「夢ふたたび」 (Yume Futatabi)
Warning! This impression contains maximum rage! For the faint of heart, please do not read on! If you liked the anime and do not want to see it being torn apart, please do not read on! You have been warned.
JC Staff stopped trying. The animation was by far the biggest dip all season, and even the voice actors sounded off, namely Yui. Strength of will? What? Do you know what that really means? It means, “I can’t think of anything better, so I’m going to use an immeasurable cop-out to finish the story.” Yumekui Merry’s finale was absolutely terrible. The one thing resolved was that Merry now has some form of acknowledgement that she can send dream demons back. Too bad when it’s in the middle of senseless writing, it doesn’t mean much anymore.
This is how it went down in the writer’s room:
“Hey, let’s make Mistletainn really overpowered.”
“So Yumeji’s going to lose right away then, making the cliffhanger entirely pointless?”
“Yeah, that’s fine. Anyway, we need to figure out how to get rid of these filler characters in case we get a second season.”
“We’re going to get a second season?”
“C’mon FOCUS! Okay, how about we let Kawanami & Lestion sacrifice themselves, but as a twist, it didn’t really work!”
“Wait, but isn’t that pointless too?”
“It’s okay, we’ll make it all dramatic, it’ll be fine. Plus, it’ll do something later when Merry wins. Oh but first, let’s trap her with some power Mistletainn has and make it so it’s like a metaphor of her struggles over the entire season. Isn’t that brilliant? Damn, I must be a genius.”
“Uh, so what do we do about Yumeji?”
“Hmm, well, I can’t see much else, but he’s related to John Doe right? Let’s just give him his weapon, and he can summon it using the power of will. Then after some struggles, Merry will come out because of Yumeji’s promise that’s been their only bond, Yui will blow her air trumpet, cut multiple times to Kawanami to show how brain dead she is, Engi will miraculously heal, and then Merry will beat her up purely because Yumeji believes in her! Ah, it’s almost romantic.”
“Do you really think it’s reasonable enough to string together a bunch of random facts mixed with shit we pulled out of our ass without any concrete solution except, ‘it can, so it will’ and pretty much undermine the entire series we’ve been developing up until now?”
“You know, you’re starting to become a real downer. But don’t worry man, this is going to be the most epic finale ever. I just know it.”
It’s amazing how little we actually know about dream demons, other than that they’re some sort of mystical creatures from a land somehow connected to ours, and they now want to terrorize our world because they want to “dream.” However, I can recognize that this is not the fault of the anime nor the manga, but the fault of the person in charge that couldn’t see that an adaptation of this series would be so incredibly hollow of substance. I mean, here’s how many questions I have after watching up till now: Do the dream demons work for the humans and create their dreams? Is it a labor thing? Is it an unfair mechanism that would actually give reason to spur Elcres’ rebellion? Or are they just an entirety in itself, a world separate but only connected during a dream, where a demon might inhabit from time to time and return to their own respective worlds after that dream ends? Does the anime provide any of this basic information? That’s a huge resounding no.
The show ended up a deformed regurgitation of the same plot devices in different forms because the studio decided not to work with any material past a certain point. What is it J.C. Staff? Feeling a little egotistic? Think you’ll actually go on to make a sequel? You might as well pull all the stops and take as much development the manga has so far and mix it up with your original ending. And if the Gods will it, it might even be good.
But let’s see, plot holes, loose ends, animation issues, juvenile original material, lack of depth, and no satisfaction whatsoever. Impressive list. I’m sorry, I tried, I really did. I gave it a fair shot all the way until this last episode, hoping that it might just pull some stuff together, but nope, J.C. Staff will be J.C. Staff. Everything that I still felt was good about this show, such as the characters, was completely destroyed in the laughable finale. Good thing the manga keeps the characters intact, giving me the perfect reason to switch over. In conclusion, this half-assed Yumekui Merry should have never been made, and this will be the more awesome replacement.