The cast of Pet Girl
Anime: Sakurasou no Pet na kanojo
Light Novel Series: Sakura-so no Pet na Konojo
Episode Count: 24
You can watch it at: Crunchyroll
Summary: Sorata Kanda, a student, is stuck living in the “problem children dorm” Sakura Hall at Suimei University of the Arts. His only hope is to move out and move back into the normal dorms. In Sakura Hall he’s surrounded by extraordinary people like an over-excitable animator, a genius programmer, a storyboard writer with a habit of taking girls to bed, and a drunk teacher that runs the dorm. Totally out of the blue, one of the teacher’s young relatives moves in: A world-famous painter named Mashiro Shiina. Mashiro is literally incapable of living alone and needs help doing even the simplest task (when she doesn’t have a paintbrush in hand) so Kanda is put on “Mashiro-duty” and must take care of her.
Recommendation: I highly recommend this to anyone with a taste for romantic comedy. Each of the characters is a work of art in and of themselves, but when put together the bonds between them are beautiful at worst and moving at best.
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The art style is one of the best I’ve seen and the character designs were all but flawless. I only docked a point because Misaki’s anime sometimes just look a little overly done.
Sorata Kanda is just a normal student. He wants to make it through his classes and graduate. He is in the normal (non-arts) program at Suimei and wants nothing more than to get back to a normal dorm and out of Sakura Hall. He was sent to Sakura after an incident involving him adopting a cat until such a date when the cats were properly removed from his care via adoption or other means. Though Kanda enjoys the company living in Sakura Hall, he feels out of place around the extravagant characters that share his living space. After being placed on Mashiro-Duty and deciding to become a Game Designer though, he realizes that Sakura Hall is his home and would do anyting to protect the integrity of his exiled family.
Mashiro is a world-famous artist that moves into Sakura Hall. Mashiro cannot live on her own, she is incapable of performing everyday tasks without supervision or commands, even attempting to go to school nude because Kanda didn’t tell her to get dressed. She sees the world in a unique way that makes Kanda feel as though she is out of reach of the real world. She often puts Kanda in awkward situations for nothing but the sake of getting mental images for the manga she is trying to write. Over time, she slowly realizes that she has fallen in love with Kanda, though she doesn’t understand love at all and it is a strange concept for her.
Aoyama is an art student at Suimei that left her parents’ home in search of training for a voice-acting career. After moving to Suimei she fell in love with Kanda, though he has no idea. She is his best friend at Suimei and Mashiro’s rival for Kanda’s love later in the series. After an issue with her voice acting career, Aoyama moves into Sakura Hall and is inducted into the family at Sakura Hall.
Jin is Kanda, Mashiro, and Aoyama’s senior at Suimei. He and Misaki Kamiigusa are in their final year at Suimei and have spent years working together to make anime. Jin writes the scripts and Misaki animates them. Jin spends a lot of his free time keeping track of the several girls he sleeps with often. Misaki and Jin love each other deeply, but Jin refuses to acknowledge his feelings in Misaki’s presence because he believes her to be too good for him. When he’s not sleeping around of denying Misaki the romance she so strongly desires, Jin can be a voice of reason and a bit of a father figure to Kanda who just needs someone to look up to sometimes.
I loved this show. The story is unique and exciting and tells a beautiful story of two people from two entirely different worlds coming together and finding themselves in love. A big plus for this show is Mahiro’s social ineptitude. She has no concept of what love is, yet when she realizes she loves Kanda she tries to let that love show however she can.
Not the best openings and ending I’ve ever heard, but at the same time I really just love everything about this show. I can forgive the the opening and ending a point or two for the animation the beautifully expresses the characters while they play.
How well it fits the genre (Rom-Com): 10/10
There’s not much I can say here. 10/10, 5 stars, 2 thumbs up. This show was more than just your typical rom-com, though that is the genre. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is a work of art.
Overall Opinion: 46/50
Besides a few minor bumps here and there this show is nearly flawless. I admit I was skeptical when I first started it, but within a few episodes I was too emotionally attached to stop. I watched at home, at work, in the car between the two… Hajime Kamoshida, thank you for writing this.