Mirai Nikki – 13

Yuno has escaped into the sparsely-populated mountain towns, but Akise works with Nishijima to track them down with the help of Yuki’s schoolmates Hinata, Mao, and Kousaka. Yuno is ready for them though, and sets up a variety of booby traps, ending in their being locked in the basement of an abandoned hotel and about to be gassed. Meanwhile, Yukiteru is holed up in a dark room with Yuno, who drugged his soda. Murmur wagers Yuno will win the challenge, while Deus keeps Yukiteru as his favorite.

This week mostly followed around pretty sane group of kid detectives, all of whom Nishijima put at dire and unnecessary risk. A good detective Akise may be, but there was no way for him to prepare for whatever threats Gasai Yuno might send his way. So what we have is all of these normal kids being locked in a celler, about to be killed, all thanks to the terrible judgement of Kurusu’s former assistant. While they’re free, Akise, Hinata, Mao and Kousaka spend some time at a bathhouse as a pretense, but seemed more like a showcase for Hinata’s boobs and Mao’s attraction to her.

Aside from Yuki, Yuno, and Uryu, there are only three diary holders left, so we have to wonder exactly what Yuno is up to with those guys still out there at large. After all, if what she really wants is Yuki all to herself, then it stands to reason she’d have to kill all the holders in order to make that happen. Of course, reason doesn’t play that big of a role in Yuno’s plans, which is why they seem so random to us. It would seem all of Yukiteru’s attempts to “center” or “tame” were for naught; she’s going off the deep-end, all CCTV and underwear and skulls. How will Yuki’s friends get out of this one? How will he?


Rating: 3

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Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam – 11

The show goes back ten years to the time of the Grand Race, organized by Queen Augusta Farahanaz to celebrate a sprawling peace treaty amongst all the nations of the world. A young Giselle and Fam are on hand to watch Giselle’s father race, as is the king of Turan and the princesses Lilliana and Millia. Fam even meets Millia as the two wander off. Gisey’s father wins the race, but as he and his copilot Kaiser are being awarde, assassins attack the queen and kill her. One of her bodyguards, Lukia, cannot protect her, and she is killed.

The second half of Ginyoku no Fam takes place not in Glacies, where Fam & Co. must crash land, but with a flashback. But this is a good flashback, one that is formative (almost too conveniently so) for most of the cast and indeed the world itself. If there’s anyone who can achieve world peace through her power and influence, it’s Queen Farahanaz. With her infant Princess Sara in hand, she is also a mother and caretaker to her people, warm and kind. But as she fiddles with her prayer beads, we’re conscious that the peace she’s about to achieve was not gained entirely without bloodshed. If you want to make an omelette, you have to break some eggs, after all.

Her bodyguard Lukia – who will later become Luscinia – always shared her ideal, but was always conscious that it may lead to her death. Back in the present, he and other more aggressive and bitter elements of Ades are in control, as Queen Sara is too young to fully exercise her power, which led to war with Turan and so many other conquests. But on the other end of the spectrum, people like Fam is so inspired by the race (up until the traumatic assassination), that she’s dedicated her life ever since to becoming a pilot worthy of flying in the next Grand Race; a race that will bring the people of the world back together. But like the old queen, is she simply a naive idealist?


Rating: 3.5