She is popular and has a hunk for a boyfriend, but there is that boy in her class who always stares at her, but never talks to anybody. On the way home that boy loses his phone, she picks it up, but he runs away before she can return it. Inside she finds article on lucid dreaming, and this is where it all begins...
Yume Onna is written by Hideo Yamamoto, who is most well known for his Ichi the Killer manga. The art is by Hiroya Oku, creator of the Gantz series.
The story revolves around our main character Lime, who after reading an article about lucid dreaming decides that she to try it. The story focuses on dreams as the main topic ,and because of this we are treated to surrealistic imagery and situations (think giant naked people and whales floating through the air).
The characters are very one dimensional, with not enough time to really develop them. If this had more chapters focusing on the character's,
to try and develop them and give them more substance the score could be much better.
The art by Oku is fine, by no means is it his greatest work, It is however... not awful, I personally think it looks quite nice. Specifically some shots from the dream state Lime is in.
Overall I think the current score of 6.47 is fair. By no means is this an awful manga, it's decent. It is however, not memorable. It is very short and you will complete it in under 20 minutes. This premise for a manga is very promising, but in Yume Onna it is not reaching its full potential.
I did a short talk about the manga if you want to hear more about it that I may have left out in this review :
From Oku Hiroya, the creator of Gantz, comes a oneshot about lucid dreaming. Fiction in general doesn't do much with lucid dreaming, but in anime and manga it is even less used. It's a shame, because it really is a fascinating concept.
The story brings forth the idea that all dreams are connected at a sort of dream nexus. While that is an interesting concept, Oku himself didn't seem sure of what to do with it. The only dreams we see there are the dreams of the main characters classmates, so the idea of an all connecting dream nexus is quickly scrapped.
The characters don't
have any time to develop, instead playing second fiddle to the idea of lucid dreaming. Since Oku didn't focus on the intricacies of lucid dreaming, however, the characters needed to be able to carry the story on their own with compelling goals or motivations. That didn't happen.
The art isn't very good, which is a shame because I've seen Oku's other works and I know he can do better than this. The characters designs are bland and the environments in the dream world aren't noteworthy at all.
The fact that Oku had the bravery to focus on a difficult premise like lucid dreaming deserves some credit, even if he stumbled and couldn't really demonstrate what the subject can offer. As such, I'll give him a 4 instead of a 3. It's still a pile a crap, but at least it has a unique color.