Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (Season One)

What did you watch and why? This is the first of the 2018 fall series that I’ve finished. Normally, I tend to watch dubbed shows, but this one piqued my interest with its absurd title. Watching subtitles with small children around is almost impossible, so I watched these late at night once everyone had gone to bed.

One line pitch! A strange phenomenon results in the manifestation of teenage issues…

What’s it really about? Sakuta is surprised to see a girl at his school walking around a library in a bunny suit. Even more surprising is that no one else can see her. On top of that, she’s also a famous actor. She advises Sakuta to forget everything he saw, but that’s not going to happen.

Before he knows it, Sakuta has been pulled into one mysterious crisis after another, but he also has experience of the strange affliction and that has prepared him to be able to help the victims.

What hooked you? So, the title is terrible. They really should have come up with a better name. But even that’s not enough to keep this beautifully crafted show down. Everything about it was exceptional. I found the dialogue to be an absolute pleasure to behold. On top of that, the characters were all so relatable and believable. It’s hard not to get hooked.

What was your favourite scene? Not so much a scene, but the first arc which saw Sakuta try to save Mai from vanishing was incredible. There were so many incredible moments in that arc alone. The night they spent in the hotel together, Sakuta promising he wouldn’t forget Mai by staying awake, Mai realizing what he was doing and slipping him sleeping pills, and then the incredible conclusion. Seriously, just wow!

What was your least favourite scene? I’ve really struggled to come up with my least favourite scene as everything was so good. If I’m pressed, I’m going to say the arc where Mai and her sister switched bodies. I still loved that arc, but it was my least favourite of them all.

Who was your favourite character? It’s hard to pick between Mai and Sakuta. Their dynamic and conversations as a couple were amazing. They had amazing chemistry and quickly developed their own twisted ways of conversing. Lots of talk of lewd thoughts and other gems.

Who was your least favourite character? Again this is a hard one because I don’t think any character didn’t fit in. I’m going to give it to Sakuta’s bestfriend, Yuma because he didn’t realize that Futaba had feelings for him. Other than that he was a nice guy.

Which character needs more screen time? I actually think Mai needed more screen time. Admittedly, it would be hard for all of the puberty syndrome cases to involve her, but she could certainly help Sakuta to solve them. This is purely for selfish reasons. I just want to see more of them together.

What was your favourite quote? “My thoughts are a hundred times more lewd than what you’re imagining”

Is it similar to any other anime you’ve seen? This isn’t the usual sort of anime I’m drawn to. Once again I can thank my new obsession with seasonal anime for dropping another gem into my lap that I would never have picked. So, I don’t think it’s like anything I’ve seen before, but I look forward to the day that I watch something else and can compare it to this.

Would you like another season? I would love another season. There are lots still to be revealed, however, I do believe there is a movie coming in the near future, so there’s that to look forward to. If you’d like to hear my prediction, and I’m going to say it anyway, but I think Shoko-san is imaginary… She was always at the beach waiting for Sakuta every time he escaped from the hospital and just happened to be there when he ran out on Kaede in the bittersweet final arc.

What elements of the story will you use as inspiration for your own work? I’m going to want to study this again because I’d love to tighten up my dialogue and get it to this sort of level. Every line had purpose and still felt natural.

9 Comments

  1. This one definitely was one that if I didn’t watch seasonal anime, I may never have come across. Plus that title is really off-putting. Even trying seasonal anime I nearly skipped the first episode of this one when it aired. So glad I didn’t. It has been a fantastic ride this season.

    • Yeah, it’s good to have these systems to force us to watch things we wouldn’t normally. Looking forward to see what surprises us in the winter lineup.

      I’m going in blind as usual. Just going to pick whatever’s on and see what happens.

    • I actually had a bit of a look yesterday at what was coming out next season (finally). I’ve got three shows that will carry over from this season and I’ve picked four that I’m pretty definitely going to watch next season. But that still leaves about seven places for random shows that just catch my interest once the season starts. We’ll see what comes out and what the first episode ends up being like.

    • I have Slime continuing (yeah!) and Radiant (boo! I think I may drop that.) I watched 11 this season, so that leaves me with 9 or 10 to pick up. Hopefully there will be a nice surprise. Plus at some point I need to catch up on SAO. Online seen the first one so didn’t want to watch the latest one without seeing the middle ones.

  2. David Boone (moonhawk81)

    Nicely written! I must say that I honestly believe that Yuma knew about Futaba’s feelings–I seem to remember that (somewhere just shy of mid-season?) Sakuta started to bring it up and Yuma very purposefully shut him down on it. . .

    • You’re probably right. I’ll have to watch it again and look for it. Any excuse! I liked the arc where they all met on the beach. So many great moments.

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  4. I agree on the title, but I actually think it works in the anime’s favour. These long titles are still a pretty new thing, and they work well to garner attention. Like a mini synopsis. I don’t like it, but I think it works.

    Agreed on least favourite arc, was still good, but not as good as the rest. Maybe that will change when I write about Mai’s sister.

    I felt like Mai had a good amount of screentime, all things considered.
    My favourite character from very early on was Kaede, and still is.

    Some similar anime to this would be:
    Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. – Extremely similar – outcast protagonist who ends up with an outcast girl, who then proceed to help others. This anime is just as good, but it’s lacking the tearjerking / heartfelt moments that Bunny Girl has, imo.

    Monogatari Series (more cryptic / abstract, less heartfelt, but just as good when it comes to characters / dialogue / mysteries)

    They are also two of my favourites. Worth a watch if you haven’t seen them!

    • I haven’t. Will definitely add them to my list. Haha! The ever growing list!

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