Sakura Dormitory is a dorm of the high school affiliated with Suimei University of the Arts (often shortened as Suiko), which hosts the strangest, trouble-making students. After being kicked out of the normal dorm for keeping a stray cat, Sorata Kanda moves into Sakura Dormitory. As he starts to get used to the life in the dorm, Mashiro Shiina, a world famous artist who cannot even take care of her daily life, moves in. Sorata is forced to become Mashiro's handler. The story is about their daily life as well as mental growth.
The story touches issues of dreams, passions, and the pursuit of what we want, and the journey the characters embark in to discover themselves. It slightly takes on the issue of how unfair life is to people. Lastly, the story gives innuendoes on society and how it judgmentally perceives people.
The first volume was published in January 2010, and 10 volumes have been released by ASCII Media Works as of October 2012.
Main article: Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (Light Novel)
A manga adaptation illustrated by Hōki Kusano began serialization in the April 2011 issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine.
Main article: Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (Manga)
A 24-episode anime TV series adaptation by J.C.Staff began airing in October 2012. It has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America.
Main article: Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (Anime)
The series also has a collection of Drama CD.
List of Drama CD:
- The Mainichi Shimbun reported in April 2012 that the novels have sold over 850,000 copies. The series has received negative criticism for its gender roles, in particular the character of Mashiro Shiina being portrayed as a sexy, dependent pet.