The Reverse Thieves Secret Santa project brings you the first of 3 posts. Each will profile something that was recommended to me by some anonymous person looked over my profile on MAL and took up the challenge of finding something I would like. First up is punctuation’s Sketchbook: ~Full Color’s~.
The first question I had to ask was why exactly was this recommended to me? I think it had something to do with the genre preference I expressed in my MAL profile I had not updated since August 2009. I had “Slice of Life (comedy sub-section)” listed prominently there and the genres for Sketchbook read “Comedy, Slice of Life.” It’s that simple.
Now onto the actual viewing experience. Watching the early episodes of this series proved to be a somewhat frustrating experience. It would be something on par with getting together with a group of friends with nothing planned, then wasting the day simply talking. While many may find that a good use of a day, my experience would be similar to the main character Kajiwara Sora.
Sora spends her days generally being silent and admiring all that goes on around her. Surrounded by eclectic personalities, she goes on sketching in her sketchbook happily going about her days. In a way, she’s the perfect character for this genre, but much like myself in that group of friends doing nothing, it wouldn’t be very interesting.
The introduction of Kate in the 7th episode seemed to be an attempt to liven things up, and it did for that one episode. Once she was integrated into the group things returned to their previous state. Even the animals were used in a similar way, showing that a group of people in a common state can come together and have good experiences.
Now my final thoughts on watching this series. It wasn’t a particularly entertaining experience watching Sora communicate frequently through the medium of nodding or mumbling. The only real hints I got that she had changed as a character came either through flashbacks, or in the last episode itself. Even that was minimal in my opinion.
Ultimately, it sort of proved a similar frustrating experience to an unplanned get together with friends with big ideas only to end up staying close to home doing very little. Some may find that great, others, myself included, would see it as a waste of time outside of getting together.
Tomorrow: Part 2 of 3 features action on a much greater level than going to see the sakura bloom. Also, as it is Christmas Day, it will be watched in the same way that I typically enjoy the holiday, heavily intoxicated. Plus, there’s also details of a conversation I had with a coworker about it.