This episode didn’t really sell me on the show, but it hasn’t really deterred me either. I remain on the fence when it comes to the art and animation approaches, and am still waiting for the story to genuinely hook me in.
⚫ Okay so, the first thing that jumped out at me from Yumekui Merry #3 was the terrible animation quality. This was an undeniably cheap episode, with minimal movement throughout and, unlike the first two episodes, no redeeming action animation centerpiece. There were a lot of shortcuts used to save on framerate, and the actual character acting was jerky. It’s a real shame, given the caliber that this show could have had.
⚫ On the upside, the art direction remains strong. The dream sequences have a really interesting look to them, and each one is unique. This time it was styled as a lonely ether with encroaching themes of imprisonment. It made for an effective and attractive sequence, even without from Kenji Matsumoto (instead, Shinzo did the background art). The compositions also remain strong, courtesy of Shigeyasu Yamauchi . Yamauchi has put a lot of work into this anime. As with Casshern Sins, he has kept a lot of control over this anime, and has storyboarded and directed every episode so far (I assume a different storyboard will show up soon though).
⚫ Merry is cute! While her character is still a little hard to understand, her expressions and cute moments (such as her drooling reaction to donuts!) build up a moe feeling for her. Plus there’s her sexy midriff-baring getup! Even I’m getting on the navel band-wagon. I think her seiyuu is doing a good job in her first big role, but am I the only one who hears Kanae Itou in her voice, really strongly?
⚫ I’m loving the music, by the way.