Sketchbook

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Kajiwara Sora and her friends in the art club sketch what they see and make observations on life. That's really all there is to it. Sketchbook features beautiful scenery, plenty of feel-good moments, and cats. Can't forget the cats. It's just the kind of show that puts a smile on your face. A fine example of a Slice of Life series. An anime, titled Sketchbook full color's, aired in 2007.


Tropes used in Sketchbook include:


  • Adaptation Distillation: The manga consists largely of Japanese word jokes, but only some surrounding Kate found their way into the anime.
  • Adult Child: Kasugano-sensei
  • All in a Row
  • Anime Accent Absence: Averted with Kate, also combined with Surprisingly Good English.
  • A Day in the Limelight
  • Author Appeal: The mangaka seems to be quite fond of cats and apparently knows quite a bit about animals in general -- especially bugs and fish.
  • Balloon Belly: Natsumi in episode 12.
  • Beautiful All Along: When Tsukiyo puts up her hair in the manga, nobody recognizes the girl with the pretty face.
    • Add Asaka to the list as well when she untied her hair.
  • Blinding Bangs: Tsukiyo.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Ryou and Fuu, they are talking to the audience, which only confuses the other characters a little, as they are known as "eccentric".
  • Canada, Eh?: Kate
  • Canon Immigrant: Minamo, Daichi's little sister, first appeared in the anime adaptation, but was re-introduced into the manga about two years later, in chapter 97.
  • Catch Phrase: Sora's "uh huh".
  • Cat Smile: Kurihara Nagisa is never seen without one
  • Character Development: EVERY single character goes through this, but it applies most to Sora. Compare to how she introduces herself to Natsumi, Hazuki, and Kate to how she introduces herself to the waitress at the diner in the last episode.
  • Charm Point: Mentioned in Kuma's first scene
  • Cherry Blossoms: One of the funniest scenes involves a cherry blossom viewing party.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ryou and Fuu, although most of the cast is a bit wacky.
    • Arguably Sora fits just as well.
      • The big difference is that Ryou and Fuu seem to do it on purpose, for fun. Sora doesn't notice there's something off with herself.
    • Kokage has her moments as well.
    • In fact, it'd probably be faster to list the characters who aren't Cloudcuckoolanders.
  • Cute and Psycho: Played for laughs when Kurihara introduces a kind of planarian and mentions that it can regenerate parts of it that get cut off. Kate promptly pulls out a box cutter knife while smiling happily.

Narration box: Kate had a very angelic smile.