Archives for category: Continuity

R.I.P. Miyu Matsuki. According to an interview from the S1 BD Box, when Ume first heard her audition as Yoshinoya, she said, “Yoshinoya-sensei is here.”


Download 2015-12 (Dropbox) – The final day of Yuno’s class trip in Kansai.


Page 2: Doguyasuji Shopping Street specializes in selling cooking utensils and kitchenware.

Page 4: In kushikatsu restaurants, the sauce is not served individually to each customer but is instead kept in a deep metal container on the table to be used communally (as normally as salt and pepper shakers). Obviously, the rule Yuno mentions exists for hygienic reasons.

Although it’s quite the miracle we got a chapter this issue, there’s no preview for Hidamari next month, so place your bets.

This appears to be a mistaken implication retconned later in the anime.

The line in question was spoken in S1EP08 during an anime-only scene expansion about the contents of Sae’s latest publication.

Since everyone knows about the true nature of Sae’s writings, it is implied that she and Hiro are filling the roles of Kensuke and Nanami. This episode aired on March 2nd, 2007.

However, the July 2008 chapter included a strip that contradicted the above, and was later adapted in S3EP01b.

Abbreviated to avoid an extremely tall image.

This sounds like they each had first impressions at the apartments, and therefore first met there, rather than in their childhood. There’s also the additional complication that Hiro’s hometown is in Yamagata while Sae’s is somewhere else in the country.

I believe this was just a case of the anime writers overstepping their boundaries a bit and correcting themselves afterwards. It’s not like they were certain the anime would continue as far as it did and that problems like this would later arise. If you are convinced about the anime canon, though, you could make it work by saying Sae and Hiro met by chance somewhere in Japan as young children but only Sae remembers. However, that season 1 scene is the only evidence you have to assert that they knew each other beforehand.

Edit one year later: Thanks to the graduation OVA, we can call this rumor dead and buried!

My artwork progression chart isn’t the best for tracking down the minor characters accurately, so I’ll be making a few posts locating them in the series. “Appearance” defined as being present in some form during one chapter or episode segment, not by scene.

First up is Natsume of art class B.

Manga appearances to date: 12

Anime appearances to date: 32 (as of Honeycomb episode 12)

(Chart is slightly outdated at the moment)

Click for full size! 1680×1270 2MB PNG

Compressed 733KB JPG here. Last edit: 6-2-12, completely forgot S3EP03b.


– Only 8 of her anime appearances so far are from the manga.

– For her first two scenes in the anime, her hair is different. The animators gave her a second braid, probably because they couldn’t tell what the back of her head was supposed to look like.

– Sending the fan letter to Sae was an anime-only event.

– Although we know she took an art history class, we still haven’t seen any of her artistic work.

– She appears in every x365 episode except 4, 5, and 11! She has only one instance of back-to-back manga chapter appearances.

And here’s the list. The idea to make a chart didn’t occur to me until after I finished this, so the anime section of this will get quite redundant considering what you see up there. At least it saved me from having to upload so many individual pictures.

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The two continuities are carefully maintained, so the manga is perfectly understandable to anyone who didn’t watch the anime. It is a common misconception that some aspects of the manga were influenced the anime, but the order of events is actually the opposite. Whenever the manga “copies” the anime, it’s because Ume gives the anime staff plans to work with in advance.

Misconception: Origin of Dream Glider

In chapter 2010-11, when Yuno is left alone at Hidamari Apartments for a few hours, she starts singing “Dream Glider” which is heard twice in the anime: the karaoke episode S1EP04 and later in the bathhouse in S2EP05. Some people took this as the manga borrowing something original to the anime, but that’s not true. Although you couldn’t hear it, the song was in the manga first!

At karaoke.

Singing alone. The lyrics are rendered in just kana this time.


Chika was never an “anime-original” character. Before her appearance in chapter 2012-06 of the manga, she was referenced on V2P028 (below) and V3P101. According to the TV Animation Guidebook, Ume designed sent the anime staff Chika’s character design and included notes on what should happen during her first appearance, S1EP12. Basically, Ume let the anime staff know about Chika far in advance and let them use her designs and ideas long before they would have a chance to show up in the original work. Although Yoshiaki Ito is credited for the anime’s character design adaptations in general, he himself was not responsible for Chika’s original character design because he was simply working from the references Ume supplied.

Chika’s relationships with the other residents of Hidamari Apartments are completely different between the anime and manga. In the manga chapter, no one (except Sae, of course) has seen her before, and when she does arrive, none of the five get to meet her. The only similarity between her first appearance in both the anime and manga is that she leaves Hidamari to go visit a friend.

 The Japanese text specifies “younger sister”.


Natsume has more than twice as many appearances in the anime as she does in the manga. I think the anime crew really liked her.

Interestingly, Sae mentioned first meeting her at the shoe lockers in S2EP07, which aired on TV on August 15, 2008. The “Until Natsume Became Natsume” extra chapter was released as part of volume 4 that came out on December 25th, 2008. Ume’s author’s note at the end of volume 4 says the following:

And Natsume. The episode where she meets Sae was planned way in advance and I wanted to release it […]

In part 2 of her Hidamari Sketchbook interview, she expressed interest in writing about the history behind Natsume’s attitude towards Sae. As with Chika, it seems that Ume gave the anime staff her plans for Natsume far in advance and let the anime reference them shortly before the original story was released.

Sae “invites” Natsume to Hidamari Apartments in S4EP02. Within the anime’s timeline, that means Natsume made her first visit about two months later at S3SP02b’s barbeque. But in the manga, Natsume does not visit Hidamari Apartments for the first time until Sae invites her to a Christmas Eve party [2012-07]. At the time the chapter came out, it was previously only known in the anime that Natsume was a fan of Sae’s writing, and Sae herself was unaware of this. In the chapter, though, Natsume names one of Sae’s stories right in front of her. Also, like in the anime, Sae gets Natsume’s phone number. Now that the anime adapted that story as S4EP11, Natsume and Sae’s relationship is once again “even” in both the anime and manga.

I’m working on several posts about the differences between the anime and manga, so here’s an easy place to start. The following 11 segments were entirely original to the anime and do not have a manga equivalent.

S1EP12 – “December 25: Goodbye, Ume-sensei” (The manga had its own Christmas chapter in volume 3.)

S2EP05 -“March 25: Congratulations, Chika”

S2EP06a -“July 30: Saeta”

S2EP09a -“August 5: No Summer Vacation”

S2EP09b – “December 3: The Wolf of Inner Shinjuku: Part II”

S3EP06a – “November 15: Height of the Sky, Shade of the Grove”

S3EP07 – “May 3~4: A Day in Seven Parts”

S3EP09a – “November 22: Seniors and Freshmen”

S3EP12 – “July 12: Three Stars x Lycopene”

S3SP01a – “June 11: Yay, Family Restaurant!”

S3SP02b -“July 30: Barbecue”