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Its Otaku-chan here, doing what I do best, because, I really have no life…Mirai Nikki! So before I go on there’s just a little thing you should know. That is ‘Tsundere’ – a character who is initially cold and at times could be seen as hostile towards another person before gradully showing their warm and fuzzy side. Then there’s ‘Yandere’ or as I like to call it ‘Gasai Yuno Syndrome’. Keep this in mind.
The story follows ‘Yukiteru Amano’, often being called Yuki for short. He is initially a loner, spending most of his time writing in a diary on his cell phone and talking to what appears to be his imaginary friends ‘Deus Ex Machina’, the God of Time and Space and ‘Murmur, Deus’s servant. Before long Deus gives Yuki a special diary – foreseeing his own future entries and introducing him to a ‘game’ and that’s when the sugar hits the fan. The concept it incredible simple, 11 other people, each with their own special diaries are to compete in a Battle-Royale with the winner becoming the new god of Time and Space. He also meets Gasai Yuno – notable for her intelligence and beauty, she’s often seen as the model student however….she is obsessed with Yuki – her special diary pertaining only to Yuki thus dubbing her diary ‘Yukiteru Diary’. And thus the fun begins!
The characters are incredible! Each having what I deem would be their own personal obsession thus, a corresponding diary for all 12 characters. At times, the character’s go a little bit psychotic but it cant be helped, the story revolves around 1 winner.
Now, Gasai Yuno, out of the many female lead characters that stand out in my mind, she stands out above the rest. As I said before, she’s a intelligent and beautiful, and so she’s a little obsessed with Yuki. *I will always cherish my first misconception of Gasai Yuno* She’s is totally bat crap crazy-insane. Not by a little, but by a whole lot. She is willing to hurt and kill anyone who hurts Yuki (the other 10 contestants) which I understand, because her un-shaking devotion is incomparable. That being said, she is incredibly and constantly jealous of anyone and everyone who gets close to Yuki and more often than not, will try to harm and if given the chance, murderlize the crap out of them! She is the epitome of Yandere – to the umpth degree. Also, on many occasions she willing tells Yuki that she is willing to sacrifice herself in order for him to win the game. Her possessiveness of Yuki is so unbalanced that she does not show any concern to Yuki’s friends, often encouraging him to disregard their safety. All in all, its a something you have to watch to see the absolute depth (and depravity) of Gasai Yuno. The character who is obsessively cute yet dangerously destructive.
Though the series only has 26 episodes, it has a fairly good paced as well. Important plot points are revealed at even intervals so there wasn’t a moment where I felt bored. Just when I became complacent Boom! another plot twist that bends my mind! However, It does contains some humour, a mediocre amount of action, and crazy by the truckloads which I found very exciting at times. It is quiet a tragic love story, one that does test the boundaries and brings new meaning to the phrase ‘how much do you love me?’ Well with Valentine’s Day coming up I’m sure you will all find out soon…or not!
The animation is very good. There is an attention to detail in Mirai Nikki with the finishing product having a very sharp and clean look to the scenes. You might argue that I’m biased as I love anime, but seriously, this series does give me pride as an Otaku!
All in all, this series is a definite watch! You will either love it or hate it since its not everyone’s cup of tea. However, if you love the Yandere more than the Tsundere, look no futher! This series will have you obsessed til you reach the level that is ‘Gasai Yuno Syndrome’.
Visual – 9/10
Audio – 9/10
Star Rating – 4.5/5 stars
Again, its been my pleasure review Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) with you all!
From your friendly friend,