Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl

Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl[a] is a 2019 Japanese animated supernatural romance drama film based on the sixth and seventh volumes of the light novel series Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai written by Hajime Kamoshida and illustrated by Keeji Mizoguchi. The film was originally released on June 15, 2019 in Japan, and received limited theatrical releases in other regions in late 2019.

Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl
Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySōichi Masui
Story byMasahiro Yokotani
Based onRascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
by Hajime Kamoshida
Produced by
  • Yūichirō Kurokawa
  • Ayako Yokoyama
CinematographyYoshihiro Sekiya
Edited byAkinori Mishima
Music byFox Capture Plan
Distributed byAniplex
Release date
  • June 15, 2019 (2019-06-15)
Running time
89 minutes
Box office¥377 million (Japan)[1]
$3.76 million (worldwide)[2][3]


In Fujisawa, Sakuta Azusagawa is in his second year of high school. He greatly enjoys his days with Mai Sakurajima, who for the past 6 months has been both his girlfriend and senior. However, their peaceful lives are interrupted by the appearance of Sakuta's first love, Shoko Makinohara. While taking his younger sister to the hospital, Sakuta discovers that there are two Shokos — the one in middle school and the older one who helped him in the past. Sakuta discovers that the middle school Shoko is suffering from a heart disease that urgently requires heart transplantation to save her life. When both Sakuta and Mai become concerned about the middle school Shoko's situation and think of ways to help her, Sakuta eventually figures out the link between his wounds and adult Shoko. Adult Shoko comes from the future after a successful heart transplant, and her heart donor was Sakuta himself — who Shoko reveals was declared brain dead after a fatal traffic accident on Christmas Eve. However, Shoko developed feelings for Sakuta through their interactions in her youth, so she decided to come back to the past and save his life. Against Mai’s wishes, Sakuta decides to sacrifice himself so that Shoko can live. Sakuta nearly gets run over, but Mai pushes him aside at the last moment and gets hit by the car instead. As a result, the entire chain of causality changes — Sakuta lives, but Mai is killed and becomes Shoko's heart donor instead.

Sakuta is in shock and devastated after Mai's death. Unable to bear seeing him like this, adult Shoko helps him one last time by telling him a secret: with her help, he can also return to the past to rewrite history; the ultimate implication being that the adult Shoko disappears forever. Sakuta makes a firm decision and returns to the past to save his love. Sakuta stops Mai from sacrificing herself and prevents himself from being run over, but now Shoko doesn’t have a heart transplant from anyone and her illness remains uncured. However, Sakuta refuses to accept such an outcome and together with Mai, they agree to find a way to help the dying young Shoko, knowing that saving her means risking the loss of everything that has happened up to then. Nevertheless, the couple vow to find each other and fall in love all over again. Sakuta visits young Shoko one last time, where she reveals that she now knows everything that has happened. She decides to create a future in which she never meets Sakuta or Mai, thus saving them from the sadness of the situation. Time winds back to when Shoko was in fourth grade. She bravely writes down her future hopes, giving up the memory of meeting Sakuta and Mai and the likelihood of meeting them at all. In the end, time returns to New Year's in the present day. Sakuta and Mai visit a shrine and pass by a beach, where for the first time they encounter Shoko, now a healthy young girl. Thanks to memory pieces crossing different timelines, Sakuta and Shoko eventually recognize each other.

Voice castEdit

Character Japanese[4]
Sakuta Azusagawa Kaito Ishikawa
Mai Sakurajima Asami Seto
Shoko Makinohara Inori Minase
Tomoe Koga Nao Tōyama
Rio Futaba Atsumi Tanezaki
Nodoka Toyohama Maaya Uchida
Kaede Azusagawa Yurika Kubo

Production and releaseEdit

The project was announced on February 9, 2019.[5] It is a sequel to the anime television series Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, which originally aired in Japan between October and December 2018, and adapts the series' sixth and seventh volumes.[6] The sequel film features a returning staff, including director Sōichi Masui, scriptwriter Masahiro Yokotani, character designer Satomi Tamura, and musical composer Fox Capture Plan.[7] CloverWorks, which produced the 2018 television series, returns as the production studio, and all voice cast members reprised their roles from the anime.[8]

The film opened in theaters in Japan on June 15, 2019, distributed by Aniplex.[9] The film earned a cumulative total of ¥377,590,790 from 257,191 ticket sales in 24 days.[10][11] The film has been promoted through merchandise based on characters from the series, including figures of Mai Sakurajima and Shoko Makinohara, which are scheduled for release by Aniplex in 2020.[12]

In the United States, Aniplex of America premiered the film at Anime Expo on July 7, 2019.[13] Aniplex of America, in collaboration with Funimation Films, released the film in select theaters in the US on October 2 and 3, 2019, and in Canada on October 4 and 5, 2019.[14][15] In Australia and New Zealand, Madman Entertainment premiered the film at Madman Anime Festival Melbourne on September 14, 2019,[16] with a limited theatrical run from October 10, 2019.[17]


Kim Morrissy of Anime News Network praised the film, describing it as "a real tearjerker" and that it was a "perfect encapsulation of what makes the Sakuta and Mai relationship so endearing," giving it an overall score of A−.[18]


  1. ^ Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yumemiru Shōjo no Yume o Minai (Japanese: 青春ブタ野郎はゆめみる少女の夢を見ない)


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  15. ^ Aniplex USA [@aniplexUSA] (August 31, 2019). "#NEWS: Aniplex of America in partnership with Funimation Films proudly presents Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl, coming to select theaters in the U.S. on October 2 and 3 and in Canada on October 4 and 5. Tickets go on sale September 6th!" (Tweet). Retrieved August 31, 2019 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Madman Anime Festival [@MadFest] (August 15, 2019). "We've been dreaming of an Australian premiere like this! ✨✨ Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl is heading to #MadFest Melbourne 2019 for a special limited screening!✨✨ Tickets are now available! mad.mn/melbtixmad" (Tweet). Retrieved August 15, 2019 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Madman Entertainment [@Madman] (September 24, 2019). "We're excited to reveal that 'Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl' will hit cinemas across Australia for ONE WEEK ONLY from October 10! 👯🌟✨ rascalanime.com.au" (Tweet). Retrieved September 24, 2019 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Morrissy, Kim (June 26, 2019). "Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 5, 2019.

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