Mirai Nikki: A survival game where cell phones are the main weapon. It’s all about strategy, anticipation and the power of yandere!
In A Nutshell
Mirai Nikk is a survival game series in which the contestants are forced to kill each other to become the next God before the world ends on Day 90. To do so, God gives each contestant a different cell phone with a different diary, all of them having something to do with predicting or controlling the future. The story follows Yukiteru Amano, a loner who spends all his time writing a diary on his phone and talking to his imaginary friend Deus Ex Machine, the God of Time and Space. One day, Yukiteru will meet Gasai Yuno, a girl from his classroom who is hopelessly in love with him, and who also happens to be a future diary owner.
Meet the Characters
Yukiteru (or ‘Yuki’, as you will get used to hearing), is the main character of the series. He’s diary owner number 1, or ‘First’. Yuki is a shy and loner highschool boy who spends all the time on his phone. He’s perceived as weak and cowardly among other diary owners. Yuki is also a very good person (maybe too good for this game) as he states that he doesn’t want to kill anybody, an attitude that is seen as delusional by many others.
Yuno is the second main character of the series. She’s diary owner number 2, or ‘Second’. She goes to the same class as Yuki and quickly falls in love with him. Unlike Yukiteru, Yuno is very skilled when it comes to fighting and doesn’t seem to be bothered by murder, often freaking Yukiteru out with her assassination skills. Yuno has also become popular in the anime community for being the perfect definition of ‘yandere‘.
A Brief History of Mirai Nikki: The When, Where and How
Mirai Nikki (‘Future Diary’) is a Japanese manga series by Sakae Esuno. The manga was serialized in the Kadokawa Shoten‘s Shounen Ace between 2006 and 2010. A 26-episode anime adaptation produced by Asread aired between October 2011 and April 2012. An 11-episode live-action drama series later aired in 2012.
Why It’s Awesome
Mirai Nikki is a special case when it comes to anime because it’s that kind of series that you either hate or love. The fanbase will obviously tell you that it’s a masterpiece, while other people will just say it’s all stereotypical and predictable and, for the most part, wasted potential.
Focusing on the good tings first, Mirai Nikki has a great start. It begins by presenting a very unique plot, a pretty interesting dynamic between the two main characters, and a clear goal: to kill the other diary owners to become God. From Battle Royale to The Hunger Games, stories about survival games and racing to be the last one standing have always been successful when done well, and Mirai Nikki is no exception.
The story has its twists and turns and, while many people will tell you that many things are predictable, there are some really interesting plot twists that were very hard to predict. Everything that happened was properly foreshadowed, but not every thing was properly explained, and the reason why many things weren’t so predictable was because they were a bit too over the top.
If you like the idea of survival games from the start, you will definitely enjoy this anime. While the animation and the OST are not so great (never underestimate the power these two factors can have in making an anime go from average to awesome), Mirai Nikki still offers some pretty remarkable and well-executed scenes that make the series worth watching if you really like the genre.
|Animation & OST||6’5/10|