Posted by psgels on 29 November 2012 with categories: Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

And as if nothing happened, this show returns back to its usual level of good writing and character chemistry. This episode thankfully reminded me again why this show is so special for its kind: the characters and their chemistry just are incredibly addictive. Where the fanservice in the previous episode was terrible, here it was back to being good again. It wasn’t there for the sake of “hey, let’s show panties!”, but instead they were all about creating tension between the characters. Without it, this episode would have been completely different and actually less entertaining. That’s my definition of good fanservice, and I rarely see a series that uses it as well as Sakurasou.

The previous episode did create a bunch of really big problems though, which really need to be fixed. First of all, the sister in this episode did not return, however she will come back. Being such an inherently wrong character in every single way, the writers really need to do something if they want to be able to make something out of her character. Also, Nanami. Her character still revolves around Sorata. Granted though, she at least started to redeem herself with the help of Sorata and Shiina with how her crush developed over this episode.

Meanwhile, Sorata’s feelings through this episode were wonderful, being rejected for something he worked really hard on. And it’s also interesting how the creators found a way to keep the angst from getting too out of control with their anti-climaxes. There also was a lot of play on symbolism (you should start running forward… if you don’t want that guy to catch you!).

Also, there is one thing I’m wondering: why are so many series centered around school? Don’t get me wrong, Sakurasou avoids this wonderfully: the characters go to school, but instead of that we see the interesting parts of their lives. But what I mean is that since these series are supposedly aimed at teenagers, why pick school as the setting so often? Don’t most teenagers that age hate school?
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

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  1. TheUltimateReaper says:

    I’m assuming so many series are centered around school because of target audiences. Usually too, there is always some sort of enforcement for Japanese society. “You want a drink young man?” “lol no I’m underage!” If there is a drug in an anime it has to be life threatening and debilitating and kill you. Same with school; you have to go, you have to college.

    I really really like Sakurasou. It’s been so fun to watch and very enjoyable. I like how they hit the pool without permission. Oh and psgels as for the sister, I could be wrong but she might just turn out to be the annoying sibling.

  2. Airies says:

    Are you serious, there are so many teen drama’s that are popular as hell with teens and they all are pretty much set in schools. teens dont care that much if its tv

  3. Airies says:

    american ones i mean

  4. Anca says:

    People like what is familiar, and highschool is familiar to everyone. Not everyone goes to college, and each job is different.

    In fanfiction there’s also a certain Highschool AU trope, where various teenage authors take the characters from a series and put them in a highschool setting. They might not like going to school, but it’s their world.

  5. Ryan R says:

    Anime shows tend to take out the crappier elements of school (like, you know, heavy amounts of studying and cramming hard for tests) to focus on the enjoyable elements (friends, meeting new people, being in clubs, ‘school spirit’, etc…).

    Oh, you’ll get a throwaway line/scene about how much a character is studying and/or working on tests, but that’s just there to add some degree of credibility to it.

    On the whole, it’s a very idealized version of high school that anime tends to present.

  6. vjott says:

    Why do we have so many sitcoms about work? Don’t most adults hate work?

  7. Entrav says:

    Sorata was treading on a thin line there when he failed the interview. He didn’t make me hate him though because of what he said to Mashiro. His attitude later on in this episode is good as well. I think this episode is one of the best in this anime so far.

  8. auu says:

    why school? because it’s the only thing they know how to write about.

  9. dominus says:

    Yea just one thing you didn’t said a word about Initial D Fifth Stage well at least I didn’t saw anything about it here in the blog Its only monthly double episodes so c´mon a least give your opinion about one(yea its still not the best looking series)but its a series about racing and well anime about that subject is not a very common thing .

  10. Trass says:

    Maybe also because most teens can relate themselves to the characters better (especially the MC in a harem story) if they’re also high school students?

  11. hoiut says:

    “you should start running forward… if you don’t want that guy to catch you!”

    YES. This was the funniest line I’ve seen — not in the whole episode, but the whole past week of anime.

    Move forward, Sorata…for that man’s face looketh frightful indeed.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:51 PM)
    Hype kills anything. In regards to the kind of emotional manipulation Clannad and maybe Undertale uses, it’s like a drug. The more you are subjected to it, the less of an effect it has.
    Still there are examples of something which comes close to expectation. People say Muv Luv Alternative gives you PTSD and in a kinda does. Though it’s helped by the connection you build with the characters though the first two games.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:47 PM)
    @Kaiser,I haven’t updated the old entries of my MAL in quite a while. Pretty sure Code Geass is sitting at a 10 on it and I am sure if I give that a rewatch that rating is going to fall harshly.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
    I said it once I’ll say it again. I preferred the clannad movie over the tv series, had more style, a more mature feel to it and cut out all the superfluous arcs/comedy for the better. It also concludes better than the series. The emotional involvement in the kyoani version doesn’t work for me anymore, doesn’t hold up. However the film remains emotionally engaging after revisiting it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.

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