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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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To me, the best finales are those that wrap up everything we’ve dealt with so far, but leave the future open to be whatever we, the audience, want to imagine it will be. Clean up the dangling plot threads, but leave endless opportunities ahead. In this, and by the soaring, glorious feelings that filled me for damn near every second of this episode, made this one of the best finales I’ve seen in a long time. Consider me thoroughly biased, but I say it nevertheless. Here’s why:

Symbols of Love

In romantic fiction, a kiss is something to be held back, hoarded, so that they can be deployed for maximum effect later on. Rare enough is the show that has this many couples that are all equally likable, interesting, and important to us viewers, but rarer still is one hat is willing to give us not just one, but three kisses within a single episode! I’ll talk about the first two, and something else besides.

First is Ryuunosuke and Rita. Oh my gods, I almost fell over cheering at that!! I have alluded to this before, but this kiss actually happened earlier in the source material – during Valentine’s Day I believe, though don’t quote me...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Setting Up The Moment

Though good scenes are often made of bigger things, it’s the little details that make them great. Last week I spoke about how Rita’s presence gave us a chance at a resolution of her and Dragon’s love affair, but she also added to the effect this time merely by being another person who truly cares about Sakurasou. She also – though it was Ryuunosuke’s idea. Who would have thought! – brought the sakura pins, without which the vote later on would not have been nearly so uplifting. Of them all though, perhaps my favorite was when we later found out that Misaki’s speech was actually handed to the principal, who didn’t even bother to read it. That Jin’s old friend would go so far as to place the offending speech in the principal’s hands, knowing full well that he only had to glance at it to ruin everything…well, that little detail added spice to the moment, power to their triumph. It’s always the little things that matter.

Misaki’s Speech
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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After the last episode I felt emotionally drained, like someone had strapped a vacuum to my soul and sucked out all the life. This week, I feel uplifted. All the pain, all the struggle they went through lead to something fantastic. Characters grew, learned about themselves, and came to realize what the true happiness of Sakurasou is all about. I could almost sing.

Mashiro’s Painting

Yet not all that glitters is gold, and though uplifting by the end, this episode had its punches to throw as well. It was subtly painful how they didn’t know that Mashiro was gone at first, but what did it more was the painting. As soon as I saw it, I saw the beauty of it – not necessarily in the placement of the brush strokes, but in the feelings they conveyed. It was like looking through Mashiro’s eyes at the Sakurasou she loved – which is when I realized what Sorata noticed as well. Mashiro was not in it.

The whole first third of the episode was heartrendingly beautiful, from Sorata’s frustration at Mashiro’s departure, to Jin and Misaki’s kindly advice, all the way to Sorata taking charge so definitely when it was Mashiro that may leave...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Nanami

Though the intro was sad, with this sense of borrowed time subtly woven into every action and narration, the episode only truly started when Nanami began to cry. I’ve said it before, but here it is again – this is what happens when you bottle up your emotions instead of experiencing them when the bad news hits. Nanami should have cried deeply and openly long ago, but instead she held it in. She kept going for as long as she could, kept trying and smiling for as long as she could…until finally it as too much, and everything that had built up slammed into her all at once. Ouch, ouch, ouch.

And she thought it was all a waste. This too I have written about before, but I don’t begrudge her for feeling as she did. In that moment, when it all hit her and she thought back on all the things she sacrificed, it must have seemed like a waste indeed. But it was not. The experience will change her, and the journey has already made her into who she is today. That she can put in so much effort means that she can do it again, either for this dream or the next. It shows her youth for her to think it was a waste, but I don’t begrudge her that.
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Such is the arrogance of amateurs playing at PR. Because they’re afraid of what people might say about the school, the board decided to move up the demolition of Sakurasou from five years to immediately, all because they think Mashiro should be painting. What right do they have! But more importantly, they’re forgetting one thing – the residents of Sakurasou. They will not go quietly into that good night…

Both At Once and None At All

The choices Sorata and Ryuunosuke faced this episode were of particular interest to me. To help or not to help seems like an easy choice – it should be based off what is right and what you want to do, right? Well, as is in reality, so is in fiction, because the answer is rarely as easy as that.

For Sorata, it came down to bandwidth. Despite what some people will tell you, human beings are horrible multitaskers. Actually, that’s not the important point – it’s that we’re cognitive misers. The mind is like a muscle, in that the more you use it in a particular day, the more tired it will get. We can only make so many decisions in a day before we burn out! Therein lies the difficulty in...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Matsuoka Yoshitsugu for Tsukkomi of the Year

Say hello to those good ‘ol Original Recipe laughs! The comedy this episode was a nostalgia trip, as we were suddenly getting all the jokes that had me cracking up back when we first met these crazy characters. There were so many good ones that I’m not going to list them all, save to say that Sorata’s seiyuu continues to tsukkomi like few can. His reactions to his new dormmates’ antics cracked me up every single time, especially since this was back when he wasn’t used to Sakurasou and freaked out about everything. With this role, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu is reminding me of seiyuus like Kitamura Eri – not only is he playing this character to the hilt and doing it well, it sounds like he’s having a damn good time while he does it!

An interesting thought: it wasn’t until this episode that I realized how much the comedy had changed since this series began. Of course, it stands to reason – these characters have grown and changed since then. And it’s not like it’s a bad change or anything, as I still find myself laughing at most episodes (and I very much enjoy the drama and plot we got in...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Don’t do it for anybody else. Just do what you really want to do. Sakurasou always strikes me the most when it mixes love and comedy with what it means to be an artist. That’s what we got here, with a romantic resolution (of sorts) to boot.

Jealous, Flirty Mashiro

Before I dive into the meat of the episode, jealous Mashiro sure was cute! Though I’m sure that’ll ignite a shipping flame war (seriously commenters, chill…they’re both good girls, it just comes down to who Sorata wants to be with, nothing else), I found Mashiro irresistibly cute this episode. Her pouting was great, but I nearly died from her covering her pantsu. Sorata, you’re finally manning up, well done! Ohandalso, her pushing against him and asking “Which one do you want?” *massive, crippling nosebleed* I…need…a doctor. Send…guh *dies*

Special props go to the J.C. Staff, uh, staff for this latest Plan C joke. When Mashiro cracked that one out, I jotted down a note saying that it was starting to get old…and then they immediately took it in another direction, with hilarity ensuing. Nice! If only Jin was as good of a scriptwriter as Okada Mari and...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Valentine’s Day is always certain to bring major developments, and this one certainly did. The surprise was in how subtly it effected the main love triangle, while wrecking balls were reserved for one of the secondary ships.

Rita’s Pursuit & Dragon’s Denial

Truly, Ryuunosuke must be crazy. I think I speak for most male viewers when I say that if a busty, blonde-haired British beauty were pursuing me that aggressively, she would win. I would fold like Americans think the French surrender (that is, the Americans who don’t remember Napoleon, all those conquered colonies, or the brutal shit the Franks got up to…history slam!), and reap the glorious dividends that particular “loss” would entail. Locking myself in a bathroom? That’d be the farthest thing from my mind.

The thing is, Ryuunosuke was quite cruel. Rita came all the way to Japan just for him, and he couldn’t even talk to her? I’ll admit, it was a bit unfair of Rita to do it this way – Ryuunosuke doesn’t strike me as one who would react well to a sudden visitor. Yet even so, once he realized how important this was to her – and I think he did – he...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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He did it! He half-passed! Woohoo!! *coughs* ahem…sorry, I had to get that out real quick. A lot to get to, so I’m going to blaze through a lot of topics in rapid succession. I’ll try to keep them brief though, so be sure to keep up!

Jin’s Avoidance, Misaki’s Determination

Any fan of the romcom genre is undoubtedly used to male protagonists doing stupid things. If I have any problem with it in anime (I haven’t found this to be as big of a problem in other mediums), that’s certainly it. While both Jin and Sorata have spent time on the upper end of the spectrum (i.e. far above their peers), Jin is on the lower part of his trajectory right now. I understand that he doesn’t want to be distracted from his goal, and that he wants to become the best man he can be (for himself as much for Misaki). I respect that. But not even seeing her? Well, Sakurasou has been unapologetic about inflating the drama, so not surprising. Doesn’t mean Jin gets any points though.
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Maybe it’s because I’ve been drinking, but I think this was the episode I enjoyed the most since the whammy that was episode 12. The comedy and heart-warming moments were spot-on, but most of all it was the themes they evoked, which spoke to me in a way I dare not think I’ll be able to accurately convey. Sakurasou is at its best when it’s funny, silly, uplifting, dramatic, and a little bit ridiculous, but best of all is when it speaks to what it means to be an artist. And what do humans love more than stories? Maybe sex or booze, but only barely.

Sorata’s Crazy Family

Yuuko makes so much more sense now–and actually, Sorata does as well. I’ve always been on the fence about whether Yuuko was a good idea storytelling-wise (though I’ve found her entertaining since her introduction, which is the most important thing). Would this story have benefited more from a different kind of imouto, such as a Miya-chan, rather then taking the easy brocon route? But with the proper introduction of the rest of the Kanda family, Yuuko doesn’t seem so strange. She’s still strange mind you, it just makes sense.
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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The episode starts with a mournful, almost plantive song, overlayed by the characters voicing their deepest problems, concerns…and in the process, revealing who was foremost in their minds (as if we didn’t already know). A fitting beginning for an episode where some conflicts are resolved, while others go even deeper. Well, expect for Ryuunosuke, but it’s no surprise that he didn’t even think what he was feeling. So tsundere!

Sorata’s Anger – Justifiable or Not?

There’s a Stilts Out Loud post that I need to write someday titled something like “The Burden of the Protagonist”, because that’s what I feel Sorata is under sometimes. Pardon me while I go on a very meta storytelling tangent – sometimes Sorata’s personality is shanghaied by the plot in order to enhance the drama. “Forcing” drama is not a new thing, but when it’s done well, it’s a natural consequence of how the story or characters are set up, ala Kanna and Mio’s complicating affections in Ano Natsu de Matteru, or better yet, the original love tangle from this show’s spiritual predecessor, Toradora. Things go badly when a character acts out of character (or...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Mashiro is now in full otome-mode, trying to get close to Sorata, or failing that, just be near him (*nosebleed*) when she can. I’ll admit that here, Sorata acted a bit too typical-dense-male-anime-lead for my tastes. I will remind you that it’s often harder to understand what’s going on in a relationship when you’re party to it – compared to being on the outside, where it’s generally obvious as hell – but that said, Sorata did surpass the understandable level by a fair bit. Mashiro searching for him with no real purpose, wanting to learn to cook, and reacting so forcefully when he told her to…but wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Suffice to say, it was obvious from the get-go what was going on in her head.

But she wasn’t the only one! One of the best things about this episode was seeing Misaki-senpai in full attack. While miniskirt santa is something that I believe every man should see at least once in his life (c’mon future Stilts girlfriends, get with the program!!), it was her putting the marriage registration form in Jin’s locker that really made me laugh! My biggest wonder is how they’re going to stretch this out when Misaki is...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Like clockwork, every fourth episode of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo really brings the power with the climax of an arc and some serious development for one or both of our leads. This time it’s Mashiro’s turn to changes.

I’m going to skip past the whole Sorata-and-Mashiro-laying-next-to-each-other thing for now (save to say HNNNNNG and move on) so I can spend more time on the game. First and foremost – that game looks fun! I was especially impressed with how well they integrated Nanami’s role into the whole thing. She really is the linchpin of the whole experience. That kind of thing, you need to have someone all excited and really getting into it to make it “okay” for the audience to do the same. You have to blow past their natural inhibitions and make them comfortable, and Nanami playing not just the role of narrator and game guide, but main female lead as well, really helps to pull the audience in. And that’s what you need – immersion. With her acting so excited, how can the audience not? Wonyanderful!
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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I think it’s fitting that, as I write this, I’m heavily sleep deprived (full disclosure: this is not uncommon). I just really felt for Sorata in all his totally-on-autopilot glory. Yet what could have just been a gag actually gave us some further insight into the main heroine’s stances in our protagonist’s eyes. First there was meido Nanami, who did not draw a comment from Sorata, despite the fact that he clearly sees her as a woman (and how!). Now don’t get me wrong – I don’t blame him for forgetting to compliment her, nor should she have expected anything with how abjectly wasted he was, but it’s instructive that even then, his imagination conjured a pretty sexy image of Mashiro. As he said later in the episode, his heart is moving for Mashiro, which is bad news for Nanami.

I want to touch on the other potential relationships a bit. First is Ryuunosuke and Rita. I find it just marvelously interesting how, even though Rita is intending to go back to England soon, she’s become so interested in Ryuunosuke. Part of this undeniably comes from how uncomfortable she makes him, which is always fun. Mostly though, it’s the interactions between her,...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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One of the things I’ve liked about Sakurasou since the beginning is how well the whole cast is utilized. With a romcom like this, it could easily have been the Sorata-and-his-love-interests show, but it’s not. Not only Misaki and Jin, but other characters are getting good screen time and even character development now. This time it was still Rita’s turn in the spotlight – which was to be expected, this being her arc – but also Akasaka’s as well.

Though it probably reflects badly on me, I like Akasaka a lot. As I’m fond of noting, I’m a liar – as a marketer by profession and a storyteller by passion (note: there’s very little difference between the two), it comes with the territory. That said, I respect someone who can sling the unvarnished truth, provided they’re also perceptive enough to see it. In Akasaka, we have exactly that. I enjoyed it when he called Rita out on her manipulative, two-faced bullshit. He was right – it’s not that Mashiro breaks people, but that Rita was too weak. Stand near greatness, and you will either become great yourself, or be destroyed. We know what happened to Rita. Care to guess where Sorata is headed?
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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After the last episode, it was inevitable that there would be some fall off, because unlike a certain other series that I need to stop referring to in every other post, Sakurasou doesn’t have so many plotlines going that it can resolve 3+ in a single episode and hardly put a dent in its inventory. No, this week is the start of a new trial for Sorata and co, and that needs some time to build up. Build up it did.

After some amusing hijinks, we were introduced to Rita Ainsworth (Kawasumi Ayako), the busty, blonde-haired babe who was Mashiro’s roommate in England and the former bearer of Mashiro Duty. As a misunderstanding and fanservice machine, you’d think I’d like her, wouldn’t you? Alas, ’tis not the case. Or rather, in regards to Rita as a character, I’m not sure yet. As for her stated reason for coming to Sakurasou, on the other hand, my feelings are much clearer.

Rita’s goal is to bring Mashiro back to England because she thinks her talents are wasted on drawing manga. She says that people are waiting for her next painting, and that she should fulfill their expectations.
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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There is no way I’m going to be able to say everything I want about this episode. Holy hell it was phenomonal.

The beginning of the episode holds the only part I’m really going to criticize on this episode, because over all I loved it. Starting off, while I dearly enjoyed Misaki-sempai going all lipstick yuri for megane Nanami (HNNNNGG!!), I thought it distracted from Sorata getting his results. The girls were too loud to totally focus on Sorata, but I wanted to find out if he got accepted or not, so both things suffered. I think it works better when it’s bursts of comedy around the serious stuff, rather than keeping the two overlapping. Fortunately, since this was only finding out if he passed the first round, it wasn’t that big of a deal. At the time, I assumed they would give more space to later (more dramatic) announcements. As it turns out, I was right.

I enjoyed Sorata prepping for the presentation, partially because it introduced yandere Meido-chan, but also because Akasaka’s advice was correct. People underestimate how useful it is to practice presentations (or interviews!) in front of others. Practice does indeed makes perfect, and...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Hilarious episode! I do so enjoy the dramatic Sakurasou, but it’s these comedy-filled episodes that lay the foundation that makes the drama work so well. To me. I realize that this is a controversial statement to some – to those, the silliness of the characters in episodes like these makes the drama ineffective – but these are the episodes that make me irrevocably care about these characters, and it’s that fondness which makes the drama work so well.

There were a few things that struck me and made me say “wow…that’s some good storytelling right there.” One was the cutaways that happened when Sorata was talking to his parents (among elsewhere). They were a bit jarring at first, but I came to enjoy how they took what would have otherwise been relatively dull visuals – nothing more than Sorata sitting there talking on the phone – and used that time to reinforce each of the character’s personalities. Anime is, after all, a visual medium, so anything that can be done with images should be. It also made way for the funniest visual gag of the episode.
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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So, Nanami. The character flaw that dominated this arc was that she pushes herself so hard that she ends up collapsing from fatigue. To us, the viewers, this seems silly – it’s all well and good to want to do things yourself, but it seems silly to reject a hand outstretched in help, especially when it’s offered by good people like Sorata.


Yet let’s slip into Nanami’s point of view. As was mentioned, ever since she left Osaka she has been alone, so she felt she had to do everything herself. That was wise, because until recently, she did. She had to take care of school, chores, earn her tuition, earn the rest of her money, and deal with her seiyuu classes, all by herself. Humans are creatures of habit, and it was Nanami’s habit to do everything herself. Then comes along Sorata (and the others), offering to help. She has always done everything herself, why should she change? After all, she doesn’t know she’s coming up against her limit – humans are notoriously thick when it comes to understanding ourselves as well, as anyone who has known exactly what was wrong with a friend’s relationship, only to flounder about helplessly in their...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Let’s talk about misunderstandings. A good old staple of the romcom (and comedy) genres, there are times when misunderstandings work, and times when they don’t – but sometimes, they work best of all. The three types of comedy that Sakurasou does best are rapid-fire escalation (when they chain jokes back-to-back in rapid succession), everyone playing the boke to Sorata’s glorious tsukkomis, and misunderstandings. Let’s talk about that third one.

Why do misunderstandings work so well here? In a word, Mashiro. Her character is built to be the perfect vessel for creating misunderstandings, just as Nanami is built to receive them. That’s why the single best scene (comedy-wise) of this episode, the one in the park, was so uproariously funny! You’ve got sleepy Mashiro generating the misunderstanding tornadoes, Nanami freaking out and amplifying them, and Sorata caught in the middle while he tsukkoms for his life, HAH! , I was nearly rolling out of my chair from laughing so far…which I cannot say for the you’re-after-my-body punch misunderstanding later on. It still got a chuckle, but nothing like the earlier scene. Nanami is just too sensible to create...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Stories are at their best when they touch upon the cornerstones of human life, on emotions and trials and tribulations its audience has faced and perhaps not yet overcome. That’s what we saw here, both in the effect of Shiina’s manga on herself and Sorata, and in the episode’s message to us all. A story within a story (within a story), Shiina’s manga to Sakurasou to the swirls it sends out to each and every one of us. Let’s chew into this.

One of the things that Sakurasou does well is pivot from silly comedy to serious drama. At the beginning we have Sorata making a typical harem lead’s mistake (just tell her she’s cute, dammit!) and Jin cursing the children for coming close to Misaki’s breasts (oh Jin, so tsundere~)…but as soon as Jin flicked Misaki’s tanabata wish and read what was on back, a feeling of profound sadness descended on the scene. “That one day he’ll look my way.” Misaki acts frivolous, you think she’s frivolous…and then things like that happen. Time and again they balance comedy – Meido-chan’s surprise, the abduction, Jin and Misaki trolling hard – with the more serious affairs I’m going to talk about shortly. I...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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The third episode. This is the third episode, and already they’re throwing emotional fastballs like we’re sprinting down the final stretch. Except we’re not, because they still took the time for some hijinx, and they’re still only beginning to build up the characters. This show…this show has been gravely underestimated. So far, it’s great!

The beginning of this episode was focused on Sorata coming to grips with Shiina’s fame. The shower scene notwithstanding, I was surprised by how little humour there was, but not in the least displeased. The discussion between Jin and Sorata resonated with me to a frankly embarrassing degree. “You need to decide where you belong before anything else.” Right you are, Jin-kun. Harder to do when you’re an adult, mind you, but right you are. Trust me.

But more than that, it was Sorata’s dishonesty. We’re used to male romcom leads being dishonest, but not like this. Here was something we can all relate to. Sorata is lost, unsure of what he wants to do with his life. He keeps saying he wants one thing – to leave Sakurasou – but it sounds to me as if he’s only saying that because it’s the...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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The key to a great comedy (to me) is deftly mixing a bit of plot progression and character development in with all the crazy antics. This isn’t an absolute necessity, and many comedies do fine without it – there wasn’t any character development to speak of in Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, and that show was hilarious – but I’ll take a show that moves forward a little bit (like Binbougami Ga!) any day of the week. I freely admit that this is a personal preference, but I just find a comedy much more satisfying when I get to the end of the episode having laughed my tail off, but also yes, the story went somewhere as well.

That’s what happened in this second offering of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo. Comedy was the main focus of the episode, and hoo boy did they do it well! Of everything, there were three bits that shined through with ridiculous comedic light:

The misunderstanding with Aoyama. This was admittedly more amazing because of the many, many super cute faces Aoyama was throwing out, but…well, no buts! (Except this one, though it’s unrelated.) She won me completely over in a single episode with her hilarious reactions + worrying about...
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Take it slow, don’t rush, establish the characters, establish the mood – that’s how I imagine the production team approached this first episode of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, and I must say, I am pleased. Every step of the way, from the first sight of cherry blossoms fluttering on the screen to the final roll of credits at the end, served to continually reinforce the mood of a soft, warm, and sweet romantic comedy. There just might be something special going on here.


Character-wise, I knew I was going to like most of the characters going into this. Each of Sakurasou’s inhabitants is completely bonkers, and that makes for a great time. Probably my favorite is still the ultra-genki senpai Kamiigusa Misaki (Takamori Natsumi), whose easy-going, lives-at-her-own-pace attitude just makes me smile (and her flowing seamlessly from tempting our protagonist to throwing out silly jokes didn’t hurt either). The others are great too. Fail-sensei (Sengoku Chihiro, Toyoguchi Megumi), Ladykiller-kun (Mitaka Jin, Sakurai Takahiro), and even Hikikomori-san (Akasaka Ryuunosuke) via his automated email responder Maid-chan (Horie Yui) each got a laugh and a smile, and...
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Kanji Lyrics

ありふれた感情から
卒業もできてなくて眠れない
突然の雨 ぬかるんだあの靴は
瞬きする君の世界をじっと受け止めている

君のリアル 僕の視線 どこか違うとしても
あのくたびれたTシャツみたいにさせないから

Prime number
世界にどれひとつとして同じものがない
ココロの空白を無理に埋めなくてもいいね
たくさんの誰かの記憶に残されているよりも
屋根の上 君だけの空になりたい

黒と白 渡る歩道
無意識に優しい方を選んでいる
太陽の横顔なんて気にしない君のように
照らす水たまりだけ飛び越えたくて

部屋の隅に積み重ねた記憶を変えるように
君の小さな声だけを拾い集めて行く

Prime number
君が歩くそのあと黄色の花が咲く
計算しても答えがみえないあの場所で
僕が迷い 君が微笑う世界を告白しよう
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Kanji Lyrics

過ぎるだけの時間じゃ悔しい
刻まなくちゃ
ここにいると心が叫ぶ瞬間
I\'m dreaming

迷いながら涙を飲み込んだ
不器用だね 夢も遠回り

大空を見上げなにも言えず
胸が痛む訳 考えていた

DAYS of DASH
風を走り抜けて‥
君と僕の中で 何が始まったのだろう
わからないけど
きらきら光る太陽が照らす場所を
ずっと進もう
永遠など知らないけれど

強くないよ だから前を向くんだ
焦りつつも
扉開けて飛びだしてみたい衝動

あふれ出した感情抱きしめ
怖くないよ 共にいる限り

青空に投げた熱い希望
あきらめるなんてあり得ないよ
EYES to EYES
言葉いらない世界
君と僕の世界 今が始まったのだろう
わかりかけてる
未来をさぐる覚悟決めた途端
もっと変わる
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Rita is Mashiro's roommate and handler when Mashiro was in England. Despite her being the same age as Sorata and Mashiro, she has a better figure. She was jealous of Mashiro's art talent, and so advised Mashiro to draw manga, but later she regrets this and comes to Japan to bring Mashiro back to England. After realizing Mashiro's determination, she gives up and returns to England with Mashiro's father and starts to study art again. She falls in love with Ryūnosuke and kisses him on the cheek when leaving, which makes him pass out. Ryūnosuke is cold to her, allowing his Maid AI to handle her e-mail, which only fortifies her resolve and makes her constantly argue with Maid over the Internet. In the fifth novel, she visits Japan again to give Ryūnosuke Valentine's Day chocolate, and catches a chance to kiss him on the lips this time, which makes him pass out again. She moved in to Sakurasou after Nanami left.
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Nanami is Sorata's classmate, who later moves into Sakura Dormitory's room 203. Although she is harsh to Sorata, she actually has a crush on him, and everyone aside from Sorata has noticed this. She escaped from her home to become a voice actress, and has to live on her own. After she finds herself low on money to live in the normal dorm, as well as noticing that Sorata and Mashiro are getting close, she chooses to move into Sakura Dormitory. She was able to convince her parents to let her continue her pursuit and returns to Sakura Dormitory for her final year of high school. She speaks in Kansai dialect if she is angry or flustered.
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Maid is Ryūnosuke's artificial intelligence (AI) program. Originally, Ryūnosuke designed Maid to filter and automatically reply to his cellphone messages and e-mails to save him time. However, Ryūnosuke keeps expanding Maid's AI ability. Maid is now capable of blocking and replying to a message or e-mail by her own preference, using new words she has recently learned from other messages, e-mails, or the Internet in the reply, giving Sorata solid advice for his computer game program, anticipating people's emotions with cameras, writing computer or cellphone viruses and sending them out by herself, or even hacking into Suiko's computer to steal information. The only way to distinguish Maid's message from those of a human is that she replies too quickly. Ryūnosuke lets Maid enter a social networking service, with most people who meet her not realizing she is an AI program. According to Ryūnosuke, his ultimate goal is to give Maid an artificial body and become a real human.
As running the Maid program requires a lot of hard drive space and RAM, Ryūnosuke is forced to keep her working in the high standard server set in room 102 of the Sakura Dormitory, while giving orders...
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Ryūnosuke is the resident of room 102. Ryūnosuke is a second-year student of Suiko. He is a hikikomori who rarely leaves his room, and usually communicates with others with cellphone message or e-mails. To reduce the need to communicate with others, he has written the "Maid" program. He is an expert of computer programming, and contributes lots of useful advice and information to Sorata for the latter's computer game. According to Ryūnosuke, his ultimate goal is to make Maid become a real human. He has gynophobia, and will even pass out when girls touch him, which becomes worse after Rita falls in love with him and kisses him on the cheek. His favorite food is tomatoes, saying that he trusts tomatoes more than anything in the world. He is nicknamed "Dragon" by Misaki. During his middle school years, Ryūnosuke was a part of a game project made by his friends, but he was too intelligent that the others did not managed to make up to his demands and shunned him from the project, resulting in Ryūnosuke to be wary of friendship (even everyone in in Sakura Dormitory) and fear women. However, after a call from Rita, he manages to get over his fear of friendship and help his friends to...
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Misaki is the resident of room 201. Misaki is a third-year-student of Suiko who later attends Suimei University of the Arts. She is very outgoing and optimistic. Sorata often refers to her as an "alien". She has very good grades and is very good at drawing, but the school decided to send her to Sakura Dormitory because she pays too much attention to drawing anime and manga. She is very good at making animation and can handle the work required to make one without help from others. She has already sold an animation to a famous publishing company and made enough of a fortune for the rest of her life. She has feelings for Jin, and openly expresses her feelings, but Jin turns a blind eye to this and dates many other girls, which makes her very depressed. The two finally become a couple during the fifth novel. In sixth novel, she registers their marriage without asking Jin, making them officially husband and wife; her new name is Misaki Mitaka (三鷹 美咲 Mitaka Misaki). She moves next to the Sakura Dormitory after her graduation into a house which she designed and built herself and has a recording studio in the basement.
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Episode 1: Cat. White. Mashiro (ねこ・しろ・ましろ)
Episode 2: I Drew a Picture (絵を描いてきたの)
Episode 3: So Close And Yet So Far...
(近すぎて遠い…)
Episode 4: A World Changing Colors
(色を変える世界)
Episode 5: The Serious Girl of Sakura Dormitory
(さくら荘のまじめな彼女)
Episode 6: The Blue After the Rain (雨あがりの青)
Episode 7: She Attacks (彼女のきょうしゅう)
Episode 8: Let's Fire a Big Firework
(どでかい花火をあげてみる)
Episode 9: An Autumn Storm Blows In
(秋の嵐がやってきた)
Episode 10: Hate, Hate, Love
(キライキライ、ダイスキ)
Episode 11: Galactic Cat Nyaboron
(銀河猫にゃぼろん)
Episode 12: The Power of Love at the Culture
Festival (愛のパワーin文化祭)
Episode 13: Just A Stone's Throw To Winter
(冬の一歩手前で)
Episode 14: The Windows and...
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Kanji lyrics

Good-bye sadness!
Girl meets, boy meets girl! そして I miss you
Good-bye sadness!
Girl meets, boy meets, girl meets super dream

1回め まぐれで
2回め ってどうだろう
偶然じゃないよね? 3回 目が合うのは

変わったひとだと 割りとみんな言うけど
気になったことは違うんだそこじゃない

君はたぶん純粋で 純粋を曲げず
だから小さな日常にさえ立ち向かって

夢を持ってきた
言葉じゃ足りないユメのアリカ
きっとこんな風に始まる
新しいトキメキセカイ
夢を持ってきた
言葉を知らないふりして行こう
トキメキとユメのアリカ

oh! Welcome happiness!
Girl meets, boy meets girl! やっと I know you
Welcome happiness!
Girl meets, boy meets, girl needs super freedom

4回め へんだな
5回め ってわざとだ
確認さえムリなら 6回 見てみればいい?

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Jin is the resident of room 103. Jin is a third-year student of Suiko. He is Misaki's childhood friend and a playboy. He has dated several girls, including Misaki's elder sister, but in the end he breaks up with all of them. He then wanted to attend a university in Osaka to achieve his dream. He even gives Misaki a marriage registration form to be handed in after he returns from Osaka but Misaki turned the form in immediately after Jin left and so the two are officially married to each other ^_^
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Mashiro is the female protagonist of the story. She is the resident of room 202. She is a world famous artist who transferred into Suiko as a second-year to learn how to draw manga. Although her artworks are widely admired by the world in spite of her young age, she knows nothing other than drawing, and has an extreme lack of common sense and living ability. Due to this, Sorata has been forced to handle Mashiro's living chores, to the point that he even has to pick out underwear for her, or she will go out without them. She has very bad grades, since she cannot pay attention to her classes, but she can still pass the make-up exams by remembering all of the answers with her art talent. According to Mashiro, she plans to live in Sorata's house and work as a manga artist after her graduation. Mashiro is actually from England along with her sister Rita Ainsworth (リタ・エインワーズ).
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Sorata Kanda (神田 空太Kanda Sorata) is the male protagonist of the anime show The Pet Girl of Sakurasou (Sakurasou no Pet na Kaojo).He is the resident of room 101.He was kicked out of the standard school dorm after he chose not to throw away a stray cat he picked up. As many of the Sakura Dormitory residents have outstanding grades and art skills, he often feels plain and normal among them. A major plot of the story is around how his personality and self-expectation evolves.

Sorata is a junior taking the general curriculum. He was told to live in Sakurasou against his wishes. Because he's a helpful person, the dorm students place him in charge of Mashiro duty.His goal is to escape Sakurasou.

Sorata has fair skin,has brown hair and eyes. He is usually seen wearing his school uniform.

Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (松岡 禎丞) provided Sorata's voice in Japanese. Sorata is 168 cm tall, weighs 60 kg and is currently a student.
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Kanji lyrics

晴れ渡る空は青く
近づいてくる足音
光りだした風に押されるように ほら
出会ってしまった

それぞれの夢 それぞれの未来
負けないように走り
気付いたらずっと一緒にいたんだ 誰よりも
悩んで落ち込んで泣いて笑って
加速してく

君に届け
空を駆けて
真っ直ぐな想い ギュっと抱きしめ
きっと生まれたての強さは胸に
この気持ちが翼になり
私は私を超えていく

光注ぐ空の下
通い慣れた道で止まる
同じ匂いの花なのになぜか ねぇ
色が違ってる

ただひたすらに 前だけを向いて
夢中で追いかけてた
鮮やかにもっと 絵の具を足して その先へ
いつもここにみんながいたから
歩き出せる

輝きだせ
夢の続き
新しい自分が始まってく
もっと自由に描く心のページ
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Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
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Pure perfection. I don't see any flaws in this anime anywhere. Everything in this anime is likable like Shiina and Sorata. Sorata always has to take care of her by doing things such as choosing what to wear for her, drying her hair for her, folding her clothes and many others. Jin and Misaki are also very interesting characters. I like the way Misaki tries to get Jin to be her partner in life and never gives up. Aoyama is also unique as she really works hard for her dream.


I've yet to see either one of the characters confess to each other at any point. Aoyama almost confessed actually but in the end she didn't. Please J.C. Staff, MAKE A SESON 2! You can't afford to just leave a brilliant anime unfinished! If you do, all your fans (including me) will be disappointed.


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