The Pet Girl of Sakurasō
Sakurasō no Pet na Kanojo
Comedy; Drama; Romance; Slice-of-Life
Kicked out of the normal dormitories for taking in stray cats, student Sorata Kanda is determined to escape the mental asylum of Sakura Hall. His plans are thrown into disarray when the dormitory’s teacher bestows upon him the task of looking after her younger cousin, Mashiro Shiina, who just happens to be a world-famous artist! She might be near his age and capable of painting a masterpiece with seemingly no effort, but her room, for one, is hardly her pièce de résistance. In fact, she is altogether incapable of handling the most basic of tasks: like remembering to put on underwear, drying her hair, or buttoning her shirt up right. What’s more, she seems determined to ignore her greater calling for a life of drawing manga. Can Sorata juggle such a high-maintenance ‘pet’ and the huge effort his ordinariness demands of his dream, or will it all get to be a bit much for him?
This is not a comprehensive list of every individual use of strong content, merely a guide to show you how extreme it gets and how strong it tends to be. Also, the tags I’ve given each segment (e.g. Very Strong Language) is based on my own system and does not necessarily reflect the tags the BBFC (or other national equivalent) use. According to my system, the ‘Mild’, ‘Moderate’, ‘Strong’ and ‘Very Strong’ adjectives are based on strength, not on volume. Now, obviously, the strength of any type of content is subjective; what I consider strong might just be a relaxing weekend for you. Hence, I have added an explanation for my decision to allow you to make your own informed decision.
Please also note that the ‘colourful’ language I am referring to here is based on sentai FILMWORKS’ English Subtitles. Other translations/subtitles (e.g. stream versions) may (and probably do) differ.
Moderate Sex References
Some references to wardrobe malfunctions, characters being perverts, one character being a player who often sleeps with older women, sexual harassment, a character who is believed to be engaging in BDSM with another, and other similar references. All are played for comedy and are not especially explicit.
Mild Sexualised Nudity
It’s generally played off as mild fan-service, but not all scenes are sexualised. It should be noted, all nudity featured lacks detail (i.e. no genitalia or nipple detail is present).
Some bizarre fight scenes are depicted throughout the series via the anime that one character produces and a game depicted in the series.
Some more threatening behaviour is shown at the end of the series. However, it is played for comedy and is clearer to the viewer that this is the case than it is to other characters.
One scene features a serious fist fight between two of the characters.
Some uses of ‘crap’, ‘damn’, and other forms of mild language.
Reasons to Watch
This is the difficult part. I don’t want you to see this entry as an oversized ‘DON’T WATCH THIS’ post. Equally, I don’t want to influence your opinion with a biased review – there’s a reason this website is called ‘Anime Insights’ and not ‘Anime Reviews’! In this section, I’m going to try to convey to you some of the reasons (in no particular order) that I’ve seen this series’ fans give for enjoying it!
The series was received very well by audience members, with particular praise being given to its balance between comedy and drama and the comedy and drama themselves.
A surprisingly serious series boasting realistic approaches to failure and living in the shadow of someone who seems effortlessly talented.
The staff are especially celebrated today, with Atsuko Ishizuka having also directed the acclaimed ‘A Place Further Than the Universe’ (among others), Mari Okada having written some of the most famous tearjerkers and heartstring-tuggers (e.g. A Lull in the Sea), and author Hajime Kamoshida and original character designer Keeji Mizoguchi having collaborated again on the recent audience favourite ‘Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai’ (to name a few of the big names).
Despite having a very anime sense of humour that may be alien to newcomers, this show remains accessible to newcomers with few parodies and references. A good start for those looking to get into the unique sense of humour anime brings – as long as you’re also okay to complement your laughs with drama.
Barrier of Entry
Seeing as the series is set in a dormitory for problem children, some character personalities may get on some viewers’ nerves.
As with all other comedies, the humour is subjective. Drama may accompany it, but comedy still plays a significant part in the series.
Lack of a dub may make it less accessible for some viewers. Plus, it’s not the easiest anime to admit watching, considering the title!
Asuka Ookura is also known as ASCA, performer of the second opening theme for Sword Art Online: Alicization. However, in The Pet Girl of Sakurasō, she is credited as Asuka Ookura.
Kimi ga Yume wo Tsuretekita by Pet Girls (Ep. 2-10)
Yume no Tsuzuki by Konomi Suzuki (Ep. 13, 16-22, 24)
I call your name again by Mariko Nakatsu (Ep. 14)
DAYS of DASH by Konomi Suzuki (Ep. 1-12, 24)
Prime number ~Kimi to Deaeru Hi~ by Asuka Ookura (Ep. 13-22)
Kyō no Hi wa Sayonara by Yui Horie, Mariko Nakatsu, Natsumi Takamori, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Takahiro Sakurai, Ai Kayano, Ayako Kawasumi & Megumi Toyoguchi (Ep. 23)
Special Features are present on both Blu-Ray and DVD releases. These include a segment the main cast’s voice actors did for the show’s première, wherein they talked about their time working on the show, acted each others’ lines, etc.
At time of writing [13/06/2019] there has been no UK release announced or previously released. The American Blu-Ray is locked to Region A only (UK is Region B), meaning that a multi-region Blu-Ray player would be necessary to play it or computer software that produces a similar effect. The American DVD is Region 1 NTSC (UK is Region 2 PAL, or Region 2 NTSC on newer DVD Players), meaning that similar conditions must be met to play in the UK. However, free and reliable multi-region DVD software is far easier to find for the computer than its Blu-Ray counterpart.
Animation Production: J.C. STAFF
Director: Atsuko Ishizuka
Series Composition: Mari Okada
Music: Yuzo Hayashi
Original Creator: Hajime Kamoshida
Original Character Design: Keeji Mizoguchi
Animation Character Design: Masahiro Fujii
Chief Animation Directors: Masahiro Fujii (Ep. 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24), Hiroshi Tomioka (Ep. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18) & Yukie Hiyamizu (Ep. 20, 22)
Art Director: Kōichirō Bizen
Lead Voice Actors
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Sorata Kanda
Ai Kayano as Mashiro Shiina