Happy New Year! After a very long hiatus, I am kicking off the New Year with an angry rant leveled at Shiina Mashiro from the anime Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo! What a great way to start the year!
First and foremost, I’m sorry for the title, I just wanted to hurl a random insult at Shiina and I wanted to make it rhyme, so…yeah. Also, I won’t be giving too much context for my rant because I’m lazy like that, and plus this anime is four years old so nobody’s gonna be reading this anyway. I know, I’m doing a great job being relevant
As I write this, I have watched up to Episode 13 of the anime, and I am writing this post in response to a lot of comments that I found about the episode. So many people were trashing on Sorata, the main character of the series, for getting angry and yelling at Mashiro-chan. They were all butt-hurt and triggered that their favorite shy, panty-less waifu was being yelled at by this ‘dense, brain-dead idiot’ of a protagonist. But I disagreed with them (Nanami is obviously best girl and anyone who disagrees with my opinion is objectively wrong) and this post is basically me trashing on their opinions. So yeah!
So let’s start by actually taking a look at the grievous offenses committed by our protagonist. He yelled at her to go work on her manga when she wanted to learn how to cook, and he yelled at her when she ran away from a Christmas party without telling anyone. In both cases, I believe that Sorata’s anger is very normal—as a matter of fact, I’m surprised he didn’t get pissed off at Mashiro way earlier.
In the first case, Sorata had just received a letter rejecting his game proposal. He was frustrated with his rejection, as he had put a lot of hard work and effort into his game proposal, and he was fairly confident that his proposal would be accepted this time around. Immediately after suffering this rejection, he is approached by Mashiro in an apron. Seeing Mashiro, who was successful in getting her manga to debut on the first try, spending time on something other than perfecting her manga, frustrates Sorata. He spent all of his free time and effort on his video game proposal, yet still failed. He lashed out at Mashiro, telling her to go back to working on her manga.
Now obviously this is unjustified. Mashiro can do whatever she wants to, and a normal person usually wouldn’t even take out their anger on a friend in such an unreasonable manner. Getting mad at a friend for wanting to learn how to cook is…not really something that happens between friends. So why does Sorata get angry at Mashiro? I think this stems from the unique relationship Sorata has with Mashiro—their relationship is less of a friendship, and more of a parent-child relationship. Sorata literally takes care of Mashiro as if she were a five year old. This probably caused him to subconsciously feel as if he had more control and responsibility for her actions than a friend would have, resulting in the freak out over a tiny cut on Mashiro’s finger and also reprimanding her for not working hard enough.
But ultimately, I would say Sorata was unjustified here. However, I think anybody watching the show should have been expecting Sorata to blow up at Mashiro at some point. In fact, if anybody were in Sorata’s shoes, they probably would have gotten fed up with her way earlier. This is because Mashiro is disgustingly spoiled. She has no awareness of the people around her and lives her life as if she expects somebody like Sorata or Nanami to come along and tell her what underwear to put on. She expects people like Rita to be her friend when she doesn’t give them anything in return. Like really, what reason do any of the characters have to help Mashiro? They’re all very kind people, but their kindness goes unnoticed in the eyes of Mashiro.
Mashiro only really begins to change because once she falls in love with Sorata. She did nothing whatsoever for Nanami when she was taking care of her while working towards her dreams, but when it came to Sorata, all of a sudden Mashiro was out buying good luck charms and getting dressed by herself (what an amazing feat). Of course, she was still heavily dependent on Sorata for taking care of her and teaching her to cook, and as a matter of fact, she also became emotionally dependent on Sorata, feeling upset when she didn’t have his approval. This dependence was straight up unhealthy for both Sorata, who was further burdened, and Mashiro, who was upset by Sorata’s anger.
I think most people would be pretty annoyed if they were suddenly forced to care for a child that they don’t even know. Sorata took on the burden of helping Mashiro do simple tasks in her life, all the while trying to pursue his own goals. To rub salt in his wounds, Mashiro, who is helpless without him, succeeds, while he fails.
Anyways, Mashiro does seem to be gaining awareness, and hopefully, she’ll become less of a burden to the other characters over the course of the series, but I truly think that Mashiro’s relationship with Sorata is pretty terrible for Sorata, and I don’t think they are a good couple at all. In comparison, Nanami shares Sorata’s kindness, support each other through their problems, and have healthy conversations. I think their relationship would be a lot better and cuter than Sorata being with Mashiro.
Anyway, that’s it for this post! Thanks for reading, WhoAmI, signing off.