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Yumeria

Yumeria V.1 – Enter the Dreamscape
Released By: ADV Films
DVD SRP: $29.98 – 100 Minutes
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) & English Subtitles

When Tomakazu Mikuri falls asleep on the eve of his 16th birthday, things start to change – BIG TIME! He enters a fantastical dream world, where he’s surrounded by a gaggle of gorgeous girls, oodles of otherworldly predators, and an ever-increasing influx of all-out weirdness! Did we already mention all the gorgeous girls? It’s a test of good versus evil, real world versus dream world, and lots of action-packed, scantily clad battles for the very survival of mankind! Will Tomokazu save the world? Will he finally get lucky? Or will he just die trying? The answer is right here in the funny , freaky first volume of Yumeria!

DVD Features:
• Clean Opening/Closing Animation
• Reverse Cover

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INTRODUCTION
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What does a guy do when his dreams and reality begin to intermix? Hook up with a plethora of hot girls and start playing retarded fantasy video games within his own head of bizarre desires and retarded mind-numbing creativity lacking smarts!

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STORY – Rating: 6.5 (out of 10)
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This is one of those bizarre series aimed at teenage guys. Sometimes they work and sometimes they fail miserably. This one doesn’t really interest easily as the characters are flat and uninteresting. The plot is also unbelievably thin. It’s like it was written by a teenager with no creativity. The lead character crash-lands into a dream world when he falls asleep on the eve of his 16th birthday. There he meets a hot chick who can only say one word – which ends up being used as her name. When he wakes up she is in bed with him. Those kind of antics tends to show up in this series a lot. After trying to explain to those around him that he is not simply being a pervert, and failing, some of his other friends end up in the dream world with him. Over the course of the volume we learn that there is some actual battle to be fought in the dream world or something. However, nothing happens besides introductions to numerous girls who will no doubt fight over the teenage boy as he must be ungodly attractive to them. If that sounds like something enjoyable to you then go for it. If it does normally but sounds bland here you might want to simply stick to the classic Tenchi Muyo.

This DVD Contains Episodes One to Four

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ANIMATION – Rating: 8 (out of 10)
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To be honest there is nothing wrong with the Yumeria animation. It’s actually quite nice. Most viewers will find it doesn’t have extremely memorable character designs or settings yet for the goals of the show it manages to succeed on its own level quite nicely. The work of the artists is satisfactory and is appropriate for this type of show.

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AUDIO – Rating: 8 (out of 10)
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The audio doesn’t features rich 5.1 Surround Sound. Despite this there are no real reasons for complaint. On the technical side the audio is fitting and even the dubbing for both English and Japanese languages works well. It has a good volume mix and there aren’t any noticeable dub flaws on this release.

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EXTRAS – Rating: 2 (out of 10)
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For an ADV release it is surprising to find the lack of quality bonus materials on this volume. Could it be the truly good stuff is being saved for later volumes? I am unsure. All that was included for this intro to the series was Clean Opening and Closing Animations. The reverse cover art was also there but as it doesn’t even have the name of the show on the side of the picture I can’t really see that many people using it.

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OVERALL
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When it comes down to judging this series based on volume one it is hard to say where the show will go. At its current stage it is harmless fun but it all feels a little like déjà vu. Nevertheless, for those interested in series like this it will be something to watch (as long as one’s wallet can afford to splurge a little).