Fall 2018 Anime

Reconnecting – ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Episode 8 Review

What’s the show? Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai, Episode 8.

So how’s this episode? We have an unexpectedly quick resolution to Futaba’s arc–I say “unexpectedly” only because the two previous arcs lasted 3 episodes whereas this one only lasted two. I must say I’m glad they didn’t stretch this out for 3 for the sake of consistency because, while I won’t say I was getting bored during this episode, what I was wanting was a resolution–and fast.

*insert obvious joke everyone’s made*

Oh? And why’s that? Was this arc not as interesting as the previous two? In a way yes, I mean… hmm, this is harder to put into words than I thought it’d be. It’s like, Futaba is an important character to this show–she’s essentially got the thankless role of the ‘person Sakuta comes to when he’s confused and she talks things through in a logical way’. And so having her tied up with her own problems, while certainly shaking up the dynamic of the show, also slows it down a bit. That routine of the previous two arcs was shaken up during this arc, and it was good to do so, it’s just that two episodes was enough.

I don’t know if I prefer Futaba with or without glasses…

So, you’re not complaining then, you’re… I’m congratulating the show on spending some time “fixing” a crucial character to this show’s ~flow~ and now we can get back to solving other girls’ problems.

That’s sort of a flippant way to treat Futaba, like she’s just some second-rate support character not worthy of more time than you presume she deserves. Oh no, not at all, I love Futaba–if Mai wasn’t so perfect Futaba would ~easily~ be my best girl, but she has her place, and it may sound harsh to say it, but the show knows it too. She addresses her issues of self-loathing by accepting them and in doing so the show accepts her for her various flaws as to does the audience. In “fixing” Futaba, the show isn’t really changing who she is but rather how she views herself and how she lives with herself. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with her personality, and arguably neither does Sakuta or even Kunimi–but this show isn’t just about how others perceive us it’s about how we perceive ourselves.

know I prefer her not to be crying though.

Okay… I think I get what you’re saying… It’s okay if you don’t, this show’s a lot smarter than I am so I’m constantly playing catch-up.

Anything else you wanted to add? There was a lot of really strong little moments in this episode that helped enrich the overall experience. The way Futaba grabbed hold of Sakuta’s shirt when a stalker started harassing her online, the low-key admission of her self-loathing, the way Futaba got overwhelmed by Kunimi’s late night arrival, and my favourite part of the episode–when Futaba picks up the payphone to call her other self and then there’s that shot of the dangling phone receiver and we know everything’s going to be okay. That’s self-assured visual storytelling at its finest, right there. It’s a great episode–not this show’s best for sure, but “not this show’s best” is still miles above most!

100 yen well spent.


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
Different Types Of Love – Episode 6 Review
A Girl Divided – Episode 7 Review


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3 replies »

  1. I’d agree this wasn’t the show at its absolute best, but still really good. And yet, more than any of the previous episodes, it brought out a lot of subtlety in the sensitive way it handled things. If most anime are Coca-Cola, and this series has been average dinner Chardonnay, then this latest episode was a fine lager: not quite as delicious as the wine, but with more complex interactions and undertones.

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  2. I really liked this arc, and liked that it moved along and got it over with rather than extending it. I thought it was good storytelling through a lot of natural dialogue. And even with scenes where they literally sat down and talked about the problems, it didn’t get bogged down in exposition. And I did find Futaba’s problem to be compelling, moreso than Tomoe’s, although they have similar root causes.

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