Mai Sakurajima and Azusagawa Sakuta
Mai Sakurajima and Azusagawa Sakuta in Rascal Does Not Dream of A Bunny Girl Senpai (via crunchyroll)

Rascal Does Not Dream of A Bunny Girl Senpai marked the beginning of a worldwide anime sensation that ranked quickly on Google’s trending list. The world had finally denominated their new-found perfect crush (along with the hero Azusagawa Sakuta) – Sakurajima Mai senpai who is also known as the Bunny Girl in Rascal Does Not Dream series.

With a heart-throbbing record-breaking sequel film that followed and adapted the 6th and 7th light novel series named Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl, we have in our arses the newest edition of the Rascal Doesn’t Dream series (Seishun Buta Yaro). – Rascal Does Not Dream of A Bunny Girl Senpai Season 2.

Rascal Does Not Dream is a series

Mai Sakurajima and Azusagawa Sakuta
Mai Sakurajima and Azusagawa Sakuta in Rascal Does Not Dream of A Bunny Girl Senpai (via crunchyroll)

Rascal Does Not Dream of A Bunny Girl Senpai Season 2 will adapt the 8th and 9th light novels. Both are named Rascal Does Not Dream of A Sister Venturing Out and Rascal Does Not Dream of a Knapsack Kid respectively. I know, I know, the rascals are straying out of line for a title but despite the triangularly stretched title. But the series is a worldwide hit. Such is the vigor of creator Hajime Kimoshida. 

Although fans are calling it Rascal Does Not Dream of A Bunny Girl Senpai season 2, it is actually an edition to the Rascal Doesn’t Dream Series. Whether the official title will follow the light novel title or simply be known as season 2 is not confirmed. It is also

Mai Sakurajima's first appearance
Mai Sakurajima in Season 1 first episode (via Netflix)

possible that this will also be a feature film entirely, as it is only confirmed to be a sequel anime project, which is kinda vague, truth be told.

Announcement for Rascal Does Not Dream of A Bunny Girl Senpai Season 2

Shoko san in Rascal Does Not Dream OF A Bunny Girl Senpai film
Shoko san in the film Rascal Does Not Dream of A Dreaming Girl via Crunchyroll

Aniplex has held an online event that has hosted a myriad of new anime news and announcements ever since 2020. The 3rd edition of Aniplex Online Fest on Saturday announced that the Seishun Buta Yaro series will have its 3rd sequel which (as per our estimate) will be the chronological second season (The second sequel was the film).

The Returnees

Director Soichi Masu (known for the previous Rascal Doesn’t Dream film along with multiple Crayon Shin Shan movies) is returning to direct the anime sequel project. The original cast will return which includes Sakuta Azusagawa and Mai Sakurajima (the primary protagonists).

This sequel will also feature Kaede Azusagawa as the main character. Of course, Rio Futaba swan (saying it as Sanji does) and Tome Koga along with Nodoka Toyohama are also confirmed. Shoko Makinohara, the dream girl of all dream girls (movie reference) is also in for the second season. All of this happens given that it follows the source material.

  • Kaito Ishikawa as Sakuta Azusagawa
  • Asami Seto as Mai Sakurajima
  • Yurika Kubo as Kaede Azusagawa
  • Nao Tōyama as Tome Koga
  • Atsumi Tanezaki as Rio Futaba
  • Maaya Uchida as Nodoka Toyohama
  • Inori Minase as Shōko Makinohara

What Rascal Does Not Dream of A Bunny Girl Senpai Season 2 will be about

The sequel anime project (estimated to be season 2 with 13 episodes) will adapt the 8th and 9th light novels. 

Azusagawa Sakuta in the film
Azusagawa Sakuta in the film, via Crunchyroll

Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out

The 8th light novel story adaptation will follow Kaede who wants to be admitted to her big brother’s school. Sakuta meanwhile isn’t sure if this is what is best for her. We already had a pretty enormous Kaede arc in the first season. That one got you too deeply involved only for that self of her to disappear, letting the original and mature Kaede take over. All this transpired in the light-novel Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Home Alone. 

Rascal Does Not Dream of a Knapsack Kid

The 9th light novel adaptation will follow Mai Sakurajima once again. Things will change for the worse when an elementary schooler that looks exactly like Mai Senpai appears in front of Sakuta. Also appears Sakuta’s mother who has been gone ever since Kaede’s condition.

The attractive factor of the series will be Sakuta and Mai Sakurajima

Rascal in the title refers to Azusagawa Sakuta san who is also one of our protagonists. There’s a lot to be invested in Bunny girl senpai’s story and the one that really hits you is the sheer depth of the characters. There’s a certain tenacity with which author Kimoshida san has written Sakuta.

The Brilliance of Sakuta Azusagawa

For all intents are purposes, Sakuta is hardly ever afraid of death and is head-first in helping those in need. He’s the kind that cannot really get himself out once he sees someone suffering. Mind you this isn’t similar to cliche shonen protagonists where the

Sakuta in Rascal Does Not Dream OF A Bunny Girl Senpai season 1
Sakuta, via pinterest

entire story is focused on the need to be the good and black-and-white portrayal of morality. (Imagine something akin to Deku from MHA).

  • Sakuta is rather upfront and will not hesitate to tell people about their most hidden demeanor with a pale and dead-eyes face.
  • Sakuta is otherwise silent but when he has to speak he speaks effortlessly without putting much concern over the emotional drawbacks of his statements.
  • A no-fake-efforts-all-said-directly approach given with the selflessness in which he engages to help others may remind you of the infamously famous Hachiman Hikigaya of My Youth Romantic Comedy is As Wrong As I Expected. (Yay another on the list of weirdly stretched J-light novel titles). These traits of him also make Mai senpai (Bunny-girl) fall in love with him.
Rascal Does Not Dream OF A Bunny Girl Senpai season 2
Sakuta and HIkigaya Hachiman

The depth of Mai Sakurajima

Mai Sakurajima has countenances that resemble what a love child of Kurisu Makise and Yukino Yukinoshita would look like. She’s smart, elegant, and mature. She is also a cutie when she has to be. You love her for the first season but then you see the film and you know that she is indeed one of the finest written Rom-Com female protagonists ever. Mai Sakurajima is so much more than a pretty model face.

Conclusion 

The Aniplex Fest did not confirm Rascal Does Not Dream of A Bunny Girl Senpai’s season 2 release date. Puberty Syndrome is a supernatural and mystical occurrence that cannot be defined or scientifically approached. These events will truly set the sight for Sakuta as it has always done. Although we aren’t sure of its release, what we are hella sure of is that Bunny Girl Senpai does not disappoint so long as CloverWorks return to animate the second season. (Which it freaking yes lessgo!)


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