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.
A better effort than Senjuushi, just with subpar story plot, art and animation. That's all folks!
Or was it...?
In the times of recent, there is more anime popping up hoping to garner the niche female target audience, and yep, we all know how all these end up: un-original, un-inspiring and boring. And Yume Oukoku to Nemureru 100-nin no Ouji-sama (The Dream Kingdom and the 100 Sleeping Princes) is no different.
Welp, another reverse-harem isekai? No, not anymore, yadda yadda, so please stop!
Can you believe it? Senjuushi-esque formula with ACTUAL plot!
(Nah, just kidding, not a good one either.)
Just like Senjuushi, don't expect the number in the title to
purposefully reflect itself in the anime as it has a lot of loopholes apart from the game source. Now I have never played the game, but after watching this adaptation, it's immediately apparent that the production staff didn't have a complete whack of ideas how to progress this, and just said: "Hey, let's dumb down the game representation to our kingdom Princess and the various male Princes and let them commune with one another! And while at it, let's have some dream-eater villains participate in what seems to be some nonsensical stuff!" And believe me, I was stoned from beginning to end, no feelings, no cheats.
Director Yukina Hiiro, coming from her hit series Hitorijime My Hero, most likely did not find anything to talk about the source material, but tried the best she could to accommodate, and the sorry ass effort of the production staff backfired much.
Let's just say that with the boring storyline comes equally boring MCs: namely the curious late-actress Princess of Traumere (it's so weird that she is not given a name, but then again it won't help either), and the 2 main princes (Avi and Kihel) who are like her personal bodyguards, travelling with her on the journey to rid of dream-eaters who are attacking the "many" Princes who have their dreams stolen. Other than that, the character designs are unappealing (female fans cry out loud?).
Art and animation:
I have never expected anything from Project No. 9, much alone their prowess in quality animation. The initial moment this anime appeared in the beginning with no studio representation (in MAL), I fully know the extent that this anime will fly under the radar and be unnoticeable for the future to come. The last time the studio was impressive (by that I mean the highest-registered MAL score) is on Ryuuou no Oshigoto this Winter and Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? in 2016. That should tell you how much quality was sacrificed to input for good storytelling.
At least this series had the cheek to have a decent OST. Both the OP by Moumoon and the ED by Prince Avi and Kihel are pleasant indeed to listen to. But that's the only good thing to make this series stand out and be noteworthy. Other than that, there is nothing much to say about everything else.
I will say this much: Unless you are a female fan of such anime like this AND are invested in the game, check this out. To the many others, just let this glide through your list, forget all about it and go for others instead.
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!