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Someday's Dreamers - Magical Dreamer (Vol. 1) (2003)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C3IBH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Someday's Dreamers - Magical Dreamer (Vol. 1) DVD

Seventeen-year-old Yume Kikuchi comes to Tokyo for training as a mage and discovers a sophisticated urban world unlike anything she's experienced in the countryside. Requests for the use of Special Powers are regulated by the government and can be granted only by mages who have completed the training program. Yume embodies the old saw "you can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl." Naive and even prudish, she constantly apologizes to everyone for everything. There's little need for apologies: in the world of Someday Dreamers everyone is nice and all the males are bishonen (beautiful boys), beginning with Yume's languid gay instructor, Masami Oyamada. Aimed at an audience of adolescent girls, Dreamers plays like a very tame cross between Harry Potter and Sailor Moon. (Rated 13 and older: tobacco and alcohol use, mild risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Reality September 23, 2003
"Someday's Dreamer" ("Mahou Tsukia ni Taisetu na Koto" or "What is Imporant to a Magician" is the Japanese series title.) is a great, charming show, blending the essence of anime such as "Lain" and non-Miyazaki Studio Ghibli.
The basic story follows Yume, a trainee magician from the countryside of Japan, who is on study-leave in Tokyo to learn more about practical magic and complete her training. Yume (Dream, in Japanese) is a quite, gentle type of country-girl, easily confused and swept up by Tokyo. While the "Witch in Training" theme brings to mind "Kiki's Delivery Service," the tone and animation style is entirely different, being more subtle and with little overt action.
The animation is absolutely beautiful, and maybe the main draw of the series. The scenes of daily life in Tokyo are spot-on, and stunning in their realism.
"Someday's Dreamer" is definitely intended to be a girl's show, and there is a share of male "fan service," as Yume finds herself staring at her handsome roommates's bare chests. Not enough to be distracting, and the girls deserve some eye-candy after all.
The story is enjoyable, and worth watching. The animation is fantastic, and pushes this series way up on the quality bar.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New, but Plenty of Fun May 8, 2004
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"Someday's Dreamers" is the story of Kikuchi Yume, a young girl who comes from her country home to the big city of Tokyo for mage training. Like most anime heroines, Yume has an amazing power sleeping inside her, and an uncanny ability to act with the right intentions at the wrong time.
Before you start drawing connections between "Someday's Dreamers" and "Harry Potter"...don't. Although the wizard-in-training bit is present and accounted for, that's about where the similarities end, and Dreamers doesn't feel or play like some kind of quick cash-in Potter rip-off.
The show itself is fairly light for now. The four episodes on this disc each stand well on their own; each episode involves Yume being faced with a problem and having to solve it, usually through the use of her magic (or Special Power, as it is called in the show.)
Technically, the show is impressive. The animation is clean and bright, and the music is perfectly suited to the chiefly gentle nature of the show. (I would recommend checking into the soundtrack CD, available domestically from Geneon-Pioneer.) Both the English and Japanese voice casts turn in solid performances in their various roles.
On that note, there's some difference between how the subtitles and the dub are presented. Pioneer makes some interesting choices with the subtitles, including leaving names Asian style (e.g. Kikuchi Yume instead of Yume Kikuchi) and leaving honorifics (e.g. -san, -chan, sensei) intact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Story December 24, 2003
This is definitely more of a "chick-flick" anime, but the story and artwork are both beautifully understated. I wouldn't really say that Someday's Dreamers is aimed at adolescent girls, though I'm sure it would appeal to some. In general, I would say the action and romances are too slow to develop and will leave the average teenaged girl bored long before she could appreciate the subtle nuances of the story.
This series' creator has taken a more "realist" approach to things, presenting a solid, stoically paced story with beautifully realistic imagery.
At times, the story leaves the viewers confused, but things are explained in time, and it helps us relate to the dazed, confused Yume.
Just do yourself a favor and watch it in Japanese...the dubbers' decision to give certain characters Southern drawls to emphasize that they are from the "country" was stupid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant way to spend some time September 7, 2005
"Someday's Dreamers" is a pleasant coming-of-age story of a young "mage" who is required to spend her summer break training with a certified mage in order to become a certified mage herself. Yume struggles to come to terms with her reasons for becoming a mage and to develop self-confidence in her actions as well as to develop an appreciation for the limits (artificial and otherwise) placed on her powers.

The story has fun with the bureaucracy within which Yume and her trainer work. Yes, she starts her first official day of training watching training videos! Although rules do get broken and bent more often than not, the interesting thing is that the bureaucracy is not portrayed as simply evil-hearted or mindless; at times, it is explained why the rules exist and why they make sense. I especially loved the discussion of ethics for mages.

The series is episodic for the most part. However, the last three episodes create a darker story arc as Yume suffers a crisis of confidence as she faces her final test. On a final note, this series is an homage to the city of Tokyo. Yume comes to the city in confusion and trepidation, but as time passes, she falls in love with the city and its people. Tokyo deserves cast credit: "Tokyo as Itself."
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