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Another anime, another final thoughts. However, it would be a lie to say that this show in particular is just another final thoughts, because, in reality, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is a show that I don’t think I will be forgetting for a long time. In fact, even as I am writing this post now, I don’t know if I could find the right words to describe it. Emotional gripping might be the best way to describe it, but even that fails to express fully just how much this show made me feel about myself and about what it is I want out of life. With that being said though, here are my final thoughts.
Sorata and Having a Unique Main Character
One thing I will absolutely admit up front is that my initial impression of the show was far from accurate. By far one of the things I like most about this show is just how much more interesting the main character is than most other slice of life romances I have seen. Sorata definitely gave me a bland, uninteresting taste in the first episode, but as the series moved on he developed into an equally interesting character compared to those around him.
More specifically, I appreciate that a lot of the focus around not just Sorata, but all of the show’s main cast was there focus on achieving their goals and pursuing their passions, even to the point of compromising their own sanity and health sometimes. Now, I am not advocating that people literally kill themselves over trying to accomplish their goals, but it is was definitely preferable to have seen a cast of characters all passionate about something rather than just a bunch of bland high school idiots running around and almost confessing their feelings to each other, which brings me to my next point.
As Karandi of 100WordAnime commented on my first reaction post, romance in the show is a lot less relevant to its overall story and themes. However, the romance that does exist in the show is actually extremely compelling, and at some points in the show, the most important things underlying their current problems.
One good example of this would be Jin and Misaki. Both of them have known each other for basically their entire lives, and it becomes fairly obvious early on in the show that the two of them like each other a lot. However, because of this, Jin puts off his feelings for Misaki during most of the show because he fears being separated from her when they graduate. This is because while Misaki plans on going to the local university, Jin wants to go to Osaka, which is about two and a half hours away.
Finding a Purpose
The last thing which makes this show so emotionally engaging to me, as I touched on above, is the way that all of the show’s main characters have something that they are passionate about outside of the usually “I love that were all friends and want to be together” thing.
To me, what makes Sorata and the rest of the cast so relatable is that, not only do they fail multiple times throughout the show, they also acknowledge in their failures that life is not fair, and will not ever be fair. The reality of life is that some people are born with more talent or more connections and are able to do things that people who are poorer or who do not have those connections need a lot more work to accomplish. Hard work is not satisfying because it is guaranteed that at a certain point you will accomplish everything you set out to do, it is satisfying because most of the time the goals people are working towards are not guaranteed. It is not guaranteed that I will ever get a book published, but I am going to work at it because I know that if I can accomplish it, I will be able to really feel proud of myself.
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is truly an amazing show. What in the beginning looked like it was just going to be a somewhat serious gag comedy about an artistic genius ended up being a very serious thematic contemplation of what the real meaning of hard work is, and also a story about friendship and realizing goals together.
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