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
4.2 out of 5 from 26,886 votes
Rank #329

"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 share 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 main protagonist, Sakuta, takes care of his younger sister, Kaede, because their parents were really struggling with their daughters' Adolescent Syndrome. Kaede acts much younger than she really is, resulting in her never leaving the house. Sakuta is a rather goofy but also a really caring guy who tries to support a few girls who are all struggling with their own unique Adolescent Syndrome. It will result in a lot of awkward situations, since Sakuta doesn't take no for an answer. The show does a good job of visually describing what the inner struggles are, and I'm sure that most people who watch the show will find something they can relate to.  The awkward situations mentioned above result in some amazing banter between Sakuta and Mai, the first girl Sakuta tries to offer a helping hand. Their chemistry is absolutely amazing. The show has been compared a lot to the Monogatari series, and I feel that the Monogatari series is one of the shows that can be hard to recommend due to the show crossing certain lines, which is something this show doesn't do. It puts this show in a spot where it's enjoyable, easy to recommend to others, and it acts 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 who make only small cameos after their arch is over. The art direction is gorgeous, and I think they made a really smart choice by using an actual city for its world design.


There was a whole lot of hype surrounding this show when it came out and I'm not going to lie it definetly lured me in. It didn't really keep me going for a good chunk of it but did pick me up in the end. Bunny Girl Senpai is one of those anime's that has an umbrella plot but is more a problem of the week (it's every three weeks really but still), following either up to volume 5 of the LN. The problem for me at least was some of the volumes were good and kept me invested and others really didnt, like REALLY didn't. For me I loved the first arc (same withe everyone I know) which ate up about 3 episodes, so knocks the 3 episodes out the window to see if you like it. Some of the arcs are just phenomincally written with characters you want to support during their "puberty syndrome", and others just leave you like omg shutup get on with it please. I think the issue with this show and others like it is that it's a decent seasonal show but not one you'd come back to way later on if you missed it in that season. But with how seasonals are it's like "oh boy we gotta watch it because all these anitubers say it's great and this season doesn't have any other decentish dramas so this must be the end all be all!". It's really not.... It's filled with thin characterization, vague pseudoscience, and a deadpan protagonist who solves a bunch of girls problems for them, but IT'S GOT A BUNNY GIRL FOR A HOT SECOND SO WE GOTTA WATCH IT!I think it's worthwhile if you enjoy a cute drama but don't be afraid to skip episodes honestly and just jump from arc to arc because you won't miss anything doing so and you'll get the best out of the show. Also don't get attached to many characters outside your MC because boy do they fade away INSTANTLY after their arc is over. TLDR: decent seasonal drama, but don't hold your breath it's a mediocre Monogatari. 

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