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
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:20 PM)
    I agree with the cons of Eva, as well as its strengths. Same with Fate. Being pessimistic is a stance, not inherently a flaw. The setting of Eva predicates that tone. If anything I have a bias towards Berserk, and that’s mostly all out of nostalgia.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:16 PM)
    Also what ladies? Even the “gentlemen” part is stretching it. It’s very easy for someone who didn’t follow anime 20 years ago to criticize one of its most historic moments. At least this Tenka Seiha fella doesn’t talk smack about what he doesn’t really understand.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:06 PM)
    Being bias is not admitting to reasonable faults, not agreeing to them. Trying to exclude the historic significance of a show is not a calm rebuttal, but a desperate attempt to undermine. What is bias is defending Shirou’s childish idealism. Even Nasu realizes how ridiculous that sounds, and makes a point to counter it with one of his own characters. Although by the end he gives in and then pulls a Deus Ex Machina by reviving Archer one last time to tie up loose ends.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:14 PM)
    You are the one whose not calm. Minute I say one negative thing about your precious EVA and you get riled up. And I don’t even hate the show, I just don’t think it’s the pinnacle of the medium.
    Ladies and gentlemen, presented below is the purest form of complete total blind Bias.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:02 PM)
    Now if someone wants to have a calm discussion about it I’m more than willing to partake. But if you hate the show then that’s fine, just let it be.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:00 PM)
    That’s the end of my rant. I know I won’t change any minds that have already been set, but K-off wanted to know what I found appealing about the series, and I gave my honest opinion.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:32 PM)
    An anime original that wasn’t an adaptation of some manga, LN or VN gave it a certain charm and unpredictability, which is absolutely a welcomed addition. Now I’m not gonna deny its plateura of problems, but it’s hard to sit back and hear people call Casablanca shit because it doesn’t have the flair and optimism of Age of Ultron.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:29 PM)
    Misanthropy in anime is old, cliched and boring. But that wasn’t the case when Eva did it. Plus it features characters like Misato and Kaji that are very hopeful for the future, going as far as planning to filter the ocean and regrow vegetation for society. There is definitely a bigger focus on misery, but as explained that was a mirror to Anno’s deteriorating mental health, which in itself added an angle of intrigue to the show.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:22 PM)
    Now does it look old? Does it seem overdone and unoriginal? Absolutely. But that’s no th fault of the series for not accounting for viewers who are watching it 20 years later, after getting exposed first to all the stuff that have heavily borrowed from it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:19 PM)
    It also perfectly explained what the instrumentality looked like for people that were in the process of assimilation, so it was a fitting end; albeit admittedly a weird one. Episodes 25 and 26 just chose to show the stream of consciousness of how the process was perceived by someone inside the sea of LCL. It made sense if you cared to pay attention along the way, so to call it completely nonsensical is unfair and entirely reliant on personal misinterpretation.

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