The first truly great episode of Mirai Nikki in quite a while. Thumbs up all around.
Act 1: The curious case of the love letter…
… the rather drab-looking class representative…
… and the pink bunny suit.
Is a mascot costume really a do-whatever-the-hell-I-want-and-get-away-with-it pass?
I mean, this is sort of relevant to my interests. Many things are relevant to my interests. Such as the contact details of the nearest tailor shop that might agree to produce said mascot costume for an agreeable price.
Although I might have to stay away from little children.
Those little bundles of joy are so sensitive to the malicious intents of the persons within.
The vending machine was a little childish, but Yuno should have known that the sign itself would probably suffice.
I’d think that the citizens of most First-World countries are conditioned to obey certain signs and symbols, and that Japanese citizens – who make up one of the most law-abiding populaces (even discounting the biases in their criminal statistics) – would have the highest probability of obeying a “keep out, cleaning in progress” sign.
Or maybe Yuno knew that Yukiteru really did have a severe urge to relieve himself. Yuno does know everything about Yukiteru, after all.
I was honestly expecting Yuno to dive over the railings.
Padded costume, a mere 7-metre drop, imminent threat of losing romantic interest – it could work.
Possibly one of the most anti-climactic ends to a chase scene ever.
I’d like to imagine that Yukiteru was left to wallow in his self-humiliation long after Yuno and the cops had reached the bottom.
Act 2: The bunny suit returns home.
Again, note how Yuno can make it home from the shopping mall in her costume and not draw any attention from passers-by.
Are those suits really so effective? I’m surprised that secret police and intelligence services aren’t using these suits for field operations.
… or maybe they do. Watch out for those anthrax-coated balloons, kids.
I’d google for photographs of corpses in the first month of decomposition just to see if the art’s accurate, but I just had lunch and I really don’t want to soil my laptop with dissolved pasta and stomach acids.
Well done, concerned parent. You’ve made Gasai Yuno the fine lady she is today.
After all, locking your own child in a cage was on the top 10 list of best parenting methods, wasn’t it? It’s not like you wouldn’t be inflicting any adverse effects on the psychological state of the child, or filling her with any negative emotions that might one day result in a negative outcome, yes?
Oh, Yuno. Such a considerate young woman. See, you can tell she really cares about her parents.
She could have saved herself a couple of sleeping pills by knocking the both of them out with a heavy metal object to the backs of their heads, but she didn’t want to cause any lasting physical damage.
Truly an example for the ages.
Although that lack of strategic long-term planning appears to have been one of Yuno’s weaknesses from the start. She didn’t really think they’d be nice to her once they got out of the cage, did she?
Or did she?
Yuno did believe in her parents after all. As expected from Yuno-sama! Always seeing the good in people, the poor dear.
It’s as if Yuno’s parents have no self-preservation instinct whatsoever.
Really, your borderline mentally unstable daughter has just locked you up in a cage, and you proceed to insult her?
And yet, Lady Yuno continues to greet their decaying remains every time she returns home.
Such filial piety never fails to bring a tear to me eye. -sniff-
Sticking Rea’s pictures on dartboards? Yuno must be trolling.
But she isn’t! That was a genuine gesture to make Yukiteru feel better. Is a troll still a troll when she’s just a deeply concerned, considerate, blushing bride-to-be?
And finally, Act 3: the plans of the many.
Why does Deus sound like he would have resurrected Rea if he had the power to? Doesn’t this sort of blatant intervention defeat the purpose of the survival game? If he’s showing favouritism, he might as well just have picked Yukiteru as his successor from the start.
Ah, parents are always hiding something. It’s what they do, dear boy.
But I’m glad you know it now. You’re really making progress on the whole downward-spiral-into-depression-and-then-nihilism thing.
Ugh, this had better be something good. The way the third skeleton’s constantly being dangled about, I’m starting to suspect that it’s just a diversion. Or even worse – a diversion intended to make the plot seem more complicated than it actually is.
Forgive me for skipping through this little investigative soiree of Yukiteru’s, but it really was rather pointless. I’d rather have had the whole thing resolved without the need to make Yukiteru seem more competent than he actually is.
With such prodigious ass-kissing talent, I’m surprised Kurou never ended up as a rich slimy corrupt high-ranking government bureaucrat.
Startling lack of blood for a fatal stabbing. But then again I’ve no knowledge beyond CSI and highschool biology, so I guess I shouldn’t comment on the matter.
And oh, poor poor Yukiteru. He must be taking it rather harshly, losing his parents in quick succession, especially after having his dad
lie blatantly to his face promise to repent and become the best dad in the world and all that.
Also, quick shoutout to Daniel S. who shamelessly asked for said shoutout. You can blame Yukiteru for being too much of a pussy to pursue the matter of his dad being a wife-murdering scumbag (ﾟ∀ﾟ)
Murmur, there isn’t any fun in messing with a kid who’s so manipulatable. There isn’t any proper challenge, see?
Took this screencap for the express purpose of highlighting the most hilarious murderface I’ve ever seen in my anime-watching history.
What’s with this generic footsoldier? He fired at his own buddy under no provocation whatsoever!
Anyway, looks like Yukiteru’s finally developing into the homicidal psychopath we all expected him to be.
Or that’s probably just the adrenaline talking. Really, even this late in the game, I doubt Yukiteru’s ever going to change.
Yuno’s upset that she only got to kill one person that day.
It was only because Yukiteru was possessed by the Spirit of Awesomeness that he could slay his persecutors. Unfortunately his squalid frame proved too frail to contain such amounts of awesome.
Hence the vomiting.
Everyone, altogether now: D’awww.
Two teenagers against the world, blades in hand; many many people to kill.
Definitely a better love story than a certain teenage literature franchise about a normal human girl and her encounters with supernatural beings that drink blood and have the reflectivity of fine crystal.
I bet Deus wishes that he’d kept 7th alive. Who’d want to watch Yukiteru in his latest angst-fest or 8th growing radishes when you could partake of the latest 7th shenanigans?
Murmur’s starting to seem quite insubordinate, doesn’t she?
I’m starting to wonder if she plans to kill Deus and succeed him before the game ends.
Deus be suffering from that Minene Syndrome.
Could it be? A possible foreshadowing of the eventual winner, who will use her new godly powers to save Deus and join him in matrimonial bliss, to rule the cosmos as towered biomechanical husband and hot eyepatch wife?
Deus/Minene ending. You heard it here first.