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.

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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai – Second Chances (Episodes 5-8)

What’s happened since last time? Sakuta agreed to pretend to date Tomoe, a first-year student to help her with her status issues. She’s so focused on trying to keep up impressions that she changed everything about herself before joining the school. Mai reluctantly agrees to let him do it as she can see he’s just trying to help her.

With the Tomoe arc brought to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion, we are thrown straight into another two mysteries. The first revolves around Sakuta’s first crush who has no recollection of him and is now younger. Then we have Futaba having an issue with a doppelganger, which was resolved within this collection of episodes.

Have your feelings changed? I loved this series from the first impressions and absolutely nothing has changed. If anything, I’d say that I like it even more than I did then. The dialogue is fantastic, the characters are interesting and realistic.

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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

What’s it about? Sakuta can’t help but stare as Mai Sakirajima, the famous teen actor walks around the library in a bunny suit, but bizarrely, he’s the only one that does. Mai suffers from a strange affliction called Adolescence Syndrome. It this particular version no one can see her. Sakuta is determined to help her, being no stranger to Adolescence Syndrome himself.

What are your first impressions? This anime, despite its long and absurd name, is spectacular. The weird afflictions plaguing various students seem to be physical manifestations of the mental anguish and isolation of a school’s atmosphere. It’s bizarre and incredible all at the same time. Sakuta is an interesting character and has some of the best lines. His relationship with Mai is fun, as she likes to torment him at every possible opportunity.

Favourite character so far? It has to be Sakuta, mostly for his comment about his lewd thoughts being a million times worse than Mai could imagine. He just seems to end up in the worst and funniest situations. After just four episodes, I can’t wait to see what else he gets up to.

Who do you want to see more of? I really enjoy Sakuta’s interactions with Futaba, the sole science club member. It’s really interesting to see her applying science concepts to the Adolescence Syndrome, something clearly she does not believe in.

Are you going to continue watching? Absolutely. This is one of the reasons I kept watching seasonal anime after diving into it last season. Just trying to watch everything has opened up numerous anime series that I would never have watched if I was sticking to bingeing shows. I love it when a show surprises me, and this one blew me away.

Harukana Receive – Season One

Haruka moves from the big city to live with her cousin, Kanata and their Grandmother in Okinawa. Upon arriving she goes to the beach and stumbles across a pair of girls practising beach volleyball. One offers to show her how to play, but when Kanata catches up with Haruka, they are challenged to a match and they only have to score a single point to win.

They lose, but Haruka has caught the beach volleyball bug and challenges them to a rematch. She is determined to improve so that the next time they play they will win. Kanata, however, has long since fallen out of love with the sport and is hesitant.

At school, they meet Clare and Emily Thomas, twins and the only members of the beach volleyball club. They convince Haruka and Kanata to join and help them train. Nationals is on the horizon and all four girls are determined to qualify. Continue reading “Harukana Receive – Season One”