Yumekui Merry – Final Impressions

Yumekui Merry is a solid series that could have been better if it had more episodes to work with.

Its 13-episode length doesn’t give it enough time to develop the central plot and the end feels more similar to the completion of an arc rather than that of a series. They still haven’t found a way to send Merry back to the Dream World and the main villain hasn’t even made an actual appearance yet. This leads me to believe they are planning on having a second season, or so I hope.

Yumekui Merry had a strong start involving the intriguing set of worlds: Reality, the Dream World, and a place in between those two. Yet the series spiraled downwards with somewhat episodic battles against dream demons, but regained its focus in the ending mini-arc involving Isana. I would have liked if John Doe didn’t vanish from the second half of the series since he was one of the more interesting characters. However, Engi and Kounagi made up for that.

Other than that, the OP sequence was the best part of every episode. It complements the song, Daydream Syndrome, quite well. Now I’ll end with a quote of the revelation that Yumeji finally remembered in the final episode:

Strength in a Dream…is the strength of will!

And this is something John Doe told him in episode 6, sigh.

Rating: Good

11 Comments to “Yumekui Merry – Final Impressions”

  1. Lanir says:

    It was a fun series but yeah… As a story it didn’t have a really strong focus. I liked the characters. Engi/Play was particularly interesting to me. Didn’t occur to me until a bit late in the series that they were all based on seinen near-harem stereotypes. The battle with Mistletien at the end used some ideas I was more used to seeing from other genres, whereas a couple episodes earlier they seemed to be dropping hints that Merry would handle battles like this in a very different manner. Sorry that’s not very specific… Trying to keep this spoiler free. 🙂

    If they’d stayed on track with the story more this could have been a really great series. Since they wandered a bit I’d have to agree with the “Good” rating. It was all fun and interesting but it didn’t all fit together as well as it could have.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, it’s tough to keep a discussion spoiler free. :X

    The characters were the main reason I stayed with the series until the end. Otherwise, I would probably have dropped it.

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  2. Yi says:

    I really like the character designs in this. All the outfits and looks are pretty cool.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Especially Merry’s outfit and the constant focus on her hat.

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  3. Linz says:

    I actually didn’t realize it was only 13 episodes till I watched the last one. XD As you said, it felt more like the end of an arc, especially with so many things left unanswered to the viewers. For example, Merry never used that attack she sprang out with against Engi again… despite the focus on it in the opening sequence.

    And speaking of the opening… we never did get to see why they showed Merry and Yumeji running around as kids. I’d say they definitely set this up for a second season. Unlike anime such as Fruits Basket (where they left viewers feeling like there was something of a conclusion despite the manga going so much further) I didn’t get the feeling that the series even ended. XD I probably would’ve waited for it next week if I hadn’t realized there was no preview after the credits.

    Anyhow, even if the focus seemed to shift in and out, it was fun to watch and kept me entertained.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Ah yes, when she went into a trance and became…different. It’s a pity the show never expanded on that afterward.

    The scene in the OP with them running around as kids always jumped out at me every time I saw it. I just assumed that they met one another in a dream or something, but unfortunately we won’t know until a second season.

    Yup, if it is good enough to entertain, it is good enough to follow.

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  4. SlashZero says:

    More episodes to work with? More like more budget to work with!

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    Reltair Reply:

    Haha, everyone can always use a larger budget.

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  5. karl says:

    i so hope there is another season they can go really far with this for how they left holes with chaser john doe and how Merry used her true powers i just hope they continue alot of good anime go un finished

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    Reltair Reply:

    I haven’t heard any news about a second season so far, but the series definitely could use a sequel since the story is far from complete.

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  6. karl says:

    plz if any body liks my post say so maybe they will make another

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