~~~~A few minor spoilers ahead~~~~
Hello everybody! This is going to be my first review on this site. Sorry in advance for any mistakes, as I’m still a newbie at this. Today I’m going to be reviewing the anime called “The Pet Girl of Sakurasou” or “Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo”. A realistic romance comedy about an autistic girl, a normal boy that wants to do more with his life and the other freaky students that live in the Sakurasou dorms. I greatly enjoyed watching every single episode. I even shed a few tears in the last couple episodes. Let me tell you what makes this so entertaining to watch.
Story of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
The story for The Pet Girl of Sakurasou isn’t the most amazing one, nor the most clever one, but it still enthralls you and never ceases to amuses you. The basic plot of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is there is a boy named Sorata Kanda who moves into the Sakurasou dorms. These dorms are for the children that are troubled. The reason why Sorata ended up there is he had been keeping pet cats in his old dorms, which was against their rules. In the beginning of the series, he is desperately looking for a home for the cats, so he could move back to the regular dorms. Over the course of the anime, he learns to love Sakurasou and its crazy inhabitants. A new girl moves into the dorms. Her name is Mashiro. Sorata is forced to take care of her, as she obviously doesn’t know how. It was never specifically said that she was autistic, but she sure acts like it, particularly like she has Asbergers. The relationship between Sorata and Mashiro is similar to a master and a pet, hence the name of this show. There is a few plot twists along the way, but I don’t want to give any major spoilers. You’ll just have to see for yourself.
At the beginning, this show looks like your standard crappy ecchi anime. After the first couple episodes, it gets a whole ton better. There is still some fan service sprinkled throughout, but really only for comedic purposes and didn’t feel too out of place when it did happen. The pacing is a good pace throughout, with the first few episodes introducing all the characters. Mashiro is of course introduced early on, in a suggestive and awkward way. Even though it was funny, it was still fan service nonetheless. It seemed to me as if the first few episodes were for the producers to get all their sexual energy out and move into the real juicy plot, the substance of the whole thing, instead of flimsy fan service. There was a little more throughout, but just to add to the humor and silliness of a situation.
As the story progressed, you begin to feel a connection form between you and the characters. They each have their own personal roadblock in life, their romances, feeling, dreams, etc. The characters become more and more amazing as the story goes along. You see how the show compares sheer talent and hard work combined with determination. Can the untalented, less skilled, ever catch up the geniuses in life? Why is life so unfair? Will all your hard work and never giving up actually pay off? Was it all for nothing? Questions like these add a bunch of conflict to the story, along with making it very enjoyable altogether.
I hear the term “forced drama” get thrown around a lot when I hear people talking about this anime. To me, it all felt very real. The characters and the hardships they went through never seemed forced. I’ll admit it was odd that Mashiro didn’t even know how to dress herself; that she should have some parent to teach her that, but it was a comedy show after all. The love triangle wasn’t handled the best but it definitely was still amazing and not forced. The anime handled the drama incredibly well, but at the same time keeping a light hearted tone underneath it all.
The story ended and wrapped extremely well. I don’t want to give it away, but the all the feelings of love, goodbyes, determination and bravery, friendship, was all portrayed amazingly. A couple tears ran down my cheek as the series came to a close. As always, I hated to see an excellent series end.
Characters of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Sorata, as I said before, is the main character of the story. He is friendly guy who always want to help everybody. That trait shows a lot in the series, starting off with him refusing to get rid of his pet cats that he adopted. He does his best to stay sane at Sakurasou among all the wacky residents. Sorata has to help Mashiro everyday: getting her dressed, buying her things, and making sure she doesn’t screw up too badly. He even tries to teach her how to cook. For the most part, he is a calm dude. He eventually finds a deep well of determination within him to achieve something huge, to stop being like everybody else. Sorata has his ups and his downs, really showing how he acts in tough situations. At the beginning of the series he wants to escape Sakurasou, but the dorms and the people eventually grow on him. I liked Sorata a lot, as he seemed to have more personality than other male leads. (Cough, cough, Kirito.)
This girl moves in at the beginning of the series. She is an astounding artist who moved to Japan to draw manga. Mashiro has a hard time understanding people’s feeling and common every day sense. For that reason, somebody needs to supervise her most of the time. In this anime, most of the humor revolves around her and her cluelessness, making hilarious situations. Underneath her emotionless outside appearance, she really does care for people, even though she finds it hard to understand why they do what they do. Mashiro loves to draw manga and is very devoted. She is quirky, funny, weird, and a very interesting character.
Nanami decided to move into Sakurasou after Sorata left the normal dorms to live there. She has a huge crush on Sorata and wants to keep him to herself. She is always trying to do everything by herself, wanting to be the strongest person she can be. A few times in the anime, she even collapsed from exhaustion. Nanami doesn’t like to admit it when she needs help. Besides being a hard worker, she is also a sweet and generally a kind person. I liked how she was a tough and determined character.
Ah, where to begin with this crazy character. I can say with absolute certainty that she was the funniest and strangest character in the show. She also has an unusually vivid and creative imagination. At times, she can be quite perverted, especially around Jin or Sorata. She works on making on her very own anime to publish to the world. Misaki simply likes to mess around and have some fun with her life. It seems that she has an infinite supply of energy. For the most part, she is a highly optimistic person, cheering everybody up around her, making sure they never give up. Misaki made this show unique with all her craziness.
He is a playboy who has broken girl’s hearts in the past. Jin has a hard time deciding who he truly loves and which person is meant for him. He is a fairly average guy, but a little smarter and hardworking than the rest. He also is friends with Sorata and the other residents of Sakurasou. Jin can be flirty or serious.
Last but not least, Ryuunosuke or “Dragon.” He is the most mysterious character in the show. A lot of the time, he just stays in his room, developing software and video games. He developed an AI called “Maid-Chan” to answer emails and help him out. He doesn’t even like to attend class; thinking he is above all that. He also doesn’t like to come near girls. Ryuunosuke finds females “untrustworthy”. For whatever reason though, he has hair like a girls. Don’t ask me why. He is extremely intelligent and because of that, can be arrogant.
Sound of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
I loved the first opening the Pet Girl of Saurasou had. I felt like it fitted the show very well. The ending songs and the second opening were also well done. During the episodes, the background music was also very pleasant and suiting. Great soundtracks overall, and definitely a nice addition to the anime.
The voice actors sounded excellent as well. As of today’s date, there has been no dubbed version yet. Not that you would want one anyway, due to the excellent jobs that the Japanese voice actors did. Lots of effort and emotion was put into each characters voice.
Art of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
I absolutely adored the art. Art is highly subjective, as any creative medium is, but to me, the art of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou was spectacular. I loved all the bright colors and shading. I think the artists were creative with their art style. All the animation seemed fluid and I didn’t notice too many scenes where a lot of people are just standing still. All the character deigns seemed well though out and suitable for their individual personality. Take Misaki for example. You can tell she is a total crazy and fun person just be looking at her. With Jin, he looks sly and flirty.
I can safely conclude that this animation is top notch. With vivid lighting and color, this anime can be a total eye candy at times. Awesome animation a lot like Angel Beats.
Enjoyment of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
I loved watching every single episode of this anime. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou never ceased to make me smile and uplift my spirit. All the drama made the show unpredictable, unlike other rom-com anime shows that are so generic. I didn’t feel bored one bit. As the story progressed, I became more and more attached to the characters, their problems and relationships. A very enjoyable watch in my book.
Overall rating/final notes of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
The comedy in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou was done well and didn’t seem forced. Thankfully, they didn’t throw in any comedy moments with super serious and dramatic moments. That would be a mess. But, no, this anime was put together well.
A great slice of life anime for once. I felt like this show handled fan service well, just using it here and there to make some scenes hilarious. I felt like it was more creative with the characters and the plot, instead of using generic story lines, with cringe worthy cliches. I would recommend The Pet Girl of Sakurasou to anybody who enjoys a good school anime, and also fine with brief nudity and a little swearing. I give this hilarious anime a 9 out of 10 in total. Give it a watch, don’t jump to conclusion just because of the first couple of episodes, and I’m sure you’ll have a good laugh.
Have a good day everybody!