I know, Yuno. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Usually.
Well, paint me purple and call me an eggplant, Mirai Nikki almost pulled out a halfway decent ending. And that appraisal is being very, very generous. I mean, if you really wanted anything more out of me, I promise you I’d much rather actually be painted purple. So the third world has everything work out for it. Woop-de-doo. It’s not that much of a stretch to believe that would happen.
I mean, it was pretty slow going in the beginning and actually playing the normal opening did not bode well. I have never, in my short time seriously watching anime, seen a final episode begin with the normal opening within the five minute mark. And then, okay, I may have felt my anger melt a bit when Yuno committed suicide. That was a nice moment. And then the montage ending was good, though only because I’m a sick sentimentalist. Any anime fan with half a brain would’ve stayed resolute, but I’m swayed very easily and I curse myself for it.
I was getting those fuzzy-warm feels towards the end, but they had to put that teaser at the end, didn’t they? That terrible, horrible, no good teaser that does absolutely nothing. I can’t know how well Mirai Nikki did in Japan, but from what I can gather from English speaking fans, this show tanked. There is absolutely no need to extend or build on this story; just please let it die. We’ve suffered enough. The only way I’d read or review anything Mirai Nikki related ever again is if it actually won one of those season polls. And I hope (and beg) that that doesn’t happen, whenever this second project begins airing.
So I guess this ending is not the real ending? Which really sucks. I honestly don’t know what my reaction will be to this second series, but I know that the bad taste of this first one will forever be on my palette.
GO Rating: 2/5
Good God, this show. This show was the lying, cheating girlfriend of anime. It would start out great, and then do something to trample on my hopes and dreams. And then the next week would come around and it would promise not to do it again by delivering something good to make up for the lackluster bleh that was the previous episode. And then do it all over again. I’m so glad we’ve separated for good, Mirai Nikki. Because of you, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able go trust another anime again. And I’m not just saying that. I pretty much set myself up for heartbreak by buying into the hype and loving the crap out of the first few episodes, but I did not deserve this. Now whenever I find a good anime that I like, I have that voice in my head going “but maybe it’ll be another Mirai Nikki experience…” I don’t need that.
And then there was your Goddamn protagonist! Where do I even begin? Ganta from Deadman Wonderland is a better main character than Yuki is! And you know why? Because he was proactive. He gets things done, albeit with some prodding and poking. You, Yuki, do nothing. Even the way this series ended irked me a bit, because Yuki never did anything; the story was constantly happening to him. Right up until the end. It’s infuriating. The leading man basically carries the entire venture on his shoulders and to have Yuki take that burden was a terrible decision. Just… no. Leading man and terrible pacing are enough to make me swear off this franchise. I wish that wasn’t the case. I sincerely hope that this is just pent up resentment, but I don’t know if I can get over this.
So goodbye, Mirai, and good riddance. I’m sorry to see you go, except I’m totally not and hope to never see you again. I’m sure there were plenty of people who loved you and your mediocre art, aforementioned pacing, terrible hero, and all of your other innumerable flaws, but I’m not one of them.
Overall GO Rating: 1.5/5