Yumeria: V.1 Into the Dreamscape (ep.1-4)
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Yumeria: V.1 Into the Dreamscape (ep.1-4)
The broadcast series Yumeria (2004) blends elements of the popular fan-service and harem-comedy genres. Tomokazu Mikuri is a high school slacker with no distinguishing features or talents--until the eve of his 16th birthday, when he begins dreaming about a weird alternate world where semi-abstract creatures called Faydoms attack him. They're defeated by scantily clad girls, who wake up in Tomokazu's bed. He tries to maintain a semblance of a normal life, but more and more babes keep appearing. And Tomokazu has to fondle them in the dream-world to "recharge" them with the power to defeat the Faydoms. The story is no more inane than many other fan service comedies, but the girls are so infantile and the vocal performances so over-the-top, the series becomes annoying. Yumeria perpetuates the stereotype that anime only appeals to hormonal, socially unattractive adolescents. (Rated TV 14 SD, suitable for ages 16 and older: nudity, risqué humor, cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon
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First off, though there is a lot, and I do mean a lot of innuendo and fanservice humour, after watching the whole series I can say that it is delivered tongue-in-cheek and comes across as more of a satire or parody of this genre of anime than fanservice for fanservice's sake. They poke fun at anime titles like Sailor Moon and Dragonball Z and never for one second take themselves at all seriously. It's way over-the-top at times, but overall is a lot less Ecchi than many anime I have seen. (Oh, and he does not have to "fondle" the girls to recharge them; just touch them.)
There is a much deeper story lurking underneath all the jokes and fanservice. It is a story about the power of love. Tomokazu comes across as your typical adolescent male. Full of hormones and a bit of a pervert. None of that is untrue, but at the same time he has a huge heart, and always tries to do the right thing. Sure, his character isn't anything new, but that doesnt mean his unlikeable. Yes, he's surrounded by girls in the mold of a typical Harem comedy, but he does love them, all of them, and is willing to do just about anything to protect them.
Sure, we have seen stories like this one before, and we probably will again, but Yumeria is not as shallow as you might think, and has a much sharper wit than Mr. Solomon gives it credit for. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes the Harem comedy genre, or to anyone who wants to laugh a lot, and see just how powerful unconditional love can be.
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Of course it's got the normal perverted teenage guy (Tomokazu) surrounded by gorgeous girls. The poor boy even has a thing for his cousin Nanase.
However, in comes Mone, a cute girl from Tomokazu's dream who takes him and his friend Mizuki to a strange world. With the help of Silk, a young woman in this dream world, and both Neneko (a girl obsessed with neko (cats) and who continually says "No da" (which reminds me of Chichiri from "Fushigi Yuugi"), her pet neko Koneko, and Kuyou (Nanase's little sister fresh in from America), they may just save the world from the impending threat of the Faydoom (evil nightmares).
The animation style is bright and cheery, and both the opening and ending themes are fun to listen to.
I'd recommend this anime to anyone who's a fan of "Tenchi Muyo" or "Martian Successor Nadesico".
That is how I felt after watching the first three preview episodes for "YUMERIA", a anime series based on a PS2 video game by NAMCO.
The story focuses on high school freshman Tomokazu Mikuri. Doing bad in school and your typical pervert. Well, maybe not typical but it shows.
In the first episode, it seems that when Tomokazu sleeps, he's brought into this unusual world. There he meet's short and petite Mone battling enemy alien beings.
What an unusual dream? But to his surprise, he wakes up and finds Mone sleeping next to him. And the only word she can speak is "Mone" (Mo-neh).
We are then introduced to his well-endowed guardian Nanase Senjou (a Ranma 1/2 Kasumi-ish type of character and surely enough, voiced by the same Japanese voice actress, Kikuko Inoue). We are introduced to his classmate Mizuki Azuma who seems to like Tomokazu and a teacher who despises him.
In episode 2, when Tomokazu sleeps, he brings in Mizuki to his dream and meets another person in the dreamworld named Silk.
It appears that when Tomokazu falls asleep, he is taken to a dreamworld where he gives recharging power to the warriors that go against the aliens when he grabs on to them.
Being the pervert that he is, he doesn't mind but for the new female warriors, they try to grasp their new powers in the dreamworld and wonder why this is happening.
In episode 3, we are introduced to several more female characters who turn to warriors which include a strange young girl named Koneko (who carries her cat Neneko) who calls Tomokazu her fiance after he grabs her.
We also meet Kuyou Senjou, Nanase's younger sister and someone who appears to like Tomokazu and also appears to have knowledge of the dreamworld.
So, each of the girls along with Tomokazu rise up to go against the alien beings trying to infiltrate the dreamworld and get into reality.
What makes this anime so much more enjoyable for me is the fact that each character is very enjoyable. In the same veign as "El Hazard", "Tenchi Muyou", "Ah! My Goddess" and even "Sailor Moon" (especially with the costume transformations) it's great to see the alternate world and reality type storyline again with interesting characters to go along with it.
Also, unlike these anime where the main male character is good hearted and pure, Tomokazu is quite an interesting with his views on his school education and his perverted way. Although, not in the same realm as Ataru Moroboshi (Urusei Yatsura).
As for the animation, I really enjoyed the character animation for this anime. Although, Tomokazu looks a bit too cool to be the nerdy pervert, the animation is very nice.
Of course, this anime has fan service but fortunately it's not too overboard.
The English voice dubbing is done very well. Fits each chracters very well. First time I would find myself writing this but the perverted humor works very well with "YUMERIA" and I'm lovin' it!
Because of the hillarious perverted humor, this anime easily separates itself from the many other anime out there that features one guy and many girls.
Definitely an anime to keep an eye on! Expect to see a full review for