Yumekui Merry, episode 4: A demon a day…

Keeps the donuts away.

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Merry, you're doing it wrong

In a 13 episode show, right around the 4th episode, you get a sense of whether a show has enough substance to keep it going strong. The bad shows have already revealed their true colors. The average shows become dramatically less interesting. The good shows maintain the quality or even tick it up a slight notch. The great ones take off like a rocket. Yumekui so far feels like a good show. The dreamworld is becoming more interesting, good questions are being raised and characters are starting to distinguish themselves.

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DAT FANG

I feel like Merry isn’t moebait. I’d be interested in hearing other people’s thoughts on this. I realize she’s designed like a Touhou character, sporting the thigh highs, the camera has a tendency to ogle her midriff, she’s got dat fang, and she even ended the episode in a maid uniform (albeit the ugliest maid uniform I’ve ever seen), but she doesn’t seem like a moe pandering character. I’m not sure exactly why, because if there was a checklist she’d probably check most of those boxes. Maybe some credit’s due to newb seiyuu, Ayane Sakura (who’s birthday is actually the 29th, happy birthday!), who hasn’t give Merry the typical cutesy soft moe voice. If you gave me Shana and you gave me Merry. I’d say Shana is way more moebait than Merry. But I can’t figure out why I think that way.

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Isana is just a ridiculously nice person. The kind that doesn’t exist in real life. I mean, does anyone speak like this? I’ve decided I’m going to be friends with you, she tells the former-spineless-harem-male-lead-turned-dirty-fratboy possessed Chizuru. You see this all the time in anime, but that would freak you out in real life, no? Then again, maybe I’ve just been hanging with all the wrong people.

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Interesting that Yumeji was able to notice his friend Mei’s descent into vesselship through the shape of her pupils. I’d been wondering if Merry’s rectangle pupils were just part of her design, but it seems that indicates some sort of possessive state. What else was interesting was seeing Mei’s internal graffiti. A big contrast to the blackness we saw from Minato and all the previous episodes. Minato’s blackness signaled an upcoming dream, but Mei’s neon slashes seemed to indicate something more sinister, or perhaps not?

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Even though we eventually learned that Chris Evergreen (lol, these names) only intended to meet Chizuru and not steal her body, I think it’s completely understandable why Yumeji jumped headlong into this fight. Of course, it would’ve been nice if he entered the fight with a plan that wasn’t just rush the demon and get knocked into oblivion, and but hey, give a guy some points for trying. The more bigger snafu was leaving the house without taking the 2 seconds to yell at Merry to come join the fun. One, they’re working together. She needs to find a way back to the dreamworld, so if he’s going to tussle with some demons, she should be there. Two, she’s obviously the brawn in this relationship. But going back to Mei’s neon slashes, I suppose that means different colors indicate different types of dreams or intents. Black means potential hostile takeover. Neon slashes means they want to get Shakespeare on you. But I’m glad that Chris didn’t take over Mei as a vessel. Because that once you go vessel, you never go back consequence has is a pretty major break. If Yumeji and Merry can start reversing that, then the risk is gone, and the show becomes less interesting. I think the idea of being unable to save someone is an idea that needs to be explored more in anime.

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Chris wanting to get to the other side raises some questions as to why these dream demons keep getting stuck in the human world. Merry seems to be the only one to have broken through to the physical world. But I imagine she’s the same sort of creature. Somehow she needs to get back to the ether. But if she’s sending dreams back by defeating them, maybe that means she needs to be defeated herself?

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I swear she's not moebait
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DEM EYES

8 Replies to “Yumekui Merry, episode 4: A demon a day…”

  1. A lot more clarification needs to be made in discerning the different types of Dream Demons, and I like your interpretation of the neon sigla Yumeji saw “inside” the President. I don’t still understand what being a vessel to a Dream Demon means since I thought Mei was already a vessel.

    I’d thought about Merry being a Dream Demon who’d taken over someone’s body as well, but somehow I doubt it. And maybe she does need to be defeated in order to be sent back into the Dream World, but the difference is that she doesn’t exist in a “Daydream” (although I wonder if she’s able to conjure one up) but the real world. Would she get sent back to the Dream World if she was beat in someone else’s daydream?

    1. But the difference is that she doesn’t exist in a “Daydream” (although I wonder if she’s able to conjure one up) but the real world.

      Hmm, I was wondering about that. Seems like she’s only able to enter a dreamworld when another dream demon opens one up. I suppose that’s one of the pitfalls of being trapped in the real world, she can only be a tourist in the dream world. I’d like to know more about these dream demons, Chris wanted to go back to “his world” – whatever that means. But why? Others want to explore the human world through vessels. Serio seemed like she was just curious. John Doe and Dark Rika seemed to have much more sinister motives. But why?

  2. Thisn is getting to be pretty good, I loved the new internal design for Mei, although I’m stumped as to what it means. I’m thinking that Merry is some sorta special kind of Dream Demon, one that’s destiny is to destroy Daydreams and keep humans safe, but that would be more dull than what they have in mind(at least it better be) wouldn’t it?

    Isana is my favorite character, I’m praying that Yumeji goes for her instead of Merry, which probably won’t happen, since, as we all know, the main heroine always captures the protaganists heart. Maybe we’ll see something different here though? Since Yumekui Merry has a bit of a different feeling than your other run of the mill anime (at least to me), plus I don’t really feel like Yumeji has that kind of feeling towards Merry (then again, he IS one of those blunderheaded male characters).

    All in all, epic series (they had better not screw this up).

    1. Yeah, I’m thinking Merry is some kind of special dream demon too, but I don’t know if her destiny was to keep humans safe. She’s always said she just wants to get back home. I got the sense she was fighting these demons to find a way.

      You know, that’s a good point. I haven’t noticed any romantic vibes between Yumeji and Merry. I think he sees her like a little sister. Actually, it would be odd if they started developing a romance between the two. It wouldn’t make sense to me. I doubt he’ll end up with Isana, but I wouldn’t mind if they just kept the romance out of it.

    1. I also like that she’s not a total social nincompoop like Shana was. In retrospect, I feel like Shana’s act was just a ploy to get people to go ~dawww.

      1. But that’s partially what made Shana cute :O
        I personally liked Shana’s clueless-about-reality attitude, it made for some funny scenes(SnS II episode 22 XD), but it does feel relieving for Merry to not be AS clueless.
        But Merry does still have that in her(the donuts and maracas probably among others I can’t recall).

  3. Moebait is the furthest thing from Merry, it’s like the difference between a Gila Monster and a Chihuahua(well, maybe not THAT far of a margin).
    The whole “meant to fight to save humanity from demons” thing is overused in my opinion, so it probably isn’t that she’s meant to fight for humans.
    I’m more inclined towards having the romantic prospect here (Isana instead of Merry though), my favorite genre lol.

    Going to be interesting to see how this plays out.

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