Posted by psgels on 6 April 2012 with categories: Mirai Nikki

Okay… so now this show just pulled stuff out of its ass to push its plot further. The result was weird and kindof interesting, don’t get me wrong, but where did Ninth’s resurrection suddenly come from, and why does she suddenly have flying, time travel and teleportation powers. Overall this episode was a bit too much convenient storytelling.

Still, I have to admit: this episode did something new to the resurrecting and time-travel tropes. I mean, for a minute I face-palmed when I found out that the creators were basically going to resurrect the cast again (so much for those death scenes, eh), but I actually really liked how this episode brought distinction in the people from different time-lines. It acknowledged that everyone Yukiteru knew is still dead, and it clearly labeled Yukiteru as an idiot for trying to save yet another Yuno. Time really got screwed over here, and that was a nice idea.

Oh, and this episode also explained why it was such a big deal that Yukiteru saw the corpses of Yuno’s family… only that it doesn’t… I mean, first of all they were terribly hidden. Yuno had plenty of time to clean things up, and she invited Yukiteru to her house, knowing that there was a really obvious room that anyone with a curiosity would want to check out. Second: wasn’t it Akise who found out Yuno’s identity? Didn’t he find out about that on his own?

Also, I keep finding it a bit morbid that the day that the creators chose for the world to end… happens to be my birthday. Are you trying to send me some sort of subtle message, Mirai Nikki?
Rating: *+ (Great)

12 Responses

  1. Bass.EXE says:

    “where did Ninth’s resurrection suddenly come from, and why does she suddenly have flying, time travel and teleportation powers”

    Deus split his power with her. They explained that

  2. Flawfinder says:

    As stated by Bass, the Ninth thing was foreshadowed all the way back in Episode 20 and it was explained.

    Regarding this statement:

    “Oh, and this episode also explained why it was such a big deal that Yukiteru saw the corpses of Yuno’s family… only that it doesn’t… I mean, first of all they were terribly hidden.”

    Yuki never looked in that room in the first world (back when the corpses were only the parents). As stated back in Episode 3 (although it was ambiguous at the time), when he did that, he started a chain of events that caused the second world to diverge from the first world. Because of the events of the first world, Yuno didn’t count on him opening the door in the second world. And I’m pretty sure that Akise getting involved was a butterfly effect caused by Yuki opening that door.

  3. Armpit says:

    Can you guys tell me if the anime is actually following the manga? I am planning on buying the bd when they are all out in Japan, but i’m curious as to how much, if anything , has been changed.

    • brianwuzhere says:

      It’s been pretty faithful to the manga.

    • Suzushina Yuriko says:

      It follows the manga pretty closely, but they did do anime original things sometimes. I don’t think the Akise and Friends hot spring thing ever actually happened and was added in for extra fanservice. Also, Yuno’s death trap for Akise and Friends was changed from pouring concrete to gas. It makes more sense logically but Akise’s intelligence was sacrificed, sadly. I think the explanation of Murmur was a bit different as well.

      Those are the three I can remember off the top of my head.

  4. Suzushina Yuriko says:

    “The result was weird and kind of interesting, don’t get me wrong, but where did Ninth’s resurrection suddenly come from, and why does she suddenly have flying, time travel and teleportation powers.”

    Sometimes I feel like you don’t actually pay attention to some of the episodes you’re watching… Also, their God of Space and Time is called Deus ex Machina, so you should have been expecting something like this.

    Flawfinder’s comment above explained the deal with the corpse room, so I don’t have to say anything about that.

  5. Sei says:

    Are you aware you just reveal your birthday to the whole world, psgels? :))

    The ending will make you facepalm even more. However, it’s undeniable that the story is one hell of a fun trip.

  6. Trass says:

    Yup, Ninth being able to use Deus’ powers was foreshadowed properly. In case you didn’t remember, around episode 20 Deus started talking to himself that Murmur is planning something and he has not much time left, so he had to take action. Thus he called Ninth into a closed space where Murmur can’t interfere. In there, he stabbed Ninth with his arm and Ninth felt like something was done to her.

  7. Mormegil says:

    Happy Birthday, psgels.

    And, yes, Mirai Nikki has finally jumped the shark. Oh well, I’m still enjoying the mess.

  8. hoiut says:

    Mirai Nikki IS the shark. Always messy and enjoyable it is, indeed!

    • Oroboros says:

      Succinctly put. Mirai Nikki both transcends and subverts the dreaded enemies of all logical narratives: plot holes with self-aware deus ex machinas. Most critics fail to see this, that in its sheer madcap energy and wall-to-wall insanity the show absorbs every fatal flaw and blows them to smithereens.

      Then again… imagine if a superior studio like Shaft or Gainax adapted the source material? Would that blow my description to smithereens as well? ;)

  9. hoiut says:

    So it doesn’t fall victim to its flaws, it embraces them. Mirai Nikki didn’t jump the shark — Mirai Nikki IS the shark, in every sense of the term but the literal.

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  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:47 AM)
    Though Aidan this is your chance to throw up a full review as a blog post that isn’t for an ongoing series.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:37 AM)
    Wait, ha I’ve figured it out, most of his work I couldn’t give a toss enough to get immersed in the plots either. Though yes I got immersed in Saya, which really goes to show that if a story is good enough to me I should be able to be fairer and not be too hard on the characterization.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:32 AM)
    Even though his works alienate me with their poor characterization, still still I was able to not care about that issue in Kikokugai and Saya no uta.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:24 AM)
    I forgot to say also a few pages back it needed more action scenes also. I could honestly see myself getting distracted from the thinness of it if there were more.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:24 AM)
    I wasn’t tying Gargania and Aldnoah. Hell Gargania was a step in the right direction for characters. Problem was that Gen only gave an outline. It Gen can’t write characters then he should leave them to other people and just handle story structure and the plot. It worked pretty damn well for Fate/zero.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:21 AM)
    But I’ve got a feeling Juno might not be so bothered by psycho pass 2 I do recall him saying before it aired he gave off the suggestion wasn’t going to come down hard on Tow.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:20 AM)
    *I’d
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:20 AM)
    I really wish Juno was here, really would right now because I’ love to see him argue for psycho pass 2 and Expelled from paradise.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:19 AM)
    I can’t really tie stuff like Gargantia and Aldnoah, even psycho pass 2 much up to Gen he wasn’t heavily involved enough.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:18 AM)
    I saw potential before I watched it I did with the actual setup.

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