‘The Dreaming Boy Is a Realist’ is a romantic comedy light novel series by the author known as Okemaru, illustrated by Saba Mizore, and published by Hobby Japan since 2020. Its popularity led to the Japanese entertainment companies Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ developing an anime adaption released in July 2023.
Sentai Filmworks announced that they had acquired the license to release the anime in the United States and would debut it on the HiDive streaming service.
“Don’t miss The Dreaming Boy Is a Realist’ on HiDive this July,” HiDive said on their website. “There comes a time when most people reflect on the full ramifications of their past actions with crystal clarity. For some people, this is a life-changing moment where they change for the better. Of course, there’s always a danger of misinterpreting everything and arriving at a completely wrong conclusion! (Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.)”
Directed by Kazuomi Koga, Michiko Yokote writes the scripts, Masaru Koseki is doing character designs, and the music is composed by Ryōhei Sataka.
You can watch the trailer below:
The series stars Naoya Miyase as the protagonist Wataru Sajō and Akiho Suzumoto as the heroine Aika Natsukawa.
Wikipedia describes the synopsis as follows,
“Wataru Sajō has been approaching Aika Natsukawa, a beautiful girl in his class, and getting turned down, but one day he realizes that he is not worthy of her and begins to distance himself from her. However, Aika mistakenly thought that he disliked her, and she started to get involved with him.”
The Japanese publisher Kadokawa Shoten releases a manga version of ‘The Dreaming Boy is a Realist’ illustrated by Popuri Yoshikita since 2021. It is serialized in their ‘Shōnen Ace Plus’ magazine.
Okemaru first released the series as a web novel on the online publisher Shōsetsuka ni Narō.
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