Mirai Nikki – 22

Akise learns he’s just an observer created by Deus to collect information. He’s about to decompile into raw data when Kousaka finishes turning his diary into an apprentice future diary using Eighth’s phone. Deus releases him back to the real world, where briefly separates Yukiteru and Yuno, using his new Detective’s diary to predict their actions. Hinata warns Yukiteru that even when he’s a god, he won’t be able to bring anyone back. He doesn’t believe her, and kills her, Mao, and Kousaka to get to Eighth. Akise destroys Yuno’s phone, but she has another identical one, and she slits his throat, but before he dies he types a message into his phone that Yukiteru reads…

What if you’ve been working towards something, sacrificing your morals in the process, only to learn that that thing is impossible? Well, as in Yukiteru’s case, you’d probably be in denial, but believe it deep down. But having come so far and killed so many, what does he have to lose by killing a few more? It’s pretty obvious now that as a god, he could bring back the “flesh” of his dead parents and the friends he so quickly and thoughtlessly murdered, but he’ll never be able to bring back their souls. That sucks….

Akise Aru is revealed as another part of the game, and one that was supposed to remain neutral, at that. But he fell in love with Yukiteru, and managed to survive long enough to possibly deliver him the information that will save his life, even if Yukiteru doesn’t want to live anymore at this point. What would it matter to Yukiteru at this point if his Gasai Yuno is really a fake…or even a doppleganger of some kind, who wants to kill him? She’s already succeeded in killing everyone else in the game. We’re curious to see how the series will use the remaining four episodes, which seems like a lot to be left considering how much has happened.


Rating: 3.5

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Mirai Nikki – 20

Yukiteru disregards all this talk of imposters – “Yuno is Yuno” as far as he’s concerned. Ninth wants to defeat Eleventh, but she barely escapes from his guards while spying on him and Eighth, whose Server diary he connects to a supercomputer to make all the citizens of Sakurami into apprentice diary holders. Deus tells Ninth that Eleventh designed the diaries for use in the survival game, and his allows him to spy on other diary holders, while his secretary lets him avoid misinformation. Nishijima is killed and Ninth is cornered, but she’s saved by Yukiteru and Yuno, who arrive with civilian hostages, the mayor’s weakness.

And so Nishijima follows his late superior to the grave, protecting the person he loves, as his late superior did. He tries his best to get Minene to agree to marry him in order for his help, but it doesn’t come off as desperate or creepy, and even Minene can’t help but be flattered. Just when she thinks she’s found a way around Eleventh’s spying by using Kousaka, Hinata, and Mao, he sets a bomb off that takes off her hand, and Nishijima gets a bullet to the heart, followed by more when he makes himself her shield.

This episode primarily followed Minene around. She’s certainly a much deeper character than the touched-in-the-head school terrorist from her first appearence, but all this talk of getting married and having kids bemuses her teribly. It seems absurd to her: she’s always lived alone, for herself. Still, she appeared to find the possibility at least somewhat intriguing, and when Nishijima was killed, eliminating that possibility, she seemed genuinely hurt. As for Yukkii and Yuno, they’re still cheerfully wreaking havoc, running along that path to godhood. Eleventh is a tough cookie, but if anyone can crumble it, it’s that pair.


Rating: 4

Mirai Nikki – 15

When Yukiteru asks, his friends agree to continue to help him. With Eighth and her apprentices after him, Akise suggests they hole up in Kousaka’s manse, a massive property with a cell phone tower that will knock out the apprentices’ connection to their diary server. Their plans are foiled when Yuno cuts the power, apparently there to continue protecting Yukkii. They are able to stall their pursuers until Akise shuts down the cell tower, but the stylish couple cornering them aren’t the Eighth’s apprentices, together they’re the Seventh, Mar and Ai. A battle between couples ensues, with Yuno managing to fend off both attackers for a time, but one of Eighth’s people sets the house on fire. Yuki wakes up in the hospital with Yuno and his friends safe, but his and Yuno’s diaries were taken. Ninth shows up disguised as a nurse to gather info.

Wow, a lot happened this week, and showed just how rich and chaotic Mirai Nikki can get with so many different friends, foes, and in-betweens in the mix. And heck, Yuki’s estrangement from Yuno didn’t even last a whole episode! Here we were thinking she was on the back burner while Yuki deals with new threats, but leave it to her to show up and insert herself right in the middle of things. In typical stalker fashion, she even stopped by his house to cook him dinner without him even knowing. This episode got us thinking (as it did Yuki): left to her own devices, will she always default to drugging and confining Yuki? Perhaps, but there are more pressing matters. She can’t have Yuki if he’s killed by these other diary holders.

Here, the series pulled another fast one on us; making us believe for a while that the lovey-dovey couple were apprentices of the huge-faced Eighth. But like all the other holders, they have their own individual motives, though it’s cool that their diaries help them operate as protection for one another. For all the dark, ridiculous insanity this series cooks up, it not only provided a smidgen of comedy with the Sevenths, but also kept things realistic: Hinata and Mao couldn’t do much against the seasoned fighters. Interestingly, the Sevenths also lack that killer instinct of say, Minene (who they also managed to squeeze in, yegods!): once they had Yuki and Yuno’s diaries, they just left, and even carried the girls out of the burning house. What kind villains!


Rating: 4

Mirai Nikki – 14

Akise trys to negotiate with Yuno, but she alters her memory to forget about them. Kousaka is about to give up hope when his phone suddenly becomes an “apprentice future diary,” listing his brilliant successes, the first being escaping from the gas chamber. When he reaches the control room, an agitated Yuno pretends to make nice, but once he releases Akise and Mao, Yuno shoots him with a dart gun. She’s about to kill him, when Yukiteru – awake and freed by the tied-up Hinata kicking his cuff keys to him, rips the gun away. With three more apprentice diary holders on the way, Yuki has Nishijima get them out all out of there. Yuno remains.

Meddling Kids Akise, Hinata, Mao and Kousaka really got themselves into a pickle, with Hinata tied up as Yuno feeds Yuki (and helps him wee-wee) and the rest about to asphyxiate in a cloud of gas. When Akise’s bargaining fails, its all up to Kousaka, funnily enough – someone who’s been pretty useless and whiny up to this point (and is responsible for locking them in the room in the first place). The series introduces the birth of new future diaries, making his “Kousaka King” variant in the nick of time. It isn’t perfect, as it only sees his successess and not his failures, but thanks to some good luck (Yuki coming to at the right time; his key landing close to Hinata), it gets the job done.

With Kousaka and the trio of apprentices sent to the abandoned hotel to kill Yuki (led from their home by a woman with a freakishly big head), we now have this bred of not-quite future diary holder, and Kousaka would seem to be an apprentice to become the next Eighth. We’re wondering if this is because no one has killed everyone else fast enough, or if this just a system we weren’t told about until now. That Yuno is merely left behind – not killed outright – she’ll remain a threat to the end, but in the meantime, there will be some new faces going after Yuki. We’ll see how much more involved his friends get.


Rating: 3.5

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

Mirai Nikki – 09

Hinata took possession of her father’s diary so she could help him become a god, turn back time, and start over with his family. She accepts several “left or right” challenges from Akise, with his diary and Yuki’s on the line. However, Yuno discovers he has no diary, and is merely guessing and gambling. When Mao makes for Yuki’s phone with a knife, Yuno stabs her, and everyone escapes. Hinata sics her dogs on them, but Yuki doubles back and asks for a truce, declaring Yuno his girlfriend, and offering his friendship. Fourth kills tenth, ending his role in the game, and Hinata is free.

This week serves up a much-needed helping of sanity to what threatened to turn into a show in which we can’t care about any of the characters because they’re all too damn crazy and random. Don’t get us wrong, Yuno still exercises her constitutional right to psychopathy, threatening to kill anyone and anything that gets between her and Yuki, until Yuki finally realizes if he’s ever going to make friends, he has to take her by the reins. That means acknowledging her as his girlfriend and future lover.

This works, and it redeems Yuki somewhat, who had been really driving us mad with his endless optimism. Turns out Hinata wasn’t as nuts as we’d first thought, as she just wants her family to be together. And Mao was just into Hinata, and thus fiercely loyal to her. Akise’s still a wild card, but that’s alright for now. We don’t know what guessing which hand a coin’s in has to do with being a world-class detective, but what are ya gonna do?


Rating: 3

Mirai Nikki – 08

Yuki and Yuno start their first day at their new school, and much to Yuno’s irritation, Yuki almost instantly gains new friends: Hinata, Mao, and Kousaka. They set out in a group to survey crime scenes of a serial attacker, but Hinata runs off on her own and has her arm bitten off by a pack of feral dogs with metal jaws. The rest, along with another kid, Akise, seek refuge in a glass pavilion, where Yuki directs them on which windows to lean up upon to absorb the impact of the pouncing dogs. When the dogs give up, Mao puts a knife to Yuki’s throat, and a very alive and two-armed Hinata reveals she’s the holder of the Breeder’s Diary, and she’s after Akise’s Future Diary.

This is an episode full of…interesting choices. First of all, Hinata’s scheme to corner Akise seems awfully roundabout and random; you’d think there’d be a more elegant way than pretending to get your arm munched off then setting a pack of dogs on him. We’re to understand her grandfather is actually the diary holder, but passed it to her, and we assume she’s trying to win the game that will net her godhood. Of course, before we knew this, she just seemed like a cute, friendly, outgoing girl who has a moe friend, gets away with belly-baring shirts in school, and reacts very slowly to having her panties exposed. But just ’cause somebody pretends to like him for an afternoon, Yuki reveals his deepest secret? That’s idiotic even for him.

The episode tried tossing red herrings like Akise – who’s probably also a nutso killer too, just not as immediate a threat as Hinata – and Kousaka, who somewhat inexplicably gives Yuki a hard time for running from the school bombing, then makes nice later one. But as usual, Yuno’s suspicions are our suspicions. Anyone who is friendly to this little pipsqueak probably has unsavory plans for him. That includes Yuno, but Yuno’s never done anything but protect him so far, so we’re not ready to believe smiling moe faces over her judgement. Lastly, what the heck is up with Yuki’s get-up? He’s enough of a weenie as it is without dressing  like some Oliver Twist muthaf***a…Yuno, get that boy some damn regular clothes.


Rating: 3