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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.

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3 responses to “Yumekui Merry (last thoughts)

  1. Overlord-G August 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    This show in one word, was WAY too serious for its own good, or rather melodramatic.
    It’s a decent show that could have been much better. Yeah, that line is so cliche, but it fits this show very well. Perhaps if this show made enough profit to produce a 2nd season, I wouldn’t mind watching it.

    As for the anime tradition episode (Beach, swimsuit, onsen, basically anything to show off the girls’ bodies) is inevitable. It’s unnecessary to complain about it. Besides, the show had an obsession with Merry’s belly so it’s no surprise that a swimsuit episode was inevitably approaching.

    • アレクザンダー August 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      No, I think the measure of a good anime is the lack of a swimsuit / onsen / beach episode. Those kinds of episodes indicate to me that the writers lack imagination. Not that I don’t enjoy a little eye-candy every now and then, but if you think about some of the really great anime, I’d be willing to wager that most don’t have an episode that’s devoted to letting the girls show off.

  2. tsurugiarashix August 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

    The manga was decent, but the anime just not all that good. The transitions (between the dream and real world) were sort of odd and just seemed lazy as well as just the natural transitions from scene to scene. The animation could also used a little polish as well, since it was not consistent, but my real gripe had to due with the transitions being what they were. All in all, the story was alright, well, for the most part.

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