100 Sleeping Princes & The Kingdom of Dreams – Ep. 1 (First Impressions)

Once upon a time, there was a girl named…girl who lived a really boring life as an office worker. She was so bored that fate actually took pity on her and isekai’d her to a world where she’s a princess in charge of a harem full of hot guys. The end.

By coincidence, Summer 2018 happens to have an isekai anime catered for boys (i.e. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord) and another catered for girls (the one you’re reading about right now). That’s kind of neat and while I’m not sure if I’ll stick with either show, I hope fans of isekai will find something to enjoy here.

The whole dream aspect of 100 Sleeping Princes is admittedly something different from the stock fantasy settings you see in isekai all the time though it is a little confusing. The currently unnamed female protagonist discovers that she’s a princess of a land of dreams. There’s a bunch of princes locked in eternal slumber that the Princess needs to wake up. Something about beings called Dream Eaters that eat people’s dreams and will eventually take over the world in doing so unless they’re defeated by royalty. I don’t know, I found myself relying on my knowledge about dream worlds and Dream Eaters from Kingdom Hearts to wrap my head around the whole thing.

There doesn’t seem to be anything too special to take note but there isn’t anything godawful either. Avi and Kiel’s personalities play off each other decently with the former well aware he’s royalty while the other seems to have amnesia and thus doesn’t play his expected role. The Princess seems alright as well; her confusion over the situation feels pretty believable. The fact that she’s actually from the dream world is really refreshing too. For once, the isekai protagonist is connected to the isekai setting beyond just being a random visitor!

Of course, you have to wonder if maybe the Princess’s talking rabbit friend (of course his name is Navi) is just making all this stuff to her and the reality is that she is just dreaming this entire story. Oh man, that would make for an amazing critique on the wish fulfillment aspect of isekai but maybe I shouldn’t expect that much of this show.

So kind of on the same boat as How Not to Summon a Demon Lord100 Sleeping Princess seems decent enough so unless/until the competition this season gets stiff, this show can stay on the watch list for now.

OP

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