Mirai Nikki – 25

Yukiteru flees to the school with Minene and Past Yuno, but with her Yukkii diary it doesn’t take long for God Yuno and Murmur to find them. After warning Kurusu about his son’s heart condition, Minene duels with Murmur as Yuno chases Yukkii. Finally, she catches him in a Deus Fragment, an illusory world in which Yuno doesn’t exist and all of his dreams can come true; even his parents are alive and together. Yuno releases Murmur’s seal, making her infinitely more powerful, and Minene is killed. As Yukiteru loses himself in the fantasy world of the fragment, Yuno prepares to kill her defenseless past self…

Throughout this episode, God Yuno struggles with her feelings for the Yukiteru trying to save her from herself, but ultimately she fights them back. She reveals the truth that Yukiteru probably knows, but neither of them have brought up before: Yuno would have loved anyone if she became dependent on him – as she did Yukkii – just as Yukiteru would have loved anyone as long as she protected him. It’s harsh, but it’s true. Still, she doesn’t want to lose him, nor does she want to return to the second world, so locking him away is her answer.

In the fantasy world of the Deus fragment, she even dangles a pliable Wakana before him. Initially, he protests, but once she seals him in he seems to go along with things. After all the crap he’s been through, could he be ready to settle for the dream world Yuno’s given him? Is it better than death, or worse? At what point will he forget his world isn’t real? Minene is dead (again) thanks to a downright frightening Demon Murmur (after a stunningly-animated fight), so it would appear he’s fresh out of allies with godlike powers to free him. We’re very curious to see how this all comes to an end, and if the other diary holders – still alive in this world – still have a role to play beyond Yuno’s prey.


Rating: 3.5

Mirai Nikki – 21

Uryuu will wait until Yukiteru kills Eleventh, but if he fails, she’ll kill him to avenge Nishijima. He manages to get the vault door where Eleventh is hiding open, but there is a second door he can’t open. Uryuu takes a shot at Yukiteru, but misses, and is losing blood fast. Yuki uses noise from his phone to misdirect her, then shoots her gun away. Dying, she admitting she likes Yukiteru and understands his situation, so when her heart stops, it sets off a bomb.

It doesn’t break through, but by then, Yuno has arrived, with access to the vault. Only Eighth stands in Yukiteru’s way, but Deus is starting to die, and may take the world with him. Akise, who is protecting Eighth for the moment, travels with her to the cathedral and asks if a god will really be able to fix everything bad that’s happened.

The pursuit of Eleventh gets pretty ridiculous – I mean, two bank vaults? Really? – and it costs the lives of Nishijima, Uryuu, and a lot of armed guards standing around while Yuno guts them. But Yuno gets him, using Yuno’s Gasai Bank access code to open the vault. But wait, if she’s not the real Gasai Yuno, how did she have the code? Was it just an illusion, as he thought when he saw her in there? Or is Eleventh really dead? We didn’t see him implode like Uryuu, after all. If he isn’t, that’s one more person Yukiteru has to kill to gain godhood, and he – and the series – are running out of time.

Huge mechanical orbs are apparating all over the city, threatening to swallow up everything (and at the pace they’re growing, we’d estimate it would only take a day or so to do so). Naturally, that pace will be slowed for dramatic effect, but Akise Aru’s question looms: how much power will the diary holder who wins actually hold? Was this all just a boondoggle so Deus could dump the world onto some other poor sap? Also surprisingly still up in the air: whether Yuno will really let Yuki kill her.


Rating: 3.5

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 – 19

The mayor of Sakurami City successfully gets the city council to vote to close down Eighth’s child care center. In the Causality Cathedral, he almost has First and Second expelled, when the two arrive and reveal his identity to Eighth and Ninth, the other remaining diary holders. Yuno and Yukkii then ally themselves with Eighth’s team to bring down Eleventh, only to stab them in the back after intentionally faling into the Mayor’s trap, causing all phones to be jammed. Eighth escapes with Eleventh, and they lead Yukkii and Yuno on a car chase. When the cars are wrecked, Yuno is about to shoot Eleventh when Ninth arrives via motorbike with Akise, who has determined that the third corpse is Gasai Yuno, making the living Yuno an impostor.

Well, it’s about goddamn time Yukkii grew a pair again, and this week he does, and how. At first we were confused about his sudden, utter change of behavior, but his initial display in the Cathedral was just an act. Still, throughout most of the episode he’s more calm and confident, and follow’s Yuno’s handwritten plans to the letter without hesitation or pussyfooting. He even kills (and lets Yuno kill) with impugnity, something inconceivable up to this point. Perhaps the loss of his parents released a lot of the fear that plagued and paralyzed him so long. He knows the only way to be with them again (aside from maybe dying himself) is to become a god. The road to that outcome is bloody, but straight. The certainty of what needs to be done – and his faith in Yuno – are his new comfort.

But hold on…what’s behind Corpse Number Three? Oh, snap, Yuno isn’t really Yuno? Then who in the heck is she? More to the point, with her death necessary for Yukkii’s ascent, does it really even matter at this point? Apparently it does, since the show goes out of its way to milk the revelation for all it’s worth. Just when we thought we’d learned something about this crazy girl, and just a week later they turn her into an unreliable narrator. And let’s not forget that Yuno had a loaded gun pointed at Eleventh for quite a long while, but didn’t pull the trigger. Very un-Yuno like. Now she has some explaining to do.


Rating: 3.5

Car Cameo: Mayor Bacchus travels around in Epicurean
splendor in his top-of-the-line Toyota Century.

Mirai Nikki – 16

‘Nurse’ Uryuu / Ninth is acting as a coach for Yuki to toughen him up, claiming she has a plan to defeat Mar and Ai / Seventh. In reality, she doesn’t, but she must make him think there is so it shows up in his diary. Yuno watches from afar, and is concerned when Yuki’s dad shows up. Her concerns are justified; his dad is only there to destroy Yuki’s phone so his debt will be forgiven. But Yuki is blinded by happiness and the prospect of his parents remarrying. Finally meeting with the Seventh duo, his dad even manages to break Yuki’s phone, but it’s a decoy; the real ones are hidden in Ai’s bouquet. When the tower they met in starts to crumble, Yuki has to choose between Yuno and his dad’s hand to save his life…

What? Really? Yuki’s deadbeat dad shows up this week? Was that really necessary? Isn’t there enough going on? Yuki’s mom has been presumably around this whole time, but we’ve only seen her in a few episodes. Even more aggravating, Yuki goes right back into weak little weenie mode when he sees said dad. Hoping your parents will remarry is all nice and good, but getting him to promise same without any input from his mother? All so they can “see the stars?” What is he, seven? Uryuu tells him he’s too quick to give up and let his weaknesses discourage him. In this case, his weakness is a longing for a happy, complete family; something both his enemies and his father are all too happy to exploit.

Unfortunately for Yuki, his dad isn’t really interested in reconnecting this week. He’s three million yen in debt, and someone – presumably a diary holder like Eleventh – has offered to eliminate that debt if he breaks Yuki’s cellphone. His dad may not be aware that will kill his son, but who cares? He’s a weasel. And his continuous cheating to beat his son in a variety of challenges set by Uryuu doesn’t help his likability. The two saving graces of this episode were Uryuu – who was surprisingly civil and helpful this week – and Yuno, who proves that even without her phone, her instincts vis-a-vis Yuki are almost always right. When Yuki has to talk her down from stabbing his dad – only for her to start adding poison to his tea – was one of the more gut-busting scenes of the series. She may be nuts, but she’s not stupid, and as always, is trying to protect Yuki no matter what.


Rating: 3