"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…?
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.
This review is only up to the latest episode which is episode 6. I am really in love with this anime. This anime is 2nd on my favorite animes right now and number 1 is That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime which is hard to beat since it is so good. What I wanted to talk about is how I think this anime is super unique since their are so many plot twists in most episide. For example episode 6 how Shoko Makinohara shows up at the end. Always leaving us in suspense for the next episode to see what is going to happen next. I really enjoy how they 2 main leads Mai and Sakuta interact with eachother. I love how they both have very unique personalitities and how they always "clash" with eachother. Just right now I am finding this anime to be very good and I can't wait for the weeks to come for more episodes.
I just can’t deny how hype this anime was. “Senpai Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl” was inspired by many anime. One of them is “Monogatari” series and “Oregairu”. But, I’d rather say that this anime is also inspired by “Clannad” and “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. It’s an anime you could just say is best from all its aspects. First question, why is the promotional poster like that? I know this is an “anime” but, why? It is very deceptive and it cannot be separated from my first thought which this is just typical tropes in general. But, I was wrong. Despite its long title, this anime emphasizes a study of character, things related to otaku, and of course, “fanservice”. Quotes there. It’s a show about adolescence. We all went through some kind of adolescence phase, act silly, make drama, and many more. Everyone is different and has their own story. Experience being bullied, being alienated, or maybe, the first time you are dating or kissing. There was a problem for all of us. And that’s why this is called a puberty syndrome, a supernatural problem that is difficult to explain how it works. The story starts with a straight-forward plot. Sakuta Azusagawa is just another typical trope of anime. He is lonely, uncaring, and easy going. Just like Hachiman from “Oregairu” or Oreki from “Hyouka”. From here, he meets Mai Sakurajima. She is a bunny girl who centers her existence unknown by anyone. Her invisibility made it impossible for people around her to see herself. Similar to Fuuko’s or Shima’s case from “Clannad” series. Strangely, Mai was a well-known artist and celebrity yet few people and only Sakuta could see her. From here, Sakuta tried to make her presence notice by people and her friends back. “AoButa” is not just a story about Mai trying to get attention to the situation people forgot. It hurts and we all don’t want to be like which. It deals with all of those puberty syndromes besides Mai alone. There is Kaede Azusagawa as Sakuta’s sister who is afraid of the outside world. She never left the house or interacted with outsiders because of traumatized experience. There is an Endless Eight arc from “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” inspiring Tomoe Koga’s character. She has a group of friends where she tries to maintain her relationship so that there were no problems. There is Sakuta’s friend, Rio Futaba and I think, this is a weird character that acts as a plot device. I mean, quantum mechanics? Doppelganger? Science? Now, we bring bullcrap here. However, she offers a good narrative. Her existence is inseparable from Sakuta itself so that she is an important character besides acting as a device only. In addition, she also experienced a unique puberty syndrome for herself who is a doppelganger. The concept of this show is about times. Along with various arcs, this show shows the time, date, and month of the setting. Leaving an impression that this anime runs back and forth every time. Each character encourages each other. Not only offering one goal from each character, but each arc of them is also perfect as its balanced to one and another. The chemistry between them has a dynamic focus on these conflicts. They change, they experience each other, and they have a portion. Unfortunately, we don’t have any clear plot with Shouko’s arc except in the movie itself with a more important and longer plot. The result is that is not just Sakuta and Mai. However, this shows the most important thing what the plot is having. Sakuta, personally, is a refreshing main character after “Oregairu” or “Hyouka”. Both of them are my favorite anime because their characters are very unique from most anime in general. To say at least, this is also not a harem show. It’s a comedy, romance, school, with coming-of-age tales. Sakuta has the same nature as Hachiman. Have dead eyes, easy care, treat some people in the same way, and play bad guys for someone they want to save. He is like a dying character, does not have personality, but will achieve whatever is the obstacle. On the other hand, Mai is a great main heroine. She is smart, independent, and honest. She has a dynamic for some reason. We are very easy to care about her other side beside her sarcastic personality just like Senjougahara from “Monogatari” series. But, the plot and chemistry between them affect each of these characters so that there is something so important in it. CloverWorks previously worked on “DARLING in the FRANXX”, one of the overhyped anime of the season. The anime was helped by A-1 Pictures and Trigger. CloverWorks also worked on the Winter anime on this year, “The Promised Neverland”. They also worked on “Persona 5 the Animation” which is a bad step for them and “Slow Start”, another cute-girls-doing-cute-things anime. The artwork in this anime is full of energy. The background is great with a nice shot of composition and CGI apart from this is a school genre anime. I love the composition of the opening theme songs where it concludes what the show is about. The soundtrack is nice, casual, relaxing, with a light disposition. I mean, how could “Kimi no Sei” be one of the most memorable earworm songs at the season? The ending theme song is great but unique. “Fukashigi no Carte” is sung by each voice acting heroine for each arc. It gives a sense of feeling from each arc. “Senpai Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl” combines surrealism in criticism of adolescence, anxiety, and socialism. So many powerful metaphors where this show combines a fantasy from the puberty syndrome. Besides which, this anime has great aspects. You can do studies, analysis, criticism, or anything else because that’s the show is what about. It has a powerful character, great chemistry between characters, the pace, the music, and great visual. Apart from being inspired by many anime, this is definitely not just an overhyped or overrated one. But, it’s a genuine and honest show at the season. Just except a troll for the ending. Oh, I forgot. Probably, this is an anime has all waifuable heroines characters. Definitely.
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