January 26, 2011
Just happened to check my post count for my blog since I started blogging 3 years ago and hit a pretty incredible milestone of 300th posts on my last post: Dragon Crisis First Impressions ^^. Not too shabby for myself and I manage to post for that many. Yumekui Merry (夢喰いメリー) is literally translated as Dream Eater Merry and it is based on a fantasy action manga with the same title. The manga is illustrated by Ushiki Yoshitaka and is serialized in Hobunsha‘s seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Forward.
Our main protagonist in this series is Yumeji Fujiwara, your not-so-ordinary high school student and it’ s probably the nth time I started my first impression summary with a similar sentence ^^;;. Unlike others, Yumeji has gained a power to see the aura of other people’s dream and is able to predict what kind of dream they will have the next night due to an incident 10 years ago. Because of the incident, he had started to have weird reams with cats following him for unknown reasons.
One day, on his way back from errands, a mysterious girl falls on top of him and the girl’s name is Merry Nightmare. As her name suggests, she is a dream demon who has been searching for a way to come back in her world. Soon after, Yumeji decides to help her finding a way back to her world of dreams.
First episode starts with a scene with Merry Nightmare, our heroine in this series, sleeping on a dumpster and she gets waked up by sound of clock tower hitting twelve noon. Meanwhile, our main protagonist, Yumeji, finds himself being chased and attacked by many cats (and no, cats are not always cute ^^;; ). Unfortunately, he gets captured soon after, however, his dream time is up and Yumeji wakes up from his sleep. He has been having the same dream every night.
Next morning, Yumeji goes to school with his childhood friends, Isana Tachibana who is always taking care of Yumeji. It’s pretty obvious that Isana has a huge crush on Yumeji and it could not be helped that she is being teased by her two classmates, Akiyanagi Takeru and Saki Kirishima. At school, Yumeji is well-known as a dream teller and can predict others’ dream as he demonstrates it on his classmate, Saki.
On his way back from school, suddenly, a girl named Merry Nightmare drops on top of him and looking for a way to get back to her world. Yumeji suddenly picks up her hat which was left behind and suddenly he get sucked into the same dream as before, however, this time, he meets with the leader of the cats named , Chaser, John Doe who needs a body/vessel to go outside the dream world. Thus, he is going to use Yumeji’s body as a vessel and go out side by killing him.
As Yumeji being chased down and cornered, Merry appears before him in order to save him or so he thinks. Merry thought that Chaser might know how she can go back to her world, however, her interest is conflicted with Chaser because he wants to get out of the dream world. Soon after, both of them exchanges hand-to-hand blow between each other and it was an easy win by Merry. After Chaser is defeated, Yumeji’s dream is over and he’s asked by Merry to summon Chaser again so she can find a way to back to her world then she passes out due to exhaustion.
The idea behind a dream eater is pretty intuitive and out of the ordinary compare to most anime these days. Yumekui Merry gives more than just your cookie-cutter anime that you usually find. Throughout the first , second and third episode, there’s only one ecchi scene which is on the first episode . At this point, it’s already a good sign that Yumekui Merrry will keep my interest for a while. For those who only watched the first episode may find that the pace of story little bit slow but rest assured that episode two and three, it will pick up.
Animation wise, J.C. Staff lives up to my expectation thus I have nothing to complain about. Beautiful fighting scenes and background especially during the dream mode are done well. Love Merry’s somersault kick on Chaser.
Our main protagonist, Merry Nightmare, has a peculiar personality. She tries to distant herself from others and does not want to get others involved in her problem even though later on, she agrees to have Yumeji helping her since he has his own agenda and Merry does need his ability to help her find a way home. I do hope that Yumeji is not just another useless main protagonist like Ryuji in Dragon Crisis!.
In summary, I think Yumekui Merry is worth watching because three main points below:
Daydream Syndrome by Marina Fujiwara
Yume to Kibou to Ashita no Atashi (ユメとキボーとアシタのアタシ) by Ayane Sakura
|Animation Production||J.C. Staff|
|Notable Seiyuus||Nobuhiko Okamoto (Eiji Nizuma in Bakuman, Leicester in Shukufuku no Campanella, Luke in The Sacred Blacksmith, Makoto Kashino in Yumeiro Patissiere) as YumejiFujiwaraKana Ueda (Rin Tohsaka in Fate/Stay Night series, Hayate Yagami in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s and StrikerS, Saki in Saki) as Chizuru KawakamiAya Endo (Filicia in So-Ra-No-Wo-To, Orsola in Toaru Majutsu no Index II, Sheryl Nome in Macross Frontier) as Engi Three-Piece|
|Director||Shigeyasu Yamauchi (Casshern Sins, Crying Freeman OAV, Digimon, Xenosaga: The Animation)|
|Character Design||Masahiro Fujii (Zero no Tsukaima, Mahoraba, Hayate the Combat Butler)|
Yumekui Merry PV
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Tags: Aya Endo, Ayane sakura, Dream Eater Merry, First Impression, J.C. Staff, JC Staff, Kana Ueda, Masahiro Fujii, Merry Nightmare, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Winter 2011, Winter Anime, Winter Anime 2011, Yoshitaka Ushiki, Yumeji Fujiwara, Yumekui, Yumekui Merry, 夢喰いメリー
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