What’s the show? Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai, Episode 10.
So how’s this episode? Right so the first arc was 3 episode as was the second one but the third arc was only two episodes–but I was cool with that because I felt like it wrapped things up succinctly and efficiently without needlessly dragging things out to an arbitrary length for the sake of consistency. This arc–the Mai/Nonoka body swap–is also two episodes and I don’t know, I’m kinda thinking this could have used another episode.
Oh? Is this the first ~actual~ complaint you have about this show? Maybe, I don’t really know for sure because while I do think in terms of screen time the resolution is speedy (some even dare use the word “rushed”) I think for the characters and for the amount of time that passes it’s probably an adequate length of time. This is still a phenomenal show, don’t get me wrong. But if it wanted to be ~perfect~ I think it could have spent more time with Mai (in Nonoka’s body) training and practicing to really sell the whole “flawless performance” thing she had during the idol show. It’s not that I didn’t believe how good Mai was at doing something she’d never done before, Mai could be President of Earth if she really wanted to, but it’s just that I think more could have been done with Mai’s side of things in this arc.
But this is Nonoka’s arc, not Mai’s. That’s true. Man, you actually had a good point for once instead of just being the eternal devil’s advocate!
I’ll take that as a compliment I suppose… As you should!
So they reconcile and switch back, how’s that handled? Up until this point the physical rectification of these various ‘Adolescent Syndromes’ have been handled almost always exclusively off-screen or in a very subtle way. This time though we’re treated to the mind-boggling site of Mai and Nonoka switching bodies while hugging! And no this isn’t just a case of consciousness’ switching bodies their bodies literally trade places in some sort of vaguely body horror-esque exchange that’s almost Lovecraftian in its impossibility to adequately describe. It’s, it’s… I was going to say creepy, but that’s not fair, a far more apt descriptor is it’s ~uniquely disquieting~, especially with the accompanying sound effect.
Right. So anything else you want to add? While Sakuta’s always been something of a catalyst for the various girls in his life finding solace in themselves and solving their problems in turn. I appreciate his overall apathy in this arc, it’s not out of a place of callousness or unconcern, but rather I think, a place of trust in his girlfriend Mai to sort this shit out herself. Ultimately he is the catalyst for the cure again but I too appreciate his candour in his reasoning, he wants things back to normal so he can get on with having “sexy times” with Mai–it’s as simple as that. And what else would you expect from such a piggy bastard!
Overall thoughts on the episode? It’s not the best episode but so much important and interesting stuff happens that it almost doesn’t matter. Little sister Kaede has her school uniform on and she’s taking steps to wanting to leave the house for the first time since her own adolescent syndrome! We also get to meet Sakuta’s estranged father and find out his deal. There’s almost too much going on for one episode (hence my earlier complaint) but that said I really did love this episode, complaints still withstanding.
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
Reconnecting – Episode 8 Review
Separation Anxiety – Episode 9 Review
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