Come and march on into the whimsical, action-packed world of dreams with Yumekui Merry.
Merry Nightmare (quite the paradox, eh?) is a Muma – magical creatures who reside in the Dream World. However, through, uhm, implied circumstances, she has been brought to Reality where she meets Yumeji, a boy who, through some unknown reason, possesses the power to see the aura of the dreams a person gives off. In search of a way to return Merry to the Dream World, the pair meets and fights off other Mumas and their vessels while Merry learns the ways and beauties of Reality.
For starters, I think Yumekui Merry is another victim of restraint. The show had so much to offer but it just had to be restricted to 13 episodes. As a result, some ends are left hanging and some are tied loosely. What could’ve been a really great show became your sort-of-average supernatural anime. It had a lot of potential but it was not altogether a disappointment.
First point at hand is its concept. The creation of a Dream World intermingling with Reality provides such a wide stage for different events and circumstances to occur that limiting everything to half a season wasted the ample space. True, intermingling worlds are not something new in anime but creating a world where the relationship between dreams and reality is more or less tangible is definitely an interesting combination.
Next are the characters. Merry’s power, for instance, could’ve been something really deadly and awesome but they chose not to show it after one episode. Plus, there’s her mysterious background. Even Yumeji’s power is mystery as well. Obviously, he’s not normal. The fact that he lives in his childhood friend’s home without giving the audience any hint of his parental background already sets the cloak of ambiguity around him. There’s Pharos Heracles and John ‘Chaser’ Doe – fleeting Mumas with a powerful presence.
Lastly, the story itself. As it currently stands, Yumekui Merry is open-ended, opening the possibilities to a sequel – be it a real (which would be really nice) or imaginative one (which would be very tasking). They could’ve taken the story into the alpha world line – I mean, onto a higher notch where they take the existing momentum into its highest level. Seriously, I think they wasted the chance.
On the other hand, though, I love how everyone was drawn. The Muma’s clothes are really cute and their Reality Marbles – I mean, their Daydreams are wonderfully done as well. Although they’re nothing like the Witch’s Barriers in Puella, they’re not done sloppily or anything. Also, Merry Nightmare is such a lovable character – cute and a bit of a tsundere. I think the OP also rocks.
For the, er, verdict, Yumekui Merry has its fair share of ups and downs. If you want something new, it’s worth a try. It’s not every day that one gets to see a show about dreams, anyway. Also, it’s enough to sustain one’s interest – well, at least it did for me. There are episodes where they have fun and there are those where they fight. At least they’re consistent on that matter. If I had to give it some sort of score, maybe an 8 out of 10 is good.
Kawanami Chizuru. Vessel to the Muma Lestion, Kawanami is a cold and quiet transfer student who has locked up her emotions after the death of her parents. She doesn’t make friends or talk to anyone until Tachibana Isana, Yumeji’s childhood friend, decides to befriend her. In the later part of the show, she regains her heart and gives it her all to save Isana.
Probably the most tragic character in this series, Kawanami lost her dreams and heart in its entirety in order to save Isana. As a consequence, she forgets everyone – even Tachibana Isana. Given her situation, it’s easy to sympathize with her character – apart from the fact that I think she’s cool as she is. The subtly development and the ultimate sacrifice that she does in the end deserves a lot of merit and admiration from her friends, and of course, the viewers.