Anime Spotlight - The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

by Justin Sevakis,

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

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October, 2012 (Japanese Premiere)

Key Staff

Director - Atsuko Ishizuka
    (Aoi Bungaku eps 11-12, Supernatural: The Anime Series)
Series Composition - Mari Okada
    (Black Butler, Vampire Knight)
Character Design - Masahiro Fujii
    (Hayate the Combat Butler!!, Familiar of Zero)
Animation Production
J.C. Staff


I became the “owner” of a brilliant girl, who can't even put on her own underwear.


Sorata Kanda, a high school sophomore living in Sakurasou, the den of their academy's problem children, spends his days being dragged around by the strange residents, swearing he's going to escape Sakurasou one day.

One day, Mashiro Shiina, a cute, innocent girl who's also a world-famous artist, moves into the dorm. Sorata thought he needed to protect Mashiro from the strange people living in the dorm, but she had her own incredible secret—she's bankrupt of the ability to live on her own! She gets lost whenever she goes outside, her room is a constant mess, and she can't even pick out her own underwear, let alone put them on.

Sorata winds up appointed as her “owner” by the other dorm students, and so the “master and pet” life between average boy, Sorata, and brilliant girl Mashiro begins…?

This story is a romantic comedy of youth told by a brilliant girl, an average man, and other eccentric people.


Sorata Kanda (Room 101)
VA: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Sorata is a sophomore student taking the general curriculum. He was told to live in Sakurasou against his wishes. Because he's a helpful person, the dorm students place him in charge of Mashiro.
Mashiro Shiina (Room 202)
VA: Ai Kayano
She's a world-famous artist, but she came to Japan from England in order to be a manga artist. She's a sophomore student taking the fine arts curriculum. She's incapable of living normally on her own.

Nanami Aoyama
VA: Mariko Nakatsu
Nanami is a sophomore taking the general curriculum, and Sorata's classmate. She's a hardworker who supports herself with a part-time job while commuting to a voice actor training school.
Misaki Kamiigusa (Room 201)
VA: Natsumi Takamori
Misaki is a senior taking the fine arts curriculum. Though her talent earned her a spot as a scholarship student, she's a strange person who had her scholarship revoked for only making anime. She's also childhood friends with Jin Mitaka.
Jin Mitaka (Room 103)
VA: Takahiro Sakurai
Jin is a senior taking the general curriculum, and a childhood friend of Misaki's. His goal is to be a scriptwriter, and he writes the scripts for Misaki's anime. He's also a fearsome playboy.

Ryunosuke Akasaka (Room 102)
VA: Yui Horie
Ryunosuke is a sophomore programmer taking the general curriculum. He's also a shut-in who only talks through chat or e-mails. Most of his e-mail replies are sent by Maid-chan, an auto-reply AI program he developed.
Chihiro Sengoku (Manager's Room)
VA: Megumi Toyoguchi
Chihiro is an art teacher living in Sakurasou to keep an eye on its residents. She's doing everything she can to find a partner. She's also Mashiro's stepsister, but she pushes care of her off onto Sorata.


Sorata Kanda
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Mashiro Shiina
Ai Kayano
Nanami Aoyama
Mariko Nakatsu
Misaki Kamiigusa
Natsumi Takamori
Jin Mitaka
Takahiro Sakurai
Ryunosuke Akasaka
Yui Horie
Chihiro Sengoku
Megumi Toyoguchi


Original Creator
Hajime Kamoshida
(The Pet of Sakurasou,
Dengeki Bunko/ASCII Media Works Publishing)
Original Character Design
Keji Mizoguchi
Atsuko Ishizuka
Series Composition
Mari Okada
Character Design
Masahiro Fujii
Art Director
Koichiro Bizen
Color Design
Miyuki Ishida
Director of Photography
Yuuki Kawashita
Shigeru Nishiyama (REAL-T)
Sound Director
Jin Aketagawa
Sound Production
Magic Capsule
Yuzo Hayashi
Music Production
Media Factory
Anime Production
J.C. Staff
Sakurasou Production Committee

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