Rascal Does Not Dream Light Novel Series To End in October 2024

©Hajime Kamoshida 2024 イラスト/溝口ケージ

The Rascal Does Not Dream light novel series, which began in 2014 and has so far spawned an anime series plus three anime movies, will come to an end later this year with the release of its 14th and 15th volumes. 

These two volumes, which together constitute the “Final Chapter” of the series, will be released on August 9 and October 10. Volume 14 is titled Seishun Buta Yaro wa Girlfriend no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of a Girlfriend), while Volume 15 is Seishun Buta Yaro wa Dear Friend no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dear Friend).

©Hajime Kamoshida 2024 イラスト/溝口ケージ

Both will receive special editions with drama CDs written by author Hajime Kamoshida bundled with the book, with the reservation period ending on June 9. Each drama CD contains two stories.

Additional set options for both the regular volume and drama CD bundle will also be available. Rascal Does Not Dream of a Girlfriend will have an acrylic plate set, while Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dear Friend gets a storage box set and an acrylic plate + storage box set on top of that.

The Rascal Does Not Dream series is published under KADOKAWA’s Dengeki Bunko label and is illustrated by Keji Mizoguchi. The 13th volume was released in July 2023. Some of the arcs have been adapted into manga by various mangaka. 

Yen Press, which publishes the books in English, describes the first volume, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, as:

Bunny girls do not live in libraries. This is simply common sense. And yet, that’s exactly where Sakuta finds one in the wild. More bewildering is who the bunny girl is: Mai Sakurajima, a girl one year older than Sakuta, famous at their school for her acting career even though she’s currently on break. To top it all off, it seems like no one else in the library can see Mai at all, no matter what she does or…wears. Wanting to find out more about this mystery and maybe get a little closer to this beautiful upperclassman in the process, Sakuta launches an investigation to discover why an unforgettable bunny girl keeps becoming totally invisible.

An anime adaptation of the “University Student Arc,” which starts from the 10th volume, Rascal Does Not Dream of a Lost Singer, was announced last December. The adaptation of the “High School Arc” ended with 2023’s Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out and Rascal Does Not Dream of a Knapsack Kid movies.

The anime series and movies are directed by Soichi Masui at Cloverworks with Masahiro Yokotani as series composer/scriptwriter and Satomi Tamura as character designer. The cast includes Kaito Ishikawa as Sakuta, Asami Seto as Mai Sakurajima, Nao Touyama as Tomoe Koga, Atsumi Tanezaki as Rio Futaba, Maaya Uchida as Nodoka Toyohama, Yurika Kubo as Kaede Azusagawa, and Inori Minase as Shoko Makinohara.

Source: @bunko_dengeki

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