What’s the show? Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai, Episode 6.
So how’s this episode? Whatever small doubts I had about this show being able to capture perfection twice with the completion of the second arc are completely erased by how flawlessly executed this episode is. I don’t know how this show does it, and keeps doing it but here we are again with me at a loss for words and in awe of the deft craftsmanship and writing prowess of this series.
That good, huh? Assuredly. At this point I can only look on reverently I am but a mere mortal in the presence of such greatness. I swear fealty to and bow in worship to the church of ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’–actually no sorry, as much as I love this show I’ll never be able to get past that title!
You’re so shallow! So I take it with all this stalling you’re having trouble writing a review again? Is it that obvious? Yes, it’s true I am once again without adequate words to properly dissect this episode. It’s an emotionally intense, heart-wrenching exploration of love and kindness and friendship and ultimately maturity and selflessness of which I’ve seldom seen before in an anime. Despite playing second-best to Mai, Tomoe’s journey engenders her so much to the viewer that it’s hard not to ~kinda~ want her Sakuta to get together. But this isn’t a harem (at least not a traditional one) and so there’s no leading her on, Tomoe and Sakuta will be friends, maybe even best friends but they’ll never be more.
What do you mean by “not a traditional harem”? Slowly but surely the number of girls who are won over by Sakuta’s charms will grow and while he’ll always have his heart set on Mai. These other girls will always be a special part of his life because of the way he’s helped them, if there’s such a thing as a ‘platonic love and respect’ harem then this is it.
Sure, if you want to put it in such a weird way… So what of Mai, is there any progress on that front. Rather smartly, yes. Not only do we get some of Mai’s insecurities leading her to tutor Sakuta in her bunny-girl outfit just to “give him a carrot” as she puts it. But even after everything is reset by Tomoe, allowing him to have the time over with Mai–things still happen again more or less like they did the first time. So all the great scenes and associated character development aren’t lost by resetting (which is often the biggest detriment in any kind of time-travel or time repeating narrative) and we get the added benefit of the utterly adorable moment where Mai kisses Sakuta on the cheek!
So in other words everything is wonderful in the world? More or less, I mean if I was to complain I’d say things have wrapped up a little too neatly, but the show totally earned it in my opinion. And what’s more, with the end of the episode teasing a new arc, I’m now so confident in this shows’ abilities to succeed I’m not even worried that the next arc won’t be up to the task! Onward to more Bunny Girl senpai!
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
The Science of Love – Episode 3 Review
Groundhog Date – Episode 4 Review
Life Is All About The Little Things – Episode 5 Review
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