- Title: Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai)
- Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Supernatural (MAL)
- Studios: Cloverworks
- Episodes: 13 – 24min (Completed)
- Date: 4 October 2018 — 27 December 2018
The rare and inexplicable Puberty Syndrome is thought of as a myth. It is a rare disease which only affects teenagers, and its symptoms are so supernatural that hardly anyone recognizes it as a legitimate occurrence. However, high school student Sakuta Azusagawa knows from personal experience that it is very much real, and happens to be quite prevalent in his school.
Mai Sakurajima is a third-year high school student who gained fame in her youth as a child actress, but recently halted her promising career for reasons unknown to the public. With an air of unapproachability, she is well known throughout the school, but none dare interact with her—that is until Sakuta sees her wandering the library in a bunny girl costume. Despite the getup, no one seems to notice her, and after confronting her, he realizes that she is another victim of Puberty Syndrome. As Sakuta tries to help Mai through her predicament, his actions bring him into contact with more girls afflicted with the elusive disease.
Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai. That’s a pretty long title, so for the sake of convenience, I’ll be referring to this title as Bunny Girl Senpai. Bunny Girl Senpai at a glance could fool anyone into thinking that its an ecchi themed romance show. Unfortunately for you readers, its not.
Instead, Bunny Girl Senpai is an interesting and amusing show that artfully manages to bring the problems of puberty (via the Puberty Syndrome) into light. Every problem in the anime, if not due to Sakuta’s perversion, is likely the result of Puberty Syndrome. The problems often adopt bizarre forms with things like invisibility and almost ghostly forms of assault. While highly exaggerated and often bewildering, there is no doubt that the problems highlighted by these absurd situations are very much prevalent in the real world (our world). Paying attention to the underlying issues being confronted by the show, we see Bunny Girl Senpai as a show that uses entertainment to identify and to raise an understanding of the fragile and unstable state of mind of those in this transition period known as puberty.
The general vibe of the show is often very casual and monotonous despite its often mystifying situations. Excluding a few characters, most of the cast engage in monotonous dialogues and deadpan humour. Yet, each of these characters were full of personality and colour. You would never expect when there would be a punchline, it just hits you out of the blue. But it is precisely this prevalent subtlety of humour that eases the tension and allows the anime to be highly entertaining. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I laughed out loud quite a bit.
Fun fact, the ending scenes are pictured differently in each arc and are sung by the different characters in that respective arc. I could go in depth to explain how I think it affects the show, but I’ll save that for a separate post.
Should I watch Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai?
Bunny Girl Senpai, I would say, is a somewhat fresh take on a romantic comedy series. Although, if you’re only into moe romances or relationship developments with a conclusive outcome (like marriage or physical intimacies), then this may not thrill you as much.
Overall though, the series was laugh out loud funny (for me at least) despite its casually cool demeanour. Its events so bizarre that its interesting and thrilling. And, overall a nicely executed show that has touching and magical moments. Definitely worth a watch.