Posted by psgels on 19 December 2012 with categories: Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

School festival arcs. Inherently boring, so series really need to add something to make it work. This series does that by just doing what it always does and making the school festival not the central focus. Instead, this was again about working hard to make something good, and very sharp dialogue and lots of addictive character chemistry.

I noticed that the bad school festival episodes just put too much emphasis on the school festival: just doing boring stuff like having a haunted house or a cafe, and having characters walk around without much passion. And really: having a school festival in real life sounds really fun, but only a few anime really manage to capture it. Sakurasou didn’t exactly capture it, but ir rather avoided it. Misaki’s bit with her sister was very surprising and a great way to develop her, but it had absolutely nothing to do with the school festival. Same for Mashiro’s subplot about returning to England.

There is one thing that I’m a bit bothered with: the way this show looks at Shiina. It’s a bit subtle, but sometimes the focus is a bit too much on her as a “pet”, rather than as an actual character. In this episode there was this focus about him not letting Shiina go back, as if she was his property. Only at the cliff-hanger the focus returned to what Shiina really wanted. It’s a missed opportunity.

Also, small detail: I like how Shiina’s painting on the wall stays there. Yay for continuity.
Rating: 4.5/8 (Good)

6 Responses

  1. Airies says:

    In english the title is called ‘the pet girl of sakurasou’ T.T

  2. Entrav says:

    Pretty funny and also has some drama in it. School festival is kinda meh but that’s what happens a lot of the time.

  3. TheUltimateReaper says:

    Just one question, where in the subplot was there anything about Sorata “not letting her go back?” I’m not well versed in Japanese so I go by the subs, but basically, not only does Sorata think that she should actually go back to the art world, but he’s convinced that she is going to leave. In this episode he just appeared a little sentimental about loosing a friend as it were.

    Twas’ a good episode. This show does good on avoiding anything too overly boring.

    • boa_sting says:

      I agree, at least as far as I remember; on the surface, Sorata’s position is as you say. It’s just heavily implied and natural that he doesn’t want her to leave. The reference is probably just to the episode focusing on Sorata’s side of things.

      Along those lines, I’m sure the next episode’s going to have a one-liner or two from Mashiro on the subject, with her usual delivery. Sorata might learn a thing or two. For that matter, maybe the painting she was working on an episode or two ago will come up again.

      I wouldn’t particularly take it as a drawback to focus on Sorata in this episode (aside from Sorata maybe not being one of the best characters in this show). It’s just the order of buildup. Hopefully they can pull off something better than most episodes recently.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Mar 31. 2015 02:00 AM)
    Think I will save the shirobako review for tomorrow. Got it mostly written up but I think I need to fine tune it a bit more
  • Aries
    (Tuesday, Mar 31. 2015 12:44 AM)
    Yeah definitely. I think it’s really fucked up at how many series totally shit on their queer couples like?? Why not represent them to show that they can work and are normal.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Mar 30. 2015 11:50 PM)
    Although I think I would be amused/entertained by the ridiculousness of a lesbian mindfuck time travel plot for the sheer chaos/nonsense of it. But seriously speaking Aries, while I haven’t kept up, these endings which avoid the “Punishment ending” trope are progress and there needs to be more of them.
  • Aries
    (Monday, Mar 30. 2015 09:49 PM)
    But I mean it was very silly show to begin with but it was fun and is definitely anime of the season
  • Aries
    (Monday, Mar 30. 2015 09:46 PM)
    I feel like this is one of the few yuri series where the lead couple dont get fucked over with and can live happily ever after.
  • Aries
    (Monday, Mar 30. 2015 09:44 PM)
    Like the storyline makes perfect sense and it got more straight forward as the series went on.
  • Aries
    (Monday, Mar 30. 2015 09:43 PM)
    Aidan, No actually! It was the first happy ending I think Ikuhara has done and it resolved everything and made me quite emotional!
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Mar 30. 2015 08:40 PM)
    @Aries, Let me guess. Lesbian mindf*ck time travel?
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    (Monday, Mar 30. 2015 08:37 PM)
    yuri kuma had a fantastic ending tbh!
  • Emma
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    Oh, awesome, dark horse is releasing volume 10 of black lagoon in April, its been nearly five years since the last complete volume…

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