Dream Hunter Rem

Dream Hunter Rem (ドリームハンター麗夢, Dorīmu Hantā Remu) is a Japanese original video animation series released from 1985 to 1992.[2] Rem Ayanokōji is a "dream hunter", a person capable of entering the dreams of sleeping people and fighting the demons causing nightmares.[3] The stories have their base in supernatural and standard horror, with action scenes and mystery thrown in. The first episode was originally released as a side project OVA which contained a short episode. Due to high popularity, the production team decided to release subsequent videos into the anime market.[4] The first video was later re-released as "Special Version", removing all old scenes and adding a new episode.

Dream Hunter Rem
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Dream Hunter Rem Dennō Kūiki no Meiro CD cover
(Dorīmu Hantā Remu)
Original video animation
Directed bySeiji Okuda
StudioSai Enterprise, Zain
Released June 10, 1985 February 5, 1987
Episodes3 + 1 special
Original video animation
New Dream Hunter Rem
Directed bySeiji Okuda
StudioSai Enterprise, Zain
Released December 16, 1990 August 21, 1992
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Rem Ayanokōji (綾小路 麗夢, Ayanokōji Remu)
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui
While appearing to be a typical junior high school age girl, Rem's age is unclear and her family situation unknown, and she never discusses these matters. Rem has the psychic ability to enter the dreams of other individuals. She is a descendant of a long line of people with the ability to be "Dream Guardians," those who hunt down the demons who try to steal the life force of humans by invading their dreams. She makes her living as a private detective investigating supernatural matters. Her headquarters, the Ayanokōji Detective Agency, is located on a side street off Aoyama in Tokyo. As her investigations are limited to supernatural and bizarre phenomenon, her advertising is limited to word of mouth from grateful clients.
Alpha (アルファ, Arufa)
Voiced by: Masumi Gotō and Sanae Miyuki
Rem's pet kitten, who also acts as support by transforming into a large wild cat during confrontations with Rem's opponents.
Beta (ベータ, Bēta)
Voiced by: Naoki Tatsuta
Rem's pet puppy, who acts as support by transforming into a large wild dog when needed. Beta has the ability to track ghosts and spirits.
Enkō (円光)
Voiced by: Show Hayami
A mysterious ascetic monk who, while unable to enter dreams and confront dream demons there, he is able to offer strong assistance when Rem is fighting outside the dream world. He has very powerful abilities due to his strong faith. In the real world, he is able to use powerful martial arts techniques in order to fight the demons in their true form. He also has strong feelings of love toward Rem.
Detective Junichirō Sakaki (榊 純一郎 警部, Sakaki Jun'ichirō Keibu)
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi
An inspector from police headquarters. He became acquainted with Rem during a demon nightmare incident involving his daughter Yukari. While he was decorated for meritorious service during the incident, he has come to think of himself as incompetent and been involved in many bizarre occurrences.
Umimaru Kidō (鬼童海丸, Kidō Umimaru)
Voiced by: Shūichi Ikeda
A dedicated student of psychology, and assistant professor at Genjōsai University, Kidō is also a computer expert. He also has strong romantic feelings toward Rem, and frequently battles Enkō for her attention.
Dr. Shinigami (死神博士, Shinigami Hakase) / Mephisto (メフィスト, Mefisuto)
Voiced by: Tamio Ōki
His real name is Shimura (死夢羅), and he has the same Dream Guardian ancestors as Rem. However, he uses his power in order to murder people in their dreams.
Tokiko Ozu
Voiced by: Kazuko Yanaga
Saeko Asuka
Voiced by: Masako Katsuki
Yōko Takamiya
Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto
Kyōko Takamiya
Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto and Kei Tomiyama

Kyoko is Yoko's twin sister, Yoko states Kyoko was mature and outgoing, unlike her. Kyoko fought back against Saeko, Yoko told her that they couldn't compete with Saeko's beauty. Everyone began to hate Kyoko, Yumi, Hiroko and Akane bullied Kyoko. Saeko punished Kyoko with a rose whip and locked her in a room in the Clock Tower.

Akemi Katsuragi
Voiced by: Miki Takahashi
Voiced by: Emi Shinohara

Sources: [3]


OVA titlesEdit

Dream Hunter Rem
0. Dream Hunter Rem (Orange Video House, June 10, 1985)[5]
  1. Dream Hunter Rem Special Version: Sanmu! Yomigaeru Shinigami Hakase (Orange Video House, December 5, 1985)[6]
  2. Dream Hunter Rem II: Seibishinjo Gakuen no Yōmu (King Records/Sai Enterprise, September 5, 1986)[7]
  3. Dream Hunter Rem III: Yumegakushi, Kubinashi Musha Densetsu (King Records/Sai Enterprise, February 5, 1987)[8]
New Dream Hunter Rem
  1. New Dream Hunter Rem: Yume no Kishi-tachi (Meldac, December 16, 1990)
  2. New Dream Hunter Rem: Massacre in the Phantasmic Labyrinth (Cyclone, August 21, 1992)


  • Dream Hunter Rem Original Soundtrack: Special (King Records, K30X-7102, December 21, 1987)
  • Dream Hunter Rem: Dennō Kūiki no Meiro (King Records, K30X-7140, October 21, 1988)
  • Dream Hunter Rem: Minami Azabu Mahō Club (King Records, 276A-7003, April 21, 1989)
  • New Dream Hunter Rem Image Album: Yume no Kishi-tachi (Meldac, MECH-30001, November 21, 1990)
  • New Dream Hunter Rem Voice Movie: Yume no Kishi-tachi (Meldac, MECH-30004, January 21, 1991)
  • New Dream Hunter Rem: Sōtō no Mercedes (Cyclone, CYCC-10002, April 25, 1992)
  • New Dream Hunter Rem Voice Movie: Massacre in the Phantasmic Labyrinth (Cyclone, CYCC-10005, September 25, 1992)


  • Dream Hunter Rem DVD-BOX 1 (Only Hearts, OHK-0028, November 22, 2006)
  • Dream Hunter Rem DVD-BOX 2 (Only Hearts, OHK-0035, May 23, 2007)



  • Dream Hunter Rem XX (Kill Time Communication, 2009)
  • Dream Hunter Rem Alternative (Kill Time Communication, 2011)

Anthology comicsEdit

  • Party of Rem (Rapport, January 20, 1991)
  • Fiesta of Rem (Rapport, August 20, 1992)


  • Dream Hunter Rem I (Tokuma Communications, December 10, 1987)
  • Dream Hunter Rem II (Tokuma Communications, April 10, 1988)
  • Dream Hunter Rem III (Tokuma Communications, July 20, 1988)
  • Dream Hunter Rem SP (Tokuma Communications, March 31, 1990)

Additional release sources: [2]

In other mediaEdit

Rem appears as a playable character in the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita simulation RPG, Super Heroine Chronicle.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Oppliger, John (November 6, 2009). "Ask John: What Are the Best Girls With Guns Anime?". AnimeNation. Archived from the original on January 12, 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2020. Dream Hunter Rem & Venus Versus Virus are supernatural thrillers that star girls who carry and use guns.
  2. ^ a b 綾小路探偵事務所 - 麗夢の事件簿 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2006-12-15. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
  3. ^ a b "Anime Web Guide: Dream Hunter REM". Anime Web Guide. 1998-07-10. Archived from the original on 2006-11-10. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
  4. ^ Clements, Jonathan; McCarthy, Helen (2010) [2006]. The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 (Revised & Expanded ed.). Berkeley, California: Stone Bridge Press. p. 166. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5.
  5. ^ Baricordi, Andrea; de Giovanni, Massimiliano; Pietroni, Andrea; Rossi, Barbara; Tunesi, Sabrina (2000) [1991]. "Chapter Twenty-four: 1985". In Pelletier, Claude J (ed.). Anime: A Guide to Japanese Animation (1958-1988). Adeline D'Opera (translator). Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Protoculture. p. 188. ISBN 2-9805759-0-9.
  6. ^ Anime: A Guide to Japanese Animation (1958-1988), p.192.
  7. ^ Anime: A Guide to Japanese Animation (1958-1988), p.213.
  8. ^ Anime: A Guide to Japanese Animation (1958-1988) , p.230.
  9. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2013/05/31/whos-who-in-super-heroine-chronicle/

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