Yeah, i’m a bit late on this, I apologize. I got pretty busy over the days surrounding New Years, and wasn’t able to write anything. That said, I did finish up Bunny Girl Senpai a while ago, and have been organizing my thoughts on the show ever since. So this gives me a good chance to air out my opinions and such, as I’ve had a chance to talk to some other people about the finale as well.
I enjoyed this episode quite a bit, honestly. I was expecting a pretty heavy episode given what happened in the previous one, but again, Bunny Girl Senpai managed to subvert my expectations. First up, with Sakuta trying to come to terms with Kaede’s sudden change, Shoko shows up to comfort him. I did find his reaction to Kaede’s reversion to be a bit dramatic, though… I mean, she’s still his sister either way, she’s just gone back to how she was before the bullying incidents. I can’t quite wrap my head around his pretty extreme reaction.
Mai-san, on the other hand, was definitely the star of this episode. Worried for Sakuta, she came back from her trip early, but discovers that his old crush was the one who was there for him… she was rightfully upset, both with Sakuta and with herself. I mean, I would be, too, if someone I cared about was in pain and I wasn’t there to help them out.
We still know nothing about Shoko, though. Her existence as both a middle-schooler and as an adult is confusing, and never really explained. Maybe this means we’ll get a second season? I certainly hope so. My personal theory about Shoko is that she’s a construct of Sakuta’s imagination, taking the form of the person he needs the most at the moment. She’s a senpai when he needed someone to look up to, a middle-schooler when Kaede needed a friend (and vanished after Nodoka started showing up), and a responsible adult to take care of Sakuta when depressed.
The ending, however, failed to stick as much of a landing for me as I had hoped. That’s not to say it was a bad ending, because I enjoyed it a lot, but it just wasn’t quite as good as I had hoped it would be. I have to make the comparison, because the similarities were rampant; compared to the final episode of Bakemonogatari, it just was kind of disappointing. (The main couple, alone at night looking up at the stars together? Yeah, it’s very similar.)
Overall, though, I enjoyed the episode, and the series as a whole. It wasn’t perfect, there were quite a few flaws and sticking points, but overall, Rascal Does Not dream of Bunny Girl Senpai was a great show with a lot of heart, and very human characters. Combined with the great dialogue and fantastic cast, it definitely made for one of the best shows I watched in 2018. What about you guys? What did you think of this episode, and the show as a whole? Let me know down in the comments! Thanks for reading, and i’ll see you all in the next post.