Fall 2018 Anime

The Science Of Love – ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Episode 3 Review

The Science Of Love - An Anime QandA Review of 'Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai' Episode 3

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.

Sleep is for the weak!

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…

Dawww! ❤

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!

Yeah, that’ll work… lol

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.

Head pats are best pats.

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!

Hello new girl!

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.


Previous Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai Reviews:

The Power of Perception – Episode 1 Review
But What If They Forgot You? – Episode 2 Review


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8 comments on “The Science Of Love – ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Episode 3 Review

  1. I’m really hoping that it doesn’t turn into the same kind of harem that Monogatari does. I don’t think it will, because Sakuta doesn’t seem like the type of character that would allow himself to flirt with other girls the way he flirts with Mai, if only because they really do feel like they’re on the same wavelength, one that other people just aren’t near.

    But it definitely does seem to be set up that same kind of way. It just does everything better, at least so far. And I also hope that Mai doesn’t get backseated as much as Hitagi, because that’s what makes me most annoyed about Monogatari. I mean, my enjoyment of Monogatari is pretty much entirely contingent on how much Hitagi is in it. What would be better in this show would be if Mai helps Sakuta with the issues, much like Futaba did in this arc.

    And in the middle of all the emotional and plot awesomeness that this show went through, the thing I noticed most was, again, the background action. In the montage when Sakuta is remembering Mai, there’s a cut on the train looking out the window at the ocean, with a road in the middle distance. And on the road are cars traveling parallel to the train, and they have great motion: some are moving slowly relative to the train in the same direction, and others are flashing past moving in the opposite direction. I can’t recall seeing that kind of detail in any anime show, in the background on a montage cut even. That’s really impressive to me.

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    • I’ll need to watch this whole show again once it’s over and just focus on the backgrounds!

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      • The other thing I thought was brilliant throughout was the attention paid to Mai’s facial expressions. That wavy mouth when she’s finally visible to Sakuta again, making it clear she’s been fighting off despair with hope and then seeing him finally react. Or that furrowed brow when she couldn’t think of any way to tell him off in the hotel room. And even showing her teeth while speaking with that “honto ni?” in the close up shot.

        I think details like that are the thing that really separate the good anime from the ones that really pull you in and immerse you in the show.

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  2. I was suprised by the way the arc got resolved all of a sudden: I did not expect that. But I’m not complaining as like you I really liked the way it was done. I have no idea yet what the next arc is going to bring, but so far it’s been my favorite anime of the season, and I’m really hoping that it’s going to keep this very high level of quality: fingers crossed! 😊

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  3. I was definitely surprised when I realised this arc was coming to an end but I’m really glad they didn’t belabour the point and stretch it out. That said, they are going to need a really compelling follow up story because it is going to be hard to match that opening act. The first three episodes of this have been fantastic to watch and I’m really hoping the rest of the series does hold up because that would make this a seriously amazing show.

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