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
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 12:48 AM)
    @Bam: =O Conan the barbarian as a berserker or saber servant
    I feel like going the easy route and suggesting Cesare Borgia =O!
    Not going to happen but I’d love to see more gunwielders though =)
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 12:39 AM)
    In case of Washington, yeah, that might be a bit in bad taste, but how many anime Ceasars have you seen by now? nobody seemed to care. Also in case of Häyhä it might prove a good thing to use his name and make the younger generation, who don’t know jack shit about these men, learn of their greatness.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 12:35 AM)
    @Emma: Most of them are obscured enough to not warrant a reaction from any group or affiliation. I mean seriously, how much do we even know about Gilgamesh? Also these are ancient mythical heroes so they are in a way the inheritance of mankind and nobody can claim a special domain over their use. Maybe Sumerians could, but they are all long gone.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 12:25 AM)
    Ah one may complain about how type-moon uses historical/mythical characters, to each their own but really nothing compares to poor Oda Nobunaga, the Japanese Sengoku characters and all that three kingdoms stuff, the treatment they were given in other anime.
  • Zo
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 12:18 AM)
    Or, how about we don’t bring them back and stain their memory by turning them into retarded anime characters? You know, like what they’ve done in the series so far?
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 12:06 AM)
    Also they don’t really need magical concealment, they are snipers after all, stealth and not giving away your position is something they train for, and apparently do pretty well. Häyhä killed more than 500 Soviet soldiers and they were still confused about from where they’re being shot at. It was -20°C and he was hidden in snow biting down on ice so they can’t see him or his breath. That right there is a Heroic Spirit if there ever was one.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 11:59 PM)
    @Aidan: yeah I had the Assassin class in mind as well. Archer is not a bad candidate either, but they are still way too hands on to be a sniper; although given that could be due to this Archer’s style more than anything. And as much OP as they are a sniper still doesn’t even need to engage them, just take out the masters from miles away much faster than a deflectable arrow.
  • k-off
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 08:15 PM)
    @Aidan Lol, Medusa was a different story- she had no known fighting tool by which she could be classified, which is why it was so easy for them to make shit up for her. Whereas with the heros we know what weapons they used, we don’t have as much leeway.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 08:02 PM)
    Alright I can get on board with Joan of Arc and Saber looking very similer, even mordred has a good excuse. But this is just a shoddy attempt to avoid not having the Fate/stay night poster girl in a game.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 07:59 PM)
    @K-Off, not really. I mean Medusa is a rider and the mythlogical beast is hardly know for riding a vehilce. All you really need to do is make there noble phantasm related to the class. Still would you even want anyone from the later centuries? The mythlogical heroes were OP as f*ck.
    Also Emperor Augustus has already been summoned as a servent. And get this…it’s red saber.
    http://typemoon.wikia.com/wiki/Playable_Saber_(Fate/Extra)

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