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…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.