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Teenager Tomokazu Mikuri is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, an orphan, tortured by a SadistTeacher, and, it seems, trapped in a perpetual malaise. He's something of a loser and more than a little lonely, having been raised all by himself in a large house by his older cousin Nanase.

However, everything changes for him on the night before his [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday sixteenth birthday]]. When he falls asleep, he dreams he is in a bizarre landscape where he watches a flying purple-haired girl fight a strange warcraft. When she is shot down, he saves her from certain death.

And when he wakes up the next morning, she's in his bed, naked.

Tomokazu soon learns that the dream landscape that he was in is very real indeed -- Moera, the land of dreams. And the strange warcraft he saw was a Faedun -- a creature born of mankind's nightmares. The Faedun seek to conquer Moera so that they can use it to stage an attack on the waking world.

Before he knows it, other girls begin entering the dream world with him, starting with Mizuki, a childhood friend who has long had an unrequited crush on him. Joining them are Neneko, a street kid with a strange hat and stranger habits, and Kuyou, Nanase's little sister, whose unexpected return from America is ''not'' a coincidence. And then there is the mysterious Silk, oldest of the girls, who seems to exist only in the dream world and whose masked face is never revealed, even when she's in a bathing suit. In the dream world, each one has a distinctive costume and power, and together they fight the Faedun.

Tomokazu soon learns that he is the lynchpin of the group, with the ability to supercharge any them into a WaveMotionGun. He also learns that he is critical to the defense of the waking world from the Faedun -- from one of the few survivors of their ''successful'' conquest in the future, who has ''reincarnated into the past'' in order to change the timeline. If Tomokazu and the girls fail, the Faedun will leave the Earth a wasteland of ruins and corpses.

''Yumeria'' is a {{Namco}} [[TheAnimeOfTheGame game that later has a twelve-episode anime]]. The anime starts off looking like a screwball sentai harem comedy but reveals a darker underpinning the further in you get. It is licensed in North America and available on DVD.

Neneko and Neito appear in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' as part of the Namco Bandai franchise.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: Although it's comical and played for laughs.
* AccidentalMarriage: Neneko uses this on Tomokazu after he accidentally lands on her and touches her butt.
* AccidentalPervert: Mikuri isn't exactly sorry about it, but he takes the cake for setting up ''Mizuki'' as one!
* Creator/ADVFilms: North American distributor.
* AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles: Parodied.
* AlmostKiss
* AlternateUniverse
* AncientTradition: At least it feels like one.
* BadAssCrew: The main cast while in the dream world.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: When the girls are undergoing a transformation.
* BareYourMidRiff: Mone, Kuyou, and Mizuki in their battle outfits.
* BattleAura
* BeachEpisode
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: A major plot point; [[spoiler:the second half of the series is about averting a future that has already come to pass for one character]].
* BedmateReveal: Tomokazu's bed is very nearly the only way to get out of the dream world.
* BlushSticker: Neneko.
* CallingYourAttacks: Invoked: The girls decide that since they look like a sentai/magical girls team, they should act like it.
* TheCameo: Taira no Kagekiyo shows up. [[VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom Of course, you'll only know him in the crossover game.]]
* CatchPhrase: Neneko frequently says "It's a mystery!" in both English and Japanese.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Mizuki.
* TheChosenOne: Tomokazu.
* ClingyJealousGirl: All the girls at one time or another.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Each of the main girls have a different hair color/style.
* ColorFailure: Happens to Ishikari-sensei after Mone chooses Tomokazu over him when the former suggests she stay with him for some "special tutoring". Tomokazu gloats a little over it as well.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: Coordinated attack variation, and they take turns delivering the coup de grace. [[spoiler:Their Wave Motion Gun in the final episode also counts]].
* ConspicuousCG: Power effects, water.
* CoolBigSis: Nanase.
* CoolMask: Silk.
* CranialEruption: Tomokazu after at least one encounter with Neneko's HyperspaceMallet.
* CrashIntoHello: Tomokazu does this to Mizuki when he's running late for school in the first episode.
* CrossPoppingVeins
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday
* DebutQueue
* DemonicInvaders: the Faedun.
* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: In episode 9, after making Mone cry, Tomokazu is denied dinner that night by Nanase, even though he apologized to her already.
* {{Dojikko}}: Nanase asks Tomokazu at one point if he thinks she is one.
* DreamLand: Moera.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: In a future they're trying to avert.
* EyeCatch: Usually shows the cat that hangs around with Neneko.
* EyeColorChange: Neneko has violet/purple eyes, but when [[spoiler: mental time traveler Neito]] takes control of their shared body, they turn green.
* FalseCameraEffects
* FanDisservice: Tomokazu has an ImagineSpot in episode 3 where Ishikari-sensei is wearing a female S&M costume when he's referring to a make up test.
* {{Fanservice}}: Including lingering butt-and-crotch shots of Mizuki while in her bathing suit.
* FestivalEpisode
* {{Flashback}}
* FuroScene
* {{Gainaxing}}: Nanase, Silk.
* GenreBlindness: Mostly subverted.
* GenreSavvy: Kuyou seems to know about the dream world, but immediately acts as if she's never been there during her first trip there with Tomokazu. She's also the first one to suspect Silk is someone she knows...
* GirlsLove: Parodied, mostly, in scenes that exist only in Tomokazu's imagination.
* TheGlomp
* HairColors: Mizuki's pink, Mone's blue-purple, Kuyou's light green.
* HaremGenre
* HaremHero: Tomokazu, of course.
* HaremNanny: Nanase.
* HighSchool
* {{Honorifics}}: A wide variety in use in the original Japanese.
* HumongousMecha: The Faedun at least take the appearance of flying war machines of often quite abstract design.
* HyperspaceMallet: Appears several times, usually in Neneko's hands, and is labelled "765 kg".
* IHaveTheHighGround: Silk, almost every time she appears; parodied with Neneko, who can't figure out how she got on top of a telephone pole, and can't get back down.
* ImagineSpot: Tomokazu has some particularly perverted ones.
* InvisibleToNormals: All the battles take place in the world of dreams.
* {{Joshikousei}}
* LargeHam: Ishikari-Sensei. Almost everything he says in fact.
* LatexSpaceSuit
* LethalChef: Neneko and Mone.
* LimitedWardrobe: All the characters seem to have one only one set of "civilian" clothes -- except for the yukata they wear during the FestivalEpisode.
* {{Lolicon}}: Ishikari-Sensei admits to being one.
* [[spoiler: LukeIAmYourFather]]: It's vaguely implied that [[spoiler: the Man in Black is Tomokazu's father.]] In the end of the series [[spoiler: he is Tomokazu's father in the reset world.]]
* MagicalGirl: Sentai version.
* MarshmallowHell: Tomokazu, Nanase.
* {{Meganekko}}: Nanase, others. Tomokazu actually speaks the word when Mizuki dons eyeglasses before tutoring him.
* MegaTonPunch: Tomokazu receives these a lot.
* TheMenInBlack
* NiceHat: Neneko wears one.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Kuyou.
* TheNoseBleed: Many, powerful enough to knock their victims over, courtesy of a {{Gainaxing}} Nanase.
* OcularGushers
* {{Odango}}: Kuyou.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Tomokazu.
* ParentalAbandonment: Tomokazu's an orphan being raised by his cousin Nanase; Nanase's entire family has been in America for years at the start of the series; Mone apparently has no history whatsoever; Neneko seems to be a street urchin with no fixed abode or family save her kitten Koneko, although she says, in her first appearance, that she'll tell her parents about the mysterious occurrence she's just seen.
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: Several, with a few played for laughs.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Zigzagged as Kikuko Inoue gets to play a YamatoNadeshiko ''and'' a gruff {{tomboy}} -- [[spoiler:who are both the same person]].
* PillarOfLight
* {{Pixellation}}: For some reason, a candy or snack given to Neneko by a shopkeeper is very obviously obscured in one scene.
* PreExplosionGlow
* PrettyFreeloaders: Neneko, Mone.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Only ''backwards''.
* SadistTeacher: Ishikawa-sensei definitely has a major grudge against Tomokazu.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Kuyou's motivation for setting Tomokazu and the others free from the Head Family's headquarters.
* SecondEpisodeMorning
* SecretIdentity: Silk.
* ShoutOut: Tongue-in-cheek, to ''Franchise/SailorMoon''; another near the end to the "alternate universe" sequence of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** First episode: [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Hilbert Effect?]]
** Nanase plays a word game with Tomokazu. She ends by saying "{{Raideen}}".
** Eighth episode: Tomokazu wonders if [[{{CastleInTheSky}} Laputa]] could exist.
*** Then later, we get a ImagineSpot scene with characters from the old Namco game ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genpei_T%C5%8Dma_Den The Genji and the Heike Clans]]''.
* SittingOnTheRoof
* SpeechImpairedAnimal: Borderline case: Koneko, Neneko's kitten, who says only "Nono"; this is ''not'' the Japanese onomotopeia for "meow".
* SpinningPaper: Variation: Headline text spins into place over a shot of a printing press; played more or less straight.
* StealthHiBye: Several characters seem capable of doing this, usually Nanase/Silk. Tomokazu at one point even [[LampshadeHanging wonders how they suddenly showed up]] in his classroom in episode 7.
* StockFootage: Transformations and attacks; both are subverted in the BeachEpisode where the standard footage was reanimated with the girls in bathing suits instead of their costumes.
* StreetUrchin: Neneko.
* SuperDeformed: Mild, infrequent.
* SuperSentaiStance: Complete with IAlwaysWantedToSayThat.
* TheSweatDrop
* TeamShot: Invoked: The girls decide on a standard "victory pose" that they will assume after a battle.
* ThanksForTheMammary: During one battle with the Fadeun, Tomokazu, Mone, and Mizuki (who all happened to be in swimsuits since it was a BeachEpisode), barely dodge an attack, and he ends up on top of both girls, with each of his hands on one of the boobs of each of one of the girls, which eventually triggers their WaveMotionGun and saves the day.
* TimeTravel: Via reincarnation ''into the past''.
* TokenMiniMoe: Neneko and Mone.
* TransformationSequence
* TwoTeacherSchool
* UndeadTaxExemption: Mone's entry into school. Even into Tomokazu's class, despite being a few years younger.
* TheUnintelligible: Mone, who -- [[PokemonSpeak like a Pokémon]] -- can only say her own name and its component syllables.
* UnluckyEverydude: Tomokazu.
* TheUnreveal: It seriously doesn't need to be spoilered that [[spoiler:Silk is Nanase]].
* UnusualEars: Neneko, kinda sorta: her ''hat'' has "ears" -- and they move in response to her emotions. Some viewers believe she has actual cat ears under it.
* VerbalTic: In the North American dub, Kuyou uses "frankly" in almost every sentence; Neneko uses "really" just as much. These tics are also present in the original Japanese as "subari" and "no da."
* VerbalTicName: Mone.
* VictoryPose: The girls get into one in episode 4.
* VisibleSigh
* WaveMotionGun: Any of the girls plus Tomokazu, plus [[spoiler:all of them together in the final battle, with a literal supergun formed from all their weapons combined]].
* WrapAroundBackground: Variation, in opening credits only: watch the traffic behind the sleeping Tomokazu and see the same truck -- with the production company's logo on it -- drive past three or four times.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Mizuki's school uniform.
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