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Sunshine Sketch Vol. 4
Russell Phillips
Author: Russell Phillips

Russell has been a semi-regular reviewer for UK-Anime since 2005 [mainly specialising in non mainstream manga titles].

Sunshine Sketch Vol. 4

Distributor
Yen Press
Author/Artist
Ume Aoki
Price
£6.99

If you've been reading Sunshine sketch up to this point then you should have a rough idea of whats going to happen – Yuno will be shy but cute, Miyako will be tomboyish and slightly spacy, Hiro will be worrying about her weight and Sae will be maybe/maybe not wanting to be more than friends with Hiro – so nothing's changed in this volume, right? 

Right?

Wrong! With volume 4 of this ongoing series by Ume Aoki life in Hidamari residence, after the drama of exams, is turned upside down with the addition of two new 1st years – the shy Nazuna, and her outspoken, computer savvy opposite number Nori – who add an all new set of personalities to the series.

We are also given an extra treat in the form of a special episode, set around Sae's maybe nemisis/stalker Natsume (an episode which in an unusable twist is told in its entirety in a more standard comic format, rather than in the more normal four panel comic that we have come to know).

What more can i say more about it? the artwork and writing is the same mix of introspective and  comedy (note: MORE WIDEFACES) that makes this series such a fun read for me.

Yen Press has yet again done a sterling job with their translation and, as always, have included an appendix of some of the more obscure jokes.

At the end of the day if your a fan of Sunshine sketch then you should be already clutching a copy of this already! If you dont think much of it (HERESY) then this volume won't do much to change your mind, as its more of the same.
 
School's out!

9
More of the same maddness and comedy from the residents of Hidamari residence!
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