Fall 2018 Anime

But What If They Forgot You? – ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Episode 2 Review

But What If They Forgot You? - An Anime QandA Review of 'Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai' Episode 2

What’s the show? Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai, Episode 2.

So how’s this episode? I find this show unreasonably hard to talk about with any sense of authority—moreover I struggle to put words to the reasons why I like this show so much in a way that’s interesting or engaging.

Well this’ll make for a riveting review… I’m trying to be honest here, don’t get sarcastic with me!

That look.

Sorry… sorry… Its all very well for me to heap upon platitudes and exhaust my thesaurus for synonyms for “engaging” and “polished” and “so damn good” but without context for why—and without experiencing it yourself it’s all just words on a page—destined to be forgotten.

Uh-huh, that’s generally what reviews are ~words on a page~, how long have you been doing this for again? Man you’ve got some attitude today…

I’ve always got the attitude it’s just I’m not often afforded the chance to utilize it, some of these shows you review don’t make for the most sporting of sparring partners. And this show does?

Such a “rascal”!

I don’t know, seems kind of like we’re just going in circles, seeing who breaks first—am I going to ask you how the episode was or are we going to keep circling in the ring waiting for the other to throw the first verbal punch? Sticking with the boxing metaphor I see, sorry I don’t like sports anime. Also—would you really use “verbal” in this context, no one’s really speaking here… it’s just words on a page…

Not even a page, just zeroes and ones in cyberspace… Does it really exist? Does anything really exist? What if we’re all just zeroes and ones in someone else’s cyber world? What if our cyber lives are the only thing that matters, and once they’re gone we cease to exist in the real world?

I like science girl.

Okay this is getting long-winded and pretentious—even for you. What’s the damn episode about?! More and more people are forgetting who our titular bunny-girl senpai, Mai even is. Even her mother doesn’t even remember that she had her daughter, all thanks to the Adolescence Syndrome. Mai and Sakuta head to a bigger city in the vain hope that somewhere more populated will have someone who remembers her. They spend a night in a tiny hotel, its intimate, Sakuta consoles her—or does the best he can considering he’s such a “rascal”.

…That’s it? I do recall me saying somewhere, hmm, where was it… that I had trouble talking about this show in a meaningful way… where did I say that again? Oh that’s right, right at the top!

Forehead pats?

Did you like the episode? I loved the episode.

Even more than the first? Even more than the first.

Are you afraid of being forgotten?

Are you afraid of being forgotten? I think… to a degree, everyone is afraid of that—very few actions we take in our day-to-day life exist without an impact on the world around us, even something as simple as buying a cream bun from a store, a seemingly inconsequential and selfish act to provide ones own self with a sweet treat has an impact on other people. For a brief moment we are interacting with someone, how we say hello, how we talk to them could reverberate through their entire day—maybe they were having a bad day or just served a rude customer—maybe you make it brighter by being enthusiastic and kind. Maybe they’ll remember you fondly on their way home from work, “that nice person, who told me to ‘have a lovely day’,” they’ll think and smile to themselves. But this isn’t a story on kindness—it’s something more basic and fundamental than that—it’s about being noticed. Noticed by your peers, noticed by your family, noticed by your crush, noticed by the world—however or whoever it is you want to be noticed by. This is a story about someone being robbed being noticed by the world, and her fear of eventually being noticed by no-one at all. It’s taking that fear that we all ~sometimes~ have within us and putting it on the screen very literally but there’s nothing wrong with that. It just wants us to take notice, after all.

Sometimes an image can say more than any words in a silly internet review can.

Previous Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai Reviews:

The Power of Perception – Episode 1 Review


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6 comments on “But What If They Forgot You? – ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Episode 2 Review

  1. This show just has terrific direction. There’s just so much tension throughout. There’s this base level of enjoying the flirting dialogue between Mai and Sakuta, where they are in this comfortable zone of understanding that’s not friend-zoned, but it’s understood by both to be “not now, but not necessarily never”-zoned. This is really helped by Sakuta’s honesty in answering Mai’s questions, even if the answers are superficially skeevy. Of COURSE the guy is going to have thoughts about her in the shower! But not lying about it shows a level of honesty that actually helps to reassure Mai that she can trust him to do what he says.

    And that high point of tension and drama this episode, when Mai’s mom walks right past her daughter, having forgotten about her. That was built up to so well, and then executed terrifically! “Is it going to happen? That couldn’t happen, could it? No, see.. wait she did!” I can’t imagine there was anyone watching who wasn’t just crushed for Mai, because like you say, I think most of us have that kind of fear of being *really* forgotten. So we have this empathy for Mai, this fear of knowing exactly what she has to feel in that moment.

    And I loved that it was *not* the end of the episode. That they wound down from that. From the manic running around to try to find someone to remember Mai to calming down on the train, to calming down even more in the hotel room. Letting them gather their resolve and have a private moment.

    I wonder when the show is going to get to the part that was at the very beginning, because they’re on May 26th now (with ep 3), and the notes were written on May 29th. I kind of want that to happen mid-series, with more exploration of the Adolescence Syndrome and then a resolution by the end of the series.

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  2. Well: I don’t think you have to worry about being forgotten in any way. Especially not if you keep writing posts such as these😉😊 This was terrific and you succeeded in getting your point across: that’s for sure. I completely agree with you by the way: this is my favorite show of the season so far. Hell it’s even become one of my favorite animes period😊 Hopefully it will continue to be as good as it is now😉

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  3. negativeprimes

    I know I’ll always get a laugh from your posts, but this one also hit me in the feels. You’re right, it’s a good show done well so far, though in a rather subtle and hard to describe way. Hoping it keeps going this way.

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