To the end of Sketchbook ~full color’S~

February 24, 2008

Shift changeover

And so ends a very nice series after short 13 episodes. Granted, while being very good in the art of emitting a atmosphere of calmness and tranquillity it never reaches its spiritual precursor ARIA. This might be because the characters and setting of ARIA, funnily despite being settled in a rebuild Venice on a terraformed mars, are in some ways more believable than the ones of Sketchbook. Thus the serenity in Sketchbook felt somehow forced at times, which is seldom the case with ARIA. None the less Sketchbook has its own points to shine with its way to discover small miracles in things more near to our daily lives, its beautiful landscapes and its fine set of characters, humans as well as cats. Especially its cats I’ve to say. ARIA’s cats might rule their city more or less from the shadows, but the interaction of the Sketchbook cats is just more fun (maybe being granted to understand them might have help here, too). The few cat-centred episodes became easily my favourites, I hope Sora and the other humans can forgive me for this.

An interesting fact by the way is that Mike, being tri-coloured, has most certainly got to be a female cat (genetic fact). Don’t know if this is really intended, because of the name I always thought of him/her as a male cat until Sora mentioned the number of his/her colours in this last episode.

In the end, while it greatly helped to bypass the time between the second and the third season of ARIA, Sketchbook was surely more than just a merely placeholder and succeeded to transfer some of the Aqua-feeling back onto good old Manhome.
I surely wouldn’t mind to be welcomed by Sora & co again some day.


  1. Sounds great. I totally missed watching “Sketchbook ~full color’S~”. Probably because there was so much coming out at the time. Just slipped my mind. Indeed, “ARIA” is a calming series. I noticed another WordPress blogger gave “Sketchbook ~full color’S~” a full “six star” rating (highest he gives out). Heading over to Spoon’s sub site now.


  2. Well, it is said, that “occasionally a male is born (the rate is approximately 1 in 3,000)”. So, maybe, Mike is unique (though, he\she is unique anyway:)). It was truly good series. Eh, I’ll miss them all.

  3. @Keith: I hope you gonna like it as much as I did.

    @Varis: True, but read on: “These […] will almost always be sterile or they may be a chimera resulting from the fusion of two differently coloured embryos.”
    So I hope for Mike that he is in fact a she or at least very special cat. *g*

  4. Sorry, you are right, this way it will be better for her.>

  5. it’s great watching this anime. i thoroughly enjoyed the slowed paced and a little jazzy theme song as well as the ending song. the story line was ending a bit too early for me. it’s truly enjoyable as a relaxing spring anime series.

  6. In the manga, it says somewhere that Mike is female, despite the name, if that clears things up for you.

  7. Thanks, that lets me rest easy again. 😉
    Since Sketchbook I notice that lots of cats in anime are tri-coloured. Japanese seems to be quite obsessed with them.

  8. I really like this review. This is the thought I’ve got potentially in my mind. It’s great to watch such a relaxing and beautiful movie.

  9. He rised. ,

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