The final installment of Dream Hunter REM steals from a wide array of classics, both literary and pulpy, high-brow and low-brow: Frankenstein, Pinocchio, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Faust … and, if I’m not mistaken, Heidi.
When an anime show manages to name-check Hegel and The Sorrows of Young Werther within the same half-hour, you know you’re in for a weird ride.
Don’t let the visuals fool you.
Dream Hunter REM is incredibly enjoyable if you have fond memories of 1980s television.
I am profoundly grateful to the commenter who recommended this show to me.
The heroine can jump from a window in one costume, engage in a high-speed car chase, and somehow emerge from the car in a different costume.