Mirai Nikki 21: “I wanted to be saved too.”

-looks at 17 of 19 prior reviews in which I whine about Yukiteru being a beetch-

I think there are grounds to say that he’s only recently acquired that face, yes.

I know Mirai Nikki isn’t exactly known for its animation quality, but holy crap this particular scene was so bad it was worth screencapping.

You would have thought that Asread would at least add in the obligatory high pressure spray of blood from that hapless security dude, but no, we get to see atrocious animation at its finest. And it’s not as if this was a split second scene either.

I’m not exactly sure why I’m ranting, really. I think it’s because I expected more given that Asread had 2 weeks to work on this episode?

I don’t even know why Yukiteru and Yuno got the media involved. Public pressure is one thing, but it’s not like Eleventh was really going to sacrifice himself to save like 3 civilians.

One more thing to distract Eleventh, I suppose. Maybe YukiYuno (I’m too lazy to keep typing “Yukiteru and Yuno”) are hoping for some random extremist civilian vigilantes to rise up and kill Eleventh for the good of all, like what Joker-san did in The Dark Knight with the hospitals.

Silly Minene, you ought to take Yuno out first. Otherwise, you’d probably relish Yukiteru’s death for all of 3 seconds before Yuno starts killing you in the slowest, most painful way possible.

There will be amputations and smelling salts and tourniquets and those things that force your eyelids open. Alternatively Yuno could go Han Dynasty on her, and I quote: “had [her] limbs chopped off, blinded her by gouging out her eyes, cut off her tongue and locked her in the latrine, and called her a “Human Swine”.”

Sorry, I tend to go overboard with things like these. My friends wonder why I’m not into Fate/Zero, what with Caster’s sadism being depicted with such elaborate detail.

I have to say that Eleventh’s personal Maginot Line is pretty smart.

Sure, he probably has no provisions beyond that bottle of wine that he brought in, he might be forced to relieve himself in the corner sooner or later, and the worst case scenario might have him enduring until the oxygen in the room is entirely depleted (most modern vaults have ventilation – which YukiYuno would presumably cut off eventually).

But it’s unlikely that all those scenarios would actually come to pass, since YukiYuno’s position is rather untenable. Of course, depending on the bureaucrats’ and ranking officers’ opinion of Eleventh, they might actually delay any assault on the building and leave Eleventh to die.

So maybe it really is a Maginot Line after all.

I never thought I’d say it, but Minene is getting really annoying. I think it’s all Nishijima’s fault.

Or it could be her inner tsundere acting up in a most unexpected way. “I-It’s not like I’m keeping you alive because I need you to kill Eleventh!” or something.

Yukiteru has more than enough motivation to kill Eleventh. If Minene wants to kill Yukiteru, then kill him she should. There’s really no point in threatening him. All she’s doing is ruining any chance of a surprise attack.

Psh Minene, what did you expect Yukiteru to say? It’s not like you’re aspiring for world peace and rainbows and goodwill towards mankind. We all know that if you became the next Ruler of Time and Space, you’re going to resurrect Nishijima just so he can knock you up.

I am so sick of Akise right now. He is so useless, apart from when the plot demands.

Heck, I’d rather have Kousaka have random unexplained bouts of ingenuity rather than have Akise pretending to be 3 steps ahead of everyone else.

Any explanation for why he waited for Yuno to appear instead of immediately rescuing Eighth? Any explanation at all that doesn’t involve Akise just trying to look smart again?

You know what else you could have done? You could have recorded that static noise sound, played it, then immediately changed location, instead of leaving your Soul Gem Diary out in the open where Minene could have just shot it. How fortunate for Yukiteru that Minene was so incredibly gobsmacked by seeing a Diary sitting in the open that she didn’t just open fire.

Speaking of Soul Gems, why isn’t there an anime about a god making Mahou Shoujo and forcing them to compete in a survival game to become the next Supreme Magical Girl? Basically I just want an excuse to see Kinomoto Sakura laying the smackdown on Akemi Homura. Kinomoto Sakura is the best Magical Girl. Word.

I have sworn that Yukiteru was symbolically reborn into a mass-murderer 2 episodes ago.

Maybe security guards/Mayoral secret service agents don’t count as “anyone”. Yukiteru certainly had no qualms about killing those guys.

This is why hallucinations are a bad thing. You never know when you need to shoot a kid and you really don’t need to be distracted by a hallucination of your younger self.

Welp, there goes Minene. I probably would have felt some emotional pain, but somehow this episode managed to reverse 15 previous episodes of accumulated Minene goodwill and now I’m happy that she’s dead (or about to die).

Oh god she’s still not dead. Just die already. Minene got boring ever since she got devoted to Nishijima. We want to see crazy homicidal hot explosion-philic terrorists, not… whatever Minene is right now.

Minene can try to be Yandere, but she ain’t no Gasai Yuno.

Since when did Minene’s artificial eye start acting like a real eye? It’s even looking in the same direction and everything!

Of course the best (or worst) part is that Minene’s last bomb didn’t do jack. She could have died back where Yukiteru had shot her and it wouldn’t have caused any storyline difference.

I’m still wondering why I featured a Minene quote in my title. Sentimental value, I imagine. That and I possibly wasn’t as crabby as I am now, typing this review out at 3:28AM in my time zone. The things I do for anime.

Eleventh, was it really so hard to ensure that only your retinal pattern could open the vault? Was it really so hard to delete 3 user profiles?

I can’t get over how adorable and innocent Yuno looks in this scene. She doesn’t look calm, or determined, or murderous, or crazy.

She radiates cuteness. It baffles me.

Aaaaand Eleventh dies. How terribly anticlimatic.

I would have to say that of all the deaths so far, Eleventh’s death is probably the least dramatic. Even 10th’s offscreen execution was more intense than this.

Suddenly it’s the next day and YukiYuno manage to make it back home without getting arrested/pursued/wiped out by a police tactical unit.

Really? They killed the Mayor, at least a dozen guards and maybe some civilians, took more civilians hostage, destroyed government property, and somehow they waltzed out of the building and had a restful night’s sleep.

Or maybe YukiYuno killed everyone. They’re not being attacked because there’s no one alive left to attack them. I wouldn’t put it past Yuno to be that thorough, really.

Nope, no longer doing anything for me. Not after the twin blessings of Highschool DxD and Nisemonogatari.

Stating the obvious once again, Akise only gets away with it apparently because the others have difficulty enough remembering their own names. Look at those furrowed brows in the audience.

I’m surprised Asread didn’t depict them vigorously applauding every time a syllable comes out of Akise’s mouth.

OH HAI GUISE

A toast to Yukiteru’s unwitting descent into madness. Even among serial killers, only the most disturbed of them actually keep a record of their kills.

Do note that he only wrote the names of the Diary Holders. Apparently civilians and 8th’s entire crew of orphans aren’t worth resurrecting. That slide into depravity seems to be more of a straight up vertical drop.

EDIT:

With regards to the confusion over what Yuno said about the hit list, I think what Yuno meant to say is “You still have to list Ninth’s murder, Eleventh’s murder, Eighth’s murder; and finally you’ll have to kill me,” referring to that list Yukiteru was making.

Also upon actual examination (and not just glumly looking for screencaps), I realized that Yukiteru did list Nishijima and the Quad Tower’s police staff – it’s obscured, but the first kanji is most likely 警 from 警察 “keisatsu”, police. So I guess he does value their lives after all.

I’d like to petulantly insist my point still stands that only the mentally disturbed would record their kills, but oh well.

DON’T MIND ME JUST PASSING THROUGH

OMNOMNOMNOM HOUSE IS DELICIOUS

You’re the smart one Akise, you figure it out.

Pic fixed.

This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a glorious series of trolls.

I like Deus’ game plan. If he can’t beat Murmur, he might as well destroy everything and leave her to reign over nothing. She’d be an immortal being with infinite time and absolutely zero things to spend that time on.

Too bad for everyone else, but they were all going to die sometime. Might as well troll Murmur as much as possible, yes?

I just want to punch him in the face, the smug bastard. Eleventh was so much more likeable than Akise is.

It would be so amazing if the answer is ‘no’ and Yukiteru can’t actually resurrect his parents. It might be the final push to snap his fragile mental state or cause him to huddle in a ball and spend the remaining episodes angsting.

A 50-50 chance of Yukiteru turning into Wanted’s Mister Rictus? (Think Joker but with more homicidal glee and cannibalistic tendencies.) Totally worth a shot.

Once again we’re back at Gasai Yuno. What machinations churn away in that head of hers?

She does seem remarkably at ease with the sight of the physical world being overrun by giant black hellish clockwork ball-things. Has she seen this all before?

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34 Comments

  1. Bob from Accounting
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    “It would be so amazing if the answer is ‘no’ and Yukiteru can’t actually resurrect his parents.”

    Yeah, that’s what it was implying to me.

    “Has she seen this all before?”

    I think at this point we can agree that there’s really no other explanation.

    • Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

      Either that, or Yuno ought to start going into professional poker tournaments.

  2. Tzu
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    How did 8th manage to get Akise to Deus’ lair? As far as I remember, you get there by curling up in some sheets or something… That means akise had to hug *that* really really close under a sheet in some random bed while Kousaka and the others watched?

    • Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      That’s probably just Yukiteru’s method of travel. It’s hard to imagine Eleventh huddling under a blanket.

      I doubt it’s actual teleportation, just some sort of mental projection. At this point, I’m too sick of Akise to ponder whatever new plot-related abilities he’s given, really.

      • Posted March 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

        Aye. Akise Aru’s “Gary Stu” nature proves that he would be a worse protagonist than Yukiteru, contrary to the fantasies of his legion of fans.

        You need to build doubt, heighten the drama by lengthening the odds with a weak protagonist, than some Encyclopedia Brown rip-off.

        • Ida
          Posted March 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

          Have you ever read the Future Diary Paradox? Out of curiosity. Akise is the main character in it, acting like Yukiteru’s stand-in for the first couple of chapters. I is _quite_ well done.

  3. Posted March 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    ‘Since when did Minene’s artificial eye start acting like a real eye?’ Is more baffling why she kept wearing a patch over it IMO. But them I also found her death rather touching.

    Also, 11th’s ‘oh crap’ face when the vault opened… priceless

    • Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

      I forgot to mention that I felt let down that the artificial eye wasn’t a last-resort grenade after all. I keep drawing these comparisons to Baccano! But Nice Holystone probably is the superior explosives technician.

  4. Daniel S.
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    That first scene with Yuno and the guards was indeed cringe-worthy. What really stood out is how the guard behind Yuno was standing absolutely still with a gun as Yuno was murdering right in front of him.
    But it’s okay. That scene was really short and the episode was really amazing. Minene had a better death than Marco/Ai. She lost a big part of her right arm, got shot in the stomach, survived, then exploded. Freaking amazing.

    • Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

      Psh, Marco was impaled through the gut and he still managed to dig YukiYuno out before dying with Ai in his arms.

      While Minene’s last explosion didn’t do anything. Cool and all, but it was rather inconsequential. And her body would have digitalized/faded from existence, so no fun blood and gore splatters across the vault interior either. Baaaah.

      • Wyragen-311
        Posted March 28, 2012 at 9:44 am | Permalink

        He wasn´t just impaled through the guts, he also got stabbed in the shoulder earlier. Perhapse some chiurgeon sewed the muscle back together afterward. )

  5. Netto
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Has she seen this all before?

    Well since we all know that this is the only possible clue and that we know that she is the real Gasai Yuno and that the 3rd corpse is also Gasai Yuno…it’s the how in heck did she know about it in the first place that comes to mind.

    Don’t worry, Mirai Nikki still has a ton of surprises bound for everyone in it’s magical hat even though there’s still 5 episodes left. :>

    I wonder how they’ll handle the “happy end” scene. Hehehehe xD

    • Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

      I am so not getting my hopes up for the “happy end”. I doubt it’ll happen at all. It was supposed to occur on July 28th if I remember correctly, and now Deus and the world will end on July 28th.

      So unless Yuno really intends to spend her last moments of existence simply raping Yukiteru instead of trying to force a win, nope, no happy end there.

      Or maybe Yukiteru wins the game and then resurrects Yuno and thus gets the happy end?

      Either way, it probably still won’t be as fanservicey as Highschool DxD. My premier guilty pleasure, that.

  6. Posted March 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    What? No bitching about that translation issue about the Diarists?
    All your bellyaching aside, this is the best show not named Nisemonogatari on right now.

    Aside from a couple of stutters (the clumsy opening scene, the studio’s decisions on Bacchus’ ignoble death scene and skipping the escape from the towers) this episode successfully went through 4.5 chapters and gave Minene a glorious death scene superior to the manga. A great end to the current Bacchus arc that preps for the next one.

    Plus I have a hankering that we are in line for several more twists.

    • Daniel S.
      Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      Agreed entirely. And, THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING THE TRANSLATION ISSUE.
      I was confused as hell from that, and I thought that Yuno had her memory altered again for some reason.
      I was JUST about to comment on it too.

      So, as Yuno spoke at the end, the english text said something like “you still have to kill eighth, ninth, eleventh, and me.” The problem is that eighth and eleventh were already dead. Her Japanese words were “Eighth karoshi, ninth karoshi, eleventh karoshi…” I think karoshi means “to kill”, or something. I played Karoshi Factory. :/

      So, was this a translation error? Or did Yuno actually say that? Could someone that knows Japanese please re-visit that scene at the end and explain?

    • Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      It’s 殺し “koroshi”, as far as I can tell – which translates to murder, the noun and not the verb.

      The translation is a bit tricky, but I think what Yuno meant to say is “You still have to list Ninth’s murder, Eleventh’s murder, Eighth’s murder; and finally you’ll have to kill me,” referring to that list Yukiteru was making.

      Speaking of the list, I just realized that Yukiteru listed Nishijima and the Quad Tower’s police staff – it’s obscured, but the first kanji is most likely 警 from 警察 “keisatsu”, police. Oh well. Looks like I have to go edit my post now.

      • Posted March 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

        Oops. Posted before reading your response. Please delete my now-irrelevant response :-P

      • Daniel S.
        Posted March 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

        ありがと ございます! I’m learning. :/

    • Bob from Accounting
      Posted March 14, 2012 at 12:52 am | Permalink

      Pfft. Future Diary is your number two? Aren’t you watching Chihayafuru?

      • Daniel S.
        Posted March 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

        Maybe it’s because I love a good drama/suspense/psychology series, but it seems very hard for me to believe any anime is out that’s better than this. This has been exciting every episode, and there are very few animes/shows I can say that about.
        Given, I have a lot to watch.

  7. kaon
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    wow¡¡

  8. ectholion
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    terrible episode but still much better then Fam… im in till the end i suppose.

    • Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

      … I’m so not watching Fam now.

      • Posted March 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

        The worst protagonist I’ve ever seen. At first she wasn’t so bad — kinda like any other typical cheerful idealist in any fiction… until the incongruence between her and the realistic cast of characters/setting got worse and worse.

        • ectholion
          Posted March 16, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

          amen…. LOL at the world ending because of trolls sooo true.. so true.. one day Trolls will destroy the earth not global warming, the mayans, nicholas cage movies, or the spanish inquisition…

  9. DarkFireBlade25
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    She has definitely seen it before.

  10. eternia
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    Good point on questioning how did they get home safely.
    Considering this is an attack to city’s major,
    I expect the national defense force to raid the building and kill these two young offenders.
    Unless Yuno killed all the police, swat, and soldiers.
    Yeah, right.
    She can’t even beat a team of Marco x Ai.
    And her breath was ragging already when she confronted the alien and Akise.

  11. Mikako
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    ‘Boring, no climax at all’ – that’s what Eleventh said. That really made the man a prophet of his own destiny (and a reviewer of that part of the series, actually).

    • Daniel S.
      Posted March 20, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      I did not notice that at all! That’s quite poetic.
      I disagree with the “reviewer of that part of the series” part though. There have been twists everywhere, people dying left and right. Very climactic every episode I would say.

  12. petitorenji
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    reading all of your captions, I must say that you’re incredibly bright. But then again, we all know that already.

    *Must resist giving anything away…* H..O…M…

  13. Posted March 20, 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Mirai Nikki ep 22 Fucking Where?!?

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