Similar to how we have Mushroom Manga for mangas we want to recommend but are too lazy to review, we have Anime Amped for the same purpose. But for animes. We hope to amplify the anime out into the wide wide world; and with that I present to you our first Anime Amped post.
Yumekui Merry (夢喰いメリー)
Ten years ago Fujiwara noticed he had a power to see multicolored auras surrounding people’s bodies. Ever since then he’s been having a weird dream about a war with cats. One day he meets a mysterious girl, that, after being picked on by crows and fallen from a tree, goes to search for her lost hat. Later that day, Fujiwara finds himself in a daydream, being attacked by the same cats he fights at night.
Genre: Action, Supernatural
Status: Currently airing, planned for 13 episodes
Directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi, produced by J.C. Staff. Based on the manga by Ushiki Yoshitaka.
It recently came out this Winter 2011, but I do see quite a lot of potential in Yumekui Merry, also known as Dream Eater Merry. When I saw the promotional picture, I wasn’t that interested in it since it looked like the typical wimpy anime. It’s only been 3 episodes now, but I’ve actually really enjoyed it so far.
Practically every character type and plot available in the world has already been used and abused – Yumekui Merry doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, but despite that it still manages to retain its own originality with the characters and the whole ‘mystery’ thing going on about the dream world.
The concept of having a border between the dream world and reality isn’t uncommon. However, the special relationships and/or attachments the characters (both main and supporting) have to either world is what makes this anime stand out from the typical ‘let’s go to la-la land’ story. I think the seiyuu cast have done a great job so far in conveying the characters through their voices. If I’m not wrong, this is the first major role for Merry’s seiyuu, Ayane Sakura.
I really, really like Merry’s costume. I have no idea why but I just find it so damn cute and cool at the same time. The ribbons, the stripy socks… the floppy white hat!! I get the feeling she’s going to be one of those mainstream mascot characters pretty soon =D
What I enjoyed watching the most out of all would be the action scenes. Merry’s fighting style is pretty similar to Mugen from Samurai Champloo – in other words, there’s the quick movements along with a lot of jumping and spinning involved. It makes it look really fun! If you are one of those fans who don’t like the way anime studios change stuff from the original manga, at least fast forward to where all the fighting takes place. It’s really worth watching, and the experience is different when you see them moving (oh, the beauty of animation)!
As for the music, I find the OP (Daydream Syndrome by Fujiwara Marina) and the background music (BGM) really great. The ED (Yume to Kibou to Ashita no Atashi by Ayane Sakura, Merry’s seiyuu) is quite nice, but it’s not really my type. But this isn’t a music review and I don’t hold much faith in my taste for music so don’t take my word for it =P
If you liked the sort of parallel universe atmosphere in Soul Eater, give Yumekui Merry a shot since the dream world is pretty similar in that sense. Oh, and if you’re wondering about dream-eaters, in Japanese folklore it’s the baku, which looks like a tapir. How Merry gets that name is for you to find out when you watch Yumekui Merry >=D