Note: The following review was written a long time ago, before our migration to WordPress and when our reviewing skills were still noob-level. Apologies.
Adapted from a light novel series of the same title
Produced by: J.C. Staff
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Slice of Life
Number of episodes: 24
Sakura Dormitory (Sakurasou) is a dorm of the high school affiliated with Suimei University of Arts (often shortened as Suiko), which hosts the weirdest, most trouble-making students. After being kicked out of the normal dorm for keeping a stray cat, Kanda Sorata moves into Sakurasou. As he starts to get used to the life in the dorm, Shiina Mashiro, a world famous artist who lacks common sense and living ability, moves in as a new student of Suiko with the ambition to debut as a manga artist. Sorata is then forced to become Mashiro’s handler. The story revolves about their daily life as well as mental growth.
From left: Mitaka Jin, Kamiigusa Misaki, Kanda Sorata,
Shiina Mashiro, Aoyama Nanami, Akasaka Ryuunosuke
Overall Rating: 4/5 moons
Story – 7.5/10
It’s kind of like another one of those typical high-school anime thing, where the characters have to make choices for college, career, etc. But what’s unique about this anime is that they’re focusing on industries that you don’t usually find in anime series – fine arts, animation, script writing, programming – all of which requires practice, creativity, and dedication (which is also the main theme of the entire anime, I guess?).
There are exaggerated scenes here and there, but the overall flow of it is good. They also have the development of character and story for each character balanced out, instead of focusing too much on the protagonist. It’s inspiring, and also interesting – in a way that it allows to peek into how all these different industries work.
Also, there’s a relatively high amount of NSFW content (not to the extend of hentai, but yeah.) so do… watch out for that? But as the series revolves around the lives of the students living in Sakurasou, and shows a lot of their slice of life stuff, this will probably fulfil some of your dreams of living with your friends and whatnot (if any).
Character – 8.3/10
Characters are unrealistic, and that’s normal. But each of the main characters also have traits that many can relate to, as they portrayed many of the common struggles of high school-going-to-college students. Of course, the unrealistic parts of them also contributed a lot to the comedic parts of the series, and some are just… fan service? (hint: Shiina’s lack of common sense)
Most of the main characters also developed throughout the series, and it will probably give you the feeling as if you grew up with them, by the time you reach the finale. I do feel that they could’ve developed the characters further, but since it’s a comedy, they’ve done enough of developing. Plus, they weren’t overly bias to the two mains, so everyone has equal screen time!
Another thing is that this series is rather ship-heavy, with shippable pairings here and there. You’ll see the cannons appear when it’s time, just wait for it.
Visuals + Audio – 8.8/10
The visuals are really good! With really vibrant colours, and also a very simple, clean, straight forward animating style – they didn’t have too much of those flashy stuff, and I like that. They were also very detailed, and you’ll be able to notice that whenever there are scenes where artworks are present, so keep an eye out for Shiina’s artworks. Also, maybe it’s just me, but everyone’s hair looks really good in this series.
The voice acting casts for this series are also full of people that many would be familiar with if you have been watching animes released after 2009, and their voices definitely makes up for the occasional lame jokes that gets a little too much.
I personally enjoyed the OST very much, though I do think they could’ve put in more effort into the opening and ending videos. But overall, including the BGM, the audio’s pretty well done.
An inspirational anime with good visuals, good audio, and has occasional NSFW content – jokes, scenes, etc.
Also provides some sort of insight to how the industry of fine arts, film, and broadcast.
Definitely an enjoyable series with decent comedy and story.