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Anime Review: ‘Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Is the Bunny Girl Anime We All Need

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
  • Broadcasts: Thursdays (Fall 2018) JST
  • Started: October 4, 2018

There’s no argument that I absolutely love the slice of life genre. I don’t know how the Japanese can outstandingly incorporate the different mundane aspects of our daily life versus other countries with the same genre.

Now, ‘Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai’ focuses on a fictional disease or phenomenon called adolescence syndrome. But actually, it’s the overrated effect of how teenagers see themselves in society.

There’s a rumor about a mysterious phenomenon call “puberty syndrome.” For example, Sakuta Azusagawa is a high school student who suddenly sees a bunny girl appear in front of him. The girl is actually a girl named Mai Sakurajima, who is Sakuta’s upperclassman who is also a famous actress who has gone on hiatus from the entertainment industry. For some reason, the people around Mai cannot see her bunny-girl figure. Sakuta sets out to solve this mystery, and as he spends time with Mai, he learns her secret feelings. Other heroines who have “puberty syndrome” start to appear in front of Sakuta. – ANN

For example, Kaede our main character’s sister suffered unexplainable injuries (slashes) to her body after ignoring an SNS message from her friends.

Kaede realized that she was being loathed

The result of subconsciously thinking that her action, which was ignoring a text, made everyone loath her – which the matter of fact they did, but not enough to hurt her. Injuries where magically being inflicted around her body.

Our main bishoujo Mai Sakurajima is slowly losing her existence because of her hiatus on the acting industry, even though she loves acting.

She went on a hiatus because of an incident with her mother (no spoiler). Her subconscious knows that because of this hiatus, her fame and existence will slowly fade away from society.

Mai wearing a bunny outfit

This represents how teenagers are sensitive bunch when faced with peer pressure, this is all speculations by the way on what adolescence syndrome is, but it just felt so relatable thinking that’s how I was back then, and maybe even now.

But enough of that, we’re here to review this anime, so here’s a quick checklist on the different aspects that this slice of life anime will give you.

Main character monologues… check!

Monologues in ‘slice of life’ anime have always been the central form of communication between viewers and the author. Their target is having the characters relate to you. We usually talk to ourselves at least once over the day.

Sakuta and Mai holding hands

The personality of the main character in Bunny Girl-Senpai is great. He’s analytical, not that generic, able to use intellectual sarcastic jokes, there’s no bullshit in all the flags he’s been raising on our main heroine.

It’s nice to have a change of pace in the slice of life genre – not that I hate the usual denseness of our MC’s, but hey, there can always be too much of everything.

Mild melancholic vibes… check!

You know that post anime depression syndrome you get when you watch anime. Well, there’s a mild chance in contracting that.

Like I said, the story will revolve around the adolescence syndrome. We all have our demons but we’ll slowly figure it out after making mistakes and experiencing hardships.

Sakuta and Mai sleep next to each other

The atmosphere is perfect, each element complementing the other, like voice acting, the script, and the music.

The pacing of the plot is excellent and understandable.

Serious toned music… check!

Music and slice of life is by far the most important combination of all. Most of the soundtracks that will play in the background will fit the scene very well.

Loads of complex existential questions… check!

One thing I hate (love) about ‘slice of life’ is the way how I relate such events to my life. We just can’t stop imagining ourselves in the shoes of the characters. I might be a little jealous that our MC has a bunny girl.

Bunny girls??!? check!

It’s funny how this show somewhat used a clickbait for attracting fans. The show does not feature Mai wearing a bunny girl outfit all the time. In fact, she only wears it one time, and it’s the first time meeting Sakuta.

Sakuta holds Mai's bunny outfit costume

Do you like bunny girls? Are you also a big fan of the slice of life genre? What do you think about Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai?


Phi View All

Freelance writer and game developer writing for Anime Athena

4 thoughts on “Anime Review: ‘Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Is the Bunny Girl Anime We All Need Leave a comment

  1. I’m not really into bunny girls or slice of life, but I am really enjoying this series so far because I’m enjoying puzzling out what is going on and looking forward to when everything will be explained. Hopefully the explanation doesn’t end up disappointing.

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