Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Alt title: Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai

TV (13 eps)
Fall 2018
4.464 out of 5 from 9,304 votes
Rank #130

"Puberty syndrome – Abnormal experiences rumored on the internet to be caused by sensitivity and instability during adolescence. This year, Sakuta Azusagawa, a second-year student at a high school near Enoshima, meets several girls that are experiencing this “puberty syndrome.” For instance, he meets a wild bunny girl in the library. She turns out to be an actress on hiatus, Mai Sakurajima, who is also his senior at the school. For some reason, no one else can see this enchanting girl. How did she become invisible…?

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I feel I need to explain what Adolescent Syndrome is  first before I can really say how I feel about this show. Adolescent Syndrome is pretty much a visual representation of somebody's inner struggles but packaged as a supernatural experience. The cast of the show are all struggling with the feeling of ending up alone but they all experience these feelings in different ways which results in different Adolescent Syndrome effects. The first arch of the show starts of with Mai, the girl that skips through a library in a playboy bunny outfit and Sakuta, a boy from her school, is the only one that can see her. Sakuta becomes fascinated and wants to understand what's going on with Mai because he himself has experienced Adolescent Syndrome. Every arch is about a different girl, experiencing their own inner struggles but they all become slightly emotionally heavier for our main protagonist Sakuta who just feels he needs to be there for every single girl going through their Adolescent Syndrome. The show does a good job in visually describing what the inner struggles are and I'm sure that most of these struggles are relatable and understandable feelings. Sakuta is an insanely well designed character who makes all the girls react towards him in a very unique but interesting way but his interactions with Mai are from a different category. The show has been compared a lot to the Monogatari series and I personally feel that the Monogatari series is one of the shows that can be hard to recommend to a friend due to the show crossing quite a few lines which is something this show doesn't. It puts this show in a spot where it's enjoyable, easy to recommend to others and act as a stepping stone to other shows of its genre. The only downside of the show is that we get introduced to a bunch of interesting characters but the show doesn't really have the time to allow us to find out more about them. The art direction is absolutely gorgeous and I think they made a really smart choice with using an actual city for its world design. Where are lot of shows struggle with perspectives, this show always feels like its got its angles and perspectives right. It's that eye for detail that makes this show really stand out.

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