I realize that Yuno tolerates a crapload of nonsense, most of it originating from Yukiteru – but this is the first episode in which I actually wish she’d slit his throat and just move on ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)
(Which led to an epiphany on her possible game plan, but we’ll get to that later.)
Dayum just look at Kurusu’s face. He is as creepy as ever. Maybe it’s because he’s the odd one out, but in a cast of characters who widen their eyes every 5 minutes, Kurusu’s calm gaze only makes him all the more sinister. Heck, we didn’t even see Twelfth’s face at all and Twelfth is waaaay more comforting than Kurusu is.
I have this suspicion that Yukiteru’s and Yuno’s change of schools isn’t due to some Witness Protection Procedure or Kurusu’s charitable offer to escape media attention, but merely the next logical step towards his goal of hunting Diary Holders. Once you’ve caught all the fish in one location, you start casting your bait somewhere else, yes?
Maybe I’m overthinking things, but Kurusu’s gotten himself into quite the favourable position – alliances with Yukiteru, Yuno and Minene, tracking their actions with no danger to himself. I suppose only time will tell.
Some things never change.
Take the hint, Yukiteru. You may have a Diary that tells you the future and a girlfriend who’d do anything for you, but you’re still a weak little ‘loser reject’ on the inside.
And to think I was so sure of his character development after the events of episode 3 =___=
It’s quite difficult to comment on Mao and Hinata due to their introduction and subsequent plot events occurring within the same episode, so I shall abstain and save my thoughts for later.
But I will say that Hinata’s pantsu is mindblowingly sexy. When I paused to take the screencap it took me awhile before I remembered that I was supposed to be watching the rest of the episode.
Although in hindsight my time would have been better spent ogling Hinata’s pantsu.
Seriously, Yukiteru, what the hell. What the hell.
I know Yuno didn’t really try to stop you this time, but when a classmate asks you to accompany her to a crime scene – where people have been murdered in a cruel and unusual fashion, and you’ve seen enough cruel and unusual murders to know that it might be a Diary Holder at work – shouldn’t some part of you have at least considered replying hell no bitch what the hell is wrong with you
Do you not have the slightest inkling of self-preservation instinct? How the hell did you even manage to stay alive before you met Yuno?
Why yes, Yukiteru. Did you also not notice that the sun shines, the wind blows, and that not listening to Yuno usually ends up in life-ending peril?
Okay so that last one may be beyond Yukiteru’s mental capacity. If he’s still struggling to grasp facts, I shouldn’t be expecting him to understand the more abstract concept of consequences.
I love this woman.
I feel your pain, Yuno, I really do, but try to restrain yourself.
It’s not easy to explain why you’re repeatedly scrawling しね into the ground if anyone sees it, and you’re too delicate a flower to have to undergo repeated psychiatric evaluations.
First thought in my mind: IT’S THE DAMN PREDATOR
Second thought: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs_OacEq2Sk
Okay, so I can’t really remember what I was feeling/thinking when I first watched this segment, apart from “Oh dammit there goes hotpantsu”.
Plot developments, man. They happen too fast and screw with objectivity.
But in Aru’s case, I distinctly remember not thinking “how the hell did he survive in the forest with those dogs all around?” I was kinda distracted by how freakin’ suave he looked with the sunset glistening on his hair and all that.
So now that I’m looking at this scene again from a more balanced perspective, “how the hell did he survive in the forest with those dogs all around?”
If I’m not mistaken, this guy is Tenth, based on his position in the lineup from the OP. And already I know he’s as psychologically unstable as the rest of them.
I’m not talking about voluntarily passing his Diary onto someone else. Neither am I aggravated by his decision to serve fine cuisine (with 30-year old red wine in glasses) to his dogs, although it’s somewhat relevant.
No, what really sealed the deal was the fact that while he cooked the steak and the stew for the dogs, he himself chose to eat instant noodles. I don’t know about everyone else, but if I was hosting a dinner party and managed to turn out 10 perfect steaks, I’ve eat the damn steaks myself and serve everyone else pasta with instant sauce.
Yes, I am a poor host. I also happen to be a terrible cook, so if I manage to not burn an expensive cut of meat, I’m damn well going to eat it myself.
Although it could be the case that Tenth, despite his proclamations, is actually a trainwreck of a cook and is simply lying about the wine. That might explain why he’s not eating his own cooking. Alternatively, that could have been some really good instant noodles.
Oh and there was the matter of having his own daughter killed by his dogs. (Or so I thought at first.)
I’m including these screencaps here mostly for continuity. Because I’m starting to hate Yukiteru with a vengeance. Throughout this whole scene I was hoping that a dog would get through and mangle someone, even if it wasn’t Yukiteru – just to shove it in his face that if he obeyed Yuno’s every word, he’d have nothing to worry about except death by sexual exhaustion.
The strange thing is that on my first run through the episode, I was genuinely shocked and taken aback by Mao’s betrayal. It was as if I was rooting for Yukiteru to demonstrate to Yuno the power of friendship, trust, and rainbows.
And now I’m just so vindictive. Disjointed statements such as “see what happened you fucking hack” constantly repeat themselves in my mind.
Yes, you are truly amazing, Yukiteru. You’re a marvel, you’re a spectacle, you’re a bloody wonder.
Overthought this particular scenario. I was thinking that Mao and Hinata were so weird, so unnatural, that they had to be red herrings. Or created to be so bizarre that they’d end up dead, which seemed to be the case when Hinata apparently died.
But now that their true nature has been revealed, I have to say that these two are the most disappointing, boring antagonists ever.
Third was a sociopath, Reisuke was precocious, Tsubaki was tragic, Minene was outlandish, and Twelfth was fabulous.
But Mao and Hinata are boring. Painfully so. If they stayed as background characters, their quirks might seem interesting, but when they’re thrust into the spotlight, they just seem way out of their depth. They’re not manipulative, they’re not calculating, they’re not murderous (compared to the other Diary Holders, and even then it’s not like you have to be a genius to manipulate Yukiteru). They’re just bland.
I’m trying so hard to enjoy Mirai Nikki. I really am. I’m not the type to enjoy criticising something when I could be praising it. The Tsubaki/Twelfth arc was great. Minene and Reisuke had their high points.
But Mao and Hinata? Please just let them die quick, offscreen deaths.
Which brings us to the other new character, Akise Aru. I’m not sure what to think of him just yet. He may want to become a great detective, but he hasn’t exactly displayed any great detective skills as of yet.
It’s pretty much a done deal that I’m going to compare him to the characters of Death Note, since they’ve cemented their place as the premier anime detectives (as far as my limited anime experience goes). I might have compared him to Un-Go’s Shinjuurou if it weren’t for the unexpected catastrophe that was episode 07.
We haven’t seen Aru approach the level of crazy preparedness of Yagami Light. We haven’t seen Aru demonstrating the intellectual gymnastics of L. No Near-esque mechanical funnelling of his foes, nor the inspired spontaneity of Mello.
So far, the only things that we’ve seen Aru do are:
1) Stroll nonchalantly with the sunset behind him
2) Maintain an expression of superiority (which collapsed when the dogs were let out)
3) Discover Yukiteru’s involvement in the events of episodes 01-05, which would probably be no more difficult than using a search engine, then going through forum threads or imageboards.
In short, he’s got a long way to go.
Oh and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t possess a Diary. Since the ED excludes him from the Diary Holder lineup.
Based on Hinata’s allegations that Aru has a Diary, I guess I’m supposed to assume that Aru is so competent that he could be mistaken as such. Although since Hinata appears to have all the mental acuity of a pumpkin, I’m not about to believe in Aru’s capabilities just yet.
Art by pixiv artist makina＊ (There’s your closing image, since I can’t get anything decent out of this disappointing episode.)
Right. Yuno’s game plan.
As each episode goes by, I began to wonder what exactly Yuno sees in Yukiteru. Sure, he’s saved her a couple of times, but she only needed saving because of his inadequacy in the first place. So why does she stick to him? She’s not objective, but we know that she’s possibly the most lethally paranoid and adaptable character in the cast.
As obsessive as she is, she must still be able to see the retard that Yukiteru is. So why does she insist on sticking with him, even when annoyance surpassed infatuation (at least that’s what it seemed to me) during this episode?
Then it hit me. Yuno may not actually love Yukiteru. She may have loved him once – which explains why her diary is about him – but from the onset of the Survival Game, she could have merely been acting. She could be playing the long game.
Near the beginning of my post, I said that Kurusu might be using Yukiteru as bait. So why can’t Yuno do the same? At the start of the game, by enabling Yukiteru to defeat Third, she made him the target of everybody else. Minene and Tsubaki fell for it. Although eventually Minene realized that Yuno was the greater threat, and Reisuke realized it all along, who’s to say that the remaining Diary Holders won’t continue to pursue Yukiteru?
At Yukiteru’s side, she can bring her death-dealing skills to full effect under the assurance that the focus will be on Yukiteru. Her alliance with Kurusu could end at any time, since he needs her more than she needs him. Minene would be more of a threat, but Yuno would probably leverage Kurusu against her first.
And at the end, when all the other Diary Holders are dead, who remains? Yuno herself; and Yukiteru – the weakest of the lot. The easiest to kill. One stab and her victory would be complete.
At least, that’s what I hope Yuno is doing. Because the alternative is that she really does love Yukiteru – and the thought of that is simply excruciating.