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Anime Expo Hosts Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl Film's U.S. Premiere

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English-subtitled trailer previews July 7 film screening

Aniplex of America announced on Monday that it will host the United States premiere of Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl (Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai), the anime film based on Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, at Anime Expo on July 7 at 1:30 p.m. The company also began streaming an English-subtitled version of the film's trailer.

Aniplex of America describes the film's story:

In Fujiwara, where the skies are bright and the seas glisten, Sakuta Azusagawa is in his second year of high school. His blissful days with his girlfriend and upperclassman, Mai Sakurajima, are interrupted with the appearance of his first crush, Shoko Makinohara. For reasons unknown, he encounters two Shokos: one in middle school and another who has become an adult.

As Sakuta finds himself helplessly living with Shoko, the adult Shoko leads him around by the nose, causing a huge rift in his relationship with Mai.

In the midst of all this, he discovers that the middle school Shoko is suffering from a grave illness and his scar begins to throb…

This year's Anime Expo will take place from July 4 to 7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The film opened in Japan on Saturday.

The film features a returning staff and cast, including director Sōichi Masui, scriptwriter Masahiro Yokotani, character designer Satomi Tamura, musical composer fox capture plan, and animation production studio CloverWorks.

The movie adapts the sixth and seventh light novel volumes, Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai and Seishun Buta Yarō wa Hatsukoi Shōjo no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn't Dreaming of a First-Love Girl).

The film project follows not only the main characters Sakuta Azusagawa and Mai Sakurajima, but also a mysterious girl named Shōko Makinohara. The story depicts when each of their feelings and wishes intersect.

Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai), the television anime of Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, premiered in Japan on October 3 and aired for 13 episodes. Aniplex of America streamed the anime on Hulu, FunimationNOW, and Crunchyroll.

Sources: Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl anime's English website, Anime Expo's website


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