Anime Review: Mirai Nikki – 16


I know “lol” has become the internet equivalent to “uhm”, but if you didn’t laugh out loud at this face, you probably hate fun.


It’s a testament to how much I hate Yuki that I hate his dad less than him. Kurou is a terrible character in multiple ways. From inside the narrative, he’s a pretty pathetic, lousy character. Though I have to admit, Yuki and Uryuu’s reactions to Kurou added a great comedy aspect to the episode. Getting Uryuu involved is always a great thing. In terms of the storyline, he’s just a means to an end, more so than his mom was. He’s basically a proxy for Eleventh so that Eleventh can work inside the game without risking himself. And having Kurou be the pawn is a pretty genius move, if you take his relationship to Yuki into consideration. In any case, he was an excellent addition to the story, given what he does and what he represents.

It never really occurred to me before this, but Yuno acts very much in accordance with Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. If you take away the overtly scary aura and dial down the obsessive personality, she’s pretty much Yuki’s personal robot. I don’t know how well this analogy holds up, but so far, she’s been pretty predicable. Her actual method may be unusual or unexpected, but her motives are almost always true to Asimov’s Laws. I don’t know if it’s because I’m now used to Yuno (again) or it’s because of this observation, but I am less impressed with her as a catalyst. She’s still an amazing yandere, but the enjoyment from Mirai Nikki comes less and less from Yuno and now more and more on overall plot. 


It looks like Seventh will be dealt with before Eighth does, with Eleventh being the last diary user to be confronted. But I don’t know if that prediction will hold; everything is very much in flux. All the diary owners now have a finger in the pie, so to speak, so it’s not clear who is going to get killed first. It helps keep Mirai Nikki interesting at the very least, and it’s been a phenomenal watch in this last half. 

GO Rating: 3.5/5

Ernie Capagal

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