Posted by psgels on 30 October 2012 with categories: Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

What also fascinates me about this series: it’s two cours long, and already really engaging. This isn’t like Sankarea or Nazo no Kanojo X that just go on for one season. It’s got me intrigued, because it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen such a long romance series that made good use of its time.

This episode was quite sappy, but I liked it a lot. The point of this episode was pretty much to get Sorata to stay at Sakurasou, but the way in which they made him realize this was something I really liked. There were a lot of subtle and not so subtle hints thrown at him, and I really like how Shiina turned into his inspiration to pursuit game development.

Jin meanwhile is quite a bit unpleasant to watch at times, not necessarily in a bad way though. It’s not just his utter refusal to date Misaki despite his obvious feelings for her, but also how he stops Misaki from running after Sorata… only to go after him himself. As if he doesn’t trust her with anything.

EDIT: Holy crap, I just realized that Rintaro, my favorite movie director along with Satoshi Kon, directed the ED for this series. The ED indeed is quite stylish.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

9 Responses

  1. AidanAK47 says:

    Don’t speak too soon Psgels. This is the turning point. This show is based on a series of light novels and considering the ending of this episode I say we reached the end of the first one. In light novels the first novel is usually the best one in the series and many tend to go downhill afterwards. You yourself have experenced this. (Remember dragon crisis?)
    There are pitfalls this anime can fall into. The most dangerous one is the standard collect a harem format. So we shall see.

    • Kaiserin Emma says:

      @Aidan:I can see where you are coming from yes from the fact your experienced with light novels and the possibility of things going bad is there I guess but have you read the light novels for this series?

  2. Scruffy says:

    My understanding with the Light Novels and the Anime is that they are going to do something like Toradora! and complete the whole series just as the Light Novels finish. Volume 11 is due out soon and the final volume (12) will be out early next year.

    As to whether it will go downhill from here .. well in my opinion the question that should be asked is have they introduced you to some interesting characters and do you want to see what happens to them? For me that is what sold Toradora! to me. Torodora’s basic storyline was fairly generic but it was populated with a bunch of interesting complex characters. For me Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo has succeeded so far in doing the same.

  3. Reso says:

    I was looking at your Autumn 2012 Anime Preview post, and you said that you’ve never watched Speed Grapher.

    You don’t watch subbed stuff (i’m assuming), but if you’d like, I’d be happy to upload Speed Grapher episodes that I have on me right now, on a download site of your choice.

  4. Rice says:

    My understanding is that Jin stop Misaki from running after Sorata because Misaki won’t be able to understand the guilt that Sorata while Jin could.

  5. Entrav says:

    So much drama but it’s not bad. Interesting to say the least; kind of felt like a last episode. Hopefully it won’t fall flat on it’s face, it’s a 2 cour anime after all.

  6. Wolph says:

    Would anyone fault me if I said that this series reminds me of Honey and Clover? I do not mean it in a detrimental way, but it feels like it is echoing HxC, which I am more than happy to see.

    I really hope that this series does not go downhill. It has been a while since we’ve seen a good romance+shounen story.

  7. kero says:

    Ahhh I feel like it had some good life lessons in there.

    I also like the ‘twist’ in this anime. All the females, are ditzy in their way, but at the same time extremely capable in their field. Even the childhood friend girl works many part time jobs to realise her own dreams.

  8. LifeCarrier says:

    I liked that it’s finally explained why jin doesn’t go after misaki, it’s a motive I can emphatize with.

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:37 PM)
    @Emma: no I understood what you meant, I was just pointing it out. The Vietnam War always fascinated me as well.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:33 PM)
    @Emma Vietnam is an interesting example, because not only did they use clever tactics to resist the Americans in the 20th century they used clever tactics to resist the Chinese in the 10th century: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_B%E1%BA%A1ch_%C4%90%E1%BA%B1ng_(938)
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:21 PM)
    Oh and I want to specify that I do understand the old civilizations were different from Vietnam, its just I caught that interesting comment from Vincent earlier.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:19 PM)
    How often and which of these old cultures would have made the best use of biological warfare, now I’m not saying that in the modern sense, but rather the sending diseased corpses/people back to the enemy to spread disease variety.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:08 PM)
    @Ninja: All hail Halliburton, The Federal Reserve and the 33 degrees.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:06 PM)
    And I don’t mean primitive in a demeaning way, I’m fascinated by their culture, but am strictly speaking from a practical, industrial perspective.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:05 PM)
    It is important to note that technology isn’t just military, it also factors to medicine (which is the difference of life and death for your troops), agricultural (to have food to sustain the campaign) as well as many other facets. The Vietnamese were in no way as primitive of a society as the mesoamericans tended to be at the time of the Spanish conquests.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:05 PM)
    @Emma Not just black gold, but red gold. and by that I mean that the blood of Middle Eastern Civilians and American Soldiers has been worth billions of dollars in defense industry contracts to companies like Halliburton, which, by the way, was also founded by one of the major architects of the Iraq War. I don’t mean that to imply that anyone individual schemed to profit from death, but it does illustrate the sinister ecopolitical motives that existed.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:03 PM)
    @Bam: Many would be content to give the troops just the quick motivational speech =<
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:00 PM)
    The point I’m getting at that, the intellect of an army can potentially whatever the military might that army personally has could potentially defeat a greater force.

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