English: The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Synonyms: Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 9, 2012 to Mar 26, 2013
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.381 (scored by 31193 users)
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SynopsisThe 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."
Related AnimeAdaptation: Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
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If I were to stick to my initial instincts, I would have dropped this show already. Why? The opening scenario in the first episode had every possible sign that screamed: code red. It starts out with an annoying and obnoxious girl flaunting her body, situated in a room with a clueless male character. Now that's original. Thankfully, this anime actually progresses into the realms of solid storytelling, with the themes of failure and realism being eminent. The story touches on the insurmountable gap between commoners and geniuses, and explores the relationship between these polar-opposite characters. The drama with all of this, although hard to absorb at times, will perpetually draw you in episode after episode.
For me, watching Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is like finding a diamond in the rough. The “rough” that I am referring to, would be the dominance of the many crappy ecchi-romance shows in the anime industry. In these shows, the romance is inevitably cheapened by the ecchi aspect of it. Although I am not the biggest fan of the ecchi genre, it’s fine as long as it does not take precedence over the storyline. In addition, the story needs to build up momentum to escalate the romance to its full effect. This show does both, and at a high level. Comedy wise, it was unoriginal and uninspiring after a certain point. The jokes became too reliant on one thing, which was the obliviousness of the female protagonist. Ultimately, this show’s main appeal is the drama and the romance.
The title pretty much sums up this show: translated as “The Pet Girl of Sakurasou”. The main female protagonist, Mashiro Shiina, is that “pet girl”; a beautiful girl with a genius in her. She is a world famous renowned painter and an aspiring manga artist. Nevertheless, conventional wisdom points to the notion that all geniuses are also retarded. In Shiina’s case, she is inept in living a normal life. She needs a caretaker to feed, clean, and dress her, symbolic to a lazy domesticated cat. That is also where most of the ecchi is derived from. A teenage girl who needs assistance in personal hygiene can only lead to one thing. To the author's credit, this is a shrewd implementation of fan service that cannot be overlooked. The male protagonist, Sorata Kanda, is her caretaker. He operates in a different world than Shiina, and fits the expression of Jack of all trades, master of none. He is just a plain and average boy while Shiina is gifted with artistic talent. Can they coexist with each other? The plot screams: DRAMA!
Drama can be good but also bad. It’s bad when it gets overblown. It’s good when it’s realistic. This show falls under the realistic side for the most part. I was intrigued by the prospect of pairing Sorata and Shiina. The character development of both characters comes hand in hand with their relationship. The simple fact that Sorata feels inferior to Shiina creates a lot of hardships, which was well executed throughout the series for the most part. Put yourself in Sorata’s shoes. His feelings are real. His insecurity about himself was magnified by Shiina’s outstanding talents. This often makes Sorata a detestable character because of his random lash outs. The boring characters are always the realistic ones. However, he is a good fit for the main protagonist of this story no matter how much of a sissy you think he is. He is the "balance" to all the crazy characters in this show. Mashiro Shiina is probably the fan favorite, being the clueless, deredere girl she is. Watching her can be highly satisfying and cute, especially when she figures out what love is. She massages the soft spot of many viewers. I am a victim.
The rest of the cast in Sakurasou is good and steady for the most part. The fact that Sorata is not the only important male character automatically deserves credit. My standards are low after being subjected to all the harems that exists in the world of anime. To create more drama, because we can't get enough of it, Aoyama is added to the mix to form a love triangle with Sorata and Shiina. She is more on Sorata’s level in terms of talent and diligence. This makes the love triangle more conflicted, which means more dramatic! What a surprise! There is also the wacky-calm duo in Misaki and Jin to provide a dose of comedy whenever it’s needed. Ryuunosuke completes the group as a shut-in computer nerd that has a phobia for girls. The diversity in these characters makes a good supporting cast.
I have zero complaints over the production done by J.C Staff. Kayano Ai is a perfect match for Shiina’s emotionless personality. There could not have been a better voice actress for her. The coloring scheme for the setting gives off a certain light-heartedness that sits well with me. Other than that, nothing really stood out to my eyes, which is quite a shame since this show is about art.
I didn’t see myself enjoying Sakurasou na Pet no Kanojo initially, especially after the opening scene to this show. “Here we go again” was the thought that popped up in my head, but I didn't cut the knot. You shouldn't either. read more
So, just to get this out of the way, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is a high school, romantic comedy drama based off the light novels of the same name whose main draw comes from the characters and how they interact with each other. To be completely honest, when I first heard about Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo before it even aired, I fully expected it to be a “weird-girl harem comedy”, and the first couple episodes really did nothing to change that opinion. However, as the show progressed, I found that I never could have been more wrong.
The story revolves around Kanda Sorata, a second-year in high school who gets sent to Sakurasou because he took in and cared for a cat in the normal dorms (which is not allowed, obviously). Sakurasou is an old boarding house where the “loonies” of the school reside and there is a myth among the student body that once you get sent to Sakurasou, you can never return to the normal dorms. Sorata just sees this as a temporary phase and vows to get out of Sakurasou as soon as possible by getting someone to adopt the cat he found but, he soon finds that the eccentric residents of Sakurasou begin to grow on him. The comedy within the series focuses mostly on the Japanese style of comedy called “manzai” (look it up if you're curious) and at times the comedy can be pretty funny but it can get stale after a while. The story is, in my eyes, really just a stage to set up the interactions between the characters but, that is not to say it is bad- it has some interesting twists to it. Indeed, I particularly enjoyed the story and the way things played out but, I will say something outright and that is: Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is not all smiley-faces and rainbows. The anime has a theme of cruel, harsh realism and not everything goes peachily for the cast but, when things did go right, I felt the very same happiness, relief, and triumph the characters felt. To put it simply, the story is an enjoyable emotional roller coaster ride where I somehow felt connected to the characters as though I was with them for the ride.
The characters in Sakurasou are the main draw of the anime, and there are an equal number of “normal” characters to “weird” or “genius” characters. From the uncontrollable and wild Misaki to the recluse Ryuunosuke, each character is unique and feels as though they “belong” amongst the cast. That is to say, none of the main cast of characters are one-dimensional and each have their own back-story and motivations; they're not just characters thrown in randomly for effect and best of all, they feel like real (strange) people. By the end, I really got a feel for how the characters act and feel, and why they do so in the first place. As I mentioned above, I felt connected to the characters and cared for them; whatever happened to the characters in the anime- all of them- affected me, whether it was the bitterness of defeat or the joy of sweet victory.
The art and animation in Sakurasou is good but is generally nothing spectacular or over-the-top. The one exception, however, is Mashiro's art which is often pretty amazing, befitting her status as a world-renowned artist. While I didn't particularly like the back-ground music, openings, or endings too much, I didn't think that they were bad; they fit the anime well and the transitions into the ending themes were often smooth. The voice acting is pretty good overall and accurately displays how the characters are feeling moment to moment, which is pretty amazing in Mashiro's case since she is usually dull and monotone. I particularly enjoyed Nanami's quirk of lapsing into Osaka dialect at times and, with my limited knowledge of what the Japanese language sounds like, it never sounded fake or too forced. One last thing to mention is the anime often makes references other things, in particular to Toradora! with the Palm-top Tiger design showing up consistently. Like Sakurasou, Toradora! was also produced by J.C. Staff.
So, to sum it up, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is an enjoyable emotional roller coaster with interesting characters and is an anime that I would recommend to just about anyone who enjoys romantic comedies or dramas. To be completely honest, I often waited on watching episodes rather than watch them right when they came out because, at times, I was afraid the drama would be overbearing but, in the end, I didn't really find anything I really disliked about this anime and I felt the package as a whole was delivered excellently.
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Romantic comedy about a group of friends with different backgrounds, relationships and problems as they experience and solve it together. Both have unique characters that keeps you interested and entertained.
Toradora and Sakurasou involve a guy reluctantly taking responsibility for a female classmate that he lives near, but the girl in Sakurasou is a softly-spoken autistic artist, not a troubled tsundere. Sakurasou has a very similar tone to Toradora, and the characters fill comparable but not identical roles. Though Sakurasou initially tries to present itself as a fanservice anime, its real themes are of aspiration, self-expectation, and unreciprocated feelings.
Toradora's passion, good music, amazing characters, adn overall awesomeness has been re-incarnated into Sakurasou. I love you J.C. Staff
Both series are about the main guy taking care of a girl. Both are romantic comedies with a bit of drama
-produced by J.C.Staff
-can be defined as a mix between comedy, drama, romance, and slice-of-life
-male protagonist loved by many girl, but appears to be oblivious
-love complications and development between major character
-quirky characters, resulting in unique stories
both are awesome shows and are highly recommended
Both are pretty good Romantic Comedies.
While watching Sakurasou I kept feeling like i did with Toradora, so If you like one you will most likely enjoy the other.
-Both have main characters looking after the main heroine
-Similar art style and animation
-Both are produced by J.C. Staff
-Have similar feel in terms of comedy and serious moments
Both are romantic comedies taking place in high school. Characters share several similarities. Sakurasou has more fanservice in it, however.
First of all, both series involves J.C. Staff.
But beyond that, there are some other similarities present in both series.
Toradora and Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo both has a main female protagonist who is peculiar and not the typical girl you'll meet in every day life. In fact, their personalities makes the main male protagonist feel a bit uneasy. But despite this, they get along better later on as the main male protagonist begins to take care of the girl.
Both series also has other characters involved with the two main characters in a variety of ways - comedic, dramatic, emotional, and romance.
Both series are lighthearted and takes place at school life setting.
The relationships seem to be complicated and intertwined.
Similar setting, characters, animation.
Romantic comedy with a large love/relationship polygon.
Both are highly recommended.
Both anime shows have a boy taking care of people with interesting personalities.
As each of these shows pull you along the story of normal school kids going through out there school years, they showcase a great mixture of drama and humour with an interesting and unique story line. These shows do a great job of making you genuinely care about what the characters are going through and what will happen to them next as you feel that you can relate to their situation.
- super cute romance
- relationships between main characters are pretty similar
- both have their own sad parts in the anime
-Both main characters take care of a girl
-There is a complex love triangle in both
-Suspenseful storyline with who the main character will choose
Both start up as simple animes but as the episodes goes it becomes more and more serious
First of all the main plot is similar. It is a story of a girl that is really dependent just like the main characters of the stories. And a boy that is the one that helps out the girls. It has the same romance and love triangle, drama and school theme.
More power J.C Staff!
Both have main character taking care of an eccentric girl.
-Both male protagonists have to take care of a peculiarly eccentric girl
-Both animes are school life that have a balance of comedy/romance/drama
Both have a boy that needs to take care of a girl that doesn't understand much about the world and hasn't made contact with too many people.
Autistic main girl with similar supporting cast
In both series, there is a main male protagonist who has to take care of a strange girl. From there on and out, the two forms a strange relationship with one another as he tries to take care of her and teach the girl about things around the world. (i.e. common sense)
Both series has a lot of drama and comedy that is presented as being lighthearted.
Both series also has an entertaining start/pilot episode that kicks off the plot. Often or not in both series, the dialogues (especially between the two main protagonists) are very humorous to listen to.
An aloof female character falls into the hands of a certain boy who takes responsibility of her.
The main female character and the relationship between her and the main male character are similar.
both anime consist of a male protagonist start to look after an odd girl, when they move into there destinated homes.
both male protagonists are totally different in personalities, where one just stupidly over reacts to everything and its not even close to realistic, and the other its just the usual ordinary boy, and the girl protagonists are just weird * weird as in one of them is completely loveable, yet the other is just a painted doll that cant do shit* imo.
both are a great anime to watch, *which i mean just denpa onna*, but sakurasou is not bad either, just doesnt live up to denpa, imo.
both have the generic usual supporting cast full of ecchiness and humour, which makes or breaks the anime.
they both are the same in a generic ordinary boy looking after a unordinary girl, but you might like one if you like the other in someways -___-
Pretty simple main male lead has to take care and do almost everything for Main female lead. Both male leads act almost completely the same, if you like one you will like the other.
both have boy taking care of troublesome girl
• Both have main character taking care of weird girl.
• Both mind of the girls are out of this world.
• Both girls are attractive and beautiful
Both are about a somewhat generic high-school boy that has to help/take care of a girl that has many eccentricities about her. Both have a very likable supporting cast that are all fleshed out well.
In my opinion, both take the cliched and make it something interesting to watch.
Opening Theme#1: "Kimi ga Yume wo Tsuretekita (君が夢を連れてきた)" by Pet na Kanojo-tachi (Ai Kayano, Mariko Nakatsu, Natsumi Takamori) (eps 2-10)
#2: "Yume no Tsuzuki (夢の続き)" by Konomi Suzuki (eps 13, 16-22, 24)
#3: "I call your name again" by Nanami Aoyama (Mariko Nakatsu) (ep 14)
Ending Theme#1: "DAYS of DASH" by Konomi Suzuki (eps 1-12, 24)
#2: "Prime number ~Kimi to Deaeru Hi~ (Prime number～君と出会える日～) by Asuka Ookura (大倉明日香) (eps 13-22)
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