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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai: P.M.’s honest impression

Have you ever dreamt that you can see your upper class men in anything sexy? Then get your mind of out the gutter because I’m not talking about foreplay. But in this anime, it is more than your typical chunibyo. They call it the Adolescence syndrome. Now let’s us explore the world where Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai.

Animation

With A-1 Pictures rebranded studio, CloverWorks, you can expect the animation to be clean and smooth. They’ve been known to have cutesy character designs and this one is no exception. You really can’t see any awkward moments in certain scenes or anything strange between transitions. And the way they chose the color palette of warm and comforting is really relaxing and yet not boring to watch.

Voice Acting

Since this a drama anime, you can’t really expect over the top performance from the VAs but doesn’t mean it’s boring. The way the VAs handle their perform with each scene is like watching live drama, it’s that kind of performance that makes you want to watch it over and over again. They really nailed it with each scene. If there were a live drama adaptation, I’ll watch it if the performance of actors is on par with the VAs or better.

Music

Where should I begin with this? Is it where each scene you like to bawl one eye’s out when there is a dramatic scene? Or is it that time where you are hit right in the feels? Both questions has the same meaning? That’s because I don’t know how I feel when there is a dramatic scene and then there is a perfect BG music to complement it. I just can’t ignore the fact they were able compose the perfect music for each drama scene! Who does that?

With the OP theme, I like how they introduce us with each character without spoiling any of the story. But some scenes does give a hint here and there but nothing major. While the ED theme is a bit more different. Different in a way that it doesn’t focus on the protagonist. They focus the main girl of each arch. Though the music itself is soothing to the ear, the way the it was animated that will really catch your eye.

I didn’t catch it at first at first but each ending is like changing seasons. Even if the music doesn’t change, the way they change the time of day will make it feel like your watching a different ED.

Story

The crème de la crème of the anime. Though a lot of people say that it reminds them of the monogatari series, but I have to say otherwise. By default, I haven’t watch any of the monogatari anime. So I really can’t make any comparisons between the two animes. But this really reminds me of the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Story structure wise, it has the same vibe. In fact, Mai reminds me of Haruhi with long hair minus the pretentious attitude. Put down you pitch forks and I’ll explain it in more detail.

Let’s start with the beginning, Sakuta reminds me of Kyon on how he interacts with Mai. But unlike Kyon, Sakuta actually gets the girl. While Rio and Nagato has these shy but smart vibe surrounding them, Yuma and Koizumi is your typical best friend in school. Lastly, Kaede reminds me of Mikuru but minus the chest(Mikuru) and little sister archetype(Kaede). Story-wise, they have different themes but if you remove the sci-fi from Haruhi Suzumiya and you will get Bunny girl senpai.

Back on topic, the way the author handled the story is really unique. He actually tries to give a scientific explanation on each possible phenomenon. Heck, I even tried searching some of the scientific term he used. The point is each scenario is, somehow, grounded in reality. Though exaggerated, you can say it is more connected to the human psyche than anything else.

If you know the word chunibyo, then the anime’s Adolescence Syndrome is much worse. If not, it is a Japanese term for teenager with delusions of grandeur. But Adolescence Syndrome doesn’t just affect the individual, but also their surroundings. From you disappearing from everyone’s memories to time loops. It’s like you’re stuck in your own reality but you’re not the one in control.

TL;DR

Bunny Girl Senpai is one of the best animes this season. Character development, story progression, it is all easy to follow. The more you watch it, the more you want to know what will happen next. If anything, I like it and I will put it in my list of favorite animes.

What do you guys thing of the anime? Is it good? Too many fan-service? Please let us know in the comment section below.

 

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