A new episode of Hidamari Sketch x365 is starting to prove to be a wonderful thing each time it appears, and even though I occasionally feel left out from not having watched the original series, its remains a very enjoyable experience.
While further confusion can be had by the episode switching from Summer to November half-way through, this is another very good episode, with the second half in particular featuring numerous great one-liners, while the first part of the episode deals almost exclusively as an insight into Sae's life, which was probably actually somewhat overdue as until now she hasn't had much screen time to herself.
It's difficult to find much to say beyond that, as there isn't really a great deal to discuss about the minutiae on show in any slice-of-life series, but it's all just so utterly likeable that sitting down to watch an episode of this already feels like settling down with some old friends to talk about whatever happens to drop into your head at that moment in time. Probably the only thing that's surprising me about this series (although this particular instalment has nothing on episode four) is the amount of fan service on show, but even that all fits into the storyline well enough for me not to begrudge it.
The overall rule then is very simple - If you like slice of life series, you'll like Hidamari Sketch x365, and that's basically all there is to it.