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Someday’s Dreamers Volume 2: It’s The "Power Of Love"!

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Yume’s the newest apprentice mage in town. Mind you, this is a Japan where mages, those born with magic powers available to them, work side by side with the Government. Licensed mages work alongside firefighters, police, and even have their own Bureau that can be called upon to perform miracles. Yume is being trained alongside Angela Brooks, an apprentice from England, who has her own troubles with magic. Is she a perfect fit for Inoue, a mage apprentice who’s fallen from the path by running from tasks?

Episodes included in this disc
Episode 5: An Apron And Champagne
Episode 6: I Want To Be A Mage
Episode 7: The Mage Who Couldn’t Become A Mage
Episode 8: Enormous Power In The Name Of Love

Ah, Someday’s Dreamers. The series that tricked me into buying ALL of it, due to the promises of the adventures of someone who could be my fair Shinobu’s twin. Could be, until I actually watched the disc and realized they’re a decent amount different. After slaying Karl Olson, I realized what the show was; a pretty decent, emotional, low-action series that just seems to “get” you in the gut at it’s sweetness. Does the magic hold up in this second volume, or is the mystical force gone as fast as the White Ranger’s Magistaff? (And yes, I’m gonna make another Power Rangers Mystic Force reference in the next volume. Sue me.)

“An Apron And Champagne” kick the volume off by having my least-liked character from the previous volume, the New York-sounding girl (Yes, she beats out Angela, because England is only slightly more tolerable than New York), run away from home. Her mom tries to track her down, but has problems stemming from the fact that they don’t connect much. This may be due to the fact that as soon as she gets offered a chance, she gets drunk on champagne at the supermarket.

Whoo-boy. Great mom she is.

“I Want To Be A Mage” is the sucker-punch of the disc. Smiley’s always been, well, smiley, but that changes when he reveals that he was raised at an orphanage. That doesn’t affect him too much, but when he learns that some kids from the orphanage have been hurt in a flood, he rushes to their aid. He arrives at the hospital to find one of the kids in a coma, and desperately wishes he had the power of a mage. Well, good things come to those who wait…

“The Mage Who Couldn’t Become A Mage” and “Enormous Power In The Name Of Love” are a two-parter in all sense of the word. The apprentices meet another, Inoue, who tends to run away from his problems. He’s taken on tasks that he can’t complete, and runs away from it, leaving the girls to clean up his mess. Angela begins to have feelings for Inoue, which she believes is some trick of his. It takes the warping of the Tokyo Tower to get things straightened out.

I’ll admit, there’s not much going on in this series, but it’s endearing nevertheless. Voice acting is good, and all the accents come off down pat. Animation is quality, with a reserved use of CG (but it’s good when it shows up).

Extras seem a little lacking in comparison to volume one, being three commercials for the show in Japan (do all animé commercials in Japan sound the same way? A line from the show, delivered by a character, advertising the show and timeslot, and then asking you to watch it? It reminds me why Toonami’s promos always rocked), an interview with Aoi Miyazaki, and Geneon previews. Physically, you get a reversible cover and a mini-poster on the opposite of the insert.

There’s some magic in Someday’s Dreamers, and you don’t need to fill out a request to have this magic in your house.