I think finally understand Yume Nikki now. I'm not saying I'm the absolute-est right, I just wanted to share this with you. Just a ramble. Sorry for my English.4 posts and 4 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.
It's been perhaps over 10 years since it came out now. I discovered it… 4-5 years ago, I think. It scared the hell out of me, it made me cry, but it also made me interest; I was obssessed with it (like most of my interests), kept researching it, theorizing it, everything.
For a while, I let go. It's always been in my heart - when someone refers "Yume Nikki" it's like, ah, that nostalgic feeling.
But it's only in the past few years, and most intensely now, that I understand Yume Nikki. Perhaps I'm feeling just like a special snowflake. Perhaps I'm finally going insane. I don't know. It doesn't matter right now, this isn't about me.
But hear meowt, and forgive me if I am posting this in the wrong place, or forgive me for posting at all.
Will post in parts.
Nice, you basically summed up my thoughts on the whole thing as well.
Your third theory is the one most backed up by the game. The effects more or less prove that she's experienced that specific dreamscape. After she has seen everything there is to see in her dreams, there's little reason to continue living.
i think mado journey ends and there nothing to do for her in world. her great mission was completed succecfully so nothing more she needs
i think its a journey. mado searches ansvers could make her "complete". so when she finally completed the journey ends.