Yumekui Merry Episode 9
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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: Talky-talk-talk-talk; Iijima revealed as the bad guy, WHOODATHUNKIT???
Episode Summary: Merry and Engi continue to attack Landsborough in the daydream, but he stops them in their tracks by explaining that if they kill him, they will also kill his vessel’s dream for the future as well (effectively holding the human hostage). Merry and Engi fight among each other out of frustration, along with Yumeji and Yui as they try to figure out a way forward. Meanwhile, Chizuru tails Iijima, the guidance counselor, who turns out to the be vessel for the powerful Mystletainn. He hints that his next target is Isana.
My Impressions: Blah, blah, blah. Blah blah blah, blahblah blah blah, blah blah! Just lots and lots more talking as the good guys, semi-good guys and bad guys explain stuff ad-nauseam. Even during the extended fight scene between the Landsborough (who looks like a clownish Plankton, so not exactly easy to take seriously) and Merry and Engi ends up being lots of talking back and forth rather than anything happening. At this point, I’m not sure who is telling the truth. Is it Yui/Engi’s idea that killing the dream demons means honest-to-god death for the dream demon? Or is it Merry’s “la-la-la-I-can’t-hear-you” obstinate belief that she’s sending the demons back to the dream world? Or how about all that stuff shoved down Yumeji’s throat by Chaser John Doe? Ugh, this story is an absolute mess.
Much like Fractale (which I am watching concurrently), I have sort of given up trying to sort out the intricacies of the plot itself, and have consigned myself to just going along for the ride until the end. The main difference between the two series is that Fractale was hyped by the creators and the bloggerati as some sort of masterpiece, while there weren’t any such expectations for Yumekui Merry. As a result, while Fractale is coming across as disappointing, Yumekui Merry doesn’t have that heavy cross to bear. Either way, both shows are sort of limping towards their conclusion at this point. I guess one advantage Yumekui Merry has over Fractale, though, is that it doesn’t have some wimpy-ass male lead to annoy us all.
As I was watching this, I also came to the conclusion that the very format for Yumekui Merry may be hurting it. Instead of a 13-episode season, I wonder if it was re-jiggered into a 90-minute feature-length movie instead, tightening up all of the extraneous fluff and cutting out the repetitive crap, it would have flowed much better.
For more information:
- My earlier reviews:
- 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:
- “Ah, of course. The thing with Merry is that its plot is very unambitious. It’s just Merry fighting a bunch of dream demons, with next episode the dreams of one of the side-characters finally put on the line…The way this series progressed its plot is really where this thing lost points: it really should have needed more variety and creativity in those scenarios. ” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “Such a massive chunk of information in this episode! Really love the story progression so far. Thanks to this episode, Merry and Engi finally know more truth behind the dream demons and the special connection they have with humans they contract with. However, we all already knew something like this was happening.” – Metanorn
- “This episode did a great job on building up upon the events in the previous episode with regards to both Isana and the dream demon that Merry and Engi were up against. Grade: 4.1/5.” – Emory Anime Club
- “Yumekui has had its ups and downs more often than your local roller coaster, though the ups were never really past the height of kiddie rides. No thrills you see. Actually, this is a great metaphor, since the enjoyment of kiddie rides is just that, kids. Kids would probably enjoy this show more than I would, because kids wouldn’t give a crap about character development, plot, or music. There are even those older than kids that still enjoy such rides because they’re still able to connect with their inner youth. I can do that if I’m playing lava tag on the playground, but when it comes to telling a story, I want my rides to have barf warnings.” – Random Curiosity