It's vacation time at Yamabuki High school and the girls of the Hidamari apartment complex are about to go home for the summer. Over a bowl of noodles Yuno, Miyako, Hiro and Sae decide to head off to the pool for their last day together, before they are scattered across the country; and of course no summer night is complete without a chilled watermelon. Then, on an ordinary November school day, the girls are thrown into a frenzy when Hiro finds a love letter in her shoe locker. Who sent the letter, and just how will Hiro reply?
Akari awakens one morning after having an unsettling dream - one where she has fulfilled her goal of becoming a Prima, yet as a result of her succession Alicia is no longer around, and there's an eager apprentice on her hands she has no clue how to handle. Taken aback by the realization that this is what must eventually come to pass, Akari spends her day trying to come to terms with this future reality, and learns a little bit about Alicia's past in the process.
Both of these share a similar slow-paced and gentle style of humour. Also both of these are rather short and ideal tasters if you are unsure whether you will enjoy the main series, especially since prior knowledge of the characters is not particularly essential to enjoying these.
Ten-year-old genius Chiyo, animal-loving Sakaki, loudmouth Tomo, athletic Kagura, weight-conscious Yomi and dim-witted Osaka are six friends who share laughs, good times, and a high school homeroom. With scary (and sometimes perverted) teachers, school festivals, penguin suits and general hilarity abounding, you can be sure that there's never a dull day in the life of one of these students!
If you enjoyed watching the dynamic relationships between the girls in the Hidamari Sketch Special, then you may enjoy watching Azumanga Daioh. Both series simply follow the day-to-day lives of the girls, and though Azumanga Daioh is more random than Hidamari, you may still enjoy it.
Meet the Minami sisters, three girls living on their own and doing their best to make it through life's little snags and adventures. Kana, the middle sister, has far more energy than common sense; Chiaki, the youngest, is more reserved, but her sharp tongue and devious mind often cause trouble for others; and Haruka, the eldest, acts like a mother to the other two, is beautiful and kind, but has a fearsome stern streak. Together, no obstacle can stand in their way, be it school, romance, or even cooking.
If you liked the tone of humour in the Hidamari Sketch Special, then you may want to consider watching Minami-ke. Both are slice-of-life and do not contain outrageous situations, so if you liked this aspect of the Hidamari Sketch Special then you may like Minami-ke.
Life for the Minami sisters continues to plod along as it always has. Hosaka persists in his quest to win Haruka over with his cooking; ‘Mako-chan’ is still trying to hide her identity from her oblivious classmates; and the biggest change to hit the family yet: Chiaki begins eating her carrots! With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Kana attempts to put her secret plan into action by building up everyone’s enthusiasm so she can secretly eat some of the chocolate they make. However, the girls aren’t the only ones making their preparations. While Hosaka plans for the perfect way to accept chocolate from Haruka, Fujioka endeavours to make a clueless Kana notice him...
Both Minami-ke Betsubara and the Hidamari Sketch Special are short and comedic slice of life anime. They both follow the everyday happenings of the central characters without adding in completely wacky and random scenarios. If you liked one and fancy something you can sit and watch relatively quickly then try the other.