It’s going to be kind of hard for me to give a fair review of Someday’s Dreamers. The reason being that it’s an iyashi-kei show, and iyashi-kei puts me to sleep. Similarly, everything kind of flows together and it makes it hard to remember specific points to discuss later. I can really only remember feelings or moods, such as “Hmm, I think this has a little bit more conflict than these titles usually have”. Or perhaps the fact that I practically fell asleep and can’t remember specific stuff makes it good?
The one thing that I can say about the show that was unquestionably good was the animation. It’s kind of surprising to me that a show where “nothing happens” ends up having more motion and higher-quality drawings than the majority of shows where things do happen. There are frequently shots where for example, someone will grab Yume’s arm as she is walking/running away, and she will then turn in that direction with all of the movements (torso, head, hair, etc.) that that entails. Unlike many other shows, this isn’t done as a set of static images, where perhaps we pan up from waist-height to see the hand holding the arm, then possibly fade to a static shot of Yume’s turned head. There’s actually movement going on! Whoa! I was kind of bummed when the show wasn’t one of the titles on the sakuga wiki’s list of notable titles.
That said, I was less bummed when I found out that JC Staff wasn’t doing Someday’s Dreamers and Read or Die concurrently. I was closing to being like “Dayamn, if they can do a show with such amazing animation as Read or Die and still have the resources to do this, whoa.”
Would I watch it even if I weren’t forced? I think I got one episode into the sequel back in 2008 before falling asleep.