13 of 13 episodes seen
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From the producers of Blood + and Dragon ball Z, Yumekui Merry starts with bang. Yumekui Merry is certainly not one of those animes that lags around in the beginning; rather, grabs our attention immediately by giving the protagonist an unexpected disaster from above that ends in a very special acquaintance. All in all, Yumekui Merry narrates the pivot point of the life of Fujiwara Yumeji, who can see the inner atmosphere of the people around him, and can predict the type of dream the person will have that night based on this inner aura. The story pivots sharply as Yumeji meets a strange girl called Merry Nightmare. The story is one of the most original plots that have been made yet, incorporating concepts of that not unlike the movie “Inception”. In addition, the plot goes through many interesting twists that keep us guessing the next turn of the plot.
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I found the drawings of Yumekui Merry extremely interesting and contrary to the usual graphics of contemporary anime. Although Yumekui Merry incorporates essentially the same type of portrayal of the outward appearance of characters as other animes, with the same background in the “normal” world, the graphics of scenes in the dream worlds are wholly different. Not only do objects not follow the laws of physics, what we would normally conceive as the effect of one action differs completely from the actual effect that is shown. Despite others who argue that the art of anime is not particularly appetizing to watch, I see it as part of the twists that make Yumekui Merry the attracting anime it is, that’s quickly rising through the board.
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The soundtrack of Yumekui Merry is also part of the twist that makes up its personality. One of the aspects is that it defies the basic rule of using clashing dissonance of die-hard rock music and screaming guitars; instead, Yumekui Merry surprisingly chooses to use the romantic building sounds of a group quintet orchestra consisted solely of violins and violas. This effect makes the fight all the more enjoyable. From an unexpected transcribing, the fight shifts its position. As the music builds into more intense chords and arpeggios, the fight climbs to its climax. The experience is particularly exhilarating as the violins play in sync together in a strangely baroque tone to build up the rising action as the fight leads to its climax. I found that other reviewers also criticize the producer for giving the anime such an unfitting soundtrack, but as we will see while watching Yumekui Merry, the experience proves otherwise.
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There character development is the one weakness of the anime. Although it is clearly marked that a few characters progress and change throughout the anime significantly, the relatively minor characters (not to say that they aren’t important) do not have such a change. Although there exist flat characters, we grow to be fond of the protagonist and cheer them onwards throughout the anime. The protagonist Merry is especially lovable due to her engaging character and her nonchalance and ignorance to everyday things such as video games and groceries. Besides the protagonists, the minor characters, despite that they remain the same throughout the anime, are very interesting. I especially appreciated the character of Takateru Akiyanagi, the boy who constantly expresses his feelings and thoughts as through haiku; this shows an extremely keen sense of creativity that is parallel even to Angel Beat’s T.K.
-= ---Enjoyment --- =-
Yumekui Merry is especially enjoyable. Not only does it make the everyday aspects of school life as interesting as it can be by creating character development, but it also has many enjoyable fighting scenes that gives ecstatic feelings of greatness. As the anime progresses, we will be enthralled by the ever thickening plot as we try to guess the next possible action that the protagonists will take.
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Yumekui Merry is an extremely underrated anime, not because it lacks charm and glamour – it has an abundance of those – but very few people know of its existence. Do not be motivated to skip this opportunity of inspiration just because no one recommended it. Yumekui Merry is actually a very interesting anime, and it does not take long to find out.
Reviewer’s note: Thanks you VERY much for reading this especially long review. I purposefully did not add ratings to this review. I feel that reviewer’s ratings never appeal to the reader, and who even cares about how I feel about the anime right? Regardless, I tried to revise this (my second) to create an effective review that will not only encourage the reader to watch Yumekui Merry, but also have a realistic idea of Yumekui Merry. If you did not like this review, please give me advice so that I can improve my horrible writing skills, and write a better review next time.
6 of 6 episodes seen
FLCL, is a classical piece of anime that is watched by people of all ages. At some point while watching anime, you will have encountered FLCL, whether it is on adult swim, anime networks, friends recommendations, and etc. This anime is a extraordinary piece of anime literature. It incorporates many ideas from every single field you can find. The fast-paced plot and the new circumstances keeps viewers constantly on their toes even though the whole story is only six episodes long.
Story ---------- 8
FLCL has an amazing plot. The story starts out mild, as everyday live goes, and the plot quickens as every new character is introduced to the story. The whole story might not make sense to begginners, but this just enables the viewer to want to watch the anime over and over again until he or she completely understands what the anime is about. Critics might argue that there did not exist any story, and that the whole anime was based off of characters misinterpreting each other, or a bunch of special ed kids comming togeather. This is certainly not the case. If the story is less than understandable, then you should try your best to understand it. This is exactly like classical literature. Noone can really say that they completely understood shakespearean novels unless they go on spark notes or ask an expert to interperate it for them, and so goes with FLCL.
Art ---------- 9
The art for FLCL is even more amazing. Every single frame in the anime incoporates some hand drawn parts, and since FLCL was the test subject for Gainax's newest and most futuristical equipment for anime, the art is unquestionably epic. Plus, if you have watched the movie Avatar, which was produced for millions of dollars, you should know that FLCL was created using the same equipment. Ordinary animes take a long time to make, but FLCL takes even longer. Picture the lenth of time to make Shakugan no Shana, and switch FLCL with SnS, and you get the overall effect of the length of time spent for making each episode.
Sound ---------- 10
I know, I sound like a hyprocrit for saying so many absolute statements. The truth is, FLCL was not only made for testing Gainax's equipments, it was also used to make a band famouse, namely, The Pillows. Few people could ever forget the soundtracks such as Hybrid Rainbow, or Ride on Shooting Star after watching the anime, and since many people never even pay attention to the soudtracks and OSTs incorporated in most animes, I think this is amazing.
Character ---------- 9
The characters were the most classical characters I have ever seen.
Haruko - A crazy good looking girl that drives a yellow vespa. She plays the guitar and sometimes uses it as a weapond. She also goes and save Naota everytime he gets in trouble. Rumors say that she is the member of the international police. A classical cliched character with a catch: she came before the others.
Naota - A regular schoolboy that has a skeptical outlook on life. He leads a boring lifestyle and has an immature dad, who he doesn't like. Another character that viewers would grow to like.
Enjoyment ---------- 10
This anime is all about enjoyment. The whole plot revolves around relieveing the viewers of the stresss of their everyday life by getting them involved in the plot and making them forget everything else around them.
Overall, I give this outstanding anime a 9/10. read more