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.
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.
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.
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!
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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