- Mangaka : Kamoshida, Hajime and Mizoguchi, Keji
- Publisher : Yen Press
- Genre : Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, School Life, Slice of Life, Supernatural
- Published : April 2020 - Ongoing
Rascal Does Not Dream of Siscon Idol Introduction
Summer vacation has just ended, and Sakuta is excited to have a date with Mai again. But he is soon greeted by a stranger who looks just like her. Adolescence Syndrome has come back with a whole another problem. Mai has been forced to swap bodies with an up-and-coming idol, Nodoka Toyohama, who is also Mai’s half-sister. In the meantime, both have played each other’s role in life to their best of their abilities. The main issue is that can Nodoka work on Mai’s level?
Whoa, whoa whoa! Where do you think you’re reading? This is the FOURTH volume of the Rascal Does Not Dream series. If you have never read the first to third volumes, we humbly suggest not continue reading this article for now. To ensure you have a good experience reading this series and avoiding any confusion, read Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, then Petite Devil Kouhai, then Logical Witch. Did you get all that? Good. Let us begin!
1. Family is Complicated
The story begins with a slap by Adolescence Syndrome to, you know, giving Sakuta another detour before he can date with Mai. Body swapping is one thing, but the fact that Nodoka is Mai’s half-sister makes the situation between them awkward. Their father remarried to Nodoka’s mom, which creates a competition between the mothers on who has a better life. Because of that, Nodoka has been pressured a lot by her mother to become like Mai and be famous.
Mai, of course, went ahead to announce how she hated Nodoka and the two fought. It is now up to Sakuta to act as a mediator between them and made sure Nodoka, who is inside Mai’s body, doesn’t do anything weird or things that could jeopardize her career. Sakuta may be pervy and being a jerk sometimes, but you will be surprised how caring and rational he is.
2. The Other Side of the Coin
In this volume, we get to see both ends of the entertainment, acting and idol industries. The lack of time they need to work and practices that need to be done before they perform their concert or filming. It gives us readers some perspectives to understand all the hardships they need to overcome their challenges to reach the top, and it isn’t something that we shouldn’t look down upon. That applies to every work that is available in the real world.
Nodoka has a chance to experience what it feels like to be working as Mai and vice versa. Knowing Mai, Sakuta believes there won’t be any issues from her side. As for Nodoka, he worries about her a lot because he knows Mai’s jobs inside out. Jealousy and low-esteem begin to build inside Nodoka the more she acts as Mai, questioning her own identity and hoping she won’t disappoint her mother.
3. A Mix of Everything
Adolescence Syndrome may bring problems to their lives, but it draws out the best of the characters, creating deep meanings to their lives and developing their personalities further. It is more like a roller coaster ride where we get to experience both fortune and misfortune situations.
There are times where Sakuta’s straightforward comments bring out the laugh of most readers, and other times are serious. He knows when to be severe and tries his best to improve the mood among the people even though he will be seen as a villain by others, but he takes that as a compliment.
1. One-on-One Session
Yes, hello, we would like to make an appointment for one. This volume and the previous ones usually focus on one character aside from Sakuta, so the entire volume is about trying to solve one problem caused by Adolescence Syndrome. If you don’t like such an approach, be prepared for about 200 pages of contents for each case of each volume. It is not a short one for sure.
Rascal Does Not Dream of Siscon is an enjoyable volume where we get to read and understand the amount of work they have to put through as an idol or actress in the entertainment industries and the pressure from Nodoka’s mother to succeed at the top. Every family problem is unique and complicated, and it is exceptionally difficult to solve one, and we can’t simply say we understand them. There will be times where the characters experience happiness, sadness, jealousy and others. But that is part of life. Expect this entire volume to focus on Nodoka’s issue, as written in the title, and there will be a lot of drama. If you are a fan or interested in Rascal Does Not Dream series, you might want to give this one a chance but read the first three volumes first if you’re new to this.