'Bunny Girl Senpai' may have already released a 13-episode anime series and a film adaptation, but more stories are yet to unfold. Will the anime return?
'Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai' (Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai) or simply called 'Bunny Girl Senpai' is among the popular anime releases of 2018.
The comedy, supernatural romantic series is based on a light novel series written by Hajime Kamoshida and illustrated by Keeji Mizoguchi. A film adaptation, which also served as a direct sequel to the anime, was released in June 2019.
There are currently four volumes from the light novel series that are yet to be adapted. Will the anime series return soon? Here's what we know.
Renewal Status: Pending
It has been two years since the 'Bunny Girl Senpai' anime series ended. However, the anime is still not renewed for season 2. In terms of popularity, there are plenty of fans that continue to await the anime's return for season 2. The anime scored an impressive 8.34 rating on MyAnimeList, although there were also criticisms from people who think the anime is simply overhyped.
So why is the anime not renewed if there is such a huge demand for it? The answer might lie in the source material.
The 'Bunny Girl Senpai' Light Novel Series currently has a total of 11 volumes. The first season of 'Bunny Girl Senpai' anime covered the first 5 volumes of the novel series, while the movie adaptation adapted the 6th and 7th volumes.
Assuming the anime needs five volumes to create one season, we need to wait until the novel series publishes the 12th volume. Only by then, we get to have enough source material. Without adequate source material, there will be no renewal and no production for season 2. Don't worry because the long gap in anime production is normal. Even other popular titles like 'Mushishi' and 'Bleach' had to wait for nine years before getting new seasons.
With no official renewal available, it's going to be an indefinite long wait for 'Bunny Girl Senpai' season 2. The light novel series takes around a 1-2 years gap before releasing new volumes. That means that the 12th volume might not be here until late 2021 or 2022.
Assuming there will be enough source material and the anime gets renewed for season 2 by next year, the closest release date for 'Bunny Girl Senpai' Season 2
for now is 2023.
Once again, these dates are just estimates. We will have to keep an eye on the updates and edit this space once more information is available.
The anime follows Sakuta Azusagawa, a selfless teenager determined to help a teenage actress Mai Sakurajima, and those who suffer from a phenomenon called "Adolescence Syndrome." The phenomenon causes teenagers to exhibit abnormal characteristics such as being invisible, acquiring physical injuries as a manifestation of hurtful words received, and so much more.
Sakuta met the teenage actress Mai, dressed as a bunny girl, in a library. Sakuta was confused when he realized that no one else sees Mai except him. He found out that Mai's "adolescence syndrome" causes her to become invisible whenever she dresses normally in an attempt to escape from her celebrity life. Whenever she does so, people around her seem to also forget about her existence. Sakuta's younger sister, Kaede, also has her fair share of the "adolescence syndrome." Kaede suffers injuries after getting bullied online and receiving death threats. She eventually developed dissociative amnesia to forget her traumatic experiences. Sakuta decides to solve the mystery of the phenomenon. Along the way, he meets other girls who suffer from "Adolescence Syndrome" and gets closer to Mai as well.
The first season ended on a happy note. Kaede finally gets out of the hospital and decides to go back to school, knowing that she is no longer alone. Meanwhile, Sakuta and Mai get closer than ever.
The film, which served as a direct sequel to the series, introduced Shoko, Sakuta's first crush. We later found out that there are two versions of Shoko in their timeline, and the second version only exists because Sakuta will die in a car accident on Christmas Day and will donate his heart to Shoko, allowing her to live. The movie sees the characters traveling back in time, trying to fix mistakes from the past, which resulted in different alternate timelines. Sakuta and Mai found a way to save Sakuta without letting Shoko die. Towards the end, the film takes another time jump and sees Sakuta and Mai stumbling upon Shoko, who is now a fourth-grader kid. Sakuta and Shoko eventually recognized each other at the end.
If the show gets renewed for a new season, we expect the new season to pick up the story from where the film left. It will likely start with the 8th volume of the light novel series titled 'Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister on an Outing.'