This is going to be a bit of a different character dive than my previous ones, in that this is really a response to a excellent post from Yomu at Umai Yomu Anime Blog who has been doing a wonderful series of posts examining each of the girls from the hit anime of last year: Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. More specifically this post is going to talk about the character of Kaede Azusagawa and provide what, I think at least, is a different viewing of the character from a more meta perspective than from the plot itself.
If you haven’t already, I HIGHLY suggest you check out Yomu’s post on Kaede and all the girls from Bunny Girl Senpai, as they are well thought out looks into the characters from frankly, the best show of the year last year. This post wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for that excellent piece of work.
Anyway, after the cut let’s take a character dive into one of the main girls of Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai: Kaede Azusagawa.
Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai was probably the best anime series last year, and if you didn’t watch it, you missed anime reddit yelling the title of this song every time a new episode came out. Either way, the tune of the week this week is Kimi No Sei by The Peggies!
Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai was one of the best animes of last year, if not the best. It is only fitting that it had some good music to boot! The tune of the week(ish) this week is the ending of Bunny Girl Senpai: Fukashigi no Carte, sung by the main female cast!
When you see one in the sky you are often filled with emotions and feelings. It’s powerful, beautiful, awe-inspiring, and almost all too fleeting. Once the lightning comes it is as gone as soon as it came and you don’t really think about it anymore. Still when you saw that lightning you were just blown away by how much it affected you, or just how great that experience was.
That is pretty much the series we are talking about today. Let’s waste no time and dive into 2018 series, the sharer of the Anime of the Year: Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai.
2018 has all but ended, and a year of anime it has been. There have been many highs and several lows, many great series, and a few crappy ones. With the year over though, it is time for me to share my list for the best and worst of anime this year. So after the cut let’s get into it!
There is going to be a lot said on this anime series in the next few weeks. Youtubers, Bloggers, and Reddit will have much to say on the quality, characters and story of this show. I myself have much I want to say on what I believe the long-term legacy of a show like this will, or won’t have on the anime fandom. Right now however are my quick thoughts on what is the hit anime of the season, and my tie for Anime of the year: Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai.
So the big question. Did Bunny Girl Senpai manage to stick the landing?
Yes and no.
The final episode was good, great in many cases. Mostly because the characters we’ve followed all season are well developed and extremely endearing. The resolution of Kaede’s story is bittersweet and most of all realistic, holding true to the overall main thesis of Bunny Girl Senpai. It’s anime that has discussed realistic problems that real, realistic teenagers go through. While it was done with elements of science and science fiction, with some landing better than others. Senpai’sability to be an anime about High School, but not an anime about an ANIME high school was its greatest strength. That carried through all the way from start to finish.
However, I can’t deny, minutes after watching it, that the final episode felt like they jammed two different story arcs together. Kaede’ story is wrapped up in the first half, and then the last is dedicated to Mai and Sakuta working out a minor relationship issue. All of it is good, touching and works well, as expected from this show. Yet it feels very much like they weren’t able to cobble together enough money (or plot) for an additional episode and just dumped it all into one. If they had been able to space out these two stories, then this would have ended perfectly. There is also the issue of Shoko and the foreshadowing of her role in the story, though thankfully there is a film coming that will carry things on. Overall it’s a bit of a bummer considering how well this final arc was shaping up to be.
Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpaiis a truly wonderful and beautiful piece of work. I’ll be getting into whether or not it will have a long lasting legacy in a week or two (once my thoughts are finally solidified), but it shares the top spot for my anime of the year easily. Many fellow anime fans have fallen in and out of love with this show over the 13 weeks, but it has been a wonderfully calm, almost melancholic 13 weeks. This is a very, VERY well done piece of anime, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, changed that at once.