What’s the show? Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai, Episode 3.
So how’s this episode? An unexpectedly quick conclusion to an arc brings more than its fair share of cheers and tears in an emotionally satisfying episode!
What’s that then? A quote for the back of the box? What box? What are you talking about?
Don’t worry about it. So what’s this about the end of an arc? Upon returning home from their little sojourn to the city Sakuta has a talk with science girl Rio and we learn that people’s cognition of Mai—and specifically the part that resets their awareness of her existence is linked to sleep and if Sakuta falls asleep he’s going to loose all memory of Mai. So he does everything he can to try and stay awake, only for Mai herself to intervene and drug Sakuta’s coffee so he can finally get some sleep.
And does he forget about her? He does, and it’s all very sad and despite leaving behind the tale of how they met and fell in love in a notebook, it’s all just a hazy forgotten dream. It’s not til he’s in the middle of a test and the last thing he was teaching him during their study session comes up on the test and it somehow brings everything back! So he runs outside and confesses his love for Mai in front of the whole school and so the power of his love overcomes the negative atmosphere of the school and everyone remembers Mai and it’s wonderful and beautiful and…
I’ll stop you for a second, why do I feel like you’re being glib about this whole thing? I’m not, not at all. I was genuinely brought to tears by this episode, I loved it—maybe not as much as Episode 2 but it was still terrific all the same. I’m just vaguely annoyed that some naysayers said my comparisons to Bakemonogatari were somehow incorrect when it’s clear that this is /exactly the kind of show this is going to be and I totally called it in my Episode 1 Review!
Nobody likes a know-it-all, but go on and explain yourself. Our protagonist is a smug, wordy know-it-all who finds himself saving a beautiful fellow student from her supernatural-esque problem. He does so in about 3 episodes. He will continue to encounter different girls with ~unexplainable issues~ in and around his school, get involved in relationships with each of these girls to varying degrees, while still maintaining a core relationship with the first girl he saved. With each new girl his life will get increasingly more complicated, til it builds to some sort of dramatic finale. That’s my brief summation of Bakemonogatari and it’ll fit this show fairly well too I think you’ll find. Though it’ll be interesting to see how much of a backseat Mai takes in future episodes, I’m guessing a lot but not quite as much as Senjogahara did to Araragi in Bakemonogatari.
Uh-huh… so what was the point of this comparison? Other than to show off how smart you think you are? Isn’t that the point of all reviews, to show off how smart you are on any given thing? Either way, I’m looking forward to this show shaking things up for the next arc—I doubt it’ll be anywhere near as drastic as when Bakemonogatari changed arcs (what with new opening credits and all) but you never know. What’ll be more interesting is how many people jump ship when they realise they’re in a harem anime all of a sudden!
Wh-wait? What?! This isn’t going to turn into a harem anime, it’s too smart for that?! Right? Who said harem anime can’t be smart and romantic and personal? It’s not always all about just fan-service and shenanigans! But time will tell, time will tell.
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