Mirai Nikki 23: “I can’t imagine Yuno ever killing me.”

Look at her, all innocent and naive and pure and obvious and stuff. She wouldn’t hurt a fly!

Deus be all about that disembodied dialogue.

And yeah, what is with that? Has Murmur really been the true power behind the throne all this while?

Makes little sense, since she’s gunning for the top position now. If she had always wanted the job, and it was always within her capabilities, why’d she have to wait for a Survival Game and the End of the World before making her move?

I’m betting that Deus faked his own death and is hiding his true presence. Like in Minene. Oh wait, Minene died. So I guess that doesn’t work out too well for him. Deus really should have impregnated Yukiteru instead. Then smash his way out of Yukiteru’s ribs like an alien chestburster (:<

This was the one thing that was bugging me. Why haven’t we seen the general public’s responses to the giant black steampunk clockwork spheres of spacetime continuum rape?

Oh sure, it’s irrelevant to the plot, but I can’t help but think that it was a gold moment to throw in some satirical parody. Independence Day all over again with F-22s and F-35s launching AMRAAMs at what they think are alien invaders.

Dat blank stare

Asread’s got its priorities all mixed up. That rock in the background seems to have benefited more from the budget meetings than Yuno’s character animation.

And you shouldn’t, Yukiteru!

Akise’s a dirty liar. A dirty scumbag liar who only wants you for himself and wants to deprive you of your glorious happy end with Yuno.

Yuno’s no Aisaka Taiga, but Yuno would tear Taiga a new one in a straight up fight.

Words of wisdom: guys, if any girl makes that sort of confession to you, you have to marry her straight away.

Such a girl is a gem. An unpolished diamond, at the very least.

What? No, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with the possibility that she might kill you as a means of dealing with rejection. Perish the thought!

Almost ruined my laptop when I saw this face. I should have learnt to not drink while watching Mirai Nikki ages ago, but I’m a sucker for punishment.

I’ve seen dozens of romance anime and even more hentai where the designated lucky male gets to make a romantic (hey some hentai is romantic, srs) proposition, but none of them, NONE, have ever made me want to puke.

Heck, just think of the great romantic male protagonists – Okazaki Tomoya, Araragi Koyomi, Takasu Ryuuji, and especially Kasugano Haruka – you never really want to punch them in the nose.

Rather, as much as you want the girls that they’re involved with – you cannot help but admit that those girls deserve those guys, and vice versa. (Kasugano Haruka is a stretch, but everyone has to admit that he is a Shachō of the first order.)

But in Yukiteru’s case all I could think was “holy shieeet Yuno what the HELL do you see in that excuse for a male?”

NO NO NO

YUNO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO DO JUST THINK FOR A MINUTE

(╯ಠ益ಠ)╯︵ ┻━┻)

“Well that was underwhelming.”

Yukiteru must have set a new world record for premature ejaculation or something.

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FOR FAILING TO PLEASE A GIRL

SWIFT AND TOTALLY PROPORTIONATE RETRIBUTION

wut

NO

IT’S THE WRONG WAY ROUND

YUNO Y U DO DIS?

Well at least some things remain constant. Yukiteru has always been a wimp.

You can put the homicidal callous gunman in the wimp, but you can’t take the wimp out of the homicidal callous gunman.

It’s all lies! Akise was just screwing with you!

Oh zing.

See what you did, Yukiteru? You just had to doubt your lover. You just had to bring up the misguided rantings of a deluded self-proclaimed “detective”. And now you will learn the consequences of indulging your foolishness.

This may be about the one good thing that Akise’s ever done. But if Yuno ends up dismembering Yukiteru and burying parts of him all over town, I may just find it in my heart to forgive Akise for all the pain he’s caused me.

“But no, you couldn’t even give me that, you premature ejaculator.”

I’m sure Yukiteru is thinking, “But she looked so happy! I thought she enjoyed it!”

Yeah, that’s because even the great Gasai Yuno will resort to denial when she finally realizes what a failure of a boy that she just had sex with. And I’m not even sure if that counted as sex in the same way McDonald’s soft-serve cones count as ice cream.

Force push!

Mirai Nikki dating lesson 01: A girl who’s just killed her parents is a girl who will devote herself entirely to you.

Next up, Mirai Nikki lesson 02: How to engineer a situation in which a girl will kill her own parents. Coming soon to a self-help relationship bookshelf near you.

I’m thinking that Yuno deserves a cameo in Dynasty Warriors, or one of them Slash ‘em up games. Just look at that perfect sideways slash.

Asura’s Wrath versus Yuno’s Psychopathy would work pretty well too.

I find it vaguely amusing that Yukiteru wears the same clothes in the first world.

Yuno knew that this Romeo and Juliet lovers’ suicide was utter crap. Really, why would you want to die together when you could live together forever as immortals?

… assuming that it worked. I still can’t believe that Yuno Prime wouldn’t have been satisfied with a soulless Yukiteru-lookalike.

Looks like him, feels like him, probably sounds like him, but with none of the personality defects. Yuno Prime must be some sort of subconscious masochist to love Yukiteru.

I call bullshit. Gasai Yuno is Gasai Yuno, regardless of whatever world she’s in. Yuno 2.0 should have been able to give Yuno Prime a decent fight.

Yukiteru be crying for the loss of his potential OT3 ending. Twin threesome fantasy shattered!

MURDERFACE

So the main question here is – what is Murmur’s angle here?

How does Murmur know about the First World? It certainly didn’t come up before. Although maybe Deus knew and just didn’t let on. Maybe this is some Madoka Magica timeloop and the Survival Game has been going on over and over again and Yuno keeps winning and returning in time to find a way to save Yukiteru.

(Totally how Madoka Magica should have played. Homura should have overdosed Madoka just for shits and giggles.)

Except now Murmur has usurped Deus’ position. Maybe all that accumulated godhood from Yuno needs to go somewhere and Murmur snagged it. But why is Murmur showing Yukiteru all this stuff? She’s made it clear that she’s been backing Yuno before – or maybe she just said that to troll Deus.

Maybe she wants Yukiteru to win because Yuno keeps insisting on going back in time, and then Murmur won’t have anything to rule over. But Yukiteru would probably pull the timejump thing too. So Murmur really ought to have overthrown Deus earlier, and let someone else win. Like Twelfth, or 8th.

Ugh, too many theories. I’m going to have to review something less brain-intensive next time.

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29 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Murumuru said before that she showed him stuff because it would make things more interesting. Given what we’ve seen of her, that’s entirely in character.

    Also, I don’t know if you were joking, but you do know that originally, Yuki and Yuno weren’t the same as they were now, right? Judging by what little we saw of the first world, apparently Yuki was more confident whilst Yuno was still creepy, but not to the same extent that we’ve seen throughout the series. I wonder what was different about this world that prevented Yuki from growing up? Oh, that girl who stalked him and even tied him up at one point? I’m sure she had nothing to do with that.

    • Posted March 31, 2012 at 2:46 am | Permalink

      Lies! Yukiteru is useless no matter which world he’s from! (*´Д`)

      • Wyragen-311
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

        Shouldn’t you be happy, since that uselessness most certainly extends to erection?

  2. SQA
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    I got the whole ending of this series spoiled to me before I ever watched any of it, so it’s a little hard to watch much of it, but I have been popping in for the last few episodes, just to see how it’s handled.

    On Yuki’s wimpiness, it seems his personality wasn’t able to withstand the Yandere of Yuno. Which, considering she’s been in the process of making an entire sub-section of the Yandere Trope her own, is somewhat understandable.

    Also, the reveal adds a ton of interesting wrinkles to the entire story. It also shows how far Yuno was willing to go for Yuki. Even if the 2nd version of Yuki isn’t quite as powerful of a man as the one she fell for, she still worked her way through the survival game twice. She’s going to get her 5 minutes of “Happy Ending” (the pun is not lost!), damn it, even if it’s with Shadow Yuki. She may just have to try for a 3rd time. We shall see. :)

    It should be noted that there actually are solid explanations for pretty much everything that’ll happen from here out. Even if some fans weren’t too happy with them. Though this is definitely a series that you’ll be watching through the credits in the final episode. (The only thing that actually isn’t well explained, in the manga, is an odd ability a side character picks up in the epilogue. If it’s animated, you’ll know what I mean. It doesn’t affected anything, it’s just a little… odd)

    Oh, and one of the classic “only in Japanese media” moments. If it’s Yuno’s first time, that means the previous go around, her and Yuki were willing to commit suicide together, a “lover’s suicide”, yet they hadn’t slept together. In any Western culture, this wouldn’t make sense, but in Japan, that’s more than likely what would have happened. So, yes, Yuno was willing to go through a life & death survival game AGAIN, just to get it on with her lovable Yuki. Yuno deserves a medal… and a padded cell.

    • Wyragen-311
      Posted March 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      There might be a problem if she said something like This is my second time, the first time was with another you from a now-destroyed parallel world, he comitted suicide soon after…

    • Posted March 31, 2012 at 2:50 am | Permalink

      What. Go through a lovers’ suicide without the sex first? Oh Japan you so crazy.

  3. Vyragen-311
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    “Akise was just screwing with you!”

    He wish! Why didn´t he ask Deus to become a female in the previous episode? I doubt any maelstrom of time and space came to fetch Minene´s lost hand.

    Pic 16, it wasn´t premature, on the contrary. If it can reassure you, nothing happened. I mean, think about it, outside of his 001 mode and Akise using his plotfiller powers, do you really think he have such a capacity to begin with?

    Why doesn´t yukiteru throw an epic bitch-fit over having shot his friends for nothing? Wasn´t it Muru-muru, not Yuno, that gave him the idea of killing everyone to save everyone?

    No way, how can yukiteru avoid Yuno´s axe, then even manage to run away from her? That is what Yuno 2 should have been able to do, then hidde and plot her counter-attack.

    Pic 33: “U mad, bro?” Muru-muru is an elite troll, already manipulated yukiteru into killing, knowing it would cause him immense psychological suffering when he found out the truth.

    Hold on, if Yuno is Goddess of Space and Time too, couldn´t she just have sent Yukiteru 2 forward in time before the 2nd game, replacing him by a puppet? Why does she go a year back in time? She could have gone back to right before Yukiteru took those piles, copy his mind into souless Yukiteru or something like that.

    Above all, why is the 2nd world still ending and Muru-Muru having to delay its destruction by keeping a part of Deus alive? Muru-Muru takes over and yet that still doesn´t do shit to stop its destruction.
    With Deus being God first, then Yuno Prime coming after him (or her? It is hard to tell), it technically makes Muru-muru Yuno´s servant, right? Yet, she shows Yukiteru 2.0 something Yuno Prime didn´t want him to see.
    Will we find out the cause of 8th genetical abnormality and why no one freaks out at the mere sight of her? What of the end of the anime, which show us a younger Yuno in some sort of post-apocalyptic world?

    More…. need more theories…. MOAR!1!!

    • Posted March 31, 2012 at 2:53 am | Permalink

      Moar theories? You madman! You’ll kill us all! ಠ_ಠೃ

      • Wyragen-311
        Posted April 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

        Kill us all? No, what would be the fun in that? On the contrary… the gateway will open, there is no escape and you will all come with me! >:-D youtube.com/watch?v=giiuqTdBSTc

  4. MAR-KLAC-VELOUS
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    yea seeing that epsi reveal one thing ONORE DECADE & YUNO indeed this is all DECADE & yuno fault.

  5. Netto
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Actually the manga was a lot more revealing with Yuno. So yeah there was a smex scene.

    And they didn’t have this good WAAYYYY too lulzy picture of Yukiteru to show why he wasn’t one of those perfectly awesome replica’s from Tales of the Abyss. xD

    http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m16xgdB7Hx1r4ej6no1_250.jpg

    But yeah, to be quite honest I also did wonder why there wasn’t anybody else/any public reaction to all that Space-Time Sphere things. I mean it was kinda eerie that everyone else except people related to Yuno/Yukiteru just kinda disappeared. O___o

    • Posted March 31, 2012 at 2:59 am | Permalink

      Dat Yukiteru Derpface. Why it not have anime adaptation.

      Maybe we’re only supposed to see what YukiYuno sees, and the general populace’s holed up in evacuation shelters somewhere.

  6. Posted March 29, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I suspect many of the questions we ask will be answered with a twist that opens another can of worms that go squiggling into new directions, and inspire a fresh round of questions.

    To answer JohnnyYandere’s questions:
    1. Murmur (along with Deus) must have noticed Yuno #1′s arrival from the future because Yuno #2 already had her Future Diary. If that’s not correct, I have another answer: since Murmur was responsible for recruiting the participants I’m sure she did some background check and found out the incongruity about the Second Diarist.

    2. Yuno must have forfeited her powers over space and time once she traveled into the past because there must be a mechanism that awards only one being with those powers at a time. A goofus on another anime blog claimed that this was “out of character” for Yuno to abdicate her winnings. I think Yuno was entirely in character because she’s a Yandere first of all, and last of everything.

    3. If Murmur becomes the Lord of space and time, her playground is not limited to Earth. Dunno how far the effect reaches and how much of a “deus ex machina” she becomes.

    • Daniel S.
      Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      2. She traveled to a time before she was a god, so she lost her god powers.

    • Posted March 31, 2012 at 3:02 am | Permalink

      My brain. What are you doing to it.

      Also Yuno would totally abdicate her winnings. That’s like her simultaneous greatest strength and weakness. She’d sacrifice anything!… for that useless waste of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide and rare gases that is Yukiteru.

  7. Bob from Accounting
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I feel strangely proud of myself that when faced with a such a strange plt twist, I can honestly claim ‘saw it coming’ for once. Anyway…

    “I call bullshit. Gasai Yuno is Gasai Yuno, regardless of whatever world she’s in. Yuno 2.0 should have been able to give Yuno Prime a decent fight.”

    Yuno probably only reached her current level because she was hardened by the Survival Game. Look at the flashbacks, pre-Game Yuno tried to prevent Yukiteru’s romance by causing mischief dressed as a pink bunny. Current Yuno would have just killed the bitch. I don’t think it’s at all surprising that it was such an easy kill.

    As for knowing about the First World, I think Deus did seeing as when Yukiteru opened the door to the corpse room, he seemed to understand the significance.

    • Daniel S.
      Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      That is an awesome explanation of why Yuno was such an easy target, and I think it was unnecessary. Yuno 1 snuck up on Yuno 2. Yuno 2 could have been the ultimate fighter, she would still not be able to defend against an unexpected axing. But, yes, it is very interesting to see how Yuno changed.

      And the bunny costume has been bugging me for a while. It is that grin. After Yuno 1 kills Yuno 2, you see that grin, both in episode 1 and episode 23. It shows detailed teeth. I compared those teeth with the teeth in the bunny costume from the bunny costume stalking scene. They do not look the same at all! The bunny costume had flat squares as teeth.

      So, I began to come up with all these ideas as to who that grin is from.

    • Shamdadamned
      Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

      Asread should create an OVA episode showing a fight between Yuno Prime and Yuno 2.0 and, of course, end it the way it was shown. Merely using the same method as revealing what influence Murmur had at the end of the credits in the earlier episodes.

      • Daniel S.
        Posted March 31, 2012 at 12:33 am | Permalink

        I think it was pretty clear that Yuno 1 snuck up on Yuno 2. There couldn’t have been a fight scene before that. And yes, Yuno 1 would be a lot tougher because of her experience, so if there was a fight, Yuno 1 would undoubtedly win.

    • Posted March 31, 2012 at 3:08 am | Permalink

      Pre-game Yuno was still capable of taking Third – I think she would’ve at least given Yuno Prime a bit of a fight. Like, at least give her that 1dmg out of 9999HP sort of thing.

      • Wyragen-311
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

        There should be a fanfiction where Yuno 2 hear Yuno Prime coming, even before she opens the door, 2 is forced into a tactical retreat.
        Sometimes later, she has proof that Yuno Prime’s interest is the same as her own and start drafting her war plans.

  8. skyhack
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Fatherly advice.
    Son, jump in that oil drum, whenever you get the chance,

  9. skyhack
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and “So please, kill me Yuki.”

    KILL ME BABY!!!

    • Posted March 31, 2012 at 3:11 am | Permalink

      I cannot believe you referenced that failure of an anime. It approaches Guilty Crown levels of fail. But at least Guilty Crown will provide much material for Inori cosplay for years to come.

  10. Daniel S.
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    I am shocked as to how good of a writer you are. Nobody else would make these so enjoyable!
    I will be sad when Mirai Nikki ends.

  11. D-LaN
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    Why so many ppl hate Akise??? He the only “ok” ppl out of EVERYONE.

    BTW, who find it to be amusing for Yuno constantly switching emotion range? (Happy face–> oh crap face–> sad face–> crazy killer face–> emotionless murder face)

    • Posted March 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

      Yuno wouldn’t be Yuno if she didn’t go through a severe moodswing at least thrice in an episode~

  12. petitorenji
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Meh. All of those guys from KEY/KyoAni and many other harem/harem-wannabes are useless. None of them had any competition, really. It’s more of those ambiguous man vs. self, man vs. fate crap that never got anywhere, and is always solved by some deus ex machinas/random epiphanies/memory return. Suzumiya Haruhi was just bearable because Nagato Yuki balances everything out. It’s quite bleak for women because when it really comes down to the biology of (both 2D and 3D) men, in truth they just want to spread their seeds among as many women as possible. But I must say though… Yuuki, as human as he is, is just beyond pathetic.

    My question actually, all memes aside, is that does Yuno actually love Yuuki? Or is it narcissistic obsession, aka “I love you because it ME feel good/normal, and makes ME happy loving you knowing that I am normal ” Because if it their places were switched, double-standards come in and we would all stop watching because Yuuki’s serial killer/stalker/rapist personality would compete with every male viewer’s urge to copulate w/ (a girl like) Yuno.

    Btw/ again, very funny review.

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