What baited me in with my favorite fetish outfit became a pleasant watch even outside of said fetish outfit.
Long time coming to talk about one of the more beloved series that came from last season. Despite all the praise, and even when I enjoyed it myself, I didn’t really find it as intriguing as many others. That probably has to do with me caring more for the fact that Part 5 began to exist and that the middle of the week during that season was pretty hectic. To me, this was just something along the lines of a Bakemonogatari with a little bit of Oregairu and that’s definitely an entertaining formula but there’s definitely a group of people that finds either of those titles to be a bit much with the exposition. Now, I enjoyed the latter, I stopped caring about the former, and I’d place Bunny-senpai comfortably in the center.
Bunny Senpai follows the classic LN format of dedicating time to each arc’s specific girl and the season spanned four arcs with, of course, 4 girls being followed. Much like Monogatari, the first girl that has her problems solved enters a relationship with the main protagonist and then from within the context of an established romance, the other girls’ problems are addressed. Continuing with the Monogatari similarities, the problems that are addressed are super-natural and our protagonist, Azusagawa Sakuta is the one involved to help them out of it with most of the reasons being that each incident seems to get in the way of his romantic life. Sakurajima Mai being the Senjouhagara without the frontloaded sass and a lot more romantic interactions. I liken her to Yukinoshita a bit more since I like both for similar reasons of wanting to see more of their interaction with the main characters. Koga Tomoe was second girl covered and she was probably the least relevant out of the girls since she’s not too closely tied with Sakuta compared to the others. Speaking of which, the resident exposition machine Futaba Rio is the functional Kaiki of the series who’s the expert on the supernatural occurrences. She inadvertently becomes the third girl to get caught up in a mess and her arc was rather heartwarming as it had her confront her past issues and insecurities with her lingering feelings for a mutual friend of her and Sakuta’s. Toyohama Nodoka’s scenario was closely linked to Mai’s own since they’re siblings and Nodoka’s own inferiority complex toward her sister had them swap bodies and come to terms with each other’s struggles. Last but not least was Sakuta’s own sister Kaede relating back to her and Sakuta’s own experiences with the supernatural phenomena. In between some of those, Sakuta’s past fixations on a mysterious girl named Shoko is introduced but not covered too much.
So with that slightly detailed summary of what goes on, there’s not much else to address since visually, the series is without too many glaring issues. The setting itself, even with some supernatural stuff going on, doesn’t really move past your average urban set-piece so there’s really not much to be impressed or disappointed with the series in this case. The opening being the sing-a-long hit of its season was pretty entertaining since it admittedly is a fun song to sing to. The ending is also a comfortable tune that changes up every time we move on to a new arc, which is something anyone can appreciate.
But despite the rather general praise, I still felt that the series was another super-natural occurrence high-school mystery series. It definitely gets some praise due to the fun character interactions made possible by Sakuta himself, his cheekiness is accomplished with less words than Araragi and his demeanor doesn’t go anywhere near Hikigaya’s level of depressing self-exile. As mentioned before, his relationship and humorous exchanges with Mai is definitely one of the series’ highlights. The cast focus being around the two, with less emphasis on Koga, helped the series feel compact and connected. Overall, it’s definitely an enjoyable series but I didn’t feel like it was revolutionary but I don’t think this was trying to be in the first place.