Mirai Nikki 18: “I’ve made my decision.”

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.

CHEESE IT

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-

Minor intermission!

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.

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21 Comments

  1. Posted February 15, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    “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.”

    So, now Otome games count as literature? :P

    • Posted February 15, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      Methinks my reference was too vaguely worded (*´Д`)

      • ectholion
        Posted February 15, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

        dropping this show for last exile…. image of a more manly claus and a full woman Lavie is too much to pass on. but i must say this show get a +1 for giving a sad back story that doesnt involve reap.

      • Posted February 15, 2012 at 10:47 am | Permalink

        ^^Nope, just joking. :P

  2. Posted February 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Solid blog, and points for speculating on Murmur’s potential subversion. She has been acting a classical troll the entire series – in addition to recruiting the original 12 Diarists so there’s that.

    But she’s already a demon of some sort, and has the power to interfere with mortals on the finite space-time plane of existence, which mitigates her possible ambitions somewhat.

    • Posted February 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

      I always thought that demons would want to possess more power, even if they didn’t know what to do with it. Plus, with the troll factor, she could kill off Deus just to see the look on his face and then let the game continue as normal.

  3. dene323
    Posted February 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Oedipus complex…

  4. dene323
    Posted February 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Yuki and his Oedipus complex…

    • Posted February 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

      I do not see this Oedipus complex you speak of ಠ_ಠ

      • petitorenji
        Posted February 16, 2012 at 12:04 am | Permalink

        middle-school rejected crush looks a lot like his mom (in her younger years) at many angles.

      • dene323
        Posted February 16, 2012 at 12:37 am | Permalink

        Sorry about the accidental double post.
        As petitorenji pointed out… can’t be a coincidence right? unless the anime team is really trolling us…

        Also, Rea’s pictures on dartboards… I chuckled

        Damn, Yuki has to wear that stupid hat again in Deus’ realm. If I recall correctly though, hopefully this is the last time we see it.

        • Posted February 16, 2012 at 2:19 am | Permalink

          I have placed great personal risk on myself by checking the source material (minefield of spoilers out there, yo) and I can confirm that Amano Rea and Wakaba Moe look real similar.

          Either Esuno Sakae was lazy on the female faces or the resemblance is actually intentional. Whoop de doo.

          • Wyragen-311
            Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

            When seeing the anime, I thought that those pictures of Amano Rea where that of Wakaba Moe.

  5. petitorenji
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    Since Yukiteru has manned up a tad, my least fav. character is now Murmur. If Deus had any brains at all, he would get rid of her before she takes over.

    I totally agree with the lack of point in observing the victims of the game if there are now favorites involved. Deus is becoming very un-godly. Aren’t gods supposed to be immortal? And isn’t Murmur created by Deus? Or at somehow connected to his power. So why isn’t that annoying little thing dying as well?

    • Posted February 16, 2012 at 1:45 am | Permalink

      Wild Mass Guessing – Murmur is the true God of Time and Space and Deus is just the latest in a long line of suckers who thought that they actually had power.

      • Bob from Accounting
        Posted February 16, 2012 at 4:44 am | Permalink

        This… actually seems quite plausible. Also, Nishijima is quite a lax policeman, isn’t he? I know he’s just being pragmatic but still, patricide is ‘fine’ under his jurisdiction. Can’t wait for next week, though. Bring on the bloody battle at the orphanage.

  6. MR.KLAC
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    whole yuki & mom-obsession even trying to letter a female look like his mom?

    anyone thinking mother-son incest on it even on a lookalike?!

    & yuno the wabbit where elmer fudd?

    indeed now yuki just embrace the hate & now tempt by dark side of mirai nikki

  7. Daniel S.
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Uggh. You didn’t have to give the mention, considering I didn’t earn it. I’m feeling that guilt you get when you win a prize by cheating. I don’t resent it by any means though, so thanks!

    I have a new theory (this I’m time not imploring anything)!

    I was thinking about who the famed “third skeleton” is. I came up with two theories. One is that it is Wakaba Moe, that girl that Yuki crushed on. This makes sense, because Yuno would have killed her a long time ago in a jealous stupor.
    I re-visited the first episode to see if I could see Wakaba Moe alive in the classroom. I didn’t see her, so the skeleton could have been hers. But my other theory is a lot more interesting. It will also sound absurd, so bear with me.

    The third skeleton is Yuki’s. The entire show is shown from the perspective of Yuno, who thinks Yuki is still alive, just like she did with her parents in the flashback. Yuno even said “When I came to my senses, I realized that my parents were dead.” This shows that Yuno has the ability to make herself think that someone is alive while they’re really not. So she’s doing that with Yuki now, whom she killed sometime before.
    That would raise the question, why and when did Yuno kill Yuki? My auxiliary theory is that Yuno killed Yuki when she had him kidnapped in that building. Yuki starved to death while trapped, and Yuno thought he was still alive (basically, EXACTLY what happened with Yuno’s parents).

    Now it gets crazier. Yuno eventually DID come to her senses, and realize that her parents are dead, as shown in the flashback. But she altered her memory, and made her parents alive again in her mind. She did the same with Yuki! It is shown in the VERY FIRST scene of the show. Right at the beginning of episode 1. What I can’t explain is why this scene is shown in Deus’ throne room. There is also a quick shot of the drugs that Yuno used to capture Yuki.
    “Huh? That’s strange. He’s not waking up.” That is the point that she realized that Yuki is dead. She is then shown beside her parents’ corpses. Right after that, she alters her memory into the entire show that we’ve been watching!
    Also worth noting: at the end of that scene, Yuno is shown to be axed by someone. This could be a symbolic expression of her “killing” her old self, and altering her memory. I can’t explain the mysterious grin that follows, though.

    One thing that goes against this theory is that if we were watching the show from the perspective of Yuno, the skulls of her parents wouldn’t be skulls. Maybe she accepted that her parents are dead, but not that Yuki is dead, but then, what would be the point of bringing her parents’ skulls to the “vacation” with Yuki? Maybe I’m looking too deep into it at this point.

    • amado
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      whoopee. nice theory. but since im a bad person, lets just say that-

      Spoilers. Please do not do it again.

    • Bob from Accounting
      Posted February 19, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      Nah, that doesn’t really make sense unless Yuno has injected crazy drugs into everyone else so they could see imaginary Yuki too and OH MY GOD THEY’VE ALL GOT HINAMIZAWA SYNDROME IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE NOW.

  8. Netto
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    “Deus/Minene ending. You heard it here first.”

    Close enough. xD

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