A Girl Divided – ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Episode 7 Review

A Girl Divided – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Episode 7

What’s the show? Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai, Episode 7.

So how’s this episode? It’s the beginning of a new arc–or rather two arc’s as we’ve got two ‘Adolescent Syndrome’ mysteries cropping up–albeit one is obviously taking the focus, but it’s still fun and interesting to have both come up within this episode. It makes it feel less ~artificial~, if that makes any sense.

Not really, but whatever. So who’s having ~problems~ and how quickly does Sakuta abandon Mai in order to help the new cute girl in trouble? Ouch! Savage AF! But yes, predictably Sakuta is all up in both girls’ metaphorical business helping them out as much as he can. The first is Shoko Makinohara–a girl we briefly met in a flashback some episodes ago–and who was Sakuta’s first high school crush. Except now she’s turned up two(ish) years later as a middle-schooler! But the actual focus of this arc is our favourite science girl Rio Futaba, who has a doppelganger of herself running around–not that she can actually be in the same place as said doppelganger but she definitely exists.

Another stray.

Wait, what? Basically because Rio has such a big crush on Yuma (one of Sakuta’s friends and co-workers) her mind has created a more confident version of herself in an effort to perhaps win his affections and through “quantum teleportation” it allows her to be in two places at once–at least to the cognition of people observing her. Trust me when I say the show does a much better job explaining what’s going on–or at least as much as they want to explain at this current point in the narrative, it’s not nearly as ~sci-fi~ as it probably sounds.

Not a bad thing! Well, except for Rio.

Uh-huh… and how does Mai feel about all this? Well thankfully Mai is even more included in the narrative than she was in the previous arc, which makes sense seeing as the previous one was about Sakuta pretend-dating another girl and she couldn’t ~really~ be too involved, whereas this time she’s very present. And the scenes that Sakuta and Mai have together are just so natural and beautiful and sweet and honest and endearing that I swear if the author does anything to separate these two love-birds I will find him and I will–

No, stop there. I get it, you’re passionate about these two young lovers. Indeed, I’m just trying to articulate how well I think they’re written and how ~committed~ I am to their, uh, well commitment.

She’s talking about kissing… minds out of the gutter people!

Loud and clear. So your thoughts on the episode overall? I like to think I’ll eventually stop being surprised at just how well-written and polished this show is but that hasn’t happened yet. Once again I was in awe at what I was having the pleasure and privilege of watching and until this show stops being (almost) flawless I doubt I’ll stop having that feeling.

~the harem expands~

Previous Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai Reviews:

The Power of Perception – Episode 1 Review
But What If They Forgot You? – Episode 2 Review
The Science of Love – Episode 3 Review
Groundhog Date – Episode 4 Review
Life Is All About The Little Things – Episode 5 Review
Different Types Of Love – Episode 6 Review

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Author: Cactus Matt

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4 thoughts on “A Girl Divided – ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Episode 7 Review”

  1. I think it’s really good writing that they don’t just have one girl for 3 episodes and forget about everyone else. It makes it feel a lot less like a setup just for the sake of the plot when Futaba ends up having a weird issue when Sakuta’s been her friend for years. Or that Shoko isn’t just showing up when she was Sakuta’s crush before. It also really helps to keep the relationship between Mai and Sakuta going because it’s not just “Hey, a new girl appears! Sakuta goes off to help her!”

    And while I kind of glaze over at the discussions of quantum entanglement (they feel like basic internet explanations of phenomena), and they feel put in to give a veneer of science instead of ‘magic’, ultimately they’re not getting in the way of the show. I did like that both Futaba’s were able to expand on the theory (although at first it seemed like ponytail Futaba was just bluffing).

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  2. I really thought this was one of the best-written episodes of the show so far. Everything just worked so well, from the bits with Sakuta and Mai, to the twisting fates of Futaba, and everything else, all combined to make a fantastic viewing experience.

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