Bunny Girl Senpai is full of the same issues commonly criticized in most light novel adaptations, so why does it get a free pass? Harem tropes, waifu bait, incest teasing, thin characterization, vague pseudoscience, and an asshole deadpan protagonist who solves a bunch of girls’ problems for them. Most of all, the art and sound are incredibly mediocre excluding the many moments when CloverWorks chooses to bend over and spray shit in our eyes with its abundance of hideous CGI crowds.
First and foremost, I hate the writing in Bunny Girl Senpai. Consider the '4' points I rated the
show overall to be a generous acknowledgment of its basic features. It was painful to watch, but not irredeemable. The story follows Sakuta, a second year in high school, as he tries to help girls afflicted by a supernatural phenomenon known as Adolescence Syndrome. If that sounds like a psychological disorder concocted by a pretentious teenage boy trying to sound smart, that’s because it is. If a character suddenly becomes invisible or if everyone is trapped in a three-day long time loop, then the author will call it Adolescence Syndrome and leave the rest up to our imaginations. In other words, it's the author’s way of masking a cheap plot device. Rather than giving us a coherent explanation for the syndrome, the author just handwaves it with common quantum mechanics like Schrodinger's Cat and Laplace's Demon. It’s loosely defined as a supernatural affliction that manifests in people who are going through severe stress, whether it be cyberbullying causing physical cuts, or going invisible because you’re sick of attention. To the show’s credit, as a plot device, it is used to craft some empathetic struggles within the characters and even a little bit of relatability. However, these conflicts aren’t executed nearly as well as they could be. The story is told through five parts, each with a new girl for Sakuta to help and flirt with. This standard setup is so unbearable to watch play out because of how terrible Sakuta is as a protagonist.
Sakuta is the average deadpan, cynical, uncaring protagonist, except he’s also an unlikable asshole. His one single tone of voice is monotonous boredom, and he almost never wavers from it for the entire series. Keep in mind, this show is FULL of dialogue, but it has no goddamn clue how to make any of it seem interesting. Sakuta’s dialogue isn’t witty or clever you would expect from a deadpan character, it’s just vulgar, gross, and offensive. Deceptively, he acts like he’s being a terrible person ironically, and in turn, people don’t think he’s that bad of a guy. However, everything he says is actually unironic, there’s no nuance, he’s just a bad person. He is never punished for being an asshole, sometimes girls might comment on his behavior if he says something especially inappropriate to them, but right away they move on and act like he’s Jesus-kun again. For example, when a girl says something rude to him he fires back with:
“Are you on your period or something?”
Did a twelve-year-old write this script? Sakuta's shallow quips are always like this, juvenile and crass, and the rest of his dialogue is completely deadpan. He is rarely emotionally impacted by anything; very little makes him impressed or concerned. Viewing a story from the perspective of an uncaring asshole like Sakuta makes it impossible to get invested in anything, or even enjoy it. If the show had actually confronted him about his behavior and acknowledged how bad he was to his friends, then it could have been a character flaw and something to develop upon. But from what we saw adapted, his character development is satisfied with being permanently stagnant. He continues to hide his ugly personality behind a thick layer of snark and quips. Sakuta is just the rotten core of this story, surrounding him is the main attraction, all of the ladies who are strangely drawn to him.
Our first heroine for Sakuta to assist is Mai Sakurajima, the titular bunny girl. Somehow she makes the dialogue even worse, she is equally as dry and cynical as Sakuta. Throughout the series, the script parallels standard rom-com dialogue, except it is written to be as pretentious as possible with the pace cranked down to molasses. Rather than a simple sentence lasting a few seconds, it’s needlessly wrapped into a messy jumble of sophistry and weird unfunny jokes. Why can’t these kids just talk like normal human beings? That would sure as hell make them more engaging to watch, and you know, relatable. Mai is the typical tsundere archetype, with the intruiging bunny girl costume appearing the most in episode one, then rarely appearing for the rest of the series. The whole ‘Bunny Girl’ hook in the title is contrived for what amounts to little more than big budget clickbait.
There is one area which Bunny Girl Senpai is deserving of praise, its themes. At least from a conceptual standpoint, they add some nuance and relatability to cast. The execution of these themes, like the rest of the show, leaves much to be desired. Where we see the most intruiging themes on display is in Futaba's arc; she is introduced early in the show as more or less an exposition dumper with the sole purpose of lampshading plot conveniences. The relevant themes of insecurity and social anxiety addressed in her arc are muddled by the terrible hackneyed script. She is a scientist girl for the sole purpose of spouting tropey quantum theory pseudo-science to explain away everything that’s happening. It’s always painfully apparent that the author just read a brief summary about the theories he uses in his story in an attempt to seem intelligent, but it's so clear he didn't bother to fully research them so instead it makes him look stupider. These overlong, cringe-inducing, self-congratulatory ‘science’ scenes occur almost every episode.
Nothing in Bunny Girl Senpai feels real, it's all plastic. Mai and the rest of the girls don’t feel like fully realized characters either. They all experience some kind of turmoil yet this rarely shows through in their personalities. They are all plastic prepackaged moe archetypes, unaffected by anything they go through. Even if a character is visibly changed by their conflict after it’s resolved, it is usually undermined by the show’s terrible writing. For example one girl is affected by Adolescence Syndrome because she is so insecure with her body from how people have treated her, then after her affliction is resolved Sakuta interjects with another one of his crude sex jokes that objectifies her body and undermines everything the show was building towards. Another issue is the lack of lasting effects to each arc. They are paced too poorly for us to see how characters are impacted, rather a satisfying conclusion the story just moves on. When the author decides he’s bored of a girl he simply ends the arc, in favor of a new case of Adolescence Syndrome. Of course, with another stock standard girl taken off the shelves at A-1 Pictures’ waifu warehouse to become the show’s new main appeal for a few weeks, until she is inevitably relegated to the supporting cast in favor of a new poster girl.
It makes the author seem like an impatient teenage boy who just wants to shove as many beautiful girls into the arms of the cool guy bland protagonist. He pairs a girl with the protagonist and lets them flirt a little bit, and before he has to commit and actually develop said girl he gets bored of her. And writing a nuanced character is such hard work for him. So instead he just solves the issue by tossing aside the old girl in favor of a fresh new waifu to fawn all over his self-insert. This is, of course, a fundamental issue of most harem anime, a revolving door of waifus and a self insert protagonist. Being a light novel adaptation, Bunny Girl Senpai bears many structural similarities to a harem anime. Generally this is the reason why I avoid the genre, that and obnoxious fanservice which this series is thankfully frugal with. Eventually, it leaves off on a non-ending because this is an adaptation of an ongoing light novel. The show tries to wrap up the story as neatly as possible at the end of the last girl's arc, but it crashes and burns in its finale. The climax is a filled with overwrought crying, forced drama, and the cheesiest and most cringe-inducing writing in the whole show.
In a better series, this barren wasteland of a script could be saved by a larger budget, or a more experienced director. However, this show’s decidedly unimaginative directing style leaves much to be desired. The art is mediocre, it’s in no way vivid to look at, the directing fails to make the long stretches of dialogue remotely interesting. Aside from the abhorrent CGI crowds, it isn’t a visual disaster, it could be worse, but it could be so much better. Other dialogue heavy anime like the Monogatari Series utilize unique directing techniques and plenty of visual storytelling to engage the viewer in lengthy conversations between two characters. Strangely, Bunny Girl Senpai desires to be watched as a thoughtful supernatural character drama, but it plays out like a generic light novel romantic comedy, taking the worst aspects of each and failing to craft an original or worthwhile series.
[Overall Score: 4/10]
Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai presents intruiging themes of how people treat and mistreat one another during adolescence. However, it fails to execute its best ideas successfully or in a compelling way due to terrible pacing, narrative structural issues, needlessly convoluted dialogue, mediocre presentation, and a thoroughly unlikable main character. If the author possessed half of the self-awareness he seems to think he has, this may not have been an overrated, cringy, bore-fest.
Anime about teens in high school are a dime a dozen in this medium. You could say, if your anime isn’t set in some sort of school setting, then chances are it’s not really an anime—unless it has Bankai’s or something. While on the surface, this would look like a run-of-the-mill show, it dares to offer something different than most high school anime doesn’t dare touch—and that is reality itself.
With a (translated) title such as Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (Bunny Girl Senpai for short) and the promotional poster of an attractive girl in a sexy bunny outfit, you would think that
this would be a slice-of-life comedy with all of the tropes tossed into the pot in order to generate merchandise sales, right? That is where you are seriously mistaken! Despite the red flag in the title—very long titles tend to be disappointing anime—it prioritizes storytelling before fanservice and otaku pandering, giving the audience an atmosphere and characters that we can sympathize with and relate to on a deeper level than their appearance. The reality is showing how to deal and overcome some of the issues we go through in adolescence, and not all resolutions are happy endings. These issues come under the guise of a supernatural phenomenon called Puberty Syndrome.
With a straightforward plot, the story revolves around our main protagonist, Sakuta Asusagawa, who meets girls with Puberty Syndrome, and must help them overcome their emotional instability in order to save them. It’s a fictional illness which can cause a slew of problems for adolescents. Mai Sakurajima (Bunny Girl) is at the centre of this as she experiences invisibility to everyone. Mai is a well-known celebrity, and yet very few people but Sakuta is able to see her, are able to remember she even exists. We all know that feeling of being invisible. We know we physically aren’t, yet all the attention is directed at everyone else, we feel stuck, having to take it all in, without actually being a part of it. It’s heartbreaking for Mai who is a social star and is used to been seen all the time. The people she wants to notice her don’t, more so they can’t. Despite her success—she’s totally alone. Sakuta can relate to this since he’s vicariously experienced it through his sister, Kaede. It’s soul-crushing, and he wants to help.
Puberty Syndrome is a culmination of all the things we hate about growing in adolescence, mainly the things we’ve gone through at our lowest points. It’s a visualisation of them, placing a magnifying glass on the invisible, examining what makes these particular things so painful. Sakuta’s friend, Rio Futaba acts as the show’s narrative device, offering exposition on this phenomenon and quantum mechanics that might otherwise come from a floating voice from the sky. Information is always better revealed through character interaction since we’re experiencing the story through the eyes of Sakuta. Futaba doesn’t just serve that purpose, she slots into the dynamic, falling for people, just as other characters do and experiences Puberty Syndrome herself. Although this supernatural occurrence is fascinating, it isn’t the selling point. That belongs to the characters, their dialogue, their interactions and chemistry together—especially when it comes to Sakuta and Mai.
There is a ‘spark’ when our main protagonists are together, it’s like a captivating dance. They are always in sync, but they are always moving. One pushes, the other yields. Then the roles are reversed. Back and forth, back and forth. They’re not fighting. Their energies are harmonized—towards the mutual goal of a seamless performance, eventually, they're perfectly balanced against one another. Even in instances where the pair is fighting—whether it be sub textual, verbally, or physically, the balance remains. They are evenly matched. Each gives as good as he or she gets—and there is inevitably a certain measure of respect, one for the other’s skill. They spar almost from the moment they meet. Their arguments are earnest, but their energy is always aligned, the chemistry between them is the best thing that Bunny Girl Senpai has going for it. This is the result of putting two lively characters together where they create a dance of opposition and harmony, having a focus on dynamic character archetype, creating coherent conflict, and lastly, enacting change.
What’s to appreciate here is that Bunny Girl Senpai manages to avoid delving too far into that cliché by keeping Sakuta solely interested in Mai. In fact, they become a couple, and early in the series. It’s very refreshing to see an MC who isn’t so easily swayed by other women and instead tries to keep things platonic between him and the other girls struggling with Puberty Syndrome. Sakuta treats people the same, and while his smug and sarcastic nature usually enjoys poking fun, underneath his deadpan persona is a genuine guy who is caring and respectful. Mai is a character who goes through a great deal of development, she has changed so much throughout the course of the show without sacrificing her traits to be carried by Sakuta; she’s strong-willed, intelligent, independent and honest. The dynamics between them and the casualness of their relationship is a refreshing change of pace from the hyperactive romance we are used to seeing. You feel invested in not just the plot, but how the plot affects all these characters.
Cloverworks got the opportunity of adapting Hajime Kamoshida’s Light Novel. The character designs are very much like a hodgepodge of styles, to the likes of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU and Monogatari. They look great, they feel great and they sound great—thanks to a talented selection of seiyuus that bring their given character's personality to life, making them believable and hitting comedic scenes out of the park. The colour palette is pulsating with vigour and energy, the background art, the layout of the architectural designs and shot composition is gorgeous and all combine to complement the alluring atmosphere of Bunny Girl Senpai. The animation has had consistency issues, but never in important moments, it’s very scarce. Most of the soundtrack is casual, relaxing and suits the light-hearted tones and pacing. There are also tracks for the ‘gut punch’ scenes that evoke emotion, especially in instances where characters have melancholy reflections. The OP "Kimi no Sei" by the peggies is a perfect song choice, it’s a very catchy acoustic rock ballad. The ED “Fukashigi no Carte” is sung by the seiyuus of Mai, Futaba, Kaede, Tomoe Koga, Nodoka Toyohama and Shouko Makinohara at the end of their given arcs. It gives an eerie and whimsical feeling equal to the story they're telling.
Bunny Girl Senpai’s message is incredibly relevant to the difficulties of teens today. It manages to be a surprisingly poignant metaphor for the effects that issues such as bullying and ostracization can have on youth. It manages to keep a consistent quality of the plot without sacrificing anything to adhere to quotas of fanservice and otaku pandering. The dialogue, the characters, the progression, the music and visuals are operating as powerfully and effectively as possible. The “Sakuta Effect” works because he is a strong character who handles situations maturely, he’s not pessimistic nor arrogant in the sense he tries to do everything himself. He reaches out for help, he knows his limitations and flaws, he’s self-aware, he’s genuine and honest. Great characters make for great writing, and Bunny Girl Senpai is definitely a smash hit from Cloverworks and joins the discussion of Anime of the Year.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS NON-CRUCIAL SPOILERS FROM ONE EARLY EPISODE
Raskal Does Not Dream of Copyright Infringement
There is going to be a lot of mentions of Monogatari series in the review, because you need to understand that this series is not just similar, or inspired, or derivative. No - it’s an unbelievably blatant plagiarism, it steals everything from Monogatari, and I mean EVERYTHING, except for a couple of elements stolen from Oregairu and Haruhi instead. Comparing it to the famous cases of literary plagiarism ruled by court (Like Harry Potter’s rip-off called Tanya Grotter), it would 100% be ruled a copyright infringement if Nisio Isin/Kodansha ever bothered
to sue (and it baffles me that they didn’t). If you’ve seen Monogatari before, you might get a kick out of spotting entire scenes and minute-long dialogues meticulously copypasted word-for-word (don’t make it a drinking game, you’ll die) but there really isn’t much point in doing that over an actual rewatch, because production values are not as good as Studio SHAFT.
Well, one might ask, wouldn’t a carbon copy of a good series also be good? No, because there is another element in play - the author is a talentless hack. Something called “stupidity” manifests in multiple aspects of this story making it impossible to enjoy. Here are some examples:
1. Primitive surface-level copying results in nonsense. The best example is the show's title - it’s terrible for marketing purposes because it made many people believe this is going to be some ecchi harem. Well, the title comes from the female lead wearing a bunny-girl suit ...for approximately 15 seconds that basically amount to nothing plot-wise. You see, in Monogatari heroines have animal leitmotifs, and that got copypasted - except the writer couldn’t think of any actual reason for this inside the story, so it’s just an awkward non sequitur, sitting there, doing nothing except making the title stupid - and there are many other examples like that.
2. Insufferable protagonist. There is a certain trope familiar to most anime watchers - “badass loner”, aka “Gary Stu”, aka “Self-insert Jesus-kun”, aka “literally me”. Araragi from Monogatari looks like one - until he isn’t, because writing anime cliches as complex real people is what that series does. Hachiman from Oregairu is another take - he is also real, i. e. an awkward teenager who has trouble socializing. Being a talentless hack he is, the writer of Aobuta couldn’t do anything but write this trope completely straight. The MC is supposedly antisocial pariah, but he has social skills and confidence of a god. When some dumb females give him shit he just says “begone thot!” and they run away in shame, defeated by his awesomeness. He beats a jock twice his size in a fist fight by “outsmarting” him, nevermind a gang of jock’s friends standing there doing nothing. It’s just so cringy to watch. Kirito from SAO is a better protagonist, at least that guy farmed levels or something.
3. Idiotic non-logic. Monogatari has supernatural phenomena explained with ghosts. Aobuta has supernatural phenomena explained with quantum mechanics. That is, dumb and cringy “is math related to science?” level of quantum mechanics understanding. That’s not my point, pseudo-science is just a particular case of a bigger problem of nothing making sense. This is also better explained with an example. Spoiler ahead:
**Spoiler begins here**
Here is a conversation between two characters:
Person A: “I’m trapped in a day-long time loop.”
Person B: “That means there is another person also trapped in the same loop.”
Nonsense, right? Well the conversation is slightly longer but boils down to exactly that. Here is a full version with my play-by-play:
Person A: “I’m trapped in a day-long time loop.”
Person B: “What if you're not trapped, but instead perfectly predict the future, and experience it as an advanced form of jamais vu?” //How could this possibly be a first idea in reaction to the time loop? How does that work? Why is it a time loop that repeats multiple times instead of just being clairvoyant? You what?
Person A: “How so?”
Person B: “Laplace’s demon. A theoretical intelligence that can perfectly calculate position and behaviour of every particle in the universe, therefore, can predict the future.” //But why would it make a repeating loop instead of just being clairvoyant??? Why would Laplace’s demon be your first idea if it doesn’t actually fit the nature of the situation?
Person A: “But I’m not a Laplace’s demon, I’m a normal human”
Person B: “That means some other person is Laplace’s demon and they do the calculations. You’re quantum entangled with that person so you experience their time loop.” //Again, how could this possibly be your first idea? Other person being Laplace’s demon doesn’t actually answer any of the questions posed. Also, quantum entanglement... a) Is an actual physical phenomena, not theoretical construct, and it doesn’t fit the situation at all, so it wouldn’t be a thing that comes to mind here; b) Doesn’t have anything to do with Laplace’s demon, so it wouldn’t come to mind based on that; c) DOESN’T EXPLAIN WHY THE TIME IS REPEATING IN A LOOP, INSTEAD OF TWO PEOPLE BEING CLAIRVOYANT.
**Spoiler ends here**
Notice the pattern? Wrong physics aside, none of the conclusions of Person B logically follow from previously reached conclusions, it’s a bunch of random lines arranged one after another. Either the author is a moron and “lines arranged one after another” is his understanding of how logic works, or he thinks the audience are morons and he can scam them with this garbage if he talks fast and sounds confident. Incidentally, if someone tries “but that’s just Person B’s theory, it doesn’t have to be true” on you - spit them in the face because the characters act on those assumptions and they are proven to be 100% correct.
2/10 because this series provides nothing of value and has no reason to exist, except to give an answer to a weird thought experiment - what if some acclaimed series was the same, but written by an author 50 IQ points lower.
Puberty makes us do some crazy things. For example, oft times when I’m taking a stroll through my local library in my double XL, extra cleavage bunny boy costume and I’m being ignored, I think to myself “this must be just another Quantum Mechanics issue!”. I’ve consulted a multitude of other people on why I’m being socially outcast, but they seem to think I’m the problem! Can’t be, right?! That was the moment in which I was so graciously blessed by this anime, to save me from myself, and help me understand what I’d known all along. That of course, it was the cat.
Bunny Girl Senpai, Cloverworks’ wildly popular light novel adaptation, is the type of anime to present itself as something to be desired, only to constantly undermine itself with every waking moment. It takes any amount of credibility you could attribute to its core themes and tells you to go elsewhere. It’s the type of show I so desperately wanted to enjoy, something that I could wholeheartedly say earned my AOTY, but turned me away at nearly every step of the journey.
Sakuta, our story’s protagonist, is generally an inexpressive, unintentional lady killer. His intentions are deceptively pure, and most notable of all, he consistently manages to be the most inconsistent character in the series. He takes on the persona of a perverted, dense teenage boy. His demeanor is relatively cynical, and his method of solving issues is inconsistently bizarre. There are moments in which takes a full 180, falling victim to the notion of dramatic climax. In these times, he expresses his cathartic side, often tearing up or yelling wildly. His outbursts come off as less of a part of his character, and more as an effect of the story. Sakuta receives what some may call “development” throughout the course of the arcs, and while I can see why it may be perceived as such, it falls short on a few fronts. First and foremost, Sakuta does not change at all in between or during the arcs. He maintains the same outlook, attitude and demeanor throughout the entirety of the show. The only development that is visibly noticeable is Sakuta’s life changing interaction with Shouko. The Sakuta the viewer is made known to, is as I described above. The Sakuta we are exposed to in his occasional flashbacks, is not the same person. This meaning, while the two Sakuta’s we are made known to are different when compared before and after, it has nothing to do with Sakuta’s character in the story at large. All this interaction serves as, is a justification for why his current attitude is the way it is. It’s two contrasting personalities, that are inferably conjoined, but not detailed enough to connect on a developmental level. Sakuta does not change over the course of the story, but rather changes before the story, and uses that as a lame justification for lazy character writing. Sorry for the redundancy, just wanted to make that clear. I’ve heard arguments as to the change in his optimism as a result of meeting Mai. Considering Sakuta was by no means “sad” before meeting Mai I believe the scenario speaks for itself. Being happy is not development, happiness exists as a by-product of being alive.
Where Sakuta’s inconsistency comes in (other than the outbursts) is how his methodology of dealing with conflicts changes as the story progresses. Keep in mind that the basic frameworks of his character are not changing as these solutions change. Initially, Sakuta is displayed as someone willing to go to the ends of the earth to solve a problem he is invested in. He believes that if he can assist in someone’s woes, he inevitably will intervene. He maintains this mentality for the next arc, going as far as to publicly embarrass himself for the sake of Tomoe. After this though, he takes a sharp turn in how he approaches issues. He begins allowing those he’s helping to fix their own situations. He “adopts” a mentality in which he believes that there are times when people can only truly help themselves. He isn’t conflicted over this change in world view, just accepts it as though it never happened. Had he consistently used this philosophy or any philosophy for that matter, there wouldn’t be a problem, but then after a couple arcs, he slowly begins gravitating back without any apparent thought process, intervening at some points, withheld at others. Inconsistent character philosophy is not development either. It’s frankly the exact opposite and removes possible room for development by creating a gray area in the projected principles of the character.
Mai, the main heroine and incidentally the “bunny girl”, is a character design with a voice actor. She has no feasible motive or desire that’s worth caring for aside from her relationship to Sakuta and wanting to be in show business. Once her character arc is over, she becomes a cameo. She shows up whenever Sakuta needs motivation or inspiration and helps him tie up the loose ends of whatever he’s dealing with. That’s seriously all there is to her.
Regardless of whether you found these characters likeable or not, they remain unexplored throughout the entirety of the show, with a frighteningly scarce amount of decipherable insight as to the purpose of their actions, or how to interpret their occasional manic episodes.
In my mind there lies a cut and dry line between characters that are memorable, and characters that aren’t, and this applies to the supporting cast as well. When the sole purpose of a character’s existence is to be ‘acceptable’ and convey the story in a way that is admissible, I think that character is worthless. With no hyperbole intended; most of the characters in this anime are arbitrary. This is not Sakuta’s story. Nothing about this story is Sakuta’s, in the same way that any other run of the mill character with a C-cup could replace Mai and be just as effective. I can best describe this as a story told through Sakuta’s mouth, not his character. He, and everyone else are approached as though they are merely liaison between the writers and viewers, not vital to the story.
Taking the cake for the worst character introduction ever written, is Rio Futaba. For the first six episodes, her entire character is based on the idea that she is “smart”. She solves the mysteries. She knows, realizes and explains things that only the most omnipotent of light novel characters could imagine. You thought hacker Kirito was obnoxious? Well this is Kirito’s brain on drugs. She’s (not) well versed in quantum mechanics. She knows the ins and outs of other’s relationships and how they think, yet she is as emotionally aware as a stick of glue when it comes to herself. She is essentially included as a means of easily explaining the content that the writer didn't know how to include in the dialogue (for good reason). To be fair, her personal arc is decent. For a brief non-spoiler synopsis, she encounters an issue in which she is forced to confront romantic feelings and deals with them accordingly. This at the very least makes use of her emotional obliviousness to expand on her character depth (ever so slightly) and create some sense of human existence within her robotic air. This, in my opinion was the only way to salvage her character, and I appreciate Kamoshida’s basic understanding of the characters he had created.
Kaede is in fact a decent character, in both design and execution, and managed to outclass both main characters in her first five seconds of screen time. She has the only interesting character introduction that isn’t butchered soon after, and her panda pajamas were an awesome complement to her shut-in status. She exemplifies both the irritating younger sister, as well as the retrospectively mature one once she undergoes her character arc. She receives the season finale, and deservedly so.
The plot structure of this show is both interesting and immensely disappointing. Much like the Monogatari Series, the main character encounters some sort of supernatural issue with a future member of his mock-harem every few episodes and assists in resolving it. Coming from someone who only liked one member of the supporting cast, and none from the main; I found every piece of character interaction in this anime to be uninteresting. Stories with no overarching plot rely heavily on character interaction. So, you might be able to tell where the “immensely disappointing” part came from.
Story-telling is far from my specialty, but I have to say, introducing a concept, not defining it, loosely basing it on a bunch of random things and then running with it isn’t such a good basis for a plot. The million-dollar question: What is puberty syndrome? In short, it’s whatever fits the direction that the story goes in. “Abnormal experiences rumored on the internet to be caused by sensitivity and instability during adolescence.”, is how MAL chooses to define it. However, Rio likes to think outside that limiting box. Kamoshida (LN author) created a drinking game where every time a character is affected by the ambiguous “puberty syndrome” he’d take five shots, get out a different high-school textbook and vomit some Rio dialogue.
The first “encounter” is that of Mai becoming ‘invisible’ and forgotten by the world around her. Hundreds of interesting metaphors could be drawn from this. Hell, you could derive a social commentary on celebrity culture in a heartbeat, and my god the list goes on. Honestly it looked like the show was heading in the direction of using metaphorical insinuations as a means of explanation. Instead, off the rails it went. Schrodinger’s cat. Yes, that Schrodinger’s cat. Why? Cause Rio said so. I understand the idea of using real concepts to ground fictional ones in the same reality, but the concepts must be at least somewhat related. It’s because they take such a farfetched grab at using this repeatedly, that it comes off as a lame gimmick that ignores basic knowledge on the subject. Just as an example, for Mai’s arc, the writing excludes the concept of a half-life, radiation emission probability not being linear; point being, why use a real concept if you’re going to alter its factual basis? Like I said before, it makes it seem more like a gimmick than a tactic. This all to further prove my theory that the pseudo-science exposition is used only to make Rio sound smart and bait the viewer into believing whatever nonsense she cooks up. I used the first encounter as an example to avoid spoilers, but I assure you, none of the other encounters are resolved with any sense of clarity in mind, and almost play out the exact same every time. Some of you may be like me, in that you find the metaphorical insinuations much more interesting. I fully understand and would love for that to be all there is to it. Unfortunately, though, the writer decided to use this method of half-assed pseudo-science to explain puberty syndrome, or at least ground it in some way, shape or form. I hope I don’t have to explain why saying that “the reality of a concept is unimportant”, is completely ridiculous when the intent of the concept is to be made realistic by comparing it to other real concepts. In all honesty any attempt at clearly defining Puberty Syndrome will be haphazard at best, because the author is hell bent on basing it on real concepts that just don’t relate.
Romance is a tricky genre to tread. In this I think Bunny Girl Senpai is at its finest. As a once upon a time fan of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, I know for a fact that Kamoshida is capable of writing somewhat captivating romances, which is the main reason I picked up this anime. There is a substantial amount of embarrassingly uncomfortable confessions here if that’s your thing. If you are willing to put up with the rest of the shit-slinging, there is a romance story to be had.
High-school rom-com anime have the world’s worst track record for horribly integrated settings. The characters in this show have no interaction with the world around them. There is an unwritten standard for both emotional and striking scenes in anime, or any medium for that matter. The iconography/detail of the background and location plays a huge part, and obviously a plethora of other factors contribute as well (BGM, etc.). For the most part though setting is hugely related to the impact of a scene. I’ve racked my brain over and over, to arrive at the conclusion that the only scenery that could hold emotional value in this anime is the beach. The reason being, Sakuta receives his adopted world view from Shouko there, and most of the arcs end up in that area. This is fine, they succeeded in created one area that, while being scarcely occupied by them, holds some value to the viewer. Where the issue lies is that there is nowhere else in this show that is iconic in any meaningful way. Nowhere in the entire world. Not the school in which they spend most of their time, not Sakuta’s stark bedroom. Nowhere. This is one of those instances where this show represents itself as desirable, and then immediately undermines that sentiment. There are plenty of examples of how secondary settings in school anime can become emotionally valuable to the viewer. Take Yui’s bedroom from K-On!, 3-Gatsu no Lion’s stairwell, Clannad’s clubroom, Oregairu’s roof top, Love Live’s roof top/stairwell/school, or any other show known to have massive emotional attachments to their respective fan-base. They all have at least a few locations that manage to create a summative semblance of a world around them. When every background is as bland and unimaginative as possible, the characters become painstakingly vital, and we just established that the characters aren’t even treated as characters at all. Because of this, even when it’s time to reach the heights of the show’s respective arcs, everything is trivialized by the fact that nothing about the world around the characters is important. On top of this, every bit of melodrama incorporated in the scene is amplified infinitely. Melodrama and characters that I don’t like are not a combination I’m too fond of.
To put it bluntly, Bunny Girl Senpai introduces a jarring amount of interesting ideas and fumbles nearly all of them. The topic of being an outcast is referred to a few times in this story. Relatability aside, this is an easy and reliable way to create viewer empathy towards the protagonist’s cause. What would be the one thing that the author shouldn’t do immediately after introducing Sakuta as a social outcast? In my mind it would be giving him a decently large friend group. Guess what, he has the jock guy as a friend, Rio, Mai and the reporter all within the first two episodes. I’m sorry but that’s just sloppy writing. Next up on the list is sexual stigmatism. Sakuta is someone who likes to make puns out of sexually charged remarks. I like this aspect of the show. I think people are far too awkward about sex, and it’s always refreshing to see anime tackle this in a way that isn’t too obnoxious. So, let’s run through this again. What is the one thing that the writing must avoid in order to promote de-stigmatizing sexual remarks and make it ubiquitous with the dialogue? I would say choosing character tropes that have trouble confronting romantic emotions is a big one to avoid.
Mai - comfortable with sexually charged jokes.
Mai’s sister – uncomfortable with Sakuta’s humor.
Tomoe - can’t confront romantic emotions.
Rio - emotionally unaware and distressed
Kaede – emotionally distressed, but comfortable with Sakuta’s humor.
More than HALF of the main female characters not only can’t deal with sexual remarks, but also have some quantity of emotional ineptitude within themselves. I’m not so ignorant as to believe it would be natural to have every female character in the show be into raunchy humor, but more than half of them aren’t. There is the likely explanation of viewing Sakuta’s perverted attitude play off other character tropes. Unfortunately, when you give more than half the cast the same reaction, it’s tough to remain interested, which leads me to believe the raunchy comedy is indeed an attempt as destigmatizing sex among the demographic watching it. Either way, there were inherent flaws in the way this concept was presented, which is unfortunately the case the with the better half of every concept addressed in this show.
By far the most remarkable technical aspect of this show is its pacing. For a 13-episode light novel adaptation, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that genuine thought went into the storyboarding and layout of the episodes. Director Souichi Masui, having storyboarded on huge titles such as “Beck”, “Soul Eater” and “Samurai Champloo”, may have had a significant impact on how well the pacing turned out. However, this story is adapted from a light novel, and even premonitions aside, the additional effort that it takes to realize writing into animation with no layout of the authors thoughts in the form of scenes and direction makes for a more difficult time generating creative trademarking. This doesn’t mean that the sloppy cuts and uninteresting angles used are excusable, but certainly had a hand in the overall ineffectiveness of any intended artistic integrity. A comparable show like Monogatari (in plot structure, and the fact that they are both light novel adaptations) which uses style as a defining factor makes it known that it’s possible to combine light novel adaptations and individualistic direction, so why is this show so incredibly dispassionate? I can’t answer that question without some lofty speculation, so I’ll briefly summarize the point of this paragraph. Essentially, this anime is paced well, but lacks creative influence. Bunny Girl Senpai pays tribute only to the concept of storytelling, disregarding any sense of innovation. This is not a criticism, this is an effect of viewing common seasonal anime through a critical lens. Although the above will inevitably shorten this anime’s longevity, it’s more than possible that a large portion of viewers don’t care about this in the short term.
Another notable aspect of this show is its sound design. Bunny Girl Senpai’s OST falls somewhere just above average, with a catchy opening, decent – dramatized, albeit – but decent insert tracks, good sound effects, and decent audio engineering in general that does well to create some sense of professionality in an otherwise rudimentary production.
To say that the collective reaction to Bunny Girl Senpai was one of pleasant surprise, would be the understatement of the century. “A trashy bunny girl costume and a confusing, shoddy premise” are the thoughts I had going in. Although only one of those two expectations were made to be inaccurate, I can say with the utmost confidence that this show is much better than a lot of people would have assumed going in. It takes a good amount of blood, sweat and tears to create something greater than the sum of its parts, and frankly this show just didn’t make it there for me. It takes ideas that look acceptable on paper, and fruitlessly attempts to convert them to animation. There’s really nothing wrong with missing the mark but missing the mark in almost every category (characters, plot structure, setting, core concept) and being applauded for it seems rather counter-intuitive. I understand why this show comes off as likeable. It’s a very reticent, palatable show with enough charm to keep its fanbase interested. Beyond that though, there’s nothing. It’s a surface level show with exactly what meets the eye, and while some may consider that genuine, I can’t bring myself to call it anything other than uninspired. So, when all’s said and done, Rascal may not be dreaming of Bunny Girl Senpai, but you can bet that I will be… and with a few complaints he’s well on his way to a second season (that I won’t be watching) of “My Teen Romantic Calamity Pseudo-Science SNAFU”.
I am sure that several spectators started to watch the show after seeing the cover art and the Bunny Girl title. However, you aren’t going to watch a girl wearing a bunny outfit all the time … sorry to disappoint. Also, the audience can relate the anime with Bakemonogatari, Sakurada Reset to name some and the similarity between the main characters' behavior, the mystery in the plot, and the supernatural events.
On the other hand, as a positive aspect about the series, we have the characters chemistry and an entertaining plot. The story is interesting and mysterious, it could be a bit confusing for some, but
it has a taint that boosts the characters interactions and hooks the spectators with good pacing. In this anime, the author cared to develop a world where the school is the center, and the events affect the characters and the interaction with the outside world.
We have two main characters, but their personalities differ a lot, so the contrast makes the characters more vivid. They aren't the typical high schoolers with the same generic background as most of the high school series. The main male character Sakuta has a nice introvert attitude and with an awkward past and could be a weirdo. Furthermore, he is ironic, sarcastic and with some sense of humor executed flawlessly. The main female character aka the Bunny Girl Mai (her face looks like a bunny :3) is a famous actress but with a mature air that is not normal in this kind of series. I am finding the background very interesting, but she will experience some unexpectant events related to a certain syndrome that I am not going to explain because we have only seen four episodes and this syndrome will affect the plot outcome in several ways.
The art is clean and precious. I am surprised by the quality and color management. However, it is not perfect, and some camera angles could have been improved, but you won't notice them.
The OP (Kimi no Sei) is marvelous. I think the peggies did a great work performing the song; the lyrics are magnificent and have a great score that helps to follow them.
Lastly, the series is good so far, albeit there are some plot mysteries related to the “puberty syndrome” that need to be revealed and explained but there are good theories in MAL’s forum.
Bunny Girl Senpai is an anime about this famous child actress who turns invisible, a main character dude who doesn't give a fuck about anything, and his little sister who was verbally assaulted to a point that she started bleeding blood and became a shut-in. All of this happens because of some magic disease called a puberty syndrome.
The events include our main bro being some sort of women-helping Jesus except if the women are bothering him in which case he roasts them by claiming they are on their periods or otherwise strips in front of them to make them awkward blushy blush, because apparently, he
is the only person in the series who doesn't get embarrassed over nothing.
Our series relies on certain levels of edge and apathy when it wants to, but usually these things are forgotten in 3 seconds when our main bro starts roasting someone. Be it him calling a dude who is using a camera a wannabe photographer or just appearing superior to anyone else for no other reason than others being inferior to him.
Nothing really makes much sense here. Our dude cares so little about anything that he can see the invisible bunny costume-wearing senpai and then they become friends or something and chat about the supernatural things that occur in this series with the same disinterest the main bro is already radiating regarding everything that exists because that's the sole point of his character.
There has been quite a few series that have dealt with similar themes in highly similar manner. These include Bakemonogatari, Oregairu and Suzumiya Haruhi. The problem here is that everything in this one feels forced and fake. The main cast can be believable and realistic at times, but most of everyone else isn't. Rather they seem to exist just for the main characters since they so often are some one-dimensional buttholes or angry lil girls who get served by the mc and then disappear. Especially scenes such as random girl appearing just to fuck with the mc's shit and call him a pedophile are cringe and feel nothing other than stupido filler.
I think melancholy, vanity, disinterest and in generally being the outcast offer incredible potential under these settings, but I fail to see what makes Bunny Girl a good exemplary of these. The best thing about this series is how familiar and welcoming it feels, but unlike so many other series similar to it, it seems like a good example of a series that is not living up to its potential at all. Real zero effort stuff. I also feel physically ill from the existential philosophies presented in the series. I feel like this series is disrespecting its audience. It's like asking philosophy student "know who Sigmund Freud is?" The dialogue can also be pretty meh seasoned with lame. Lewd and sexual remarks presented in a highly teenage manner and not with the level of maturity and awareness that is usually seen in the dialogue of similar anime series. I'd much rather have the cast hit the tarantino-effect instead of this nonsense.
Despite this series promoting itself and its characters with the "I am not like all the rest" -attitude, what I am seeing here is pretty much like most of the rest: A completely average anime series, soulless and empty version of what it could have been. Attempt to make the next big hit under these settings, but failing to see what made any of the earlier ones worth of praise in the first place. I give this a 4 instead of a 5 just to show how little effort it takes to be as edgy as the mc.
The story of Seishun Buta is relatively simple, there is a supernatural phenomenon that happen and that its origin is unknown. This phenomenon is known as ''puberty syndrome'', the protagonist's little sister has been a victim of this phenomenon in the past. The anime begins with Sakuta meeting Sakurajima Mai, who is also being the victim of this phenomenon, from there the protagonist decides to help her.
The opening and ending are very good, when they starts you get so excited. The soundtrack also is good, although it is not perfect, but it is enough to cause impact during drama scenes.
character, Sakuta, is so badass! man, i wish be like he. Sakuta in only 5 episodes prove be a excellent character, he goes against all protagonist cliches and surprise you in each new episode. The heroine, Mai, is also a good character, she isn't like the others girls that you usually see in animes, she is racional and not a stupid tsundere. The others characters is also good, in special the cientist girl (dude, i like much her)
Dude, I honestly would give 10 easily to this anime just for the entertainment. You start the episode and when you realize it is over. You become totally focused, the time seems to accelerate. The fact that each episode brings up something new that breaks down cliches surprises us more and more (Especially the protagonist, who goes against 90% of other animes).
If you like animes that are not cliches, in which there are great characters, romance that progresses, and of course, an excellent protagonist, I highly recommend watch Seishun Buta.
‘I live life everyday hoping that I’m a slightly kinder person than I was the day before’ - Makinohara Shoko
If you thought this show was about literal BUNNY GIRLS, boi should you be prepared to be bamboozled by the most misleading title that you mightve ever come across. I was watching the first few minutes of the first episode expecting something probably as ecchi as it seems on the cover art, but hot damn did I got hooked by the quirky characters, mainly the interactions between our main protagonists. This show within the first episode reminded me of Bakemonogatari, which till this date I
still think has one of the best monologues and dialogues, and now at the end of it, I think we have a great contester to dethrone the monogatari series, and here I present you, Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai.
Story / Character -10-
Revolving around the idea of ‘Puberty Syndrome’, this story mainly focuses on how our male protagonist, Sakuta settles this problem for the ones undergoing this syndrome. Albeit totally supernatural, there are sufficient backstory and explanations relating to quantum physics and what not (if you can understand that is), in which I think is always a great touch to the story to not let the audience sit in confusion. Puberty Syndrome is where you might find random bruises or cuts throughout your body, or having a juxtapose of yourself that takes your rightful place etc. However, because the setting of this story is actually in high school, it can be very relatable to some due to the fact that the problems usually are involved with gossiping, bad mouthing or simply falling in love. Consequences of not properly solving Puberty Syndrome can lead to severe problems, just like in real life, one wrong move and it might cause you the win or lose.
Now moving on to our protagonist, ladies first, and it is our best girl Sakurajima Mai senpai. Humorous, bold, outgoing, what more can one ask for, it’s an all in one package here for your service. Sakuta, again humorous, kind, and mostly perverted. With the encounter of Makinohara Shouko, Sakuta starts to treat others kinder and is the core of why Sakuta helps (perpetually) everyone out throughout the story, because he wants to be kind. As of the side characters, imouto, kouhai, thicc af girl IN LAB COAT, theyre all really great and likeable characters, with each of them having their own unique personalities. They also contribute a lot to the story, making this entire show a very wholesome one. Catchy settings and directing is what makes this anime stand at the top against the others this season, maybe even the year of 2018, you get so invested into the characters by the first episode it is hard to just not love this anime.
Cloverworks ( A-1 Pictures) nailed the crap out of it this time. The art style is really smooth to the eyes, and looks a lot like Oregairu (which is definitely an extra point), animations are fluid and some compositions are seriously on point. Subtle emotions are well laid out on the characters and they really add up to the feelings and they convey well to the audience.
Another big part that contributes to the wholesomeness of this show is the voice acting and the OSTs. The opening which at this point everyone probably knows how to sing, is hella catchy, and is like a blackhole sucking you in, once you heard it, theres no turning back. Same goes for the ending, every character had their own uniquely designed ending, just like how the monogatari series has the VA sing the OP for their respective arcs (in which case is the same here). Voice acting is top notch, whats better than having a quirky conversation? A lively and energetic one. And its all here in this show, cocaine for your ears my buddy.
Definitely my top pick of this season (year as well), if you haven’t watch it, please do so already, you really don’t want to miss out this show, even if the cover art turns you off (or the otherwise ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) You want some fun time watching some slice of life-y anime? Check! You want some home hitting feelings or tear jerking moments? Check! Having doubted this anime at first was my single worst mistake Ive ever made, because this series has proven itself worthy of being one of the best animes possibly out there. With an movie adaptation for another arc in the future, I can safely say that everyone should be looking forward for that, just like how Sakuta looks forward getting teased by Mai everyday.
Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai is a short series adapted from "Light Novel" this series has thirteen episodes, six years after the release of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo from the present screening Kamoshida Hajime who is the creator of this series at once The creator of the series "Sakurasou" recently also produced a work that Cloverworks studio appointed to become an anime.
What happens when you experience a strange puberty, for example, can you exchange your body to be someone else? A story that focuses on a young man named "Azusagawa Sakuta" who finds himself meeting a bunny girl,
it turns out Sakuta knows that person she is "Sakurajima Mai" who is a senior in his school. But strangely only Sakuta can see the form of a rabbit Sakurajima, both of them are looking for a way out together to uncover the mystery that happened to him.
Talking about the mystery of the series has several chapters that they must complete, if counted there are five chapters available in this series. Having supernatural themes, this series is highly anticipated by various people, but the solution they provide is forced as if they only gave a very simple impression but we can accept it.
Not forgetting this series is also in the romantic category, indeed some of the scenes that are displayed are very simple and limited to such as holding hands (therefore this series can be watched from among the ages, but there are some scenes that contain sexual jokes that are not worth watching for children but it's still natural). The conflicts they are not very significant, they only argue about the problems they and they can solve them very simply.
Recently, exactly two months ago a company called "Cloverworks" which was the parent company of "Aniplex" released a number of popular anime series, for example they collaborated with several studios in the recent "Darling In The Franxx" series. cause controversy in the whole world. In their adaptation they have no shortcomings, arguably in every adaptation they have worked very well.
The series has a rigid animation design and does not have a special characteristic, a simple character design adds to the impression that this animation becomes very simple. But the audience does not care too much about it, they only focus on a very interesting story.
An anime series will not be good if it is not supported by the sound part. From the voice part or seiyuu they are very good, the match between the voice and the characters is very suitable they can produce good sound quality according to the age of the character they are playing.
The opening theme of "Kimi no Sei" sung by The Peggies is very simple but has its own characteristics, while for the closing theme "Fukashigi no Carte" they are very good at replacing singers in each chapter based on their respective characters.For their BGM they are very careful in their selection, sometimes BGM is at the center of attention, for example when fighting is not only important animation but BGM also plays an important role in this matter.
This series has two main characters, telling about their school life is not an ordinary student they have strange puberty. Sakuta is a student who is boring in the eyes of many people, he has a dark past therefore he is shunned by many people but he still live his life as usual. After meeting Sakurajima Mai Sakuta's life changed which initially had no purpose in life now with the spirit of living his life.
Has a strange youth Sakurajima Mai is very bored because at any time she can disappear in the eyes of everyone, but one time when she was in the middle of a meeting she met a Sakuta, he was able to see the form of Mai wearing a rabbit costume. artist who has ignorance to everyone.
After him meeting with Mai, Sakuta is now acquainted with a girl named Koga. She is the younger sister of Sakuta's class who has a cheerful nature but behind her cheerful nature, she has a strange youth. Different from the others, Koga can return time based on her will.
Having a smart and beautiful friend is the hope of everyone. Futaba, who is Sakuta's classmate, has an easy to talk nature, but this Futaba has a strange youth where he can split into two.
Mai has a half sister named Nodoka, she is an artist like Mai. Nodoka has jealousy towards people who are stronger than him, as a result of his character he can exchange bodies with other people so that he can feel what the person can feel.
Sakuta is also just like Mai, she also has a younger sister, but the difference is the younger sibling. The sister of Sakuta named Kaede, she is a confined and timid girl but she has a reason why she is moody. from his classmates, therefore he became a confined and timid girl.
This season has many interesting anime series and one of them is Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai tells about puberty syndrome, this series has a very interesting story in each episode even we are invited to think how to solve the problems they are facing.
Oftentimes the word “pretentious” is thrown around to criticize shows with complex plots or extravagant visuals with the assumption that calling the anime “pretentious” with no explanation of how that detracts from the quality of the show is a valid criticism in and of itself. However, in the case of “Bunny Girl,” Kamoshida’s pretensions are detrimental to the quality of the writing to the point that the incredibly simple ideas presented in this show become unnecessarily difficult to understand solely so Kamoshida can stroke his ego.
The first arc of Bunny Girl is dedicated to Mai Sakurajima’s case of adolescence syndrome.
This syndrome caused Mai to turn invisible and made everyone forget except for the Sakuta (the MC) and his friends to forget that she exists. While I think this is all fine, the issue arises from Kamoshida’s attempt to explain this simple concept using Schrodinger’s cat. Not only does Kamoshida fail to explain Schrodinger’s cat correctly, but it isn’t even an accurate representation of Mai’s situation. There is a much simpler and more widely known thought experiment that goes: "if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" If no one perceives Mai, does she exist? The tree falling thought experiment reflects Mai’s syndrome so much better that it is just dumbfounding that Kamoshidadecided to incorrectly apply Schrodinger’s cat to the situation instead. This is just terrible writing. Kamoshida takes a concept that could easily be understood with little explanation, and then makes it as complex as he possibly can for no reason other than to show of his poor understanding of Schrodinger’s cat. Unfortunately for us, this isn’t the last time Kamoshida shoves his lack of knowledge of quantum mechanics down our throats.
The second arc of the series focuses on the Sakuta’s underclassman whose case of adolescence syndrome created a time loop that caused everyone to relive the same day 3 times. This isn’t a complicated or novel idea. Hollywood movies like Groundhog Day and even children’s shows like Cardcaptor Sakura have made use of time loops. Of course, Kamoshida decides to make it as convoluted as possible by using Laplace’s Demon to explain this simple plot device.
For an anime to be be pretentious in the way it is written, it has to present itself as being deeper than it actually is. I don’t even think that’s inherently a bad thing While I think this word gets overused as a lazy criticism to describe any “smart” anime, in the case of Bunny Girl, Kamoshida’s pretensions significantly diminish the quality of the writing. Kamoshida takes straight forward ideas and makes them unnecessarily complicated by introducing unnecessary quantum mechanics that he doesn’t even fully understand. But if you think this is the end to the terrible writing present in this anime, you’re dead wrong.
Every line of dialogue in this anime sounds as if it was painstakingly crafted by the author to sound as clever and witty as possible. Unfortunately, Kamoshida is neither clever nor witty and the dialogue just ends up feeling incredibly stilted. The dialogue is composed of the kind of lines that people wish they had said when thinking about a conversation they had minutes ago. No one speaks like this! It’s unnatural and unrealistic. Everything that comes out of Sakuta’s mouth is just an obnoxious one-liner. Kamoshida clearly doesn’t even understand the most basic rules for writing passable dialogue, and the fact that it’s the primary point of praise for this show is astounding.
Although less bothersome than Kamoshida’s sheer incompetence as a writer, the fan service in this show is almost offensive because it’s the kind of fan service that thinks it’s not. I don’t mind fan service or being blatantly pandered to as long as the show is honest about it, but Bunny Girl tries to justify its fan service in the most pathetic ways possible. The worst example of this is in the beginning of the series when Mai dresses as a bunny girl to test whether other people can see her as if that’s the most logical thing she could do. It’s not reasonable, it’s just a pitiful attempt at disguising fan service because Kamoshida thinks he’s above it.
Sakuta is a bit more cynical and edgy than most generic self-insert main characters. Mai is slightly more understanding than most tsunderes. Those are the only things that make the characters in Bunny Girl unique. If you’ve seen a light novel adaptation before, you’ve seen these characters before.
There isn’t much to say about the art, it’s just very average. If Cloverworks didn’t take every available opportunity to assault my eyes with a mob of hideous 3DCG background characters, I would give this category a 5/10.
The writing in Bunny Girl is just godawful and nothing else about this anime is really worth mentioning.
TLDR: A really good Romance/Mystery anime with a lot of potential. Definitely a must watch this season.
Although I have seen similar stories in anime but so far the execution is pretty good and Far Better than MOST anime. It is a Mystery surrounding "Adolescence Syndrome" where different characters face supernatural phenomena while going through adolescence and how it affects the main couple.
The show has built a lot of intrigue this far.
The 2 mains are compelling. The main guy is an outcast with a mysterious past. He cares about people but can give someone a verbal bitch slap if needed. He is kind
but courageous enough to stand up for himself and say what he wants. He is not a wishy-washy pussy like most romance protagonists.
The girl is serious but not stuck-up. Her responses are honest yet measured. She is sometimes blunt but never rude. She is mature enough to admit her mistakes but not dwell on them.
She is neither a Puritanical Prude nor an overtly seductive bimbo.
Most anime often have a difficulty finding a balance between these 2 traits.
They have great chemistry. They tease each other and constantly try to one up one another, while also sharing their secrets with one another.
Their conversations are interesting even when talking about mundane things.
NO fountains of Nosebleeds/accidental boob-grabs or any silliness of that sort.
Everything is talked about openly and there seems to be a genuine connection.
Supporting cast is fine too.
ANIMATION & ART:
It is really good. Kind of looks like "My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU".
Good. For some reason the Opening song reminded me of "Your Name" opening song. May be they share similar beats, rhythm and instruments.
Highly recommend this show to Fans of Romance with supernatural/mystery elements.
I have given this an 8/10 because I don't know how the story will be handled in the next episodes.
The score can go up or down depending on that. It definitely has the potential to be one of great ones.
"Never judge a book by its cover." - Some random person.
This Fall 2018 anime season, there are a lot of shows to watch on. Honestly, on my opinion, I enjoy this season pretty much more than any other seasons this year. From Goblin Slayer giving us memes and war, SAO back at it again with another season of Kirito OP-ness, to Jojos returning to TV screen with its title "Golden Wind", Fall season this year is definitely a must-see season.
Let us not forget the romance or drama genre of anime which are plenty this season as well. One of them, giving us audience a pretty
much click-baiting cover is "Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai" or in short, "Bunny-girl Senpai". When I looked at the cover picture of the anime on its MAL page and its synopsis I was like "Oh... It is another typical and generic harem anime that the protagonist is always at the center of everything and he is not that lovable to the audience perspective I bet."
That WAS my statement until I watched up to episode 3 and kept going until I finished it. I was so damnnn wrong.
We follow the story of Azusagawa Sakuta to his daily high-school life. It was normal, until he met Sakurajima Mai wearing a bunny suit in a library. Weird am I right? But as the story goes on, we get to follow that Mai is suffering to a what is called as a "Puberty Syndrome" which incase for her, turning invisible to other people (except Sakuta because he is the protagonist).
This was the starting point of the story. We get to know so many types of Puberty Syndromes that revolves around Sakuta's girl colleagues not only Mai. Does this sound pretty familiar? Yes.. It is almost like the plot of the Monogatari series. In spite of that, Bunny girl senpai tends to create a unique atmosphere to the audience. It is more on drama, feels, romance and the sufferings of the girls along with Sakuta in the story, portraying real-life issues on our society. One of the girl suffered bullying, one suffered jealousy or envy, one suffered hatred on herself and not knowing how to act what she wants, one suffered ignorance to reality and wanted loneliness and one suffered one of the harsh reality of love. Every single bit of this issues complements the story's goal and the main protagonist Sakuta who really is the center of them all. But making him the center of it doesn't make it
as your typical and generic harem anime unlike other anime out there that the protagonist is the center of everything and the harem is very plain. In fact, it is not even labeled as a harem on MAL which totally makes sense because the vibes of it being a harem is not there. Instead, we get the vibes of every character's problems or issues they are encountering along with Sakuta which is totally fine for the story. Hence, Bunny girl senpai's story unveils problems or issues of teenagers to our modern society that make it more of a story foreshadowing this topics and having the audience learn from it because of the experiences of the characters.
Speaking of the characters, there are soooo many waifus on this show. But let us talk about the one, the only, man of culture, Azusagawa Sakuta. Unlike any generic protagonist out there who cannot portray their real feelings in real life in front of a girl, Sakuta is different. He will say anything that comes to his mind whether it is a perverted one or someone that makes someone offensive. His replies to the girls especially to Mai-san always get me and say "How do you have the guts to say that?". In any case, Sakuta is one of the best male characters I've ever seen this season or maybe this year as well. Now for the waifus. My favorite Sakurajima Mai have like some sort of unique trait on her. She doesn't really care about what Sakuta is saying even it is something perverted. She is always composed but have the blush to protect. She have some little tsundere vibes but not that much unlike her little sister Toyohama Nodoka. Nodoka is like the opposite of Mai-san. She is your typical tsundere type of girl but her story gave us more details about their relationship as a sibling to Mai-san. Next girl is Koga Tomoe, which I think represents a girl that is a tryhard and wants to keep updated always to whats happening whether in real life or social media. She fears loneliness and because of that she tries to become like her classmates. Then there is Futaba Rio, the one who wears lab coats on every scene she is on and the one that advices Sakuta of the causes of Puberty Syndrome through the power of SCIENCE!. We can say she is a very smart girl considering her intelligence on quantum mechanics, physics and all sorts of mumbo-jumbo science stuff. But then like any other girl in the series, her fear or Puberty Syndrome complements to the story of the anime. It is something most of us wanted to do for the sake of others but we are unsure if we can really do it... and again because of love.. Of course we shall never forget the little sister of Sakuta, Azusagawa Kaede. Because of her I tend to like Sakuta as a main protagonist because Sakuta.. surprisingly... not in love with her little sister! Like how many times we get to see incest in anime. Like literally every season I guess? But here, Sakuta doesn't like Kaede hugging him while he was in bed and he even quoted this statement "Who'd get excited over their little sister?" Sakuta aside, Kaede probably have the worst type of Puberty Syndrome and it impacts Sakuta as a brother of her as whole as well. Even the parents of Sakuta and Kaede are devastated. That's why I can describe Kaede as Sakuta's challenge that makes him a hard challenger and never give up on her. And finally the little girl Makinohara Shouko is just a pure mystery to me. I mean this girl is someone important to Sakuta but there are circumstances that makes her a mystery and somewhat special. Overall, the characters are lovable to the audience that makes it entertaining to watch on every week.
On the art side, it is good. It is not that special or anything but it is indeed watchable and pleasant. the character designs are pretty much cute as well with their eyes big but bright. It is fairly a unique art style among other art style this season.
Unfortunately, unlike the good OST of Monogatari, Bunny-girl senpai doesn't have much of that. The soundtracks are good and thats it. It just fits into the atmosphere but it is something that I will not put on my music playlist as it is not my taste. But... the opening and endings are veryy good for my ears. The opening have good sound that catches my ear and the ending portrays some sadness because..... the episode ended of course. But i said "endings" earlier. The endings have different characters walking in a beach. For example, if the episode is mainly about Futaba, you will see Futaba walking into the sands of the beach. The same applies to every character of each arc. Overall in terms of sound, opening song and ending song are likable while OST's are good but not for my playlists.
Overall thoughts and Enjoyment:
Hence, Bunny-girl Senpai is one of those anime that makes the story sounds pretty similar to other genre or anime but its intake to it are unique. The fact that it implies some weakness or fear of teenagers makes it relatable to people and gives out feels to us. If you are looking for an anime that have a bunch of girls but have a good story and a well-narrated protagonist, this is it for you and I highly recommend it to anyone.
“I’ve seen enough Pornhub videos to know how this series is going to end.” — Krunchyman
This series truly speaks to me as a fellow “puberty syndrome” sufferer, as I use to “baste my ham” five times a day on a regular basis, and let me tell you something folks: rug-burn is an inconvenient truth. But enough about my own troubles, because this anime is troubling enough in its own right.
First of all, allow me to propose a theory that I kicked around in my head since viewing the first episode. The Bunny Girl Senpai, otherwise known as Mai, is simply a figment of
Sakuta’s imagination, brought about by the “puberty syndrome” phenomena that he has superimposed on her to convince himself that she is in fact real. Given that Sakuta has yet to experience a sexual relationship (as far as we know, at least), he envisions a girl in a scandalously lewd outfit in a public library. Despite having a golden opportunity to live out his lustful fantasy, he decides to slow play his hand, by initiating a methodical, emotional approach to getting into Mai’s pants. If you wish to deceive yourself into believing a fantasy girl is “real” — like Sakuta was attempting to do — then she has to seem authentic; otherwise, the imaginative experience will fade away into the ether (just like their first encounter).
If you think about it, the concept seems plausible from a demographic perspective. Many of the consumers watching this show are young, adolescent boys who have yet touch a girl. And what is abundantly clear about male, anime consumers from the various salacious photos posted on their profile’s? They fantasize about provocative senpai’s, whom they will never meet in their lifetime’s. Literally every anime fan has this phase in their lifetime, but, unlike most people, Sakuta had the courage to sprint toward his convictions, and make his fantasy become a reality.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: the Tyler Durden theory.
…….<ahem> Welp! Episode three blew that theory out of the water, back to the drawing board.
Quick recap: the series is banal, the character’s are ill-explored, the character designs look remarkably similar to one another, and the entire concept is so uninteresting, that I concocted a version of it in my head to maintain my level of sanity. The scene where Sakuta started screaming towards the school, professing his affection for Mai was the lone bright spot, because I nearly fell out of my chair from laughter. That being said, the entertainment value for Bunny Girl Senpai is noticeably absent, and I would ardently recommend that you look elsewhere for anime-related amusement.
Contrived, school-aged bullshit; nothing more need be said. “Then why did you write the review in the first place,” random MAL user — because, silly billy, hateful comments recharge my power crystals.
This is my first and probably last review on MAL. I think there are a couple of things to say about this anime which are not said yet. I don't want to go to much into detail so it would be better you have watched the anime before reading this.
This anime is a fanservice trash anime that pretends to be not trashy nor fanservice and attracts all people who love trash and let them believe they have found a superior good and deep anime which is at the bottom of it's heart as stupid as SAO or any other harem ecchi anime out there.
don't want to offend anyone. I also enjoy those kind of anime like yamada kun for example. But this anime is on the one hand stupid as hell and on the other hand every single charakter and problem is a 1 by 1 copy of bakemonogatari.
Main charakter: He is absolutely one dimensional. He has no emotions and acts indifferent to everything what happens arround him but at times he make some couple of unfunny sarcastic jokes and tries to solve the problem of the girls from his harem (which gets bigger by almost every episode).
Sakurajima mai: Maybe the waifu of the year. The relationship between her and the mc is fanservice at it's finest. You have a celebrity good looking and cute girl who is attracted by the lowkey lowlife loser mc, which maybe represents the average consumer of that kind of anime. This is maybe why this anime gets such high ratings. Because this kind of relationship satisfies the needy needs of the male consumers.
(Apart from mai you have all over the anime those ecchi moments like panty, boobies and so on)
Futaba: Honestly this anime is not that bad but also not that good but this character wants me to smash my head with lightspeed against the pyramids of gizeh.
Everytime our beloved main character is confronted with the puberty syndrome he has no idea what's going on because he is stupid. This often take a couple of time until he realizes it and than goes to futuba who is supposed to be the smartest person in that anime. And wow every conversation between them which is about the puberty syndrom gives cancer to my ears. He tells her that person xy has problem z. She responds with some pseudo sientific and deep answers which contains some phenomens of the physics. Those responses are totally random and make absolutely no sense. This is how a conversation between her and me could be:
Me: Futuba-chan my stomach doesn't feels so good
Her: Have you been to the toilet today
Me: Eeeeh no?
Her: Well i think this is because schrödingers cat.-blabla explains it- and so is your stomach. The answer to the question what's going on with your stomach is that you have constipation and diarrhea at the same time.
Really those conversations are so boring and stupid. If you are not familiar with quantummechanics or physics at all this might sound very deep and intellectual to you but trust me. It's just shit.
And the last point is really everything of this anime is equivalent to bakemonogatari but only like 10 dimensions worse and boring.
Sakuta = araragi (both lowkey and lowlife persons)
Mai = hitagi (one is a soft tsundere the other tsundere and yandere in one person)
Futaba = meme oshino (mc come always to them because they have no idea about their mysterys)
Nodoka = nadeko
And the rest of the characters are almost the same
At last i want to say is something good. If it comes about teenagers and their problems in that school age this anime has it's strength. Most of them feel very realistic and autehntic. If the mc wouldnt be that one dimensional the relationship to mai would feel a bit refreshing because their contact feels alive and not that exxegerated. But the anime deals it very bad or with other words it packs it in a very shitty way.
All in all this anime is a bit disappointing to me. It had much more potential if the writer would have been courrageous and made something independently and not that trashy fanservice copy of an anime.
The challenges we face during our adolescence may be irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, though their magnitude in the moment can feel overwhelming. It's no surprise then that media which intensifies these issues through supernatural phenomenon would be popular, since teenage audiences feel as if the weight of their problems is understood. However, does this media actually help its audience to overcome their problems, or is it merely wish fulfillment to escape from them? Seishun Buta Yarou may have something compelling to say about the adolescent experience, but it's unfortunately buried under layers of tropes and cliches.
But of all the elements of the
show that feel superfluous to the narrative, the protagonist Sakuta sits at the top of the list. Unlike the girls of the show, he doesn't undergo any development over the series, and only exists as the self-insert lens through which we view their arcs. He hardly exists as a character, and his only trait seems to be his tendency for frequent dehumanizing sexual harassment directed at basically every girl he meets. He's presented as the catalyst that instigates the girls' growth, but instead he just comes across as a plot device that knows exactly what to do to solve their problems for them.
Speaking of, each arc of the show is modeled after a classic thought experiment, and wow do I wish they hadn’t done that. Not only do these allusions not add anything to the narrative, but their integration feels completely unnatural. (“Surely you’ve at least heard about the cat in the box, right?” a friend asks the protagonist, nearing the end of the first episode) Seishun Buta Yarou is hardly the first series to have pulled this allusion, but at this point, referencing Schrodinger’s Cat seems like shorthand for a light novel thinking it’s smarter than it is, and I can’t think of anything else that had the audacity to follow it up with “Have you heard of Laplace’s Demon?” three episodes later.
As for the contents of each arc, the conflicts that the girls deal with mostly come off as artificial. Still, even if the substance itself is lacking, I can’t fault the presentation. The animation and vocal delivery is expressive, and it’s also neat how there's some overlap between events that help to make each one feel less like an isolated incident. However, I think that Seishun Buta Yarou’s most compelling asset is how the characters behave outside of the central narrative. Despite everything else, it’s fun to see these characters relax and bounce off of each other. It's a shame that the show's best feature is also its least central.
My feelings towards Seishun Buta Yarou are conflicted. I went into it expecting a cross between Monogatari and Oregairu, and that’s not really what I got. It took a while for me to accept the show for what it actually was, but once I did, I was able to find a genuine emotional core underneath all of the light novelisms. Ironically, I think the more interested you are in this genre, the less likely it is that Seishun Buta Yarou will appeal to you. It leans hard into its genre trappings, and your enjoyment will be largely determined by your tolerance of them. Still, if you're a fan of deadpan loner protagonists, you could do worse.
What do I think about Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai? It’s an amazing show. That’s the simple way to say it but the complicated way is explaining it from my perspective. To be fair, I think this anime gets judged based on a lot of facts before it even aired. Like for instance, the brainchild behind the light novels is the same person that made Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo. (The Pet girl of Sakurasou) Anyone who has seen that anime may think what to expect from this show. But I think a bit differently. Hajime Kamoshida helmed the
storytelling for both series but there’s quite a bit of differences. I don’t want to talk too much about comparison because the fact is, Bunny Girl Senpai pretty much stand out a lot on its own feet.
But let’s get the most obvious out of the way first. When you see that key visual on the anime entry page, what really comes to mind? On the front is a beautiful long haired beauty dressed in a sexy bunny outfit. When you look at it, she could probably resemble a playboy girl on the front page of a magazine. The visual impression alone had my interest although it’s clear that the anime isn’t just about a bunny girl. It’s about a boy named Sakuta Azusagawa in which his life changes forever after encountering our poster girl, Mai Sakurajima in the library. At the heart of the series is also a mysterious phenomenon known as the “Adolescence Syndrome”.
Now I should say right off the bat that you’d better be prepared for social commentary. This is essentially a very talky show with no shortage of dialogues. In fact, it explores many social problems that is very real in our world today. Anxiety, depression, bullying, inferiority, isolationism, lack of confidence. You name it. If I had to guess, there’s probably someone out there in your life that also suffers from something along those lines at one point or another. So in many ways, it’s easy to say this show is relatable on a realistic level. But you’re probably thinking that logic makes no sense considering the set up for the first few episodes. Indeed, Mai’s debut in the anime is perhaps way too bizarre to be considered real. It could even be considered surreal. I mean, who has ever seen a girl in a sexy bunny outfit walking around in a public library?
Until I realized what this show really wanted us to experience, it sort of reminded me of an anime known as “Bakemonogatari”. My first impression of the fated encounter between Mai and Sakuta felt similar compared to that series. We have a regular guy meeting a girl under unusual circumstances and they begin to connect on a more personal level. What does make the first few episodes for this anime more distinctive is the amount of human emotions shown. Early in the series, we get a confession from Sakuta as he expresses it with brutal honesty. That love confession defines Sakuta as a character who isn’t afraid to hold back his feelings. In fact, Sakuta seems like a guy who doesn’t care much about what others think of him. Some people would call his behavior as cynical and anti-social. Indeed, Sakuta isn’t a guy that’s easy to make friends with but he does truly have people he cares about. Mai and his sister, Kaede are perhaps the two most important people in his life. That brings about his relationship with them. From the beginning, he and Mai develops a strange bond that blooms from strangers, to friends, and to a couple. Their relationship develops more and more despite some of their similarities and differences. It’s shown that both characters suffers from some anxiety issues. However, Mai’s problem suffers more as she fears about being forgotten. On the other hand, Sakuta is indifferent about how the world and doesn’t even care if everyone hates him. (with exception of his closest loved ones) The first arc details the show exploring their deep inner problems. In fact, these inner struggles manifest in the form of the mysterious “Adolescence Syndrome”.
As I watched more and more of this series, it became easy to see the direction of the overall storytelling. Each arc contains a story that deals with a different issue and a different character. However, several recurring themes apply and the most prominent is the amount of social psychology. There’s meaningful interactions that is essential for the plot and character development. I’m quite impressed how much every arc made me feel invested by these different characters. The second arc explores Tomoe, a schoolgirl that gets involved in a time loop. Think of Groundhog Day or the Eightless Eight. At this point, I knew what this show as aiming for: having the main protagonists help conquer their problems while solving the mystery of the Adolescence Syndrome. Tomoe’s problems involves her fear of losing friends is another example of a social problem. It paints the picture of people suffering from problems that they try to avoid yet seemingly need help in doing so. That’s where Sakuta comes in to deal with them. He’s like an anime life coach.
With the pattern of the story structure, I knew what to expect as Sakuta also helps deal with problems involving Rio Fubata, Nodoka Toyohama, and even his own sister, Kaede. I should say that at times, the manifestation of their problems feels like a superstition. We get doppelgangers, body switching, and memory loss. It’s rather creative how they represent each of the characters’ inner struggles while capitalizing on the psychological appeal. One character that manages evade these social problems is Shoko Makinohara. Regrettably, I’d say that compared to the other cast members, her presence is easily forgotten despite her connection to Sakuta’s past. Speaking of which, Sakuta has problems of his own that includes his troubled past. He even suffers from a physical scar on his chest due to his sister’s Adolescence Syndrome. Throughout the series, I think it’s important to realize how the creators managed to capitalize on its emotional content. The final arc in this anime adaptation shows Sakuta as a kind brother who is willing to do anything to help his sister. It’s the type of family bond that is emotional and contains a lot of heartwarming moments. And even as emotional as the story gets, this show still finds time for comedy such as with Sakuta’s lewd comments about girls and his dry sense of humor.
It’s interesting to note that CloverWorks is involved in this project. They’re a studio rebranded from A-1 Pictures as its own identity. To my delight, they managed to capture the essence of this show perfectly. The main selling point of the quality is the character interactions. Because this anime consists of a lot of dialogues and interactions, it’s important to capitalize on their social lives. Thankfully, Cloverworks knew what it was doing as it draws out human emotions of the various characters. Characters such as Mai, Kaede, Tomoe, and even Sakuta are firm examples of this during more of their emotional moments. The visual quality also stays consistent throughout the duration of the run without relying on it too much. Bravo CloverWorks, you’ve made quite an impression this year already.
The opening theme song “Kimi no Sei” is perhaps one of the catchiest ones for its usage of lyrics and delivery. It contains a variety of characters and while it’s not anything too unique, it captures the surreal-like feeling of the show. There’s even Mai in her iconic bunny outfit. Additionally, there are interchanging ED theme songs performed by the various voice actresses of the characters. Each of them follows their respective arc but all of them earned my praise for their consistent delivery.
This show may have a long title but it only took me a short time to accept what it really is. The amount of social psychology content made the story flow on many levels with each arc. Almost every character in the end felt important for the overall themes of the series. And while I can’t say Bunny Girl Senpai may be recommendable for anyone, I’d definitely giving this a try if you’re thirsty for meaningful character relationships and dialogues. It’s not a Bakemonogatari 2.0 and in fact, I’d say Bunny Girl Senpai is much more appealing than what it appears to be.
Its a bloody long name of a series but lets keep it short, we'll just call it 'Bunny Girl'.
So far the series has given me me a Bakemonogatari throwback too of their first arc quite similar and I would probably recommend if you liked Bakemono, you'll probably like this as well.
The interactions between the 2 main characters are really enjoyable and probably one of the best interactions among most shows. They are not the generic characters you see in most as they are quite interesting and hopefully shouldn't disappoint you at all. As the show go on, you'll find some relatable content and perhaps a
few times make a weird noise that sounds like HNNG.
To say the least, if you like romance and good character interactions like I do, you'll definitely enjoy and have a fun time watching Bunny Girl.
Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai/Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is a light novel adaption. And like many light novel adaptations, it's a rather uninspired attempt to sell more copies of the source. And it's possibly as bad as Cloverworks last badly made project Persona 5 The Animation. The Opening is objectively the worst Opening I've seen this year, consisting people running, poorly edited out of context pictures of the heroines, horribly blended in CGI, lifeless backgrounds. Which is actually a good indicator for what the show actually is.
A self inset ball of snark has monotone banter
with main heroine and becomes popular among teens. Is a quote that can also be used to describe, The Monogatari Series, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Oregairu, Hyouka as well as a few other popular shows. However where those shows had strong writing, visual direction, or well thought out characters to work with, it becomes obvious that Bunny girl is just a weak imitation. Even this could be forgiven if it weren't for the standard animation, lazy background art, terrible CGI and half-assed scene transitions that plague this show. I've heard people saying that they haven't noticed these issues but I'd ask them if they were being too focused on the subs to notice what's actually happening on screen.
This is the worst anime I've seen so far this season. Don't get me wrong this does have strong emotional moments. But you need to ask yourself if a few emotional highs are worth trudging the anime through.
As a finishing note I'll just leave an example of how this anime copies a far better show poorly.
Mai's backstory is a complete parallel of Hitagi from the Monogatari Series. Only difference is Hitagi's made sense.
Both have abusive mothers but while Mai's mother is just a lazy asshole, Hitagi's mother turned abusive because she got roped into a cult. Their breaking points happened when Mai was forced to do a swimsuit scene and Hitagi almost got raped. The interesting bit in monogatari is that Hitagi's mom got into the cult because it "helped cure" Hitagi in a prior incident. This complicates their relationship. Meanwhile Mai's mom is just an asshole.
Both girls instantly fall in love with their saviors. However in Bunny girl this is played lazily as possible Her savior is her romantic interest and the show pretty much forces them into a relationship instantly. Though they have good banter. Similarly Hitagi also has good banter with her Savior. Except Monogatari puts more thought into the actual concept. Instead of Hitagi being stuck into a relationship with the first person who showed her kindness and all problems being solved instantly, she doesn't end up with Kaiki. Instead she actually learns to deal with her problems and moves on.
Bunny girl senpai took Hitagi's entire character arc and just made it bland. And this is just what the show does with everything.
"Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai", which I'll be referring to from here on out as just Bunny Girl, is a light novel romance with a a snarky, perceptive male protagonist and a cold, standoffish (at least at first) lead girl. If this sounds familiar--it should! Early viewers have drawn comparisons to the Monogatari series, and despite being competent all around, with a talented voice cast and above-average production values, this, like many recent light novels, feels like a Bakemonogatari stripped of much of what made Bakemonogatari fundamentally interesting. While I'm not necessarily asking for SHAFT-style visuals, Bunny Girl's art
style, especially its backgrounds, are bland as generally expected from an A-1 offshoot studio--the same residential Tokyo setting seen a million times before without any special touches. The voice acting is generally flat but passable.
Where Bunny Girl is strongest is in the relationship between Sakurajima Mai and Azusagawa Sakuta. I may have been unfair in describing the pair as an ersatz Araragi Koyomi and Senjougahara Hitagi, because despite surface similarities they're not entirely copies of each other, and their dynamic is enjoyable--indeed, by far the best aspect of the show--for its own reasons. Rather than a single laugh-out-loud punchline, the back-and-forth banter was, while still not up to par with better-written series like Monogatari, generally enjoyable, particularly Mai. Still, at the end of the day it feels like a rather conventional tale of a tsundere-ish girl slowly opening up to the "relatable" protagonist who is so helpful and always knows better--who, while more memorable than the average harem MC, is still a bit too much of a bland self-insert specifically targeting the sort of disaffected teenager who think he has it all figured it out, suggesting a target audience of angsty teenage boys (like most light novels). He's reminiscent of other light novel protagonists like Kyon and the aforementioned Araragi, yet lacks the depth or genuine character flaws that make those characters more endearing. As of the fourth episode, Mai is also becoming an increasingly less interesting character and more conventional tsundere (leaning more on "dere"). Also notably irksome is that this anime, like many other pseudo-intellectual light novels, introduces and then butchers the concept of Schrodinger's Cat using the designated exposition girl, something that I plan to treat as a red flag from now on.
The first arc, which I had completed at the time of this review, covers the main character meeting a mysterious girl who walks around in a bunny suit to no visible reaction from bystanders. He discovers through talking to her that she was a former child actress who has since struggled with a mysterious "adolescent illness"--a supernatural element which sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise entirely "normal" setting (IMO this would have worked better if the show had a greater supernatural element instead of applying pseudo-scientific explanations to the adolescent syndrome)--that makes the vast majority of people unable to see her, even her mother. This problem is solved in a predictable way that will appeal to the easily-manipulated, but the first arc's conclusion, despite being paced well and having no time for "will they or won't they" drama, was predictable and not in a good way. While I think there are enough positive elements of this anime to make later arcs salvageable, I struggle to find it much better than average in almost any regard. (The titular bunny suit, by the way, only shows up in a single episode and is retired after that, which I admittedly found to be a bit of a disappointment because she looked great in it).
The amount of high scoring reviews for this anime blew my mind, so much so that it drove me to writing my first review on this site. While yes, only 3 episodes have aired at the time of me writing this review, my main problems with this show will surely not change since the show would look entirely different if that were to happen. Before I start, warning there might be some slight spoilers for the first 3 episodes.
A lot of people are comparing this anime to Bakemonogatari or the Monogatari series in general and while I can sort of see the comparisons with the
2 main characters and the fact that there's a lot of talking, what makes Monogatari great is severely lacking in this show.
The only solid aspect of this show. Our MC and his close friends are the only ones who can see or remember who Bunny Girl and MC and Bunny Girl fall in love yada yada. It's fine as a story but there are some plotholes/questionable events which can possibly be cleared up in future episodes.
Art & Sound: 3/10
This is where 'Bunny Girl' starts getting very lackluster. If you want to make a story that is heavily based on dialogue, then you better have some amazing art and sound or I might as well have just read the damn source material. Everything from the setting to the animation to the character design is so boring and uninspired it's just uninteresting to look at. The sound does not help either as it being just boring light piano music is just as boring and uninspired as the art. Please take the time to just go and listen to any great soundtrack(Monogatari Series, Cowboy Bebop etc.) and then listen to the Bunny Girl OST and see how boring and bad it is in comparison.
We have all seen the characters in this anime before. Our MC is just a normal anime dude who has brown hair instead of black hair, which is fairly common but nothing out of the ordinary. Our 'Bunny Girl' is just your standard anime black hair girl except she has a bunny hair clip. The other characters so far are nearly irrelevant. Our MC's friends are basically just there to confirm Bunny Girl actually exists and he's not crazy. Scientist lady is also there to conveniently explain some things..
"Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai" is, in short, wasted potential. If this show was done without a small budget and time constraints it could genuinely be a great anime, but right now what we have is a rushed show with nearly nothing redeemable outside of the story filled with question marks and plotholes. This is anime is the epitome of mediocrity and probably as close to a standard anime you can get. Go watch something genuinely amazing instead, it's a better use of your time.