Anime : Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
Genres : Comedy, Drama, Romance, School
Synopsis : The school romantic comedy revolves around a second-year high school student named Sorata Kanda who lives in Sakurasou, the dormitory for problem children at Sorata’s school. One day, Mashiro Shiina—a cute girl who happens to be also a cosmopolitan, brilliant artist—moves into Sakurasou.
Sorata thinks to himself that he should protect Mashiro from the weirdos at Sakurasou, but Mashiro has a surprising secret: she has no idea how to take care of herself. She gets lost if she goes out, and her room is a complete mess. Sorata’s dorm mates designate him as the “master” of Mashiro, and thus, an ordinary boy and a brilliant girl must live like “a master and his pet.” [Source:myanimelist.net]
Story [9/10]: Sakurasou has a very interesting story development, not the random happenings kind of story. The story is a continuous of whatever that happened in all the previous episodes, which leads to what it is on the current episode. This kept me in suspense at many parts throughout the anime. The dramas that occurs at several climaxes the story, in particular, is what I think separates good animes from the bad ones, and Sakurasou definitely got that packed in. However, there are several unnecessary romances throughout the story, but doesn’t affect the main plot of the story, so it isn’t a huge problem.
Art [10/10]: The first and most important aspect I look for in an anime, is the artwork. And Sakurasou nailed it, completely. Throughout the series, there were many sketches of Shiina’s manga. The sketches were wonderfully drawn, and gave viewers the feel of Shiina’s talents. And whoever who drew that, I’d say he/she got some real talent too. The character designs were unique as well, and I could hardly find any resemblance any of the characters have with other animes. This is THE most important factor which granted a full rating for art as I could usually pick up a few similarities at one glance, but Sakurasou really left me there digging up for similarities and, wow, I am very amazed. Lastly, Shiina’s eyes were really well drawn and colored. It really gives you an eccentric feeling which is really, something that cannot be expressed with words!
Sound [10/10]: Yet again, another aspect conquered. The team that works on the sound really did a good job with inserting the right BGMs to create that, usually, comedic atmostphere, and at times, the depressing moments. Sakurasou really swayed my emotions together with them.
Character [9/10]: Sakurasou has six main characters, with completely total different reasons of why they ended up in that old and worn-down dorm. Juggling between six characters is quite a tough task, and Sakurasou did it again. They developed on all six of them fairly well, although it is indeed more focused on the relations between Sorata and Shiina. However, that isn’t a huge concern as all the characters had their histories revealed, and as to what led them to where or what they are presently. I especially like the rom-com between Misaki and Jin!
TOTAL : [ 38/40 ]
Sakurasou is far by the BEST anime I have ever watched, and in order to give a review without any prejudice, I had to give several ratings over a few days and then comparing them to give the best rating possible. It ended in the most cliffhanging way by introducing new characters and a start of a new chapter though, making all fans craving for more. However, following the Light Novel, Sakurasou only has about 1-2 chapters more after the ending of the anime, thus proving difficult for a season 2 to serialize. Sakurasou is sure to bring you on a bumpy ride on the feels trip, especially nearing the end so make sure you last till then!
Shiina, an eccentric yet talented artist on a national level. However, it is due to that extreme talent that she lacks the knowledge and common sense of a normal being. Thus, the need for Mashiro Duty, where Sorata has to take care of her, and doing her daily chores.
Bed hair and can hardly get out of bed. A perfectly normal human being!
Alright, I’m wrong. Please, put that knife down.
Permission granted. Execute Plan C.
It was revealed in the last episode that she showed some interest in Sorata… Hmmm…
Kanda Sorata, your average joe without any special talents of what-sort. Despite that, being placed in a dormitory, Sakurasou, with all the talented peers, he decided to work hard on pursuing his passion in becoming a game creator.
Being pretty much forced into taking care of Shiina, he took on the “Mashiro Duty” reluctantly at the start, but soon got used to it.
A talented animator who has supposedly made an anime all by herself. Being referred to as an “alien”, it can be seen throughout the series that she has amazing physical capabilities…
As seen from episode 3, she could run really fast. Not even sure where she got her energy from.
Misaki and Jin were childhood friends, but she realized that she has feelings for Mitaka Jin, and has confessed several times, only to have the subject avoided.
Mitaka Jin, a playboy who have several girlfriends, whom he seems to be in an intimidate relationship with them. This included Misaki’s older sister.
He broke up with all of them in the end though.
He is a writer, who has produced scripts for Misaki’s anime. However, it has been mentioned that his scripts weren’t good enough to be on par with Misaki’s work. Thus, he studied hard and made it into a university in Osaka to become a playwright, all just to prove his worthiness of being able to stand with Misaki.
It is mentioned that he has feelings for Misaki.
Aoyama Nanami, an extremely hardworking girl, all to pursue her dreams of becoming a voice actor. She moved into Sakurasou in episode 5 due to funding problems, as she heard that Sakurasou’s rent was generally cheaper. It was however, also to check on the relationship of Sorata and Shiina.
Always mistaking Sorata and Shiina’s relationship, she ends up making a big fuss over it. Poor Sorata.
It can be seen throughout that Aoyama showed feelings towards Sorata. However, Sorata who is as dense as a block couldn’t see it apparently.
Akasaka Ryuunosuke, a talented programmer tied with big companies. A shut-in who seldom goes to school, and even if he does, it’s just to fill up his attendance so that he doesn’t get expelled. His favorite food is tomato, and he can be seen eating one while working and even during class.
I find Sakurasou really motivating at many parts, especially Sorata, who had so many setbacks, but never gave up.
That’s all for this review. I’d like to thank all readers, and I do hope I receive the continuous support so as to motivate me for the next complete review!