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.
|Title (Eng)||The Pet Girl of Sakurasou|
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.
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 Level||12th grade||= High School|
|Total Difficulty Score||51.6 points||= 4.3 * 12|
|Comprehensive Judgment||Easy||in 30.0 to 69.9 points|
|Recommended Japanese Learner||Elementary|
- 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 鯉 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