Learn Japanese with Anime: “The Pet Girl of Sakurasou” (Elementary Level)

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79% Excellent

This is a great animation with a heartrending love story and attractive and unique characters. It is still a new work to be called a classic animation, but it is excellent in detailed internal description and story development. Anyway, the story and characters are so great that I would highly recommend it to people who love romance anime.

  • Story/Worldview 95 %
  • Character 100 %
  • Animation/Background 65 %
  • Songs/Sound 65 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 70 %
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1. Information

Title (Eng)The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Title (Jpn)さくら荘のペットな彼女
TypeTV
Episodes12
Aired Year2012
GenresDrama, Romance
Prequel
Sequel

 

 

2. Synopsis

When abandoned kittens and his good conscience force second year Sorata Kanda to move into Suimei High School’s infamous Sakura Hall, the satellite dorm and its eccentric, misfit residents turn his life upside down. The decidedly average Sorata finds it difficult to fit in with the bizarre collection of dorm residents like Misaki, an energetic animator; Jin, a playwright playboy; Ryuunosuke, a reclusive programmer; and Chihiro, the dorm manager, art teacher, and party girl.

Sorata’s friend Nanami, a second year student and aspiring voice actress, pushes him to find new owners for the many cats so that he can quickly move back into the regular dorms. However, his desire to escape Sakura Hall wavers when the pet-like and infantile second year Mashiro Shiina, a world-class artistic savant looking to become a mangaka, transfers in during the spring trimester and quickly latches onto him.

Supported by each other’s quirks, Sorata and Mashiro come out of their shells and trigger change in the lives of those around them. Based on the light novel series of the same name, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo explores the fine threads connecting talent, hard work, romance, and friendship with its ensemble cast.

Source: https://myanimelist.net/anime/13759/Sakura-sou_no_Pet_na_Kanojo?q=SAKURASOU

 

 

3. Character’s Way of Speaking

Kanda Sorata basically talks in a normal way. He uses simple honorific language for his teachers and seniors, but he usually speaks in the male language. As he grows, his language and way of speaking change. It would be nice to be able to listen to the changes in his way of speaking over the first half of the story.

Shiina Mashiro is a world-renowned genius painter, but she is a freak who cannot wear underwear by herself. She also lacks emotional expression, speaks very clearly, and often speaks only a single word. However, as she spends time with Sorata taking care of her, she gradually becomes more emotional and has more words. Her love for Sorata and her creative activities in manga show strong emotions even though she lacks emotional expression. Her lines and vocabulary are small, so you won’t have any trouble listening to Japanese.

Aoyama Nanami is a solemn high school girl aiming to become a voice actor. Although she is from the Kansai region, she does not use the Kansai dialect and basically speaks in standard Japanese. Sometimes when she speaks in Kansai dialect, her true feelings show. The Kansai dialect is characterized by “ほんま” which means “本当に” and “xxx やねん” which means “xxx だね” at the end of the word. The Kansai dialect is one of the major dialects in Japan, so please understand that it is one of the highest priorities for Japanese listening practice (There are many characters who speak Kansai dialect in anime.).

Kamiigusa Misaki only makes anime, even though she has the ability to become a scholarship student in the art department. She is naive and speaks clearly, but she speaks a little quickly. Therefore, listening to her speech is a little difficult. She has a very childish expression, but when she thinks of Mitaka Jin, she also has a feminine expression for her age. This gap is her charm, and it is an interesting point of expression in Japanese.

Mitaka Jin is Misaki’s childhood friend and is in charge of her animation screenplay. However, he is careless about his relationship with women. But his way of talking gives a very polite and serious impression. Behind this way of speaking, his true feelings about Misaki are hidden. His speaking style is easy to listen to, so it is recommended for listening and emulating Japanese.

Akasaka Ryunosuke is a high school student who works as a professional programmer with companies. He has a personality that is not related to people, but because he speaks clearly, Japanese listening is easy. He likes difficult expressions because he is a smart character. His initial impression was cold, but after spending time with members of Sakuraso and Rita, he chose rather mild words.

Sengoku Chihiro is an art teacher in charge of surveillance at Sakuraso. Because she is so easygoing and doesn’t hide, she talks on an equal footing with her students. Even so, the way of speaking is rather feminine, and the ending of the word is “xxx ね” or “xxx わよ”. For female Japanese learners, her speaking style is suitable for listening and emulating.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

The high schools that Sakuraso members attend are divided into general courses and art courses. As a result, the conversation often includes “Creating”. As Mashiro aspires to be a manga artist, manga related words such as “新人賞” (しんじんしょう, Rookie of the Year Award), “連載” (れんさい, serial) and “原稿” (げんこう, manuscript) appear frequently. Some Nanami aspires to be voice actors, so there are some slightly unfamiliar terms like “声優” (せいゆう, voice actor) and “養成所” (ようせいじょ, training school).

In addition, words such as “大晦日” (おおみそか, New Year’s Eve), “年明け” (としあけ, New Year’s Day), and “七夕” (たなばた, Tanabata) that sense the season also appear frequently. It is set in schools and dormitories, so words related to them are often used. Some are simple, such as “追試” (ついし, makeup examination), “進路” (しんろ, course), and “受験” (じゅけん, examination) while others are a little more advanced, such as “仕送り” (しおくり, allowance), “門限” (もんげん, curfew), and “下宿” (げしゅく, boarding house).

 

 

5. Elementary can Learn Japanese with This Anime

The way each character speaks is common and very realistic, so Japanese listening is very easy. Since most of the characters are high school students, the term difficulty level is equivalent to High School, but you may find it a little difficult because there are words related to manga, anime, and voice actors. However, the difficult terms occurrence rate is not as high as 4.3 terms/episode, so I recommend this anime to elementary Japanese learners.

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 4.3 terms/episode= 100 / 24
Difficulty Level12th grade= High School
Total Difficulty Score51.6 points= 4.3 * 12
   
Comprehensive JudgmentEasyin 30.0 to 69.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerElementary 
JLPTN4 

 

The List of Difficult Terms that Appear in this Anime (=100 terms)
#よみ漢字Remarks
1たまむしいろ玉虫色 
2いっぱんりょう一般寮School terms
3しんじんしょう新人賞 
4てつや徹夜 
5ついし追試School terms
6せいゆう声優 
7しんろ進路School terms
8びぼう美貌 
9れんさい連載 
10げんこう原稿 
11じっか実家 
12じゅけん受験School terms
13いそうろう居候 
14ふじゅん不純 
15ゆうじゅうふだん優柔不断 
16さくが作画Animation terms
17ごうこん合コンSlang
18おさななじみ幼馴染 
19ひとづま人妻 
20ひきこもり引きこもり 
21ようせいじょ養成所 
22しんさかい審査会 
23りふじん理不尽 
24おんし恩師 
25さとがえり里帰り 
26こんいんとどけ婚姻届け 
27むごい惨い 
28まわし回しMawashi of Sumou
29そうくつ巣窟 
30たいし大志 
31うぶ初心 
32なかわり中割Animation terms
33ぎょうずい行水 
34ゆゆしき由々しき 
35まんじょういっち満場一致 
36しゃけん車検 
37ごしゅうしょうさまご愁傷様 
38しんしょく浸食 
39てをぬく手を抜くIdioms
40えこんて絵コンテAnimation terms
41かいべん快便 
42せきはん赤飯 
43さんずのかわ三途の川 
44せいしゅん青春 
45ねーむネームAnimation terms
46りょうひ寮費School terms
47すいせん推薦School terms
48しおくり仕送り 
49ほふる屠る 
50もんげん門限 
51しゃこうじれい社交辞令 
52げしゅく下宿School terms
53こい 
54きしょうてんけつ起承転結 
55しんぼく親睦 
56めめしい女々しい 
57びとく美徳 
58ともぐい共食い 
59ていしゅかんぱく亭主関白 
60せいきょう盛況 
61みずくさい水臭いIdioms
62なまなましい生々しい 
63おくゆかしい奥ゆかしい 
64せんざいいちぐう千載一遇 
65いぶくろをつかむ胃袋を掴むIdioms
66うきよばなれ浮世離れ 
67ぜんしょ善処 
68しぼうこう志望校School terms
69きせい帰省 
70がんぷく眼福 
71てんこう転校School terms
72ぜんはいそげ善は急げIdioms
73かれん可憐 
74いっぷたさい一夫多妻 
75てのひらがえし掌返しIdioms
76おおみそか大晦日 
77めがくろいうちに目が黒いうちにIdioms
78けつのあながちいさいケツの穴が小さいIdioms
79としあけ年明け 
80ごらいこうご来光 
81さんがにち三が日 
82がんちゅう眼中 
83やぼ野暮 
84たいはない他意はないIdioms
85ごうひ合否 
86りじかい理事会 
87ろうきゅうか老朽化 
88りょうせい寮生School terms
89だんしきんせい男子禁制 
90ぜいじゃく脆弱 
91だだをこねる駄々をこねるIdioms
92きょうはんしゃ共犯者 
93おんきせがましい恩着せがましいIdioms
94ざせつ挫折 
95ねまわし根回し 
96とうじ答辞 
97しゅせき主席 
98おとがめなしお咎めなし 
99しまながし島流し 
100にゅうりょう入寮School terms

 

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