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Dream Hunter Rem is a series of Magical Girl Original Video Animations by Anime R from 1985 about a green-haired supernatural detective who enters other people's dreams and fights the demons who cause nightmares. It started out as a hentai one-shot, but when the producers realized that audiences actually enjoyed the plot, they re-released the first episode with the porn scenes cut out and continued the series with two more episodes. There was also a second series called New Dream Hunter Rem released in 1990.

This page is for the non-hentai series only.

Surprisingly, Rem's brought back for a crossover game called Super Heroine Chronicle.

The series bears no relation to and should not be confused with the band R.E.M. or the 1989 direct-to-video children's film Creating Rem Lezar.

This series provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Rem kicks butt for a living with a sword and gun.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Rem kisses the girl from the first episode in a casual sexy gesture.
  • Cool Car: Rem owns a blue customized Honda Today with missile launchers, although it is destroyed in episode 3.
  • Delinquents: Rem runs afoul of a gang of female delinquents in episode 2. Unusually, one of them wields a knife.
  • Gorn: Holy shit. Beheadings, slit throats, stabbings, that one time Rem graphically melts down to a skeleton — for a series with cute girls and Fanservice, it can quickly flip straight into Fan Disservice when a villain goes on a murder spree or Rem herself gets seriously injured.
  • Love Triangle: Kidou the parapsychology student and Enkou the Buddhist monk both compete for Rem's attentions. Though technically it can be counted as a love square since Elizabeth is also vying for her affections.
  • Magical Girl: A very early example of the Magical Girl Warrior sub-genre.
  • Meaningful Name: REM refers to Rapid Eye Movement, which people exhibit when they dream.
  • Mysterious Past: Rem's. All it is shown is that she descends from an ancient clan of Dream Guardians and she lost her mother and her ability to dream by herself.
  • Naughty Tentacles: The demon from the first episode uses them to restrain his female prey. Played much straighter in the original version, as anybody can imagine.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Rem's cat and dog sidekicks, Alpha and Beta, who help her out during fights.
  • Vague Age: Rem. She's old enough to drive and own a car, but at the same time she can convincingly disguise herself as a highschool student, and she notes to Sakaki that she is pretty much one, though without stating her exact age.