Posted by psgels on 11 February 2011 with categories: Yumekui Merry

I really have to praise the animators for the fight scene at the beginning of this episode, especially the inbetween animation was just amazing when Merry went berserk. And great graphics like these work even better when the characters themselves are good as well. I mean, Yumekui Merry did exactly what I hoped that Dragon Crisis would do to: overcome the simplicity and cliches of their characters and get a lot of genuine drama out of them. The drama in Merry is innocent, but not shallow or dumbed down like in many other series.

The rest of this episode was an interesting episode, considering that John Doe appeared with a bit of exposition. ah well, if there is any place where this exposition fits, then it’s an aftermath like this in which the main character needs to take a while to recover, and it’s also a good point for John Doe to step away from his villain role and become more interesting. Although we really need more of him in the rest of this series.

Also…. this episode confirmed that killing a dream demon also has major implications for its host, because they’re killed in actually two different ways. These dream demons can do nasty stuff to their hosts, but they also help cultivate their inspirations. Getting rid of them also destroys these ambitions.

I’d also like to note that I like what the creators did with the soundtrack of this one. The tracks don’t stand out in their complexity, they are fresh and nice to listen to, using unconventional sounds and tunes. Personally I really like it when a soundtrack does that.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

5 Responses

  1. DmonHiro says:

    So, when Merry kills a demon, the host is OK, but if someone else does that, the host loses his dreams. Interesting. Also, everything is better with catgirls.

  2. AidanAK47 says:

    Nope. The dream demons Merry killed had not yet bonded with their host.

  3. Ebisu says:

    I thought if the dream demon is erased the vessel is free without aftereffects, like what happens with Merry. That is not the case if the host is hurt or tortured to a great extent in their spiritual forms, like it seems the hunter of dream demons has been doing, and leaving them in that apathic state (due to the trauma of the experience I suppose). Or maybe that’s because they died while daydreaming.

  4. anon says:

    “Although we really need more of him in the rest of this series.”

    Oh, you don’t have to worry about that…

  5. Solaris says:

    The thing is Merry thought she was sending back beaten nightmares to the dream world, and trying to snatch an hitch-hike back there in the process. Unless it looks like there’s actually no way back and all of her efforts were for the sake of murder. That shocked her a bit.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Nov 28. 2015 04:49 AM)
    I read a comment stating that season 3 of symphogear got so bad that it came off as along the lines of “worse than a Mari Okada melodrama”.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Nov 28. 2015 04:36 AM)
    @Bam: That renegade angel thing looks off the wall, haven’t seen an episode but my thoughts from looking up the show is “I’m not quite sure if this is a good/bad thing lol”
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Nov 28. 2015 04:34 AM)
    The thing about Symphogear is that putting Nana Mizuki in something voice/music attracts ALOT of people to a show.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Nov 28. 2015 04:32 AM)
    @Bam@Aidan: The guy who worked on it made a tweet praising how it was the best selling show of the summer season and that they aren’t done yet.
    As for the show I never watched it past the first season thinking it would be something like Nanoha, I finished it but gave up on it halfway through.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 28. 2015 12:47 AM)
    anybody here remembers a PS1 rail-shooter game called Elemental Gearbolt? It was a fun game that had anime cutscenes by Rintaro. It’s one of those lost gems that was very well received but made a small splash upon release and then completely lost to time.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 28. 2015 12:42 AM)
    Kaiser: are you being sarcastic or did you actually enjoy Symphogear?
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 28. 2015 12:39 AM)
    @Masky: it’s the internet, people will construct some bullshit reason to moan about everything. As long as the game is fun than it’s good in my eyes, or the very least in needs to have an emotional impact like Valiant Hearts: The Great War. I’m deep into Bloodborne right now, so my time’s solely dedicated to that at the moment.
  • Masky
    (Saturday, Nov 28. 2015 12:16 AM)
    @Bam: Usually people complain about realism in games in situations where it wouldn’t make sense and in games were realism is actually important they somehow seem to not notice it when they are unrealistic :’D Or maybe I have bad luck
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Nov 28. 2015 12:06 AM)
    @Kaiser, Haven’t we suffered enough with three seasons?
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 07:59 PM)
    @Masky: no definitely not every game, but you made it sound as if the whole idea of realism in videogames is ludicrous. Now I haven’t played Undertake myself, but looking at the Steam pics in looks like a humorous retro pixelart indie project, in which case it doesn’t need to be realistic but it still should respect it’s own internal logic. Unless it’s meant to be all bonkers like an Xavier: Renegade Angel episode, but again very few things are like that.

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