4.12 out of 5 from 126 votes
Yamabuki High School attracts many art students due to its special art classes. Among the school's new pupils is Yuno, who dreams of becoming a famous artist. She lives in the nearby apartment complex Hidamari-so, along with the hyperactive classmate Miyako, the weight-obsessed Hiro and the tomboyish Sae. Together, the students live their day to day lives, including investigating the school's bizarre myths and deal with their cosplaying teacher. But whether they are in school, at the apartment or out shopping, working or playing, the four friends always manage to have fun in the process!
It's the first day of high school, and plenty of school clubs are doing their best to recruit new members, but for ditzy Yui, none of them seem to fit the bill. However, when she accidentally signs up to join the light music club, Yui begins a hilarious adventure to become a world class guitarist! There's just one problem: she's never played the guitar before in her life! Joined by bassist Mio, drummer Ritsu and keyboardist Tsugumi, Yui and the gang juggle their studies with buying instruments, learning how to read music and even performing in the school festival, all in the hopes of someday becoming a successful band!
These two manga or so similar that sometimes it's not funny. K-On! shares Hidamari's tone, halfhearted focus on a central theme (music in K-On!, art in Hidamari) and even the occasional character (Yoshinoya could be Sawako-chan-sensei's sister). If Miya and Yuno, Sae, and Hiro's antics make you giggle, you're gonna love Ritsu, Yui, Mio, and Mugi.
As mentioned in the above recommendation, these two are very much alike in plot (if you can call it that). I do find that K-On! focuses more on the characters in their club, while Hidimari Sketch focuses more on the characters off campus. I find the humor in both mangas to be especially similar, including the teacher's role, pun timings, character types, and the occasional obligatory yuri references.
Miss Yukari's high school class is far from average. With ten-year-old genius Chiyo; dim-witted ‘Osaka'; weight conscious Yomi; loud-mouthed and energetic Tomo; and the ultra cool, animal-loving Sakaki, daily life is far from dull. Follow the day-to-day lives of this fun-loving group of girls as they progress through high school. From annual cultural festivals to gambling, from first dreams of the New Year to death-defying road trips, the lives of these students and their teachers are always exciting and new.
The students of the Geijutsuka Art Design Class study all the various fields of art, from sketching and painting to graphic design and photography. While the mischievous Noda is always thinking up new ways to have fun with her partner in crime - tomboy Tomokane - the ditzy Kisaragi is content with doodling cats in her sketchbook. With Namiko attempting (and failing) to keep the energetic duo in line, the quiet and mysterious Kyoujyu seems happy to observe the odd behavior of her classmates. Whether they are transforming a congealed lump of paint into a sculpture of a pudding, playing ‘colour tag’, or making thought collages, the gang live their life to the max through both their friendships and their art.
Both Hidamari Sketch and GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class are 4-koma moe slice of life manga that focus on high school girls specialising in art based subjects, thougj Hidamari is more Slice of Life and GA leans more towards wacky comedy.