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Sketchbook Full Color's
This is another one of those high school girl slice-of-life comedies focused on a group of friends in a club with the series milking laughs off the unusual quirks of the characters and their animals. It doesn't really do much to break the mold with this overdone approach to slice-of-life comedies and I was mostly indifferent to what comedy it offered up. Only recommend this to those who crave slice-of-life comedies like this.
Last updated Saturday, February 13 2016. Created Saturday, February 13 2016.
Sketchbook Full Color's
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I usually know little or nothing about a new series, and often can't really enjoy it until I recognize the genre it belongs to. I had high hopes for Sketchbook, being something of an artist myself, but the first episode left me with practically no strong impressions either positive or negative (which is especially frustrating for a wannabe critic). I got only one good laugh out of the episode, but nothing struck me as definitely poorly done either. One thing which caught my eye was the distinctive, silly-cute character designs. It finally dawned on me that the reason Sketchbook wasn't matching my expectations was because this is one laid-back show. There are few, if any, major jokes, instead just silly behavior by the eccentric characters. Absolutely no fanservice or risque jokes, either! It's sort of like halfway between a conventional comedy and an artsy show like Yokohama Shopping Trip. Now that I know what to expect, I'm enjoying myself. I'd certainly not want to be watching a whole season packed with shows like this, but one gives me about the right dossage of this unique, sublime, restrained humor, which I'm in the right mood for every now and then. I must be liking it, because after complete fansubs ceased appearing at my favorite bittorrent websites, I took the almost unprecedented step of watching an episode in raw form; then I went searching and found four more episodes elsewhere on the 'net. The series ends in a sad-in-one-way-but-happy-in-another manner, which makes it clear just how endearing these oddball characters have become--not bad for a mere 13-episode series!
Oh yeah, there are talking cats, too. The piano background music in episode five gave me a distinct deja-vu for the old Peanuts TV specials.
My favorite line: "There are times when one shouldn't meddle in the world of cats" --Sora
Last updated Thursday, February 28 2008. Created Sunday, October 28 2007.
|Japanese Series Web Site||http://www.sketch-full.net/|