In Mirai Nikki, you can read your future – yet in order to save yourself, you must change it whilst collaborating with a cute little yandere who is entirely obsessed with you and has been stalking you constantly.
Yukkii lives his life, or rather, lack thereof, entirely on his cellphone – spending every waking minute recording even the simplest of occurrences on his cellphone in a text message form. What could he possibly be doing other than progressively becoming senile? He’s making a diary, or nikki, of all which he encounters. It is a hobby which he became engulfed with since many years ago – leaving him with no friends as he merely resides now entirely on this cellphone.
He says to himself, perhaps as a lie, that he’s satisfied with only being an observer of daily life – yet little did he anticipate his observations would prompt him to eventually be living a life of action well beyond the average.
His only friends are within his imagination, a chibi female cat thing, and a panache entity known as “Deus Ex”. Seemingly, this character called Deus is a god, and his skeletal headed appearance is certainly out of this world. As Yukki speaks within his imaginative realm to Deus, this diabolical delusion offers Yukkii a “gift”. Yukki awakes the following day to find something which would leave any in distress – his diary of past events has become a diary of his future, Mirai Nikki.
A digital diary on his cellphone which contains all he shall experience within a frame of 90 days.
Yukkii comes to realize this and his response gradually goes from mild shock, to satisfaction – he’s ahead of everything as he knows exactly what to expect, we however did not know what to expect in the least as this series rocks harder than a metal concert in all but a single episode.
During an average day of his pre-determined life, he’s using his Mirai Nikki to assist in a test – a girl however makes note of his cheating. Popular pink haired Gasai Yuno for a split second looks back at our lonely loser of a main character Yukkii. Later on, the two then come across one another all alone – however our guy makes a run for it. We can’t particularly blame him, she’s definitely visually delectable – yet she chases him quite dementedly. Until finally, she corners him in an elevator – compressing them together in a tight box.
On Yukkii’s Mirai Nikki, it mentioned his impending death as result of a serial killer – another reason he ran from Gasai. Gasai however shows she’s not interested in killing him… at least not yet. She kisses him instead and blushes with a radiant moe charm – as we’re then distracted by her allure, her eyes widen with the essence of a yandere and she begins sharing her very own “Yukiteru Diary”. A virtual collective of notes she’s gathered from stalking our main character.
The irony strikes as Yukkii becomes terrified of her, feeling her to be a complete creep – yet absent-minded of his own peculiarities. Nonetheless, they’re both being hounded by a serial killer – and although she is indeed just a bit strange, Gasai saves Yukkii’s life through her assistance of information. The serial killer, “Third”, is dead – his portable communication device, i.e. cellphone, i.e. “Mirai Nikki” was destroyed, thus did his own life end as well. There remains now eleven players of what we learn is a survival game set-up by Deus Ex.
A deathmatch between diary holders till but one survives – earning the reward of Deus Ex’s wealth and power. And as the episode ends, we can only idle in thought at the sight of this infatuated female girl who offers affection, yet promises something quite disconcerting as well.
Mirai Nikki concludes with a thrilling launch of action, immense pace, and possibility. The concept is very unique to a certain extent – of course some plot points are not entirely fresh, such as a deathmatch ordeal, yet the execution is the primary concern in the end. And assuming episode one to be any indication of what caliber of excellence awaits in the remaining run of the series, we’ve got nothing to worry about in that case.
Aside from the fighting amongst diary owners we will certainly come to see, there remains the mysteries of the diaries themselves, and that of the adorable yet troubling pink haired girl. Excitement is overflowing as we eagerly hope to engage the second episode.