It's that time of the year again - yes, the summer holidays, where I engorge myself with anime. Oh joy of joys!
Mirai Nikki TV:
I'd heard of the concept of Mirai Nikki long before I watched it, including the fact that there was a creepy stalker girl. Well, Mirai Nikki took things way further than I ever thought it would. For one thing, Yuno isn't just your typical anime stalker girl. She's actually a creepy-ass stalker who, if she existed in real life, would scare the hell out of me. I know a lot of people hate Yukiteru cos he's so useless most of the time, but imagine if you were in his shoes. Not only does he have a stalker who's very good at what she does, he gets kidnapped by her and somehow ends up falling in some kind of twisted love with her, all the while suffering through a plethora of other things. Poor guy. Also, I thought that Minene copped more than her fair share of physical trauma too, but at least she had a happy outcome with a non-stalker guy. Now for the plot - it's definitely an interesting concept that hooked me from the get-go, but from the time the game starts for real, things kinda go downhill. And by the end of the anime, I think they forgot about Yukiteru's diary's weakness entirely and just made his diary all-knowing... but by that point the plot had turned into a weird love story more than anything else. Still, the plot twist was well executed and interesting and hooked the viewer again just when they were about to get bored. As for the animation, I thought it was nice and clean but rarely amazing (only Deus's chamber stood out to me). The voice acting, however, was really good - especially Yuno's plaintive 'Yukkii' that comes off as both cute and creepy at the same time, depending on the situation. So all in all, Mirai Nikki is worth watching for the crazy yandere and the complex plot, but it's not without its shortfalls.
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