Hi there! You may be wondering why the odd upload. Solid question, I shall present a little timestamp for you – today is January 5th, 11:15pm EST, and I just binged watched Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai. That is right, immediately after I posted my first impressions of the Anime, I proceeded to binge watch the whole Anime. SO HERE IT IS. My review of the Anime.
Also, just to get it out-of-the-way, this is probably one of my favourite Anime and will be added to the list. I also do think it’s worth watching if you haven’t already seen it.
The story of this Anime is something I personally enjoyed. From the first episode, you’re met with what I’ll call ‘mysteries’ that Sakuta has to solve. What are these mysteries you might ask? Well, to me, these mysteries are in a day helping the various characters in the Anime overcome fear and/or insecurities they might have about themselves or others. These ‘mysteries’ sometimes depending on the character being focused on in the episode may take at most two episodes to resolve.
However, because the Anime is restricted to 13 episodes. There is only so much you can put in – especially since episode runs for at least 25 minutes. Various details of the different subplots are skimmed over and sometimes when you’re watching and you see a little time jump you cannot help but feel as though you’ve missed something. There were often times when I thought to my self “Man I wish as this was explained more” or “I wish this was explained better”.
As the plot revolves around solving ‘mysteries’, it involves a lot of dialogue. If you’re not one that likes dialogue-heavy Anime then this Anime will feel extremely slow for the viewer. This is because, the only way for Sakuta to help the various characters overcome their fears and/or insecurities, it involves a lot of talking them through it and helping them understand that it’s okay to feel how you feel. As we all know, heavy dialogue usually leads to a slower paced Anime – something that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
On a personal note, my favourite arc(s) of the Anime is the first three episodes because I thought they were extremely well done and I’ll make sure to definitely re-watch them because I liked them a lot. The other favourite arc is the last two episodes as it focuses on Sakuta and his sister. I give both arcs an A++.
The Anime “Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai” revolves around two central characters, Sakuta Azusagawa (male protagonist), and Mai Sakurajima (female protagonist). There are other supporting characters throughout the Anime, however, since the episodes are episodic, you do not get to know enough about each character. However, on a personal level despite characters coming and going every episode, you feel some sort of attachment to them because the problems they experience, the problems that Sakuta have to help them resolve is something that I think anyone can relate to.
The dynamic between the Sakuta and Mai is I think really well done. You see significant growth between the two, both towards each other and towards the problems they face together. It starts off with them butting heads, but slowly over the course of 13 episodes, they come to better understand each other and each other’s feelings. If you haven’t already guessed it, they turn out to be boyfriend and girlfriend. However, it isn’t that gushy love stuff you may think, it’s a weird comedic relationship. Both Sakuta and Mai do not portray a lot of emotion in general, but when they’re together that’s when their personalities really shine.
It’s time to talk about the art style of the Anime! Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai, for what it’s worth, has your typical kind of art style. The character design is rather loose and does not contain much in terms of harsh linework. So in that regard, it’s rather pleasing to the eye. There were parts during the Anime where the characters being portrayed lacked detail, those parts for me were very noticeable.
One thing that you’ll notice as the viewer is that when comparing the background scenery in the Anime, to the characters and their design. You would think that the background has more detail to the characters. which I think is odd because you’d think that the characters would be the one they’d focus more on detail wise as they are the ones who move the story forward. You’d be wrong in that respect. I personally would put more time into the characters than I would the background, but that is just me.
The opening to the Anime I felt didn’t really match the feel the Anime was going for with the story/stories they were trying to tell. Given the general pace and mood of the Anime the song “”Kimi no Sei (君のせい)” by the peggies” seemed a little too upbeat for my liking; however, not to hate, it is a good song I just didn’t think it matched the style of Anime.
During the Anime, you could hear the subtle sound of the playing of a piano in the background playing a calm beat. This sound is used during various parts of the Anime where it displayed ’emotional’ scenes or scenes where the studio wanted you to feel as though something was missing. Long story short, I thought the backgrounds music and ambient noises used throughout the Anime were subpar and definitely brought life to the Anime, even if it did so in a subtle way.
As for the ending of the Anime, I thought it really fit the mood of the Anime because of how ‘slow’ it felt. What I meant by that was the song “Fukashigi no Carte (不可思議のカルテ)” which is sang by a few of the female characters shown in the Anime is slow-paced and has this sort of calm feeling to it when you listen to it. I think the ending does well to compliment the feel of the Anime.
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