Mirai Nikki – 07 Impression
Episode 07 – Dial Tone
I know that I said I might review it later in the week, but I simply could not help myself.
Damn, this was another good episode of Mirai Nikki.
Time for me to get the excitement out of my system and rant to the few of you who are still reading my “impressions”. =D
First we have Rei. His diary is really quite terrible; being only able to predict 3 times a day is really quite a pity. I mean, I feel like that boy was somewhat cheated by receiving such a limited diary. Then again, all the diaries have their own individual limits.
Although Rei is a kid, I really do feel that his psychotic personality scares me more than Yuno. If ghosts shows are anything to go by, children are always scarier than adults. The episode does enough in the flashback to allow us to see why the boy is so twisted and I would assume that his behaviour is really just his warped view on loneliness and the lack of companionship.
Lesson to be learned? An abusive household, coupled with child neglect would lead to a psychotic killer. Irregardless of age. =P
What I found weird about Rei’s character was his level of intelligence. The boy is only a kid and he seems to posses a pretty good analytical mind. That could just be his character trait but I really wished that that aspect was developed a bit more since it was never shown/told if Rei was a genius of sorts before the diary/game had came into play.Personally, I don’t know shit-all about electricity and voltage except for the fact that you can get electrocuted. =P Wires and water is a big no no. (or so I’m made to believe. =P)
On a side note, I do like the kiddish BGM played during the opening scene with Rei in the toilet. It really brings out his lack of child-like qualities by contrasting it with his actions in that scene. It was pretty much as good as the writers screaming out “This guy is the opposite of what a child is meant to be!” I really like the execution of that.
I had also loved the mind games played between Yuno and Rei. It was really interesting to see Yuno outsmart Rei and failing to do so. It goes to show that despite Yuno’s intelligence, Yuki would lead to her downfall. (As Rei had stated).
Perhaps I am the only one, but I did feel like Yuno’s character was more mature in this episode as compared to the other episodes. Instead of going pure psychotic on us as per usual, she had held back and was actually pretty normal. I really loved the moment when she had placed herself in Rei’s mindset. It reminded me of this television series called ‘The Pretender’. How many of you have seen it? I used to love watching it and seeing the genius main character turn into a different person each week. (ra suddenly feels like watching The Pretender… *goes and digs up dvds*)
Despite how much I loved the episode, there were a few inconsistencies.
Why did Yuno let her guard down around Rei in the bath scene despite showing us that she had suspected Rei to be up to no good? I mean, it does not make sense. Does she really have a split personality disorder?
Then we have the gas. Yuno broke one window to let the gas out. I was shocked that she hadn’t simply broken every window in the rooms she had visited just in case she needed to clear the air. There was still poison in the air after all. And with one serum, what would she do if she had gotten infected? Then we have Yuki kissing her. Can’t the virus be spread that way? What about the fact that when Yuno had fallen down the stairs, did she get infected by the virus then since she wasn’t covering her mouth? =/ (I know I have a bunch of questions. =P)
One last thing, the water was flowing down the stairs rather slowly, why did Yuno just stand in the puddle looking around instead of jumping off the stairs over the railing? I understand that time is of the essence, but getting electrocuted isn’t really going to help and a jump from half a story shouldn’t hurt her. Yuki had to come to her rescue because of that.
The kiss of life – Instant rejuvenation. =P Seems like something out of a fairy tale.
Now onto Yuki. He is really getting good at handling Yuno, I have to praise the boy for being able to deal with Yuno so calmly in this episode. With the introduction of a kid in the show, it seems like our main characters are forced to mature. =P
The funny moment of the episode for me would have to be when Yuki was busy searching for the diary and Yuno simply walks up and grabs a knife. Lol.
I actually laughed out loud at that part. You have to love the girl’s disregard for life.
Oh, one more thing that I had remembered. Why did Minene help Yuki by warning him about Yuno? She is also in the game and wouldn’t it be easier for her to finish off the two of them whilst they are down? By simply deciding not to actively save Yuki would have been some sort of progress for her as well. =/ At the very least, that scene eludes to the fact that Yuno might be Yuki’s biggest obstacle in the not-so-distant future.
Overall, it was definitely a highly entertaining episode. The suspense was killing me and I loved the lack of cliff hangers. =D The mind battle between Yuno and Rei was quick and efficient and none of the characters had gotten on my nerves, not even Yuki. With one more player out of the game, the numbers are getting smaller. I can’t wait to see what happens next! \(^-^)/ Hopefully, it would be even more mind games because I do enjoy them a bit more than the out-of-control psychotic Yuno.
Episode Rating: 8.5/10 – What’s there to say. I really enjoyed it and it had paced itself really nicely and the execution in creating a convincing atmosphere was well done too.
Can you image if you diary had broken down and that was all it had told you about your future? =P
Mirai Nikki Question of the Week:
What would you want your diary to do and what limit would your diary have? Also, what form would your diary take?
Seeing as to how I use my computer so much and am pretty much attached to it. My diary would have to be my laptop, and if not, then it would be my handphone. (But we all know that is boring. Then again, a giant laptop would mean a bigger target. =P)
As for what edge my diary would give me? Well, I would like a diary to be a protection diary – by mapping out my path to safety. Something like Minene’s escape diary, but perhaps it would take care in not costing me a limb or two along the way. =P
As for the restraints of the dairy? Well, it would simply be able to map out my personal route to safety and not a route for others. (I know, what a big sacrifice that is right? =P But hey, don’t blame me for being selfish with my wish. When everyone is out to kill you, it is every man for himself, or herself. =P)