Why is it that I love romantic comedies so much? Maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic at heart. I think it’s more accurate to say that I am more of a hopeless perverted romantic at heart. Which is why Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is a perfect fit for someone like me. It has some quirkiness to it that I am very fond of. Mainly how the normal guy gets stuck with a bunch of, well, freaks. It always amazes me how a guy like that doesn’t go mad living there.
I might have got my information wrong when I first read what the show was about because it wasn’t what I thought. At first, I thought it was about a man getting a girl as a pet to take care of. This is not the case. The pet part is only in how he came to Sakura Hall. Not about the girl transfer student. To me, this is a much better scenario than what I initially thought. This is a very good thing.
Let’s start out with our main guy Kanda. A young man going to an art university just trying to live a normal life. I know we have never had an anime like that before right? He also has a weakness of sorts. That weakness is for abandoned cats. As shocking as that is that we have a hero with a fondness for helpless cats, it’s this weakness that lands him in the Sakura Hall dorm. This is where the troubles begin. You see the Sakura Hall is the place where all the problem people of the school go. Even a teacher lives there which should tell you something. The thing is that Kanda was in the normal dorms like everyone else, but one day he found a kitty abandoned. So he decided to take care of it no matter what. Well, the dorm that he was in does not allow pets. When the school found out about it, they gave him the choice of getting rid of the kitty and staying in the normal dorm or keeping the kitty and go to the abnormal dorm. Since Kanda has a heart of gold and will do anything to protect the kitty, he agrees to go to Sakura Hall. Thus the basis of our hero is born.
But wait! That’s not the whole story here. We also have a lively bunch of standard characters here. We have Chihiro the teacher, who is looking for a man to marry. See sexy teacher type. Then we have Jin, the good looking playboy who loves women. See gigolo type. Next up we have Ryunosuke, the programmer that you never see and only communicate in emails by way of his program Maid-chan. See hikikomori type with a job. Moving along, we have Misaki, the animation girl with her own hit anime that likes to play things out in real life. See outgoing otaku type. Last but not least, we have our main girl of the series Mashiro the teacher’s cousin. She is coming from England to live in the Sakura Hall with the rest of them. Needless to say, there is something not quite right about this girl. See what the hell is wrong with you type.
Now granted this sounds just like a lot of romantic comedy animes, but there are always that subtle twists here and there. This one, as far as I can tell from the first episode, will try and balance the comedy and romance equally. This could be a good balance or an uneven one. As always, I’m hoping for a good balance so that the show is still watchable by the end and I’m not yelling at my TV wanting something more. To keep this balance they need to stick with the formula of the first episode. Don’t drop the ball on me J.C. Staff. We have 23 more episodes to go!
On to the confusing part for me. When I heard this was a pet anime about a girl in a dorm, I thought we might have some cross breading in a since that the girl would have animal tendencies. Well, come to find out, she doesn’t. What she has is no way of taking care of herself in day to day life. Meaning that she has to have everything done for her. What to eat, how to dress, get her to school on time, that sort of thing. So Kanda now has to look after her because of Chihiro. Is it me or would it just be simpler just to say no to this? Besides the torture he would endure from the teacher, it would be child’s play to the day to day pain that he will have to endure. But then, we wouldn’t have a story right? It’s more fun to watch him suffer and fall in love.
This series seems right up my ally of what I normally would be watching and I am glad I picked it. I like the character designs and the animation is decent. Story wise, it’s just another guy with a heart of gold helping someone that is helpless. This is nice, but standard. You better win me over with something to endure a 24 episode season. I’m guessing that all the people at the Sakura Hall will have some sort of side story to keep this one going. Can’t see them just focusing on the main two for the entirety of the show. Either way I am looking forward to seeing how this one will go.
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