Posted by psgels on 7 November 2012 with categories: Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

The one charcter I always found a bit questionable in this series was Nanami Aoyama: the classmate. Why would the creators want to bother adding a harem element with this series when the relationship between Shiina and Sorata already is interesting enough? With this episode she took an interesting new twist.

So it was obvious that she would move in at some point. I did not expect her to actually take over Shiina duty for at least a while though. It’s a nice touch to finally have a normal girl in Sakurasou to balance out the aliens that are Shiina and Misaki, and the creators make great use of it. This episode was actually quite hilarious whenever Shiina started trolling the couple of Nanami and Sorata.

Also, this episode was about deadlines: everyone in Sakurasou is pretty much incredibly busy with their work, and this episode was full of all-nighters. It’s actually quite inspiring to see everyone work so hard at what they want to do, while also balancing out the chaos that happens in Sakurasou.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

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  1. Frost says:

    Surprised you like this so much, its riddled with harem cliches that make me cringe

    Only reason I still watch it is that Im curious where its headed (probably nowhere, I doubt there will ever be a serious romance here)

    Both Kaibutsu and Sukinayo are way better than this though

    • lol says:

      It’s not even a harem.
      Imo, Sakurasou> Kaibutsu
      and I read both series(manga and novel respectively).
      I’m a girl who reads shoujo manga.

      • lol says:

        Unless the series jump to the latest volume, there won’t be any proper character development done for 1 of the important characters.
        I can never get into this series because the author obviously leave character development for 1 of the main characters explained only at the back because she obviously cannot think of a good reason originally.Ok, she explained, but it’s not unclear.
        Like why is Haru avoiding his brother?
        The author introduce this conflict in the end of 2nd volume but it’s only settled into the 10th volume.
        Not using spoilers because it’s not a spoiler since the anime will do it differently if they actually use their brain.

  2. Trass says:

    I still like it though. There are cliches everywhere in this show, but for some reason it doesn’t bother me that much. It has some kind of… charm.

  3. hara says:

    the best part of this episode was when the girls underwear just falls into the MCs hands and everyones shirts decide to be wet just like in every other fanservice romcom.

    also the use of yelling for joke impact and mindless recycling of jokes continues to be as hilarious as always.

  4. Hogart says:

    I think that despite the cliches, they’re managing to build the characters as individuals. It’s weird to hear myself say it, but I feel the same way about the characters here as I do about Edward Elric in the early FMAs – both annoying, but also more like people than anime characters.

    That’s maybe because they react to stress like anime characters, but they go about their daily lives a bit more like regular people might. I’m not sure, though. This isn’t something I’ve ever really thought about for too long. Either way, while I cringed for most of the setup of the episode, once “normal” girl moved in, I actually enjoyed the rest of the episode.

  5. TheUltimateReaper says:

    No one seems to have just said it bluntly yet so I’ll just say it. This show has managed to transcend it’s cliches. The characters just feel real and believable. Everything feels fresh and new and there is something inconceivably different about it. It just doesn’t feel flat. As for cringing, the only thing that annoyed me in this episode was Nanami being so serious and uptight. But the annoyance dissipated quickly. Now I’m just interested in where the story plans to go with all of this. And Shiina really made me laugh in this episode. Especially with that “We must cut her up” line.

    • Scruffy says:

      I think I have to agree with although ‘normal’ girl was particularly annoying this episode. The more I think about it the more I realise that she is annoying simply because she is under a lot of stress. I guess this arc will be about getting her to be able to rely on others.

      I know I’ve said this before but I can’t help but compare this show to Toradora! (which I’m currently re-watching with my daughter). That too was full of clichés but somehow managed to seem real. In particular the school festival arc of Toradora! just worked. I really do hope that this show manages to do the same.

      • TheUltimateReaper says:

        Ah. Toradora! is one of my old favorites. I can’t feel them to be much similar, but in terms of their own uniqueness I’d have to agree. At this point I just hope this story moves along, and progresses well. Nothing I hate more than an anti climax or cut off.

  6. over_seer says:

    I haven’t liked this too much aside from some parts of the third episode (which apparently had the script attributed to the original LN author?), but I think it’s doing fine mostly, deserves a second cour I guess. Some of the setups are…uh…I guess, yeah, but there is some content too.

    Kirit–wait I mean Sorata’s–voice acting bugs me at times too.

    As for clichés, sometimes real life is just obvious. Throw some high school kids together, and drama ensues. Especially if they live together. Especially if they’re art students. (For the record, I’m claiming full use of the stereotype here because I’ve lived it myself.) I wonder if some of the parts and sideplots in the series are vaguely autobiographical? That said, I don’t particularly encourage realism in general. Sometimes fiction feels more real than real life, and that’s not by doing things the obvious way.

    I don’t know anything about the source material here, but I get the feeling like Nanami’s in for some disappointment. Sorata too, probably.

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  • Emma
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 10:33 PM)
    @Aidan: I can admit that, in regards to the final boss of FF9 at least.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 09:33 PM)
    FF9 was Final fantasy goes Dragon Quest. I didn’t like it for the designs and wasn’t into the story at all. Itwas sort of the reason why I didn’t like wind wakers style. The series is good because of it’s more mature feel. Speaking of embarrassing last boss fights FF9 was worse than FF10. With an endboss who literally came straight out of nowhere.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 09:26 PM)
    @Aidan: yeah, fusing turn-based (or ATB) battles with some real-time elements always intrigued me. That was the only redeeming quality in Legend of Dragoon’s battle system. That recent Child of Light game was a good, albeit basic, homage to those earlier games, and the simple battle system was both fun and nostalgic.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 09:21 PM)
    @Emma: 9 was a throwback to the earlier ones, and that’s why people ate it up. I did like it tho, even despite the Chibi style which I don’t enjoy. To be frank I liked the series from 7-10 the most. It’s a combination of the games and those specific years of my youth.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 08:49 PM)
    Though those are opinions which are from my teenaged self back then…
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 08:34 PM)
    That last boss fight in FF10 was embarrassing, then they brought out that silly fanservicey sequel to it. I find FF9 at the time had a good blend of a then modern game but also retro feel, I liked the revelations surrounding garland, Kuja, Zidane and felt that FF9 was where I was the most emotionally involved.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    True, assuming of course that the latter installment is indeed better. Resident evil 5 was no 4. That’s for sure.
    I liked that you could time R1 to give you more damage for attacking with Quall. And it was nice that summons leveled up. So that your earlier summons don’t become completely useless in the endgame.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 03:46 AM)
    I also enjoyed FF8 quite a lot. I appreciate cinematic presentations and 8 delivered that with a lot of style. The visuals were amazing and the the music was great, and if you learned the GF BOOST ability you used the much-maligned long summon animations to stack up on some damage.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 03:42 AM)
    @Aidan: I used a common example, but of course everyone had a different experience with the FF series, but the point being that it’s often hard to go back to earlier titles after playing the better later installments; especially for DS which is just a modified and improved DeS.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 01:28 AM)
    Anyway the main reason I amnot wanting to linger on Demon souls is just that I have far more games to play and don’t really want to spend my entire vacation on it. I got the uncharted’s to get though after all.

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