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)

11 Responses

  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
    (Monday, Mar 2. 2015 01:29 AM)
    Late to this one but
    @BrendanVGC, that’s kinda tough. See there is a huge amount of very different manga that fall under the category “Seinien” You would kinda need to give us a more focused genre to work with here. Like horror, action etc.
    And pretty sure death note is shounen.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:35 AM)
    Damon I am more used to seeing in a drama or comedy role I reckon rather than an action hero.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:24 AM)
    Eric Bana is so underated =<
    I want to see more of the man on film.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    The story would’ve been much more anchored and believable if the social imbalance wasn’t portrayed so heavy-handedly. It makes no sense for every house in Elysium to have a healing-bed that completely restores you and they dint bother to put a single one on Earth to keep the working class happy and healthy. I mean, c’mon now.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:49 AM)
    Yeah the action sequences were the best parts of Elysium. I don’t k ow, I just don’t feel Matt Damon in these roles anymore and I hope they stayed with Eric Bana like the rumors were hinting; that probably would’ve made it a more personal story.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:55 AM)
    Its been too long since I saw district 9 to have an accurate opinion on it.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:54 AM)
    I can remember giving higher points to elysium when I saw it first because I really needed/wanted to see an R rated action movie. But apart from Sharlto Copley as the villain it was in hindsight fairly miscast, the ending was quite poor and the script could have been improved on, I liked the robots/action scenes however.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:20 AM)
    I have a feeling that the movie’s gonna suck tho. District 9 was good, Elysium was a mess and Chappie looks like a Short Circuit ripoff with nothing new to add. I have respect for Blomkamp since he started as an animator and probably has respect for the medium and a good eye for aesthetics, by he’s doing progressively more conventional stuff as his career goes on.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 01:41 AM)
    Ha, so I wasn’t wrong when I came across that film Chappie and thinking that the robot resembled Briareos from appleseed, the director’s a fan of Masume Shirow’s work apparently.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 12:16 AM)
    @Brendan: That completely hinges on your personal taste, but Vagabond is one of the best Chanbara ones around, with superb art, fast pacing and entertaining storyline. Berserk should go without saying as it’s a codifier for many Seinen conventions, but Vinland Saga is another great series which is in similar vein. Biomega and Drifters are also worth a look.

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