Story/Art: Ryoma Kitada
Translation: Jason Sutherland
What They Say
Even in university, Chono is stuck in the past regrets of his high school years. His dull days come to an abrupt end when he comes across a mysterious book… A book that allows him to return and re-do his high school life in his dreams. Follow Chono and the girls of his dreams as they reshape their wasted youths!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
One of a couple of new projects that got underway in early 2023 in Shonen Jump+, Yumeochi: Dreaming of Falling for You comes from creator Ryoma Kitada. Kitada has a couple of titles under their name but is mostly known for the Super HXHeroes property which saw an anime adaptation. I hadn’t seen any of their original work before or the anime adaptation but the reputation with lewd or fanservice-oriented material certainly is out there. With this series, it has a pretty good look overall though nothing that feels like it’s going to be really radical or anything. There’s certainly appeal in this genre for many and it’s also easy to see why a lot will avoid it. I’ve avoided a lot of it over the years and that just makes this a bit more accessible for me since I’m not as worn down and disillusioned by it. It helps that Kitada has a pleasing art style and the general approach of the book looks to be pretty solid.
With the study camp storyline getting underway, and very quickly from the pool trip, we get everyone meeting up at the train station. And for poor Chono – who is hard to feel sorry for – we see how he has to deal with three women who aren’t quite in this study trip to study. Omura at least has a little bit of an excuse by never doing it before and basing things on what she learned through media, hence bringing a bunch of board games and card games since that’s what she knows students do in the off-hours. Chono helps out by carrying some of it because it’s just so much but he at least understands why she is like she is. Tateha, on the other hand, just shows up looking as cute as possible and is focused on looking good more than anything else which reaffirms to him that she’s not really viewing the trip right even though she’s a big part of it.
Asakura proves to be the troublemaker as she shows up with a lot of souvenirs already with all the food and that makes for some fun for Chono. He’s surprised considering her dieting but she reveals she’s already decided to quit that and just enjoy things since it’s just a dream and she can always get him to help later if she needs to go ack on. But it’s once on the train that she’s the real problem because she plays up that she’s cosplaying as a high school student and manages to get a lot of beers for everyone. And for a first-timer like Omura, well, that’s comical but it also gets her to be a bit more upfront about things as well. It’s amusing watching Chono trying to get two very inebriated women off the train before they get caught but he’s more frightened by Omura’s reveal that she saw him kiss Asakura. That’ll spell trouble for this study camp.
The first stage of the study camp trip gets underway and I actually appreciate that they spent most of it in the station or on the train dealing with some amusing effects. Watching the women get all loose and comfortable with each other is a plus and while it will make things more difficult for Chono, it should help him loosen up a bit as well. There’s a good bit going on that makes it easy for new readers to figure out who everyone is and that kind of easy onboarding for a reader is a big plus. It’s fun and silly and just slightly saucy in the right ways. The study camp trip has the potential for some interesting drama and situations.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Manga Plus
Release Date: September 9th, 2023