English: The Future Diary
Synonyms: Mirai Nikki, Mirai Nikki (2011)
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 9, 2011 to Apr 15, 2012
Producers: FUNimation EntertainmentL, Lantis, Kadokawa Shoten, Asread, Rakuonsha, Kadokawa Pictures Japan, The Klock Worx, chara-ani.com, 12 Diary Holders, Dwango, Sakura Create
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.351 (scored by 113198 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Oct 25, 2012
This review won't contain any spoilers.
What would you do if you had something that told you the future? If you already had all the answers for an upcoming test, or knew how to avoid bully's on the way home from school? What about if it told you were going to die?
Mirai Nikki is a brilliant mix of a Psychological Thriller, Action, and Romance. Yuki is a boy who gains the ability to read the future through his personal diary, which is awesome until he finds out that there are 11 other people who also have their own diary's and are his opponents in a competition to become a god. But thats not all bad, he happens to have someone to protect him. Enter Gasai Yuno, a cute girl who goes to Yuki's school. She also has a future diary, and it turns out she has a bit of a crush on Yuki.... and is an insane psychopathic stalker, or Yandere if you will. The story follows these two as they try to survive in the killing game they've been placed in.
Personally, i think the anime is a 10/10, but for this review i gave it a 9 because of a few small problems in the story.
Story 9 - The story of Mirai Nikki is at its core a Romance, though its so much more than that as well. It explores how ones actions and willpower can change the future and how good people can do go insane or do terrible things because of traumatic experiences. The pacing is fairly fast, but not forced, even when there's no intense action going on, you find yourself on the edge of your seat knowing that an enemy could pop up at any time. I experienced all sort of emotions throughout the anime, fear, happiness, excitement, sadness.The shock value was insane. My reason for a 9 instead of a 10 was that some of the things that happen in the anime are soo over the top ridiculous and unbelievable that i just couldn't reasonably give it a perfect score and that some of the things that happen in the last few episodes get a bit out of hand, you'll see what i mean when you watch it.
Art 10 - Don't know what all there is to say about the Art. It's not the best ive ever seen, but there's no problems with it. The action scenes are fast paced and well animated and the characters all look fine. I see no reason to dock an anime points unless the animation is so miserable that it has negative effects my viewing experience, and one of my favorite animes is Berserk, which is terribly animated.
Sound 10 - The Opening and ending themes are fantastic, and go along perfectly with the anime. The first opening theme is my favorite song of all of them and does a perfect job of maintaining the feel of the anime. The music generally goes very well with the scenes that its played over, especially when Yuno does something awesome.
Character 10 - I would rate this higher if possible. The characters is where Mirai Nikki truly shines. Yuki is a kind of a wimp who has to rely on others to protect him, and ive seen plenty of people complain about this, but in all honesty i think that makes the anime so much better. He's a 14 year old boy thrown into a battle royal with people trying to kill him, I would probly be a bit of a wimp if that happened to me too. He's forced to seek aid from and rely on others in order to survive. And he isnt without redeeming moments either. All the side characters are well developed and have their pasts and motives explained in the story and a few of them are just plain awesome. All that being said, the part of this anime that got me hooked, and the reason its become one of my favorites of all time, is the female lead Gasai Yuno. She's incredibly cute, and incredibly psychopathic, and the perfect yandere. Shes also one of the most unique characters I've ever seen in an anime. Most of the psychological thrills stem from trying to figure out what the heck shes going to do next. At one moment your scared of her, another you can't help but smile at how cute something she does is, then you notice the knife in her hand and your scared of her again. Sometimes you want her to do something insane and at others your shocked about something insane shes doing. She's the selling point on the entire anime for me.
Enjoyment 10 - I couldn't stop watching Mirai Nikki, i watched it over the span of 2 days. And spent the entire day at work the second day anticipating what would happen in the anime after i got home. I have yet to watch an anime that kept me on the edge of my seat to such an extent as Mirai Nikki.
Overall 9 - Mirai Nikki is a great and unique story, the characters are excellent especially Yuno, who is one of the most unique characters ive ever seen in an anime. Mirai Nikki is certainly worth giving a shot. read more
Oct 17, 2013
1) Yandere Girlfriend
2) Time Travel
4) Tragic backstories
6) Gore & Blood
7) Battle Royale
8) more Deepness
Those eight points alone are more than enough to elevate any anime series to masterpiece level - because honestly, what more do you need in anime?- or at least this may work if you haven't watched more than 10 series, and/or aren't aware that well-written media exist and aren't just a fantasy of film critics and deprecable internet users who hopelessly argue with other questionable internet users about silly things such as directing, writing, characterization and development.
Death games are not a very good idea from the start, being usually more engrossed in their own edgy flair rather than building tension, and Mirai Nikki is of course no exception to the rule, and it gets so ridiculously fixated on being shocking and creepy that it's just not fun anymore. Not to mention the series already pushes the boundaries of credibility with some of the characters: there is a four-year old child attempting murder using poison delivered through mail he sent himself (actually this may serve as a one-liner to describe how clever the writing is). There are also problems with focus and aim as it constantly shifts between actual battle and Yuno being an obsessive Yandere waifu - at least the writer realized the plot was no good and focused on Yandere (I have never been a yandere fan myself, but I can somehow see the appeal as a particular character trait in moe subculture).
I'll be frank, for a chaotic and insane mess of an anime, Mirai Nikki is quite.. slow? Besides the death game thing (which is really too dumb for anyone who has watched at least 10 good anime) the only real hooks are Yuno and the shock factor, and if you don't happen to be a fan of any of them, there are at least a dozen episodes before the story gets a bit more engaging (and of course by engaging I mean the number of ridiculous twists increases).
The characters foundation is there in the form of backdrop - to almost every character is given a horrible past that may or may not be borderline in terms of credibility (in conformity with like 97% of this series), and they sure went "in depth" with 6th's backstory in particular, as it has a lot more "deepness" compared to the others (and a typical example of what I was saying with "trying to be shocking and creepy"). But the real problems aren't in their backdrop as much as they are in their portrayal and overall personality. Yuno's double personality topples every other Yandere in terms of mood shifts. Her excessive obsession with Yukiteru makes her sound often annoying, and her script and behaviour is what one could expect from some questionable hentai, especially when she constantly declares her will to protect Yukiteru and love him forever (which gets annoying, and fast). Yukiteru is too indecisive even for most anime standards (Yukki yukki makes Shinji and Rito look like lions in comparison), to the point that it's not only unrealistic, but also completely unbelieveable even for fiction. Every character besides the two main is horrible to unremarkable, and even the bests among the mud die quickly and get forgotten quickly (the emotional effect from killing off characters in a death game does thin out pretty fast afterall). The only exception is Uryuu Minene who is actually more memorable than the rest; She gets some nice development during those 26 episodes and actually has more than one trait to her personality.
I may have forgotten to mention it before, but mirai nikki is quite mature. Not "mature" as the series is targeted at an older, more experienced and demanding audience, because Mirai Nikki is so obviously targeted at an audience of teenagers fed up with "kiddy stuff" that believe gore, sex, nudity, and people getting killed equals maturity and depth (by the way, it does not.). Oh, and by the way the diary holders all want to become gods by overthrowing the current "Deus ex machina" (this name actually brings me to question if the author actually cared about writing something decent in the first place). Very DEEP indeed.
Mirai nikki goes too far with everything it does, resulting in a chaotic mess that may seem like a pot of gold at first glance, at least to an inexperienced and immature audience, but reveals to be as empty in content as those sub-gossip magazines aimed at middle aged women when taken a good look at for anyone else.
I guess it could be enjoyable as a trainwreck or guilty pleasure for some, but unfortunately I'm not among those as Mirai Nikki bored more than it amused. Some argue that Mirai Nikki was not intended to be well-written in the first place and just tried to be awesome, but even if that were true, when you think about the VALUE the series holds within the medium, it's still extremely poor compared to... you know... good anime? In a way Mirai Nikki may be a deconstruction: the deconstruction of a well-written anime. read more
Sep 13, 2013
Survival games have always been one of my favorite kinds of stories. I just love them. So naturally, when I heard about Mirai Nikki's premise, I was greatly looking forward to it. Unfortunately, after an excellent first episode, this series began to get worse and worse; by the end of it all, it had become nothing but a huge disappointment.
Let's begin with the positive aspects of this show. The art and animation in Mirai Nikki are, for the most part, rather good, but nothing very impressive. As for character designs, it's pretty hit-and-miss. Some characters look OK, while others are so ridiculous it makes the anime seem/feel less serious than it should be, which is NOT a good thing for a thriller/mystery.
The music is great. Most of the tracks are somewhat memorable and fit their scenes well. The OPs and EDs are also very nice, with the first OP being particularly awesome. I never skipped them. Voice acting-wise, everyone does a solid, consistent job, except for Yuno's seiyuu. I'm sorry, but her voice was annoying and hearing that infamous "Yukki!" every god damn minute was painful.
Now let's get to the bad stuff. While the premise is amazing, the story & script are very poorly written. Thing is, Mirai Nikki is a shounen trying (and failing) to be a seinen; thus, it lacks the maturity and depth needed to handle the kind of story it offers. Many questions are left unanswered, some of the writing choices are just plain stupid, half of the characters have a very low IQ and, for a mystery, there aren't that many twists, and those the anime DOES have are often predictable.
The whole concept of using Future Diaries to outsmart opponents in deadly, tense battles is BARELY explored, plus the battles themselves seldom involve complexity. When you've got tools as powerful as those, you'd think there'd be gambits just piling up on each other, but no. Many battles are over within a minute and are so basic it's insulting. Speaking of insulting, this show has a nasty tendency to have its world just forget about some of the big events related to the diary holders. Normally the media would be all over a series of bombings, massacres, etc... but here? Nah, it's just Tuesday again. It's astonishing how everyone can easily get away from anything.
Another problem with this anime is its bad habit of throwing in bits of humor in the middle of serious moments. It really kills the atmosphere and it's not funny. Even in the more lighthearted scenes it's not funny. Since we're talking about the atmosphere, have I mentioned that some details in crucial moments are overlooked, which obliterates the immersion? Empty hospitals, incompetent cops, silent bystanders...it's the little things that can make or break the mood. A shame, really, because the anime IS able to create a good, creepy atmosphere at times (ex.: the end of episode 3).
Remember what I said about there being a lot of predictable twists? I kinda lied. The biggest twist in the whole story, which unfolds in the last few episodes, took me by surprise. Did it make sense? Well, yes, at least until the anime began to blatantly make shit up on the spot. Did it answer a few questions? For sure. Did it raise even more questions - most of which remain unanswered - and present to us an INCREDIBLY STUPID twist later? OH YES.
Now for the worst part of it all. The characters. If you're already angry at me, stop reading because I will not be gentle.
For starters we have the male protagonist, Yukiteru (or just Yuki). This guy. Let me tell you something about this guy: he might just be one of the worst written characters I have ever seen. No hyperbole there. Not because he's a wimp 95% of the time - I can understand why. No-one normal would stay frosty after being dragged into a survival game full of maniacs. So why is he so bad then? It's because he's absurdly inconsistent. Most selective memory of all time, gullible when not paranoid (never with the correct timing), ability to forgive that defies common sense and, later on, he can't even settle on a personality (which seems to run in the family). Worst part is, his personality shift happens suddenly; he gets almost no development for 18 or so episodes then BAM! complete 180. If you're going to change a character's attitude, make sure it isn't baffling and that it sticks.
Then we have our female protagonist, Yuno, the main source of yandere-ness, fanservice and body bags. THE poster girl of Mirai Nikki, to the point where she may be more popular than the show itself - just look at how many favorites she has here at MAL. The creator knew of this, so s/he made her the most complex character in the whole cast and genuinely fun to watch. Unfortunately, that complexity only really shows up in the last few episodes, so until then she's pretty much a one note character - crush, kill, Yukki!. Moreover, the yandere trait eventually wears off, meaning she can get kinda annoying afterwards, even with all the carnage she provides. If it cannot wear off for you, then Mirai Nikki will be considerably more entertaining. Either way, Yuno was a hit-or-miss character for me.
The supporting cast - Yuki's friends and the other diary holders - is where it gets ugly. Out of the former group, the ONLY truly memorable character (and, might I add, one of the few characters in this anime that I liked) is the intelligent Akise. His personality and abilities are a perfect match for this kind of story, which is a shame because he didn't get enough screen time. The other three, despite getting some things accomplished, end up being inept at almost everything, to the point that Akise pretty much has to carry the team.
As for the other diary holders...just where do I begin? For starters, they're pretty much all insane or very dangerous individuals, except for maybe 2 of them; that alone raises a pretty important question: "why did Deus even consider letting one of those crazy bastards be his successor?". Another problem is that some may as well have "fodder" written on their foreheads: most don't even last for three episodes, plus they're lucky if they get a mediocre, unpolished back story full of cheap shocks to make you feel bad for them.
*SPOILERS PRESENT IN THE NEXT PARAGRAPHS* What kills me is that some of the diary holders are such piles of stupid writing it's absurd. I mean, one of them is a 5-year-old kid who's just as messed up as the others, somehow has access to stuff like toxic gas and who can formulate rather elaborate plans. Another is the mama bear of an orphanage composed of people who are willing to erase anyone for her - dressed as ninjas, no less. Yet another is a blind Power Rangers fanatic who dresses up as an eyeball (and who can somehow bring dolls to life. Never explained!) to fight crime. Remember, this anime takes itself seriously.
There's also the eleventh diary holder, the Hitler wannabe who gave Deus the idea for the diaries. Since the anime never even tries to further explore such an important character, allow me to ask some questions: how did he (or any of the diary holders) meet Deus? Why did Deus even listen to this obviously crazy man? Why future diaries, and not some kind of superpower? By the way, why is Deus decaying? What is MurMur's origin? Why did EVERY ONE of the diary holders only gun for Yuki? The questions pile up fast once the characters are taken into consideration.
Was there not a single diary holder that I liked? The answer is yes. That would be Minene, the ninth, the series' resident internationally wanted terrorist (at the tender age of 18. Seriously). She was pretty awesome and likable for most of her screen time, which made watching her turn into a textbook tsundere even more painful. And let's not talk about her ABSOLUTELY STUPID role in the final marathon of twists. *SPOILERS END HERE*
What about enjoyment? Believe me in this one: if you pay attention to the writing, Mirai Nikki will be painful. The mountain of questions, the absurd decisions that some of the characters make, etc...you just won't get a lot of breaks after the first few episodes. So what if you employ the good ol' "turn off your brain" strategy? It probably won't be all that enjoyable either. As I've said before, this is a shounen trying to be a seinen. You can just FEEL it try. And fail. I don't know about the rest of you, but that really kills the experience for me.
In conclusion, Mirai Nikki is a huge disappointment. Its messy story and weak characters are simply not fit for the genre it belongs to. Even if the art was OK, even if the soundtrack was great, even if the anime has its moments and holds the potential to be enjoyable should one ignore the writing issues, it simply does not live up to the hype. I'm probably gonna get lynched by its fanbase; however, I don't really care. I'm done. I needed to get this out of my system, and there it is.
Thanks for reading this review. read more
Nov 8, 2013
- - - S T O R Y - - -
Okay, so the story starts off really dark with some creepy kid who avoids making friends. He keeps a daily journal of the things he observes. He likes to spend his spare time sitting alone in his room with a blanket wrapped around himself, where he gets into "the zone" and hangs out with his imaginary friends, who are evil gods that have no regard for human life. At this point in the story, it's got you thinking this is pretty twisted and you're wondering what's gonna happen next.
The basic plot is simple, but effective - kill the other guys before they kill you; the winner becomes the god of space and time. Not knowing the identities of the other people turns it into a sort of psychological game, which makes it more interesting. Now, this was good when the enemies actually desired to become a god, but later in the story, there are characters who don't really care about that. So, you think they'd just stay out of things and keep their identities hidden? Nope! They attack the main characters head on for no apparent reason.
Anyway, about halfway through the series, it starts to get pretty senseless. Eighth's diary is based on the power of a computer server. Why? They didn't really explain this, so it makes no sense to have an ability like that. I can speculate and say it's because Eighth didn't actually have a diary and that the blog site she hosted allowed other people to write on "HER" blog, but c'mon. That's as stupid as saying that the cell phone diaries belong to the phone manufacturers. This part of the story also just really overcomplicates things without making it interesting. It just becomes less interesting as it is nonsensical.
Yukiteru eventually has a little revelation, causing him to change from a wimp into James Bond. Um... I guess it was cool to have a main character who acted more like a main character, but this was far too sudden and out of character. Akise reveals a "shocking truth" about Yuno, which is supposed to be like some ultimate plot twist... except they didn't give us enough clues to make it worth anything when they revealed it. The plot twist only makes sense after you've seen the entire thing, so it um... kinda fails as a plot twist.
There ends up being some big final battle between two characters that we really didn't get to know or care about. It's a battle with lots of beams and explosions, which uh... seems really out of place. It's like this anime was trying to be too much at once. The last episode doesn't really conclude things, so prepare yourself for some disappointment.
- - - A R T - - -
The art was okay, but it seemed a little cheaply animated at times. It seems up to standards, but sometimes it just stuck out to me how the animators looked like they got lazy.
Somehow, it feels like Yuno was in her underwear too often for no reason.
- - - S O U N D - - -
Nothing in particular really stood out. Same high pitched female voices you hear in any other anime.
- - - C H A R A C T E R S - - -
Oh boy, here we go.
Yukiteru - He starts of being some creepy kid like I mentioned earlier. This was interesting. He's kinda wussy, like any average 12 year old boy would be, but he's not unlikeable. It took him a while to realize how he felt about Yuno, but it was good to see the progress - it made it believable. His character does a sudden 180 later in the story. This kinda ruins his character since there was no real development leading up to that and no real development afterwards; he was just suddenly a completely different person. This was disappointing.
Yuno - She's a "stalker", which um... is a weird concept in itself. When you think of a stalker, you think of a 50 year old pedophile or something. In Japan, for some reason, I guess they consider kids and teenagers "stalkers" if they watch the person they have a crush on. Anyway, Yuno is supposed to be some psychopath who can only be tamed by Yukiteru's love. Can he help her calm down and give up her lunatic ways? Find out next episode!
It was fine that way. We could see their relationship develop. Then at the peak of Yukiteru's love and trust in Yuno, the writers thought they'd give us a plot twist? It was one of the stupidest plot twists I've ever seen. It ruined Yuno's credibility as a character and was just... why? What was the point? It made no sense at all for that to happen. They had what they wanted, so why the fuck would things downgrade to the point that their relationship might as well have never existed? They should've stuck to building her up into a respectable character instead of um... ruining the entire series. This was disappointing.
Eighth - What the fuck is she? Seriously. Her existence simply does not make sense. She is a chibi middle aged woman who is also gigantic. She is clearly not human, but nobody cares.
Eighth's Lucky Star apprentice girl - She was part of the Sacred Eye cult, then she became a member of Eighth's orphanage. In world 3, she is simply with Eighth, though. What a plot hole.
Akise - He's pretty much the only cool character. However, he is gay and kisses Yukiteru for no reason. Was that supposed to be a plot twist? I don't even know anymore...
Ninth - She's kinda stupid. She introduces herself in some kinda Victorian dress and big poofy pigtails, yet she's supposed to be some terrorist who specializes in explosives. She's loud and pretends to act a little crazy. She falls in love with the person she thought she killed, she becomes friends with the person who destroys her eye, and she plays a big plot hole role later in the story. This was disappointing.
- - - E N J O Y M E N T - - -
The plot was really enjoyable at first... y'know, before they butchered it. There was some mild fanservice, which we easily could've lived without. It was a strange kind of fanservice, though. Yuno's swimsuit falling off and floating gently down the stream? A pretty typical occurrence that happens to every anime girl at least once in her life, right? Instead of making her panic and bounce all over, instead of making her use this to seduce Yukiteru, instead of drawing her looking like she's ready to be raped... they honestly made it a pretty modest event. Yukiteru also accidentally pulls a girl's pants down, exposing her underwear, but they didn't draw the girl to look sexy or anything. She was simply a girl with her underwear exposed. These scenes were 100% unnecessary and added nothing, of course, but I was glad that they didn't try to make it look like hentai.
There are also 2 rape scenes and 1 sex scene, but they leave it entirely up to your imagination instead of making it really graphic. Again, I'm glad they didn't try to make it look like hentai. People can watch porn on their own time; it has no place in telling a story, and I can respect that this anime didn't ruin itself with that. However, I have to say that using rape in a story is pretty tasteless, lazy, and overdone. Getting to know the backstories of these characters, becoming a little emotionally invested in them, then they just have something like that happen to them... it's just a disgusting thought. I can understand if they wanted to make the characters tragic or like we could know more about them by seeing their hardships, but rape is just kinda crossing the line. It's not interesting and it's too harsh for simple entertainment.
I think the two most interesting things in the anime are the relationship Yuno and Yukiteru develop (before the retarded plot twist kicks in) and the betrayals. This anime has a lot of thrilling betrayals in the first half. The ones in the later half are kinda boring since you don't get setup to believe in the trust the characters share.
- - - O V E R A L L - - -
This had a lot of potential to be good. It's really disappointing they ruined it with all those inconsistent and random ideas. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, really, as it is just a big let down. If I knew ahead of time that the story was gonna go downhill so badly, I don't think I would've watched it. read more
Dec 1, 2013
Mirai Nikki (or The Future Diary in English) was a mixed bag for me. While there are some very good moments, there are some that just make want to pull out my hair in frustration. But there is one thing I know for sure: I felt somewhat underwhelmed. It wasn't horrible, it just wasn't as great as I thought it was going to be.
In the world of Mirai Nikki, the god of time and space, Deus Ex Machina, is coming to the end of his lifespan. In order to find out who will be his successor, he sends something called "Future Diaries" to twelve different people and places them a life-and-death game, similar to the ones in The Hunger Games and Battle Royale.
For the most part, Mirai Nikki's story is quite decent. It shows how the actions of people can change the future, because as the saying goes: "Actions speak louder than words." It also shows how events can cause an impact on their reasoning of becoming God (seeing as all the diary holders (or at least half of them) are emotionally broken in some way). However, one of the problems with the story is its inconsistency and plot holes. While there were parts that kept me on the edge of my seat, there were also parts that just left me absolutely confused. This confusion was evident during the last few episodes, where I was like: "What the hell is happening?" The ending also left a somewhat sour taste in my mouth... (Yes, I DO know that there's the OVA, "Mirai Nikki Redial". I just haven't watched it yet.)
Overall, while the story did have some hiccups, it was still engaging enough to keep me watching.
Mirai Nikki has almost the exact problem that SAO had for me: its characters.
First, Yukiteru (or Yuki for short). His character is similar to that of Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion (and to an extent, Simon from Gurren Lagann), in which he's pretty much a wuss; but that's not my problem with him. My problem with Yuki is his stupidity, as well as the inconsistency of his character. How can he be still in love with Yuno after she locked him up, as well as preventing him from making any friends? I just find it mindboggling. I know he's the key to keeping her sane, but still! Another thing I don't like is how his personality does a complete 180 degree turn during somewhere within the final third of the show. I was like: "What? This came out of nowhere! Please explain to me what just happened!"
Secondly, there's Yuno, who is pretty much the fan-favorite of the show, as well as being the the poster-child of yanderes. I'll be honest: I'm not a fan of Yuno. Maybe it's me, but I'm not the biggest fan of yanderes, as well as very possessive girlfirends. Yes, she does have her moments of batshit crazy awesomeness, but whenever she goes "Yuki Yuki Yuki Yuki!!!" several times, I'm just thinking "Shut up already!!" I do understand she does get some complexity, but that only really happens throughout the final episodes.
Overall, the main characters, while not hateable, failed to catch my interest.
The supporting cast didn't fare much better. From Yuki's friends to the other diary-holders, none of them seemed memorable to me. They range from alright to just unbelieveably irritating. There are two exceptions to this, though. The only side characters (as well as only characters from the show in general) that I actually enjoyed were Akise and Minene (9th). They were just really interesting to watch.
With the exceptions of Akise and Minene, the cast of Mirai Nikki didn't leave an impact on me.
While the animation of Mirai Nikki isn't anything spectacualr, it was pretty decent. The action scenes probably best animated parts of the show, being fast-paced as well as being VERY entertaining, especially when Yuno is on one of her many killing sprees.
While nothing special, the animation was good for what it was.
The music, for me, is the highlight of the anime. While I can't find a song that stands out, the background music does a very good job fitting every scene in the show. Both of the openings are amazing. They have a good amount of energy and fit the tone of the show perfectly (The first opening has become one of my favorites), while the endings didn't do that much for me (but they were still interesting enough to listen to for a few episodes).
All in all, the music was definitely the highlight of the show for me.
Despite all of its flaws, Mirai Nikki was definitely entertaining to watch. While there were parts that left me with confusion and/or frustration, there were parts that just wanted me to click "Next" to watch the next episode.
Overall Score: 7.0 out of 10
Like I said in the beginning, Mirai Nikki was definitely a mixed bag for me. While the show did have some "bumps in the road" character-wise, it did not deter me from finishing the anime. While I don't love the show as much as others do, it was definitely worth the watch. It was definitely entertaining, to say the least.
*Feedback/Constructive criticism would also be nice. Just don't be too nasty about it.* read more
Jun 8, 2013
I recently rediscovered my love for anime a few months ago and in that time I have focused mostly on romances, but I have taken time to check things out that seem to have built strong followings and come highly recommended. Over and over I continued to be pointed to Mirai Nikki. I now know to not trust a few individuals on what to watch. Although I have now seen several poor reviews of this mess of an Anime, I still have to say that for all of the hype, this might be the most overrated anime of recent memory. However, what makes this most interesting is how good this anime COULD have been if it had been helmed by a more talented writer.
It’s hard to really review the story of this anime without spoilers, but I will try. Surely you have read the premise of the story. Sounds really interesting right? Well it is. The set pieces and conflicts set up by this really cool premise do not disappoint…mostly. Here is the problem. The plot relies on stupidity to maintain momentum. This is more apparent in the beginning than toward the end, but on so many occasions I found myself asking WHY! Why are you doing this, why are you with these people, why are you making this decision, etc. There is a part in episode 9 where one character literally shouting “Why are you doing this” and “this makes no sense” but the writer didn’t seem to get that this is exactly what the audience would be thinking. The story too often asks for the viewer to ignore the ridiculous logic of the characters in order to allow for the various twists and turns of the story to have an impact. The only redeeming factor is that because of the cool set pieces and conceits, the story is still engaging as long as you agree to play dumb for it. Toward the end, the story escalates to ridiculous proportions, but I was not as offended as others. This is anime were talking about, and aside from a few confusing twists, I must say that I found the ending a satisfying close to the problematic story. This is something that cannot be said about waaaaay to many animes. Overall, the biggest problem with the story is that it fails to deliver on what could have been a really cool story. It tries to crib Death Note, Evangelion, and High school of the dead and ends up just being a mess.
In my other review I explain that I am not very qualified to really discuss the merits of the audio and visual quality of a manga. I just like when it doesn’t look dated or boring. I will say that I was impressed with the overall direction of the manga. The way they framed many of the scenes definitely helped heighten the tension. I found the constant use of the “yandere” face annoying after a while though. Also, I really could care less about OPs and endings but this is the first one I didn’t start skipping over once I got into the anime.
This is where the anime has the most problems. The characters in the story are completely devoid of logical human thought. First you have Yuki our male lead who spends the first half of the anime doing his best Shinji Ikari impression. Maybe it’s because im an American, but I will never EVER get Japan’s infatuation with these spineless whiny character archetypes. If you took a shot every time you see him cower in fear in the first 10 episodes you will die from alcohol poisoning. Then toward the end he suddenly turns into Lelouch Vi Britannia and starts working out these elaborate plans on how to eliminate his enemies, and suddenly and inexplicably falls in love with our other main character. The other major character is the now iconic Yuno. While Yuno is definitely intriguing as a Yandere turned to 11, her behavior, inexplicable assassin skills, and understandably bipolar nature make her a chore to deal with. She is too crazy to like and connect with or be a fan of, but too sympathetic at times to hate purely as a villain. A more skilled writer could have made this conflict more engaging, but much like the aforementioned Tyler Perry, the author can only make her a moe fan service idol, or a psycho yandere killer and nothing in-between. The real problem is the “love” between these two nutjobs. It just happens and It is never explained or built up to. Although they save each other’s lives on many occasions, you never really get to understand WHY these two became drawn to each other. Even at the end when the elaborate and silly backstory connecting them is explained, you still don’t really get to see why this whiny wuss eventually falls for this bipolar sociopath that he has watched kill dozens people. Aside from a few standouts, other characters serve little more than enemies of the week akin to a power ranger episode. We have an L clone (who satisfies some of the deep rooted wants of a certain sect of Death Note fans), a Tsundere Gothic terrorist, a woman with a huge head, a three year old with a love for puppets, and a bunch of other psycho’s whose motivations are not explained but at least most of them were fun to watch. Overall the issue here is that even though the literal fate of the world hangs in the balance, and the body count is quite high, you simply do not care what happens to anyone other than wanting to understand what is actually going on.
This anime is not really worth watching for the average fan, but it does have some interesting and intriguing moments. Its biggest problem is its hype and the unfulfilled promise of its story setup. If you can turn your brain off and just get engaged in a psychological thriller with tons of twist and a halfway decent payoff in the end, then go for it. But if you need characters to have sensible motives, stories to stay grounded, and writing that doesn’t make you face palm, then you might want to pass.
Apr 6, 2013
I found it frustrating, in a good way, that when an episode ended it made me want to watch more.. so I couldn't take a break.So I continued watching being constantly impressed by the things people can do when their lives are at stake or when they want to become god(for more ambitious ones). It was really tiresome to see Yukiteru being "stabbed in the back" over and over again only to find him always alone. Still this points out a horrible truth about this world, the fact that you can't see someone for who he really is.
Also, the series is full of interesting motives and philosophical concepts that makes it worthwhile watching.
Artwork consists of a perfect balance since its not too flashy and characters as well as background are designed well, making it ideal for those who want to follow the story as me.
Nov 30, 2013
These are the themes present in Mirai Nikki. Sometimes, crushes can evolve into love, and sometimes, love can evolve into dangerous affection.
-Story & Characters-
Yukiteru Amano (Yuki) is a typical young teenager: He goes to school every day, he goes home, does his homework, goes to bed, wakes up, rinse and repeat. Yuki doesn’t really like to mingle with other people and keeps to himself, writing down what goes on in his life in a journal on his cell phone. Yuki’s only friends are a pair of imaginary super-beings: Deus Ex Machina, the god of the universe, and a little girl named Murmur. Yuki’s simple life is suddenly flipped upside-down when Deus gives him a “Future Diary”, a bizarre power given to his cell phone, which allows him to predict future events. After coming to the realization that Deus and Murmur were, in fact, very real, he learns that he was selected by Deus to participate in a battle-royal against eleven other people who also possess Future Diaries. Deus, the god of the universe, is starting to decay, and if a winner, who will take the place of Deus as the new god, is not chosen by the end of the tournament within 90 days, Deus will die, and the world will end.
The main heroine, Yuno Gasai, is also a participant in the tournament. However, Yuno has a twisted love for Yuki, and wants to ally with him to take on the other Diary Users together. While it does seem like Yuno’s affection for Yuki is random, her reasons for her twisted behavior are justified after a huge plot twist at the end of the show. While the story of the show isn’t terribly original, the concept of Future Diaries and being able to predict future events takes a very tired battle-royal setting and makes it its own. The show also has a good dose of humor to balance out the overall serious tone of the story.
However, the harsh reality is that the story is not perfect. For one, the show has several plot holes and unanswered questions, and the aforementioned big plot twist that appears at the end of the show doesn’t really make any sense. For instance, we’re told that Yuki has been in contact with Deus and Murmur, who thought that they were a figment of his imagination. How did he meet them? How long have they been in association with each other? What do they talk about on a daily basis? Just how are these Diary Users selected?
There are also two very weak (and silly) arcs during the show’s first half, which really hamper the experience. That’s not to say that the first half is bad, because it’s not at all. In fact, those two arcs aside, it’s really quite engaging. However, the saving grace for the show is its amazing second half, which really cranks the story up a few notches, throwing in some unexpected twists and heart-wrenching, powerful moments. Throw in some really great character development to go along with it, and you have a very memorable second half.
The characters are what really drive the narrative forward, however. While there are maybe one or two characters that were kind of annoying *cough* Rei *cough*, the overall cast is quite likeable. Yuki is a strong lead, and acts as the confused, conflicted, and frightened hero. His reaction to the events around him are perfectly natural, and the fact that he has a crazy stalker that follows him around only makes his reasons all the more justified. Yuno goes to extreme lengths to keep Yuki in her sights, and hates it when he socializes with anyone that isn’t her, and even goes as far as trying to kill his friends. The rest of the cast is likeable as well. However, if you’re familiar with Black Lagoon, there is one character that is a complete rip-off of Revy: Uryuu Minine. Strong, aggressive, and stubborn, she is completely, utterly, 100%, no bones about it, Revy, making it feel like the writers had lost their creativity.
Faults aside, the story is well-told, well-paced, and interesting throughout, and once you reach the show’s second half, you will not be able to keep your eyes off of the screen.
-Visuals & Sound-
Mirai Nikki is relatively new, coming out in 2011. While its visuals aren’t really up to par with some of the other shows that have come out around that time, it’s still relatively attractive. The characters in particular are very well drawn and move with great fluidity.
The show’s audio, on the other hand, is easily its strongest aspect. The voice acting is absolutely superb, with the sole exception of Yuno, who, while not bad, sounded a lot deeper and didn’t quite fit her character, and it took a long time for it to grow on me. Aside from her, though, the voice acting was top-notch, there was no overacting, and everyone sounded, most importantly, believable. The music is of equal quality, with every song perfectly matching the situation that it accompanies. Even out of context, the individual songs themselves are just incredibly memorable, ranging from soothing acoustic guitar melodies to epic scores, and the soundtrack as a whole just as so much variety and is brimming with creativity. I highly recommend checking out the soundtrack alone, if that’s your thing.
In the end, Mirai Nikki is a flawed gem. It has plot holes and inconsistencies, yet its tale is still captivating. It’s not visually stunning, but its audio is terrific. Everything Mirai Nikki does wrong is counteracted by something it does right. While it’s not perfect, honestly, if you don’t watch it, I do truly feel that you’re missing out on something special. Would I recommend Mirai Nikki to any anime fan out there?
+Very likeable cast of characters
+Superb voicework, followed by an outstanding soundtrack
+Amazing second half
+Good sense of humor
-Some plot holes here and there
-The final twist doesn’t make too much sense
-Two very weak arcs during the show’s first half
-Not very original
Nov 7, 2011
Like the synopsis said this is a psychological thriller, with murders, gore, sins and some demented killers.
However unlike most thrillers the story is extremely good, the characters are all very unique, each with deep, well developed personalities that are slowly revealed to the viewer as they watch more and more episodes of the series. Its a mechanic that makes shows very addictive to watch, just like how you want to spend more time with your date as they reveal more and more nuggets about their interesting personality.
Story 10 - Story is amazing, the first 5 to 10 minutes of the first episode was pretty typical, and it was deceiving (in a good way) because the story quickly ramped up and starts to deliver. Every time I watch an episode it delivers something new and unexpected, like a plot twist, or a revelation about the certain existing characters. And every time these plot twists had me wide eyed in pleasant surprise, thinking "Wow this is so cool!" or something like "OMG, holy S*&t! I didn't expect this!"
Art 8 - Art is decent i guess, the action sequences are well done, but pale in comparison to this season's "Guilty Crown" for action. Overall art is 8 as I compared it with last season's artistic masterpiece "Hanasaku Iroha" , which the art was so good for a weekly anime series that I believed it set a new benchmark for artistic quality in weekly anime.
Sound 8 - The music (OP and ED) are decent, they wisely avoided sound during some of the intense, dark & scary moments where they let the suspense and fear build up in the viewers.
Characters 10 - Characters are fantastic, awesome for an anime (or manga). Each and every starring character had unique personalities that are uncommon to the typical person. I am only at episode 5 of the anime and I have never seen such a demented and crazy cast. Only the main character Yukiteru-Kun seems the most normal, but even he has his fears and complexes that makes him withdrawn. The best thing about the characters is that the story only reveals small nuggets of their personality and motive every now and then as you keep watching the series. This means that the uniqueness and most likely, the demented craziness of each character drives the storyline further and further as each character's motives are revealed.
Best thing is that most of the time you don't expect the revelations made about these characters, giving you a "wow" moment and surprises you with a plot twist.
An yea, many reviewers give props to "Yuno" the other main character of "Mirai Nikki". And I agree, a pretty girl who has a hidden killer personality, stalks the lousiest loser in school like the most diligent killers in slasher movies, and hacks and slashes everyone else with a handaxe. How cool is she! She stays a mystery and keeps viewers wanting to see more and more of her real motives, personality and her backstory.
Enjoyment 9 - I would give this a 9.5 if they allowed it in the ratings system. After watching 1 episode of "Mirai Nikki" at a random anime livestream channel it drove me to find and watch all the other existing episodes and wait fervently for the release of the latest ones. Only thing is that I probably can't have a good appetite while eating and watching this anime, due to the gore :)
Overall 9 - Again I would give Overall a 9.5 rating if allowed, "Mirai Nikki" has a great plot. A psychological thriller with gore is not your typical anime. Most of the time anime makers would turn away from such bloody twisted story for the fear of censorship and lack of young viewers. However "Mirai Nikki" is a great watch for anyone above 16. Everybody can enjoy the suspense of a good thriller and be hooked to the various character developments and plot twists. I would easily rate this anime as my choice for anime of the year 2011. Basically if you are even reading this review, find a way to watch the show by any means possible, yes it is that good, enjoy "Mirai Nikki" :) read more
Aug 14, 2013
Story 10: This is essentially a Battle Royale with a very unique romance story.
Battle Royale angle: We’ve all seen versions of this before, where 8-12 people fight to the death to obtain a grand prize. The strength of Mirai Nikki’s plot is not about the originality of the premise but about the originality (and insanity) of the journey. There is an excellent mix of action, slashing, backstabbing, detective work, plot twists, and craziness. I was impressed by how clever this anime was which is a breath of fresh air. This isn’t a “horror” anime but there are a number of legitimately creepy moments.
Romance angle: Woven into the storyline is an odd-yet-touching romance between the two main characters which revolves around Yuno’s “Yandere”-style pursuit of Yukki (btw this is NOTHING like School Days). I really liked their dynamic as it stayed away from many of the anime-relationship clichés: tsundere female slowly warming up to an endlessly patient male lead, the classic high school love triangle, or super shy male flirts with super shy female for 23/24 episodes before finally making a move. No, no, no…not with Yuno/Yukki. Without giving anything away (as this is apparent from episode one), the primary romantic dilemma is really best summed up by this quote: “do you really love me or are you just insane?” That's for you to decide and the series keeps the audience oscillating back and forth from “poor, sweet, vulnerable Yuno” to “Ok Yuno stop…you’re scaring the shit out of me.”
When you put the whole story to together you get an exciting and captivating ride.
Characters 10: Best part of the series by far. The romantic aspect of the relationship is hilarious because of how crazy Yuno can be.
I went into Mirai Nikki with no warning or context. My first impression of Yuno when she met Yukii in the elevator was “oh sheesh, another one of these cute, cardboard harem girls who inexplicably falls in love with the outcast loner” i.e. Megan Fox in Transformers. Man was I wrong. Yuno is a DEEPLY flawed and psychotic female lead who just so happens to have many redeeming qualities...and an itty bitty crush on Yukii. Yuno could never be a harem girl simply because she would kill all the other competition...yay monogamy. I'll shut up about Yuno and let you judge for yourself but I'd just like to emphasize how substantive her character is. Unlike Ein from Phantom, who was pretty much an emotionally empty blank slate, Yuno knows what she wants...
Yukii was harder for me to like (maybe it’s a guy thing). There is no shortage of anime that start with a wimpy, insecure male protagonist but something about Yukii seems particularly pathetic and angsty. Maybe the beanie? Maybe the high-pitched voice? The nonstop CRYING! But… as he begins to develop as a character he becomes slightly more likeable. *sigh* It’s a long journey. Fortunately, even if Yukkii is a wussy at times, it just creates more space for Yuno’s personality to shine.
Side Characters: I really liked the way the way the other contestants were built up. Every one of them is unique, memorable and deadly in his/her own way. There were certain characters that had me laughing out loud. I also appreciate how the series devoted a number of flashbacks that explored the backgrounds of many of the side characters. If I had one complaint it's that I did find Yukki’s friends and his family to be a little boring. I would have liked them to have been more fleshed out and believable.
Art 10: I really liked the animation. I’m a complete layman when it comes to critiquing anime art but the animation seemed sharp and the color contrast was extremely striking to me. I especially liked the way the character’s eyes were drawn. It’s hard to describe but they would often add an extra iris for effect (creating terror and crazy eyes). It was perfect for me and something I don't remember seeing in other anime.
Sound: 9 I liked the first intro song much more than the second. This is purely a matter of personal preference. The only other part that annoyed me was just Yukkii’s high pitched voice. I really wish they could have cast a male lead an octave deeper. Once again this is just me being picky.
Enjoyment 10: I loved this anime. It’s exactly what I wanted to see, which was a bizarre romance with a lot of dark, twisted action and suspense.
Overall: Has everything I want in an anime
Violence/gore: Lots of blood and collateral damage.
Love/Romance: atypical love story. Yukki/Yuno’s relationship is a big focus of the series.
Sex/Nudity: *sigh* Lots of undergarments, cleavage and panty shots. I actually wish they toned it down a bit. I found it weird that they are all supposed to be 14 but Yukki has the voice of a 12 year old and Yuno has the body of an 18 year old…Welcome to the confusing world anime…
Jul 26, 2012
One day, said man decided to put as many fucked up things that he could find on this train. He put razors, cyanide, bombs, and even decided to mix in some sweet things with all of this, like boxes of sugar and a pink dress fit for a loli. He piled the train up, barely being able to fit in all of this stuff onto it, and set it off - awaiting for the end result.
Of course, with the train being overloaded with a bunch of different shit on it, it was only natural that the man's train would crash. And crash it did. However, the man did not care. For he would see it that this trainwreck made all the way to its destination, no matter how much shit he had to pull out of his ass to make it work. And so, with everything in the train clashing into one another as the man pulled his own strings to make the train continue going (no matter how much logic it defied in the end) he eventually got the train to reach the end.
Some people looked at the mess of the train and thought, "Wow! Look at all of this stuff! There's knives in this train? Stuffed animals? Explosives? Books? How marvelous! What a wonderful thing this train has brought everyone!" while others looked at the end result and knew right away what a terrible mess all of this stuff was. Rest of the town was too busy watching K-On! to care.
The moral of the story? When you take as much random crap as you can and load it all into one train, it will crash. And if it crashes you should end it. Oh, and people like trainwrecks.
If you haven't already voted this unhelpful for the seemingly irrelevant story, I'm here to tell you that this tale was my description of "Mirai Nikki's" story - a trainwreck. I won't give you a rundown on what the story is about. You have the synopsis and Google for that, so I'll just get straight to the point. The story doesn't really have any idea where it's going or how it should be directed. They made sure to throw in as many psychotic characters, themes, events and mix it in to be able to attract as many viewers as possible. Seriously, you'll find everything from rape to child abandonment to feeding children grass - all to make the story and characters look like they have depth and the viewer to feel "cool" for watching such miscellaneous shit. The transition between events in the story doesn't flow and all seems very random at best. It's as if these events happen just because the plot demands it.
The story had some strong points - while the fighting scenes didn't always make the most sense or had little to no build-up, they were very entertaining to watch and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't interested in seeing how it played out. However, the poor writing and lack of common sense in most of the story is what makes it so terrible. The plot loses all of it's purpose by the end of the show as well, which just makes everything worse. It's a good story to be mindlessly entertained, but for those of us who were paying attention you can tell just how often things failed to make sense. It was all driven off of shock value and crazy, psychological things.
Speaking of crazy, psychological things, let's talk about the characters, or as I like to call them, "plot devices." Each of the character exists only for convenience of the plot and nothing more, and same goes for their past. Every diary holder, save for First & Eight, has something that makes them insane or crazy in some way or another so that way they can serve purpose to the plot. If these characters weren't all deranged or had these insane backstories than they would be of no threat. So why did a bunch of characters with messed up lives get chosen to be diary holders, and then someone like Yuki (I won't focus on the Eighth) who lives a completely normal life gets chosen as well? It doesn't add up.
As for the characters themselves, Yuki is just a normal guy thrown into a pit of madness. Many hate him, some pity him. Me? I pity the guy. You can't help but look at it realistically - he's a normal kid thrown into this survival game where everyone has some type of mental issue and is out to kill him. This doesn't make his crying and patheticness any less annoying, but it's justifiable. At the same time you can't help but wonder why Yuki was chosen to be a diary holder in the first place considering how out of place he is. Then we have Yuno, the main reason why everyone watches the show. Yandere. That's pretty much her whole personality. (save for her own fucked up past that tries to give her depth and reasoning.) Yuno is like a robot, per say - only programmed when desired to scream "Yukii!", act innocent, then kill people. And apparently that sells. She's a selfish, unreasonable character who's popularity is earned from her constant blushing and murdering. While she was indeed suffering from major emotional trauma, none of that justified the actions that she had towards Yuki and the people he cared about. Despite her "love" for Yuki, she still constantly hurt him and the friends that he loved - doing what she can to turn him against them instead of letting him be happy with both him AND his friends. She's simply an annoying character with no actual depth or personality.
As for the other diary holders, they're mostly forgettable and run a cycle of "appear for a few episodes, fight Yuki/Yuno (mostly Yuno), win, reveal traumatic past, fight Yuno, lose" and repeat. In short, most of the diary holders were just forgettable and used only for the sake of being killed and adding excitement to the show. Side characters like Yuki's friends (namely Akise) are on-screen more and provide more to the story then even most of the diary holders. That doesn't change the fact that everyone is pretty flat. No real development is given the the majority of our cast. The development that does occur for a few of our characters is written or presented pretty poorly with very little reasons to back it up. I won't say too much as to not spoil the series, though. As I said before, these characters are nothing more then plot devices - created to make the story more "interesting" and to shock the viewer into thinking they're looking at an emotionally deep character.
Artwork is nothing to be fawned over and is mediocre at best. Character designs aren't terrible but they aren't something that I'd call memorable either. The bloodbath scenes are the ones that look the most realistic and it's obvious that the animators took their most time in animating these. The animation is pretty fluid throughout the fighting scenes, but it's an overall forgettable performance save for the blood and gore that they flesh out so well.
The soundtrack was again, not very memorable, but you can at least say that it stood out. Emotional music fit those so-called "sad scenes" pretty well (despite the lack of real feeling in the scenes themselves) and was well-played out. The battle music and of course, suspenseful tracks were also well-fitting and it's easy to say that those tracks were what helped keep you on your toes as to when something may be getting ready to happen. The seiyuu's did a pretty good job considering their roles, but based on a personal experience I can't say that hearing Yuno screaming "Yuki!" every episode and listening to Yuki cry every episode didn't get annoying or ear-aching. But overall no real complaints here.
Did I enjoy "Mirai Nikki?" I don't know, do I enjoy not knowing where the hell a story's going? Do I enjoy watching pink-haired girls who only exist for "love" do a bunch of random, messed up stuff to everyone every other episode? Do I enjoy trainwrecks? No, I can tell you right now that I don't. The thing that made this show bearable, however, was Minene and Akise, who were probably the two most interesting characters in this show for me. Minene got more screentime then most of the diary holders and was actually tolerable, while Akise held that intelligent personality that always spices up a show for me. Otherwise no, this show held little to no enjoyment for me. Even though I'm a sucker for thrillers if there's nothing to hold it up, not even a simple plot that can be explained in a few words, then I won't enjoy it.
Overall, "Mirai Nikki" left a bitter taste in my mouth. The lack of any reasonable directing - or even reason at all - along with a mix of unlikeable, forgettable plot devices, or as we all call them characters made this show nearly intolerable for me. It took as many different, fucked up things as possible in order to appeal to the general audience, threw in some blood and a horny yandere and viola! A masterpiece! Or so says the people who only look on the outside of the trainwreck. For those of us who are examining this train and everything that actually happened for the end result to be.. this, then you'll be able to see just how terrible "Mirai Nikki" actually was.
But hey, kids love trainwrecks, right?
May 19, 2012
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
When you're little, have you ever thought about the future? Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like five, ten, or twenty years from now before you grow up? It is probably a thought most of us came upon in our lives. However our protagonist Yukiteru "Yuki" Amano is a loner who instead of thinking about the future instead spends his time daily writing a diary on his phone. Talk about a strange habit for a kid without friends. But, surprise will hit him faster than a bullet train when he learns about the future in stored for him.
Mirai Nikki (also known as The Future Diary based off the manga of the same name), is a story of survival game where the ultimate prize is to become God and given the gift to change the world forever. Being a survival game, it is not complete without its contestants. These contestants known as the Future Diary owners are given diaries in their own form whether it's a cell phone, a sketch book, or a scroll which tell them different things about what will happen in the future. The contestants themselves are also worthy noting that have a wide range of stark personalities ranging from a terrorist, to the devoted collective couple, a child prodigy, and a man who seeks justice in his own unique twisted ways.
Then, there are the side characters. Yes, I'm talking about those classmates that later enters on into the story. Despite their relatively normal selves, we can see that the survival game later becomes realistic and changes their view on the world. I can't blame them though, I mean who can act and be themselves when you realize that you can see into the future?
In today's anime series, there are many type of characters. Tsundere, yandere, mysterious, princely, you name it. Then, there is our yandere (hero or anti-hero? you decide) Yuno Gasai. She is described as the typical Yamato Nadeshiko by those who sees her outer self...a girl of perfection who is popular with students, good at academics, and generally an ideal woman. Behind that outer shell however is a girl with insecurities with disturbing stalker-like tendencies for our protaognist, Yuki. Her obssession of Yuki can be labeled as yandere as she is willing to hurt or kill others. In fact, she won't hesitate to sacrifice other people because to her, the only important thing is that she and Yuki survive the game. Her goal of wanting to make that “happy end” (hehe, turn that imagination bulb on) with Yuki is one of the main drives she wishes to achieve in this story.
Of course with survival game genres, there are consequences such as life and death. In the end, there is only one winner and it's every man for himself. Luckily for our protagonist, his stalker is madly in love with him so that means an alliance. So do the math here: two heads are better than one right? Well, that would be the case but Yuki's insecurities tells him in his mind that killing is wrong and things like this can be ended peacefully. However, in survival games like this, there is no peace. There is no true alliances. There is no true God (yet), no angel, no heaven. There is only blood, betrayals, and power. And in the end, there is only one winner if by miracle that you don't reach your own Dead End first.
What I found this series quite interesting is that it sticks to the game from the very beginning. Yes, there are those sidelines and mini-fillers (even ones that weren't in the manga) but it sticks with the pace overall. The memories and flashbacks we see of various characters is realistic and the tragedy and mood of what they been through makes them who they are. And of course, there are those fan-service scenes that keeps our eyes glued to the screen involving our yandere Yuno and some other characters.
As a survival horror, blood and gore is present. What did you expect? This isn't one of those happy love-dovey series involving teenage romance and love triangles. If you want that, go watch Amagami SS or something. Honestly though, I thought that some of the violence is necessary for this series to engineer the reality of the game. In other words, the survival game for the throne of God is real. The contestants are dead serious on winning. And, the consequences for losing are disastrous.
The show being labeled as a psychological on MAL also shows its colors once the episodes progresses especially later on in the series. Like I mentioned before, there is drama, there is blood spilled, and backs being stabbed metaphorically. The moments are tense and for those who have watched Final Destination or any other related series of related theme would understand this with the thriller-like endings that keeps the viewers at our seats. In other words, it keeps the viewers from predicting what's next and what or when things happen. I mean, it's not like you have a real Future Diary to predict the events of the anime as you watch them. Now, that would be something you don't see every day.
Another noteworthy mention of Mirai Nikki in my book would be the soundtrack of this series. I'll be honest here. It is epic. The OST mixes in with the various scenes well ranging from psychological, comedic, emotional, and action. Additionally, the OP songs performed by Yousei Teikoku and Faylan portrays the metaphor of the series. If we look carefully and listen to the lyrics, we can see the realism of a survival game and picture it in our minds as the song plays.
Unfortunately, I found the art of the series to be just average. It's not that unique or something that made me go “wow, I haven't seen something this beautiful before!” I've already had that feeling after watching many Makoto Shinaki films.
Overall, I would say that this series is enjoyable. It's not just because I'm a sucker for thriller and psychological genre despite some of the fan-service and cliches. Thankfully, Mirai Nikki didn't push that too far even if it did in a few cases. Despite my initial hatred for that excuse of a protagonist by the name of Yuki, I did find his later character development and values to be worth noting. Then, there's the yandere Yuno in the series added in like a little bonus of cherry to a delicious cake. And of course, don't leave the terrorist Uryu out as her character development of the series is perhaps one of the most interesting aspects that makes you want to learn about her more and more. (perhaps even fall in love and marry with her like one of the other characters) The soundtrack is powerful and conveys every moment of the series from emotional, comedy, or thriller. It will keep you at the edge of your seat as you predict what will happen next using your own imaginative diary that's called a brain. Perhaps the only problem I had was with the ending of the anime adaptation. I won't spoil it for you but it's not something I originally hoped to see. With a package of 26 episodes, expect psychological plot twists, character development, and thriller that will make you want more and more. Looking to watch something with your best friend on a weekend after finishing your job or homework? Then, you might of just hit a jackpot because our yandere Yuno will surely give you something to remember by.
May 19 12:55 pm
Stark700 finishes writing his Mirai Nikki review.
Hope you like what you see and I wish you a Happy End. read more
Apr 16, 2012
Mirai Nikki's anime adaptation begins.
A mess. That's probably the easiest way to describe Mirai Nikki. From beginning to end, it was simply a total mess. The story begins as an apparently simple battle royale between a bunch of varyingly crazy people who can predict the future. By the end it's a dimension-hopping cluster of ridiculous plot twists and some veeeeeeery half-assed writing.
I wouldn't want to spoil this... unique series for anyone, but I'm just going to say that it involves stuff like one character killing and impersonating herself, a gay guy pooped out by GOD who sends texts while getting his head chopped off (yes, while), and a crazy bitch with a bomb fetish who can fly and has babies that can also fly. Around the final arc it has completely ceased being about the survival game and has degenerated into Dragon Ball Z-style energy beam fighting. Yes, really.
And, really, most of it comes out of nowhere. Whole plotlines are dropped and brought up very suddenly with alarming frequency. Character arcs are usually resolved in an extremely hasty manner with some form of contrived ass-pull excuse. This is just a very poorly plotted story, not that I've read the manga it's based on. Maybe that fared better? Probably not.
The protagonist is beta as fuck, too. I sympathised more with the 'villains' (using that term verrrrrry loosely) of the "Yukki's daddy issues" arc, as they had a genuinely sad, yet heartwarming backstory. Yukki is just a pussy and Yuno is a crazy bitch who makes no sense half of the time. Best character is Minene, though. She's cool. But her hair in episode 2... honey, no. That look is so not you.
The nicest thing I can say about Mirai Ball Z is that the opening songs are both fantastic. Particularly Dead END by the lovely Faylan, which I loved before I even started the series. The lyrics don't make any sense at all (The girl with the sharp thorn in her flesh, I met you at your story...?) but it sure is catchy. The first OP with its dramatic choir and counting up in German (EIN ZWEI DREI) was also very memorable.
It was fun, though. This is the kind of series you make fun of with friends. It was all just so ridiculous and stupid that I couldn't help but kind of like it.
If you want a solid "so bad it's good" series, Mirai Nikki will prolly satisfy your desires.
--HAPPY END-- read more
Feb 20, 2012
STORY: Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) is, for lack of a better way to describe it, fucking nuts. A psychogist would be laughing at this mental breakdown of a plot, but I got to be fair, I do enjoy this anime to a certain degree, but it's the crazy sharp turns it loves to take is what nearly throws me off into complete confusion, not the "I don't understand" kind of confusion (Though is still includes that from time to time), but the "Why and how is this happening" kind.
However, let's avoid the deep end for now.
The series is based on a manga of the same name originally created by Esuno Sakae about a battle to the death style of competition between 12 eccentric characters, from a terrorist, to a leader of a cult, to a lovey dovey couple, to even a orphen caretaker for the chance for one of them to take the place of a god, who is literally Deus Ex Machina, before he himself dies. Each will battles each other by using future diaries commonly being in the forms of cellphones, which each one varies on what type of future it fore tells.
It's sounds like the love child of series such as Eden of the East and the Fate/ series, though doesn't even get close to them in the intellect or character development department.
The main character, Yukiteru Amano, holder of the future diary that works as you'd think every other diary holder's would work, is an outstanding leading... total pussy. He is your typical spineless wimp, borderline disgusting even (A kid who would stay behind the sidelines and let the guard dog handle everything as he runs away shamelessly, the hero ladies and gentlemen). From having no friends, to even recording what he does daily in his phone (Pre-future diary), he is the definition of an unlikable main lead, one would or should never root for him, under-dog traits or not, his actions are hardly redeemable, he's easily fooled countless times, and develops at the pace of paint drying on the wall... A wall that is told to pretend his character development... Seriously, he remains the same way until he is told to "act" like a badass and and forgets about being a total wimp until later on, but he's my best friend compare to the lead female character.
Yuno Gasai is what makes this anime surpremely entertaining and utterly batshit insane, this is an arkham asylum of lead character (I honestly believe she'd give the Joker a run for his money), but damn she is just fun to watch, wondering what she will do in the next episode is a one hundred post forum topic in of itself, for good and bad. She is also, for reminder's sake, totally insane and major threat to the cast by her self and a catalyst for the series' plot and character development breakdown. She is hopelssly obsessed with Yukiteru, calling herself his future bride, so she's your classic case of stalker too, but to disturbing lengths. She even goes to far so to kidnap Yukiteru, keeping him tied up, all the while prancing around in her underwear. She is a character that indiscriminately kills anything in her way, she's fun to watch but damn, how can anyone like this character? Especially Yukiteru, which he never can't get his hands washed of her.
I know that she's commonly categorized as a "Yandere" type character, but that's not a good reason to fawn over a character like her, she's not a character type, she's a damn psychopath with an endless thrist for blood in sheep's clothing.
But this where I jump right into the twenty feet deep portion of the swimming pool called the "plot" where seemingly anything goes, anything no matter how much sense it doesn't make. The future diaries do seem to be too convenient (Which is understandable since each character gets that advantage for themselves), but one of them practibly, or just flat out ruins the anime completely, as everyone seems to be pulling a future diary for their selves at random, and more over a lot of the diaries range from creative to just gimmicky, where the later is more common (Diaries predicting the actions of other couples and one that literally breeds more diaries is just absurd). Even the majority of the cast come down to one trick performances (Or well they only get one try before they're dead and forgotten forever), just a enemy of the week type of formula rules the most of them (And a lot of side characters that don't contribute to anything, like the stout Mur Mur, what is her purpose anyway? Sigh... You will laugh when you find out).
The anime is indeed addictive, from bloody murders and crazy fallouts from the lead characters, but it's stupidity is overwhelming and just wants to make you tilt your head at the story developments and the absurd character display (Yup, trusting the stalker that just doesn't know how to stop killing everything is the best choice of action Yukiteru, while you're at it, go ahead and hide right behind her back-? You're there already? Then disregard this then and watch your back, like you care pfffth).
But seriously, the main problem with Mirai Nikki is the inclusion of a character being Deus Ex Machina, it's rare that a story can do this effectively and even rarer for a story to not be confusing nonsensical gibberish, which by the way, Mirai Nikki ends up becoming. The anime is still capable of displaying solid moments with the main couple from time to time, but you'll be far from invested with it as the anime marches forward as it makes up shit as it goes along all the way towards the end.
ANIMATION: While it's not among the best, it's not terrible either. While the blood bathes in general get the most of the budget for the animation crew, it's overall pretty average, even character designs are pretty regular too outside the quirky ones and the 3d animated god.
SOUND: Outside of the craziness, the theme music is extremely addictive, with the first opening theme song, Kuusou Mesorogiwi by Yousei Teikoku, being the best. While the performances from the voice actors give off a love and hate vibe, especially where Yukiteru is concerned, his performance only reinforces the pathetic wimp that he is, from whining and freaking out the time... But that's good casting in hindsight (I'm trying to state a positive as a negative, I think this anime is making me crazy...).
+ Great theme music.
+/- Bloody good fun with crazy as all hell characters / When the plot goes off the rails, it's not a pretty trainwreck.
+/- Creative ways for character to combat each other / Most of which is one time gimmicks.
+/- Yuno Gasai / The unlikable wimp of a main lead, Yukiteru and Yuno Gasai.
- Character development isn't acting like something you're not, which the main proceeds to do so.
- Towards the end, the story begins to literally make up shit as it goes along.
It's not okay for people to go "That just her character type heehee," when that character in question is unlikably insane, and it doesn't help when the show is almost a competition to see who's the craziest. An over the top psychotic free for all death match is one thing, but when you start to consider a line getting crossed, that line has already been beaten, stabbed, mutilated and and sculpted into something completely unrecognizable before your consideration begins to come across your mind, that's when it's time to get the fuck out. read more
Feb 7, 2012
Mirai Nikki is an extremely excellent anime that does a fantastic job of incorporating the "Battle Royale" atmosphere and creating the perfect yandere. The storyline was complex and well-structured, almost flawless. It does well as a psychological thriller, weaving intense situations and suspenseful moments into an intricate pattern.
It is interesting how the director and character designer of Shuffle! were able to string Esuno Sakae's manga into an exceptional storyline. The story itself may sound a bit odd at first (diaries that predict one's future events), but its compelling components such as the prize, becoming a god to replace Deus Ex Machina, the absolute god of time, definitely justify the method of portraying the story in an uncommon manner. With diary holders trying to kill each other in greed for power, the content of Mirai Nikki is dark; much blood and gore is spilled in the survival game. To a person who enjoys "kill or be killed" style plots or psychological thrillers, such as myself, Mirai Nikki would be very appealing because of the intense survival game and dramatic focus on the character's mental state rather than the physical world.
Nothing much needs to be said about the artwork. Although the artwork and animation was good, without anything to complain about, it was not as extravagant as Guilty Crown and not as creative as Bakemonogatari. The animation is violent with much blood and gore spilled; it generally carries a Gothic ambiance of which is fitting for the dark story of Mirai Nikki.
The first opening was fantastic, perfectly fitting the Mirai Nikki atmosphere. There is nothing wrong with the second opening, but I did not think it resonated as well with the anime as the first opening had done. But overall, the OST was great without many complaints.
The character development of Mirai Nikki is simply perfect. Gasai Yuno is the perfect yandere without a doubt, holding up an innocent middle-school girl exterior. Amano Yukiteru is portrayed as a weak-willed and timid boy, with a voice actress that accurately represents his personality. Yuno is developed into a psychopathic stalker who becomes obsessed with Yukiteru, stopping at nothing to preserve their "relationship." Yukiteru relies on her protection to stay alive in Deus Ex Machina's game. Yuno is a yandere; Yukiteru is a coward. There is absolutely no flaw in the characters' structure and development in Mirai Nikki.
With people constantly murdering, the little comic relief is enough to release the viewer from the intense buildup, such as the after-credits shorts with Mur-Mur. Generally, the action scenes are exciting but bloody. To some, it may even be nauseating. However, it is definitely enjoyable to one who enjoys these kinds of battles.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes survival games, psychological thrillers, or yandere girls as it is a great anime. But if you want to watch cute shoujo romances, this is definitely one of the farthest things from it. read more
Oct 14, 2012
…but you should wake up and stop fantasizing about these things. A better alternative is to watch Mirai Nikki.
This show took the romance genre and butchered it in a gruesome but amusing way. Gasai Yuno and Amano Yukiteru is not your average couple, because everything about them works in reverse. Yuno (the girl) is actually the man of the relationship, as she does all the stalking, fighting, and harassing. Yuki plays the role of the bitch, living helplessly under the wrath of the Yandere Queen. Ultimately, if you are looking for a light-hearted love story, then you are at the wrong place. Mirai Nikki’s twisted definition of love takes on the characteristics of obsession and chaos.
Mirai Nikki literally translates to “Future Diary”, which is also the driving force behind the storyline. These cellphone devices can predict the future in a multitude of ways, all having their distinct advantages and disadvantages. A God by the name of Deus Ex Machina granted twelve people these Future Diaries, initiating a survival game between them, deeming the winner to be his replacement for the title of God. By now, the entire premise sounds completely unbelievable and nonsensical. While that may hold true in certain scenarios throughout Mirai Nikki, the true motive behind this crazy story is to create high shock value, which it has done to perfection. This show definitely lives up to its proclamation of being a psychological thriller. The sheer unpredictability of each character generates the craziest outcomes. For me, no show can top Mirai Nikki when it comes down to pure entertainment.
The cast in Mirai Nikki is certainly unique to say the very least. Yuno’s yandere tendencies had gotten so popular that a meme came out of it. To put it bluntly, she is a psychopath that makes this show frightening and thrilling. Mirai Nikki also does a great job in terms of involving all of the characters without losing focus on Yuki and Yuno. There is a backstory for every character which is needed for any significant character development.
The two opening themes makes a perfect match for Mirai Nikki. It was so catchy that I watched them over and over again. After a while, I picked up a lot of subliminal messages and barely-noticeable details within them. The first opening actually featured every participant in the survival game through symbolism and implications. The second opening was sung entirely in English (or Engrish). The soundtracks in the anime helps build up suspense and establishes a dark theme.
The “stickiness” of Mirai Nikki makes it an all-time favorite for me. Years from now, I will still remember how this story went down in great detail. There are certain scenes within this show that are just implanted in my brain. Take Yuno’s leering eyes for example. The ending may leave a bitter after taste for some viewers. There is a solution for that, and that is reading the manga for the clear cut ending.
May 6, 2012
Mirai Nikki is a poorly executed show filled with contradictions, illogical character behavior, forced plot advancements, haphazard personality changes, inappropriate scene changes, moronic plot twists, lunatics and most of all: imbeciles.
The plot is quite simple. The God of Time and Space (Deus Ex Machina) is looking for a successor. Thus, he invites Yukiteru (our male protagonist of this story), Yuno (our female protagonist and Yukiteru's ally/classmate/stalker/girlfriend) and ten others to a battle royal in which the last survivor becomes the new God of Time and Space. While everyone's identity is concealed from each other, Deus Ex Machina declares Yukiteru his favorite to win this death match. Subsequently the other participants decide to focus their attention on Yukiteru. Strangely they are kind enough to stand in line, waiting for their turn to make their appearance. Coincidentally the majority of the contestants are wacky, deranged individuals.
All contestants are given a "Future Diary" (in most cases integrated into their cell phones) which tells about future events as the holder would perceive it, as long as the future doesn't change due to any interfering actions of a diary holder. That means: First, the diaries can be used to change the future, which also automatically rewrites the entries of all Future Diaries. Second, the diaries don't necessarily tell the truth.
Example: A person holds a coin in his right fist, while his left is empty. Your diary tells you the coin is in his left. You respond accordingly. Without revealing the coin he assures you that your answer is correct, and your diary had predicted your perceived future correctly, even though it was a lie.
What kind of information those predictions contain is unique to each holder and seems to depend on his job and interests. Best example would be Yuno's diary: As she is quite obsessed with Yukiteru, her diary contains information about his future actions in ten-minute intervals.
Disadvantage of those diaries is, that damaging them results in the owner's death.
While the setting of Mirai Nikki had any means to create clever, sinister characters and stories, it turned out to be a badly executed, mindless slaughter show. That is primarily because of the vast number of inept characters and the implausible changes in their personality.
The average IQ of the cast seems to be crawling around the ten point mark. The plot advances often by exploiting the sheer stupidity of the cast, forcing them to behave in such unrealistic manners that it insults the intelligence of the viewers and ruins even the slightest bit of credibility of the characters as they simply don't act like humans.
Example: Your friend 'A' is sitting unconscious on a chair, located in a very suspicious-looking room which looks like an obvious trap. Your friend 'B' wants to go into the room to check on 'A', but before going inside, he tells you to stay back and hold the door open. You shout enthusiastically "Leave it to me!". Satisfied with your response he goes into the room.
So, what do you do as a brainy character of this show? Damn right: Ten seconds later you waltz into the room, the door closes behind you, locking you all inside, and you make a face which literally screams "Oh snap! I totally didn't see that coming!".
(While the manga handles this scene slightly differently, it isn't errorless either.)
The worst thing is, that such irrational behavior is being used all the time for almost every character as if there were no intelligent alternative.
Adding to the characters' idiocy comes their fluctuating personality changes.
Yukiteru is an antisocial, gullible, pathetic, insecure, unmotivated, spineless, gutless and brainless teenage boy and Yuno is a crazy, insane maniac with a psychopathic obsession with Yukiteru.
While the original personality of most of the characters can be accepted by itself, the real problem lies in their unpredictable and unreasonable personality changes - especially those of Yukiteru - making them do the most ridiculous and unbelievable things.
Turning a coward into a leader-like figure, letting him kill several dozen people with a callous countenance and then, just moments later, turning him back into his coward self, making him sob "I never wanted to kill anyone!", is just one example of many baffling personality changes.
As Mirai Nikki is a show about a tournament in which the winner becomes nothing less than the new God of Time and Space, you would expect that some events had an influence on their surrounding world or that they would carry some other sort of significance. But many events are just swept under the mat, as the characters act like they've never happened in the first place. That is not only due to a poorly written script, but also thanks to absurd and erratic scene changes. The combination of both makes it feel like the viewers are supposed to forget these events, as it seems much more important to see the characters visiting a bridal fair or grabbing boobs in a hot spring.
While the ending was already predetermined, the rest of the show felt like a messy series of introductions and killing offs of characters. Although some individuals were given a background story, none of them played a significant role or showed any ambition to win this death match. In the end they served no real purpose and were quickly forgotten.
Animation-wise there is nothing extraordinary to mention. It's pretty much mediocre. The animation shines best when showing one of Yuno's many facets of her going crazy.
The voice actors fit the cast quite well, the soundtrack is nice to listen to and serves the show as a decent musical accompaniment.
To sum it up: The combination of lacking intelligence of the cast, the fluctuating, random changes in their behavior, the nonsensical, erratic scene changes and the stolid, rushed plot advancements makes Mirai Nikki an utter disaster.
While I never take fictional work too seriously, Mirai Nikki's overkill of stupidities made it difficult even for me to enjoy myself.
Otherwise, I can only recommend this show to people with a predilection for trashy shows as they will most likely have their fun with it.
Oct 29, 2013
The biggest issue that stems with Future Diary is that it seems to get too fixated in advancing its plot head-on without any regard for proper depth, buildup and consistency. There are a number of unexplored elements to the series like how Yukiteru became acquainted with Deus and why many of the folks Deus chose for the survival game are a bunch of psychopaths, criminals and loons. Logic is tossed out the window with how certain plot setups occur and characters making decisions that don't make much sense like one character able to rig a ridiculous number of bombs throughout a school without anyone even noticing and Yukiteru continuing to trust Yuno despite knowing full well how much of a nutcase she is. A number of the players in the survival game don't get much depth beyond being crazed loons and criminals, and those who do get some sort of depth only get them in a scope of a couple episodes where their mentality for the violent and depraved acts they commit don't make any sense and seemed sloppily pasted together. The series lacks a consistent mood as it tries mixing around deadly serious storytelling and comedy at a number of points with the interactions between Yuno and Yukiteru, which felt awkward and ill-timed in execution. The final episodes of the series seemed sloppy in their execution with convenient developments and plot twists that either get convoluted or are poorly explored. And lastly, it tends to relish too greatly at many points in its graphic and depraved content with a good number of violent and gory scenes, a good amount of nudity and sexual content, torture, rape, child abuse, terrorism and a diverse number of ways to murder folks. It's like whoever made this series wanted to make it a seinen title, yet winded up with the immaturity and cheesiness you would find with a cookie-cutter shounen title in the way it is set up and structured.
The visuals to Future Diary are on the plain side with character designs sporting the typical mainstream look and scenery shots being decent with what they deliver. The CG animation for this (used mostly with vehicles or rendering the world of Deus ex Machina) is a bit sloppy as it looks awkwardly rendered and clearly sticks out from the typical animation of the series. The animation is nothing to write home about either with flat choreography during fight scenes and a decent number of animation shortcuts used throughout the title's run.
Overall, Future Diary is one of the biggest messes in quality that I've seen in a while from a title getting plenty of hype from anime fans. With no regard for proper depth, consistency and buildup in the treatment of its plot and characters, as well as relishing in its objectionable content and themes, Future Diary is a lovely train wreck of a title that may get either disgust or unintentional laughs from fans with its content and sloppy execution. read more
Apr 22, 2013
The story was engaging from the beginning. Don't get me wrong. It was just that the premise was completely and utterly arbitrary. For the most part, especially throughout the first two thirds of the series, you can forgive it as the story keeps hinting that there is a meaning behind it all. It tries to make out that the premise isn't arbitrary, that its a deep story line which will have an ending that will blow you away. Well... the ending does blow you away, with a sawed off double barrel shotgun. So yes... it does do that at least. Essentially its a narrative about people who can read the future all trying to kill each other.
And then there is Gasai Yuno. WHAT THE...?!!
Possibly one of the most bizarre, interesting and (dare I say it) entertaining characters I've seen. She's what makes you keep watching, to try and find out what the hell is really going on. I won't say more.
However, apart from this one character, the plot holes are too deep, too wide and too glaring. I suppose I can forgive one lapse in logic. Two begins to bug me. But in Mirai Nikki the annoying plot holes keep adding up.
The term "plot holes" doesn't really do justice to what is happening. They are not so much "holes" as they are rice paper sheets plastered over windows in order to keep the sun of reality from shining through. It does an admirable job, and you admire it for trying its darned best... but when the dawn comes, there ain't nothin' those thin sheets are going to do when the rays hit.
I'll be watching and then a sudden red flag pops up in my mind warning me that what I am watching is illogical. I'll push it to the back of my mind. But that annoying feeling just keeps itching away, until you are finally forced to vocalise your annoying niggling feeling either aloud to yourself or to your just as bemused friend sitting next to you... before they voice it first.
Okay, I'm exaggerating here.
Mirai Nikki is entertaining. The fight scenes and some of the scenarios of the participants of the "survival game" are quite entertaining. You'll have to suspend your disbelief for quite a while in order to enjoy this anime. It is most certainly possible given the music, the action sequences and the animation are all really well done, slick and sharp. There will be moments when you'll be wanting to question "why?" or "what?" or "when?"... Just ignore those irritating questions, sit back and enjoy the Gasai Yuno show...
sorry? I mean Mirai Nikki... Did I say the Gasai Yuno show?
Enjoyment: 6 (although this fluctuates dramatically so it's hard to give it an exact score)
(nothing special, although it tries... by golly it certainly does try) read more
Jun 1, 2013
Let me go through the storyline first. The story is basically about a kid, Yukiteru, who I guess we could call a "Loner" dare I say. All Yukiteru does is type into his cell phone diary about random things he does throughout the day. Broadening more on the loner character, Yukiteru has "imaginary friends". One of those friends, Deus Ex, is the god of space and time (if I recall). Now this is where it gets tricky. this god gives Yukiteru a cellphone that pretty much predicts everything he's going to do, just, random things. To make things even more complicated, his classmate, Gasai Yuno, also has one of these special cell phones, except her's is basically she knows what happens to Yukiteru in the near future. After certain events, both Yuki and Yuno get teleported into the "imaginary" dimension and see 9 other silhouettes of people. This is basically where the story gets even more intense. Basically, Deus Ex is on the verge of ceasing to exist and needs someone to take his place. So he gathers these 12 people to play a survival game to decide who will become the next "god". These 12 players use their special phones with different powers to play the game and try to beat each other which is of two ways: 1. you kill them or 2. you break their phone.
I also liked the art style of this anime. now again, I usually watch the more cheerful animes so I definitely thought the art style was good. The only reason I rated this a 9 was because the art style does not fit the atmosphere of this anime as its literally about people killing each other, and it gets extremely complicated and dark later on. To be honest, I didn't know jack shit about this anime as I came across this anime from watching a different series. At first it does fit the atmosphere, but boy do you quickly throw away that thinking.
Regarding sound, I thought the sound was extremely well done. The OST for this series is probably one of my favorite, even out of movies and non anime shows. To name a few songs, the sad piano music just fits every sad part. I swear I get the feels everytime I hear that song come on. The Epic Battle Theme was another favorite and its just intense. If you're not going to watch this anime, at least listen to the OST, I promise you, you'll like it.
Characters (a bit of spoilers) , there are a few notable characters I liked. 12 amused me a lot. I totally thought he was crazy and gonna be scary, but the way he introduced himself to the main characters was just funny. My favorite has to be Akise Aru, I can't really go into him that much if I don't want to spoil it. I'll just say he's an extremely smart person and just has a cool aura around him. 9th was another cool character. Deus Ex is probably the biggest troll character I've come across, you'll understand once you watch. 7th probably gave me the most feels out of any of the characters.
Overall, I enjoyed this anime a lot. The storyline was extremely well executed, the music fit every scene and overall and extremely good OST. All of the characters except a few were likeable. I definitely recommend this anime to anyone, if you can get across just a bit of blood and one f*cked up part, you'll enjoy this anime, even if you don't watch these type of animes like me.