The Dreaming Boy is a Realist is the official English title of Yumemiru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha.
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!
Sajou is following and talking to Aika, the woman he’s decided to pursue. He tells us that he’s got a bit of a reputation in the class for being stalker-like with Aika. One day when he’s following her to try and talk to her, he watches a soccer ball come flying towards him, stopping moments from hitting his face. Suddenly, in some sort of supernatural-esque sequence, the ball falls in front of Sajou at his feet, and his demeanor switches.
Aika asks if he’s all right, before switching up her attitude like normal. She, in a very tsundere-like way, tells him “That’s what he gets” for stalking her, telling him to leave her alone and walking away. Sajou doesn’t follow — instead, he agrees, and begins keeping his distance.
The entire class notices Sajou’s different behavior, especially Aika. No longer does he pursue her, no longer does he follow her or beg for her attention, and no longer does he persistently ask her out. He’s essentially continuing on his day as normal — to everyone’s bewilderment.
Later that day, a girl named Aizawa from the next class over begins to stick to Sajou like glue. She visits him in between classes and generally just keeps popping up. Apparently, the entire class knows Sajou likes Aika (and apparently know that Aika likes him back) and thus make it known that they dislike Sajou “moving on to another girl”, although he’s done no such thing.
We learn through Ashida, Sajou and Aika’s classmate, that Aizawa recently broke up with her boyfriend and seemingly clung to Sajou right after. She begins to bad mouth her ex right in front of Aizawa, causing Aizawa to run away. Sajou follows her, and it’s here we get an explanation of what happened.
Aizawa overheard her boyfriend calling another girl “his type” and found it disrespectful, so she broke up with him. She was using Sajou to try and get him to feel jealous. To make her feel a little better, Sajou tells her of a time he got horribly rejected in middle school but Aika tried to cheer him up, and since then he’s been pursuing her romantically. He tells her that now he’s a “fan” of hers, wishing her the best from the sidelines. Aizawa promises she won’t bother her anymore, and Sajou tells her “All guys are like that”.
Later, we see that Aizawa’s gotten back together with her boyfriend. In addition, Aika pays a visit to Sajou’s house and asks him what’s up with him. He tells her that he isn’t being weird — it was weird what he was doing before, constantly going after her. Aika agrees that it was weird, but is seemingly unhappy with the current “version” of Sajou. Sajou asks her out right there and then, and she says no. He shrugs and as he starts talking again, his big sister comes home, interrupting them and asking if she’s his girlfriend. Sajou says she isn’t.
The episode ends.
Opinions / Analysis
Okay, there’s a lot that I dislike about the tone of this anime. First and foremost, let’s be real: What Sajou was doing before his “demeanor shift” is insanely creepy. A normal girl would file some kind of restraining order. Regardless, Aika seemed to enjoy it some way or another, because when he changed up, she didn’t like it.
What kinda message does that push? “Girls like all the attention they claim to not like”? That can be really dangerous when a guy is convinced the girl he’s harassing actually likes him back. In this anime it just so happens to be harmless, but in the real world, that’s a pretty harmful message.
Not only that, but him saying “all guys are like that” — no. No, they aren’t, Sajou is just excusing disrespectful behavior. Even if her ex felt that another girl was attractive, saying it out loud to others is extremely disrespectful and gross. I’d break up with him, too.
Regardless, it’s clear Aika likes him back. Good for you, Sajou. She just needs to get over herself and date you at this point.
This anime is like the complete opposite of The Girl I Like Forgot her Glasses. While I like both MCs in that series, I hate both MCs in this one.
What do you all think? Am I too harsh? Let us know in the comments below!
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