YMMV: The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

aka: Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: A boy meets genius girl with an Ambiguous Disorder and No Social Skills. Despite getting surprisingly positive reviews, many refuse to watch it due to how incredibly misogynistic (and to some, ableist) the premise sounds at first glance, especially since some summaries describe her relationship as being his "pet". In reality he and a few of the other characters are essentially her care takers.
  • Arc Fatigue: Jin's refusal to enter a relationship with Misaki. They do eventually get engaged, but after several, tedious episodes focusing on Misaki making strong advances and Jin breaking her heart.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: While Sakura-sou is almost entirely character drama, Tear Jerker moments, and realistic struggles with life and romance, most non-fans are only aware of the heavily advertised couple of scenes where a spaced-out girl gets naked. And the title translates to "The Pet Girl Of Sakura Hall," making the whole thing look like a Harem Series.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Akasaka.
  • Fanon: While the canon doesn't give any explanation to Mashiro's behaviour, outside of Sorata's saying she is "special" in desperation, It is commonly agreed among Western viewers that Mashiro is autistic. The descriptions about her behaviour follow textbook definitions of autism so closely that they have to apply Occam's Razor.
  • Internet Backdraft: The appearance of Samgyetang in episode 6 caused a huge uproar among Japanese viewers. While it was different from the light novels—originally it was just intended to be the more simple okayu—it rose beyond They Changed It, Now It Sucks levels, as some Japanese viewers accuse that part of a plot to promote Korean culture in Japanese media. It should be noted the anime changed the entire context of the said scene so the change of dish made sense: in the original it was something Sorata made to Nanami for her sickness, but in the anime, it was prepared by Jin to congratulate the publication of Mashiro's manga and Nanami's first audition.
    • How does it make any sense if they changed the entire context just so samgyetang, a dish rarely (if ever) prepared by Japanese households could be introduced? Other than a forceful inclusion of something Korean into the anime series, the existence of samgyetang served absolutely no purpose whatsoever. Moreover, in the original LN, students of Suiko sang the Japanese anthem upon graduation, but this was cut from episode 23 of the anime. Instead, the students resorted to singing Suiko's school anthem. Justified or not, some viewers saw this as an overt effort by MBS to appease their Korean investors.
  • Memetic Mutation: Plan C.Explanation  Also becomes a Running Gag in the show.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat Sorata/Nanami vs Sorata/Mashiro. The competition is tight. In some discussions it even entered Die for Our Ship territory.

Alternative Title(s):

Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo