To heck with Titanic, this here’s the TRUE greatest love story ever told.
(Also note that this being the last episode, Asread has tried to cram resolutions for almost every single character/plot thread, so this post has a total of 72 screencaps. So it is much longer than my already excessively long usual posts. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
As always, the little things.
First – Isn’t it impossible to resurrect the dead? That’s why Yuno Prime went off the deep end, isn’t it? Because she could restore the body but not the soul, or the personality, or whatever.
But Murmur easily brings Papa Gasai back just like that; no questions asked, no plotholes generated. Yeah, maybe he was still alive despite being stabbed like an episode ago. Maybe it was only 5 minutes in-universe, but I have my doubts that he managed to cling to life after his guts were forcibly introduced to a dagger.
Second – Paradox? The only way there could be a paradox is if the Worlds interacted on the same timeline. But they don’t – if they did, the first paradox would have already occurred when Yuno Prime returned to kill her past self.
Except that it’s not her past self, but Yuno 2.0. Ergo, the Worlds behave more like parallel timelines, which can only be accessed by jumping back to a point that was before a World divergence. So what I’m trying to say is that Murmur and Yuno Primes should have just cut their losses and jumped back to an earlier point to kill an even Loli-er Yuno (though of course they should have finished Minene off properly first).
Or maybe the Worlds really are on the same timeline, and that Time Jumpers have Time Travel Immunity or something. Look at how much speculation one stray little word can cause.
Ahem. Yes, the little things.
… rather, can’t she wait for another 2 years before killing Loli Yuno?
No, I’m not that silly to suggest that Yuno Prime will find a solution that doesn’t involve murder and bloodshed – but if she exchanges places with Loli Yuno now, she’s going to have to explain the physiological differences.
It’s 2 whole years, and puberty’s probably in full swing. It might be rather difficult for a 15-16 year old Yuno Prime to pass off as a 13-15 year old Loli Yuno.
>sweet innocence and purity
>Yuno Prime doth not comprehend
I think we all get that. If we ever looked back at our past selves, we’d marvel at how full of idealism and hope we used to be.
Then we’d all want to give our younger selves a good punch to the face, a stern lecture on how the world really works, and winning lottery numbers/stock price histories/future technology with much patent value.
Actually, it’s the other way around for me. I can’t believe Yuno was ever that untwisted.
Evidence that awesomeness is inherent in the Gasai Yuno genes. Loli Yuno can halt Yuno Prime in her tracks with nothing more than a few choice words.
I don’t know if it was intentional, but I love the symbolism in this scene. It’s kind of like a twist on the whole light at the end of the tunnel with the oncoming train thing.
… except that Yukiteru’s not really dying, just breaking free of his Purgatory. And that he’s not in a tunnel, and the train wouldn’t be running him over anyway.
I’m not sure where I’m going with this. But hell, I like it. So there.
Yep, I still don’t get the causality thing. And until Esuno Sakae provides more information on how the Mirai Nikki universe works, I don’t think I ever will.
So memories can be transferred across timelines now? What is this, Steins;Gate?
Or maybe Nishijima’s desperately trying to hide the fact that he’s hitting on a total stranger, and that he’s got a thing for girls missing one of their eyes and about a third of their right arm.
… I don’t see how the future changed because of random explosions in a school, but I’ll take the non-rape timeline anyday.
… yeah, the plot just lost all its coherency. The universe is just screwing around just to screw with Murmur.
KEEP GOING TWELFTH-SAN, YOU FABULOUS VIGILANTE CRIME-FIGHTER YOU (*^3^)/~☆
Dammit Johnny keep your mind out of the gutter （ ´_ゝ`）
“taking care of them” ಠ_ಠೃ
IM SORRY I JUST CANT STOP MYSELF
This just further validates my point that 8th really has little connection to the story.
With all the other characters, they did something different in the 3rd World. 8th is just carrying on as usual, it’s obvious that the phone call was a last-minute desperate author’s saving throw to try and make something different happen.
Likewise, because 7th is so affiliated to 8th, they don’t really do much either. Which is actually kind of okay, I guess.
PEACE THROUGH SUPERIOR TECHNOLOGY
Admittedly 11th’s issue with the Diaries isn’t so much the recursive time loop or whatever, it’s probably the fact that he dies.
But still, nice of him to bring it up to Deus instead of trying to manipulate things on his own end.
Also, how is Deus not noticing Murmur Prime’s actions, much less the damage to the causality-whatever?
No offense Deus, but the Survival Game idea was shit, is shit, and is going to be shit.
It works for
The Hunger Games Battle Royale, but that’s because the killing was for shits and giggles, not to select the next omnipotent overlord. And much as the thought of a mentally-imbalanced mass murderer as Deity-in-Chief amuses me, it would really make for one heck of a messed up world.
At least pick better candidates. A world with 8th at the helm would have been alright, but supreme power in the hands of a traumatized 5-year old is way out of bounds.
I suggest Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for the next Game. May the odds be ever in his favour.
Just a slight quibble: what’s with the different screen sizes?
Papa Gasai is the newest member of the Mirai Nikki badass club. Who else has survived two stabs at Yuno’s hand?
This part kind of cut deep. It’s like watching your childhood friend, or your classmate, or a friend of similar background, have good things happen to him/her, while you’re still struggling with the status quo.
Except that it’s an alternate universe self. That’s you! Or at least, it’s you from a different timeline! Where everything in life progressed in the exact same fashion except for that one event that changed everything for the better. That one single event – the only thing that happened that was different – and it didn’t happen for you.
So yes, Yuno Prime seeing Loli Yuno bonding with her family. That cuts deep.
Methinks this dream paradise is not sufficiently paradise enough. All Yuno needed to add in was a dream Yuno, and Yukiteru would have stayed in that magic beach ball forever.
Oh sure, plenty of existential and philosophical questions over it not being the same thing since it’s not the real Yuno, that it’s inherently meaningless, so on and so forth. But if Yukiteru wasn’t able to tell that it wasn’t real, he’d be happy. He’d be happy living his dream life with dream Yuno, none the wiser.
Bliss may be built on ignorance and false truth, but that doesn’t mean the bliss can’t be genuine or true.
I can’t help but wonder what Mirai Nikki would have been like if Yuno was the main protagonist and was presented as the true hero while Yukiteru was the bumbling, useless love interest.
… yeaaaah. Causality continuum be darned to heck.
Oho? Dare I say it?
A NEW CHALLENGER APPEARS
No construct could ever contain the physical embodiment of teenage angst that is Yukiteru.
It’s like Bruce Banner, except that you won’t like him when he’s suicidal, because then he turns into Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way.
Part of me wanted that bullet to hit, just to see if Yuno really has god powers and the associated super armour or regeneration.
So I’m guessing that this is Murmur 2.0. Notice how I cleverly deduced that from the prominent “2” on her forehead.
I know all she did was to stop a bullet, but damn was that badass or what.
I like how Murmur 2.0 seems so much more badass just because of her unkempt hair. It gives her this Akuma vibe, I think.
… all this time and I never thought to wonder what was under that bandage =___=
What is rather impressive is that Murmur 2.0 still has her cufflink power restraints on. And she overwhelmed Murmur Prime just like that. Element of surprise maybe, or Murmur Prime’s too busy panicking over the changing futures?
I’d still think you’d need at least a RPG at a bare minimum if you want to take on an M1 Abrams, so Murmur 2.0 can’t be that weak.
Face it, if she was willing to kill Yukiteru, she’d have done it ages ago.
Holy frikkin shit Yuno just shanked herself in the side without flinching.
Badass. That makes it twice that Yuno’s stabbed herself.
“I’ll never let go, Jack. I promise.”
Rose DeWitt Bukater eat your heart out.
Sorry for the Titanic bashing, by the way, but the constant advertisements everywhere are really, really pissing me the heck off.
Goshdarn if those aren’t seriously tragic final words.
Poor Deus 2.0. Deceived, forced to reduce his own lifespan and powers, reduced to a little magic trinket that gets toted around and displayed for a heck of a long time. Dude just can’t catch a break
… Asread didn’t just totally rip this off from Thor, did they?
-too lazy to check the manga for this-
The first day of the rest of your life as an omnipotent, immortal being. Without the woman you love.
Dat flying baby.
So how exactly does Nishijima live with Minene 2.0? Considering that her face is on wanted posters and international databases and that he can’t exactly have her walking about or have his colleagues over?
It wouldn’t be Mirai Nikki without at least one question left unanswered.
And it wouldn’t be Mirai Nikki without Minene giving one last epic facial expression.
Oddly enough, Kurusu doesn’t seem all that happy. But I guess mild contentment is better than constant grief over his son’s condition.
MIRAI NIKKI OTP TWELFTH X THIRD
WHOS WITH ME
Shoutouts to Baccano!, because 7th still reminds me too much of Isaac and Miria, and the scene resemblance was just too uncanny.
Just another regular kid now.
Umm. Tsubaki? What ever are you dreaming about, I wonder?
I DIDNT NEED TO SEE THAT
I know it’s petty, but I still snigger every time I think of how meaningless Akise’s existence is, now.
And there’s 10th to round up the former contestants.
And magically Deus isn’t dying.
But you know what annoys the hell out of me?
Why are there numbers on the Murmur’s heads? Aren’t the Worlds not supposed to exist until someone messes with the continuum? How can Deus 3.0 not wonder what’s with the “3” on his World’s Murmur? How was it so perfect that Murmur Prime jumped to World 3 and not World 616? If there are an infinite number of parallel Worlds, does the font size grow smaller for Murmur 3141592653.0 or does it form a ring-tattoo around her head?
Yuno 3.0 seems really out of place. Maybe it’s the hair colour.
Yukiteru 3.0 hooked up with Wakaba? Emotions work differently in other Worlds, I guess. Or maybe this Yukiteru’s less of a pansy. We will never know.
It’s alright, Yuno 3.0. You’re not missing out on much.
Also the last stitch I’ll ever be making for Mirai Nikki. And Yuno (whichever version she may be) rightly deserves that honour.
Murmur Prime reduced to a keitai strap?
The person responsible must have been one spectacular badass. Especially after seeing her Raging Demon Mode and all.
Lol Yukiteru. Writers have no sense of scale. For one thing, I highly doubt that Yukiteru could stay sane after ten thousand years of moping.
And it would probably take more than ten thousand years for the planet/universe/plane of existence to disintegrate into whatever void that he’s floating in.
Alas, poor Murmur 2.o. She deserves better. And she’s a slow reader, too, but that’s not the point.
Kid, I hope you at least tried. I know people who could spend years playing The Sims, and your powers are much greater than that.
Although I have to say that I have finally encountered a version of Yukiteru I can respect. It’s amazing what long hair and a tattered cloak can do for a guy.
… wait, what?
“Yuno came to see me?” The heck is that burst of light? Did some version of Yuno in some other World win a Game and used her new god powers to find Yukiteru 2.0?
Gosh fudging darn it.
Well, that’s it. I don’t know if I should be writing my final impressions now, or after the OVA/movie’s released.
For what it’s worth though, it’s been fun blogging this, although I wouldn’t say that it was all that fun watching it sometimes – since I do need some moeblob action every now and then – and I hear that the manga is better than the anime (original material generally being superior and all), so I might just check it out.
Rewatchability: Not all that great. It’s like Steins;Gate – once you know the twists you’ll only watch it for little sneaky foreshadowing. But maybe it’s just me.
If nothing else, Mirai Nikki introduced me to Gasai Yuno. I’m pretty sure I don’t want a Yandere girlfriend anymore, but within the realms of 2D, the tale of Gasai Yuno will be retold again and again, time after time.