A thoughtful response to current anime.

Mirai Nikki – Episode 3

Last time on Mirai Nikki, Yukiteru, Yuno, and the policeman guy got together to form the “Mirai Nikki Alliance” to help one another out in the war to become God.  Of course, only one of them can win in the end, so at some point, as any faithful watcher of Survivor knows, the alliance will have to fall apart.  I’ll try not to speculate too much because I still know an episode or two’s worth of the plot from reading the manga.  But I have so many cool thoughts about clique formation that I wanna share! Let’s watch episode 3 of Mirai Nikki and get me closer to sharing them.

…thirty minutes pass…

Onee-chan is watching you.

We didn’t get as far as I’d hoped.  Partially, that’s because they spent more time than they really had to at the amusement park, but partly it’s because they included a lot of material about Minene that I didn’t recognize from the manga.  Maybe it’s material from later chapters than I read that they shifted around (I don’t think so?  it seems to contradict the manga’s account of her capture), but maybe the people making the anime realized how flat a character Minene was and decided to give her more characterization.  Either way, it’s a choice I’m in favor of.  If Minene’s going to be the main recurring antagonist of the series, she needs to become more interesting, fast.  Losing that ridiculous outfit is a good start.

They spent more time than they really had to at the amusement park, but I can’t say it was time badly spent.  Yuno’s a great character, and this episode was all about her, and how she throws the standard anime gratuitous-wish-fulfillment tropes right back in the collective faces of the audience.  Sure, it seems great that there is this chick who is constantly thinking about how much she loves you and she will protect you and kill anybody who might harm you.  And then you go to an amusement park and she does all sorts of cute stuff and takes various opportunities to rub various parts of her body against your body.  Things seem to be going great!  And then you visit her home, and there’s no power, and everything is wrong and the mask she puts on to be a part of human society falls away and you see her true form and you realize that insanity is not a strict positive.

(I can’t restrain myself anymore.  Very very general spoilers for the next episode or two might follow.)

Sorry, Yukiteru!  There’s no free lunch.  You can’t ever trust anyone, you either have to deal with it or go back to hiding under your blankets.  You wanted someone who would care about you, someone who would put your interests ahead of their own, but the sheer number of things that have to go haywire in a person’s brain to make that actually happen mean that if you can trust their loyalty you are miles away from being able to trust their judgment.  If you want someone to love you unconditionally, build an AI.  Otherwise, you’re going to have to deal with actual people.

Not that I’m suggesting he abandon Yuno.  Rather, he should deal with her as an actual person.  He keeps talking about using her as a tool, and she’s a great tool because her diary fills in all the gaps that his diary leaves out.  But she can’t stay just a tool.  Either she has to become his friend, and they can deal with her issues together, or she is doomed to be his enemy.


2 responses to “Mirai Nikki – Episode 3

  1. inuhanyou October 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Minene’s past was in a spinoff manga volume called migraine Nikki Mosaic. Its from the manga, the anime team just put it into the series in a different way. Also, BTW, what makes you say that minene has a flat characteer if you have only read a negligible amount of the manga?

    • suntzuanime October 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Well I read almost two volumes of the manga. Minene showed up a couple times, and didn’t seem well-characterized when she did. You can say, maybe she gets characterized more later, but that doesn’t make her interesting now. I don’t have infinite patience to keep waiting for a possible payoff.

      Which is why I appreciate what they’re doing with Minene! You should characterize your villains alongside their appearances, rather than wait until they’re defeated to find out why they weren’t so bad after all.

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