I don’t look for manga like most people do. Most people hear about a popular title or an interesting new series, so they go out and buy it. I, on the other hand, buy mine through nostalgia, the fact that it will probably be bad, or because I liked the opening theme song from the anime. This time around it’s nostalgia, and I’ve almost always hated the resulting manga.
I only bought Someday’s Dreamers because as a kid I saw it advertised in Anime Insider (now discontinued). It seemed nice enough. The art was good (from a 10-year-old’s perspective) and it had a strong storyline (“Dreams, Love, & Friendship All Bound by Magic” read the advertisement). I don’t know what I was thinking.
“Someday’s Dreamers” was written by Norie Yamada and drawn by Kumichi Yoshizuki. They both did an okay job, but it seems they work well together. The story involves a lot of crying, and the art shows a lot of people crying. If I had known it would’ve been an emotional manga, I probably wouldn’t have purchased it.
Plot: Yume Kikuchi is an apprentice to a wizard so she can learn to use her magic properly. She helps out her customers by granting their greatest desires for no discernible reason. The stories are intended to be touching, but frankly I don’t see the point to helping these people. Really, they don’t get paid, and they could actually get in trouble for committing a magical crime.
To be honest, what I thought the plot was when I was a kid involved Yume waiting in a DMV-esque magic office for the entire series. Not much better, I know. But I’m surprised by the outright lie on the back of the manga: “A cross between Harry Potter and Sailor Moon!” First, don’t use Amazon.com as a source of praise. Secondly, this series is way too bland to be in the league of the aforementioned titles. If by “Harry Potter” you mean “there’s magicians in this book”, then yes. But I don’t see how you can compare this anywhere near Sailor Moon.
I know I’m not mentioning the actual details of Someday’s Dreamers, but it’s hard to do. It’s just boring all around. Yume isn’t an interesting character, her teacher doesn’t have much personality, and the stories just invoke the words “magic can grant all your wishes!” over and over. I don’t know how anyone could particularly enjoy this series since it’s not funny or clever in any special way.
Now granted, this IS a Tokyopop title, and generally the manga they translate is either hit or miss. Viz Media and Del Rey usually publish great titles, Yen Press is more often than not unpopular, and the other publishing companies have their own rankings. So it’s understandable that Someday’s Dreamers would be desperate enough to lie about itself. Also, on the back it reads “the manga series that influenced the popular anime”. Someday’s Dreamers has never been popular, and it’s not hard to understand why.
Overall Opinion: If this manga is a cross between Harry Potter and Sailor Moon, you’d be better off reading those separately.
Rating: One Thumb Down, Two Out Of Five Stars, and a C-.