I love how Bunny Girl Senpai did its ending sequences.

Each ED featured the heroine of the arc, with every respective voice actor singing the song as well.

And so I thought why not make a “ranking” of those EDs, not based on how I like the singing or the visuals, but based on how much I liked the arc.

I hope that made sense. In any case, let’s just get started…

5. Tomoe Koga – Ending 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzeW8Y7_b3Y

I’d say Tomoe Koga’s arc was my least favorite one.

I can definitely relate to her overthinking and tendency to make everyone like her, but I had this huge wish to just tell her that things don’t work that way. You will never be liked by everyone. Just give up on that idea. Live your life for yourself and not to please others.

Another thing I didn’t quite like was the whole “pretending we are dating” thing. I was surprised Sakuta even went along with it. The whole thing just felt too cliche for me.

4. Kaede Azusagawa – Ending 5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJY0XM5lbMo

I love the cute Kaede. Seeing her try so hard really made me root for her.

But something in the arc just didn’t click with me. Sometimes I get too easily confused, and this arc was one of those occasions.

Also, does the ending to her arc mean we will never get to see Kaede being cute in a panda costume again? I’d be sad if that’s the case.

3. Nodoka Toyohama – Ending 4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffkXpP6nuTY

What I love about the Nodoka arc is that it gave us one of my favorite cringe faces in anime.

For some reason I just love this cringeface.

Did that sound weird? I feel like Sakuta right now.

The actual arc was fine I guess. Seeing another person try filling the role of Sakurajima Mai helped underline just how tough it is to be famous. And how well Mai is actually coping with all of that.

2. Mai Sakurajima – Ending 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-dR9QiNpTc

I actually remember thinking in episode 2 that Sakuta and Mai’s relationship was developing a bit too fast.

But in hindsight, it doesn’t even matter. This was the only arc of Bunny Girl Senpai that has made me cry.

Sakuta tried so hard not tot forget Mai. Seeing him cry while remembering who helped him study was a really emotional moment.

He really didn’t deserve that slap he got for “breaking his promise”.

1. Rio Futaba – Ending 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcE35BwkJTs

While the first arc made me most emotional, Futaba’s arc was overall the best package of them all.

While serious and seemingly unbothered on the outside, she is actually a lonely girl with low self-esteem. I can definitely see myself in some of these traits.

Seeing her realizing she is not alone afterall, and seeing her confess to Kunimi despite knowing the outcome has shown she is starting to accept herself more. And it was really nice to see, making episode 8 and her arc my favorites of the anime.

 

Which ending sequence, or should I say arc, was your favorite from Bunny Girl Senpai? Please let me know in the comments!

2018 is coming to an end, and with it the Fall 2018 season of anime.

This post is a round-up of everything I watched since the start of October, from both seasonal and non-seasonal anime.

Seasonal anime

Akanesasu Shoujo

This seemed like a decent anime due to the concept of travelling through different worlds.

Another thing that seemed interesting was the main character meeting a version of herself from the alternate world.

However, I watched the first two episodes and haven’t returned to it since. But there are positive comments on the direction the anime took, so I think I’ll look into it once again.

Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara

Irozuku intrigued me with its visuals and interesting premise. I can’t say it was dissspointing.

The last few episodes have been heartbreaking and I can only imagine the feels the final episode will bring. This was really enjoyable and I’m sad to see it come to an end.

Check my first impressions on Irozuku and my breakdown of the opening and ending sequences.

Karakuri Circus

Karakuri Circus started off giving me some Hunter x Hunter vibes, which is very much a good thing.

But the anime seems to have some problems with the pacing, according to those that have read the manga.

I haven’t watched anything of it since episode 5 but I am planning to catch up.

Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai

A very good anime worth watching for certain episodes coughs the Futaba arc.

But Sakurajima Mai is for sure one of the best waifus of the year.

Today the final episode comes out but I’m looking forward to the movie.

I made a breakdown of the opening and ending sequences which you can find here.

Sword Art Online: Alicization

SAO Alicization is honestly one of the best things about anime in 2018 for me. I’m looking forward to each episode cause I’m really enjoying this a lot.

I even feel like rewatching the entirety of SAO while Alicization is on a two week break. My interest in SAO is exceeding even my own expectations.

To read my first impressions on Alicization click here.

The breakdown of the opening sequence is here.

And here you can read my thoughts on the… shocking episode 10.

Yagate Kimi ni Naru

I randomly started Yagate Kimi ni Naru late this season. It hasn’t been a bad decision so far.

This is my first ever yuri anime. I also immediatly grew to love the opening song.

Satsuriku no Tenshi ONA

A leftover from the summer season but under the label of ONA.

This is the first anime ever whose source material I’ve finished before watching the anime adaptation, since I bought the game in the summer.

I liked the game and it wasn’t much different with the anime which was a faithful adaptation.

Zombieland Saga

I was on episode 4 of Zombieland Saga till yesterday when I decided to catch up on it.

I didn’t expect to watch all 8 episodes remaining in one day, but it happened.

This anime has exceeded my expectations, and a season 2 seems likely judging by the ending. I’m very much looking forward to more.

For my first impressions on Zombieland Saga, click here.

Non-seasonal

3-gatsu no Lion

3-gatsu no Lion was one of the most heartwarming anime I’ve seen so far. I had teary eyes when I realized I have no more episodes to watch.

I highly recommend this to anyone searching for a story about personal growth and finding your place in life.

Koe no Katachi

I recognize the beauty of Koe no Katachi. It had me close to tears, but it hasn’t managed to make me cry.

Not that this makes it a bad movie – it was a very special one worthy of recognition.

No game no Life

No Game No Life was a fun experience, althrough there were times I couldn’t help but feel the skill Sora and Shiro showed was too unrealistic.

In other words, sometimes they were just too OP for my tastes.

There is also a movie which I haven’t actually watched yet but I should do it as soon as possible.

Shakugan no Shana

This seemed like a good watch due to the similarities to Toradora.

Shana is a short tsundere voiced by Rie Kugimiya, same could be said for Aisaka Taiga. Even one of the MC’s friends is voiced by the same person that voiced Kitamura Yuusaku.

The premise of the anime seems good, but 6 episodes in and I have to say I’m not feeling fully invested into the series. But I won’t drop this just yet.

Steins;Gate 0 OVA

Maybe I should have added this among seasonal anime? But I watched the Steins;Gate 0 OVA that came a few days ago.

In all honesty, I was expecting something more related to the plot. But I will accept this too. It is more Steins;Gate afterall.

But thinking this is likely the last ever content from this franchise makes me extremely sad.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru

I watched Oregairu in late October and started rewatching earlier this month. Hikigaya Hachiman is one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever seen.

But one of the reasons I’m rewatching this is how vague it was at times. I feel like a second watch will make me appreciate the anime and the characters even more.

Rewatching

Sora yori mo Tooi Basho

A few days ago I started rewatching my favorite series of the year and one of my all time favorites.

I’m just not ready for the sadness that will occur when I finish it once again.

Toradora!

Toradora is a gift that keeps on giving. And I somehow managed to resist rewatching it the entire year, to make the Toradora December rewatch feel even better.

The rewatch is now in its final stage and again – I’m not ready to end it again and realize again that I have nothing left from it to watch.

What were you watching during the fall season of anime? Let me know in the comments!

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is one of the most talked about anime of Fall 2018. It has an unusual premise, likable characters and perhaps a misleading title and key visual. More than enough things to grab the attention of the fanbase.

But what about the Opening and Ending sequences?

I’m here to break them down.

The opening

The Opening song has been made by the all-female Japanese band The Peggies, who previously made the first Ending song for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

The song is called “Kimi no Sei”. It has a lighthearted feel with a sense of urgency. I’m not sure if that makes any sense. But I feel the song fits the anime.

The sequence starts with our main character, Azusagawa Sakuta, running and almost tripping.

After which we see this still shot of him in the wind.

The title of the series comes up, and it is shown in a unique way. Well, unique for me at least. I haven’t yet seen this kind of title screen in anime.

Next we follow our main character from behind, before we are introduced to the side characters.

A nice looking first shot of Sakurajima Mai follows.

We see her walk in the identical spot as Sakuta from before. The difference is that she is walking towards us. The same transition to the side characters follows.

There is a glimpse of Mai dancing under the moonlight dressed as a bunny girl, before another shot of her at the beach.

She is then seen walking in school, presumably during dusk.

We are shown students that are, I assume, walking towards the school, and more of Mai on the beach, but this time with only her legs visible.

EDIT: I wrote that the girl on the beach and the girl in the school gif above is Mai, which is wrong. It’s actually Shoko, Sakuta’s first crush. The similar designs confused me. She is also the girl with the red umbrella I mentioned below. Thank you to Matt on Twitter for pointing it out!

Followed by Mai as a bunny girl under the moonlight, her arms surrounding the moon.

There are some fireworks, a shot of leafs and Sakuta punching the air…

…which brings us to Sakuta running once again, same place as the first shot of the sequence, but a different camera angle.

Another shot of Mai in school, after which we see Kaede, Sakuta’s sister, holding cats. Dogs are better, but I’ll let this one slide.

This leads us into another few shots of the side characters.

Sakuta is then seen out of energy and falling on his knees during a rainy night.

A girl is walking somewhere with a red umbrella. But not while it’s raining. She is the only one with an umbrella. It looks like a clear day.

A shot of a puddle is what we see next. Not at all sure what this could mean. I guess some of the defining moments of this anime will be accompanied by rain.

This shot of the bunny girl senpai dancing is so cute. Probably my favorite moment of the entire sequence.

We follow Sakuta walking, he throws something in the sea…

…before we see the side characters again, until Mai kills us all.

Plot twist: she doesn’t, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to see this final shot of Sakuta which marks the end of the Opening sequence.

The ending

The Ending song is sang by all of the female characters (voice actors) from the anime. It looks like each of the female characters will get their own version of the sequence, sang by their respective voice actors. As of Episode 4, we have 2 different versions of the Ending, one for Sakurajima Mai, and the other for Koga Tomoe.

I’ll be focusing on the Sakurajima Mai version of the Ending, since she is one of the main characters after all.

The sequence is very simple. We see Mai walking on the beach, during the dusk, with a few closeups and changes of the camera angle.

When she turns around, she smiles.

The sequence ends with an aerial view of Mai and Sakuta.

Conclusion

Overall, the Opening does a fine job of presenting the characters. It has a few cute moments. The music has been integrated very well.

But that’s about it. The sequence doesn’t have any defining, memorable moments. There are no deep moments with hidden meanings you will understand only after finishing the show.

And that’s fine. As long as the Opening manages to put you in the mood for the show you are about to watch, it is doing its job well. At least in my opinion.

 

This Ending sequence seems to be emphasizing the solitude of Mai.

The song itself is beautiful, it has a melancholic feel, very fitting for the visuals.

It’s a simple Ending, but very effective at the same time.

 

What are your thoughts on Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai so far? Do you like its Opening and Ending sequences?