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The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Complete Collection
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The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Complete Collection

Buried under the fanservice lies a surprisingly deep, slice-of-life comedy series fans will enjoy.

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Sentai Filmworks is home to some of the best slice of life anime shows I’ve seen so far, and their latest, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Complete Collection, is yet another good one to check out. It has some crazy fanservice and raunchy rumor that may or may not get in the way depending on the viewer, but once you get past it, there’s a surprisingly deep show here that hooks you and makes you its pet before long.

The plot starts off with a young man by the name of Sorata Kanda. He’s super kind and can’t help but take in lost animals, with his latest being a cat. Sadly his school dorm forbids it, and since he broke the rules he’s banished to the Sakura Hall, a special place for rule breakers and delinquents to live out the rest of their school life away from the regular student dorms.

Since Sorata is so good at taking in strays, the dorm supervisor places him in charge of taking care of the reclusive artist Mashiro, who is a genius when she’s able to focus, but lately has been seriously unfocused and even worse is clueless about the world outside of her room. You know she has it bad when clothes and especially underwear are optional for her, so you can already guess how embarrassing it is for Sorata when he has to dress her.

Throw in some of the other residents that have their own backstories on how they got there, and Sorata’s childhood friend Nanami who has feelings for him and isn’t too thrilled about him helping a young lady getting dressed and taking care of her everyday, and you have quite the quirky anime series. As a nice surprise though, the further you get into it, the more grounded and serious it becomes where livelihoods and futures are at stake before long.

But that’s not to say there isn’t silly moments along the way, as there’s plenty of raunchy humor and laughs to be had. While I am a fan of “happy one moment, sad the next” parts in shows and movies, this series sometimes isn’t sure what it wants to be as something perverted will happen for laughs at one part, and then will have someone crying and feeling bad before the end credits. Outside of these moments though, I had a good time seeing how everything was going to play out.

Everything looks and sounds good as the high-definition Blu-ray makes sure the crystal clear visuals and audio come through without a hitch. There’s actually a nice amount of extras to check out once you’re done with the series. The usual suspects, clean opening and closing animations are present, then you have extended previews, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou Japanese Premiere Event that runs around 45 minutes, original Japanese TV ads, promotional videos for the show, and more.

Who says you can’t have the best of the both worlds? The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Complete Collection answers that question with both fanservice and a deep story made even better with characters you care about and want to see succeed. So go ahead and tame this show to add to your collection. Be warned though, it tends to bite and doesn’t like letting go.

About the Author: Chris Mitchell