Originally released in late 2018, Bastard does not dream of bunny girl Senpaialso known as sichun puta yarrowIt did well, but the show’s initial warm reception would be easy to forget based on the show’s relative ambiguity. Not to mention, fans can expect a second season to debut at some point, hopefully in the near future. Over the past four years, the series has seen the same fate as the titular bunny girl and been forgotten by many, even with Waifu as Mai Sakurajima. However, its current rating on MyAnimeList is proof that it’s worth checking out. Right now at 8.26, it’s hard to believe it was so easily forgotten, but what is this sci-fi movie series that many anime fans may have missed or left behind?
Bastard does not dream of bunny girl Senpai It does many of the things one would expect from a good series, regardless of genre. It revolves around an interesting concept, introduces original characters, and builds multiple plot arcs well. What other show excels at introducing a new topic and nicely covers an entire arc of a different character every three to four episodes?
Themes and concepts
The main dilemma of the series revolves around a fictional phenomenon called “adolescence syndrome”, also referred to as “puberty syndrome”. In the show, this experience affects different young people as they move between different points in adolescence. True, the name is beautiful on the nose, but the actual events are much deeper. When this syndrome affects an individual, it changes reality in some way, both for that individual and for the world around them. Each of these events experienced by the protagonist, Sakuta Azusagawa, portrays itself as a physical manifestation of the concept of quantum mechanics in the real world. While the series’ explanation of these concepts in the context of the show may be a little tricky, the series presents these ideas as more magical realism than rigorous representation. This is where the interest begins.
The first time that viewers see Sakota communicating with a person suffering from this phenomenon is when he meets Mei, whose adolescence syndrome causes her to become increasingly invisible to others around her. As cheesy as this may sound, it does not become visually invisible and more so her very existence becomes less visible to others until they stop seeing her. Sakuta’s friend, Ryo Futaba, explains Mai’s circumstances through the concept of Schrödinger’s cat. For those who don’t know, this is a theory of quantum mechanics which basically assumes that if something is not verified by observation, it is stuck in a state of non-existence and non-existence. The series also covers some other interesting concepts, including quantum teleportation and Laplace’s demon.
Additionally, the series features some heavy topics around mental health and trauma. Some characters experience Adolescence Syndrome in response to traumatic events that they have not yet been able to identify or recover from. This also applies to the mental or emotional struggles that some personalities experience such as inferiority complex in one case and depression in another.
Meet the actors
Speaking of characters, these characters are more than just their flaws. The characters are complex and have real interactions with each other that don’t feel like they’re there just to drive the story. Both characters participate in the viewing, but let’s focus on three for now. Sakuta, Mei, and Kaede are the three most-visited characters, and they refuse to fall into neat and tidy metaphors.
One would expect the protagonist of a slice of life harem to be either a cute hero or an annoyingly unreal character to watch. Sakuta may not be the one everyone wants to root for per se, but he sure has materialized. He started the story with a bad reputation because of his dead eyes and a rumor spread about his hospitalization of three people. In fact, he is a helpful person who is always on the lookout for others and ready to help them even if it bothers him, but he still has a good sense of humor.
Waifus comes in many forms, but the Mi doesn’t fit any of them as a tee. As a former child star and currently active model, she is ironically very humble. She’s also very helpful and ethical, and has a bit of a sense of humor, at least when directed at Sakuta. However, her romance with Sakuta is by no means standard. Their relationship is subtly layered. Mai also has her own multifaceted feelings about her career, her desire to lead a normal life, and her relationships with her family members.
If it were less of a series, Sakuta’s little sister Kaede would be cheating and nothing more, but this show isn’t that simple. Kaede suffers from her own Adolescence Syndrome after being bullied at her old school and unable to deal with trauma. Now Cade refuses to go to school and is very afraid to meet new people. She spends all her time at home and has a lot of affection for her brother at the beginning of the series, but as the show progresses, she constantly makes efforts to overcome past trauma and fear of leaving the house. Her condition also became more evident throughout the series, which led to a very heartbreaking conclusion to her arc at the end of the first season.
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There are a lot of shows you can learn a thing or two about plot arcs from Bastard does not dream of bunny girl Senpai. In this show, each of the phenomena of the adolescence syndrome that Sakota encounters is essentially contained within its own independent arc, with two of them forming the basis of the overall narrative structure throughout the first season. While most of the characters these little arcs focus on are in the series before and after their time in the spotlight, they each get special focus at certain points.
The formula is basically: introducing/hinting to a new character or conflict between characters; The struggle is directly addressed; Sakuta is trying to solve the problem somehow. the problem is solved; Then the character experiences a moment of triumph or inner realization; All in just three to four episodes. As obvious as this sounds, every case is different and has a different kind of subtlety, usually a heart ache or a refreshing laxative.
Bastard does not dream of bunny girl Senpai A must watch for any anime fan interested in good stories, interesting characters that don’t take long to grow, and compelling themes. The series isn’t perfect, and it may not be for everyone, but it’s hard to say who won’t be able to find some kind of value in this show. Hardcore shonen fans may not be interested, but other than that, it has something for everyone to enjoy. Let’s not even get into the movie sequel to season one, which is guaranteed to take whatever is left of your heart after this series and trample on it.
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