I started watching Mirai Nikki after finishing the previous season's offerings (except for Steins;Gate, but oh well). Mostly because I just wanted a new series to take the place of Blue Exorcist and No.6 in that "I'm looking forward to next week because new episode" sense. It was chosen because the description was interesting enough. I watched the first episode, thought it was good, but not great and then I "forgot" about it. Four weeks later (I know it was four weeks because by that time, episode five was out), I decided to give it another chance, to finally decide whether I will watch it or not. Seeing as how I've marked the latest episode as "Watching", it's rather obvious what happened. It become very exciting, living up to its "high stakes" tag and the excitement inherent to it.
However, I still wasn't convinced of its greatness. There was something bothering me about it - the cuteness. The contrast between psychological terror, emotional pain and all sorts of physical brutality and cruelty on the one hand and self-indulgent silly cuteness on the other wasn't doing the quality of the show any favors. Fortunately, this was mostly confined to the post-endings, so I decided to live with it. The "god" was also very irritating, not to mention really poorly animated/modeled, but oh well.
This is all just a setup for the big realization which is the reason I'm writing this - that pair, let's call them God and Angel, are rather sinister. While it might be obvious in the case of God (despite his calming reassurances and peaceful tea drinking), the same doesn't hold for the Angel. There was even a sort of justification for the entire thing - God is dying, therefore a heir is needed. Why would the heir need to be a vicious, murderous sort is left unanswered, of course. Perhaps this is all in Yukki's head and he's got (even yet more) issues. I haven't read the manga, so I don't really know.
That's another thing - only yesterday I realized I had marked the manga as Want to Read a long time ago, for the same reason I started watching the anime - the description was interesting enough. I forgot all about it, of course, and the fact that is "Future Diary" and this is "Mirai Nikki" didn't help me make the connection, heh.
Anyway, back to the sinister part - it dawned upon me during the last episode's post-ending - the Angel is going around and enticing people to join the game. And it's not always bad people. And the last victim was a child. Telling a not-quite-sane guy wanting to be a hero or a even-less-sane kid they could become whatever they want if only they win at this game is baiting. And though I'm not sure why is this presented in such a cutesy fashion, I'm now certain it is nowhere as (disgustingly) cute as it looks.
Except for Mirai Nikki, I've been following Un-Go, as is perhaps obvious from the title of this post. It's...good. That's all. Unlike MN, this one has no chance at greatness, but that's okay, it's still fun and interesting. It would seem I have a thing for mystery / detective shows (and films...and books...and games...), so I think I'm fairly competent when it comes to rating them. This one would be middle tier for now. We'll see.
And finally, Hunter x Hunter. I marked the old one Want to Watch some time ago, and I didn't really bother checking what the new one was - I assumed it was a continuation of the story, and that it made no sense to watch it before the older series. Well, nope, it's a remake. Sort of like Z/Kai, though this is all-new and I have no idea will they keep it lean or not. Having devoured the available episodes, I must say I hope they will, since what I've seen so far has been excellent. I'm almost shocked with how good it is - eight episodes of shounen without a dull moment or unnecessary goofiness? As a certain monkey from a certain other shounen (damn it, another one...) I've started watching recently would say, hype to the max :)
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