Sunshine Sketch, known in Japan as Hidamari Sketch (ひだまりスケッチ, Hidamari Sukecchi?), is a Japanese four-panel comic strip by Ume Aoki revolving around the daily lives of a group of young girls all living in the same apartment where artists gather. It was first serialized in the seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat in April 2004, published by Houbunsha. Yen Press licensed the manga for English language distribution, and released the first volume on May 27, 2008. A twelve-episode anime based on the manga under the original title Hidamari Sketch aired in Japan between January 11, 2007 and March 29, 2007. Two more special episodes were aired on October 18, 2007. A second season entitled Hidamari Sketch×365 began airing in Japan on July 3, 2008. Two light novels were written by Chabō Higurashi, with illustrations by Aoki, which drew its story directly from the manga.