Yes indeed, you’d better prepare yourself for a surprisingly decent anime.
Summary: We meet the protagonist, Fujiwara Yumeji whose dreams are haunting him in not only in the dreamworld but also in reality, possibly due to his “special” abilities. A girl who calls herself Merry Nightmare comes to his apparent rescue looking for her precious hat. Merry is also special like Yumeji; having something to do with the dreamworld. This exposition episode was short, sweet, and exceedingly beautiful.
Artwork: The first thing that I noticed about this anime was the very unique art style. The background immediately remind me of Kino no Tabi in which they are similar to that of watercoloured paintings. Along with fresh and vibrant colours, it creates an intriguing atmosphere that I love. The animated portions are of the highest quality, of which I commend J.C. Staff. All in all, interesting setting and great animations. The battle scene is quite up to par as well.Plot: My expectations of this anime were not high admittedly but the plot of this anime seems solid enough. There’s enough action to keep me interested and with my favorite genre being Slice of Life, the school scenes and random meanderings of the characters play to my favor. The dreamworld is a good addition as well. It gives the anime a unique aspect but seems to be integrated well enough so that they don’t feel tacked on. Being the first episode and all, I loved how they didn’t jump directly into the plot like many animes seem to do. And yet, they give the viewer a bit of an introduction into the characters/setting like every good exposition should. I’ll have to see more to give a full verdict on the plot. Conclusion: This is an anime that I held to no expectations and yet this is why I enjoy watching anime. Surprisingly absorbing. In particular the art style piques my interest. A lot of fun and a welcome beginning to the 2011 Winter Season.
P.S. This anime has a navel fetish, not that I’m complaining. ;D
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