Published on February 28th, 2013 | by exo0
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo – 20
With the announcement of Sakurasou’s imminent closure, the group bands together to find a way to preserve their precious dorm. They decide on creating a petition with the intent of building enough support to challenge the decision of the school board. However, policy requires that 2/3 of the student population must have signed the petition before it will be considered by the school. This figure seems achievable, until everyone realizes that there are hardly any third years around school at the end of the year. This means that the members of Sakurasou will have to obtain 100% of the first and second year student’s signatures.
Ryunosuke hacks into the school database and retrieves the minutes of the school board’s meetings regarding Sakurasou. Through this, he discovers that the driving force behind the dorm’s closure happens to be Mashiro. In short, the school is worried about the negative impact on its reputation when the world finds out that the renowned painter has degraded into a lowly mangaka. Believing that Sakurasou is the catalyst for this transition, the school makes the decision to shut it down, effectively putting Mashiro back on the proper path.
Ryunosuke plays the part of the bad guy and makes it clear to Sorata just how impossible this task is. He asks Sorata if he even his time to do something like this, considering that the final round of the game design competition is coming up, and notes that the easiest solution is right in front of his face. But Sorata refuses to make Mashiro leave the dorm and pushes forward with the original plan. His morale is bolstered further after seeing Nanami’s resolve when she reads the rejection letter from her voice acting school, and he vows to do everything in his power to save Sakurasou.
Well, with the “Save Sakurasou!” arc, we finally get a little break from the love triangle bit. I’m not really a big fan of this arc, but I do appreciate the little bits of foreshadowing in the previous episodes that led up to this point. Regardless, the imminent closure of Sakurasou threw a huge monkey wrench into the group’s already complicated personal lives at the worst time. Sorata is now completely swamped and unable to focus on his game competition, and Nanami is getting pounded relentlessly by the oncoming waves without even a second to catch a breath.
At this moment, the big elephant in the room is none other than our very own Mashiro. As usual, she’s completely oblivious to the fact that it is because of her that the dorm is closing. Now, I’m not saying that it’s her fault, just stating the facts. Mashiro is helping out in her own way, doing things at her own pace in normal, savant fashion. However, the show hints multiple times that Mashiro believes that what she is doing isn’t enough. It seems that she is inspired by Nanami’s strength, and perhaps even looks up to her because of her ability to interact so well with Sorata. In the end, I believe that it will be Mashiro that will solve this problem by her own power. Perhaps the gigantic blank canvas in the art room holds the clue to her method.
I wanted to have a discussion on the current status of the love triangle, but I’ll save that for another time when it’s more appropriate. But let me just say that I really don’t have a clue as to how Mashiro can possibly win Sorata’s affection by the end of the season. I thought that she would change and become more socially apt as the show progressed… But she hasn’t.
As of now things are looking strongly in Nanami’s favor, even after you consider the fact that she will be heading back home after the year is over. RIP MASHIRO.