Group hugs; you’re doing it wrong (Hint: there should be less stabbing)
|Well, it’s almost Christmas, and I have been struck down yet again by a flu that makes me wish for the sweet embrace of death. Tis the season indeed. Bah Humbug! Anyway, I will try and swallow my grouchyness (which might be hard since my throat feels like it’s being hugged by a million tiny chainsaws) and get on with this double post!|
The bitches explain their plot to capture Akise’s Diary but he isn’t going to give it up without a fight; he preposes a game to determine who gets who’s Diary. “Whoever guesses which hand their opponent is holding the coin in wind the opponents phone.” Sounds simple, right? Well, when Yuki actually has the brains to try and tell Yuno what hand the diary dictates via blinks it….isn’t really going to work when it’s amazingly obvious and the bad guys pick up on it. #fail Akise sees through it anyway, cause he’s a boss, and the bitches are stumped. Akise manages to win and the girls release Yuki, but not the Diary. The way he gushes over Akise infuriates Yuno to the point she pins him to the ground.
Yuno’s on top of everything around here…
She assures her suspicions; Akise ISN’T a diary owner! His phone is blank. He admits he was playing with everyone, but is still prepared to bet his life for Yuki’s Diary. They go for one last fateful coin toss, and Yuno and Akise actually work together to fool Yuki’s diary. Sure this involves lying to him and then knocking him out, but hey! a result is a result. It’s pretty clever actually, fooling Yuki’s diary like that. Yuno takes the opportunity to run up and stab Mao, and the gang leave as Hinata tried to save her. She also calls the dogs in to chase down our escapees.
Yuki volunteers to go stop Hinata while the remaining three (then two as of course Yuno can’t leave him) attempt to draw the dogs away from them. Yuno berates Yuki for wanting friends, deeming anyone besides her unnecessary. She tries to convince them to escape alone together but Yuki dismisses this idea too. Yuno manages to capture Hinata, and is seconds from slitting her throat when Yuki forces Yuno’s hand by introducing her to everyone as his GIRLFRIEND. Oh, snap! So just as its all apparently cleared up, evil papa uses one of the dogs to tell Hinata he is proud of her. And warms them that he isn’t the only bad guy around. Cue Fourth pressing the gun to his head. Double, snap!
This episode starts out with Yuno digging a massive ass hole while singing that it is for Yuki. Oh, dear. After that we get Ninth building bombs and flash backing to her fight with Third, before meeting up with a lovely gentleman. They end up handcuffed together as they are fleeing, and take refuge in a fashion workshop. Here we see where she got that pretty dress she wore to bomb the school. It isn’t really her style but hey, it’s as good a reason as any for some unnecessary fanservice.
Yuno likes what she sees
Back in the present Yuki has been tricked into a faux wedding ceremony by Akise with Yuno. She, of course, is thrilled while Yuki struggles with how to tell her that his previous confession was a lie. They do end up having fun together though while indulging in their little fake wedding.
Because she’s fucking crazy!!!!
A little too much fun, as Yuki admits that if it hadn’t been for seeing Yuno’s decomposing parents that day he probably could have seen himself falling for her, and he really wishes how he could just forget what he saw. He takes her home afterwards to find Akise waiting for them. He’s been doing some exploring while they were out, and guess what he found?…nothing. That’s right, judging by the massive ass pit outside, Yuno has got rid of the evidence. But does she even know she has? According to her this is the first time Yuki’s been to her house. GASP. Just to put some icing on the cake, our Detective friend puts a bounty on both Yuno and Yuki’s heads for the murder of Hinata’s father…the murder he perpetrated, lest we forget. Basically, everyone’s gone insane!
Well these two episodes certainly had a lot packed into them. First off; Akise is still awesome. Since he doesn’t have a Diary though I’m confused as to why he is as good as he is, and just how he knows so much. Episode 9 was definitely pretty low on the twists in comparrison to 10, but it did have some nice character moments. Yuki declaring Yuno as his girlfriend to the guys was definitely an “Oh, shit!” moment.You can just tell he instantly regretted it, and continues to throughout episode 10.
Episode 10 was my pick of the two, it had some really good story points. Like, remember back when Yuki found the corpses in Yuno’s house his Diary changed? Well the whole wedding scene seemed to me like a giant middle finger to him, as if it was saying; “You could have had all this! If only you hadn’t snooped!” It was such a bitter irony, and just executed amazingly. Just Yuki’s expression even! He was so fucking sour about it, lol. It was almost as if he knew that, too. If he had just kept his nose out then this could have been their future. And despite the “Happy End” predicted in Yuno’s Diary, I get the feeling it’s not the kind of ending that would nessessarily make him happy.
I kind of liked seening Minene’s moe side, only because it was mocked so well. If she had been serious I think I would have just had to shut off VLC. I couldn’t take it. It was quite nice to see it parodied, and every episode she’s in she reminds me more of Revy from Black Lagoon. Which is fucking awesome. Another thing I want to note is the music, GODDAMN. The build up to when Yuno tells Yuki and Akise that’s the first time he’s been to her house was fucking BEAUTIFUL. It literally got my heart racing, leading up to that other “Oh, shit!” moment right at the end there. Everytime I start to lose my faith a little in what Mirai Nikki has to offer they remind me what I love about it with moments like that. Fantastic.