In Volume 2 of Sunshine Sketch, Yuuno is settling into life at the Hidamari dorms. School life is filled with quizzes no one studies for, class trips, midterms no one studies for, festivals, lunchtimes, final exams no one studies for, waking up late and falling asleep in class, eating food, taking baths and other minutiae of happy school life. Just like in Volume 1.
Here was my freshman high school year schedule:
5AM Wake up
5-7 – commute to school, then to the YMCA
7-8AM Swim team practice
9:00 arrive at school late, exhausted and with red, puffy eyes so the junkie who sat next to me wondered what I’m on (totally a true story)
2:50 PM – class gets out, go to German Club/Trivia Team/Marching Band depending on day of the week
5:30-6:00 PM eat dinner
7PM-10:00 PM Swim team meet/football game/band competition
When I think about it, I cannot imagine how I passed. When the heck did I do my homework? (Well…I know how I passed geometry. A belated thank you to Suzanne for turning the pages in my book, and nudging me when I snored, and Edmund for doing all of my homework, except the stuff I cribbed off Barbara and Celeste.)
Yuuno’s life is about that level of busy too. She is joined in these daily hijinks by Sae and Hiro, who really would make a great couple if they were left to it, and punchline-girl Miyako, without whom all the setup would be wasted.
Yuri is pretty much on one page – two related gags that pair Hiro and Sae up and make the unneccessary extra point that Sae=Yuri, in case we managed to suddenly look away from the page at the key moment – something that is later negated for no reason whatsoever. It makes me wish I could see the continuing adventures (alternate fanfic version) where Hiro pursues Sae and they live happily ever after.
Art – 7
Story – 7
Characters – 7
Yuri – 1
Service – 2
Overall – 7
Another amusing 4-koma comic strip that makes pleasant reading, but leaves no lingering flavor.
Thanks be to Dean C’s sponsorship of this moment of nostalgia! Dean – email me and get your “Okazu hero” badge for display on website, blog, email or wherever fine digital badges are displayed. ^_^