Kajiwara Sora is a shy girl who loves to draw. She's a member of the art club at school, even though one of the other members scares her sometimes. She finds drawing things like flowers or fruit easy enough, but she puzzles over how to capture more fleeting moments, like the flapping of a bird's wings or a cat that won't sit still. There are things she can draw, and things she can't draw, and with the help of her friends in the art club, she's going to experience them all to the fullest.
Neo Venezia, the pride of planet Aqua, is a quaint city filled with canals and easy-going people. Many companies operate their gondolas on the canals, giving tours to tourists and locals alike, but the most famous of them is the Aria Company. Follow the adventures of Aria's young apprentice, Akari, as she learns the tricks of the trade from her beautiful senior, Alicia. Together with her friends Aika and Alice, apprentices of rival companies, and their seniors Akira and Athena, they train their skills as gondoliers, meeting new people and learning new things about the city each day.
While the fact that Aria and Sketchbook were made by the same studio (and most of the same cast) is a good thing, the two also have many similar themes, including slice-of-life.
Sketchbook, the in-between of the new Aria seasons, has adopted quite a few references from Aria. Both have slow and quiet, scenic, and peaceful scenes.
Aria and Sketchbook have a lot in common production-wise, but they are also a very specific kind of slice-of-life anime. Both central characters are dreamy girls unusually preoccupied with the architecture, landscape and cats around them. If you can get joy and satisfaction out of little discoveries and new encounters, give these series a try.
Both Sketchbook and Aria are very slow paced, and very little actually happens other than the day-to-day experiences of the protagonists. If you enjoyd the quiet charm of one of these then you're likely to enjoy the other.
Heartwarming and tranquil. That's the best way to describe these shows. And because both shows excel in these fields, it means that if you liked one, then you'll probably like the other.
A slow pace, peaceful setting and mellow cast is what defines Sketchbook and Aria. They are both series from the same creator, and it shows. Aria however has what Sketchbook lacked: a fantastic and colorful setting and richer personalities. If you enjoyed the slow pace and tranquility of Sketchbook, definitely check out the similar, but more interesting Aria.
Both series feel the same when you watch them. They have that warm tingly feeling vibe that is intended just from viewing a day in the life of the characters. They both showcase cats in major roles, as well. Sketchbook even references Aria, solidifying the link between the two series.
Yuno is a high school student who dreams of becoming a famous artist; and after being admitted at Yamabuki High School of Arts, she is one step closer to her dream. Yuno must move to an apartment complex near the school, and there, in Hidamari-so, she meets three new friends: Miyako, a very active person who will do anything to get her hands on something to eat; Hiro, an upperclassman who is obsessed with weight gain; and Sae, the oldest of the bunch and also a tomboy. From wild cosplaying teachers to bizarre school myths, Yuno and friends enjoy fun times and crazy days at Yamabuki High!
Both revolve around a crazy art club, contain the usual collection of people (the shy and cute protagonist, the lively friend, the crazy teacher, et al.), and provide a slapstick element and cute factor which are way above the norm.
Hidamari doesn't revolve as much around the actual art club, though they both are about daily happenings in school (although Hidamari is slightly less realistic in some cases). The two have too many similarities to not appreciate one if you like the other.
I watched Sketchbook straight after Hidamari Sketch. What I liked and found similar was that they're both slice of life/no real plot surrounding it. I like this type of anime because it's very easy to watch and can be soothing/calming. They are both based around groups of high school girls who have a keen interest in art. There is none-minor fanservice.
(This is my own preference but I find that too much fanservice ruins the anime for me.)
Both have slice of life comedy and highschool girls with artists. though sketchbook is more on emotions while hidamari is more reaction based
Both anime are about a group of people in school with slice-of-life structure and comedy. Not to mention that both anime are centered around art in school.
Art subplot with a cuteness and slice of life mainplot is the primary similarity. Being able to be watched mindlessly is another. Cute characters doing their cute girly things goes without saying.
Though Sketchbook is a little more passive than Hidasketch, it doesn't stop the fact that you will love them both.
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!
You can say that Sketchbook is the Azumanga Daioh of 2007.
Both shows are slice-of-life high school anime, and have both warm and calm moments and even crazy and funny moments.
Both series are student comedies in which life passes placidly. The point of the story consists on the relationships betwen the multiple characters. Don't expect spectacular animations or epic battles.
Azumnaga daioh has a similar style of comedy, but is more hyper. If you like Sora, then you will like azumanga daioh's Sakaki who gets a large portion of the show near the end.
Ahh, the life of an elementary school student. Though Chika, Matsuri, Miu and Ana should focus on schoolwork, they’d much rather have fun instead. Whether it’s outings with 20-year-old-chain-smoker Noboe, holding each other hostage or learning to speak English with Ana’s foreign-born skills, there’s never a dull moment in the life of the girls. Join this cute quartet as they do cute (and often devious) things in cute and quirky ways!
You can say that Ichigo Mashimaro is a grade school version of Sketchbook ~Full Color's~. Both are slice of life, relaxed, soft and warm stories with no big worries at all.
Both series are easy-going, slice of life type stories that contain warm moments and comedy moments as well. If you liked one, you should give the other a try.
I don't know why, but anyone I've shown sketchbook to (and liked it) also liked strawberry marshmallow, probably because they are both slice of life comedy shonens
The water-laden city of Neo-Venezia is a haven for tourists and dream chasers. While in the city, gondoliers known as Undines ferry the visitors from place to place, showing them the sights or simply lending a sympathetic ear. Akari Mizunashi is an apprentice at the Aria Company, one of three companies in the city, and wishes to be promoted someday to the title of Prima. With the help of her friends, Akari accomplishes many things including helping to shuttle frequent visitors to the unknown sights of the city, gazing at beautiful paintings, and pondering the existence of the planet before it was called Aqua.