Happy Halloween! Here’s Nakayama in her best ghost costume:

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This is last month’s issue delayed to the extreme, sorry! There is no chapter in the newest issue (2016-12), but Hidamari will get the cover and color pages next issue in concurrence with its volume 9 release at the end of November. Thanks as always to Ooya-san for raws and cleaning as well as a wonderful wordplay solution on page 2!

Download 2016-11 (Dropbox) – Part 2 of the girls’ quest to find the perfect swimsuits!

No notes this time. Looks like Ume didn’t have time to draw some backgrounds on the last page, huh?

I’ve been dead because… I’m getting ready to go to Japan next week! I’ll be in Kansai (lodging close to Nakayama’s dreaded Pick-Up Bridge, no less), Kanagawa (the closest there is to a real Asagi neighborhood), and Hokkaido (within a reasonable distance to a spot Hiro and Sae visited). Unfortunately my schedule is too packed to recreate two entire school trip arcs, but there is a certain Hidamari pilgrimage spot I’ve been eyeing. If things work out I’ll be sure to post a report on what I find there!

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Oops, crazy unpredictable hours leave me little time for sunshine.

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Thanks again to Ooya-san for raws & cleaning, making for the first 2400p release here! The second half of this chapter is scheduled to appear in the issue coming out this week.

Download 2016-10 (Dropbox) – The third-years go shopping for swimsuits per Mami’s forceful suggestion, part 1.

Notes

Page 2: This is the first time we hear of West Asagi (西浅葱). Given the lack of suffix it may refer to the western part of town instead of a separate municipality. Either way, the station is within walking distance.

Page 5: A poem in this form is known as a tanka.

Also, some Hidamari news! Honeycomb (+ Graduation OVA) is finally getting a Blu-ray Box featuring new box art illustrated by Ume herself. Some episodes will include staff commentary. As for the manga, Amazon Japan has listed volume 9 for a November 26th release, so expect an official announcement soon. The cover girl hasn’t been revealed yet, but I think we all know who it’ll be!

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Download 2016-09 (Dropbox) – Yuno, Miyako, and Matsuri find themselves awake in the middle of the night for various reasons.

Thanks again to Ooya-san for raws and cleaning!

No notes this time. Usa is an art college that was mentioned in a previous chapter.

There is a new chapter in the issue that came out today in Japan. Also in the issue is a new guest publication by Quro titled “Ichiko-san in the Attic” about girls who move into a college dorm and encounter a young girl spirit (?) who claims to be able to make them popular.

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Thanks again to Ooya-san for scans and cleaning!

Download 2016-07 (Dropbox) – Nori comes down with a bad case of artist’s block.

I’ve been waiting for a chapter like this for years. Nazuna’s remark on page 1 rings especially true when you consider it took the series 8 years to dedicate a chapter to Nori drawing something not on a computer.

Notes:

Page 2: Ebicha (written 海老茶 here) means maroon, marking yet another color on the Hidamari neighborhood’s palette. Interestingly, ebicha is best known as the color worn by Meiji period schoolgirls in the early 1900s. Ebicha Art Institute could be a take on Ochanomizu Institute, an art technical school that offers summer courses to high school seniors at tuition rates similar to those mentioned this chapter.

Page 4: The title of the first strip comes from 寿退社, a word that describes women who leave the workforce upon marriage. Here, though, it’s 寿退荘 which changes the meaning to “leaving apartments upon marriage”.

As previously reported, there will be a chapter in the issue coming out in two weeks!

There is no chapter in the Kirara Carat issue that came out today, but according to the website the issue coming out on July 28th will have color pages. The good news is that Ume’s other manga Binetsu Kuukan will be getting a new chapter in this month’s Rakuen/Le Paradis as previously announced.

And of course, I still have to release 2016-07. I leave on my trip tomorrow but will be back in a week!