Sakurasou was an anime which managed to hold my interest despite its fairly average storyline. It never made me bored, but I never went beyond feeling lukewarm about each week's episode arriving. Something was missing in it for me, and I'm not quite sure what that was. Not a bad show by any means, though.
Story: Basically, a school/slice of life story about some pretty crazy characters, most of whom have talents that set them apart from "normal" people. It utilizes typical plotlines [school festival, foreign friend arriving to take someone home, threat of their home being shut down] to explore the relationships of the characters vis a vis their dreams and aspirations. While the story didn't stand out as above average, it was very very relatable. Big themes were talent vs. hard work and the outcomes of success/failure, unrequitted love, and friendship.
Animation and Sound: The voice acting was good and added to the personality and distinctiveness of each character. Given the serious themes, I thought the art style actually detracted from the reality of the story, but it was pleasant to look at.
Characters: Each one was unique and interesting. Character development happened, but it was more in a resolving-of-situations way and less in an actual deep change in beliefs sort of way.
For some reason, I can't quite bring myself to give this one a full 7. Its parts were good, but the sum of the parts was lacking something. Maybe it was too relatable to be realistic/too realistic to be relatable, maybe the art really jarred with my sense of the point of the story, maybe the characters' were too frustrating, maybe I'm just crazy.
Recommended for fans of "crazy people in a group" stories.