Adapted from the “夢喰いメリー“ (Dream Eater Merry) manga by Ushiki Yoshitaka into anime form, this series kicked off with a rather intriguing and visually peculiar episode.
While some scenes that come off as visually alternative aren’t entirely pulling it off that well, the whole episode saw an interesting mix which didn’t clash each different style was subdued enough to make the transition from one to the other less jarring.
Nonetheless, the visual style used by JC Staff lends itself well to the main story of Yumeji being frequently drawn from our real world into a dreamworld where he meets assorted dream demons such as Merry and Chaser.
The story elements are standard fare much like the various characters. For instance, Isana is the token female childhood friend who is of course smitten on Yumeji, Takateru is the token oddball character with his penchant to constantly write poems.
Where the mask wearing Chaser aims to possess Yumeji’s body for the dream demon cannot enter the real world without it, Merry is different as she’s able to reside in the real world with Yumeji, but aims to return to the dreamworld.
As a boy with a special ability which he doesn’t understand, Yumeji is being targeted and gives his all to help a maiden in need, a common character trait for leading male roles in such adventure-like series.
Am curious to see what the chemistry between Yumeji and Merry will be like, the interaction between such a pairing in series with this type of plot is essential for it to succeed and excel. The first episode starts off well enough, so do hope it is a good omen the rest will be as such too.
“Yumekui Merry” did strike me as being a very accessible series, there is no overly difficult plot or background to digest right off the bat. We are presented with Yumeji having these haunting dreams and encountering Merry, the various unexplained mysteries surrounding this dream world and its characters aren’t such that they make it all incomprehensible to follow.
The action seems not to be a defining trait, neither is there any typical harem ecchiness going on. In fact the series seems like it’s positioning itself as a light fantasy adventure, though darker themes and plots will most likely present themselves down the road.
Some of the lead characters are voiced by what seem to be relative newcomers, though Engi is voiced by Endo Aya who voiced Miyuki in “Lucky Star” or Sheryl in “Macross Frontier”.
Chaser is voiced by veteran Nakata Jouji who narrated “Amagami SS”, voiced Otoo in “Working!!” and Kirei in “Fate/stay night”.
Am intrigued by this show so will watch the upcoming episodes to see how they turn out.