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The Pet Girl of Sakurasou Anime Review

Title:The Pet Girl of Sakurasou complete collection on Blu-ray

Director: Atsuko Ishizuka

Writer: Mari Okada

Studio: J. C. Staff

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks

U. S. Release Date: August 25, 2020

Format: Blu-ray / 24 Episodes / 600 Minutes

Genre: High school Comedy

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: B


Kanda’s kindness and nurturing nature has stranded him in Sakura Hall when he was forced to leave the regular dorms at his high school. Having one by one collected a clowder of stray cats, he has to move in with the other disruptive and odd students. The place with the “ought to stay away” reputation.

Overseen by resident supervisor Ms. Sengoku who keeps herself busy with the fun side of life, it should not be a surprise that when her cousin, comes to live at Sakura Hall it is Kanda who gets assigned to take care of her. Not as easy as would be expected, to show a new student around and help her get acquainted with how things are structured. You see, Mashiro Shiina is an accomplished fine artist here to learn the art of manga, but personally she is unable to take care of herself in basic ways or understand proper behavior around others.

The rest of Sakura Hall resident’s have their own issues/quirks/talents that land the motley group in comedic situations, and then to the very end, the bonds they unintentionally formed to be strengthened.


Pet Girl of Sakurasou has a previous release in the U.S. before, and finally this release version is the English dub. Yea! Except for one thing, Mashiro’s manner of talking. It drove me crazy. It is so flat and emotionless that she didn’t appear to care about anyone (even when she went through the motions), not even as much as a robot, so why should we even care about her? I don’t think I ever did. Well, with that said, that is the only thing I disliked about the series. It may have been kind of a big thing, but still, I liked the series. I assume it was a discrepancy between the script and direction. Since the point of this edition is the English dub, I kept with it.

I was thinking Mashiro’s character as more a necessary plot device for the story to take place, and her exaggerated misinterpretation for comedic effect. Someone so dysfunctional in everyday life that she needed a caretaker (example: microwaving a whole watermelon), and her social improprieties about clothing and where to sleep led to much of the humor and most of the comedic fan service (not overdone).

A gathering of unique (and enjoyable) characters, it was a fun series to watch. With Sorata, the guy who wants to help everyone, as the true center (not Mashiro who the series is named for), the building of his character and him understanding the world better led the other characters to grow as well. He was the nucleus that the family bonds formed around at Sakura Hall. His acceptance of people as they are was really encouraging. Odd though, he was rather clueless when a girl liked him, but I suppose it isn’t odd for an anime high schooler.

The anime developed quickly yet didn’t feel rushed at all. It was easy to get to know the characters. It is a comedy with a story and heart. There is good character development, each needing to grow in their own way. These are personalities you can care about. There were actual things they began to accomplish as individuals and as a group, goals that were the finale of both seasons. It makes a viewer want to watch to the end.

The misfits of Sakura Hall find a place to belong.

Some other titles that I think will satisfy similar anime tastes are Toradora!, Love Hina, and Oh!My Goddess.

Overall Personal Grade: B Bright and cheery, the hyperbole that is anime that we can enjoy.

Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Collection 2 (anime review)

Pet Girl of Sakurasou part 2Review provided by Katie

Title: Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Collection 2

Director: Atsuko Ishizuka

Studio: J.C. Staff

Author: Hajime Kamoshida

U.S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks / Section 23

U.S. Release Date: March 11, 2014

Format and Length: Blu-ray / 12 Episodes / 300 Minutes

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy, School Life

Industry Age Rating: 14 and up

Overall Personal Rating: A-

Similar Series or Titles to Check Out: Toradora!, Honey and Clover, and Ai Yori Aoshi



Sorata Kanada never really had a choice when his teacher, Chihiro, told him to watch over her niece, Mashiro Shiina. Sorata was tasked with keeping the highly acclaimed but dysfunctional and unfocused artist Mashiro from forgetting to eat, brushing her hair, and wearing all the clothing required to leave the house. It has been a long, slow battle but he has reached a point where he has a general understanding of her quirks and accepts the fact that Mashiro will walk out of the dorm half-naked.

Unfortunately, the rest of the students living in Sakura Hall are not doing as well understanding the opposite sex. Misaki does not understand why Jin decides to keep her in the dark about his feelings, Nanami cannot tell Sorata about her feelings and Ryuunosuke just does not understand Rita, just to name a few of the problems they face. To add to these problems, Sorata still has his problem of picking up cats and keeping them instead of adopting them out to other people. Will the students be able to work through their problems with the opposite sex or will they rule their lives forever? Will the students be able to save Sakura Hall from getting torn down? You will have to watch Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Collection 2 and find out for yourself.


I went into watching Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Collection 2 with low expectations because I did not think I would like how they wrapped up the romantic issues between the characters. Boy was I wrong. I loved this anime and I am now pushing my husband to watch it because usually if I love an anime he will love it as well. By the middle of episode 23 I was sitting on the edge of my seat and by the end of that episode I was crying. The story line really exploded in the second collection and moved at a good pace. The characters had more development and back story as well.

I really loved the interaction between Nanami and Sorata in these episodes. Nanami is coming to terms with the fact that she loves Sorata but at the same time she also realizes that Sorata loves Mashiro. So then she accepts the fact that she is just really the third reel in that equation. Sorata realizes that he feels insecure around Mashiro because she is an accomplished artist and he cannot get a video game that he designed to pass the company’s review board. But he overcomes that and realizes that he actually cares for Mashiro. We also learn why Ryuunosuke acts how he does. Then you have the undecided couple, Misaki and Jin, and all the hilarity that follows them.

I love how Pet Girl of Sakurasou shows evolution of the friendship between the dorm-mates and them working together to save Sakura Hall from getting torn down. I loved how the characters worked together to keep their home safe and learned more about each other in the process. By the end of the series, you can tell that the residents of Sakura Hall are a family and really care for each other.  The opening and closing songs were catchy and well done. I found myself humming along with the music by episode five. The rest of the music was also wonderful. The voice acting was spot on and well delivered to the audience. The art was well drawn and brought Mashiro’s manga to life. Plus there were chibi’s and those are always so cute and funny.


Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Collection 2 includes Japanese CD spots, clean opening and closing animations, and Sentai Filmworks trailers as special features.

Overall Grade: A-

Hajime Kamoshida wrote an amazing anime that I really enjoyed; although, episode 24 almost looked like an ad for a second season of Pet Girl of Sakurasou. It would be awesome if a second season is released, but I am happy with how the story line ended. Overall, I give both collections an A- and I recommend this anime to anyone who loves romantic comedies or school dramas.

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If you enjoyed watching either Toradora!, Honey and Clover, or Ai Yori Aoshi then you will more than likely enjoy Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Collection 1 or Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Collection 2.