Stalking You Softly
|Okay, I am a pathological liar. So I didn’t manage to get this and Working’!! out in time, and am having to double post. Urg. Don’t like it. These two actually were directly linked and the cliffhanger would have been insane anyway so it’s not so bad. Just FYI, if I sound like a total pansy in my End Thoughts talking about how this show scares me, I went to see Paranormal Activity 3 on Halloween and have been jittery ever since. It was so much fun and such an amazing movie but it creeps up on you at night and I hate that, lol. I’m not easily scared but those movies…*shiver* Anyway! Onto Mirai Nikki~!|
Yuki and Yuno are on a date
in Deadman Wonderland, Yuki begrudgingly going all the scary rides he doesn’t like to appease Yuno. We cut to a sit down earlier with Fourth; he wants them to help him find the other diary owners, for the sake of peace, of course. He desperately wants to capture Ninth, and we see a flashback of her crying over the corpses of her gun-downed parents (she looks so much better with her hair down, I have to say). So Fourth sends them to the fun park to lure her out, because a place full of innocent civilians is the first choice for a potentially lethal and bombastic encounter.
Ninth is hiding out, still suffering from ye old dart to the eye but manages to escape using her Diary and attempt to get back in the game. Yuki meanwhile is indulging a little in Yuno’s cuteness, because, well, he is a boy and she has massive jugs. Cliche #165 they are riding the ferris wheel at sunset when Yuno reminds Yuki about about an encounter they had a few years ago where Yuno said she would become his bride. It all seems very sweet and innocent if not for the dark shadows Yuno had under her eyes a few moments prior… Exit flashback and Yuki still thinks Yuno is hiding something from him, but she just smiles sweetly and kisses him on the forehead.
They are walking home when it starts raining, they pass by a series of police cars searching for Ninth. They go back to Yuno’s place which is a bit of a dive. Yuki is naturally a bit too inquisitive for his own good and goes exploring, really he’s led astray by his own diary…while this is going on Ninth’s been “rescued” by a mysterious stranger, who at first covers his face with a paper bag but when the drugs he gave her kick in he changes into some Persona-esque monster, asking her to tell him about the other diary owners that she knows about. Yuki ventures into the strange room, altering his and Yuno’s future in such a way that ALL of the diary owners sense it.
In the room is, presumably, the skeletal remains of Gasai Yuno’s parents. Yuno appears behind him crying, and says “Everything was going so well.” Yuki runs home but isn’t quite safe; he collapses against the door to get his breath back and before he can ponder too much about what he’s just seen, Yuno flips up the postbox and whispers goodnight…
Sleep tight, guys.
Shitting your pants yet?
Yuko is naturally scared out of his fucking mind by “Meeting the [dead] Parents” of Yuno and is huddled up in his room. He thinks of calling Fourth but because Yuno’s diary pertains so closely to him she knows what he’s about to do and warns him against it…Yuki somehow survives the night and finds Fourth and Yuno waiting for him. Fourth’s information diary has informed him of Ninth’s capture by “The Sacred Eye” (how apt) and that he needs their help in going to check it out. The guys head to their temple (get some funky shoulder sashes) and speak to “The Sacred Eye”, who turns out to be a little Loli.
She seems to be a diary owner herself, calling it the “Clairvoyance Diary” because it prophesies distant events. She is Sixth. She also says she doesn’t want to be God, and she considers herself merely an oracle. She offers them a trade; Yuki for Ninth. They compromise by staying there one night, in which Sixth’s futon catches fire because there is someone after her life. Yuki is naturally ineffectual, and it doesn’t help that a load of the followers seem to have turned into zombies and come into the room baring axes and shit. So people are dropping left, right and center when Yuki decides to grow some balls and try and save her, Yuno tries to talk him out of it but he just tells her she’s a nutcase he can’t trust. That’s going to go down well…
Miraculously the sprinklers turn on just in time, putting out the fire and freeing up the brainwashed followers. Sixth is touched by Yuko’s attempt to save her, much to Yuno’s yandere bloodlust. Cut to the dungeon underneath the temple where Ninth is chained up semi-naked, with a snazzy eyepatch, and being taunted by her mystery “savior”. The followers are still wandering around aimlessly and Yuno is preparing to axe Sixth to death. The “scary eye guy” as I’m dubbing him, raises the followers like zombies to attack the guys. Yuno starts hacking away at them mercilessly, telling Yuki that he can choose her and live or choose Sixth and die.
These two episode were brilliant. I am continuously impressed with just how creepy, and just how scary Mirai Nikki can be when it tries. I’ll gush at the end though, because there were problems. It may have been brilliant but it wasn’t perferct. The timing was really warped in episode three. We’re shown Ninth escaping the building she’s hiding from at night but whenever it cuts back to Yuki and Yuno it’s day. I honestly don’t remember it being established that the scenes with her were a flashback or anything, so it just made it look like Yuno and Yuki spent days at that sucky amusement park. For the majority as well, three was actually really drawn out and boring. It started getting good about halfway/three-quarters of the way through and granted what it did at the end did made up for the weak start.
I loved the scene where Yuki finally asks Yuno WHY she’s actually stalking him. The flashback had a really eerie atmosphere with the muted colours and our first glance at Yuno having massive bags under her eyes. It was even more effective because in the next scene they were gone, the scene she was interacting with Yuki, and again it’s just pushing her abnormalness to the back burner where it can stew. Episode four almost ruined it. Almost. I think it was a bit too soon to see her hacking up people with an axe. Only in the last episode there was that fantastic reveal of the bodies in her apartment, but there was still that tension there of “oh, maybe they died of natural causes/committed suicide and she couldn’t bare to, or just plain couldn’t, move them”. That uncertainty is pretty much dead now. It kinda sucks but, again, episode four was good enough that I’ll forgive it.
Started out liking the strange guy who kidnapped Ninth but he slowly started to get annoying. His “eyeball” costume was good and creepy but his attitude was pants. For a show that can deliver some awesome “Oh, shit.” moments, to go the flamboyantly irritating villain route where he’s a prancing maniac just kills the atmosphere. The attempts of humor is another thing that washes over me. I’m here to be scared, so for me the jokes are a time-waster. I also don’t think they are particuarly funny. Yuno continues to steal the show with her cute but deadly persona. She is so innocently conniving, appearing out of nowhere full of smiles but with this undeniable threat and ability to instill fear in our hero. Granted, Yuki is a total pussy, but I’m pretty sure Yuno could make the manliest of manly men quake at the knees.
Oh, bring it on.