Monday, 26 March 2012

Future Diary - Mirai Nikki - Episode 23

It's the end of the world as we know it, and Yuno feels fine....

With all of the other diary owners deceased, we're finally down to just First and Second (aka Yukiteru and Yuno) - very much a case of "just as planned" for our favourite yandere girl, I would say.  With Deus ex Machina effectively about to shuffle off his mortal coil, the end of the world is very much nigh, as our two remaining participants in this survival game look to make the best of their final days.

Of course, there's a rather fraught relationship to be found here, particularly on Yukkii's part as he understandably worries about quite literally being stabbed in the back - a suspicion towards Yuno that only upsets her more and more, until Yukiteru decides that she clearly loves him too much to be harmful to him as he opens up to her and relaxes around Yuno.  This is all well and good until Yukiteru decides to mention the final mention seen on Akise's phone before his life was extinguished - a suggestion that this Yuno Gasai has already taken part in and won this survival game once, and is now reliving the entire thing all over again.  Yuno doesn't exactly take kindly to this accusation, but it's Murmur who turns up to give Yukiteru the evidence he needs to believe this outlandish possibility.  So, now Yuno's true identity has been revealed, exactly what is he going to do about it?

While some series have suffered form their descent into lunacy, Mirai Nikkihas never done anything other than revel in it, and once again its crazy plot twists work perfectly against that backdrop to provide scintillating entertainment.  Indeed, this week's revelations are not far short of pure genius in terms of making the viewer jump from their seat in a more expletive-laden equivalent to saying "no way!" - a perfect twist in the tale that moves us onwards towards what could be a thrilling finale.  Even if Mirai Nikki does somehow manage to screw up its ending, it's certainly been one Hell of a ride.

1 comment:

Awet M said...

Definitely the most fun I've ever had watching anime since Neon Genesis Evangelion hit the US in 1997!