Mirai Nikki Episode 1 – First Impressions

Notice the presence of yandere

First Episode Here

“Holy God, Yandere!!!!!!”  This seems to be the reason about 90 percent of the people who are excited for this show are looking forward to it, because of the damn yandere.  Look, yandere’s aren’t as annoying and as constantly present as tsundere’s, but they’re both the same think over and over again.

Yukiteru Amano is a textbook loser loner, who spends a mojority of his life writing in his cell-phone diary about any little mundane thing he sees in life.  His other hobby’s include throwing darts, which he apparently keeps on his person at all times, and sitting in his room and thinking about his loser imaginary world.  His magic escape from reality is populated by a CG skeleton thing, named Deus ex Machina, and a little imp girl, named Muru Muru.  So one day when Yukiteru is nonchalantly chatting with Jack Skellington and the Ewok, Skeleton tells him that he wishes to play a game with Yukiteru.

Um… I don’t think that’s what that is

When Yukiteru wakes up the next day, he finds his diary already filled out describing things that he hasn’t done yet.  As the day goes on the entries made in his diary slowly come true, and Deus tells Yukiteru that he has given his diary the ability to tell the future.  As he continues to use the diary, he easily coasts through his days at school, as he knows the answers to the tests, who will talk to him and what he’ll see.  At first he thinks that having the diary is the greatest thing ever, as most people would, but one day he sees an entry that says he will be murdered by a street killer….

ENTER YANDERE!!!!!!!

This is when Yuno Gasai makes her yandere appearance, stating that she too has a future diary, that predicts Yukiteru’s future (Because she stalks him…. because she’s a yandere).  Yuno helps him by telling him where he will die and making him go off the course of his future, essentially re-writing it.  They lead Jason Voorhees to the roof, where Yukiteru usese his dart skillz to destroy his diary, which causes the killer to implode on himself.

Go ahead, divide by zero, see if I care

After this, all of the player of Skeletors “game” are summoned to the Evangelion Seele room and are explained the rules of the game.  The basic idea is to kill everyone else by using the future diary to track their moves and see what will happen.  However, if someone changes their future, by altering what is predicted on the diary, everyone’s diary will change accordingly.  And then Deus is pretty much: “Hey, Yukiteru is the guy to beat, so you guys all better just kill his ass first”.

This was a pretty good first episode, but I don’t think it got everything right.  The game seems to start for no reason; literally the CG skeleton just randomly gives him this thing and says “Oh yeah, we’re playing a game now, so you better serious the fuck up”.  It seemed to really rush into what it’s about, which isn’t a bad thing, but it all just felt sort of unexplained.  I guess it’s kind of like Eden of the East, with using the phones to track the other players and having a lot of mystery surrounding the players and the game itself.  The art was well done except for the CG Deus ex Machina thing.  Japan, you suck ass at CG stuff, stick to 2D stuff, we’ve got 3D covered over here.  It seems like a good and interesting story, but maybe that’s just because I really want it to be a new Eden, but I’m not so sure that’ll happen.

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Posted on October 10, 2011, in First Impression and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. i have read the manga to mirai nikki, when i just saw -here- that the anime is coming up i was like WHAT?!?, now i just find it sad that it’s just a OVA which seems so extremely shortcut that it’s a basic ‘trailer’ for the Manga… (which is often the case with OVA’s ^^’)

    well, the Manga to Mirai Nikki is awesome! so i guess the OVA will somewhat develop too^^

    Keep up the awesome ‘First Impressions’,
    ~leaves while wondering why my animesite did not tell me about that anime~

    • Thanks a lot, I’m actually looking forward to this show, because the OVA was only eight minuets long to cover an almost 10 volume manga (at that point at least), and that it seemed like a pilot for an anime than a stand alone project.

      • Did you drop this anime or something?

        I just had a revelation after watching the 4th episode. I did date an Yandere earlier this year. Sweet. Fancy. MOSES. This girl wasn’t as psychotic as Yuno Gasai, but the overall obsession was very similar. Despite the obvious over-the-top nature of this show, my flashbacks are tough sometimes.

      • No, I didn’t drop it, just haven’t really had anything to say about it.

  2. Well with a name like Deus ex Machina, I suppose imaginary friend god has the right to just get the plot going. 😄
    I agree this first episode felt a bit disjointed (e.g. He brings darts with him to school? Why?), but it certainly was interesting to watch. And I’m just as interested to see what Yuki does as I am for Yuno, so I think this will be a pretty exciting series.

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