While I consider Yume Nikki the game as one of my favorite video games ever, the manga is an atrocity. The way the characters are portrayed don't match the way they react within the game at all. The story of the manga seems to be completely out of place due to the genuinely dark nature of the game. The art is quite an eyesore, the characters have no mouths, Madotsuki always has her eyes closed in a very irritating way, and the surrealistic nature of the game is not captured at all in the manga. The art is so bad, that it is hard not
to laugh at. I was eager to see what kind of story could be made with the material that the game provided and I ended up being incredibly disappointed. The game had no dialogue in a show don't tell sort of manner, while the manga foolishly fills the entire story with poorly thought out dialogue that ruined the haunting atmosphere the game always excelled in. The story is flimsy at best in the manga because it seems that they didn't want to include too much information about the world, but also decided that it was important not to add a story anyway. This leaves the story feeling like it lacks the depth one would look for and it was better off not having a story to begin with in order to maintain how open to interpretation the game was. The manga should have had either a fleshed out back story or no story at all. I consider Yume Nikki the video game to be one of the most atmospheric, disturbing, and artistic games out there. The manga doesn't live up to that praise in any way and it is one of the worst things I have ever seen. Also, for anyone who claims that the manga could never capture the spirit of the game, read Yume Nikki: Anata no Yume ni Watashi wa Inai. In conclusion, I would definitely recommend avoiding this manga for fans of the game.
As fan of RPGMaker game, i was excited to know that Yume Nikki has it own manga.. The story itself is about a girl who always dream about same things, and someday she decided to exploring her dream..
Story: 8 / 10
In-game, there has no actual plot, just explore her dream. But in manga adaptation, there has actual plot. I didn't expected that, but that is good things.. Although it has actual plot, i little bit disappointed that as story go on, because Yume Nikki lack exploring things..
Art: 7 / 10
In my opinion, the art style well fit together along the
story.. The art and drawing will leave us impression that the main character trapped in creepy place..
Character: 6 / 10
You can found at least 4 main character in Yume Nikki manga, but it lack supporting character (ex: monsters, person, etc). The main character has it own personality and purpose, but the supporting character isn't mentioned too much..
Enjoyment: 7 / 10
I'm not always usually read any manga. I enjoy this manga, but I not enjoy it as much as the game.
Overall: 7 / 10
Overall, it just average.. Not much happened in manga adaptation. If you played the game before, you might wanna read this manga.. If you never played the game before, i will suggest you to play the game before to know "what's going on" in this manga. If you insist to not play the game, and directly want to read the Manga adaptation, i will not recommend it to you..
As someone who is a fan of the original game, when I heard they were making a manga adaptation, I was a bit skeptical. Then I read it, and I was still skeptical. I thought they made the best out of what they had. It would be a challenge to adapt/expand a nonlinear exploration game with no dialogue into a manga, right?
Well, I've been reading a lot more underground/indie/small-press comics since then. I'm convinced that you could take YN, or one of its fangames, and build an interesting, creative comic out of it. That said, this manga is a bit of a disappointment.
story is the best part of the piece. It throws out the plot of the original game, except for the general premise, for something that actually progresses as a narrative. It doesn't reveal too much about its world, and distorts the perception of Madotsuki's dreams just enough to be interesting. However, it doesn't give you enough time to acclimate to the dreamworld before it starts messing with it. For a manga that chooses to take a narrative approach, with reoccurring characters and rules, it doesn't do enough to establish its environment. I find the story hard to follow when the methodology behind it is not elaborated clearly, and it doesn't go far enough to give the events a charming sense of mysticism.
The art is fine. It depicts the dreamscape with expected, professional clarity. Characters lack details such as mouths, but it fits with bizarre tone of the setting. However, there is no real change in art style between the dream world and the waking world, which doesn't really make much sense. I feel like it could be a lot more creative with how things are rendered, there's a lot of bizarre imagery and some medium-bending would have come in handy. I actually quite like the art, but I don't feel like it's doing its job well enough.
The way the story is set up, it'd be very difficult to properly establish characters. Because of this, most character development seems rushed. I never got a good sense of who Madotsuki is, mostly because the majority of her lines are narration or "describing things as you see them" talk. Although I suppose this could be stylistic, and there have been plenty of good comics built around minimalist characters, but the characters just seem flimsy. Character traits aren't well defined, appearing and disappearing mostly in service to the story.
I was going to rate this lower, and I think most people would find it more of a 5 or so, but it was strange and I like strange. Personally, the bizarre nature of the dream environment (although not really living up to its potential) is perfect for my personal taste. Not enough comics, be they manga or otherwise, attempt to provide the sort of experience which this manga tries but ultimately fails at. It gets a gold star for effort. Hooray! And no, I don't consider enjoyment to be a component of the manga itself, so the story is still the best part.
This manga is a weird read. I'd recommend it whether you've played its source material or not. It might actually be better if you haven't. It isn't actually "good," but I derived enjoyment from it anyway.
This would be so much better if there was no dialogue. The way Madotsuki looks is kind off, and wonky. The backgrounds however look alright, and a nice representation of the game, so that makes it worth at least skimming through.
The only way I got any enjoyment of this is just to ignore 100% of the text.