Posted by psgels on 9 April 2012 with categories: Mirai Nikki

Whoa. Mindscrew!

This episode was a lot of fun to watch, and perfect for the penultimate climactic battle. It was completely over the top, but worked really well. It’s a bit of a strange decision to go on for three weeks longer than every other show of the past season, but it really worked out. I have to praise the producers of this series for taking the time for that. It’s a shame that to fill up the lost time, we were treated to those boring skits at the end of each episode, but heck: they can be skipped. I complained about them, but in the end they are a neat trick to get rid of that nasty limitation where episodes all need to be 20 minutes long.

Also, for a minute I was fearing that the series just cheaply pushed the reset button, but the creators really did some interesting things with it, especially with how the different timelines started to intertwine. Especially Yuno stabbing her own father was a bit surreal, especially how we saw a completely different side of him now.

Then this episode also used a classic twist that a lot of penultimate episodes like to pull: the illusion where characters just live their lives without any problem. It was with a little twist, though: Yukki knew what he was going into, and what Yuno was doing, but he was slowly drawn into it.

Oh, when Murmur went berserk, things really got crazy. It also was really well animated. Probably the best animation of the entire series and Asread definitely brought in a talented animator for that scene.
Rating: **+ (Excellent+)

8 Responses

  1. Skoopman says:

    Holy crap. I slowly lost all my expectations in terms of animation. Looking at Mirai Nikki, the animation quality dropped every episode, but the fighting scene was really really nice. I hope they don’t screw up the last episode.

    • 7godeohs says:

      You’ll have to define “screw up” a little more. If you mean, you hope it closely follows the ending of the manga (which you may or may not have read) then I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

      Now if you’re talking about how satisfactory the ending will be then you’ll either love it or hate it. There will be no middle ground, believe me it’s pretty divisive. :)

  2. Roninski says:

    Ahh, I remember way back when you were still sceptical about pretty much everything – characters, plot-holes, Yukiteru. It’s been great watching you slowly come to understand the brilliance of this fantastic series =D

  3. seventh biscuit says:

    Seeing all the diary users again was nice. Especially Twelfth.

    Seriously can’t wait for next week.

  4. RABUJOI says:

    Very good penultimate episode with a kick-ass climactic battle. We’re really curious to see how Yukkii is going to get out of the dream world Yuno made for him, and if he’ll even be able to re-muster the will to leave. Is he just playing along in there, or has he fallen under the spell of a happy perfect world? With Super-Ninth dead (again…we think), who will have the power to free him, or even know he’s in there?

  5. Vonter says:

    I know is cliched but I’m hoping the other diary holders unleash pandemonium on Yuno. I’m wondering if she could beat them all at once.

  6. Raye peneber says:

    Yeah, I have a feeling that all the other diary owners will come back in some battle royale.

    The animation was so slick in that fight scene. I’m wondering why they held back for so long! This series would get some major points if it had a few more. I loved Marumaru’s facial expression so much, potential avatar for me once I find a sill I like :D

  7. aline says:

    wow. I’ve been dissapointed with the anime compared to the manga… until these last few episodes. Somehow they’re much, much better :)! really enjoying this.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:07 PM)
    @Aidan: then the best solution would’ve been to make a two cour season covering the 2nd and the 3rd book. Have the cours air two anime seasons apart, and in the middle have an offshoot short OVA that covers the 1st book, but has a more harem comedy feel to it. Think Full Metal Panic and Fumuffu.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 01:34 PM)
    @bam, Muv Luv has the problem that most of its brillence lies in the third title. But in order for the third title to have the same effect you need to read the first two. Successful or not, I doubt theres animation studio willing to go all in and adapt the full trilogy. There’s also the issue of the first title being a really mediocre harem.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 12:48 PM)
    just a glimpse at the tip of the iceberg of reasons why y’all need a PS4 for the upcoming year:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3Hz8eXWHNY
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 08:09 AM)
    Why they didn’t adapt the original Muv Luv novel or Alternative is a mystery to me. Wasn’t the VN really successful? Whats with these offshoot shows instead of doing the real deal? They are avoiding it for some reason.

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