Rascal Does Not Dream is a Japanese light novel series written by Hajime Kamoshida. It has been illustrated by Keji Mizoguchi and has thirteen volumes so far. Clover Works released an anime adaptation of the first five volumes titled Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai in 2018.
An anime film titled Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl adapting volumes six and seven was released in 2019. In 2023, Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out was released in June which adapted volume 8 of the light novel series. But, will there be further adaptations of Rascal Does Not Dream and when will that possibly be?
The plot of Rascal Does Not Dream Anime adaptations so far
The Rascal Does Not Dream series follows the life of Sakuta Azusagawa who suffers from Adolescence Syndrome, making him develop strange and unwanted abilities and growing from his unconscious. Sakuta is a young helpful teenager, but his disability leads to severe consequences in his life. Sakuta meets Mai Sakurajima, a third-year high school student. Mai was once a child actress but is now practically invisible to all, to which Sakuta decides to help her out of her condition.
While getting to know Mai, Sakuta realizes that they are not the only ones with Adolescence Syndrome, but there are other people as well who suffer from such strange abilities. Sakuta unfolds such mysteries and sets out on his journey to help those who suffer from this disability.
Will there be further anime adaptations of the Rascal Does Not Dream franchise?
The Rascal Does Not Dream franchise is reaching its end as a light novel series, but that doesn’t mark the end for the anime adaptations. Although there might not be an anime series adaptation in the upcoming future, we are sure that another anime film that will adapt the ninth volume of the light novel series will release later in 2023. This movie has been titled Rascal Does Not Dream of a Knapsack Kid.
- Moreover, we know that there are enough remaining source materials for further anime adaptations as well. A final season for Rascal Does Not Dream will most probably take on the final volumes of the light novel series.
- But since these stories are mostly standalone and disconnected in their narrative, we can definitely hope for movie adaptations rather than series adaptations.
Is the final season of Rascal Does Not Dream a possibility worth waiting for?
The Rascal Does Not Dream franchise is coming to an end as a light novel series. But the anime adaptations are yet to come for the final volumes, starting with the 9th volume which has already been confirmed and set to release later this year. But the possibility of a final season is a tough conclusion to draw. We know that the volumes are mostly disconnected and explore different stories with the same protagonist. Therefore, a final season would require enough source material for it to be a reality.
Rascal Does Not Dream is a great franchise and a story to follow. The fans love it, the critics view it as a unique piece and the readers are well satisfied with the adaptations. In such a situation, a final season is everything that we need. Whether that would be a reality or not is an uncertain path to follow, but we can be sure that there will be further anime adaptations of this franchise.