Review: Yumekui MerryPosted: April 8, 2011
Anime: Yumekui Merry
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff
Number of Episodes: 13
Length per Episode: Approximately 24 minutes
Last review for the Winter season! I’m proud of myself for keeping on time with these, though of course Spring Break helped immensely.
Anyways, I like my slightly modified version of reviews where I focus less on the plot reviewing and focus on the actual show review. Now that I’ll have previews for all shows I’ll eventually review, I can focus more on the general plot in those. Reviews are meant to be overall thoughts, after all, right?
WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE LAST EPISODE.
Yumekui Merry is about a girl named Merry, who doesn’t belong in Reality. She’s a being from the Dream World, a Dream Demon, yet she’s unable to return. After meeting up with Yumeji, they team up to punch some Dream Demons causing havoc.
You see, Dream Demons enter people’s dreams, then try to take over their body. Sometimes this is done mutually, and they share the body, while others involve the Dream Demon overpowering the human and taking over by force.
There are all kinds of Dream Demons: everything from living plants to cat men voiced by motherfucking Jouji Nakata.
The story eventually develops into having to fight Mistilteinn, who takes the role of main antagonist.
Now, anime-original stories normally hit on the extreme side of the spectrum: they’re either great, or they’re terrible. The story made for Yumekui Merry was actually pretty good. Mistilteinn made a good villain. Can’t really say the same for Kawanami or Leon, though. They weren’t really developed enough for me to care about them.
The story actually managed to tie into the manga’s official storyline pretty nicely at times, too. One example was the scene where you finally first meet Pharos, the big baddie for the series. There were also other tidbits that were nicely tied in.
However, this was all for naught due to the absolutely abysmal final episode.
While I will admit reading the manga was probably not the best choice while the show was still airing due to the liberties the anime took, the final episode was terrible on a standard level. In English: that shit was badly written. It was like the director looked at the manga’s explanation for things and just decided, “Well, that makes perfect sense! I guess that means we need to make everything illogical now!”
More like strength of asspull, amirite? Though for those of you wondering about the logical explanation, I won’t give a straight answer, but I will say that the actual reasoning deals with lucid dreams.
Also, while we’re on the topic of Yumeji’s power, what was with the fucking one line cameo by John Doe? This is a biased argument, but that was insanely lacking. At the LEAST they could have had him explain Yumeji’s power to him like in the manga. And at the best? They could have not cut out all of his John Bro moments.
John Doe is a badass, and a true bro. I would have sold my limbs to have seen a John Bro scene done with Jouji Nakata voicing him. That would have been badass as hell.
Anyways, back to the whole “What the shit did I just watch?” points, what was up with the voice actors? There was one part where it sounded like Yui’s voice actor (Tomoko Akiya) just stopped giving a shit suddenly. “DAHMAY” indeed. Merry’s voice actor, who’s completely new to the industry, does a good job as usual, but it seemed like all the others just didn’t care at all. Not that it would have saved the episode, but it didn’t exactly improve it.
Also, that was a terrible way to finish off Mistilteinn. “WHELP I’M CONFIDENT IN MYSELF AGAIN SO TIME TO WIN.” And Mistilteinn didn’t even try to dodge or anything. Not to mention, I’m pretty sure Play tried to attack Mistilteinn before and it did no damage to her, so I don’t know why it suddenly decided to be powerful enough to kill her.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the music. What the HELL was up with the music choice this episode? Something big and dramatic was happening and they played what I believe was Merry’s fight theme. I don’t even know what to say.
Overall, before the last episode, Yumekui Merry was pretty enjoyable to watch. Merry’s VA was new to the business, and she did an excellent job. John Doe is a badass as per usual (being voiced by Jouji Nakata just adds even more badass points). The setting is interesting and unique.
If I had to sum this up, I’d say only watch this if you haven’t read the manga and are really interested in it, then read the manga after you’re done watching. Mainly because the only thing saving this score from dropping to what the show actually deserves is Jouji Nakata/John Doe badassness, and everything that isn’t the last episode.
RATING: 8 out of 10.