Who doesn’t enjoy a good yandere?
|Woooooo hoooo! Mirai Nikki is here to kill us all! Err I mean it’s here to entertain us; my only experience with this crazy series was from reading the manga after hearing that OVA was a huge failure. This is a going to be a first for me! Usually I read a manga after a series wraps up well time to join the others on this bloody tag! Will there be blood? I sure hope so.|
|So the manga finally gets an anime adaptation that doesn’t suck! (Hopefully.) Yes, I am excited to see the queen of yandere in her animated glory (and Minene). Also, Akise!! How do you make an awesome character better? You get Ishida Akira as his seiyuu. If you couldn’t tell, I’m watching this for the characters. …Though Yukiteru can go die in a fire for all I care.|
|This is horrendously late, and I know the second episode is already out. Apologies, my VLC was stalked by a yandere and refused to play Mirai Nikki because the memories were still too fresh in it’s delicate little software mind. After a few sessions of counciling, however, dear VLC media player finally felt strong enough to go on. So without further ado~|
Meet Yukiteru; he’s just a regular teenager who goes to school, spends the majority of his day texting…and at night converses with the giant alien robot called Deus who lives in his imagination along with a token underage moe sidekick. Okay, so maybe he’s not that normal. Despite this one amazingly weird thing, though, he does live a pretty tedious life. When you actually make a note in your diary saying how you walked around a rock that day you know you’ve reached a new level of dull. Yuki also seems unfazed by the fact that where he lives isn’exactly safe, guess he’s just the kind of guys who, even when murderes are going on, can remain apathetic to his surroundings. While he is complaining to Deus about his boring life he unwittingly gains this interesting plot device. His diary now tells him the future, as he finds out when he awakes and reads it the next morning.
As he does through his day he finds everything pre-determined in the diary, and naturally this freaks him out. In his imagination he asks Deus how this could have happened; the God then answers: “Cause I’m a GOD bitch, deal with it.” and explains that if the diary is broken so is Yuki’s future (oh, jesus, the [C] flashbacks I’m having right now!). Thankfully, Yuki isn’t a usual dumbass protagonist and actually utalizes the powers of the diary, raising himself up to the top of the class. This does have the unfortunate effect of making his peers resent him, though bailed out by a warning from the diary, he avoids getting his nerdy little ass kicked.
they are just envious because Yuki gets to walk around in colour
He doesn’t have too much time to enjoy his few found success though, as the resident creepy girl in class, Yuno (with the subtle bright pink hair in a class of dark brunettes) gives him the yandere eye. And after class he notices that she’s made a little clay figure of the token moe character from his imagination. HOMG, BUT HOW COULD SHE HAVE KNOWN?!?!?!!!!1111!!!!! It’s just then he receives a message stating that the killer will find him, corner him and…well you get the idea. Yuno appears and chases down Yuki, who basically craps his pants as soon as he sees her and runs away. This leads to the infamous elevator scene, which is executed perfectly. She exposites that she indeed has her own future diary and it pertains solely to Yuki.
Revealing that Yuki got sloppy and used his diary so much that it left a trail, she tells him that while she was indeed stalking him, the two of them are being stalked right now by the killer. Yuno forms a plan that involves her distracting him so Yuki can throw a dart and destroy his future diary; thus killing him. The plan works miraculously well, and Yuki returns to Deus, yet again demanding an explanation. Deus shows him a platform holding the silhouettes of all the other diary owners; seems he has a lot to contend with. It’s a
Carnival Corpse Survival Game! Oh, the winner also gets to become God, which sounds pretty damn sweet to me. Ah, that is of course if they can kill everyone else. After the meeting ajourns, Yuno appears in Yuki purple-themed imagination and declares:
Yuki is so screwed (literally)
Blood Teller by Faylan
This didn’t annoy me as much in the manga, but I don’t think I’ve seen guys (other than shotas) wear knee socks with shorts before. Anyways, besides that, the animation was better than I expected. They used some pretty unusual colours (which I’ve decided that I like) and the change in the character’s expressions (ie. Yuno’s) was effective for the mood. Did they do that in the manga? I really don’t remember. Anyways, they incorporated some 3D elements that worked extremely well with the whole setting. Deus is a god. Why wouldn’t he have the awesome power to be 3D? Speaking of, Deus was awesomely animated, but the minute he started speaking, all I could hear was Shining Saotome. LOL Wakamoto.
Yuno’s seiyuu did a pretty good job too considering that it’s her first major role. In fact, all of the Diary Owner’s voices fit pretty well. This may be a bit early, but fun fact: Minene’s seiyuu was also Mio in Nichijou. Anyways, I have no complaints about the seiyuu, but Murumuru’s voice is kind of grating on the ears. I guess it suits her character though. Also, the music was pretty good. That piece of music with the guitar played when the Diary Owners are all gathered together has me excited for the soundtrack. In fact, that whole part of the episode was probably the highlight for me.
Pacing-wise, I was pretty content. Though that might be because I know what’s going on. They started it at a place that won’t be explained until near the end and they didn’t really take a lot of time explaining the plot. I had forgotten what an abrupt shift the plotline took when Yuno reveals her stalker diary. At least no one can complain that Mirai Nikki is moving too slow though. So yeah, even though I found his character was less annoying here than in the manga, I still think Yukiteru can go die in a fire. Just you wait.
Well that was certainly interesting to see an actual episode, the one thing that got me hooked into this series was that plot where cell phones were basically the characters lifelines. Sure that idea isn’t anything new or original after all Madoka did something similar with the various soul gems! You break them it you will die! So this could be Madoka with cell phones and no magical transformation scenes. I could easily compare this to Deadman Wonderland as well, because Yukiteru screams Ganta clone to me! He is scared of everything and everyone right from the start. But my favorite character will always be Gasai, Yuno! She was one of the main reasons I got addicted to the manga.
My only complaints so far might be around that Desu Ex character! His design looks really lame to me, but who can hate on him with that amazing Wakamoto voice? That guy always plays such awesome roles. And then we have Muru Muru! What the hell is that thing?! Ahahaha Well I guess she is kind of cute and that ending when she was trying to explain the cell phone diary to that guy made me laugh. That and she probably is more the comic relief character, anyway I wouldn’t expect anything to amazing from her other than a few laughs. There is one tiny character to watch out for! I know the manga readers will know who I am talking about; man really I hope this series can get that far in the story.
Was anyone else thinking about Penguin drum when they were talking about the survival game? I know I did! Just imagine Himari as a Yandare type? Well I know she sort of does that now, but she isn’t as messed up like Gasai, who really loveeeessss you TO DEATH! I can’t leave out the elevator kiss? Damn that was nice. I would hate to be Yukiteru right about now; yeah you are pretty much screwed after that kiss scene. I almost forgot each diary has some special theme to them, but I won’t spoil the best ones! So if you knew your future what would you do with it? I have no idea what I would do…probably use it to win money? Yes!
Whatchu talkin’ bout Kara? Knee socks are bitching!
totally not into shota. Holy shit, the production quality is so amazing here! I have only glanced through the manga but I admit to drooling over the style. It’s great to see them capture it in a really dynamic way with some great colours and expressions (though the eye-rapingly bad CGI has me nostalgic for [C]). OH GOD, I love Yuno. BEST STALKER EVAR! I just love yanderes, and she is a glorious one. She’s really fucking scary, too. I’m not the only one to get shivers when she’s on screen am I? no it’s just the developing lady crush you have on her, Hime.
The pace was really good up until the rooftop scene then it just, for some reason, became really rushed. I did like Yuno asking Yuki out for dinner after they just watched someone get sucked into oblivion. That was a nice touch. (have I mentioned that I love yanderes?) and it definitely doesn’t move slow, and managed to hook me pretty quickly, despite being only slightly familiar with the subject material. I’m really interested to see where the story is going to go, I like the idea and the multiple versions of the diaries is really unique and fun as well.
The whole show just has a lot going for it. The ED is also cool, (can’t wait to see our Op!) Faylan has done OPs for Canaan and Qwaser, and she has quite an edgy voice so I like her and think the lyrics fit well with the tone of the show. I also like how clips from the episode are played backwards, it was a cool little trick (even if it was painfully cheap). I really hope Mirai Nikki can keep up its momentum, it’s one of these shows that has a lot of potential, but like Deadman Wonderland, that potential can be easily squandered and mutilated. If it ends up being like that I think I might just cry, and give Yuno a great big hug. She’d be sure to end my misery.
My guess is Yuno wants sex every hour on the hour or else she will let Yuki die