This manga tells the story of Amano Yukiteru, a social outcast who records everything he sees in his cellphone. Out of desperation, he has generated an imaginary friend to accompany him, Deus Ex Makina, the lord of time and space. Deus, who sympathize with the boy decided to give him the his cellphone's an ability to foresee the records that he will make on the future. Little did Yukiteru know, that comes great power, comes another eleven Diary Holders(people who have the ability to predict the future) who can do the same thing. To Yukiteru's dismay, this is the beginning of a horrific game.
top it all off, each diary holder has a different prediction of the future.
Yuno, Yukiteru's mentally demented stalker, has the prediction to see what happens to Yuki in every ten minutes and the rest(dont wanna spoil it).
If you wanna get a better idea on what Mirai Nikki is, then think of it as the offspring of Battle Royale and Death Note.
Mirai Nikki is a genuinely chilling dissection of how willpower can alter fate itself.
In my opinion, Mirai Nikki emphasises how small the characters are and how oppressed they are within their surroundings. It tells us how trust is even better than predicting the future, as the future is not always what it seems to be.
This is no ordinary shounen, but one that aspires to be an epic, and it definitely is for the genre. It is the overall experience of, Mirai Nikki, however, that makes it such a great manga. The slow pace at the start is actually an asset, because it gradually grows momentum as Yukiteru discovers the real reason behind the future diaries, until the manga totally takes off in it's main premise and turns into a fun house of horrors.
It is deliberately paced, but endlessly creepy, horrifying manga. Suspense is a key element in the manga. There is a sense of walls closing in, something approaching, getting closer and closer. An atmosphere of deep foreboding emanates from each diary holder, unaware of what each identity and motive are, it is disturbingly stirring for both Yuki and the reader.
The art is not really appropriate to the cold and oppressive mood this manga intended it to be but then again, so as most horror manga's. The style is vagrant, it can convey the situation very clearly and the captions are simply oozing with palpable texts. The suffering of each diary holder is also depicted exemplary not to mention the bloody good morbidity.
Mirai Nikki is also very much thought-provoking. It is also a manga not easy to forget, and proves that when done well enough, and with a great deal of care, a horror, psychological manga can rise to a plane all its own. This manga is still publishing and so far, it hasnt lost its touch......yet.
I am deeply impressed with the scare it gave me and even the meticulous but sometimes over the top, psychological warfare of the Diary Holders. I recommend it to anyone who wants either horror or psychological without reservation.
One of the most interesting and best supernatural mangas around right now I'd have to say. It starts with what seems like a high school manga with what seems to be psychological elements but soon turns into a supernatural survival where anyone could be a possible enermy and trust becomes a hinderence.
The plot is great and the art is good but what really get you sucked in is the characters of the 12 diary holders, including the two main characters and the battle scenes between the diary holders. Though these aren't typical battle scenes of swords and the like you usually see, rather these
are battles of smarts and stratergy with thier future diaries as weapons and "followers" as thier soldiers. Also, one gets a feeling that the main characters are not at all invincible and have just as much chance as getting killed as thier opponents, though Yuno, stalker of Yuki and the 2nd diary holder is a monster even among the sadisctic murderers that are the 10 other diary holders.
The characters of the manga vary, from the cowardly and self loathing Yuki to the manipulative and complex 4th diary holder Keigo Kurusu. It seems as though each diary holder has had life problems making them the way they are, although some are not revealed and each has a reason for killing the others and becoming God and many seem almost psychotic. Yuno the 2nd, is one of these who is obsessed and devoted to protecting and saving Yuki. She's not at all effected by killing others except him and has incredible battle capabilities. However Yuki, the main character is quite the opposite. Too scared to fight, dosn't have much skill or strength and trusts too much in other people. Thier future diaries in a way reflect them as Yuno's diary consists only of the future events surrounding Yuki, and Yuki's consists of much information on the future but none about himself.
I gave the manga an overall 10 simply because I genuinly think it's one of the best supernatural mangas around with complex characters and plots, it leaves the generic and bland like Shonen mangas in the dust.
Why did we decide to call it a spoon? Does the breakfast club exist? Is this intro eye catching enough or should I just cut this grandiose intro crap everyone does go back to straight out harassment of the manga?
How on earth does this manga have a fanbase?
This manga is so, so terrible. I do not understand at all the high rating. Is...is this like a troll rating thing? If so, please tell me and restore some of my faith in humanity
but more than likely, and sadly, this doesn't appear to be a troll fanbase. People actually think this...this thing is good for some
This mangaka has no concept of transitions - we are quite literally thrown from arc to arc without a care in the world. It got to the point where I actually thought I was missing pages or chapters.
Arcs are thrown into your face without any explanation, characters appear out of nowhere - there is no foreshadowing nor people actually lurking in the shadows; one moment you will be looking at a shrine, and on the next page you'll be in a cave with some random person for one panel, and thats the last you see of them for the chapter, so when they get hurled into your face again, it immediately jerks a "who the fuck is that?" response over and over.
And dear fuck, the deus ex machina.
Yeah, yeah, I know what you might be thinking - "OH TEE HEE DEUX EX MACHINE THATS THE NAME OF THAT GOD PERSON IN THE MANGA HES DOING IT ON PURPOSE!!!"
No. If the mangaka is doing this on purpose, hes a moron. If he's not, hes still a moron. There is absolutely no meaning whatsoever to the plot-deux-ex-machina. At all. It's not satire on other mangas, its not some game changing plot device abuse, its not the breakfast club, its just total shit.
This manga actually appears to only annoy the living fuck out of people with its inconsistencies. And I don't mean a kind of minor annoyance, like the inconsistency of a pudding. This level of inconsistency is like being hurled around in a plane that drops to ground level about 50 times from 10 thousand feet up in 1 minute.
That's not even possible.
At many points throughout the manga I felt that it would've been better if the characters did not speak. Not for dramatic effect, but just because all the characters are fucking morons and should keep their mouths shut the hell up. This is most prominent in the "transition" page we get every few chapters. Completely full of shit that makes no sense. It might seem like I'm being dismissive here - and that's because I am. This manga should simply have been dismissed from the editing office, but instead, we're here and I have to write this review to sate my massive why-the-fuck-who-the-fuck-where-the-fuck headache.
The sole redeeming point of this manga, aside from it having a yandere, is how the main character changed at the end of the series. He actually became a pretty cool guy, and made the last few chapters actually enjoyable.
Unfortunately that does not change the fact that this manga is shit. What I would compare this to is you being force fed shit, literally, for the majority of your life, but for the last few days, you get pudding. Just a normal pudding, ya know? But compared to the shit you've been fed, that pudding is god. It also helps that your tongue is probably numb from all the shit
I actually recommend you read SOME of this manga, especially if any of you are interested in writing. This manga will provide a perfect example of what not to do for transitions, storyline, and will make sure you thoroughly check your work for swiss cheese.
If you choose to read the entirety of this manga, please: remember what you've been fed for the majority of your life.
Okay, now, I know I'll certainly get a lot of people who'll dislike this right now only for the low rating. But holy potatoes, this manga is one of the most overrateds I've ever seen. And with this I hope I can get someone not to waste their time reading the manga Mirai Nikki (or Future Diary, whatever you want to call it).
Now, let's begin the review. Well, first of course I'm going to say what I think about the story, and there's not much to say about it really. It isn't good, it's far from that. The manga had everything to be very good,
but it screwed everything up. And when I mean everything, it is everything, from plot to characters. I found it interesting when I read, at least the beggining. But... Dude, the story develops in a very weak and forced way, that makes it almost a non-sense plot.
The way that violence and murder is treated during the story is just ridiculous, and completely useless. I even think the manga would be better if all the non-sense fighting and carnage were abscent from it almost completely. Look, I understand it is a survival game, where you need to kill people. But, seriously... At first I was surprised in seeing that the manga would focus more on the intelectual side (plans, strategies and such). But, of course, I was wrong. Because it only focus during the first few chapters, turning then into a game where you only make a plan full of flaws and then kill someone that also was chosen for the survival game.
The story has indeed strong points, like some of the mysteries involving the game itself and lots of other things which would be spoilers, so, I would usually tell you to go read and find out what those mysteries were, however, don't do that, please. Even if they are something that sorts of pushes you into reading more, when you find out it is in a strange way that doesn't actually surprises you like in most stories out there.
Also one thing that truly irritated me was the fact that the characters were just horrible. Literally, horrible. Yukiteru (the main character) was ridiculous, annoying, and looked like a crying baby almost all of the time during the beggining of the manga. And when you think he'll slowly develop his personality, what happens? Nothing. And suddenly he changes into a strong boy who can handle weapons and kill lots of men with Yuno. That's just ridiculous. It would've not seem strange if the development of the character wasn't sudden or it could've been "hidden" underneath the story if that one was actually good.
Then we have Yuno Gasai, the only great character in the story, but she couldn't save it of course. Her personality is very interesting even for me, who personally doesn't enjoy yandere that much. Her strange affection for Yukiteru can be odd sometimes, and even annoying, however, it is interesting and, of course, odd in a good way. But, unfortunately, she wasn't able to save the manga in my opinion. But of course without her I wouldn't be able to give a 5 as the rating.
Then, apart from Yuno (and Uryuu who I will talk about in a momment) all the other characters are dumb and have no depth on their personalities at all, even if a few may seem appealing some times, like Akise who wanted to be a detective, and was supposed to help on the intelectual part of the story, and also, the terrorist Uryuu Minene who was meant to have a tragic and sad past, but we cannot feel much about her, since this past isn't worked a lot during the story. However she probably is a, let's say... Medium-Good character that I personally cared a little about for.
And also, I would like to point that out: I didn't care for any character except from Uryuu and Yuno. Literally, when a character died, I showed no emotion for them, it doesn't matter who it was. Characters are the weakest point in Mirai Nikki, without a doubt.
The ending of the manga totally screwed up. It is a completely stupid, dumb and ridiculous plot-twist with no basis. A manga which could have a medium-quality story ended up with an ending that was just baseless. The first plot twist is just dumb, but tolerable. However, after what we all should think was the ending, there's the thing that just crushed the story in pieces and was only for those who want every story to have a stupid cliche ending.
Moving now to a different topic, we are going to talk about art. Well, the art of the manga is not bad, and not surprising. It is okay in most parts, mediocre in others and can even impress a little on... Oh no, sorry, it doesn't surprise you. Most fights on manga and anime are made with dinamic movements and poses that gets you excited to see what more that fight is going to present you. Not in Mirai Nikki. Though the explosions are pretty well drawn - something that is, in most mangas, pretty simple and sometimes unrealistic - the rest of the fights doesn't pushes you on to wanting to know more about everything that is happening. They are not exciting, not well-drawn at all from an artistic point of view, and also, are most of the times useless to the story to develop, and only are put there to prolongue it more and more.
The character designs aren't bad, but aren't very good. That is what the art presents, it's nothing awesome or stunning, but also it isn't just blurry images or characters and shade-less images like lots of shounen manga today (you probably know which ones I'm talking abou).
But of course, the art didn't count much for me to give the final score, so the bad storyline, awful characters and the abscence of excitment and stunning mysteries still overthrow the somehow good art the manga presents.
Well, since there is nothing too much about the story, the enjoyment truly isn't something I can give a high rating. I have to admit I enjoyed the manga for the first few chapters, however, that was the time where I had no experience with actual good anime and manga except for Death Note and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebelion, so, after I discovered great anime and manga I also discovered that Mirai Nikki was nothing but an "okay" series.
All in all, Mirai Nikki isn't great in any of its aspects, okay on the art, mediocre on the story and awful on the characters the plot shows the readers, us. It is completely overrated, and people shouldn't be reading manga/watching anime like this one, because there are a lot of short ones that presents a much deeper storyline, better characters and outstanding art.
No, I don't reccomend Mirai Nikki (neither manga, neither anime) to anyone who is reading this review, search more for other anime and manga, because this one is only going to get your time wasted. And please, don't spend money on buying volumes from this. I'm trying to help you, but well...
If you're a fan of the series, and you are reading this review, well, I'm pretty sure you're going to click the "not helpful" button. And if you wish, you can do that. Just don't considerate the final rating as a review, I tried my best to talk about each and every aspect of the manga, saying the good points and bad as well.
What is the recipe of making a successful manga? If you ask Esuno Sakae, the answer should be like this – mix Death Note and Battle Royale (or Gantz), then add some Neon Genesis Evangelion and throw in some anime/manga clichés, and as a result you will get Mirai Nikki.
This manga follows the story of Yukiteru Amano, an unsociable, reclusive middle-schooler, who has no friends (practically another Shinji Ikari) and therefore only observes the life from the side not participating actively in it. The only joy he has in his worthless life is talking to imaginary God – Deus Ex Machina. However, it appears that
Deus is not as imaginary as Yukiteru had thought – he turns out to be the God of Time and Space who's approaching his life's end and is eagerly looking for successor because of that. And so, Deus gives Yukiteru the Future Diary – a mobile phone that predicts the future for 90 days and will help Yukkii in becoming God(hence the Death Note comparison). But everything is not so simple for our protagonist, as he’s not the only one who was awarded with such an artifact – there are altogether 12 diary holders who indulge themselves now in a survival game(yes, like in Battle Royale or Gantz) in order to decide who is worthy to be the next Lord of Time and Space. The one and only one who kills the others will be the winner – so it is ‘kill or be killed' situation for our main hero.
Featuring such an interesting premise, Mirai Nikki could be a very interesting psychological thriller – and it really is for many people, seeing how popular this manga has become. Well, I guess Mirai Nikki really has its strong points – good story, with a certain amount of mystery that unveils with every new chapter, atmosphere full of suspense, solid cast of characters, some unexpected but enjoyable plot developments, good(although not brilliant) art. Looks like it is enough for success – judging by the hype and the praise this manga receives. However, in my opinion there are some flaws that prevent Mirai Nikki from being truly enjoyable (there can be some minor spoilers ahead, but don't worry – nothing of crucial importance will be revealed, you can read on).
The first point would be the very idea of Future Diary. The thought of a diary that tells us the future seems to be very promising, but as the story unfolds we can clearly see that this idea is not executed perfectly. Let’s make my point clear. If the diary tells us the future, then it also should be able to predict the actions of other diary holders. But in the manga we see that that the Future Diary can’t do that, so we assume that in the diaries in question don't take into account other diaries. What’s more – it can't even foresee the actions of other diary holders if they are based on their diaries’ information and are aimed towards changing the future. No matter how logical it may sound – after all, the diary holders are placed above other people as they struggle to control time and space – there lies a contradiction here because at the same time diary holders continue living their own lives, so they still remain part of this world. But still, in the situation with diary holders, Future Diaries prove useless. Basically, that means that diaries can't predict the future – what they tell their owners is a rather distant from the truth vision of the events that comes true only in the case of other diary holders’ non-intrusion. And that is a very rare occurrence. So we have Future Diaries that have nothing to do with predicting the future. I consider this a flaw of the concept, because if Future Diaries could foresee the changes in the future made by other diary holders, the plot would become too complex and lose its fast-pacing nature. As we can see, there's a problem with the fundamental idea of the manga. So what? As we just saw, Future Diaries that don't really predict the future, are better than future Diaries that can do that – but still, an inconsistency remains, however small it may appear to the readers. If it was the only problem, though, I wouldn't pay much attention to it – yet there are other points and I’ll tell you about them next.
The second point will be minor plot inconsistencies (or holes, if you like it that way). It goes without saying that in such a genre a well thought-out plan is absolutely imperative, as the manga is basically story-driven. And yes, the general plot is solid (putting the first point of concern aside), but the minor details are sometimes not very carefully planned. Let me explain. Although the time frame of events is unclear – we only know that it happens in the 21st century – but it's easy to understand that not much is different from today's world. But in this case the lack of realism is apparent. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against sci-fi, fantasy, action etc., but if the author decides to follow a realistic path in his work, then he should stick with it to the very end. Basically, the author creates a universe that functions by its own rules or doesn't have any rules – but it must be stated, directly or indirectly, in the manga itself. Here we have a world just like ours – so, it goes this way: throw 12 Future Diaries into our own world, and here's what you may get. To put it simply, apart from the Future Diary concept this manga claims to be realistic – just like Death Note (Deus=shinigami, Future Diary=Death Note). But, unlike Death Note, which did a good job in following this way, that's where Mirai Nikki fails. For example, how could a weirdly-dressed terrorist come to school and plant the whole school with bombs and land mines completely unnoticed? Or how could a supposedly weak middle-school girl kill nearly all the members of a religious cult with just an axe? Or how could an elementary school kid make such a device that a package, if opened from the wrong side, emits poisonous gas? These questions go on and on… Yes, you can say that they are not very relevant in terms of the main plot – but well, even minor(and not so minor in my opinion) details piling up can cause the plot to break or lose its credibility.
The third point would be lack of originality. Well, even if you managed to get through the first two points by turning off your brain, you still ought to notice similarities to other manga/anime titles. Frankly speaking, the feeling of déjà-vu never left me while reading. As I have already stated, Mirai Nikki owes a lot to Death Note, Gantz, NGE in terms of concept. But similarities don't end here – the whole manga is a series of intrigues, intricate (although not intricate enough) plans, mind battles between characters (a-la ‘I know what you're up to, and you know what I'm gonna do, so what will you do?’) on the difficult path of becoming a God. And of course, we have seen it before – in Death Note, Spiral: Bonds of Reasoning, even in Detective Conan – and executed much better to top it off. But that's not all – in Mirai Nikki we have a standard set of anime/manga characters: a pathetic protagonist who's only good at whining, a yandere that kills whoever offends her beloved Yukkii(although this girl is probably the best thing in the whole manga), a tsundere(though it takes quite some time before she reveals her ‘dere-dere’ side), a typical shounen-ai character, a Nagisa Kaworu clone, who also loves Yukkii(my, is he popular…), nearly every character has a tragic back-story, and of course – the theme of undying friendship is also explored in a way that was done many times before (‘I have to protect my friends!!!’). There also similarities right before the end, but I won't spoil them.
So, what do we have in the end? Mirai Nikki can be considered a well-made creative compilation of the existent very successful mangas. That doesn’t mean that it is bad (as you may have thought after my long criticizing speech) – it is quite good, has value on its own, and I don’t consider the time I spent on Mirai Nikki as wasted. I repeat – this is an interesting read. However, if you want something really amazing, go read the above mentioned mangas – they are much better.
I wish Esuno Sakae luck and hope that he improves with time – although ‘Big Order’ at the first glance seems like another ‘Mirai Nikki’(I haven't read it yet)… This mangaka clearly shows potential to do something that is not good(like ‘Mirai Nikki’), but great in the future – and I don't even need a Future Diary to say that if he continues his work, then this possibility will turn to certainty in no time.
the irony that could perhaps describe mirai nikki would be when the audience becomes part of the play.
12 diary holders have been chosen to participate in a deadly game in which the one that would become victorious would become god. in order to win, they must fight each other, killing them or destroying their future diaries until only 1 is left.
these diary holders are normally the ones who would record their daily observations in life. some of them are reluctant to put their shoes on other people's business yet the others are participating on the events that they have seen yet only acting as a
minor role, making them very much like audiences of a play. the irony strike when deus, the god of time and space, selected these 12 observers and placed them on the center stage.
it is here that we find out the lifestyle of each participant. yuki, for example, acts like a nonchalant bystander recording his observations on his daily life. he records what he sees, what he experiences in his diary. yuno on the other hand records the actions of her crush on her diary. her thoughts about him when she sees him and her thoughts when he's out of her sight. the other diary holders have their normal diaries related to their liking.
the 4th participant for example writes down his thoughts on his investigation while the 9th writes down how he has escaped the police. the deal is, when deus chose the 12, their diaries have been upgraded, enabling them to read down what they would write after a certain period of time has elapsed.
i think the main premise of the manga would be causality and its effect. how people can change the events that would be and how humans can change the inevitable by willpower. but it also delves on the human psyche. the thoughts of each people written down on their diaries would eventually reflect their inner self but shroud their appearance. not everything seen to the naked eye is what they really seem in their truest form.
a psychological manga that deals with how each of us views our daily life and how one can make change, one way or another, only if we are willing to change ourselves.
Mirai Nikki got a rather large following pretty quickly on the internet community, mostly due to an interesting premise and the promise of a new shiny Yandere lead (which is rare nowadays). The interesting twist of dueling minds, fortunetelling, and romance was a strong selling point for the series... but sadly it was unable to truely live up to the high standards it tried to achieve. It had the potential to be rather good, but ended up being rather sub par.
As stated... Mirai Nikki has a very intriguing premise to provide. A group of people, ranging from pathetic school boy, to homicidal terrorist, to
upper-class business man, quite a good variety of people lets say, are given a gift from god (aptly named Deus Ex Machina). They are given the power to see the future, but in a unique sort of way. Each person in question had one thing in common... they all keep a diary of some sorts, and the future they see is dependant on the type of diary that the person keeps (for example, the lead Yukiteru keeps a diary of everything he sees, as such he can tell what will happen to everything that he can see around him). Even better they are given a chance… a chance to become god. This all comes at a large cost however; they must kill all the other people with a diary in order to achieve such heights.
For the first couple of volumes, this plays out quite well. A lot of the battles turn more into a battle of the minds, where each person tries to dupe their future opponent… so that their diary will not be able to predict a way to avoid their demise. There is a twisted kind of logic to the diaries, which doesn’t totally hold together… but is about as good as you can get when you have people accurately reading the future outcome of things. For a while this kind of battle is really intense. Situations get hairier and hairier and the solutions are usually pretty clever and well thought out. But eventually a shift starts to take place… and around volume 7 – 8, the books start to take a real nose dive. You see, while the battles previously had used a sense of wit and cunning to get resolved, the newer ones started to fall back on a plot device as old as time itself… deus ex machina powers (although I guess that kind of works in a way… considering these are powers given to them by a guy named Deus ex Machina). The reasons for them surviving in near impossible situations become hazier and less thought out with each passing volume. At the end, a couple large plot points are basically forced upon the reader, and little rhyme or reason is used. I don’t want to give away the ending, but let’s just say the author writes himself into a corner here. He’s creates a dramatic and decisive point for the protagonist to overcome, but realizes he has no logical way to get out of it… and so just quickly writes up some contrived reasoning for the ending, before quickly just cutting it off and ending the damn thing.
The characters are probably more subjective than anything else… so I can’t really comment on them without my own bias. Their interactions are pretty decent, although at times it feels like people just turn out good or evil for no real reason at all (the ninth is really guilty of this). The two leads, Yukiteru and Yuno, rather un spectacular in my opinion. Yukiteru is the typical lead… pathetic, weak, lonely, and most of all a huge whiner. Yuno is a psychotic killing machine, who only thinks about her love for Yuki, and kills anyone or anything that gets in their way. I personally find her to be unnerving and really annoying at times, but a lot of people seem to enjoy that “Psychotic for love” trend, so don’t let me burst your bubble. I also kind of detest how the author tries to make us “feel” for their romance when really they both deserve to die when compared to the other numbers… Overall the cast is a decent group, nothing spectacular but enough to keep the manga on its feet.
So… overall, Mirai Nikki is a decent manga that could have been a whole lot better. The first couple volumes feel fresh and interesting, but the last few feel rushed and contrived. In the end Mirai Nikki is like a virgin’s first time. He prepares and finesses over everything, starts out strong, everything seems to be going great, but then it suddenly ends early and just leaves everyone involved with a feeling of disappointment.
To me Mirai Nikki is a truly unique manga. It's the only work of fiction that I've come across that somehow manages to be "so bad it's good" while also being damn good! Sometimes it comes of as so silly that I laugh at it, but still I find myself genuinely interested in what will happen next. I don't know how it manages to pull this off, usually when I laugh at how a plot twist or element is stupid (in some other manga) I would begin to feel that the entire manga is stupid and bad. But not with Mirai Nikki! This paradoxical quality
intrigues me. But maybe I'm alone in feeling like this towards this manga.
The story of this manga is at times really clever and complicated. The concept for the story is good and the manga has a lot of cliffhangers and unsolved mysteries so you'll easily get hooked. The pacing is mostly good, but some random scenes can be a bit slow. While the plot as a whole is thought out, sometimes it honestly makes no sense and some scenes just feel fail and silly. Still this is part of its charm.
The art is okay. It's pretty standard "nothing special"-manga style and it does what it's supposed to. Some expressions can be a bit over the top but for most of the time it works.
Some of the characters here are truly great, but the vast majority of them are pretty boring and forgettable. However Mirai Nikki has the most Yandere Yandere ever! And she is awesome! She alone is reason enough to read this manga.
Overall I found this manga very enjoyable. But sometimes it was enjoyable because of the wrong reasons. So even tough I enjoyed it I don't consider it to be a truly great manga. It's no masterpiece or work of art but it'll keep you entertained and I recommend reading it. :)
What do you get if you cross Higurashi, Death Note, and Battle Royale? Well, something like this. First of all, we have our main character, a boy who uses his cellphone as a personal journal, writing in it everything he sees. He has no friends, or at least no real ones, or so he thinks.
In his mind, his" imaginary friend" the god Deus Ex Machina reveals to him that (CHAP.1 SPOILERS) he is real and gives him to power to see the future through his cell phone. However, he is not the only one to receive these powers, and he must team up with
a crazy stalker girl (more on her later) and a seemingly nice cop if he wants to survive.
The art is one of the only gripes I really have with this series. While some things are beautifully illustrated, such as the God, some character designs felt....lacking, like they just stopped trying to make each character look good. However, this is not very noticeable, and will definitely not hinder you from enjoying the series as a whole.
Ah, the characters. Some of the characters (such as our oh so weak and helpless main lead) are not very likable. However, these characters (yes, even him) get stronger as time goes by.
One of the first REAL characters we are introduced (excluding the god and his little chibi friend) is an insane girl who uses her Future Diary to stalk our main character. They then proceed to have what I like to call an "on and off relationship" where he gets freaked out or angry every time she does something batshit crazy.
Throw in a cute girl terrorist, a cop with unknown intentions, and a dude who may or may not be gay, and who have a somewhat lovable cast.
I can honestly say that I am enjoying this series. The multitude of interesting characters are quite fun, and most of them never seem to get old.The phycological aspects work well (by the enemies AND the female lead) And while this is a shonen manga, it is much more fun and enjoyable that many other mangas I have read, and I hope it gets an anime adaption in the future.
Welcome to the cruel game of survival. If you hold a Future Diary, you're a possible target for the game to get the rank of God. And everyone else has some type of Future Diary too.
This is the plot where Mirai Nikki revolves in. But the manga explains how the game is started. How? Yukiteru, the main character, is pretty much an outcast. Left without friends, Yukiteru begins to create imaginary friends like Deus Ex Machina, the 'Lord of Time and Space.' However, creating this 'Lord' comes with a price; creating 11 Future Diary holders.
This is definitely something unique. Never really seen something like it
before. The pacing can get a little too fast though.
And now, the characters. Yuno is your typical overprotective person, protecting Yukiteru and becoming obsessed with him. But there's a twist... she's a yandere, someone who'll even kill someone else to 'protect' his/her lover. Definitely something good coming your way. But then, comes your typical backboneless character, Yukiteru himself. But he develops well. And the other ten Diary Holders, too. You'll be turning the pages crazily, learning about each and every Diary Holder and their personalities.
Can't say anything much about the art, though. Pretty average and serves its purpose well.
Overall, I've enjoyed this manga very much. Brutal scenes line the pages of this manga, and don't expect a touching and cute romance. You're in for a ride.
the 2 main characters are yuki and yuno. the plot is about diaries (usually in the form of hand phones) which can tell the future with each having its own special functions (e.g. yuki can predict what happens around him but not him while yuno can predict what situation yuki is in every 10 minutes).
A great manga to read, yuno is the pyscho girl with the hidden past. yuki is the naive and weak main character but sometimes shows his hidden strength. all the characters are unique and the story has many people back stabbing each other and using tricks. great story, not bad art
and all around interesting series.
Read it to find out for yourself!!
This has become one of my most favorite manga, and i can't wait until it get's licensed for U.S. distribution.
As well with a good story that kept myself on my toes on wandering what and how everything would happen next.
The art was overall okay it had it's ups and downs, but when it needed to get bloody, or scary it got the edges and everything for it.
The characters.......Yukiteru reminds me alot of a more wimpish version of Light Yagami, and Simon from Gurren Laggan. By the time at the beginning he doesn't want to do it at all, and is scared of Yuno a bit,
his social skills, self confidence, and bravery are at low levels but when Yuno or his friends are endagered he becomes couragoues and willing to fight to save what's precious to him. Later in the story he accpts himself to become god, and take over Dues the man behind the inciednt of the survial game with more confidence in himself and in Yuno aswell.
My overall enjoymnt of this series so far is very high becuase after finishing a chapter i began to think "What if this happened, or did he finally do it?"
Overall my score to this masterpiece of pyschological horror, and being a master of suspense brings to a perfect for me.
If your fan of series like Higurashi, Paranoia Agent, or Elfen Lied you'll probably enjoy this.
If you love the horror genre I highly reccommend you check out this series.
Yuki is a 13 year old boy who writes diaries in his phone about what's going on around him. He has no friends except for his, what he thinks, are his imaginary friends Deus Ex Machina and Muru Muru. One day he wakes up to find already written entries in his diary for his morning surroundings. Turns out to his surprise these are predictions. He follows these predictions for a couple weeks and out of nowhere the class beauty Yuno starts talking to him. She mentions Muru Muru to his shock.
She advises he doesnt use his phone anymore cause he is in danger. He ignores her but then finds himself in trouble when a guy (who is later revealed to be his homeroom teacher Takao Hiyama) tries to kill him. A dead end appears on his phone, signifying he is about to die, and when close to his death he throws a dart at Hiyama and destroys his phone which he disappears into a mini black hole. He then finds himself is Deus's world and he is sent to a space where he sees shadows of 11 small platforms and and only 10 people who are shadowed, but he does recognize Yuno. Deus says he is the God of Time and Space and he is about to die and has choosen 12 people to give future diaries to who could be his succesor. He gives them all a number and tells how number one(Yuki) has already defeated number 3 and survived a dead end. Everyone begins to set their eyes on Yuki and decide they want to kill him.
Story: Dont wanna spoil anything but you will love the never ending twists and the unpredictability of the events. WARNING: It is a very addicting series.
Characters: The only word I can use to describe these characters is they are all phycopaths, except Yuki (well at the beginning anyways). The one character who stands out and is my favorite in the series and my favorite yandere would be Yuno. She is in love with Yuki and will do anything, and I mean anything, to maintain that love. Because of this she can seem to be an ally but can be Yuki's worst enemie at times. Also Yuno is what makes this manga so unpredictable. You'll also love Minene who is number 9. She is a terrorist and loves to bomb things and people up. She starts out as an enemies but as the series progresses she becomes one of Yuki's allies. Im not gonna go into all of the characters but each one is unike.
Art: In my opinion it is not overly to unike but it is very well drawn. Lots of blood and gore just for a warning.
Overall I enjoyed the pace of the series, the mostly freaky romance between Yuki and Yuno, the array of characters and just the fact this anime follows the story closely to the original manga.
Obviously I gave it a ten. This manga never failed to keep me angry. I was mad at the characters' choices, I was mad at the plot twists and I was mad at the fact that it came out once a month. BUT! Don't let that deter you. This is the single greatest manga I have ever read. It really keeps you begging for more, especially if you were up-to-date and had to wait a month for a new chapter. The story is amazingly complicated. You will understand if you start from the beginning, but good luck explaining it to your friends.
It deserves an
11. It's just so damn confusing! I couldn't stop reading it. The character development was great. I was attached, I was chrushed, and I was emotionally controlled.
Basically, there is a boy named Amano Yukiteru, who is a loner. He writes down his daily tasks in his phone as a diary. He's been living in this fantasy world outside of reality with a being named Deus-Ex Machina. Yuki knows Deus-Ex doesn't exist, or so he thought. Deus-Ex proposes a game. Twelve people get a diary that tells them the future in their own style. It modifies their current diary to receive messages as though the user had written it. So the winner of this game becomes God of the world and can do whatever they want. The catch though is, you can only win by ELIMINATING all of the other players.
I don't really know how to describe the art , but I know it's good. It's very descriptive in its depictions. You can understand what is being shown to you with no complications.
The Character Development was absolutely flawless. I was amazed how strongly I felt for some of the characters. Even now, as I am waiting for the last chapter's release, I can reflect on the characters I've truly come to know. I felt the things that the characters felt. When they were in love, I could feel the love. When they were in pain, I could feel the pain. This was absolutely incredible and should be read more than once. I plan to read it again.
I'm not gonna lie, (and I've already said it), this manga pissed me off all the time. It has a constant habit of using cliffhangers. It just drives you insane! But here I was, every thirty days, checking back for a new chapter! And that's how I will be for the last one. But I completely enjoyed myself as I went deeper into the story. I don't know what else to say but READ IT!
This manga caught me by surprise. I don't remember how I found it, but I've been reading it ever since chapter 10 was released. Anyone I've talked to about this manga has never heard of it, and this is why I think that this is one of the most UNDERRATED manga of all time. I'm telling you that this is perfect, but the fact that I don't know the ending may change my opinion. This manga WILL take you on a trip. It WILL attract you. And it WILL NOT disappoint you.
Y'know? The story and overall idea of this manga's story is very cool and interesting but I just can;t stand the psycho and yandere characters. They just went way overboard crazy and I wasn;t able to quite finish it. The story is cool, the art is average, the characters aren't very good at all, and I didn't find much enjoyment in this one.
Overall, I didn't like it. I'm glad for all the people who found entertainment in this but it's just not my style.
Mirai Nikki, also known as Future Diary, is one of them psychological related stories which intrigued me when I heard of it many times and decided to read it in a very short amount of time.
The story of Mirai Nikki revolves around the Future Diaries, all having a special skill which sets that specific Future Diary apart from the others. Throughout the story, I saw how well done it was with how the Future Diaries were used and how sometimes, you could anticipate what would happen next but it would still surprise us a bit. What intrigued me the most about the
story wasthe numerous twists and turns we witnessed which made us ask just what the heck was going on in this story. True, there is a lot of killing throughout the manga but it had meaningful killing such as to protect a friend, a loved one or just anyone.
On to the characters. Each character was developed very carefully and perfectly, especially Yukiteru. At first, he was nothing but a sniveling coward who found it very difficult to interact with those he came across and couldn't be of much help to his friends but throughout the manga, these began to deteriorate. Throughout the manga, each character is properly introduced and developed with fight scenes which causes some characters to question his/her morality or when a character begins making choices he/she wouldn't make under normal circumstances.
In terms of the art, it's rather well done, especially the blood being show. With Yuno, the main female heroine, her expressions are shown rather easily and how it showed a character going virtually insane. I especially enjoyed how each chapter was beautifully depicted with what I've explained above but also the fight scenes being shown.
The way I enjoyed this particular manga was by how intricate and enticing the plot was with a character drastically changing to fit the plot and the constant twists and turns we saw. By twists and turns, I'm referring to how a character's personality will change drastically or by the planning of some of the characters. But what really piqued my interest was the psychopathic Yuno dedicate herself to protecting Yukiteru or Yuuki, no matter what situation is. Even the Future Diaries themselves were well-done due to some being drastically different in appearance than the others.
I strongly recommend reading Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) in terms of psychological, horror and mystery.
This manga is a definate favorite for me because of two things. The first is that overall this manga is addicting and it's enjoyable. The second is that it is one of the few longer and not completed manga series I actually can read over and over and still not get tired of reading it. Another important factor for making this a sucessful book is the mystery, action, and the horror plot it is based on. The characters are what really gets the story going because the author does not go too indepth with the characters and with the ones that should be more
indepth, you learn more about them over the range of the series and little by little you learn more about them, which gives the characters and the plot more of a puzzle like storyline.
well this manga was pretty much IT. the story was unique and it was really like going into a climax and anti climax over and over again. the only reason i gave it that score was because it was kinda too depressing not to mention that it was just too out of sync. i gave the characters that score cause i wished that yukki was not so weaky and weepy. it not becoming of a man. other than that this manga was genius!! :)
Being a reader with varied interests, I found myself downloading this series because it is finished and it's been a while since I've read something with a yandere on it. I had nothing to do, and since I've downloaded all of it, I read it all in one go knowing that I would feel guilty anyways if I don't.
Well, it is not very regrettable, but it's quite disappointing.
I have no complaints on the art. It is not the best, and this kind of art is not really my type, but it suited the series as it should be. Akise's the only bishie there (well,
in my opinion) and so there are less "kyaa-ing" around for fangirls and more focuses on the story. Gasai, violence and bloodbath? Oh oh oh, they are sooo good. The art is enough to satisfy your gore-loving nature.
The story is very good actually. The God of Time and Space is nearing his death and so he makes a game of survival in which the last one standing will succeed him and become the next god. Decent foundation. The God of Time and Space aka Deus Ex Machina is the imaginary friend of the outcast Amano Yukiteru who writes on his diary about his surroundings because he has nothing better to do. Then one day, Deus Ex Machina gives him a future diary which records about the future and Yukiteru will be one of the contestants. Decent introduction to the essence of the series. But why did I not rate it a 10 or 9? The characters are to blame for that.
I find Akise and Rea the only likeable characters there (yes, Akise again). The others are annoying. Why? Well, here goes:
Yukiteru's annoying from the very start. He brought upon himself the current social status he has and then he goes crying like a baby. For the whole game, he is a coward who relies on Yuno because he is so worthless. His resolve doesn't have the right to be called a resolve because he is easily wavered by the words of other people and his shitty feelings. Yuno is an idiot in love. Minene's so annoying because she always say "I, the Great Minene" even when it's only her thoughts. Nishijima all of a sudden fell in love with Minene. I must say, Minene and Nishijima's character development is so ridiculous. It's like the mangaka just forced it in and he really didn't thought of it before. The same goes for other characters.
Well people, please don't judge me. I normally love evil characters like Gasai. I normally go "oohh" or "whoa" in a good sense when there are character developments.Even I can't explain why I suddenly hate almost all the characters. The only explanation I could think of is that the characters are very shallowly developed and I can't feel them at all. You know the feeling of sympathizing with the characters? I didn't feel it at all while reading this. Even when Yukiteru experienced that tragedy or Gasai experienced that abuse. I was in pokerface mode for all the hours I've read this. The only scene that really made me stay on one page is the Akise-Amano kissing scene where I squealed for like 5 minutes.
Okay, I enjoyed the manga at some point but it's just really disappointing. It is a good read, and I recommend it for gore lovers. But it's definitely a no-go for those harsh anime and manga reviewers who will clearly look into the series and list all the loopholes they find because they are going to have a long list if they do.
This manga is legend , although many people have different view but for me it was .
Overall the story was excellent . The mystery will keep you reading it more and more with brilliant character background ,development and mystery .
The story is about Deus ex machina , God of space-time ,He's dying and need to choose his succesor so he organizes a battle royale involving 12 participants and give them the ability to see future events in the form of diary notes .
ALthough there is some comedy but its mainly psychological mystery with many gruesome scenes , so avoid if your underage . Its anime
adaptation is also excellent with great voice actors especially for Gasai Yuno .
The only thing it falls behind is some plot holes in ther series world mechanics and some unexplained events , but siding that its still an excellent read .