Sakurasou is Not a Love Story

Romance is a kind of fanservice, an element designed to fulfill the shipping wishes of its audience. Strangely enough, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo shied away from a traditional romance story. All of the basic elements exist – and with multiple potential pairings – but the story was ultimately never about who or how or when any couple will fall in love.

The frustrations and love of creation is what take the forefront, not the romantic love of another. Sakurasou tells a story about passion, its darker side of frustration and resentment, and what it means to do what you love surrounded by people doing what the love. Yet, when it comes to relationships, Sakurasou is never about what the relationships will be, but always the nature of these relationships as they already exist.

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