Summary: The landlady pays a visit to Hidamari Apartments, bringing the Game of Life with her. After the girls find out that most of the events in the game are things they can’t relate to at all, the girls decide to modify the game and add some rules of their own. Nazuna becomes prime minister and Yuno wins a Nobel prize.
There are no better Hidamari Sketch episodes than the ones that have the girls perform extremely mundane everyday activities and make them out to be the biggest deal ever. After all, this is the show that managed to make 12 minutes of people getting a haircut genuinely entertaining. This week’s episodes marked the first time I’ve seen a board game being portrayed in such detail in an anime that isn’t Yu-Gi-Oh! and the many creative art quirks and references to older episodes of Hidamari Sketch made this into one of the greatest, most adorable episodes yet.
- All of the event squares on the girls’ customized game board refer to previous episodes, and that’s not where the references end.
- Chika calling Sae right when she had landed on Nazuna’s “Talk like a cat for two turns” square was so set up. If anyone can pull a ruse like this one off, it’s Nori.
- Nori blaming “prime minister” Nazuna for her in-game unemployment was probably one of the best jokes in all of Hidamari Sketch history.
- Speaking of Nazuna, looks like the landlady has found a new favourite toy. All of a sudden, she reminds me of Nobue from Strawberry Marshmallow, though that might also be the lazy attitude, smoking habit and tendency to troll.
- The fake money used in the game has been printed by the Bank of Shaft. This is ironic in many, many ways.