First Impression-Yumekui Merry – 01

Oh look, Puss-in-boots… and meet Miss Merry Nightmare!

Welcome to the first impressions for Yumekui Merry! So far I have heard most of the brand new shows of winter season have bombed, or have been full of fail. Kind of sucks to hear that but ah well can’t be helped. This week I turn older! Yay, another birthday! At least cake will be good with anime. Might see Tron in 3D and see what all the cool kids are saying about that movie. Really looking forward to drawing some fan arts soon of new shows! Well the non-sucky ones.

Onto the review! Yumekui Merry’s plot at the beginning seems like every other supernatural type of show: main character is from another world and somehow travels to the human world where no one can see her. Much like the first episode of Bleach, with a bit of dream world thrown into the mix. Also the other world is filled with these cats that wear gloves, boots and other types of clothes. Yeah, buddies of Puss-in-boots.

Merry has a freaking building for an alarm clock!

That cat is so manly, look at those gloves!

Pictured in pink is Yumeji Fujiwara, a strange kid with a power to see what kind of dreams you will see through colors. How that is useful, is strange to me but guess it works. He does have lots of strange dreams mostly about talking cats. I am no fan of the furry so they are now creepy cats! Run away!

Looks like someone had a long night…

And then we meet Merry Nightmare! Such an odd yet cool name. She can’t remember what she really is but she wakes up in the dream world and then appears on the human side to walk around town aimlessly.

Blonde dude has those creepy eyes, they want to eat your SOULLLL!!

Someone failed to get into the Glittering Crux cool kids club, IT’S A PINCCCHHH

Yumeji wakes up after his trip to make-believe Disney world to join his friends then it’s off to school for some odd dream reading. Do kids in anime even learn anything? They seem to always have so much free time. After a bit of random fun with his crazy friends, he tries to see into his own dreams only to see nothing but black and red, knowing he will see those cats again. Until he bumps into our main girl who loses her hat and falls right on top of him. Was shocked she didn’t beat the snot out of him! And he didn’t even freak out.

Special greetings from Merry! Lucky you, Yumeji…

I love those crazy frog eyes!

The two of them part ways and Yumeji wanders the street, and ends up back in dream world to get attacked by the small cat army. Things are slightly different though as he faces a new threat in the form of a huge mask wearing person who wants his body, mostly for traveling back and forth from his world to the humans. Merry shows up and the two battle it out! The masked fighter calls himself Chaser John Doe. Awesome, crazier names! Merry overpowers the man and cracks his mask. Before he can make any smart remarks he simply leaves saying you’re one of those and retreats. Merry simply calls him an idiot and Yumeji returns to his real world, joined by his new found friend, who passes out resting on him.

It’s Spawn! But Kitty style?!


Look at that stomach giving Nicole Richie the run for her money!


Merry packs quite the hits; wonder what her shoes are made of?! STEEL?!

Beaten and sad boss looks depressed even with a mask on…

Extra screens!


Merry has some of the best facial expressions! This one is the DUHHHHH face.

That’s right, it was all a bad trip bro, breath in those paint fumes…

Can I get a “doshta shounen” here? Nakata Jouji has an epic voice.

End thought

First half simply introduced the main character cast, which has your typical friendly type with Saki Kirishima who I liked instantly, because she seems to be the goof ball type of character. Then you have the childhood friend Isana Tachibana who lives with the Yumeji of course! But by far the most fun characters are the Chaser guy and Merry. Who seems to be a ball of energy and an impressive fighter for someone her size, but this is a J.C. Staff show and they tend to have tough female lead characters.

The villain they have is also very cool! Nakata Jouji of course and I’m very impressed so far with the voice cast, seem to match up quite well. I wasn’t too sold on the whole talking cats with clothes characters, however they do fit the theme of a dream like world. Makes me wonder what else they can throw at us with the supernatural elements and dream world versus real world setup they have going. Maybe more like Bleach keeping them both separate? Guess we will wait and see.

I really hope they can continue to keep up the high quality production on this as the city was a bit dull compared to the dream world with some old beaten up buildings. During the fight scene it was really fluid and nice not really hard to follow at all, then again she looked like she didn’t break a sweat beating old Chaser up. But really hard to say based on one episode if I can call it great, only time will tell! But so far I like the fun characters and world they have created.


Next week appears to be a bit of a back-story for Merry, maybe we will get to see what she really is! The preview showed a human with similar hairstyle and a fairy or a demon with her. I would guess, they did some odd fusion and you get Merry.

Thanks for reading! See you next time.


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47 Responses to “First Impression-Yumekui Merry – 01”

  1. Hogart says:

    I kept expecting Casshern to appear in the dreams, or at least to hear that weird grinding noise he made when he used his afterburner things in Sins. Even “Chaser” reminds me a little of Dune from that series.

    Aside from convincing me that Merry’s made of steel (in case the obsessive framing of her abs didn’t make it clear) this was the most creative first ep I’ve seen this season, so I’m definitely looking forward to it.

    • Hime says:

      XD I’m glad I wasn’t the only one thing Casshern through some of this. the resemblences are uncanny! They are definately taking their ques from it in the fight scenes.

      • Foshizzel says:

        I tried to get into Casshern but I dunno why it didn’t appeal to me, maybe ill give it another shot. The fights where good for the first episode was actually surprised to see.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Lol I love the name too Chaser sounds great! It has that classic anime villain name like something from a 007 movie.

      Yes! they loved to show off her abs in this, yep creative first episode indeed!

      • Hime says:

        I adore Casshern so I’m a bit biased, but I heard from a few that they found it hard to get into. It was kind of aimless for the first half of the series, just him wandering about and meeting folk. But even if that was dull or I didn’t like the “character of the week” the fights always made it worthwhile for me.

        …That and the character designs were HHNNGG! X3

  2. anaaga says:

    i fail. the first thing i noticed on the main guy is his shirt. IT GOT A WATERMELON PICTURE.

    i actually do like the story. i thought it was some ol-boring anime. but heyyy, not bad. it’s pretty mysterious. and i love merry. she’s unpredictable. i though she was gona bitch slap the main chara when she fell, but SHE DIDN’T. AMAZZZZIIIIINNNNNNGGGG

    actually, the kids in japan don’t have that much time. my japanese teacher told me that she really hated japan for its education system. 9 am to 5 pm is for school. then around 6 or 7 pm until 10 pm s for cram school. she used to be anorexic because of stress =/
    another proof that anime is not real. this is another reason why we’re not being attacked by weird monsters right now. 1) we’re not japanese 2) anime is NOT REAL 🙁

    • Foshizzel says:

      Woot such a manly shirt too…

      I KNOW! she didn’t slap him or bite him or kick him…amazing hopefully things maintain this way and Merry doesn’t turn into the typical JC staff lead female.

      LOL gotcha there, yeah I just always see that in anime they like never learn anything! Look at Star Driver all they do is fight and hang out xD

      Yep that’s why we love it so much!

  3. wonton jr. says:

    I really like the cat!!I don’t really know why… it’s just cats with guns click something inside my head ^_^

  4. Sebz says:

    CAT BOSS!!

  5. Tofu says:

    Yumekui Merry… at least this time it’s not a one sided opposition unlike with Rio and Infinite Stratos (which I believe Rio is alright and not bad while IS is epic~)

    Did anyone else see the PV for this show? It was MAD as! Totally got my hopes up and guess what, they achieved it, rock’n out cats with bazooka’z~~ And ‘Chaser’ with the SHOUNEN~!!! xD Anyone got favourite characters? And can I say, when I saw Merry with those frog eyes I INSTANTLY thought of NARUTO SAGE MODE!!!! xDD

    • Foshizzel says:

      IS will be interesting to watch but CGI suits bored me, but ill continue to follow.

      Merry looks to be my favorite so far and that random brown haired friend her voice is fun! mostly because it’s Stocking from Pns. Merry and Chaser are my fav so far 🙂

      Lol sage mode that’s where I saw those eyes from! xD

  6. Junko says:

    I..really liked this. It was kinda crazy, and gave a real Soul Eater vibe (which was awesome until the end, derp). Hope it keeps it up

    • Foshizzel says:

      Now that you mention that, it does have a huge Soul eater feel to it with the art style and odd characters. Agreed there I hope things continue to get good!

    • Sebz says:

      some say it gives of a Pandora Hearts vibe, though.

      • anaaga says: i fail to see any pandora hearts vibe =/ except the whole girl-lost-her-memory thingy. i think pandora hearts is darker…

  7. Hime says:

    I was very surprised by this show. I hadn’t given it even a minota of attention in the winter previews, but I thought the first episode was really fun. I loved the whole dreams thing, frog-eyed girl was full of win, and WATERMELON T-SHIRT! I want one X3 The cats were so cute and evil as well xD

    I will so be following this series.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Lol the watermelon t-shirt xD should have made some koolaid comments there hmmm. Dream world is great! wonder what all can happen there maybe Merry can enter peoples dreams xD

      Yep same! great show for winter.

  8. Kabitzin says:

    Merry has a freaking building for an alarm clock!

    Nooo, how do you hit snooze on this thing?!

    I love those crazy frog eyes!

    Sage mode!

    • Foshizzel says:

      Lol with her kicks of course! they are powerful.

      Sage mode indeed, long as Merry doesn’t turn into a frog type xD

  9. Gunny says:

    pretty cool OP, nice lead characters, cool art style (specially the background), and stylish cats with guns… I think I will be following this =o

    • Foshizzel says:

      That OP is nice indeed! gotta find some youtube links to listen too xD art style is awesome too! high quality stuff right there. Course! cats with guns are always fun 😛

  10. Kushi says:

    what is this?!?! cats?! XD I’m sticking around for this one~
    (sorry, I have a soft heart for kitties)

    • Foshizzel says:

      Yay for cat lovers! No worries this is going to be a fun show to follow 🙂

      • Kushi says:

        I hope so. I just watched it and I’m concerned about the character strength (and hopefully JC Staff not making another shallow series). Oh, well~ the plot seems interesting and the art is good!

        • Foshizzel says:

          Right I agree there hopefully they can keep it going strong and not need 3 series to get the point across.

  11. Overcooled says:

    …I…I actually thought this was gonna be a tag team post but I guess not…<__< ANYWAYS, I read the manga and immediately got high hopes for this one. I prefer the manga, but the anime is doing a pretty decent job. Finally, something else to watch for the Winter season that I'll actually look forward to.

    • Foshizzel says:

      OHhhhh hmmm ill check again sorries about that >.>;;

      Did the first episode do the manga justice? or was it very similar? Nice this is going to be a fun thing to watch happy to see a winter anime people enjoy 🙂

    • anaaga says:

      i thought ur gona watch rio? won’t u looks forward in seeing more rio? xD

  12. amado says:

    I like chaser john doe.
    and like I already said in other blogs, I hope he will play an important part other than a first boss or become one of the main characters like an anti hero or at least a supporting character.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Agreed very great character there.

      Right same I hope things end up that way would be very nice to see.

  13. edru says:

    sorta reminds me of pandora hearts but I prefer pandora since the main character has a sort of twisted and creepy personality despite being very nice.

    il still watch this though. I hope to see more of chaser john doe, he’s unique from the usual first villain where they bite the dust from first episode/appearance just to show how badass the character is and also saying things like “impossible, what are you, you must be merry the *insert a cool title*, how did you,” etc.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Oh I am sure Chaser will get some great quotes! he is one of the cooler looking characters design wise anyway.

  14. I’m considering watching this show since the character designs look pretty good,the animation is of a good quality and also because I have not watched any winter 2011 shows yet. But sometimes I get bored if they just fight and win against the villain every time.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Animation is high stuff burned it on a dvd to see and looks great on a bigger Tv Lol

      Yes that is true most shows like this theme do tend to repeat the fight fight fight beat the boss and do it again next week thing. Hopefully they don’t do that, but this is made by JC staff they always take a long time to get things over and done with.

  15. BlackLagoon187 says:

    haaha now that you mention it the boss dude does look like the animated spawn I watched when I was a kid :O

    Will continue watching this for the sake of the kitties :3

    • Foshizzel says:

      Yep! just missing his chains and some neon green flames somewhere, still looks like a great design and not seeing a face behind the mask makes it even better!

      Lol kittys

  16. sassy says:

    I just got around to watching this and I’m liking what I see.

  17. Masu says:


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