool Big Sis even when she isn't cut out to be one. Lampshaded when she repeated the entire thing with Yuno and failed miserably.
  • The Ditherer: At least regarding of what to major in college; studying art distracted her. On the other hand, she hides it.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Grammar Nazi: Nori succeeded in ticking her off by writing horizontally.
  • Half Truth: She wasn't entirely lying about having experience riding doubles on a bike with someone close while in junior high.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hiro, bordering on a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship.
  • Instant Book Deal: She seemed a bit too successful as a writer for her age.
  • Most Writers Are Writers
  • Second Year Protagonist: Before Hoshimittsu
  • Tsundere: Her failure to mention her sisterly feelings feelings for Chika and (probably romantic) affection for Hiro also often make her fit this trope.
  • Tsurime Eyes: however, the art style makes it less conspicuous.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: As a writer of romance novels, her co-tenants naturally question her love life. She claimed to have had eight boyfriends in junior high, needing to switch everyday, if not having wait lists. While the rest of the characters realize that it is a bit too ridiculous to be true, they are nice enough not to call her out on it.

Voiced by: Hitomi Harada
Nori from Room 103 is one of the latest batch of newcomers at the Hidamari Apartments together with Nazuna, with whom she soon became best friends. She is energetic and outgoing, but also has a somewhat sarcastic streak. Her reputation as a computer whiz quickly garners her the respect from the other girls. Although she usually speaks "normal" Japanese, she also masters the Kansai regional accent, which becomes evident when she converses with a friend from her hometown. Her symbol is a computer mouse, since she is the only girl who knows how to deal with computers.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She knows more about Sae and Hiro's new apartment complex than they do. She also has a manual ready for running Matsuri's welcome party.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Flat "What.": She's the only cast member who ever really makes this kind of face, and almost every time involves Nazuna in some way. The lone exception so far involved the Landlady.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: She almost has a freak out when creating some wordplay on "curtain" and realizing either no one would get it or it's not that good.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Often ends up snarking too much for the comfort of others, though she tries (and often fails) to rectify any problem that would arise.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Exposes this when talking with a friend over her computer. This also shows up on her daily speech once a while, but otherwise she usually hides it pretty well.
  • Moment Killer: Though she doesn't have many quirks, she often tends to freely speak her mind on what she observes, sometimes unintentionally ruining the mood by saying one thing too many in conversations. Sometimes she catches herself after she does this and tries to rectify things, only to end up further killing the mood.
  • Only Sane Man: She can be said to be devoid of any personality quirks, especially compared to other tenants.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Voiced by: Chiaki Omigawa
Together with Nori, Nazuna from Room 203 is among a new batch of tenants in the Hidamari Apartments. She's shy and withdrawn, to an even greater degree than Yuno, and often needs encouragement from other girls for daily activities. The fact that she was abandoned by her parents at the Apartments only makes things worse. She's very popular with the boys, but rarely seems to act upon it. She does not attend Yamabuki's art department, despite general interest in the other girls' activities. She has her hair bands as a symbol.

The newest resident of Hidamari Apartments who moves in at the start of Yuno's senior year. She moves into room 101, Hiro's old room.
  • Cat Smile: Is prone to this whenever her eyes light up.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: But that's okay because she believes the entire art department is just as eccentric.
  • Genki Girl: Yuno comments how friendly and outgoing she is.
  • The Glomp: She likes to give these.
  • Luminescent Blush: She isn't as easily flustered as Yuno and Nazuna but she can easily match them here.
  • Meaningful Name: Matsuri means "Festival" and describes her personality very well. Miyako even nicknames her, "Festa-san."
  • Rapunzel Hair: By far the longest hair of the Hidamari residents. It reaches her lower back.
  • Weight Woe: She diets often due to easily putting on weight. Yuno and Nazuna joke that it's the curse of Room 101.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She's a Grade A when out of uniform.

     Other characters 

Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki
Miyako and Yuno's homeroom teacher. An exuberant young woman who often gets into hijinks which frequently provoke the Principal's scorn. She loves to dress up in self-made costumes and posing on holiday cards for her students, earning her a reputation for eccentricity. Still, she has her heart in the right place and is always very concerned about the wellbeing of her students. For instance, she has no qualms posing in front of her students to help them along with an assignment — naked, if needed.
  • Art Imitates Art: She has made imitations of Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo by substituting herself as the model.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The reason she is still in Yamabuki, despite the Principal's disdain for her childish antics, was because the latter acknowledges her great teaching talents.
  • Christmas Cake: Downplayed and implied, in episode 11 of Honeycomb. Yuno, Miyako and a few other classmates look at one of Yoshinoya's old school album and it says that she is the first to get marry. They immediately closed the book.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: She uses her cosplay tendencies for everything from modeling for her art class to making personalized greeting cards. She is very offended, however, at the suggestion that this is cosplay.
  • Ditzy Genius: She may be the most exaggerated airhead in the entire cast but she's a one-woman sweatshop.
  • Fetish Retardant: In-Universe — her penchant for trying to invoke Ms. Fanservice, combined with her childishness, seems to make even her male students more uncomfortable and weirded out than excited, and also earn the Principal's ire.
  • Hot Teacher
  • Sensei-chan
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl
  • Woman Child: She lives with her parents, has a younger brother who's already a husband and father, has outright declared she's always seventeen, and is freaked out at the prospect that Yuno might mature earlier than her.

The Principal

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As his name implies, the head of Yamabuki High School, who often appears to reprimand Yoshinoya on her antics.

The Landlady

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Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
Owner of the Hidamari Apartments.

Voiced by: Misato Fukuen
A girl from the Arts B class that acts like a Unknown Rival for Sae. It turns out that it was only a facade to hide her romantic feelings.

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya
Sae's younger sister who is of the same age as Nori and Nazuna. Unlike Sae, she is energetic but is more into music and home economics.

Voiced by: Ume Aoki
A Metapod-lookalike that never interacts with the other characters or influences the story in any way, it's actually the manifestation of Ume Aoki, the series' mangaka.


A girl who is two years Yuno's senior who she also befriends after recovering Yuno's lost cell phone.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Yuno.
  • The Glomp: Gives one to Yuno when meeting her for the second time at school, from sitting atop a stepladder!
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: She as actually in the middle of one when she met Yuno, as she was feeling very burnt out and a little depressed over exams and applications. She snaps out of it with Yuno's help.
  • Troll: She loves teasing Yuno.


One of Yuno's classmates and friends.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Miyako sends her some sketches of her dog and she can only comment on how cute her dog looks vs. the quality of Miyako's art.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: Somewhat, as one chapter involves the Hidamari tenants taking care of her dog, but she's never more prominent in any other chapter.
  • Those Two Girls: Is almost always seen with Nakayama.


Another one of Yuno's classmates and friends who regularly appears. She's in the same elective classes as Yuno.