Posted on 29 September 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews



Next up in the category “so bad that it’s good”: if I see you in my dreams. Another very short series, with only 16 episodes of 7 minutes long, it tells about a love triangle between three people in their early twenties. Basically, it’s a kaleidoscope of what not to do when you’re dating someone. Both if you’re the one dating, and also if you’re writing such a character.

In a strange way, it’s pretty amazing: the episodes are only 7 minutes long, and yet the creators always managed to find some sort of excuse to stuff in some sort of Deus ex Machina and some sort of opportunity to show fanservice in nearly every single one of them. It’s pretty hilarious, how you can pretty much predict what’s going to happen in the big plot twist, and the series makes no attempt whatsoever to hide it.

But the strange thing is that the characters are all pretty enjoyable to watch. For such a love triangle, they’re all surprisingly genuine. Their reactions to the above-mentioned Deus ex Machina are also really cute at times, even though we’re dealing with fully grown adults. It still doesn’t excuse the very badly written plot, but it’s good to see that not everything about this series is terrible.

But what actually baffled me in this series was that final episode: Yume de Aetara actually closes off with a really sweet ending. This ending was really well written, and actually made the character-development come together in the end. For such a mediocre series to end on such a good note. It doesn’t happen often. But then again… I guess that that’s going to happen if you’re crazy enough to put Hiroshi Watanabe behind the series supervision.

Storytelling: 5/10
Characters: 8/10
Production-Values: 7/10
Setting: 8/10

One Response

  1. RedMaigo says:

    Hmm, this show sounds like Tokyo Marble Chocolate except Yume de Aetara seems to have fan service and is 67 minutes too long.

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  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 09:37 PM)
    But we can work your comment to the back of the T-shirt, it makes it more humorous.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 09:36 PM)
    @K-off: Hahaaa! That’s kind of a high bar mate, for you and me 30-looking-folks are not elders; more like our peers. But I kid mostly, I’m not too sexually fond of older women, although there have a been a few that have aroused my ire.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 09:24 PM)
    @Bam But if she looks over 30, then nope.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 08:43 PM)
    Great T-shirt slogan:
    SEDUCE THE ELDERS! <3
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 08:42 PM)
    @K-off: you’re probably right about this guy m8, I’m surprised his still stickin around to beat the shit out of this dead horse.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:33 PM)
    But I mean no offense to anyone and the like =>
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:32 PM)
    I don’t really care for bimbo/thick portrayals of middle aged, older female characters.
    …Just something about it.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:30 PM)
    Milf and Dilf, Gilf characters I’m not sure I could bring myself to objectify them to too much a level…I feel like I should be respecting my elders rather than seducing them.
    Chitoge’s mother worked well as a character in that trope because she avoided the typical annoyances of the role.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:28 PM)
    I’m surprised to hear you praising it actually Aidan.
    It does have its moments but as someone on here said I think it’d work better as a light drama.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:26 PM)
    @K-Off, Hmm…Chitoge’s mum was quite the milf. I quite liked her arc.

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