Anime of Tomorrow
Yumekui Merry (last thoughts)
Final impression – mediocre 6/10
Winter 2011 (Alternate titles – Dream Eater Merry)
Yumeji has been experiencing a recurring nightmare in which he’s being accosted by cats. But things get worrisome when they threaten him that in his next dream he’s going meet the boss. Sure enough, the big bad cat demon, John Doe, arrives wielding a savage-looking saw and sporting a Jason hockey mask – but this isn’t any normal nightmare. Right in broad daylight, Yumeji stumbles into a daydream from which there is no escape. It’s John’s goal to steal Yumeji’s body by conquering his mind from the inside. But when hope seems unjustified, another nightmare in the form of a young girl named Merry pops into the struggle. However, saving Yumeji is just a consequence of her real motives. She wants John to take her back to her home in the world of dreams that she has been unable to return.
Yumekui Merry is another example of J.C. Staff turning out anime that are entertaining at best; decent at worst. The concept of alternate realities inside our own daydreams and demon nightmares that invade our psyches is interesting with enough creative variety to give a lot of diversity to the cast. In the end, though, Yumekui Merry just lacks polish. The gratuitous swimsuit episode that crops up all too often in anime feels really unnatural this time around, when Merry – who started off strong and sure – is given a wishy-washy makeover that results in almost none of the characters being very likeable. This is especially true of the anime’s villain, whose motivations are to just see people suffer, which is childish. One thing that you can always consistently expect from J.C. Staff is excellent music for the opening and ending themes in their anime and Yumekui Merry has some great rock and pop sounds to get you fired up to watch and – most importantly – soothe you when it’s all done.