Yukkiteru is thrown into the middle of a deathmatch between people with cell phones who can predict the future, where the winner will become the new god. Yukkiteru is nearly killed, but is saved by Yuno, a girl who claims to love him but is obsessive. Will Yukkiteru become a god, or will Yuno kill him first?
I love the manga this show is based on, so it came highly anticipated. Now, this show is not exactly consistent or logical, but I’m willing to set aside my disbelief.
Mirai Nikki was enjoyable overall, but not quite as strong as it could have been. The first two thirds of the show seemed to alternate between good and terrible episodes. In particular, some of the episodes devoted to side characters (especially the kid and the dog guy) were just plain bad. The main character can be whiny and annoying at first as well.
One thing I especially disliked was that they turned the relationship between Ninth and the cop into a joke. That was pretty much my favorite part of the manga! Now, the jokes were funny, don’t get me wrong. But I’d prefer if they’d taken that part seriously.
But the one thing the manga (and the show) is good at is keeping things entertaining. The story is filled with ridiculous twists and turns, and will keep you watching. Yuno is also an excellent character: gentle and loving one moment, then strapping you to a chair naked across from a pile of skulls for two weeks the next. It’s a show worth watching, despite its faults.
- Storytelling – B – A good story, but not the best told; very inconsistent presentation.
- Voice – B – Great use of Yuno’s eyes.
- Characters – B – Yuno is great, the rest not so much. Yukkiteru and his school friends are especially lame.
- Attention Grab – A – Always leaves you second guessing what will happen next and keeps you glued to the screen.
- Production – B – Decent, although I didn’t like the orangish and dark color schemes.
- Overall – B
Recommendations – Steins; Gate, Higurashi