Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo -Never Give Up On Yourself-

Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo -Never Give Up On Yourself-

This time I’m writing about a piece of art and emotions that everyone will need to consider watching, in other words…’s a MUST WATCH. Let me sum up my experiences with Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo.

The story starts off with Kanda Sorata, a completely normal second year high school student living in Sakurasou, a residence where his school keeps all the special case students. The others are Kamiigusa Misaki, the weirdest third year student and a highly-energetic one at that, Mitaka Jin, also a third year student but he goes clubbing all night and is a playboy of sorts, Shiina Mashiro, who can’t seem to do anything herself and Akasaka Ryuunosuke, an elusive second year programmer who rarely leaves his room.

So, does the show have any interesting qualities aside from the School, Romance and Slice of Life tags? It does, and it’s better than what you’d expect from merely looking at the title and character personalities.

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Okay, let’s cut to the chase, to put it bluntly………..hard word vs natural talent. When you don’t have any relevant skills in a field you’re interested, can passion be enough to fulfill your dream?

I get the point, just working hard is not enough and the show stones this into our minds. While the story is highly subjective of that golden rule and sometimes vaguely implicative of the situation, the characters learn to deal with their own ordeals and overcome the many obstacles standing between them and their goals. The show puts the characters in very real situations and there’s a lot to be learned from their choices and actions. And their problems can’t get any dire than this, it basically portrays their lives as being both physically and mentally challenging. If you want an anime that shows the main characters going through life facing personal dilemmas handled realistically, then look no further, you’re at the right bus station. What you’ll be more surprised by is how much of a bonding you might develop with the characters.

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Sorata is easy going at Sakurasou despite being surrounded by talented friends, he thinks that everything around him isn’t interesting and he hasn’t really thought about how he wants his future to be. He is bored of this feeling of emptiness clouding over everything around him. For that reason, he just lives out his life normally like any normal high school student would. Reality catches up with him though and he slowly realizes that his whole outlook on life is flawed.

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Then, Mashiro comes into the big picture and gives him a run for his money. Mashiro becomes this kind of motivational and untinted character that Sorata can model himself after and the pair do pull my heart strings A LOT. This show could be passed as a romance drama of exceptional quality if you’re one of the easily moved. It’s heart-warming to see the two learning to care and lean on each other. Oh…..the feels….it absolutely makes you happy.

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Mashiro didn’t appear to be that much interesting aside from the comedic aspects when she was introduced thus my attention was put off to Sorata and the remaining characters. She improves greatly as the plot progresses and her voice acting was spot on. Her voice acting was especially hard to do but it was done right, her tone and pitch change depending on the situation and it sounds so natural, that’s a plus.

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Well the show could also pass as a worthwhile romance comedy from a particular view point. I usually laugh at Sorata’s sarcastic remarks and outright hilarious reactions and the funny faces that he occasionally makes. His voice acting was also very good and the quirky voices he pulls off (that I can’t really nail down to any particular character type) add a refreshing humor to the conversations. But the overreactions can actually mess with the mood in some cases.

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Misaki is another character that lightens the mood with her crazy personality, delusions, stories, traps, jokes, you name it. She is full of energy 100% of the time and super hyper to do just about anything, especially playing video games with Sorata. The comedy is fast too as a number of jokes are delivered in quick succession and it proves to be effective since I found myself laughing much more than I probably should. The other characters do make some rounds but in lesser quantities. The soundtrack blends in seemingly to the comedy and romance, and is overall fitting for the nature of the show. Don’t turn your back on this one if you’ve got a comedy sweet tooth.

Looking over this from a Slice of Life perspective, it has got all the properties of a SoL. In essence, if you put six people in the same dorm, they form a group and become best friends, right? The group at Sakurasou have their fair share of weird and wacky characters, so why not take it to the next level? Who says that they can’t do something exciting once in a while?

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They give Tanabata a try, show a big surprise at the cultural festival, set the mood on Christmas and go on some trips……pretty by-the-book really. It has got promise because it manages to integrate the romance, comedy and drama while making the viewers familiarize themselves with the characters and has some episodes not connected to the main plot, which is always a welcome.

This has got to be one of the best stories of friendship and love that I have seen. The little group at Sakurasou are almost inseparable from one another. They are dependable and do their best to help if someone is feeling depressed and defeated. It feels as if I was right there on the scene when the characters were struggling and in pain because of the whole group dynamic.

The emotions I felt were powerful, and any normal anime can’t do that, it needs to be very special for me to even say that I had laughed and cried with the characters. It really feels like everything is truly happening in real life. I take it that I’ve inserted myself into this group unconsciously and most of you who have been convinced to watch this will likely say the same. Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo absolutely is a roller-coaster ride of emotions.

The Conclusion

If you don’t have any romance or drama anime on your to-watch list, this more than satisfies. Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo is a fun and memorable experience. You’ll quickly find yourself cracking smiles a few episodes in. The characters are all well-written and properly shown with interesting and loveable personalities, complete with their own personal stories. The show intertwines the romance, drama and comedy genres neatly without them interfering with each other. Every episode is immersive and it doesn’t drag anything out for too long. It gets serious when it wants to, making us worry for the characters as they deal with their problems and try to prevail. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING will probably top your list for a while after you finish watching.                                                                                                                                                                   -KKSparrow


6 thoughts on “Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo -Never Give Up On Yourself-

  1. I quite enjoyed watching this but find it hard to rewatch. I like that our protagonist stumbles again and again in finding his way but sometimes it really feels like the story is just kicking him in the teeth because it can. That said, this anime is definitely memorable. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yeah, Sorata does get pretty beat up but this one won’t be great without him, he leads the plot a lot of the time. Well, I have plans to rewatch with a friend who hasn’t seen it. *grabs tissue box*

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