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  • Award Snub: The fans of this series were pretty pissed when the Best Boy title of Crunchyroll's Anime Awards went to Izuku Midoriya, the protagonist of My Hero Academia, instead of Sakuta.
  • Awesome Moments: After learning of Yosuke creating demeaning rumors of Tomoe, Sakuta goads him into a fight, knocks him off balance, and then gives him a biting "The Reason You Suck" Speech. He even turns the proclamation, "I'm a virgin!" into an awesome moment, since it demonstrates his doesn't-care-about-his-reputation personality and is said to defend Tomoe from a jealous jerk spreading rumors about her being promiscuous.
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  • Awesome Music: The beautifully composed ending theme.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Downplayed, but definitely Invoked by the marketing of this show. From the key visuals, to the teasers, to even the title of the anime, they play up Mai wearing a Playboy Bunny suit. This is all despite the fact that in the series, she only briefly wears one in a bid to invoke a reaction and try to get people to see her. Not to mention, it's only the title of the first Light Novel volume; all of the others after that only share the words "Rascal Does Not Dream of" in the title.
  • Fridge Logic: After Futaba merged with her other self, what happened to her clothes in the hospital? Did they resolve psychologically conflicting desires? What about the food she ate, was it conflicted food that occupied two different positions through quantum teleportation?
  • Funny Moments:
    • Kaede walks in on her shirtless brother and a girl in a school uniform sitting on his bed. She immediately comes to the most logical conclusion; the strange girl is a saleswoman. Even after Sakuta tells her otherwise.
    • Tomoe hits Sakuta after mistaking him for a pedophile. After it's explained he was just trying to help a lost kid, she offers a compensation by allowing him to literally kick her butt. A passing bicycle-cop sees this and wonders just what on earth is happening.
    • While at the grocery store, Mai holds hands with Sakuta and jokingly asks if he's having lewd thoughts about her.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Episode 11 is full of them as Kaede struggles to break out of being a Hikkikomori.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Truck-kun has come again to destroy people's lives.note 
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  • Narm Charm: Sakuta, standing in the school courtyard, screaming at the top of his lungs to the whole world how much he loves Mai, now that he has regained his memories of her. In any other series, this would be pure narm, but the sheer sincerity and context presented here elevates it to an awesomely heartwarming moment.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Mai's death in the movie sequel. Enough said. Sakuta's reaction was completely heartwrenching.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • When Mai tries having a chat with her mom at the beach to discuss changing agencies in episode 2. Her mother walks past her, and when Sakuta tries telling her about Mai, she seemingly doesn't remember her at all.
    • In episode 3, Sakuta learns from Futaba that the likely reason for people forgetting about Mai may be due to the unconsciousness one has during sleep. As such, he tries various methods of self-induced insomnia, but eventually, his tiredness gets the best of him after Mai spiked his drink with sleeping pills, and is unable to stay awake when Mai tries helping him at home on his exams. He does eventually regain his memories of her, but it's still extremely sad to watch Sakuta losing his battle of drowsiness while Mai is complacent about what's going on.
      Mai: I was alone in the beginning, so I'll be alright. Sakuta forgetting about me isn't much...but still, thanks for everything. And....I'm sorry.
    • In episode 12, Kaede's struggles seem all for naught as the "original" Kaede returns, leaving Sakuta (and the audience) crying over the "death" of the girl we've come to know.
    • The movie sequel brings the sadness Up to Eleven:
      • Mai's death scene. As Sakuta attempts to sacrifice himself to save Shoko, Mai pushed him out of the way from an incoming vehicle and was killed instead.
      • The aftermath of Mai's death wasn't any better. With her mother crying and yelling at the doctor to give Mai back, Nodoka yelling at Sakuta for not protecting her and breaking down in tears soon after, and Sakuta being completely broken.
      Sakuta: I'm sorry... I should've been the one to die...
      • Sakuta's breakdown after Mai's death.
      Sakuta: Help... Help... Someone, please save Mai-san... I don't care who... Please save Mai-san... Please... I beg you!
  • Tough Act to Follow: The Nodoka Toyohama arc, Rascal Does Not Dream of an Idol With a Sister Complex, is considered by the fanbase to be the weakest of the arcs adapted into anime. While not a Base-Breaking Character, fans found Nodoka's jealousy of her sister not to carry the same depth that the other heroines did.


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