If an anime is not set in a high school, would you even call it an anime? I say this because pretty much every anime is about teenagers in high school, in one way or the other. I would be lying if I said ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ was any different. But before you start assuming that every other aspect of the anime is the same as all other slice-of-life high school shows, just hold on for a moment. Anime with long titles always give off the wrong impression. Most of these long titled shows turn out to be a wild blend of many different themes with no particular overarching story. But ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ is a lot more than just fanservice and otaku rants, giving the audience an entirely new atmosphere.
‘Bunny Girl’ does have some typical plot points that revolve around teenage romances and fascinating supernatural occurrences but along with that, it also focuses on real-life relatable teenage problems like bullying, insecurities, and ostracization of the youth. And though there are moments of fan service as well, the plot never sacrifices its main motive for these. Even the characters develop and evolve a lot, especially the lead. The MC is a refreshingly new character who does waste too much time getting swayed by all the different women around him, despite his teenage insecurities. Even the relationships seem very natural and genuine. In the end, you feel invested in the plot because of the way these characters drive it.
ColverWorks does a great job with the animation styles of the shows and to a certain extent, the character designs remind you of the characters from ‘My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU‘, which is not a bad thing at all. Even the character mannerisms very well reflect their personalities and their nature. The only negative about its animation is that it often suffers from inconsistency, but it stays normal during the important scenes. The soundtracks are “gut-punching” and when coupled with some really emotional scenes, these can make anyone cry.
The only thing that’s a little off about the anime is its cover art. I can’t really figure what the producers were thinking when they decided to put an attractive girl with a sexy bunny outfit on the cover. But please don’t judge the anime by its cover because it’s completely the opposite of that. Anyone who hasn’t seen this show yet should definitely give it a shot right away. It’s a great anime that you shouldn’t be missing out on. And the fact that it only has 13-episodes makes it a perfect setup for a weekend binge. Those who have seen it must be having a lot of pending questions that the ending of the anime has left us with. While there are many forums where these questions are being discussed, we certainly expect a new season to clear things out for us. Speaking of which, we might have some news regarding a new season in the next section.
Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ season 1 premiered on October 4, 2018 and went on till December 27, 2018. A sequel to the anime was announced much before the first episode of the show was released. But sadly, the sequel is not going to be an entire series and is only going to be a movie, which comes out on June 15, 2019. The film will not be an original story and will be based on an arc that is considered to be the best by fans. If you enjoyed the 13-episodes of the first season, then the movie is something you should really be looking forward to. You can watch the trailer of the movie sequel on Youtube.
Those who were expecting an entire episodic season sequel to the anime, I can feel your disappointment but let’s not give up hope on that yet. The chances of getting a whole new season would be higher if the movie manages to do well. In best-case scenario, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Season 2 release date could fall sometime in 2020 or 2021. We will update this section as soon as we hear more. So as of now, let’s just enjoy the film and hope that a lot more of ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ is yet to come.
Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai English Dub:
You can stream ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ on Crunchyroll with its original Japanese audio and English subtitles.
Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai Plot:
‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ is about a disease known as the Puberty Syndrome. This disease is considered to be more of an urban legend because no one ever really runs into someone who suffers from this peculiar disease. There are stories being discussed about it in pretty much every high school but most people doubt whether it actually exists or not. It is basically a myth that lacks a legitimate source. Only the few who have experienced it in one way or the other know that it is real and one of these people is the main protagonist, Sakuta Azusagawa. Sakuta knows very well that the disease is real because of his own personal experiences with it and also because the disease seems to be quite prevalent in his school.
This is where Mia Sakurajima enters the picture. She had gained a lot of fame in her youth as a child actress but now she’s a high school senior who seems to have taken a strange halt from her acting career and pretty much everything else in life. Everyone in the school is very well aware of how unapproachable she is and that’s the reason why no one really walks up to her to ask her what’s going on. But this changes when one day, Sakuta spots her in the library walking around in an unusual bunny girl costume. What’s even stranger is the fact that despite her weird getup, no one really notices her there. Sakuta decides to confront her but as soon as he starts talking to her, he realizes that she is another victim of the Puberty Syndrome. As Sakuta tries to now help her out with her embarrassing condition, he comes across many other girls who suffer from the same disorder.
Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai Characters:
Sakuta is the main protagonist of the series, who is a second-year high-school student. He was once a victim of the Puberty Syndrome and still has claw marks across his chest that reminds him of his tough days of dealing with the embarrassing disease. He has light brown silky hair that matches his light brown eye color. He would be considered cute by many women his age, but he avoids any form of social contact with anyone and that’s probably the reason why no one really knows him too well. After dealing with the life-altering disease, he has become really calm and he does not really care about what people say about him anymore. Quite often, he claims that he does not care if the whole world goes against him as long as he has one important person by his side.
Sakuta has a soft spot for all those who are going through a tough time in school, especially those who are victims of bullying because of their Puberty Syndrome. He also has a very weird perverted side and surprisingly, he is open about it. He often passes perverted comments on girls but only does it with the intention of being funny. After he starts helping Mai with her Puberty Syndrome, she slowly begins to fall in love with him because he is the only person in the entire school who gives her attention. They even start dating each other after spending almost all of their time together.
Mai is the main female protagonist of the show, who goes to the same school as Sakuta. She is a very notable model and actress and right now, she is a third-year high school senior. Overall, Mai is really attractive and has a slender yet curvy body. She has long black hair that she often holds in a bunny-shaped barrette.
Mai is very polite and is found to be serious in most situations, especially when she’s around Sakuta. Every time Sakuta passes a perverted comment on her, she reacts by pinching him or by stepping on his toe. She has had some major anxiety issues in the past where she believed that she would be forgotten too easily. But later, all these issues go away once she starts working as an actress all over again. Mai is a very nice and kind-hearted person but she is also overly sensitive about what others think of her.