Sakuta, You Rascal – Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai Anime Review + Monogatari Comparison!

This review will contain no major spoilers.

Genres: Romance, Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural

Summary:
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.

Review:

Personal Opinions
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—

Even Rascals cry. Sometimes.

Anyways, I’ll just get straight into the review!

Story: 9/10
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.

As expected of Sakuta-senpai, that rascal!

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.

Characters: 8/10
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.

How scandalous.

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.

Art: 6/10
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!

Sound: 9/10
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!

Conclusion:

Final Notes:
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!

Verdict: 8/10
Watch it, you rascal!

Other Information:

Source: Light Novel

Length: 24 min/episode, 13 episodes

Studio: CloverWorks

Rating: PG-13

(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!

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14 thoughts on “Sakuta, You Rascal – Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai Anime Review + Monogatari Comparison!”

  1. Weirdly enough, I feel the opposite way about empathizing with the characters of the respective series. The cast of Monogatari had far more relatable problems to me. Feelings of superiority, guilt and nihilism are par for the course of my everyday life. On the other hand, having a girl loop time because she was just so head over heels at the rebel with a cause… her blind love is understandable in theory, but abstract theory is where my understanding stops. Same with the throwaway line at the end of Nodoka’s arc which suggests that Mai and Nodoka’s feelings were on the same level despite Nodoka having a far greater reason to have that emotional reaction. Also, Futaba’s explanations really take away from my ability to care about the characters’ struggles. Feelings should create and justify plot, not the other way around.
    … that all said, Buta Yarou was a pretty good series, despite the limitation of its perspective. The last episode felt a little rushed by my estimation, and I’m not sure if I really want to see the movie continuation given the ending.

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    1. So I think a lot of people didn’t like Futaba’s “quantum mechanics” stuff because of the reason you stated above. But I don’t actually think that that they were trying to build the plot off of Futaba’s explanations. I think this especially after reading the first Light Novel volume, and they actually go a lot more in depth with the explanations there, but even so, both Sakuta and Futaba recognize it as an absurd theory full of holes and only use the theories in a very broad sense. So I think the purpose of Futaba’s science in the story wasn’t to actually explain what was causing these supernatural events to occur, but rather just to create broad analogies and address the topic. That said, clearly the anime wasn’t very successful at it and probably should’ve given more time to it.
      And I also think Koga’s story wasn’t really about being in love with Sakuta but rather she was looping time due to her desire to maintain her hard-fought place in society forever. She foresaw that an event (Baskteball dude’s confession) would damage her relationships, and because she had worked hard to change herself so that she could fit in, she did not want to lose her place in society. Falling in love with Sakuta was somewhat secondary, but it was likely that she fell in love with him because she saw him as her opposite. Sakuta is a guy who will go against the “atmosphere” if it helps another person. Tomoe will instead trouble others so she can continue to fit in. But in the end, she realized that she couldn’t live life so selfishly and went all the way back to the beginning and dealt with her problem rather than running away from it.
      But I do understand how you could empathize more to Monogatari characters. After all, we’re all different kinds of people. I didn’t empathize with any of the characters in Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai either. I’ve never cared about fitting in (I’m always going for the opposite actually), I’ve never harboured any (major) jealousy against anyone, etc. But I heavily sympathized with them, because their problems are a lot easier to understand and are more common than the ones in Monogatari. Personally the anime character I’ve empathized the most with was Subaru from Re:Zero. It’s quite possible to sympathize more with Monogatari characters, but I think it’s probably easier (in general) to sympathize with the characters in Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai.
      I feel like I could’ve made this a post XD.

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      1. Since I care about the progression of a story, I can’t help but feel like Futaba’s exposition is awkward and the story does a poor job “showing” the unnecessary explanations accepted by the plot. Whenever I think about it, it makes no sense for Koga’s power to predict twice from the same point in time from a character standpoint. It isn’t her motivation to get over her selfishness, but the narrative’s. To me, that’s a massive flaw that makes it harder to connect with the characters.
        The narrative bends over backwards to justify plot events that don’t flow naturally from the characters actions. It feels unnatural, and the feeling matters to me when I’m trying to connect with a character. Ends up making otherwise well-written character growth feel forced and arbitrary.

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        1. Okay so I think what you were saying was: Futaba’s explanations are bad for the story because, as the narrative tries to conform itself to her explanations, it undermines Tomoe as a character because it forces her to commit actions that are not natural to her character?
          Forgive me if I’m wrong!
          But anyways, can you explain why it isn’t her motivation to get over her selfishness but the narrative’s? Because I actually felt it was rather natural. Sakuta rejected her very very clearly, and so if Tomoe continued looping him that would be an obvious violation of what he wanted (and obviously Tomoe cares about how he feels), so she stops looping him.
          I am not quite sure what you mean by “narrative”. In the first place, this anime is a character drama and so therefore the story is tightly tied together with the characters’ emotional conflicts. I feel like Tomoe WAS the narrative for her story arc…unless I’m missing something big?
          And what plot events is the narrative trying to justify here? If we’re talking about Futaba, her explanation doesn’t really outline anything other than what the problem is. I don’t remember it setting any requirements in order for the problem being solved (other than finding ‘Laplace’s Demon’).

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        2. Eh, kinda but not quite. I think Tomoe is the best one to explain this point with.
          I’d say that Tomoe’s written in a way that’s consistent with her character. That’s a positive! But the power she demonstrates basically does whatever the plot demands it too without any internal motivation. It makes sense for her character to loop when confessed to, and it again makes sense to loop when she has to say goodbye to Sakuta. Both loops make sense to be motivated by Tomoe. I just see no sense in the entire thing being a prediction, because Tomoe discovers the problem that the arc resolves DURING its course. It’s hard to be consciously anxious over something you don’t know.
          She was anxious about her social situation, thus that anxiety should have been temporarily resolved during the first loop, eliminating the necessity to predict. If the power was motivated by character, that would have been the case as it resolved her immediate want. To be honest, that the shared ‘prediction’ could be dismissed as just a dream at the end of the day was disappointing. Since the choice in creating the specific power was clearly made with the intent of avoiding the blowout of a sudden interrupt in the main couple’s budding relationship, I would say that it is narratively justified to the detriment of my attachment to Tomoe’s character.
          Stories are contrived by nature, but an author striving for believable and relatable characters should try to maintain the illusion that the characters motivate their growth in the story. Having a power external to a character judging their growth feels awful, which is why some shounen weapons or powerups may be given personas to make it feel like the growth (and subsequent powerup) was demanded by another character rather than the author. It’s a subtle distinction that I’m sure most people don’t care about in isolation. An obviously arbitrary decision doesn’t ruin the story, but it does affect my level of investment in the characters. Which is kinda why I feel like Izuko Gaen is an amazing meta-antagonist in the latter half of Monogatari.

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        3. Okay let me see if I got this. So you’re saying that, if Tomoe didn’t ‘send’ them all the way back to the beginning at the end of the arc, the story would have been a) a lot more logical and b) would’ve helped you better connect to Tomoe, as otherwise it would be obvious that the author, not desiring to disrupt Sakuta and Mai’s relationship, was limiting Koga’s character growth? I think I am still kinda co fused about that last part. Or maybe you meant that the prediction power was not actually truly born from her own motivations but the motivations of the author to stimulate character growth, but since the author left a plot hole it seems obviously contrived? Sorry I seriously think our discussion is going way above my intellectual ability XD. Still, I can’t believe you noticed that plot hole, I completely missed it! As expected of EdgyAnimeTeen-senpai. XD.
          But what about Futaba’s explanations then? Do they contribute to the detriment of your sympathy towards Koga?

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        4. Futaba kinda just waves pseudo-science around, excusing the narrative for not being tied to character motivations. She’s not the root of the problem, but a symptom of trying to bandage over the unjustified events caused by the mysterious “adolescence syndrome”.
          And no, I don’t think that Tomoe’s character growth was limited per se… it doesn’t hurt her character in a tangible way to have arbitrary plot elements motivating her growth! It just harms my perception, weakens my emotional catharsis, and makes me less excited to see her in subsequent arcs. If I didn’t notice how arbitrary it was, then I would just care more about her.
          If it didn’t all end as a dream, then you could easily make the argument that the power is a manifestation of her anxiety at the future. Then it would make sense that it would activate separately for both circumstances, if it was a power of her own. However, the events of the story say otherwise. This does not necessarily harm the story, because the nature of “adolescence syndrome” is unexplained- but there are ways it could be more emotional. Of course, I’m sure a minimal effort rewrite with that in mind would create a less engaging a story overall.

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        5. Okay this is a bit late, but, would it be plausible if I suggest that the entire three weeks Koga and Sakuta were dating was, in it’s entirety, an event that caused her stress? Because although her source of stress changes (somewhat), throughout the entire three weeks of Tomoe’s arc she is constantly participating in something that could ruin her social reputation entirely, and that would be Koga and Sakuta lying about their relationship. So, while Koga was in the process of looping in order to avoid a confession, she decided that entering a fake relationship with Sakuta was the best way to keep her friends. However, if this false relationship was discovered, not only would her friends be upset by her lying but there was a possibility of Maesawa trying to confess again (at least until he started the rumours about her). And so therefore until the false relationship was safely ended with nobody finding out, wouldn’t it be possible that those entire three weeks were a single prediction, and once she decided that the three weeks ended badly, she ended the prediction and returned Sakuta to the very beginning?

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        6. Without watching it again, I’d still say that’s overstating the significance of Maesawa. Your hypothesis seems to be a compound one, suggesting that her nervousness is directed at changing the mood, yet that would have to change for the second loop to occur. Instead, allow me to suggest a motivation that would be coherent between both arcs which is in line with Tomoe’s character.
          The original confession loop is just a manifestation of the underlying conflict at the core of her character, the one between her social facade and her feelings of insecurity and frustration surrounding it. Her subsequent interest in Sakuta is a result of some part of her admiring and even aspiring to be as independent as him. And while this is ultimately a conflict she comes to understand later in the arc, you may suggest that it could be the main subconscious motivation behind the loop- Tomoe reconciling her disatisfaction with her current self with the joy of social interaction.
          To be honest, that line of argument could very nearly work. The subconscious is a powerful thing, and that desire is very clear in Tomoe… during her Nisekoi-ish relationship with Sakuta. My problem is that the disatisfaction only seems to manifest from Tomoe witnessing the contrast between her behavior and Sakuta’s. I can see why someone could be tricked into thinking that this is the internal motivation driving Tomoe’s power, but that is retroactive reasoning and incorrect. (If I’m remembering the arc correctly)
          I gave some thought to what a possible rewrite of Koga’s story might work, that would tie her power directly to her existing insecurity towards her social identity. Her very first meeting with Sakuta already demonstrates her ability for independence and stubborn pride, as well as the care for other people which would eventually resolve her conflict. So uh… what if it was changed so that Tomoe was recently feeling distant from her friend because of her crush on Maesawa? That distance would feel insurmountable to Koga, whose outward desire would be to not risk that relationship, but would also feel an unconscious need to change herself because of the contradiction.
          She could then feel helpless because of Maesawa’s confession and frustrated at that, causing the entire prediction. Her relationship with Sakuta would then be basically the same, with her eventually realizing how to balance her social facade with her genuine desire to get along with people.
          I think that could probably work to have Tomoe’s motivation be the source of her power? Maybe? Anyway, been fun chatting with you. Hopefully my analysis isn’t too off with a show I’ve only watched once.

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        7. Huh. If Koga had a crush on Maesawa, then would Koga still fall in love with Sakuta? And if she did, she probably wouldn’t still have a crush on Maesawa by the end of the arc, since Maesawa would still spread the rumours about Koga being ‘easy’.
          I feel like the point of Koga’s arc isn’t really that she has contradictory feelings, but rather she is so dedicated to one feeling (not wanting to become a social outcast) that she troubles the people around her greatly. This is shown clearly by her incessant texting, even while in the middle of a conversation, and also her false relationship with Sakuta.
          What I meant in my earlier hypothesis was a timeline like this.
          Real Time: Koga receives a text from Maesawa telling her he wants to meet her.
          Prediction 1: Koga is confessed to. She is unsatisfied with this.
          Prediction 2: Koga tries to escape confession, but Maesawa confesses anyway. She is unsatisfied with this.
          Prediction 3: Koga hides with Sakuta, ending up atop of him, creating a misunderstanding. Maesawa leaves, but since this is only a misunderstanding, Koga doesn’t want Maesawa to end up confessing again if he discovers that she wasn’t actually in a relationship with Sakuta. Here her internal motivation is just to prevent anything that could damage her relationships with her friends from happening, and you clearly see how far Koga is willing to go, and since the problem is technically not resolved yet, the prediction continues. However, after once Maesawa starts spreading rumours about her and her social reputation declines, the prediction might’ve ended right there, since the whole point was to prevent her social situation from going down. Sakuta stops the prediction from ending though because before the day ends, he manages to do the “I’m a virgin!” thing and Koga’s relationships are mended. The prediction still continues because, if their false relationship is discovered at any time before it ends, then Koga’s social reputation takes a hit. However, Koga is also in love with Sakuta now, and this causes predictions inside her third prediction (kinda like Inception). Koga also wants to continue dating Sakuta, and while this desire isn’t really in conflict with her desire to maintain her friendships (since they are not in conflict, her internal motivations do not need to change, and so the prediction continues), it does delay the solution to her friendships prediction. Basically we end up with Predictions A, B, C, and D. In D, Sakuta rejects her, and after that she has no desire to keep looping him. She also realizes how much trouble she’s caused him, and her internal motivation changes from “I want to be a person who everyone likes, or at least someone nobody hates” to “As long as Sakuta’s my friend, I feel like I can live on”. And I think that’s why she decided to end the entirety of Prediction 3, sending them back to the beginning.
          This is my earlier hypothesis explained in more detail.

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        8. Sorry for the late reply, I’ve been busy watching Watchmen and keeping up my commitment to review a Silver Link anime once every other day for two weeks for a total of seven anime…
          But I also took the time to rewatch this arc of the anime to hopefully make this discussion a little more constructive. So, first off, I don’t believe Koga was worried about Maesawa past his confession. I can not and will not believe that that fear is persistent enough to motivate the greater loop. Also her relative confidence with planning in regards to her relationship with Sakuta makes me feel uneasy labeling that as a motivation for her to continue looping.
          Moving on, I must have worded something wrong earlier, because I never meant to imply that Toga has a crush on Maesawa. She says the opposite from the beginning. I meant that her friend’s crush on Maesawa could be the source of the feeling of distance that this alternative Tomoe could feel, which would make the conflict a lot more direct, resulting in Tomoe’s inner desire for honest connections be related to the character motivation explanation for the effects of puberty syndrome. To restate, this is my alternate writing of Koga’s arc so that the extrapolated motivation of the phenomenon has an internal character motivation.
          To restate, even after rewatching the arc, I can’t really see it as Toga worrying about troubling others. I see it as a problem of integration resulting from a fear of being honest, with others and herself. It’s a problem that’s resolved simply by having the support of at least one person like Sakuta who knows all about her, good and bad. Someone she can be honest with.
          What is consistent for Toga before the first loop and the second loop? Fear.
          What is the resulting change of the arc? She has the courage to risk her place in the class and she gains a friend she can be honest with.
          Therefore, by results I can only believe that the growth of Toga is overcoming that fear, which she is somewhat aware of and grows to be critical of, but she’s not especially critical at the beginning of the arc.
          It’s a fairly easy rewrite to change it so that Maesawa was someone that Koga already felt was damaging her relationship with her friend. After all, one of the only things told to us as viewers of their time together as friends is going to watch the boy play basketball. It’s not hard to imagine that Koga felt frustration if her friend was dividing her focus between herself and a boy she saw as superficial and basic. But this rewritten Koga doesn’t act on that frustration or explain her feelings, which causes her to feel uncomfortable around her friend. She doesn’t want to risk their relationship, yet she feels like that’s wrong. After all, Koga has an active spirit and strong sense of morals, as demonstrated by her first interaction with the kid and Azusagawa.
          This discomfort would come to a head when Maesawa confesses to her, and in my hypothetical version of Bunny Girl Senpai, With Koga’s fear of honesty ruining her relationships as the underlying motivator of all the predictions, it would still be solved by her friendship with Azusagawa. This version makes more sense to me.
          What do you think?

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        9. No problem, I really enjoy reading your reviews!
          So, firstly, I believe the entire reason why she decided to create the false relationship with Sakuta was because she was afraid of Maesawa’s confession. Although the anime is somewhat at fault for not directly stating this, Sakuta hints at it with what he says in response to Koga’s request to continue the misunderstanding. He says, “How long will you allow this misunderstanding [to continue]? Until the third years graduate?” Maesawa is a third year, and therefore when he graduates a problem of his confession is completely gone. To summarize, Koga isn’t afraid of the confession itself, but how the confession would damage her relationship with the only friends she has, and this fear is so powerful that she is willing heavily trouble Sakuta, and lie to her friends and Maesawa. By doing this, it stops Maesawa from confessing to her for good, making sure that it wouldn’t hurt her relationship with Rena. The light novel explains why she fears losing her relationship with Rena in a bit more detail:
          “It wasn’t the isolation she was scared of. It was how she would be seen by everyone when she was excluded. She didn’t want rumours spread about her, and the thought that people might be mocking her somewhere was the worst of all. It was that shame that caused deeper wounds than the isolation on an immature heart. The feelings of being pathetic, of being gradually seen as less and less by people… It robbed you of your confidence, and closed off your heart.”
          It is also stated that her relationship with Rena and co. was the only friendship she had so far. And since she had been living in Fukuoka since middle school, and that she is a first year in highschool, we can deduce that she’s only been at this school for a about two months (School year starts in April in Japan, and we know that Summer Break begins three weeks after Koga and Sakuta start dating). So it makes sense that she wouldn’t have the strongest relationship with her new friends, and she desperately wants to hold onto them. So I hope that was enough explanation for why I think her fear of Maesawa’s confession, coupled with her personality, justifies the events of the greater loop. As well, the excerpt above also implies that Koga isn’t actually looking for an honest, open friendship like the one she has with Sakuta, but just people she can be around to make herself feel like she isn’t pathetic, so she can be seen as someone to be liked. Thus, I don’t believe that the conflict is that her friends in life don’t match the idea of friendship that she desires, but rather the conflict is that her friendships are being threatened, either by Maesawa’s confession or her lies being exposed.
          However this is not to say that Maesawa is the only motivation for her to continue the greater loop. I’m kind of repeating things here, but once Koga and Sakuta’s relationship starts, if at any point somebody discovers that it is fake, Koga will lose her friends (because she was lying to them), which is why the loop extends even though the threat of Maesawa’s confession is not very much of a threat anymore.
          So to summarize, you proposed that Koga’s fear of Maesawa’s confession was not a strong enough motivator for the arc, and instead believed that, if Koga’s motivation for the predictions was her desire for an honest friendship while preserving her current friendships, correct? I do believe that this would genuinely work—however, I also think that the threat of Maesawa’s confession hurting Koga’s relationships is something that could also motivate the arc on its own. In the first place, I think it’s possible that your proposed rewrite of Koga, or at least part of it, is already in the story. I think that, after meeting and talking to Sakuta, she sees that her relationship with him is a very honest one and that is likely where her love for him began. I think she may have said something along the lines of “I wish I could see the world like you could”…but uh, don’t trust me on that it could’ve been someone else who said it or maybe I just made it up.
          But yeah I guess those are my thoughts!

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