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Yume Nikki

Aug 1, 2020

It starts out pretty boring. It has the expected wonkiness of a dreamscape, but with the added focus of a video game-inspired plot: our dreamer travels through the twelve doors to visit various worlds and subworlds, collecting the "effects" along the way. But it's not quite as simple as that; there's also something off about the times when fe's supposedly awake. Fe pinches feir cheek to wake up, but even from the beginning it's implied that fe's just entering another layer of the dream. As the manga builds up to its climax, it starts becoming a bit more interesting, if only because it starts becoming more confusing and complicated in its portrayals of layers of dreaming and peoples' identities.

The main character always has feir eyes closed, probably to indicate that fe's asleep. I don't particularly like that technique though; I feel it makes it harder to connect to fem as a character because it's harder to read feir expressions. There are quite a few eyes and faces in the backgrounds, several of which reminded me of Aztec carvings or something.

3/10 story
6/10 art
2/10 characters
3/10 overall
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