Yumekui Merry Episode 12
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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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Episode Summary: Chizuru brings everyone into her daydream to meet up with her dream demon Lestion, who explains that the only way to defeat Mystletainn is with a special gun he controls, and to create the ammo he needs to kill just one more human/dream demon pair. Once the gun is fired, Lestion would himself disappear, leaving Chizuru dream-less as well. Later, everyone gathers for the final battle, bringing Mystletainn into Engi’s daydream. Mystletainn once again easily bests them, leaving Yumeji as the last one standing to oppose her.
My Impressions: Ah, the final battle as we are rushing to the climax of the series. And they are suddenly presented with some mystical-magical-gosh-wow weapon that can defeat the enemy! Only they cannot fire the gun, because there is no ammunition! And to create the ammunition involves doing exactly what they are diametrically opposed to doing: killing off a dream demon. Oh, the irony!
Seems “too neat” a solution, almost like “an out” to wrap things up. And even then, the group decides to head into battle knowing full well that Mystletainn is freakishly strong and could easily defeat them using just her little finger…again. What are they thinking? Well, they *did* mention that both Yumeji and Merry are “weird exceptions” and “special cases”, so perhaps they are hoping for some sort of unexpected miracle to occur? Oh, I dunno, perhaps I am thinking about this too much. Correction, I *know* I am thinking about this too much. I already knew the plot was a mess of spaghetti, so why am I trying to make sense out of it at this late date?
Ah well, forget about the logic of Yumekui Merry, might as well turn my brain off and just enjoy the big-time final battle. It’s much more enjoyable to watch the series as a visual spectacle than to puzzle out the plot itself, because that would just lead to disappointment and heartache.
The verdict: – Because it’s almost over!
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:
- “So, another boring episode this week, with mostly chatter happening and characters giving each other a few glares. Although it was nice to finally get a bit more background on Leon’s character, he looks interesting but he hasn’t really done a whole lot.” – Metanorn
- “There are some more intriguing ideas thrown in here that puts the entire conflict into more of a grey zone than you would think, where at times it’s a bit difficult to say that Kawanami and Yumeji are 100% good guys, through the same can’t really be said of Treesea and Iijima. They are pretty much the epitome of “evil” in this show, with little complexity or twists on that.” – Emory Anime Club
- “Besides the revelations surrounding Leon’s gun, this episode was not so much unlike the last, with Merry and Engi still getting their asses handed to them on a silver platter by Mistletine. Obviously with only one more episode to go this isn’t going to be a very conclusive ending, and with Engi in the state she’s in my bet is that her and Yui will be the necessary last sacrifices for Leon’s gun. Either that or Yumeji does some insane sort of Shounen hero power-up, but that would just be silly (oh, wait—).” – This Troper’s Anime Blog
- “That surely must have set the series record for navel gazing – I counted six extended belly shots for Merry, and I may have missed at least one. Unfortunately this doesn’t help her any against Mistelteen – she’s still pretty much useless in the fight.” – Lost in America