I was kind of intrigued by the idea that Bunny Girl Senpai was going to move onto a story using Laplace’s Demon. It seemed like the thought experiment could yield a fairly interesting premise. Which mean that it was kind of a disappointment to see them turn what should be an incredibly interesting look at the idea of predestination or at least pre-determinism into an essential ground-hog day type scenario. That isn’t to say what episode 4 delivers isn’t good in its own way, it just seems like they were reaching for that Laplace’s Demon reference (though I guess we could still get back to it later in the arc).
Outside of poking holes at their reference, this episode continues to be a fairly solid showing from an anime that has so far been pretty great (okay, its my favourite this season). However, it did suffer a little in the second half of this episode, primarily because the Sakuta and Mai dynamic that has been one of the big draws for this anime was largely split up and Tomoe is no substitute on screen as her chemistry with Sakuta is questionable at best.
Fortunately, they do seem to be pursuing an ongoing relationship between Sakuta and Mai, it is just a shame that in order to introduce a new girl with problems (I mean we already met her but only kind of superficially) that they need to side-line Mai. And doing so by having her walk in on Sakuta and Tomoe in a compromising situation to walk out without any kind of comment (where did their sassy dialogue go) was just kind of depressing because it is exactly the standard trope we’re all used to and I’m just kind of glad they didn’t also throw a face slap in there for good measure. The Mai and Sakuta moments in the first half of the episode are fantastic as the two share lunch and quippy dialogue. It is just fun listening to them and watching them interact. It was always going to be a near impossible task to make me as interested in anything else in this show and Mai showing up at the end seemingly aware of what actually happened just makes me wonder why she stormed off in the first place.
It doesn’t help that Tomoe’s issues stem from a desire to fit in with her group of friends and not rock the boat. I find this kind of character a little cringey and the lengths she seems willing to go to in order to maintain a farce seems all the more absurd. While I can certainly see this fitting in with the idea of adolescent syndrome, it isn’t exactly a compelling drama to solve and part of me kind of wishes Sakuta had continued to decline her ‘solution’.
As this new arc begins, I’m still really enjoying this anime, however the shine has come off it a little for me which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Hopefully they have an interesting outcome to this particular story.
- Episode 1: Ignoring The Title, This One Seems Actually Interesting
- Episode 2: When Life Makes You Disappear
- Episode 3: Snuggle Bunnies
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