Random Curiosity

Sketchbook ~full color’S~ – 07

Why is the foreigner character always the coolest one? Most recently we had Patricia Martin of Lucky Star, who lit up the scene whenever she was there with her stereotyped impression of Japanese culture, and had a little too much knowledge in very specific topics. We had Ana Coppola from Ichigo Mashimaro, who got stuck in a strange place being seemingly more Japanese than all the other characters, and yet tried to maintain her foreigner identity. Then there was Sawachika Eri from School Rumble, the flaming hottie of the show voiced by Horie Yui.

Meet Kate, the foreigner of Sketchbook! See, it’s a common understanding (at least in anime) that Japanese people are rather apprehensive when meeting a foreigner, particularly one who speaks to them in English. The thing is, Kate speaks Japanese – not too well, but definitely well enough to make some cold, cold puns…

So this episode is about Kate and the cast getting acquainted with each other, and Natsumi’s subsequent endeavor to teach Kate about Japanese culture. Why Natsumi? Well, her puppets have foreign names. OTL

Natsumi gets constantly frustrated by Kate’s loose cannon spirit, but eventually with some behind the scenes persuasion by Sora, everything is able to go smoothly. The art club has a welcome party for Kate, and all is well in the world of Sketchbook.


Ahhh token foreigner debuts, and she’s a total hoot. There’s just something about the gaijin character in anime that makes them so fun. Maybe it’s the over-the-top accent, or that their lifestyle is totally different, or that they’re always rich. Kate!


Well, I think we all knew that a few more new characters were gonna pop up, but I totally wasn’t expecting a gaijin character – and what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be. It’s hard to understand Kate’s bad jokes without a pretty good understanding of Japanese, so it’s gonna be interesting to see how the sub groups pull this one off. Either way, her cuteness and hyper personality are infectious and it’s great fun just to watch her run circles around the rest of the slow-paced cast. Look for her to provide the punchlines a few times every ep from now on!

Captions up

November 13, 2007 at 1:23 am
  • November 13, 2007 at 1:32 amvexx

    o lord this looks more full of “win” than the previous episodes between “gaijin blonde” and the “greek chorus” duo…

  • November 13, 2007 at 2:25 amMoogle

    Cant wait for the release of this episode…the interaction between gaijin blonde and the rest of the art club seems funny.

  • November 13, 2007 at 2:37 amShippoyasha

    Further cementing its status as easily THE best anime show of fall 2007 for me. As much as I love ef, Clannad, Bamboo Blade and Moyashimon, this show just keeps me in a permanent grin.

  • November 13, 2007 at 2:43 amDarkReign

  • November 13, 2007 at 3:12 amyomax

    Shippoyasha! Watch Minami-ke.

  • November 13, 2007 at 7:38 amShippoyasha

    I do. Minami ke definitely is a top, TOP contender. But I still give the edge to Sketch a bit.

  • November 13, 2007 at 11:48 amNiou

    She reminds me of Becky somewhat.

  • November 13, 2007 at 6:34 pmalex

    haha looks cute

  • November 14, 2007 at 3:31 pmShokkeru

    Haha, Kate is so awesome. Her presence easily made this episode one of my favorites of this season.

  • November 14, 2007 at 5:37 pmvexx

    I refuse to compare Sketch and Minami-ke … they each medicate my brain in their own special way :)

  • November 15, 2007 at 3:30 amF.AlZaabi

    t’s seems nice epi . XD

  • November 29, 2007 at 4:12 amSkyLark

    Minami-ke is the winner of the season for me, but this new girl made me check this series out for a second time. Win!