Yumekui Merry First Impressions

I admit I don’t know much about Touhou or the Touhou look, but I’ve seen several comments comparing Merry’s look to the Touhou look… in which case I have to say I really dig the Touhou look.

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Hey! Eyes up here!

Merry is a midriff a magical girl that apparently fell out of a dream world and likely will now team up with the standard JC Staff inoffensive male lead, Yumeji, to help battle the evil Fuzetsu unleashing Cat army. I’ll let you digest that for a second.

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Magical girls always fly out of nowhere to land right on the crotch

Merry’s apparent Touhou-ness aside, everyone on the show has that typically attractive, JC Staff sharp angle look. But the art shines a lot more when it’s set against the dreamworld, which in contrast to the sharp, bright foreground characters, has a darker, more gritty look to it. On the downside, I was disappointed by how poor the fight scenes were, the close-up angles gave the fight no flow and made it impossible to see anything.

Story-wise, I think Otou-san’s Shakugan no Shana comparisons are pretty right on. The premise isn’t quite as dark, but supernatural fighting girl, in-between fighting world, average male with a unique power… you can check off similar checkboxes. It’s not quite as interesting as Shana, but it’s not as boring as say, an Index episode. I’m sort of at a loss for words, because I can’t really remember anything about the show except seeing closeups of Merry’s hot midriff several times. You can tell she works out.

I guess I’ll just say, Yumekui Merry has set up a fairly interesting world, whether or not the show will be any good will depend on how it unfolds in the next couple episodes. If it turns into the typical JC Staff supernatural slice of life, I think I’ll pass on it, having sat through Shana, Index and Railgun, but if they go down the more darker route with more action and battles, it could turn out to be a nice sleeper hit.

7 Replies to “Yumekui Merry First Impressions”

  1. Yes, I love the art style in this anime. The crisp animation that contrast the shaded backgrounds.

    I have a feeling that traversal through the dream world isn’t unlikely. From other J.C. Staff anime, they always seem to stick to their one city. This time I think that there will be many other scenes to see. If it doesn’t I’m not against another Index or Railgun, I can watch an anime simply for the backgrounds if not the plot.

    1. I think you’re right. I don’t think they would’ve introduced all the school friends if they weren’t going to play a somewhat major part in the setting. Might be interesting how Merry fits into her new world though.

  2. >> It’s not quite as interesting as Shana

    I’m just happy I wasn’t confused by a ton of weird names and fancy words like in Shana. It was certainly less dark, but the characters sure had more personality and life in them. In fact it reminds me more of Pandora Hearts for some unknown reason.

    And although there’s plenty of time for a pointless love triangle to be introduced, at least it seems like they’re obsessed with Merry instead of the lead male.. so who knows?

    1. Yeah, there’s that. I need a cheatsheet to follow Shana these days.

      We should take bets on whether a love triangle will unfold. Merry seems an unlikely character to start getting lovely dovey, but seeing as this is JC Staff, I’m sure it’ll find its way in eventually.

  3. Loved this first episode really set up the characters well, and like most people Chaser John Doe such an awesome looking “boss” type can’t wait to see what happens with him.

    Merry is so damn cute! love that crazy outfit. And yes girls falling from the sky always land that way on the main guy it is a bit strange..

    1. John Doe was pretty boss. The only designs I didn’t like were the regular cat army. They seemed a little too cartoony and out of place with the rest of the world. But otherwise, yeah, I loved all the designs.

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