Sketchbook ~full ColorS~ – Anime Review

The Essentials

Name: Sketchbook: Full Colors
Genre: Comedy
Episodes: 13
Released: October 1, 2007 – December 24, 2007
Based On: Sketchbook manga by Totan Kobako
Director: Yoshimasa Hiraike
Produced By: Hal Film Maker
US Distribution By: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Sora Kajiwara: Kana Hanazawa
Natsumi Aso: Asuka Nakase
Hazuki Torikai: Yui Makino
Kokage Kuga: Momoko Saito
Nagisa Kurihara: Yukari Tamura
Juju Sasaki: Tomoe Oumi
Mike: Tomoko Kaneda
Haa: Shizuka Itou
Kuma: Jouji Nakata
Hiyori Kasugano: Ryou Hirohashi
Ao Kajiwara: Sayaka Ohara
Daichi Negishi: Hiro Shimono
Ujo Sugyo: Hideki Tasaka
Kate: Yuko Goto
Minamo Negishi: Yoko Hikasa
Asaka Kamiya: Ami Koshimizu
Fu Himuro: Natsuko Kuwatani
Ryō Tanabe: Masumi Asano

Major English Cast

N/A

Scores

Animation: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Story: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Music: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 8/10 (x 2 = 16 pts)
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 7/10 (x 5 = 35 pts)

Total: 143/190 (75.3%)

Review

Sketchbook: Full Colors is about Sora and her daily life as part of the art club in her school. She likes hanging out with her two friends Natsumi and Hazuki and takes care of her little brother Ao. She also likes feeding the neighborhood stray cats Mike, Haa, and Kuma, though she tends to feed them spoiled food, much to the cat’s chagrin.

Meanwhile, the art club itself is filled with several unique characters, including it’s teacher/adviser Hiyori, who is has a tendency to be enthusiastic yet lazy about the club at the same time.

The main problem with Sketchbook is that there really isn’t anything much that stands out about it. I labeled it as a comedy because that’s the thing it comes closes to, but it’s more of a window into the life of the art club and Sora, some of which happens to be somewhat funny. I like to think of watching this series as similar to watching jello coalesce as the series is rather slow paced and lazy like that.

The result of this is that the show probably doesn’t get as high of marks as it should since animation is only about average, the music is OK, and story is OK enough to make the show not too painfully boring to watch.

In the end, there just isn’t anything to really prop this show up other than it’s very hit-or-miss premise.

First Watched: October – March 2008
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: No

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