This review will contain no major spoilers.
Genres: Romance, Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural
Sakuta, a (rascal) high school student, sees Sakurajima Mai, a popular show-biz figure and also his senpai in school, wearing a bunny girl outfit in the library. While nobody else seems to notice her, Sakuta immediately begins ogling her (Sakuta you damn rascal). After talking to her for a bit, Sakuta learns that she is experiencing the effects of ‘Adolescence Syndrome’, a mysterious supernatural phenomenon that affects teenagers.
So. This is no doubt my favourite show of the Fall 2018 season. Sure, Zombieland Saga was really good as well, but to me Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai just displayed a consistent quality in all of the genres it belonged to, and the last episode was just—
Anyways, I’ll just get straight into the review!
I loved the story. I was (almost) never bored due to the constant new developments in each story arc. They never dragged out any of the story arcs to the point where it got boring. When one story arc ended, they would introduce the next arc quickly, making sure to keep tensions high and keep the audience interested. And there was never a lack of content, since with every new heroine a new mystery/problem was introduced. It was really interesting to learn about the character’s personality and about their case of ‘Adolescence Syndrome’. When the characters weren’t focused on a problem, the scene was often light-hearted and comedic. The comedy was done quite well, and I definitely got some good laughs out of this anime.
I think that one Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai’s story was so compelling to me (and many others) was because it addressed characters with problems that are very relevant in ourselves. We are able to easily sympathize with these characters, especially because their problems are multifaceted and have genuine depth to them. If you asked me to summarize any of the girls’ problems in one sentence, I would actually have a bit of difficulty. Anyways, because we can sympathize with the characters, we grow attached to them and watching them struggle through life becomes interesting. We begin to truly desire them to successfully overcome their problems and are genuinely happy when they succeed, which dramatically increases our enjoyment of the story.
And I think this here is one of the major difference between Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai and Monogatari. A lot of people have been comparing the two shows ever since Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai began airing, and I wanted to drop my thoughts on the topic. See, the issues faced by the characters of Monogatari are a lot more drastic than the ones we see in Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai (btw have you gotten annoyed with me typing out the full name every time yet? :P). In Monogatari the characters face things like family breakdowns, delusional love, poor family relationships, jealousy, death in the family, abusive families….wait, I feel like there’s a recurring theme there?
My point is, it’s not as easy to connect with the Monogatari characters as it is with the characters in Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Monogatari. In fact, Monogatari achieves a level of complexity in its characters that I simply have never seen anywhere else. But I just wanted to bring light to a major difference between the two series. Now, going back to my review…
The only problem I found in this show was regarding the pacing. While for the most part the pacing was done perfectly, Nodoka’s arc felt somewhat rushed, since it was only two episodes. If Nodoka just got a bit more time, it would’ve been perfect. Similarly, as much as I loved the concluding episode 13, I wished we had just a bit more content on the new Kaede, as I really wanted to learn more about her.
The characters were written quite well…at least during their perspective character arcs. Outside of those arcs, a lot of the characters were kinda there for cameos, but I feel like they matter in fact that when two of the characters swapped bodies (Yes, they swapped bodies), you could easily tell that it was a different character, just from the way they moved around, or from the look in their eyes, or from their reactions to things Sakuta says.
The characters all feel very natural and unique, and none of them are confined to a specific trope in order to do this, which makes these characters feel unique. Especially the rascal, Sakuta-kun. He’s probably my favourite anime protagonist of 2018. He’s absolutely hilarious, and the way he helps out the girls with their problems is very…unique. My only problem with his character would be that sometimes he does feel a bit too…I dunno, overpowered? Especially in the Nodoka arc, I felt Sakuta was being extraordinarily psychoanalytical…which I thought was kinda surprising. I felt the same thing with Futaba, who seems to know the ins and outs of other people’s feelings despite seeming rather antisocial. However, other than that, I would say that Sakuta has given me one of my most refreshing anime experiences. *Sigh*. As expected of Sakuta-senpai, you rascal.
However, despite what I’ve said about the characters so far, there are quite a few problems. While I think each of the characters were written almost perfectly in their respective character arcs, outside of their story arcs most these characters didn’t really hold together. Koga barely did anything outside of her own arc, practically disappearing, Futaba was there mainly for….uh….explaining Adolescence Syndrome with theories of quantum mechanics (and not in a very good way). Nodoka basically disappeared outside of her arc as well. So therefore, the most concrete characters in the series were Mai-senpai, Kaede-chan, and the rascal.
But other than this, the characters were well written and had a decent amount of depth to their characters. The interactions and dialogue between the characters were no doubt some of the funniest and most engaging parts of the anime. So overall, the characters were pretty good.
The art is meh. However it’s use of CG is extremely well done (didn’t even notice at all until someone explicitly pointed it out to me). The way they animated the ocean was really nice too!
Kimi no sei, kimi no sei, kimi no sei de watashi…uwuuuu..(mumbles rest of song)
The OP (Kimi no Sei) and ED (Fukashigi no Carte) are both great songs, I have no complaints!
The soundtrack is good too. It is very light, creating a very calm, light atmosphere for the show, which I feel suits the anime very well given Sakuta’s personality. It just feels…It just feels like it matches the show.
I also love the voice acting, particularly Mai-senpai’s voice. No complaints about the sound!
Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai is definitely my candidate for anime of the season, and the story so far has compelled me to seek out the light novels to continue the story through those. If you’re looking for a thoughtful, well written slice of life anime, or if you enjoyed Monogatari, I heavily recommend this anime. Thanks for reading!
Watch it, you rascal!
Source: Light Novel
Length: 24 min/episode, 13 episodes
(Info from My Anime List)
I don’t own Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai – it belongs to it’s rightful owners!