Posted by psgels on 21 March 2012 with categories: Mirai Nikki

This episode was undoubtedly crazy.

The plot is finally coming together after all the seemingly unrelated arcs in the first half. Finally it becomes clear what Akise’s role is in this series and he finally got his episode to redeem himself. Also, there was Yukiteru who is well on his way to become one of the least inept main characters out there. Thankfully though, the creators are actually playing with this for once, rather than just copying the standard male lead over and over again. Oh don’t get me wrong: Yukiteru has elements of this guy written all over him, but being such a wimp to actually kill his friends like that in favor of his deranged girlfriend. I like that.

Overall, I do have to say that Mirai Nikki was by far the worst series for the past year to avoid spoilers on. Both from the different OPs and EDs, but also from the fans who kept giving away hints that the audience wasn’t supposed to know yet. Looking back, I think that that was for me unconsciously something that held my enjoyment of this series a lot, especially considering how focused this series is on its surprises and plot twists.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. CJay says:

    This was easily the best episode yet and I am really looking forward to the ending, even though I was pretty bored with the first half of the show. Luckily I wasn’t spoiled at all and was extremely surprised with this episode.

    The one thing I am wondering is it seems like this will be over so soon, yet there is 4 episodes left technically…How will this continue for 4 more episodes?!

  2. RM says:

    Poor Kaworu. He can never keep his head on his shoulders.

  3. Cholisose says:

    Yeah, can’t say I was expecting our protagonist to straight-up kill his friends. This show is so insane, I love it.
    I never read much into the OPs and EDs, so I never felt those spoiled too much. And I’ve been fortunate to not catch any huge spoilers in comments. I really can’t guess what the last four eps of this series will be about, so I hope it delivers! Hoping for any ending other than Yuki magically making everything better again–which this episode implies is impossible, so at least that’s a good sign.

    • Oroboros says:

      I suspect Yukiteru doesn’t need to resurrect everyone in order to have a happy ending. There are other ways to do a “reset” ending, and it looks like the anime already hinted at this.

  4. RABUJOI says:

    After lots of waffling in earlier episodes, ever since he teamed up with Yuno for good and started killing people, he’s been after one thing and one thing only: the power to bring back his parents. That obsession trumps all other considerations.

    He doesn’t want to live in a world without his parents, so whatever he has to do to get the power to bring them back, he’s going to do it. Being told that he won’t be able to bring anyone back (the way they were , anyway…a creepy thought) is a shock that bounces right off his mad determination.

    He can’t, WON’T believe that, because it would mean all the terrible things he did were for nothing. Unable to turn back from his desperate goal, his only way forward is to kill everyone in his path. It’s an unenviable position, to say the least.

  5. Crypt says:

    Not to point out the GIGANTIC pink elephant in the room but did Akise just kiss Yukki? I swear that was the biggest plot twist for me. I personally thought that Akise considered Yukki his best friend but damn stealing a kiss at the heat of moment caused me to do a double take.

  6. Raye Peneber says:

    Crypt-

    Ha! That kiss completely fit the tone of insanity in this ep. I actually enjoyed that kiss and the blush after. These kids are what, 14? A pretty daring move to have that in there but it was cute.

    As long as we don’t get a to be continued, or an its all a fantasy as an ending this series is already in the 8-9/10 range in my book. 4 more eps at this pace will be amazing.

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:10 AM)
    Seeing Hoffman in before the devil knows your dead and his character being dependent on drugs, that was another thing that hit me a bit knowing the circumstances of his death. Watching most wanted man I could also see that he was wearing out physically.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:00 AM)
    This is not Anno bitching about otakus jacking off to his characters and turning around and selling Rei panties, this isn’t the idiots at Shaft throwing around meaningless camera angles and the oh-so-symbolic teeth brushing scenes, this is a human being looking you in the eye with fear and telling you that he’s dying; morbid, honest, moving and remarkable.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:55 AM)
    Given my rants regarding Birdman it should be clear that I’m a sucker for these rare instances where the line between movie and reality get blurred- when an actor looks at a camera and just bares their heart out. This is the realism that reality tv tried but could never capture. this is art in one of its most sincere forms.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:50 AM)
    Oh yeah Hoffman was a massive talent and a beloved actor, so I don’t take it lightly when I call Synecdoche his greatest role ever. Given his death and knowing the circumstances of his life at the time imbues this performance with a chilling sincerity that just breaks your heart and leaves you in awe.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:42 AM)
    Oh Andrew Niccol, oh how the mighty have fallen.
    Hoffman showed up in Capote and most wanted man, the latter which I especially love and there need to be more thrillers of that vein coming out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:37 AM)
    It’s funny how they also each have a Nicolas Cage movie. Kaufman has Adaptation and Niccol has Lord of War. Although despite the usual Cage antics neither of those movies is really that bad.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:33 AM)
    Eternal Sunshine and The Truman Show are the two roles where Jim Carrey really demonstrated his acting chops well outside of his usual comfort zone. But Kaufman moved forward from Sunshine with the superior Synecdoche, while Andrew Niccol went from doing Truman Show and Gattaca to doing young adult garbage like The Host *wretches*
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:28 AM)
    @Emma: yeah you’ll most likely enjoy it. On the surreàl scale it lies somewhere between Birdman and Holy Mountain, so although it’s peppered with symbolic imagery and thematic shots it’s still a personal story about a man’s struggle when faced with his own demise. Although a lofty statement, this is in my onion philip seymour hoffman’s best performance, and his untimely death adds another incredibly rich level of nuance to this movie.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:20 AM)
    @Bam: Adaption, Nicholas Cage =< a guilty pleasure actor to watch for the most part and little more.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:12 AM)
    @Bam: The more you mentiom Synecdoche, the more interested I get. Malcovich was a creative idea for a film and Eternal sunshine was a good spin on the romance genre which gave Jim Carrey a film worth acting in.
    Riki-oh if anything is just a heck of alot of fun.

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