Fall 2018 Anime

Exit Strategies – ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Episode 11 Review

What’s the show? Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai, Episode 11.

So how’s this episode? I sat looking at a blank screen for a good 15 minutes trying to figure out what to say… which might not sound like much but considering my reviews generally take that long to write that’s not a good thing.

What’s the problem? There’s only so many ways you can say something is “pretty much perfect” before you start boring yourself and your readers but that’s just it, this episode did nothing wrong. The scenes with Mai and Sakuta—pretty much perfect. The scenes with Sakuta and Kaede—pretty much perfect. All the little scenes in between with Futaba and Tomoe and whatever that other girls name is—pretty much perfect. Do you see my problem now?

Me, talking about this show.

Hmm, fair enough. But you can least comment on the events of the episode can you not? This arc appears to be about Kaede, and the housebound bully-victim makes some amazing progress this episode. Though it’s told in montage style over several weeks we witness Kaede making plans to leave the house, then taking her first steps outside and eventually leading up to having the confidence to leave the house completely! They even go on a beach trip which ends the episode only for a spanner to be thrown into the proverbial works when a classmate (or rather girl from one class over) spies Kaede on the beach and calls out to her. Except Sakuta’s been keeping a secret about Kaede’s condition–turns out “she has no memories”. And that’s where the episode ends!

One big happy family!

Interesting. What do you think that specifically means? It’s hard to know for sure, I mean unless I’m mistaken Kaede’s never once mentioned her own encounter with adolescence syndrome at the hands of school bullies, so presumably it’s that that she doesn’t have memories of. But then that begs the question, if she can’t remember being bullied so badly that cuts materialised all over body, then why has she been so scared to leave the house all this time? How far does her “no memories” thing go back? And is this why she wants to “date” her brother, because she doesn’t remember growing up together with him and therefore doesn’t have that other side of their brother/sister relationship?

Protect Kaede pls.

They’ve got you thinking, huh? I’ll say. It was a pretty impactful cliffhanger even though it was just a few words. And it topped off what was already a pretty emotion-filled episode! There’s not much else to say other than I can’t wait to see more of this show!

*cut to credits*


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
Finding Yourself – Episode 10 Review


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