Mirai Nikki 25: “Because she was always there for me.”

10 to 1 odds someone dies within the first 2 minutes.

The annoying thing is that we never see the red moon again over the course of the entire episode. >:|

(At least, I don’t remember seeing it. Give me a break, I’m reviewing anime at 1:27 AM in the morning again FOR YOU PEOPLES.)

And Daddy Gasai gets stabbed at the 3:46 mark. Subtracting 1:30 for the OP, and 0:10 for the sponsor text, that’s a fatal attack at around 2:06.

Close enough~

Ironically, I don’t think Daddy Gasai really deserved it. I mean, he seemed a rather decent bloke.

He didn’t immediately go off the rails, didn’t really show any signs of mental instabilities. Sure, the paramedics were present, but he really did seem like the average, overworked, rarely-gets-to-see-his-family, typical salaryman.

Maybe it was that psycho wife of his that eventually turned him into some sort of abusive parent, maybe it was because he wilfully ignored the increasingly insane punishments that his wife came up with (he is culpable too, if he knew and did nothing) – but Yuno Prime and Yuno 2.0 killed their own Daddy Gasais too, so maybe there really was more to it than that.

Or, you know, you can’t really kill the wife and have the husband not ask questions. Yuno’s irrational and downright blind sometimes, but even she would have realized that.


My dear Murmur, from the moment you decided to go into the past with Minene on your tail, it was already wrecked.

Woah, Yukiteru’s mixing up the Yunos in the same way Yuno Prime’s been mixing up Yukiterus.

Can’t say I blame him. It’s a Yuno that has like maybe 5% of the mental instability, 0.001% of the homicidal tendencies, and is a loli.

Damn straight. Sure, Yuno Prime’s underage too, but you just can’t beat that loli goodness.

I didn’t actually expect this question to be answered. It just seemed like a Yukiteru thing to do – spout random crap and then have the plot conveniently forget it.

Lock that kid up, he’s done lost his mind.

One-on-one with Gasai Yuno? Yuno Prime? Shee-it, might as well just break his phone in half. It’ll be much less painful.

Oh dayum, did Yukiteru just dodge that?

Kid’s been busy training in the mountains or some shit.

… or maybe he’s just using that Cell Phone Kung Fu again.

I still cannot believe that works. And even if I can believe that Yukiteru’s eyes can focus fast enough to read the small text and then react accordingly – I don’t buy that the Diary can predict those changes in time.

Heck, the split second of static is more than enough time for a lunge. And we don’t even hear all that static squealing that should be there whenever Yuno starts an attack. I call total bullshit.

Not sure where Minene was planning to go with this. It’s not like screwing up the Third World’s game would benefit her in the present.

Well, might as well return the favour while she can, I guess.

… so is Loli Yuno dead?

Or rather, why didn’t Murmur just do that from the start. Once they had to start throwing magic beach balls around, she should have just gone for the scorched earth strategy.

Ugh, Yuno Prime, stop second-guessing yourself.

Yes. That is indeed “nuts”.

If Yukiteru had said, “If I take her future diary, I can kill her and put an end to this.” I might have gone with it. Suicidal plan, but it would work if he could pull it off.

But he’s taking the diary just to prevent her from changing the future? So he’s going to ignore the magic flying beach ball and demon familiar that can all too easily end the life of Loli Yuno?

Truly Yukiteru is an Erwin Rommel in the making.

But for all that I’ve said, mad respect to Yukiteru for this awesome logical conclusion.

Shit, he should have gone after Murmur while the future remained unchanged. Might have somehow whooped her ass too.

Oh dear. I didn’t think that she’d throw it, either.

-suppresses violent giggles-

Holy crap what.

We can worry about how Yuno missed later. Right now I’m more interested in how Asread decided to extend Yukiteru’s neck just so the hilt of the knife wouldn’t hit his jaw.

Murmur getting SCOOPED. Minene’s gonna be sending out those BnBs on her ass. Finish with a beam super, cancel into X-factor and beam super again for the win, stay free Murmur.

I have never actually used this sort of “lingo” so extensively before. I pray that I will never have to use it so extensively again.

So… Yuno Prime does have god powers after all? Or did Murmur enchant the magic beach ball to obey Yuno Prime?

Also Yukiteru seems to have acquired super regenerative abilities as well. A collision with a giant ball of pain moving at insane speeds and he’s still living.

Nothing says love like a giant death sphere of pain to the face. And the chest. And the stomach. And the extremities and so on and so forth.

Nice how they give shoutouts to all the Diary Owners-to-be.


Of course, what I don’t understand is why they don’t show the 3rd World versions of Yukiteru and Minene. It might possibly raise some troubling plot holes.

Such as – if Yuno Prime is willing to keep Yukiteru 2.0 in a dream paradise, why isn’t she willing to just live with him in World 3.0?

Peaceful co-existence. Yuno 3.0 and Yukiteru 3.0 can go about their lives until Deus 3.0 screws with them, while Yuno Prime and Yukiteru 2.0 retire to Okinawa or something.

Sure, neither of them would probably accept it: Yuno Prime’s insane, and Yukiteru 2.0’s seen too much – but it would have been nice to have at least raised the option.


Okay, so I’m a little jaded right now since I just broke up with my girlfriend a week ago, but true love isn’t just romance. It’s a conscious decision to stick it out with the person, dammit, not every day is going to be passion-filled tingly sensations.

But Yuno still cut deep with that. Looks like insanity can co-exist with rationality.

Creepiest seduction scene I’ve ever seen in anime, and that includes the more screwed up hentai I’ve witnessed.

It must be the glasses. Those massive glasses terrify me for reasons I cannot yet comprehend.


Minene should have just said “Because I love him more than you do.” just to mix things up.

Bah, Minene. You’re coming off like a bad Neo impersonation. And the Matrix was a somewhat re-visualisation of Ghost in the Shell, so I guess you’re coming off like a bad Batou impersonation.

Mental images be sending shudders up my spine.

Oh holy crap what.

Omg what.

what the ffffFFF




Fanservice? Even now?

Asread sticks to its guns. One hesitant thumbs up.



While Yukiteru is living the dream, literally.

As expected from Yukiteru, having a good meal and enjoying himself even as his friends are dying and suffering all about him.

Tsk, take it from me kid, that’s not how love works.

I ought to shut up before I go off on another rant, huh.

Just… dayum.

Damn man, if Murmur was toting all that power about, why didn’t she just ask Yuno Prime to remove the restraints and let her go to town on Deus 2.0?

Still, it seems like Murmur really might be a faithful interpretation of a demon. She may not have any plan apart from causing death and destruction and rebelling against the Man, and she seems to be limited until a human grants her freedom to act.

Oh look Loli Yuno’s miraculously safe. As is the entire classroom.

Even though Murmur firebombed the entire building earlier. Seems legit.

Magic beach ball of pain? Demon familiar powers?

Screw that, Gasai Yuno Prime does things up close and personal.

Because that’s just how Gasai Yuno Prime rolls.

Apologies for the somewhat lacklustre writing this time, but as you might have noticed from the screencaps, there’s barely any lines of dialogue apart from the usual threats and intimidations and declarations of what’s impossible and how Yukiteu wants to save the world again.

It was mostly action – so that’s that, unless you really want 1400+ words of me quoting UMVC3 commentary.

Also there’s the thing about my breakup.

Although to be frank this episode was really quite wasted with all that action. I’m not confident that Asread can get a happy ending out of the current mess – or maybe that’s how it’s actually supposed to end. I’m down with that.

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  1. Envyus
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Also to note those Seals were what was keeping Murmur bound to gods will.

    • Daniel S.
      Posted April 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      How do you know this? If the explanation requires a spoiler, don’t bother.

  2. petitorenji
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I Lol’ed so many times throughout this post. And spilled some Protein Power juice on my laptop @ the Edward Cullen reference. So. effing. funnyyyyy.

    I don’t question this series anymore. Too many plot holes and convenient turn-of-events. When I watched the fight scenes, I was totally enjoying it… until that devil showed her true nature. Then I was just scared.

    Hats off to you again, for posting this so early. But sleep n rest should come first. I’m sorry about the breakup. You’re right: being w/ someone in the real world is definitely not all about passion and romance. But I think acceptance, compromise, and compassion are the most important qualities. I don’t know if you’re a man/woman in real life (some use pseudonyms of the opposite sex and use the generalized “he” and “his”), but assuming you’re a man, some partner(s) become very Yuno-esque in making herself into believing that she loves and cares for you, while in truth, she’s only looking for security and perhaps a bit of spice. So when compromises need to be made, or drastic changes, or looking out for your wellbeing while sacrificing herself a tad, her masks come off and her selfish, self-protecting shells settle in. So when you guys argue, few logic is left and it’s always about who’s right and not what’s right.

    • Posted April 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

      I can relate, having gone through the same shit not too long ago.

      Petitorenji said it better than I ever could (about the girl turning herself into your ideal, until the bump in the road, and the mask comes off). The test of any real relationship is how it survives the bumps. Some get stronger, while others like mine shattered.

      Sorry it happened, but like a russian once said on Bored to Death:
      If I’ve gotten my heart broken many times, it means I’ve loved many times.

  3. Wyragen-311
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Imag 00-01, many across the 3rd world are stunned when the lit side of the moon suddenly becomes completely dark, while the shadowed part of the moon starts glowing red. 11th makes a call, “Deus, did you use your powers on the moon by any chance?”.

    Imag 04, is he any less convincing than Yukiteru´s father? At least mr Amano did it because he was cornered and kind of lost it.
    Now I regret nothing, Yukiteru!
    Ugh… umh, what I actually meant…
    *Yuno appears, causing Yukiteru to smile sadistically*
    Yuno, come here, I have a favour to ask!

    Imag 26, there are people living right near the school, someone is bound to record the giant, strange UFO sphere flying around and hitting a building. How soon before the fighters arrives?

    Imag 39, I think Yuno must have “improved” illusion-Moe for Yukiteru´s benefice, awwwww!

    Imag 51, what happened between that scene and Imag 39? ;-)

    Imag 53-54, censorship again, really? Nice, Yuno is pretty strong to hold Minene with a nearly straight arme like that.

    Imag 57, looks so badass. )

    Posted April 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    well well look indeed after all this yea wonder what will happen next?

    yea yuno looking half moon goes red blood then back to regular now wonder to do.
    give murmur now let go after both yuki & 9th with yuno bit confuse right now.
    then ambulance arrive oh 3rd world yuno’s dad notice something different about yuno.
    cue yuno stab 3rd’s world yuno’s dad & murmur don’t change history.
    9th going you got be kidding cause yuki want save both yunos so drop them at school.
    yuki carry 3rd yuno & hid her cue yuno & murmur attacks on yuki.
    while 9th make call about a kid heart to “someone” notice the attack.
    yuki dodge all murmur attacks & balloons bombs give got hit by debris.
    yuno notice yuki got hurt & more confuse what to do.
    yuki see yuno & murmur go charge give dodge the ball then knife but still ok give it was thrown.
    yuki grab yuno & 9th battle with murmur all high flying fighting horn blasting etc.
    yuno notice it all mine cue big ball drop on yuki with yuno all laughing.
    meanwhile 3rd world cop Kurusu talking with a female about missing daughter.
    then got a “call” about his son heart then hear news of boom grab a “rookie” to check.
    oh random cameo of all other 3rd world dairy owners notice the booms.
    yuki see his parents together, jacket, darts, birds, etc.
    cause yuki is yuno’s ball of desire of all thing yuki want but no yuno & can’t say yuno.
    yuno saying some things that bother her & love yuki but don’t want go back 2nd world.
    cue there only can be one rule it all & etc saying.
    oh it’s female who lookalike yuki’s mom who want to “do it” with yuki.
    yuki panic cue yuno lock the ball of yuki of his desire so yuno can get 3rd yuki.
    yuno & 9th have some saying 9th to charge & cue UNLEASH THE MURMUR.
    yes a wild murmur appear got fully hulk smash on 9th.
    meanwhile yuki being tempt by world of his desire mention a dream to his parents.
    about survival game & a “strange girl” & a crying tear coming down.
    9th all beaten up being hold by yuno with wild red eyes murmur then drop the 9th & now see her 3rd world version.

    oh murmur extra
    yea panic seeing about yuno & 3rd world yuno’s dad so murmur doing make yuno small but shrank yuno that strike one.
    try again but strike two make a yuno a baby.
    3rd time well let say make yuno get “flat” & cue murmur head smash wall strike-out.

    indeed with all just happen how will all wrap-up?

  5. eternia
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I am sorry to hear about your breakup, but you can always find another Yuno. :-P
    And thanks for the blog. It really shows how bad this episode this, while other bloggers have biased opinions, being the manga readers.
    Just how in the world this episode stays true to the original context : future diary?
    In this battle of the demi-gods and freaks (damn those MurMur screenshots),
    how can a future diary saves your butt or affect anything?

    • Daniel S.
      Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:14 am | Permalink

      Hmm. I think this entry praised the episode more than criticizes it. Being critical is kind of Johnny’s thing.

      Also, it seems to me that the two future diaries have been used quite a bit in this episode to great effect.

      • eternia
        Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

        I know they are actually being used.
        But as I said, it’s forced. So that people would think, oh, future diaries are keep being used.
        We all know the extend of Yukiteru’s physical ability.
        He can possibly evade a whole lot bombardments from a freak, while reading small texts on a cellphone.

        • Daniel S.
          Posted April 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

          Yukiteru being badass was shown…

          -towards the end of episode 2, running through the minefield and stabbing Minene

          -towards the end of episode 4(or was it 5?), saving Yuno from a gang of cultists

          -in episode 1, episode 17, and anywhere else he’s thrown a dart awesomely

          -in episode 14, escaping from Yuno and saving the Brilliant Diary owner

          -in episode 18, taking out his dad’s murderers

          The point is, he’s probably weak but he can fight sometimes. And he’s definitely good at reading his diary and reacting to it.
          And as I said in a different comment, it is possible that he read all the diary entries BEFORE the fight, and is simply remembering them during the fight.

          • Posted April 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

            This is why I no longer take complaints about Yukiteru’s beta male status at all seriously. Either they’re trolls or amnesiacs with a cause.

  6. Posted April 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad the series is resolving all the plot threads one by one, although some of those resolutions are sketchy or exceedingly convenient.

    Without reading the manga at this point, as long Asread keeps up the fantastic job, without resorting to some cheesy reset, I’ll be satisfied.

    I may even type up a review of the entire series – focus on the reason why it works – succeed even – despite jumping every shark known to man, or why no plot hole or any other form of inconsistency poses a problem, and so on.

    • Daniel S.
      Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:19 am | Permalink

      I would be very interested in reading that. If you do that, somehow let me know! My email is daskrip@gmail.com .
      If you remember, of course.

      • Posted April 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

        No promises that I will write a review, but I promise I will email you the link in the event I do. :)

        I’ve been haunting various anime blogs over the past 6 months about Mirai Nikki, so it’s time to put that frightening waste of time to good use!

        • Daniel S.
          Posted April 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

          Fantastic! And I can sympathize with you for sure. This is the only anime blog I’ve been “haunting”, but I spent a lot of time theorizing and speculating.
          Mirai Nikki is the best and most fun show to theorize about. The lead up to the big reveal about Yuno is paced so damn well. It really kept me guessing from the start.

          Looking forward to the final episode, and to your review.

  7. Netto
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Roomies looked at me funny when I started chuckling like heck with the Edward Cullen reference. xD
    Still dat MuruMuru scared the shet out of me. I totally forgot about that lawlz. Then again It’s been months. xP

    “Although to be frank this episode was really quite wasted with all that action. I’m not confident that Asread can get a happy ending out of the current mess – or maybe that’s how it’s actually supposed to end. I’m down with that.”

    Let me just say, Minene got the beachball rolling, so to speak, on that.

  8. I am a duck I think
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    For a minute there I felt bad for not knowing who Edward Cullen was.
    Then I googled and now I think I shouldn’t have felt bad.

  9. Daniel S.
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    You’ve had a lot of good questions. I will offer my interpretations, as before.

    “I still cannot believe that works. And even if I can believe that Yukiteru’s eyes can focus fast enough to read the small text and then react accordingly – I don’t buy that the Diary can predict those changes in time.”

    I am playing this scenario out in my head. Yukki first has a Dead End on his diary – it says he gets stabbed. Then he looks at his diary, knows to change the future, and the diary changes. He then sees his next potential death. Again, the diary changes. This keeps happening until the diary plays out his whole fight. So, he knows his whole fight before it even happens! Remember, the cell phone can predict events 90 days in advance.
    When Yukki said “she will attack from the right”, he is probably reciting his diary from memory.

    “Heck, the split second of static is more than enough time for a lunge.”

    If what I just explained is indeed the case, all the static would have happened before the fight, not during. Also, knowing that these future diary powers are indeed programmed, it is probably not absurd to assume that the static’s longevity corresponds to how big the change is. Some scripts are more advanced than others, and would take longer to execute. Small changes, like those in the fight against Yuno, would be instant. I really don’t know how the diaries were built though, so I’m just speculating.

    “Not sure where Minene was planning to go with this. It’s not like screwing up the Third World’s game would benefit her in the present.”

    True, but saving someone in another dimension is still, sort of, saving them. She kept her promise I think. Also, maybe Minene wasn’t planning on leaving the Third World.
    It’s interesting that Minene is keeping her promise, but in the Third World. It seems to be suggesting that the Third World will be the final world. Not that there is any doubt of that, but at least the plot is sort of backing that up now.

    “So he’s going to ignore the magic flying beach ball and demon familiar that can all too easily end the life of Loli Yuno?”

    That’s true, but Yukki’s advantage is that Murmur doesn’t know which room Loli Yuno is in.

    “So… Yuno Prime does have god powers after all? Or did Murmur enchant the magic beach ball to obey Yuno Prime?”

    I think the episode is suggesting that Yuno has powers from the crystal with the last bit of Deus that she holds. The crystal probably just lets her control the giant sphere. It’s weird. There’s no way Yuno has god powers! I’m not gonna believe that!

    “Such as – if Yuno Prime is willing to keep Yukiteru 2.0 in a dream paradise, why isn’t she willing to just live with him in World 3.0?”

    Very interesting! I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this. Maybe it’s because Deus would see that there are two Yunos and two Yukkis in the world. He did get the message in HIS DEUS DIARY that Yukki entered the world (that short but seemingly significant part in episode 24). But, he probably wouldn’t do anything.
    The best explanation is probably the one that you mentioned – that Yukki knows too much about Yuno’s past. It is the reason that Yuno attacked Yukki in the first place.

    “Damn man, if Murmur was toting all that power about, why didn’t she just ask Yuno Prime to remove the restraints and let her go to town on Deus 2.0?”

    Murmur was nasty for sure, but can’t Deus kill people with a snap of his fingers? I probably mentioned this before: in episode 19, Deus was about to wipe First and Second from existence. God powers!

    Did… anyone else find the silence in the last few seconds of the episode eerily deafening? I thought it was poetic in a sense.
    DAMN. Okay. I wrote too much. Sorry! And, sorry about your breakup. :( But, uh, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, as it goes. Yeah. Feel better. :)

  10. Lord Handsome
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    why don’t they keep travelling in time and space forever? It could be the new doctor who….
    ‘m I right?

  11. ectholion
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    yuno has a zombie demi god loli underling… amazing. sorry to hear you had a breakup, they are never fun.

  12. Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Was anyone else reminded of Rebuild of Eva 2 when Murmur was unleashed? Would have been a great reference if Yuno had said ‘Murmur, release seal. Secret code ZA BEASTO!’

  13. Bob from Accounting
    Posted April 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Ahahahaha! Oh man, this show is so great.

  14. Posted April 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    All I could think when Murmur went….dark was something like; “Kill it! Kill it with Fire!”

    That was pretty damn creepy though.

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