Yumekui Merry Episode 6
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Series Premise: Yumekui Merry, a.k.a. “Dream Eater Merry” is a 13-part weekly television series that aired between January and April 2011, based on fantasy manga series by Ushiki Yoshitaka. Since an event ten years ago, Yumeji has had the ability to see others’ auras and predict their dreams, but has also been tormented with the same dream involving cats. One day a dream demon named Merry falls on top of him; and while she searches for her own way back to the world of dreams and nightmares, they must also prevent nightmares’ attempts to enter the waking life of the real world.
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ep. tl;dr review: Mentally wounded Yumeji falls into dream and holds council with Chaser John Doe; Boring exposition episode.
Episode Summary: Returning back home, Yumeji says everything is alright, but alone in his room he succumbs to his “injury” and falls into a deep sleep. While dreaming, he encounters Chaser John Doe. Instead of a confrontation, John Doe tends to his injuries, and explains he may be responsible for Yumeji’s abilities, and warns of a powerful dream demon named Hercules and another named Mystlerainn before Yumeji awakens to a crying Merry. Meanwhile, Yumeji’s friend Saki begins to inquire about students who seem to be losing their dreams of the future.
My Impressions: This episode kind of puts the brakes on the action, as it turns out to be essentially all exposition (after a moment of Merry releasing her Rage-fu at the very beginning of the episode). Alas, it’s a very lazy way of telling a story. Instead of allowing Yumeji (and Merry) figure out what’s going on, Yumeji ends up meeting up with someone who just explains it all, laying it all bare without any mystery or discovery. Bleah. Furthermore, this is all occurring in episode six, at the halfway point, rather than at the very beginning.
Merry, on the other hand, is left to just sit around wringing her hands, waiting for Yumeji to awaken. Not only is she beating herself up at getting Yumeji involved and gravely injured, but she has yet to really confront the idea that she’s not “saving” the lost nightmares by sending them back to the dream world, but actually *killing* them. The big shocker revelation from the last battle remains…unresolved. Well, at least we get to see that she really, truly cares for Yumeji, despite her independent streak and standoff-ish behavior earlier. As if there was any doubt.
We also have a bit of a alternate storyline involving Yumeji’s friends noticing that people are losing sight of their futures (as in losing their dreams). I think I can see where this is all going, all the puzzle pieces are now on the table. Unfortunately, it seems the next episode is a throw-away “let’s all go to the beach” fanservice bit. Y’know, Japan, you don’t have to force a beach/hot springs episode into every single series; tired anime cliches are tired for a reason.
For more information:
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (April 11), Episode 2 (May 25), Episode 3 (July 1), Episode 4 (July 29), Episode 5 (August 18)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- Licensed for distribution in the United States by Sentai Filmworks, but no scheduled release date yet.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “Yumekui Merry did exactly what I hoped that Dragon Crisis would do to: overcome the simplicity and cliches of their characters and get a lot of genuine drama out of them. The drama in Merry is innocent, but not shallow or dumbed down like in many other series. Grade: Excellent.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “This seems to be an on-off anime. There is one episode of filler and relaxation followed by one filled with exposition. At least this alleviates my worries of Yumekui Merry being a dull anime. Instead of the hunting demons thing, there does seem to be a grand quest and a fair few enemies lurking.” – The Otaku’s Blog
- “The whole Muma, Heracles and Phalos thing could have been explained better, but nevermind that…we’ve got Cat Girls! Yes, John Doe has his very own neko harem…I wish we could have seen him fight or something this episode though, he just kinda sits around and exposits which is interesting, sure, but it’s not very fun. And God did this episode need a fun injection. Between Merry’s crying and seeing losts of students at their school hovering about without souls it wasn’t exactly the cheeriest of episodes.” – Metanorn
- “This episode served as very good buildup that provided a lot more info with regards to the direction the plot is taking. The little peeve I’ve had with this show is how it’s almost always been buildup with very few climaxes, which constantly makes me wonder when an actual major event will occur…There were some awkward moments here and there (like the catgirls, though they were funny too), but overall this show is doing a good job of fleshing out the characters bit by bit, all while foreshadowing at much more ominous events to come. Grade: 3.7/5.” – Emory Anime Club
Coming up next (not necessarily in this order): My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute Episode 14, Hetalia: Paint It White (Movie), Karigurashi no Arrietty (Movie), Out of Sight, Naruto: Shippuuden: The Lost Tower (Movie), Kaichou was Maid-sama Episode 27, Senkou no Night Raid Special, Shiki Episode 21.5, Pokemon: Best Wishes Episode 1, You Are Umasou (Movie), Heartcatch Precure (Movie), Armored Trooper Votoms: Case;Irvine, Gosick Episode 6, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Episode 6, Level E Episode 6, Dragonball Super Saiya-jin Zetsumetsu Kaikaku, Armored Trooper Votoms: Finder, Major: Message, Dog Days Episode 2, Moshidora Episode 2, Ano Hi Mita no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Episode 2, Armored Trooper Votoms: Alone Again, Golden Kids Episode 1