Mirai Nikki – 06 Impression
Episode 06 -Vibrate Mode
Here is my one day late impression of Mirai Nikki.
This episode had felt partially like a recap episode of the series up until now. But like I had said, it was a partial recap since the plot does progress a slight bit in this episode.
I know it a tad late in the game for me to have just discovered the “mini movie” things at the end after the EDs. I usually simply turn off the show once the ED is done as I don’t want to spoil myself by watching the trailer for the next ep. =P So if you are like me and don’t watch pass the ED, then you might want to check out those little segments they have after each episode because it is pretty entertaining and a lot better than some of the other series that do this after-episode “corner” thing.
The best thing about the episode? Lots of Yuno and Yuki moments. =) Oh, and Yuki’s mother comes into the picture.
Is this the season for quirky mothers? (referring to Kaname’s mother from Kimi to Boku)
Although this may not have been packed with crucial scenes, the story does well in integrating a mini recap into an on-going plot instead of simply wasting a whole episode on doing a full recap of the series thus far.
First we have Yuki doing the recap on Yuno’s past actions followed by Minene doing a recap on the Temple situation.
Then we have the scene with Deus ex Machina who just proved to us that he is more of a pervert than Yuno. I mean, he was watching Yuki in the toilet for crying out loud. I understand that the monitor is probably set on auto and he is watching over all of the players, but it is plain disturbing for him to be looking at Yuki in the toilet. =_=” Also, in that scene, his assistant had given us a low-down on the rules of the game and essentially eluded to the fact that a new player would be entering the picture soon. I am not sure if I like all the hints that the show drops as it really does “pad” the impact of a situation and takes away the element of surprise.
Then we have Yuno in the toilet doing a flashback of her house (the lighting in the flashback was really quite bad, it had appear almost black on my screen).
Following that was Yuki’s recap on his love life with Yuno. I think that this sums up all the recaps in the episode. I am not sure if I had missed something but feel free to point it out if I did.
Now back to Yuno.
Man, her stalkerish tendencies in this episode takes the cake when it comes to the whole notion of pleasing the mother-in-law. Although, usually it doesn’t come with a disclaimer saying that “you had better like me, or I am going to kill you”. The part with the tools was the first time in the series where I had felt scared of Yuno. I am usually excited by her crazy and psychotic tendencies but this scene just gave me the creeps. This is probably since she usually kills to protect Yuki, whereas in this case, she would have been willing to kill Yuki’s mother just to have him for herself. It was quite obvious that her “protection” of Yuki only goes as far as to ensure she gets Yuki and not due to really protecting Yuki’s interest. (Which she had stated in this episode during the bedroom scene that had taken place during the night). Which begs the question of what sort of character mold is she suppose to fit into? Is she meant to be a character who will kill everyone that stands in the way, or is she a character who would kill Yuki if she can’t have him? Also, I wonder what her problems did she have with her parents to have given her such a twisted personality when it comes to relationship. She did kill her parents after all right?
Taking a step away from creepy Yuno and onto adorable Yuno. The scene in the closet was quite hilarious and entertaining to watch. Yuno had actually reminded me of a dog with her eagerness to be let out. Of course, it is always fun to see Yuki being placed in a tough situation and constantly tormented. Yuki should just accept the fact that he is stuck with Yuno and stop fighting the inevitable, especially since he is such a weak character (at least for now).
You can take what is being said in that image however you wish to. =P
As for Yuki’s mother, I am assuming that her role in this situation is just to push the plot forward and to help with the relationship between Yuki and Yuno.
The introduction of Houjou Reisuke as the new diary holder was no shock due to all the hints in the episode. We have the Deus talking about the introduction of a new player whilst watching Reisuke through the monitor, then we have Minene’s doctor talking about him wanting revenge. My only issue is that I wonder if Reisuke will continue this act of “accidental murder” when it comes to taking his revenge on Yuno. =P Although it was nicely executed, it does remind me of a comedy act. =P
Episode Rating: 7/10
Overall, although it was not an amazing episode that leaves me wanting to immediately rant to you about it, it was still a good episode. The show has really grown on me and I am looking forward to seeing each episode each week. It is also nice to see all the links starting to form within the players in the game.
Ra’s Mirai Nikki Question of the Week:
As I had mentioned above, what category do you think Yuno falls under? Possessive or Obsessive?
- Possessive : Willing to kill off her crush if it means preventing others from getting to him
- Obsessive: Willing to kill off the competition so as to have him for herself.
Although we have seen how willing she was to do either, I don’t think that she has actually killed off any of the competition nor has she killed Yuki. =P
I am leaning towards Possessive with her probably being more inclined to kill Yuki as oppose to killing off all the competition since she would see his actions as a betray of sorts? =/