I like a good anime series like the next guy and I happen to like ones that bring new ideas to the table or to take old ideas and make them FAR BETTER than the others. This one happens to take the idea of characters in dreams to come into reality and thus causes a bit of a mass mayhem in all sorts of ways. (No not in making random shit appear or flying around).
This story is based around 2 characters and more come barreling through like there’s no tomorrow but that would leave this open to spoilers like you couldn’t believe since how short this was (12episodes) and how packed it was full of story. But we have the main guy/leader, Yumeji Fujiwara, who is just an average highschooler but wait! He has a special ability tossed in right away with no clue as to why in the world he has it, but it is to somewhat predict the dreams of other people but the colors he sees in the….. odd.. And the other is Merry Nightmare which then shortly drops Nightmare and just goes by Merry for the rest of the series… FINE DONT HAVE A LAST NAME THEN. As you can probably guess by before as I was mentioning is that Merry is the dream character (OH WHO WOULDNT HAVE GUESSED BY THE NAME NIGHTMARE). But she got to reality on accident and tries to get back but cant.
Now this is all fine and dandy but I found the series to be lacking in only 12 episodes and the introduction of characters that you see once….. ok maybe twice the whole time and just gets ignored at the end of the series! (Season2 anyone) But you cant just leave it open like in Half Life 2 Episode 2 when you are captured and BAM you get smacked in the face with ending credits and you only feel compelled to sit there and watch through it to see if MAYBE THERES MORE but then slams you with the menu screen and no word as to when the next episode is coming out for several years…….
When I was watching this series I also felt that at times I wanted to call out several different anime styles that were in the series and being how lazy I am I didn’t take the liberty of looking into seeing what studio made this work of interesting pile of something (not crap or trash) but a part of me yells “ARE THESE THE SAME GUYS THAT DID INDEX?” But there were other times that made me say noooo it’s not. Dont get me wrong but the art style was good and had a bit of a consistent flow….Wait… Did merry just jump into the room with some strange pose for no reason? COME ON! Merry moves about in a very interesting manner and seems to also defy the laws of…. science I guess… by appearing where ever she wants. Now if I was Yumeji I would have probably crapped my pants and said “WHERE WERE YOU?!?!” I guess she’s just a professional stalker who can appear on the other side of town and appear next to him in a blink of an eye at times….Probably so according to the last couple of episodes.
Now I know that this has been long winded and like a few walls but overall I have to say I give this 7/10, all depends on if the decide to make a 2nd season.
Expect me to give my thoughts on the reair of Haruhi (Yes Im still catching up)
Yay! Finally a timely release. If you were unaware, my goal for Lotte is to have each episode translation done and released before the next episode releases. And so far we’ve stuck with it, excluding the first episode because of delays! But, yep! Here’s Astarotte no Omocha episode 02. Head over to Tondemonai Fansubs for the torrents or direct download links.
Yep, I went back. This was my third trip to Mitsuwa and Sanseido. I’m kinda ashamed because of how much crap I end up walking away with, but at the same time, I’m satisfied. So then, let’s take a look at what we got here…
World Only God Knows Volumes 7, 8, and 9: This will pair well with my 4 and 5 volumes. God Only Knows is a great manga to read anywhere because it’s got the furigana alongside kanji and because there are pretty much no ecchi scenes. Family friendly goodness.
Minami-ke Volume 1: Bought this on a whim. Bad idea I guess, because when I opened it up after I got home… No furigana! Oh well… When I level up my kanji skills some more I’ll be able to read it.
Super Dreadnought Girl Volume 1: Bought this on a whim as well. It does have furigana, so I’ll read it when I have some free time.
And my favorite purchase,
He is My Master Volumes 3 and 4!!!: When I saw them I grabbed them immediately. Unfortunately, volumes 3 and 4 were the only ones in stock. I love He is My Master so much, and if you know me at all, I’m sure you’ve alread heard me say 1000 times how much I love Mitsuki.
Unfortunately, the manga I wanted most, Yumekui Merry, was nowhere to be found. I asked the clerk and he said they didn’t have it. So that was a dissapointment, but finding the He is My Master manga made me happy.
Lastly, I bought the April issue of Megami magazine. I wasn’t planning on buying any magazines this time because I only buy them for the picture and the posters, but the Madoka cover caught my eye.
Hamtaro Ham Ham Heartbreak, or H4, is a game made for only the manliest of men. This game has puzzles that rival that of Zelda. It has characters with an amount of depth that rivals Tales of Vesperia. It has a plot with an intensity to rival Valkyria Chronicles. Seriously.
I went ahead and tracked this down at a Gamestop a few miles from my house and went ahead and bought it. (And three other Gameboy Advance games because Gamestop is having a “buy 2 get 2 free” promotion.) My sister has this game too; I bought this game so that we can play together over summer break to see who can beat the game first. It’s gonna be fun.
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Yep, we finally released episode 1! A little off schedule because the karaoke took time. Tondemonai always goes for quality over speed. Lotte no Omocha is my first “official translation.” I say that because although Kirumin was a normal airing anime, it had mostly children in it, and thus I have deemed it a “children’s translation.” Lotte no Omocha on the other hand is a much more mainstream show with big words and confusing sentences. Nevertheless, the Tonde team worked their buts off to release this, so go and download it at the Tondemonai Website and enjoy!