Mirai Nikki 20: “That was close, Ninth.”


So I was going to exclude these two screencaps, but it was really too good to pass up the power of troll logic.

>That Gasai Yuno is a fake-
>Yuno is Yuno.

All these intellectual punks (like Akise and Yagami Light) always think that the world is logical and predictable and follows their silly little notions of rationality. And every now and then, someone needs to teach them how the world really works.

Methinks Eleventh hasn’t thought his plan through.

I’ll come back to this later, but let me say for now that while Minene has the best facial expressions, Eleventh has the best creepy-deviant-old-man faces.

Who would’ve thought that the Nishijima/Minene subplot would become such a big thing?

I’m not too sure how a young detective like Nishijima has already scraped enough cash together to afford a diamond ring, but I think he deserves far more praise for being crazy prepared.

After all, you never know when you might once again meet with that hot homocidal one-eyed terrorist with god ambitions. Always good to have a diamond ring on hand for any spontaneous marriage proposals.

Oh, Minene you dysfunctional babe, you.

There are so many things wrong and yet so right with her delusions. I’ll draw the line at the baby stripper jumping out of the cake, but I’m totally getting my future wife to slice the cake with a katana.

Well, when you put it like that…

“A relationship that turns scandalous behaviour into honoured behaviour through the application of ritual and mutual monopoly. “

Marriage: Better than it sounds.


Oh God, don’t your heartstrings feel like they’re on the verge of splitting from all that kawaii tension?

Don’t you think you need a little something to calm yourself down? Perhaps some counter-fanservice?

Why thank you Asread, I was just thinking to myself, “I really do need to see a hideously-proportioned middle-aged woman in her underwear.”

That’s what the world needs, doesn’t it? More hideously-proportioned middle-aged woman in her underwear exposure. Bless you Asread.

Back to the NishiNene comedy hour.

I’m copyrighting that, by the way. NishiNene. I’d like to think I’m the first to think of it and not want to risk disillusioning myself with a Google Search or two.

Also I like how Minene doesn’t actually reject the idea of Nishijima wanting her for her body. As expected from Mirai Nikki’s leading tsundere ( ̄∀ ̄)

See that dude in the back? He’s shitgrinning because he’s got his paws all over Minene’s delicious ass.

And you wonder why Nishijima opts to take them down with liberal application of excessive force.

For a moment there I thought we’d be getting yet another rape sequence.

Also, who would insist on baking perfect baguettes in a war zone?

Silly question, I know. Obviously, the French. ‘Baguette’, duh.

Inb4 radical reinterpretation of “running away” that allows Minene to shove an armed grenade up Eleventh’s arrogant ass.

Are we quite certain that this is Japan? The Japan I know would have mobs of officers piledriving any unfortunate young man who would look in the general direction of a human with the XX chromosome.

Everyone knows that “No” means “Yes” and “It hurts” means “Why aren’t you using more strength?”

Oh wait, I must have confused Mirai Nikki with a random hentai.

1. Unconsensual invasion of personal space that turns consensual
2. Happy ending

Nope, no confusion there.

Eleventh must have really wanted to know what that kid was having for dinner.

So what was Eleventh’s plan, really? Off the top of my head, he mentioned Macedonia and Rome and Germany as examples of superior civilizations that he wanted to replicate… which is great, if they hadn’t all failed eventually.

(I assume he wanted to replicate Nazi Germany, because while modern Germany is pretty cool and all, I don’t see them conquering the world with The Beloved Leader Angela Merkel at the helm, bringing sauerkraut to the masses.)

So he ends up with a city filled with Diary-Holders. And not all Diaries will be equally useful. This turned into Guilty Crown really quick. Oh and he gets to read all their entries. Because there’s nothing more exciting about reading enthralling literature like “I found a 100-yen coin in the vending machine today, I’m so brilliant!” over and over again.

Assuming that somehow society doesn’t collapse due to people murdering others for their Diaries, or just a general mistrust or a breakdown in systems that actually require confidentiality (constant escalation between teachers and students over examination questions is worth at least 15 seconds of thought) – Eleventh can’t rule forever because

1) He’s only human, albeit a creepy-perverted-old-man who gets off on voyeurism
2) Deus is going to die really soon and the world will collapse

He’s going to have to win the game if he wants to maintain his dreams of empire-building, or at least to not let all his work go to waste.

So why doesn’t he just win the game in the first place, then create his future-predicting civilisation? Wouldn’t it be a lot easier with god powers rather than trying to hook up a competitor’s Diary to a bunch of finicky supercomputers?

Oh yes, plot filler. We still have 6 episodes to go, after all.

I guess my Murmur-is-actually-the-true-power-behind-the-phone theory doesn’t fly any more.

I hope you got that pun, by the way. Phone? Throne? Aha, ha ha. Haaah ( ´_ゝ`)

Anyway, I can’t see Murmur wanting Eleventh to win. It can’t be a matter of personal gain – I think the only contestant who would be nice to Murmur would be Minene or maybe Eighth.

Maybe she wants Eleventh to establish the empire and then have one of the remaining contestants to rule it?

… if you had all that power, why don’t you just erase Murmur from existence?

Probably because Murmur is the embodiment of troll powerz and trolling endureth forever.

Dat Minene expression <3

Yes, these are the reinforcements whom Akise sent to you. A class-S egoistic moron, an average girl, and the average girl’s lesbian stalker.

Hey I’ve beaten JRPGS with party members like these.

This being Mirai Nikki, I expected the squirrels to die in a grotesque manner at some point.

Or maybe not. Brutalize all the lolis you want, but apparently anime standards aren’t down with the mutilation of cute woodland animals. Although I may be wrong.

(Feel free to contradict me, but hold back on the photographic evidence kudasai.)


Oh, a parley? How terribly quaint!


I am seriously considering the possibility that Deus just impregnated Minene with a primitive form that his life essence will transfer into once his current body falls apart.

I also can’t believe that that was the conclusion that I arrived at that I was most comfortable with.

“Hey dude, what anime you watching now?”
“This series where like a dying god of time and space impregnates a woman when they’re having a mental chat.”

All thumbs.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like getting a lawyer to draw up the rules for some competition and then letting him take part, granting him executive powers and letting him abuse the loopholes as he sees fit.

Of course, even the best lawyers have been upset by complete morons.

I mean, which MacDonald lawyer could have possibly foreseen that they’d be sued by a woman spilling Mickey D coffee on herself?

Or maybe not. Smart than he looks, the wily arse.

Creepier than he looks, too.

… didn’t we somewhat non-verbally agree that the loss of an eye was mutilation enough?

Minene’s actually the secret heroine for Katawa Shoujo. Word.

Honestly though, that was a really dumb move. Wrestle her to the floor, sure, but attempting to block bullets with your body?

1. Emotionally shuttered girl meets boy
2. Emotionally shuttered girl opens her heart
3. Boy dies
4. ???
5. That’s Mirai Nikki baby!

Who is this suave badass with the automatic weapon?

Oh, my boy Yukiteru. He’s finally grown up.

-wipes away tears-

Yuno’s hard work and devotion have finally paid off. Now the two of them can go loco together.

Nothing like semi-automatic weapons and terrorism for the perfect lover’s rendezvous.

Yukiteru’s using civilians now? He’s gonna take us on a wild ride.

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  1. petit
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I’ve disliked Mur-Mur since the beginning. Guess one should always go with one’s first instincts.

    And I was surprised too by Minene’s lack of resistance against Nishijima’s ridiculous courtship ways. All she did was – as you’ve wonderfully pointed out – all of the iconic hentai moves like yes-means-nos, pretend anger, and cheek-blush some sexually-appealing pinks. I wanted to slap these two by the middle of the ep to pull them back into “reality”, though my desire was soon over-fullfilled when Nishi got shot a dozen times. Too bad Minene’s fugly expressions are going to show up a lot more often now, with no more Nishi-filter.

    i was seriously thinking that 8th’s belly was going to be made of dough, with the server hidden deep inside its center, and that 11th would have to bake her in order to retrieve it. Oops. Guess I was a little off.

    • Posted February 29, 2012 at 7:32 am | Permalink

      But Minene’s expressions are such an integral part of Mirai Nikki!

      Bake her, grill her, anything to prevent 8th from ever scarring my sight again, really. Ugh.

  2. dene323
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Just to add more about 11th’s “genius” plan. The Watcher can be powerful – when you are hiding in the shadow and reading about your 11 oppponents’ diaries. 11th knew everyone’s identity from the start, and yet how did he utilize such critical information? He knew at least 8 diary holders were present at the cult incident, he knew 4th was under his command, he also knew Yuno kidnapped Yuki in an abondaned hotel for 10 days. In the end, the only thing he did in the past 4 months was to blackmail Yuki’s dad… that went really well eh?

    When he activated thousands of diary holders, all of a sudden that stupid tab interface on his cellphone turns the whole thing into a handicap… How can you track multiple approaching enemies in real time? 6th’s scroll was in fact much easier to read for that purpose. Not to mention when thousands of people become diary holders, their futures interact to such a degree that all screens would be constantly updating… a nightmare to track.

    • Posted February 29, 2012 at 7:36 am | Permalink

      I figured that The Watcher could probably follow only specific Diaries at a time, kind of like how you can choose to see only some facebook/twitter updates, but yes, the point still stands on how he hasn’t done jack shit since the start of the game.

      In the time it took for Yukiteru and Yuno to deal with 3rd, Minene, 12th, Tsubaki, Reisuke, Yuno, Kurusu, I can’t even remember the order anymore, 11th could have kidnapped 8th and implemented his plan. But noooo, he’s smarmy and complacent enough to only start his plans when Yukiteru levels up.

      Makes for more compelling television, I suppose.

      • Daniel S.
        Posted March 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

        How would 11th have known who 8th was? If I am correct, 8th only has a server diary; no diary for herself.
        If 11th had a way of finding out 8th’s identity, yes, he should’ve kidnapped her. But how could he have?

        You could argue that he had lots of time to do things that would give him an advantage, but what could he have done? I think that being mayor means he doesn’t have to do anything. Why risk getting caught? In fact, it was doing something that got him caught. His plan was clearly to let the other diary owners battle amongst themselves while he sits in his office doing nothing that could get him caught. He only started taking action when he knew he was caught.

        • Ida
          Posted March 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

          But a lot of those apprentice diary holders were the children from that foster home. They how exactly their diaries got that power, who gave it to them. The fact that none of them even as far as mentioned it in their diaries is highly unlikely. Your argument is invalid.

        • Posted March 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

          Eleventh could have done quite a lot, actually.

          As the designer of the Diaries, Eleventh would have known the Server Diary’s capabilities, and The Watcher would have immediately picked up on new diaries being entered into his feeds.

          8th was shown to have made at least 5 more apprentice diaries: Ai’s and Marco’s, Pyrotechnic dude’s, Bodyguard dude’s, and Moronic classmate’s. 4 out of those 5 have been in direct contact with 8th – it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out 8th’s identity from that.

          Then, remember Minene’s school bombing? Something like that would have granted the Mayor carte blanche to do whatever he wanted “in the name of public security”. He could have ordered 8th arrested for “connections to terrorism”, then seize the Server Diary.

          • Daniel S.
            Posted March 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

            Yes, he could have known 8th’s identity easily. Maybe he did. But 8th was an innocent orphanage owner. What could he, as mayor, have done that wouldn’t look suspicious? As we’ve seen, he did try to get the orphanage shut down, and that’s why he was caught as a future diary owner.

            As for what you said about Minene, she was already known to be a terrorist! She was always living alone, and was on the run from cops. The only way 11th could catch her would be to utilize his future diary, and risk revealing himself.

            My main argument here is that his best course of action at the time is the one he took: do nothing.

          • Daniel S.
            Posted March 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

            Okay, sorry. You’re right that he probably knew 8th’s identity.
            My new argument is that even though he knew 8th’s identity, he still should have done nothing. Kidnapping 8th is very risky. All the orphans would realize that 8th is gone, and 11th would make a huge risk of being caught as a diary owner.

          • Posted March 2, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

            You’re right that doing nothing is probably the best move, but he should have at gathered his forces and have them ready to intercept and capture all the Diary Holders at a moment’s notice. And perhaps he did, but the anime portrayed him as just bumming around, not even keeping tabs on the others, until Yukiteru and Co attacked him.

            I’m pretty confident that even if Eleventh was exposed, it would only be to 8th and the orphans. And what with being the Mayor and all, he could probably manipulate others to attack the orphanage in his place. The most the others would suspect is that Eleventh was connected to the civil service, and that’s a whole lot of people to weed through. And there’s no Yukiteru to sit in on news broadcasts, and the orphans could be isolated, if Eleventh moved fast enough.

  3. ectholion
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    I was sooo suprised that they did a sad flashback that didnt involve reap…. mindblowing!!

    • Posted February 29, 2012 at 7:38 am | Permalink

      Minene got mindraped by Deus, so it’s all good ┐( ̄ー ̄)┌

  4. Bob from Accounting
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    My main question is precisely how one goes about starting up a business venture with God. Eleventh is one well-connected dude, it would seem.

    I’m going to miss Nishijima. He was my favourite corrupt officer of the law.

    Also, Yuno + katana = win.

    • Posted February 29, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      Yukiteru was in contact with Deus for a while (even if he didn’t know that Deus was real), so it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch that Deus noticed and took and interest in that-one-mayor-with-the-Übermensch-delusions.

  5. Posted February 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t like how poorly they handled the NishiNene ship. In the manga it is exposed really well and it really is funny but also pretty cute. Also, at beginning was handled so fast that I had to rewind a few times to make sure I hadn’t missed something. In the manga there is a dialogue and Yuki mans up about Yuno and turns into the badman he is now. In the anime, he suddenly shifts.

    As greatly entertaining as this anime is, I feel some of the relationships are being handled far too quickly. I was really looking forward to Yuki turning into a man, but all I got was a completely different person coming out of nowhere.

    • Posted February 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

      That’s the problem with adaptations, yes? The director’s vision rarely matches the fans’.

      Although at least Yukiteru isn’t whining. And when we do see him, he’s too busy disregarding human life. What more could you really need, eh?

    • Daniel S.
      Posted March 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think the Yuki man came out of nowhere. His mother died, then his father died, then in an angry stupor he, for the first time ever, killed someone. The dialogue with Yuno right after, where he shakes and barfs, shows that he has been through a lot. It makes sense that he changed so drastically after that scene.

  6. shamdadamned
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Deus should be relieved of the title to be God or a god due to how upsettingly weak he is, not because he is dying but because of the lack of omniscience he has to be immortal and having a human like 11th be co-founder of the survival game, also lack of omnipotence. Supreme being is much better a suit for him

    • Anonymous
      Posted February 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      Hey, we need some relatable characters in this show. If it has to be a god, then so be it.

    • Posted February 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

      To be fair, most mythologies have gods who aren’t nigh-omnipotent or omniscient. Deus always seemed more like an extremely advanced alien than an actual divine being anyway.

  7. SQA
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    This bit of news seems oddly relevant:


    I kind of hope the Katana-cake scene makes it in…

    • Posted February 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

      I can’t wait to see the live-action portrayal of 8th (゚∀゚)

    • eternia
      Posted March 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      I can’t wait to see what kind of person would play as the creepy bald old man. :-)

      • The_Magus_Killer
        Posted March 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

        I’d want to see who will play our favorite tsundere cosplay terrorist. XD

    • Daniel S.
      Posted March 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

      That is insane news, and thank you for posting it!
      I imagine that Yuno would be a very difficult role to play well. I would say one of the most difficult ever. I am going to look up some information on that girl now, to see what roles she played before. I am expecting talent from the lead!

  8. amado
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    deus was just looking for his car keys.
    no really, im not kidding.

  9. Posted March 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Speculation: I suspect Deus “impregnated” Minene with some essence so when he expires prematurely, Minene acts out his will to prevent Murmur from sabotaging the game or something. Seems like Deus’ hand is forced here: he has to intervene and manipulate the game in order to offset the pre-existing manipulation of Murmur.

    • Posted March 2, 2012 at 7:01 am | Permalink

      But if Deus doesn’t have the power to stop Murmur, what chance would Minene have? Any power he could have transferred to her could, at best, only be equal to Deus’ current strength.

      Plus she’s not exactly in the best emotional state after having her husband-to-be gunned down before her.

      • Bob from Accounting
        Posted March 2, 2012 at 8:14 am | Permalink

        She’ll be very, very angry. Uryuu. Angry as hell. With mild god powers. What the hell do you mean, ‘what chance could she have’?

        • Posted March 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

          Conservation of energy, or at least an assumed conservation of god powers. Deus’ current strength isn’t sufficient to stop Murmur – if he transferred all of his power to Minene, then she’d be the one possessing an insufficient amount of strength to stop Murmur.

          Anger doesn’t magnify god powers, and the only conceivable advantage Minene has is the element of surprise. And I don’t even know if the element of surprise applies here. Because we were never informed as to the nature of Murmur’s capabilities.

      • Posted March 2, 2012 at 8:24 am | Permalink

        Who says he lacks the power?

        Deus only lacks the omniscience of the classical God of theism. He is closer to a powerful skyfather of polytheism like Odin. Powerful but not all knowing or all powerful enough to control fate.

        Feud doesn’t know Murmur’s ulterior motives so he tries to anticipate them with Minene, in case he expires prematurely.

        • Posted March 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

          Deus himself explicitly stated that he “should make his move now, before [he loses] all [his] power”.

          The fact that he’s resorting to subterfuge and that his power is draining indicates that his strength is not what it once was, and that he can no longer confront Murmur head-to-head.

          I don’t expect Deus to be all-knowing, but I figured that if he was anything like Zeus or Odin, he’d crush threats directly rather than try to outthink them. Since Deus is trying to outthink Murmur, I can only conclude that Deus is lacking power.

          • Posted March 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

            Ah I see your point. While my point is that he does have the power to stop Murmur, but not destroy her outright, which is your contention.

            At full power he is probably at the level of those Skyfathers of myth, and could crush a low-level demon like Murmur. Now that it’s diminished, and he might expire earlier than the end of the game (the allocated 90 days) he must have done something to Minene in order to foil Murmur’s plans, whatever they might be.

          • Daniel S.
            Posted March 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

            This is a very interesting discussion! The “impregnation” of sorts was the most baffling part of the episode for me.
            My friend too hypothesized that he is transferring his power to Minene, but that is an easy conclusion to come to. He also hypothesized that there is a bet going on between Deus and Murmur as to who will win (Deus saying First, and Murmur saying Second, as we know). Has anyone played TWEWY?

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

    Couldn´t Nishijima have the bulletproof vest he had when Minene shot him in the back? Also, gloves, a helmet and a gasmask, with a machine in it that change his voice when he speaks? http://image.made-in-china.com/4f0j00MBeTIgjyntVC/Body-Armor-Bulletproof-Vest-.jpg http://www.anti-ballistic.com/shop/images/helmet/helmet.jpg http://img.alibaba.com/img/pb/350/169/241/1270719255794_hz_myalibaba_web18_3539.jpg

    Pic 46, if those cops/secguards haven´t soiled themselves already it means they need more bullets.

    <3 Yuno´s relaxed smile as she fires that kalashnikov.

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