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Notables: Animation - GONZO
KOYASU Takehito
One day, Haruto Tsukishiro wakes up in a strange room and finds himself entrapped in a dream world that is dominated by the frightening 'Witch of Thunder'. He meets Lily, a strange girl who claims to be his sister, and Katsumi Kanzaki, who in this place appears as a cat. Together they attempt to figure out what's going on and how to return to their normal lives.

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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3368#628]
Five episodes watched:

This is a show which starts off with English credits and whose OP sequence has a freaky, supernatural aura to it. The artwork is a bit crude but I suppose that could be ascribed to the fact that this is all taking place in an alternate reality. The story was modestly interesting: apparently some sort of dream world exists because people who have fallen victim to 'Sleeping Beauty Syndrome' (all young girls?) and are basically in a coma, have somehow created this place to transfer their minds to; and somehow Haruto and a couple of other people have wound up there as well. The way Haruto figured out what was really going on and fixed it was sort of fun; most shows wouldn't even think about telling a story which was any more complicated than it absolutely had to be. Running into someone who is trying to make scientific sense of this place was interesting as well. And a villain going from hateful and cruel to sympathetic in a believable manner doesn't happen every day. Something is missing, however; the plot was strange but not all that deep, and the episode ended in a distinctly unexciting manner. In general I feel we were not given much of a setup as to what the basic conflict of the series would be. Will Haruto and his friends wander about and repeatedly fix the psychological problems that numerous attractive girls have developed? Will they search for a way back to normal life? Are they interesting and likeable people? I will watch at least one more episode in order to get a better idea of where this show is going from here.

Episode two was fun as well, as Haruto and Katsumi investigate a case of someone taking revenge for a sadistic murder ten years ago via the dream world. The two of them do not seem to share the same notion of what 'justice' means, which was kind of interesting but kind of confusing as well. Haruto seems kind of unpredictable now, after he did something that the traditional good guy wouldn't do. Also, it was unclear just how well things had been resolved for the Sleeping Beauty character. So, the episode was entertaining but ended on a abrupt and discordant note. Apparently Katsumi can flit back and forth between the real world and the dream one at will, which one would think would be a topic that Haruto would ask him about.

Episode four confused me. This girl, who is bulimic (I think) doesn't seem to be in Sleeping Beauty mode, but Haruto gets sucked into her dreams nevertheless. What fixed her problem? It wasn't anything Haruto said, was it? I don't get it. Eh, I think perhaps I will drop this series. I don't sense that individual episodes are providing us with any hints about what the explanation behind Haruto's entrapment within Sleeping Beauty Syndrome might be, and they aren't all that interesting by themselves either. Still no hint of what the deal is with this girl who calls Haruto 'brother'; she's not Kanzaki's sister, is she? It's hard to tell what's going on in a dream and what's happening in the real world (anything involving Haruto ought to be taking place in a dream, but I can't be sure). Each week a new girl with a new version of SBS comes along, and her problem is solved somehow, but it just seems that we're back where we began rather than any closer to a solution to the mystery. In a season with so many halfway decent anime, I haven't got time for shows like this.

Last updated Tuesday, August 29 2017. Created Wednesday, July 19 2017.

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