Lemme ask you question. What would you do if you had something that can told you the future? If you already had all the answers for every upcoming test, or knew how to avoid bullies on the way home from school? What if … it can told you when and how you were going to die?
Mirai Nikki is a brilliant mix of psychological thriller, action, and romance.
Yukiteru Amano is a loner who has never really interacted with people and prefers writing a diary on his cell phone with his only companion being an imaginary friend named Deus Ex Machina, aka the God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is not a fragment of his imagination, but a real God instead. One day, Deus made Yuki to be one of the participants in a battle royal with 11 other people. Within this game called “Diary Game,” the contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future with each one having unique features that give each and everyone advantages and disadvantages.
From that moment, Yuki thought the ability to read the future through his personal diary is awesome, but not until he finds out that there are 11 other people who also have their own diary’s and are Yuki’s opponents in the competition to become a God. Plot twist, Yuki happens to have someone that protect him. Enter Gasai Yuno, a cute girl who happens to be Yuki’s classmate. She also has a future diary, and turns out that she has a bit of crush on Yuki … secretly being an insane psychopathic stalker, or yandere if you used to this term.
From then, the story follows these two as they try to survive in the killing game they have been placed in.
plot and settings.
The story of Mirai Nikki is at its core a romance, though it’s so much more than that as well. It explores how one’s actions and willpower can change the future and how good people can go insane or do terrible things because of their traumatic experiences. The pacing is fairly fast, but not forced fast. Even if you find spices of comedy here and there, but you also understand instantly that Mirai Nikki is an intense action, you will find yourself on the edge of your seat knowing that an enemy could pup up at any time.
Probably, the reason I enjoying Mirai Nikki so much is that I experienced all sort of emotions throughout the series … from the happiness, excitement, fear, up to the sadness. The shock value is quite insane. But there are also some throughout the series that sometimes what happens in it are soo over the top ridiculous and unbelievable until I just couldn’t reasonably digest it into my mind, especially what happened in the last few episodes that get a bit out of hand.
But despite that, every setting and the story in it is amazing. Maybe you will watch the first five to ten minutes of the first episode and judge this series as a typical one, but you will realize that the story quickly ramped up and starts to deliver itself with a fast-paced action, so intense. From episode to another episode you watch it, you will learn also new things that they deliver unexpectedly, like the plot twist, or a revelation about the certain existing characters. And every time these plot twists that had me wide-eyed in a pleasant surprise, thinking Wow, this is so cool! or saying to my self that I never expect this kind of plot twist.
For the characters section, I would score it as higher as possible. The characters is where Mirai Nikki truly shines. The focus charatcer is named Yuki, a kind of a wimp who has to rely on others to protect himself, and I’ve seen plenty of people complain about this. But in all honesty I think, that is what makes the anime so much better. He is a 14 years old boy who thrown into a battle royal with people trying to kill him, I would probably be a bit of a wimp if that happened to me too. He is forced to seek aid from and rely on others in order to survive, and he isn’t without redeeming moments either.
But Yuki is not the part that has drawn everyone attention, and not the reason why Mirai Nikki become one of everyone’s favourites anime of all time, it’s the female lead Gasai Yuno instead. She is an incredibly cute, but also incredibly psychopathic at the same time … perfect yandere. In fact, almost everyone in the anime community come to yandere terms is because they watched Mirai Nikki in the first place. Beside the yandere on her, Yuno is also a unique character, always got me hooked to figure her out what the heck she’s going to do next. At one moment, you must be scared of her, on another, you can’t help but smile at how cute something she does and thank’s for saving Yuki … but then you notice the knife in her hand and you’re scared of her again. Sometimes you love to see her to do something insane, and at others, you shocked to the something insane that she does.
On the other side, all of the support characters are also developed very well and have their parts and motives that explained in the story. Unlike Yuki who seems normal and quite typical, the others had unique and uncommon personalities. They all are awesome, both in the manga and in the anime. Some of them only had a short range of life, but at least they had an amazing character design that makes us remember every time their names mentioned.
art and visual.
I don’t have many things to say about the art. Mirai Nikki is not the best I’ve ever seen, but there are no problems with it. The action scenes are fast paced and all animated, and even though sometimes it’s irrational, but there is no strange animation that makes things feels odd. Some support characters, even Deus Ex Machina and his servant are having a unique design that never applied in any other anime. Can you imagine a God that sits inside a throne shaped a giant egg? Well, that is the appearance of Deus in Mirai Nikki.
The opening and ending theme is decent, even though I personally didn’t like it, but there is nothing wrong with it. Inside the story, they wisely avoided background music during some of the intense, dark, and scary moments, and just let the suspense and fear to build up what the audiences feel.
nesha’s final verdict.
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Back to the review, I would give this series a solid eight as its score, or 8.5 if that number exists in the rating system. I really enjoy watching Mirai Nikki, I watched it first time years ago, and I rewatched it again yesterday night. I finished it on marathon before morning, and I still love to watch it again sometime in the future. Mirai Nikki is a great and unique romance story, plus, everyone can enjoy the suspense of a good thriller and be hooked to the various plot twists and character developments in it. Hell, those characters are excellent especially Yuno, she has become a mother of any other yandere characters these days.
If you’re still asking, then yes, Mirai Nikki is certainly worth your time to watch. It has a great plot, completely not just a typical psychological thriller with gore. I understand if most of the time the anime production would turn away from anime with such bloody twisted story for the fear of censorship and lack of young viewers. However, Mirai Nikki is still great for anyone above 16, or at least anyone that doesn’t mind their TV screen filled with the story of love and the cringe of killing game.
So there you go, eight out of ten. Go watch it.
- Mirai Nikki (TV)
The Future Diary
Mirai Nikki (2011)
- premiered in Fall, 09.10.2011 till 15.04.2012
- nesha’s review for a TV Series, 26 episodes
- from the studio of Asread
- tagged under the genre of #action, #psychological, #supernatural, #thriller, #mystery, and #shounen. also tagged under the subgenre of #absurdity, #assassins, #betrayal, #conspiracy, #crime, #death, #future, #gore, #revenge, #survival_game, #tragedy, #yandere, #adventure, #angst, #contemporary_fantasy, #horror, #manga, #nudity, #science_fiction, #time_travel, and #violence
- the age-rated as R+ – Mild Nudity
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