Yumemiru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha

The Dreaming Boy is a Realist

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Japanese: 夢見る男子は現実主義者
English: The Dreaming Boy is a Realist
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2023 to Sep 19, 2023
Premiered: Summer 2023
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 02:00 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Studio Gokumi, AXsiZ
Source: Light novel
Genres: ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance
Theme: SchoolSchool
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.571 (scored by 1451114,511 users)
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Ranked: #62432
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Popularity: #2136
Members: 88,772
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Wataru Sajou, who is deeply in love with his beautiful classmate Aika Natsukawa, approaches her without getting discouraged while having dreams about their mutual love. However, one day, he woke up thinking, "I am not really fit to be together with someone as good as her, huh..." Upon realizing this, Wataru started keeping an appropriate distance from her, much to Aika's surprise. "Could it be that he hates me now...?"

Did his intentions slip by her because she was getting impatient after arriving at the wrong conclusion?! This is the start of a romcom revolving around two people who just can't get their feelings across and both think their love is unrequited!

(Source: Hobby Japan, translated)


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Opening Theme

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"Paraglider" by Kaori Ishihara

Ending Theme

"#Yume wa Mijikashi Koi Seyo Otome (#夢は短し恋せよ乙女)" by Aika Natsukawa (CV: Akiho Suzumoto)


Jul 17, 2023
Preliminary (3/12 eps)
So, there's this guy who initially behaves like a stalker/pushy towards the FMC. However, his perspective changes when he gets hit by a ball. He realizes he has been acting like an asshole and becomes frustrated with the tsundere FMC's constant rejections. As the story progresses, this frustration, coupled with the realization of his stalking behavior, leads him into a serious depression. The FMC, being a tsundere, notices the change in his behavior and becomes curious as to why he's no longer clingy. This sets up the storyline for Episode 1.

This is a tale about finding healing through love and affection. Both of them lack ...
Aug 15, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (6/12 eps)
After watching the first episode I thought it all sat oddly with me. The conversations and events did not go the way you normally expect them to. It was just kind of weird and off. I was going to chalk it up to bad writing, or inaccurate translation, or poor execution, but thought I should look at the next episode or two and wound up looking at all that have been simulcast on Hidive so far.

What got me thinking to look at it some more was a certain kind of consistency of tone in the personalities and in the things that were being said ...
Jul 17, 2023
Preliminary (3/12 eps)
This show really ticked all of my boxes at first. A classic Rom-Com plot about unrequited love with its own twists. A protagonist that isn't denser than a brick and doesn't avoid his feelings. A bit of good writing and, realistically, this could have been another hidden gem in an already stacked Summer 2023 season. Unfortunately though, The Dreaming boy is a Realist tries to be something it isn't, losing its audience early in the prologue. 

While the overall production quality being about average it definitely wasn't unpleasant to watch. The problem all boiled down to lazy directing and screenplay. Most of the dialogue felt incredibly forced with nothing ...

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