Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun, Vol. 2
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The series consists of individual stories, linked by the mysteries of the baku's background and the fate of the former baku. The stories themselves tend to feature people whose nightmares lead to epiphanies of one kind or another - but their stories often turn out very badly indeed, as with the opening tale (a continuation from the previous book) of a narcissist who finds true love with a lower-status girl, only to confront his own nature.
Another tale deals with a client who turns out to be a ghost - and not human; oddly enough, this one, while poignant, doesn't have as bleak a resolution as most!
The story about a young woman who's having nightmares about the painting her lost fiance left her leads to the first visit to the Delirium, a place where one's imaginings come true (for good or ill), and which is run by a cloud-cuckoo-lander fellow named Kairi.
There's a lot of be-careful-what-you-wish-for here, along with questions as to how accurate each client's perceptions of reality may be - suitable for a nightmare-themed series, I suppose!
Farther along in this volume we meet Hifumi Misumi, the new boarder, who promptly falls for tea-house-owner Mizuki. He's a bit of a goofball, and can be annoying, but he does add some life to this rather dark series. And his curiosity about the locked room leads to Mizuki's explanation of her brother Azusa, whose role in the story... well, more on that in later volumes.
And then there's the tale of the little boy with nightmares about losing his beloved uncle down a well, which turns out to be something quite different. Nightmares, indeed!
[The TV Tropes page provides more info about the series, but do beware of spoilers.]
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
*** Released for the 2014 Spook-tacular Halloween Challenge, for "nightmare". ***
*** Released for the 2014 TICK TOCK release challenge, for "night". ***