Mirai Nikki Review
“Survival of the Fittest”
“Survival of the Fittest”
With love, wishes and world’s salvation on the line, one must survive in the most cruelest battle ever, a survival of the fittest, where 12 combatants fight with each other, and only the last survivor will be granted a wish of his own.
The anime revolve around Amano Yukiteru, an unsociable boy who prefers to be alone. He observes the surroundings around him as a bystander and writes just about anything in his diary. He even talks with his imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina. Little did he know that Deus is actually real, and is the genuine god of Time and Space. Since his reign is almost over, he forced a battle royale upon him and eleven others, a total of twelve. The twelve contestants are bestowed upon special diaries that can predict the future, each of them predicts the future in it’s own unique ways. The last one standing in the end will become the new God of Time and Space.
Mira Nikki is a psychological thriller, and is one of the best in it’s own game. The system created behind the battle royale feels a bit odd at first. Twelve diary holders, which possess an ability to predict the future. However, this simple concept turn everything and everyone into a manslaughter, with each trying their best to outwit other combatants and ultimately murders them. Information becomes your main weapon and knowledge is the ultimate power.
Stuck in a game where survival is the fittest, meet Yukiteru and Yuno, two individuals with two very contrasting personalities, yet, they work together to defeat the other diary holders. Yukiteru for one, doesn’t want any part of the survival game, and only desired a peaceful life. Because of his weak nature, he quickly befriended anyone in order to protect himself, most notably, Gasai Yuno, the yandere girl who is madly in love with him.
Yukiteru is just like any other kid, an ordinary boy, who desired a peaceful life more so then anything. The anime highlights the normality of Yukiteru quite well, presented in his development. His mind is fragile, he is weak, he is unbearably human. He had to protect himself no matter what, and even relied on Yuno, who is basically a “walking bomb”, for protection. Like any other kid, he is quick to panic and make rash decisions: his fake confessions, his aim to return everything to normal and so on. At the end of the day, he is still just an ordinary boy at heart, which makes him pretty controversial or to be more blunt, somewhat lame.
Unsurprisingly, Gasai Yuno is the most groundbreaking character of the series. Yuno is the epitome of obsession and insanity, she stalks, lies, fights and murders everyone, just for the sake of “Yukki”. Like any other classic yandere, she is quick to jealousy and wouldn’t mind a corpse or two just in order to be with her beloved one. Her thoughts are always centered around Yukki, even if her actions may be a bit wild and extreme.
What I find a bit repetitive with Mirai Nikki’s character developments, are how almost all the twelve diary holders, had a reason or logical conclusion in the past which manifested into the characters they are now, as if they are using their past experiences to justify their current actions. Yuno, for example, had a bad childhood experience where her parents, demands Yuno to be a better person overall, then proceeds to lock her up in a cage and strictly controls her need of food and sleep. Undoubtedly, she murdered her own parents. Likewise, Minene’s hatred for religion, which stems from her past where her parents were killed, leads her to become the harbringer of destruction to those associated with God.
The visuals are good. The animations are up to par with modern anime, which provides us with excellent battle sequences. The designs for Yukiteru’s imaginative world is excellent too, and paired up with a bit of modern 3D animations is beautiful. But if you prefer to watch all of Mirai Nikki in it’s gory glory, I would suggest trying out the blu-rays, since there are quite a lot of censorships without them. Usually, anime blu-rays are just a way of watching your favorite ecchi anime with a “bit more exposure” but I think Mirai Nikki, it actually heightens the overall excitement and enjoyment, since you will be watching all the killings and murders in more open manner. Speaking of which, I wonder why Mirai Nikki had to even censor a knife stab.. even some random shounen anime would air that with no problem at all.
Mirai Nikki has great of OPs and EDs. In fact, both “Kuusou Mesorogiwi” and “filament” by Yousei Teikoku, is the best openings and endings respectively I had ever heard. It’s rock, which gives you the feeling of energy and yet, the melodies give you the feelings of despair and misery. Its a nice combination which fits Mirai Nikki’s general atmosphere.
It is also interesting to know that most of the creation behind Mirai Nikki’s characters are directly connected to the gods and goddesses of Rome, especially Jupiter (Yukiteru), Juno (Yuno), and Minerva (Minene), where said characters were the main focal points of the anime. The lyricists even inputted the names of the Gods and Goddesses into the OP track: “ConsentesDei/Juno/Juppiter/Minerva/Apollo/Mars/Ceres/Mercurius/Diana/Bacchus/Vulcanus/Pluto/Vesta/Venus.” Smart move.
Mirai Nikki is unpredictable, even when some of the presentation towards the near end of the series seems slightly generic, the revelation in regards to the multiple world surprises me. The battles in the third world are pretty hard-boiled, and incorporating time paradoxes in the third world reinforces the excitement. I’m lost at the ending though, while it’s nice that all the other twelve combatants had respective pleasing closures to their part of the tales, there are some things I don’t understand, like is it even necessary for MurMur to have multiple world selves? And why did Yuno and Yukiteru took 10,000 years just to presumably reunite with each other. I think that epilogue scene from the anime is from here, and I really wonder why the producers left out that part, it looks so damn awesome, a giant Yuno!
Mirai Nikki is filled with constant plot twists, some thrilling, some exciting, and some ridiculous. They are suspenseful and drags in viewers, leaving them not what to expect of next. It is a great anime for sure, and it is worth trying it out even if these genres aren’t your cup of tea.