Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is confirmed to be the third of the four series that would be in my episode blog list. It’s also JCStaff’s best anime for this year! Not only basing on the presentation aspects, but also content-wise. Perhaps, this season should mark the time where I’m liking the major romantic comedies; since I’ve started watching anime by season, I’ve trashed a lot of romantic comedies. I’m liking and/or loving series like Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, and this title.
If you’ve watched a handful of JCStaff anime, like Ano Natsu de Matteru, you’ll know that this studio is capable of locking-horns with the big-name studios like Sunrise, PAWorks, Bones, AIC, A-1 Pictures, and Kyoto Animation. It feels good that this anime would be a proof to that statement. Visuals here might not be as sharpened and polished as the ones we see in, say, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun but they’re still done excellently. Character designs have “very good” detailing, with some spot-on minimal sharpening, and they definitely give life to the characters in the story. Styling queues for the school uniform is eerily familiar, especially to those who have seen Accel World. While they’re not all-original, the character designs do their job on fitting the characters they portray. Background and setting art are defined well, and have fair amounts of detailing. Traditionally-drawn objects with helping of CGI tricks make excellently them up. Animation is also “very good”, there’s even a degree of stunning smoothness in some scenes. Lighting and colouring are done properly, but it has some occasional hiccups.
The excellence also translate to the audio presentation. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is the first time I’ve felt great in the audio of a JCStaff-produced anime in two-three years! Well, maybe not two-three years as I was also stunned by the production values of Ano Natsu de Matteru. Voice acting is not only mood-setting but they portray their characters well! All of the voices are in the right tones and pitch for every scene. Background music tone is just okay, it has the sweet-sounding tracks that you’d expect from a slice-of-life romantic comedy like this. The ending theme song is a JRock/JPop song with lyrics that befit the genre as well.
Like on the character designs, the content may not be 100% original but this anime was able to execute the romantic comedy well. This is another slice-of-life light novel adaptation with some harem undertones. Thankfully, the story focuses us to the relationship between Mashiro, a world-famous artist, and Sorata. Mishiro might be a bright teenager when it comes to art, but she has one quirk — she has to be guided with almost everything on life, including on dressing-up and preparing for the morning. Sakurasou is the boarding house for “problem” students of Sorata’s school. Sorata is living there as he decided to take care of a cat instead of letting go of it to continue living in the “normal” dormitories. One day, his teacher asked Sorata to take care of Mashiro and hilarity ensues when he has to go through the mess Mashiro has in her room. The dialogue script might not stand out, but the premise and the direction makes it quite refreshing and entertaining to watch.
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is definitely a promising “unique” romantic comedy of this season, despite the heavy flak levied against it recently. Watch it if you like romantic comedies and, of course, seeing cats in anime. And oh, expect me to cover this starting next week, when I’m no longer having bloody exams.
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