Mirai Nikki 22: “My love for Yukiteru-kun is real.”

Ah, Yukiteru. He’s just a dog chasing cars. He wouldn’t know what to do with one if he caught it.

As always, I begin with the irreverent details. Such as why no one ever seems to get hit by stray pieces of rubble when it’s literally pouring forth from the heavens as depicted.

Maybe it’s because I’ve seen too many scenes where it’s a single stray piece of rubble that somehow manages to dramatically slice a major character’s cheek, forming a thin sliver of red for that extra grittiness; maybe it’s because as much as I hate statistics, I’m still a firm believer in the law of averages and the law of Murphy.

I really, really wanted to see a piece of rubble bounce off Deus’ pointy head. Not because it would have added some slapstick humour to balance all that cheesy enforced drama, or because it would have been a minor but significant detail that highlights Deus’ ending lifespan and power.

But mostly because I’ve never seen a piece of rubble bounce of anyone’s head that wasn’t a contrived plot/characterization device.

Irreverent details, part 2.

8th has mad typing skills. She types faster than BBC’s Sherlock, and it’s obvious that BBC Sherlock isn’t even hitting the corresponding keys.

Oh and I’m surprised she can focus her sight on that puny screen. You’d think that with eyeballs the size of regular people’s fists she might require something along the lines of a 64-inch screen and font size 70.

So was the answer yes, Yukiteru is going to kill everyone; or no, Yukiteru is going to kill everyone?

We all know how this is going to go down. If he can bring everyone back, he’ll stop at nothing to become a god. If he can’t bring everyone back, he’ll snap and kill everyone anyway.

Why yes, Deus is going to have to choke a bitch.

lolwut

I suppose that explains Akise’s magical powers of plot enhancement.

He’s backed up by Deus Ex Machina, who is a literal deus ex machina! Dohohohoho!

Doesn’t mean I still can’t hate him though. I’ve read self-indulgent fanfics with more lovable self-insert Mary Sue characters.

Closest thing we’ll ever get to uncensored guro before the BluRay releases.

Speaking of uncensored guro BluRay releases, go check out Blood-C’s uncensored final episode. That shit’s magical, son!

I wasn’t aware this was a Yaoi anime. If I’d known, I’d have been much more receptive towards the halting dialogue, the fashion model posing, the unwieldy amount of time spent before actually admitting that forbidden homosexual passion…

Who am I kidding. This ain’t no Sekai-Ichi, and this definitely ain’t no BBC Sherlock slashfic.

-goes back to reading more Sherlock erotic humiliation-

You cannot believe how hyped I was to see this.

And you probably won’t believe how fast my hype evaporated and was replaced by sheer despair when Akise reappeared.

With his usual powers of plot-enhancement/author-favouritism, no less.

Bah, humbug.

Perk up those ears, grasshoppers. This is what we call blatant foreshadowing.

It’s not like YukiYuno weren’t already heading into a confrontation with their unreliable allies.

Wait so the apprentice diaries can be tailor made after all. But everyone conveniently forgot about that particular ability when they were taking on Eleventh. Well done.

Sure, Akise’s so-called Detective Diary can predict the actions that result from predictions.

Could you imagine how they could have ruined Eleventh’s day with diaries that predicted his actions from reading the Watcher, and even more diaries that predicted his actions from knowing what those diaries predicted from reading the Watcher?

I’m not going to reference a certain meme that has its roots in a certain blockbuster movie that involved experiences while in the middle of rapid eye movements, but I am going to reference this.

Damn Yuno, you should be in Special Forces or some shit. You’d freak the shit out of any hostile interrogators and whatever.

Oh and also Akise is doing the pin wrong. You straddle the other person’s stomach, not the crotch. It’s alright in this screencap, but in an earlier scene I was screaming for Yuno to knee Akise in the balls.

Face it Akise, you’re years away from the kind of mental manipulation that Yuno constructs on the fly.

JUST AS PLANNED

(It’s Gasai Yuno. I wouldn’t have put it past her to be capable of L-Arc Yagami Light level Xanatos Speed Chess.)

Alas, there goes the hopes for a HinataMao yuri end. Holding out for the Necrophile Yuri new game plus.

Just once, I’d like everything in life to go as exactly as I had predicted/wanted, just so I can pull off a laugh like this.

It would cause quite the commotion in an examination hall, but it would be so worth it.

Wait. Yuno has 2 spare phones?

Or are those 2 spare diaries?

Brofist if you think Yukiteru should have unloaded on Kousaka. Unloaded all over his stupid face.

No? Not good?

Speaking of homosexual tendencies…

Oh shee-it, he didn’t just do that, now did he?

Altogether now: Jerry! Jerry! (If you didn’t catch that, be happy. Ignorance really is bliss for this one.)

This has got to be one of the most ridiculous sets of combat ready stances ever.

They’re both holding out magical items that allow them to perceive the other’s moves, but those magical weapons also happen to be incontrovertibly connected with their life force.

That’s like being psychic, then ripping out your brain and heart and holding them in front of you where the other guy can take a swing at it. Just that the other guy’s doing the same thing.

Oh and then there’s the small matter of having to read that small text while having to pay attention to the weapons arcing in towards you in your not-quite-peripheral-but-in-your-face vision.

I don’t know. Maybe I’ll get myself into a fight and try to read a novel on my phone while trading blows. It could be the secret overwhelming martial arts technique for the modern era that we’ve all been looking for.

Umm. The other Yuno’s, I presume. But that doesn’t make sense?

I could be mistaken, but I think the original Yuno was murdered before her diary was empowered. So it shouldn’t have Diary powers.

But if she was murdered after, shouldn’t the Diary have disappeared too? I’m not too sure about this one. I can’t remember if the Diary disappears if its owner dies. And as far as I remember, all the previous Diaries were destroyed directly or lost in explosions or no one bothered to check.

D’aww. For a being of insanity-inducing proportions, 8th really is a good person after all.

… which probably means that the Diaries endure after their owner dies, and that they continue to function. But then why does Yuno have 2 spares? Ugh. Please don’t say that there’s a third Gasai Yuno lying dead somewhere.

What. Why does she survive.

And more importantly, since Deus is dead and the world hasn’t ended, does that imply that Murmur has successfully inherited the position of God of Time and Space?

Yandere Akise. I can live with that.

(Mostly because he’s about to die in like the next 5 minutes or so.)

WHAT

WHAT IS ON THAT SCREEN

YUNO MUST HAVE SOME IDEA OR SHE WOULDN’T BE SLICING AWAY LIKE A CRAZY PERSON

DAMMIT WHAT

WHAT THE HELL IS ON THAT SCREEN

It’s about a 70% chance that Akise managed to come up with some new unjustifiable leap of “logical” “deduction” that “explains” everything,

a 25% chance that he’s confessing his love and somehow managed to type out all the kinky sexual things he’d like to do to Yukiteru to turn him homosexual just to piss Yuno off

and a 5% chance that he’s hallucinating and hasn’t actually typed anything. Yukiteru’s just being the reverse shill in the audience trolling Akise hard.

Yeah. Troll that Akise hard.

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25 Comments

  1. Daniel S.
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Such an awesome episode this was! Not sure how you can be so grim towards it. I guess that’s part of your charm. :/

    >and even more (COMMA GOES HERE) diaries that predicted his actions from knowing what those diaries predicted from (“HIM”) reading the Watcher?

    I am pedantic, but I would not have pointed that out if I didn’t spend so long analyzing it. Your grammar is usually flawless, too. Heh, sorry about that.

    >But everyone conveniently forgot about that particular ability when they were taking on Eleventh. Well done.

    Hmm. As far as I remember, 8th was with 11th for almost the entire time, so they could not have gotten 8th’s help. Also, it could be that one’s future diary must be associated with something that they are actually obsessed with. Akise happens to be obsessed with the other diary owners. He kept a journal of their actions.

    >I can’t remember if the Diary disappears if its owner dies.

    That’s a good point. I think the owner disappears if the diary breaks; not the other way around. But, diaries can’t have any entries after “DEAD END”, can they? If original Yuno is dead, how can her phone have entries as updated as fake Yuno’s?

    >But then why does Yuno have 2 spares?

    Hmm. I don’t know why you’re assuming she has two spares. I think she has only one spare. One phone is her own, the other is the original Yuno’s, from whom she stole the phone.

    I have a bunch of observations I want to post up, but I will probably make that in another comment.

    • Posted March 21, 2012 at 12:28 am | Permalink

      I’d be prepared to debate the comma goes here, but I’m lazyyy. Also, that ‘him’ is kind of redundant, I felt.

      I was referring to the initial assault, where YukiYuno and 8th and orphans incorporated were ambushing the limousine, but ah well.

      For Yuno’s diary, it may not be so because her Diary records everything about Yukiteru. It would probably be able to show Yukiteru’s DEAD END but not Yuno’s, because Yuno is not the subject of observation. Still, it’s all speculation.

      I assumed she has two spares because of the translation “these”, but then again Japanese isn’t too precise on plurality =___= And that it would seem dangerous to keep the substitute next to the original if she whipped the wrong one out by mistake.

      • Daniel S.
        Posted March 21, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

        Just. Uh. Skip the first part of this comment. It’s me talking about the comma and stuff. You’ll hate me if you don’t skip it. Seriously, don’t read it.
        ________________________________________
        You are correct with no comma if you meant “(and even more diaries) that predicted his actions…”.
        If that’s what you meant, you would have referred to that specific type of diary earlier, and you didn’t. There can’t be “even more” [diaries that predicted his actions from knowing what those diaries predicted from reading the Watcher], if there weren’t any to begin with.
        My guess is that you meant “and furthermore, diaries that predicted his actions…”, in which case there should be a comma.

        As for the “him”, I feel it is necessary. At least, it is difficult for me to understand the sentence without the “him”. If you don’t include it, you are suggesting that the diaries read the Watcher, and, how can a diary read a diary? Am I wrong?
        _________________________________________

        >I was referring to the initial assault

        I didn’t think about that. I guess if they had Akise they could’ve given him a diary. To be fair, they did give a diary to whoever was with them, and I think the diary chooses its ability based on the owner’s personality.

        >It would probably be able to show Yukiteru’s DEAD END but not Yuno’s, because Yuno is not the subject of observation.

        Again, I have not considered that! I’m not sure if it is worth re-vising the first episode to hear how “dead end flags” work. You are probably correct.

        >And that it would seem dangerous to keep the substitute next to the original if she whipped the wrong one out by mistake.

        This was on my mind too, but it doesn’t seem to me that Yuno would make a mistake like that. She noticed minute differences between Yuki’s phone and a fake one. She seems careful.

  2. Daniel S.
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I messaged this to a friend. I am shamelessly copy+pasting the message here, lest me re-typing everything. It’s a bit long. Don’t read it if you don’t want to, but I noticed some interesting things in the first few episodes.

    in episode 1, at the part in which yukiteru starts running away from yuno, yuno calls yukiteru “amano-kun”.
    then, he runs away, and runs into yuno again. yukiteru thinks “how did she get here so fast?”
    then he goes into an elevator, where yuno finds him. she calls him “yuuki” here!

    the gasai yuno that yukiteru ran into is not the one that he began to run away from, despite wearing the same clothes. this shows that in episode 1, the [original] gasai yuno is still alive.

    but i found something probably a lot more interesting. in episode 3, they go swimming, and yuki thinks that she is more girly than usual. so i wanted to see if she was the [original] yuno. she said “yuuki”, so she isn’t. BUT I FOUND SOMETHING ELSE.

    in the flashback where yuno explains how she knew that yukiteru wanted to see the stars, yukiteru and yuno were in the class writing what they wanted to do in the future. look. at. what. yuno. wrote.

    http://puu.sh/lwKo

    this was one year in the past. [not original] yuno has a memory of being [original] yuno. the two yunos share memories! this shows that [not original] yuno was, at some point, [original] yuno. and this means that she’s yuno from a different timeline, i.e., the future.

    of course, all of this assumes that there really is that big of a difference between yukiteru being called “yuuki” and him being called “amano-kun”. just watch episode 22.

    Here is another message in response to his theory of Murmur controlling Yuno:

    go to 2:25 in the video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC7d0lHWR7s&feature=related

    Murmur tells Yuki that he could revive his mom by becoming God. she’s lying to him! maybe Murmur really is evil.
    but, notice after that, Murmur calls him “Amano-kun”. this shows that Murmur and [non-original] Yuno are not the same person, because that Yuno calls him “Yuuki”.

    • Bob from Accounting
      Posted March 21, 2012 at 1:05 am | Permalink

      Well, that’s the last nail in the coffin. We were totally right. Great observations there. The difference between ‘Amano-kun’ and ‘Yukki’ is totally vital, as I already stated. ‘Yukki’ is a nickname that Yuno will have only started using when she became closer to and more familiar with Yukiteru (during the the Survival Game in her own timeline). So present day Yuno died in the first episode, then? Well, that’s why future Yuno has her diary.

  3. Bob from Accounting
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    Looks like Akise just manged to figure out everything this comment section concluded weeks ago. I don’t think it’s too pre-emptive to claim that we totally called it before the actual revelation happened since at this point it, as Marik Ishtar would say, soooooo friggin’ obvious!

    • Daniel S.
      Posted March 21, 2012 at 1:09 am | Permalink

      We still don’t know where the second Yuno is from.

      • Bob from Accounting
        Posted March 21, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

        Yes, but there’s pretty much only one possible explanation.

        • Daniel S.
          Posted March 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

          There’s a great chance that she’s from another timeline, and played the game before, but we do not know how she would have gotten to this timeline. Did she win the game before? If so, why doesn’t she have god powers now? Did she lose the game before? Then did someone revive her and send her back to the past? Then is her soul gone? And why was she sent back in time?

          • eternia
            Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

            Obviously MurMur is the culprit. She’s involved with this 2nd Yuno’s scandal.

          • Bob from Accounting
            Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:49 am | Permalink

            I think she won the game. She probably lost her god powers because only one god can exist at the same time or something.

  4. MrTerrorist
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    “this definitely ain’t no BBC Sherlock slashfic.”

    Oh yeah, about that….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFR_Z30d5nQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN4xBm44KH0

    Enjoy. ; )

  5. SQA
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    While this isn’t really my type of series, and I had the unfortunate luck to have the entire ending spoiled to me, I really do like these posts. Series like these don’t normally make great money, but it’s nice to see them made. And it’s nice to get a character like Yuno animated. :)

    Oh, and more levels of bat-sh*t crazy is still ahead. It ain’t over, folks!

  6. Ida
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    You know, now that I think of, there is even simpler explanation of how Akise deduced some of the stuff, without even Deus. Prior to the game happening, Murmur accidentally let him in the archives of time and space. She promptly erased his memories afterwards, but what have you.

    This _is_ technically cannon.

  7. ectholion
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    once again low expectations for the win!

    • ectholion
      Posted March 25, 2012 at 7:28 am | Permalink

      on the brightside the kids are now safe that pedo pillysburybough girl is no more. Oh and Akise’s passionate kiss… gets a 2/10 and that only out of pity, that kiss lacked passion, plus he was looking at Yuno during it… Yaoi romance fail! I recommend the writer and animators review Seven days manga.

  8. Netto
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    “Alas, there goes the hopes for a HinataMao yuri end. Holding out for the Necrophile Yuri new game plus.”

    Yes, you can CERTAINLY hope for a New Game+

    I certainly love those features in games. :D

    Anyways Loving your guys predictions. :3

  9. Tzu
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    the plot may be completely over the place but alas, we got to see yuno cutting akise’s head off. yukiteru’s head is the last on the list and she can take a whole world completely devoid of main characters.

    now that i mention it, i just realized, every single named character was actually killed…..

  10. petitorenji
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic review again!

    You really despise Akise-kun, don’t you? I don’t blame you. Being there simply for plot’s sake is really cheap. But Muru-Muru. She’s on a different level of hate for me. I want to see her die the slowest, most painful and gruesome death, and I want her to get trolled again and again every time she goes back in time, so that she can die and come back, die and come back – just to feel the pain. She is so F*cking annoying – like a little smart-ass kid who enjoys torturing adults. Someone slice her mouth like the joker so that she’ll smile forever that pathetic smile.

    When 8th said: make a better world for children, I wanted to cry. Yukiteru and Yuno should just have sacrificed themselves and let her be god instead. Then Yukieteru and Yuno would always be together… so…Win-Win situation?

    Still don’t understand why Yuno kept Yuuki alive all of these times, and also don’t understand why keeping Yuuki alive guarantees her a higher chance of winning.

    • Daniel S.
      Posted March 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      I think *everyone* is there simply for plot’s sake. Characters are part of the plot. Why is Akise any different?

      • Posted March 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

        Characters are part of the plot.

        That’s technically true. But characters are expected to retain some measure of consistency and realism as it pertains to the story’s set limits and boundaries.

        Akise is just about the only character who displays the extremes of staggering brilliance and incompetence. Everyone screws up, and a broken clock can still get the time right twice in a day, but Akise is rather blatantly a character that’s used to move the plot forward. Hence, “for plot’s sake”.

    • Daniel S.
      Posted March 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      Oh, and, Yuno’s diary is only useful when Yuki is alive. That’s *supposedly* why she kept Yuki alive this whole time. Her diary would be useless otherwise.

      • blub
        Posted March 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

        You forgot that Yuno is in love with Yukiteru. That’s also a pretty important reason to keep him alive.

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