Yuki has isolated himself from his high school student life; even his cell phone reflects his detachment, since it only contains information about his surroundings. In his fantasies Yuki is chosen by his friend Deux Ex Machina to participate in a survival game of twelve people, each with a clairvoyant personal diary. The remaining survivor will become the new Lord of Time and Space. However, Yuki wakes from his fantasy to find that his dreams have become reality; his diary now has entries from the future about his surroundings, and he learns that his classmate Yuno is also participating. Even worse, Yuki finds an entry for his imminent Dead End. To stay alive he becomes Yuno's partner, but her diary only contains what will happen to her beloved Yuki. Yuno swears to protect Yuki and uphold her unwavering love for him; she will protect their bond, no matter who she has to get rid of.
Mirai Nikki is a manga that follows the story of a bystander who's always writing a diary with his cellphone. Not long after the manga starts, this young man is caught in a game of survival or rather...destiny. A game that only one will remain and stand on top of everyone's corpse, a game of mutinies, a game which even god is digusted to look at, and a game...of affection.Story: 8/10First impression i got when i read this manga was "this is so Higurashi and DeathNote combined", turns out i wasn't really wrong. While being 30-50 pages per chapter can almost guarantee the depth of the story, this manga deepens it even more with well-placed interactions between the characters. The past and backgrounds of the characters are quite easy to comprehend. The story is good, but it isn't all that special.Artwork: 7/10Nothing's special about the artwork, really. It's just enough, though i'd really like Mirai Nikki to be an anime series with much darker artwork than the manga.Characters: 7/10Not much, the main guy,Yuki is not even interesting up until the newest chapter translated. Now,if you take a look at my avatar, you'll know that i like Yuno as a character. Why? the sole reason is that she's a pure "yandere", no will other than to protect her loved one, Other characters are pretty generic except for Akise, which seems...to like Yuki more than friends, the newest chapter comfirms this even more. I don't like shounen-ai, so if this continues and with less Yuno appearance, i might drop it without a second thought.Overall: 7.3/10All in all, this manga is not bad, it's almost the other way around. I admit sometimes, there are mangas that's not really for everyone, if you like gore or "guro", you'd probably wanna give this one a try (though the portion has been decreased as the chapter goes). If you don't really like "guro" this one is quite okay, if you pay attention to the story at least.
I like the concept a lot, and the art is nice (I like the style of drawing hair) but the characters so far don't seem to be very complex or realistic. This is a problem since the entire story is driven by how the characters play off each others' actions. The main characters is pretty relatable and believable even if he doesn't do much or have very complex emotions, (hey, he's a teenager) but his stalker doesn't make a lot of sense, (if she's the popular girl, why didn't she just tell him she liked him? She's obviously not shy about it. Stalkers stalk from a lack of confidence..) and so far none of the other players in the game have shown any fear or insecurity, even though they're in exactly the same position as the main kid. They are very flat characters, mostly portrayed as simple enemies. Also, the diaries. When do they get written? Come on, don't say it's their future selves if they don't ever end up doing it. Sloppy writing. (Plus why are they all phones? Doesn't anyone write on paper?) I'll change this review if these things change, but it doesn't seem like they're going to.
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