The heroine is a normal girl, until one day she is invited to another world and becomes the princess of the dream world, where people use dreams as the energy to live. One day, the dream world is being attacked by something called "yumekui" ("dream eater"), and many princes are being attacked by it. The heroine must wake them up to save the dream world, as the princes are unable to wake up due to having their dreams stolen.
Yet another show that's dedicated to the fangirls of the likes of Senjuushi this season, and now this one looks like it's promising, but as of this prelim, it's not very clear whom the story and characters are set against the usual good-vs-evil cliche formula that states the obvious and slowly let the overall setting progress in development. Also, this is just another isekai anime in the POV of the opposite gender.
Just like Senjuushi, we have a small (maybe large) cohort of male characters who are plot devices as they are princes of fictional towns, whom through the princess's power to awaken their dreams as
their main source of strength to fend off the so-called dream-eaters, whom are the source of their powers being stolen and kept away. Problem is, as the title suggests (this may not be true), the story may not cover up to the full 100 sleeping princes and just largely focuses on the Kingdom of Dreams, and that's where our female MC heroine comes in to parade on the princes' parties of fear and reprisal.
So first off (and I can't stress this enough), unless you really care for the characters here, and while the story's execution isn't terrible (though it strays from the original game), the sense of the entire show moving forward can feel slow at times, and it shows. Here's where the wash-rinse-repeat sense comes: Princes and princess come across new town, seek out new princes that at first has shares of problems, then rope him in to defeat the evil within and join on the journey, fending off future evilwarts.
And if you feel bored watching the show and reading my review, that's because I don't really care for such stuff like this, even in visual novel adaptation styles this has never been my forte, making it worse by combining the usual cliché and tropes that gives it different views but yet presents it the same way as many others out there.
- Story is subpar to say the least...
- Characters are unappealing (unless you're a female that cares for such stuff), the rabbit pet-like character whining at the don't-know-what's-going-on princess to execute her plan, almost like she isn't the MC anymore...
- Art and animation by Project No.9 (if you still haven't found the studio responsible) passable at best, seen better but not here...
- Sound is poor, don't bother mentioning the OST as it's light-hearted and calm but without quality input.
Here's hoping at least the salvation of the series is in its story...or otherwise, skip this at all costs.
Basically Senjuushi without the shitty plot twist and it actually has a plot.
The characters look nice, The animation looks meh, BETTER THAN SENJUUSHUI. And enjoyment is a 2/10. Its one of those animes when they air im like for fuck sake do i really have to watch this? Im not into dropping animes so i want to finish it. It seems like a shitty plot and it has the most cringe english name. Dont even look at the english name you'll instantly regret even comming to this page.
All i can say is, Are you really bored and do you wanna fucking kill yourself? Go
this. ( Or when this became a meme like SAO ofc )
EARLY TL,DR: Do you play 100 sleeping princes (like I do)? You might actually enjoy this anime. Otherwise, be wary.
As usual, it's your typical reverse harem in a fantasy setting. Don't expect anything groundbreaking as they don't really dive into the specifications of the heroine's powers, or the stats and skills of the princes, or the relevance of their typing, or anything that they do in the game. I feel like they could have referenced those more, as it would add at least more to the princes. The arcs are very straightforward and simple, I wish more could be done but given the time frame
and the VAST amount of princes in the game, it would be difficult to accommodate.
Other than Prince Avi and Kihel, the other characters don't really get a chance to grow to a big extent. I was a fan of several of the princes already shown, so I did enjoy the screentime, but them going away in favour of a new arc in a matter of 2 episodes just made me upset and longing to know them better, if that made any sense.
Didn't really enjoy the OSTs, they were really generic. BUT I do like that they implemented some of the music from the mobile game into the anime.
Basically, it's decent. Nothing extraordinary, but nothing I visibly cringed at either.
Here's the thing- I'm trash for the mobile game. The reason I find myself liking this anime is because I love playing it's game equivalent. If I had not been a fan of the game beforehand and had not been attached to the princes ***CHARACTER NAME SPOILER*** (particularly Avi, Douglas, and Graysia), I would not enjoy this series.
Honestly, taking out my own personal enjoyment it'd be around a 5.5-6 for someone who's not familiar with the franchise.
Edit: If you're interested in seeing more of the princes, the shorts you can watch through the game itself give more personality and relationships to the princes- except the heroine princess isn't there.
"Afureru Hikari" (Overflowing Light) by Moumoon goes straight to my Top-3 this season's OP (struggling at the podium with Tonegawa and Banana Fish ones).
They are a Pop duo (guitar player/other instruments man and vocalist/percussionist lady) highly influenced by international folk and Jazz with astonishing artistic skills (miss YUKA is a heck of a singer; powerful, elegant and with a lovely tesiture) and an undeniable good taste for composition.
The song sounds neat and polished, yet spontaneous... the word "delicious" is not too much to qualify this melody. Apparently fragile though solid in the inside.
If you are abled, try to listen the acoustic live
version Moumoon displayed during an online show at their own SSMM (SELF-SPAM ALERT: I excerped a clip from it in my own accounts -I'm too polite to link them here-).
I wouldn't dare to say that version is better than the official OP song, with its arrangements and post-production and stuff.
But by no means it's worse.
If you dislike this song, we cannot be friends.
Addendo: Mmmh... I feel kinda I was forgetting somewhat...
Addendo2: Ah! I remember it now! The anime!
Well... it is based upon a phone video game with puzzles and cute chibi guys and sh*t...
I mean... What you reasonably could expect from that?
Too good they managed to generate a not-that-terrible Isekai world out of it, too good they're holding the inverted harem's ground against the obvious mc's urges to start fujoshing as if tomorrow never comes.
So far they are holding her, I mean (those Fujoshi gals... you kow, they are unbeatable).
They even had stomach to put some decent self-parody gags here and there and did a re-interpretation of Alice in Wonderland not worse that the Tim Burton's ones...
.. wich is not exactly talking big, I'm aware of.
All in all, I'd like to see some of the artists and technicians involved with a better primal source.
The original ONAs weren't that bad, as well.
Addendo3: But what an OP! What an astonishing and delicious and wonderful song!