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I just finished this anime and I am so glad to have given it a watch!  If you haven’t already read my first blog, here is a link to it :https://halfkoreans.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/mirai-nikki-9/

Overview

  • 14 episodes in all with the last being an OVA (original video animation).
  • Originally was going to be 26 episodes but lost funding so they had to cut it short to 13.
  • Created by Key who also created Clannad and Air.
  • Somewhat of a girly anime, but has enough action and cool backstory to appeal to guys.
  • Freaking sad!

I can honestly say I cried manly tears for a few of these episodes.  It has a very good mix of humor and drama where things can go from light to grey in less than a minute.  The action scenes are really well done and the overall story was very interesting.  Definitely something you should look into if you want a quick anime that doesn’t lack in quality or story.  The characters could have been developed a little more, but seeing as how it is so short, they didn’t have a choice but to rush things.

Plot summary

So we start off with a boy (Otonashi) who wakes up in the middle of a school ground next to a girl (Yurippe) shooting at a girl known as Angel.  Otonashi has no memory of anything (typical) and we learn through him about what is going on.  Everyone at the school is dead.  They are all typically ghosts who are stuck to be in high school because they regret their lives of when they were living.  So pretty much, this school is made up of people who have either died too early and never accomplished their dreams or people who have had a broken life and felt they were cheated out of living a normal life.  Then there are the other students (not a part of the main cast) who just go on with daily student activities as though they are in high school.  They are referred to as NPCs or Non-Playable Characters because they lack a soul.  If you are to try and fit in with these people, you lose your soul and become an NPC yourself.

If you die in this world, you just recover BUT you still feel all the pain associated with that death.  This leads to much hilarity.  The whole setting could most likely be hell from what I can tell.  The only way that someone can move on and disappear from this world is if they can fix what was wrong with their older lives.  But really, no one wants to disappear.  The main goal is to stay alive and keep from conforming to the NPCs in order to find out where God is.  They believe Angel, the one they are in constant battle with, is in direct contact with God so they try to best her at everything.  Angel’s motive is to make each of them disappear.

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Characters

So I like to talk about the characters in an anime because I always find a few of them very fascinating to write about and point out for the viewer.  The most unusual character in this show is TK.

TK mostly speaks in english and his eyes are hidden under his forehead scarf.  He loves to dance and sing.  I am very curious to know what his back story is!  I honestly think they could have done a whole episode for each of the character’s backstories.  Though this could produce an anime that would be unbearable to watch seeing how each of their stories are unbelievably tragic..  TK could just be blocking out his memories by acting insane.  That’s my theory anyway.

I also really liked Angel.  She was the typical outcast of the show who talks very soft and never really smiles.  The thing that made her likable for me was that she was constantly opposed by the group without the group really knowing her full story.  Otonashi tries to reach out to her to be her friend since she is always so lonely.  Angel has a cool arsenal of weapons which she can just make appear from nowhere.  Her skills with the blade are very good, which makes for cool fight scenes.  I think the only one who is on par with her skills with a blade is Shiina, who is supposedly a ninja.

Apart from these two characters, some other notable ones are Noda, some guy who is very spontaneous and carries a pole arm where ever he goes.  Shiina who is a ninja with the catch phrase “That’s so shallow”.  Prone to falling victim to cute things.  Ayato was a very interesting character and his background is revealed along with a few others.  He can mind control people using a hypnotic stare (how he does this is never really explained other than he claims to be God).

There are many other characters with catch phrases and interesting backgrounds which make up the show, but these are my favorite 😀

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Spoilers

Here are things I did like and things I didn’t like in this anime which I would like to talk about.  Don’t read any further if you have not finished watching the show.

So I really liked the episode 10 with Yui and Hinata.  I found that to be an extremely tragic but sweet ending.  Yui envisioning the events of what would have happened if she was alive and met Hinata truly touched my heart.  It played as though it was a flashback even though everyone knows it isn’t because they are all already dead.  Everytime I rewatch that scene, I get a little teary eyed.  I didn’t like Yui before this episode because she was so loud and obnoxious, but seeing her backstory shows why she is always so happy.  Reminds me a lot of John from Lost.

What I really didn’t understand too much was why there were no other new people entering the world?  Also how long were the other people in the world before Otonashi entered the scene?  Also how is Angel linked to a computer if she is also a human like everyone else?  Did they choose her because she only came to that place in order to say thanks to Otonashi?  I have no idea.

I also really wanted them to go into more depth on everyone’s backstory just a little bit.  We can only infer I guess.  I think that Shiina’s past life had to deal with losing a dog somehow, just because she finds them irresistible and died trying to save one in episode 2.  But I have no idea about what could possibly be the backstory for people like 5th dan.

Apart from all this, I think that this anime did an overall well job and I felt connected to each character and felt bad when they left one by one.  Especially that last episode!

*Soysaucecracker*

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Soysaucecracker dresses like this… :L

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Just started watching this on May 26th and it has really grabbed my attention.  Recommended for people who have seen a lot of bizarre anime involving the supernatural such as Dragon Ball or even Death Note.  Here is a quick synopsis:

Yukiteru Amano is a loner at school.  He keeps a diary in his phone about things that go on around him since he has nothing going on in his life.  Oh yeah, he has imaginary friends who are supposedly the God of Time and his little servant Mura Mura.  Turns out his imaginary friends are not imaginary and only allow Amano to see them because they have deemed him worthy to participate in a game.  This game similar to:

  1. Battle Royale
  2. The Hunger Games

is all about trying to eliminate the other participants (with 12 in all) in order to take the position as God of Time.  The main weapons given to the people in the game are the abilities of their cell phone diaries.  Each cellphone can make predictions of the future depending on the personality of the one who owns it.  For example, Amano’s cellphone can tell the future of what goes on around him since that is all he ever wrote about.

~end synopsis

So why should you watch this?

So let’s say that you are someone who is not that into anime.  You keep hearing people talk about Naruto and Bleach and they just never appealed to you.  WELL, I would like to say that a great story is a great story.  Whether it be live action, in a book, or a bunch of drawings put together, a story is a story.  People who don’t give new things a try usually have a bad  first impression on it or they are just not that interested in looking up something new.  Give this anime a try.  I usually watch the first three episodes to see if this is something I like.  Same as how I usually read the first 50 pages of a book to see if it is something I can stick with for the next 1000 pages.  Take a small taste before you flat out say it looks stupid.

So if you already have a taste for anime or if you think you want to start off on this one, this is what to expect:

There is a lot of gore.  Severed limbs are usually censored out, but it’s there.

There are supernatural forces at hand.  May turn the viewer away from this, but think again – It’s an ANIME.  Not everything is realistic (though they do a pretty good job at keeping it down to earth)

There is romance.  By that I mean a completely crazy stalker chick and very shy guys who attracts pretty much every girl.  This is a common theme with a lot of animes so I have gotten used to it.  Better than the bad guy getting the girls, right?

(The reason I got into this anime is because I first saw the opening credits, which if I like I will check it out more.  I feel like the opening has to be attention grabbing because that’s how they attract viewers at home to watch their show in the first place.  Here is a link to the opening theme song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql0NtjXIv_s

Also I love insane characters. Such as number 12 down here.)

You can start watching the anime here —> http://www.watchanimeon.com/search/mirai

This guy’s picture down here is not the main character (Amano), but another participant in the game who is known as Number 12.  He is one of my favorites!

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– The most righteous will win.

I got all the other halfies to start watching this show so we will add on later when we get farther on in the series.  Maybe even come up with a rating system for the characters?  This guy gets a 10 out of 10 from me!

*Soysaucecracker*

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Ok I just finished the series.  Here are some basic things to know before starting off:

  • 26 episodes
  • 2nd opening is in ENGLISH
  • Number Nine is amazing
  • Number Three could have done so much better
  • The final 5 episodes are hard to follow (in my opinion) so try watching them in a row
  • Watch the short animations AFTER the credits because it usually has important information that is left out the main plot
  • Keep an open mind
  • VERY gory.  They even have to sensor some of the scenes because of it.  AWESOME.

Also, pretty much everyone has perfect aim with guns (doesn’t matter what kind) that they can shoot weapons out of someone’s hand without it damaging them.  One of the few things that we have to accept, along with gods, future diaries, mind control, and android dogs.

I would say this anime started off awesomely, but kind of lost me near the end.  I may have to pick up the manga to get the full story because they definitely do not tie all the loose ends.  Overall I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in flashy animations and really cool characters.  The plot, not so much.  But the characters -especially Yuno, makes up with what it is lacking in story.  Here is my character ranking from favorite to least favorite (CAUSE I CAN):

  1. Twelfth
  2. Second
  3. Ninth
  4. Third
  5. Fifth
  6. Seventh
  7. First
  8. Fourth
  9. Tenth
  10. Sixth
  11. Eleventh
  12. Eighth

Eight is last for me…  Maybe some people like her.  I thought she was just plain creepy.  She just annoys me to no end.  :[

Oh yeah!  Aru was pretty cool and an awesome fighter!  Wish he showed up for more fight scenes.

Yuno hates him 😀

*Soysaucecracker*

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SPOILERS

Don’t read any further until you’ve finished watching it through or if you just want to ruin the fun of things.

So here I am going to talk about what I liked and what I didn’t like about the series along with what I expected.  The diaries made sense to begin with, dealing with a person’s obsession and personality pretty much.  Apparently some had more power over other diaries like 12th stated in his rock paper scissors theory.  So that means there was a diary that powered over one, was equal in power to another, and lost every time to the last.  This makes sense…. But I never saw it applied in the show except for maybe one or two times!

So every one had diaries that didn’t give too much power, just enough to get the job done.  It started off with Amano having the more overpowered diary because it could predict things around him and it makes sense because he was the main character.  However, once they introduced people like 8th and 11th, I couldn’t believe how over powered their phones were. A server phone that gives anyone power?  Seriously?  A phone that watches the other phones?!  Why did Deus put 11th in the game if he helped create everything??  Why was 8th pretty much untouchable until she started doing stupid things (like trusting other Amano and Yuno).  I thought 12th had the most overpowered diary (he could hypnotize the people in the cult somehow) but it was not nearly as good as 8th and 11th’s.

I loved the 3rd’s diary (murder diary) because it is so simple yet you could do so much with it.  I wish he was a little smarter so that he could have lived longer.  The 9th’s diary was cool because she was already a terrorist but on top of that she could escape pretty much any circumstance.  10th’s diary was stupid, just controlling dogs.. Really?!  5th was just the most random character since he was a child genius who knew all about anything!  The diaries were a hit and miss with me and I wish some of them were just not as overpowered as others.  If they gave us a chart to show which diaries out powered the other, then I wouldn’t be complaining.  But I really just think that the author just ran out of ideas near the end.  I wanna say after the battle with 10th.

Oh yeah the umbilical cord!  Really?!  That was so random and unnecessary.  They found it at the orphanage cause they keep track of that stuff.  Wow.  They couldn’t have figured out that Yuno wasn’t really Yuno from their world other than looking at an umbilical cord?  That really irritated me.

I really liked how Muru muru turned out to be crazy strong when she took off her bracelets.  That was epic.  I also liked the fight scenes with her and 9th.  Great stuff.

Oh yeah I just noticed an easter egg!  So you remember how 4th got shot at by Yuno?  Afterwards he was like “She went for the head first… that’s very uncommon.  Would have made my vest obsolete if she had connected.”  Well in the second opening you can see 4th shooting at a fake target.  He shoots at the HEAD first!  Just something random I found 😀

*Soysaucecracker*

Ayooo,

First actual post = WIN.

Tommy here, I found a manga that seems interesting enough, so I’m going to post about it periodically as I read it (prolly a post after each volume.)

The Manga/Manhwa is called Veritas and is written by Yoon Joon-sik. From what I can tell from the description it’s about a kid named Gangryong Ma who gets his ass kicked in a fight against multiple other kids. Ma is saved by a mysterious fighter who is the strongest person he has ever seen. The kid becomes determined to make this new stranger his master and thus begins to train. It’s going to be the typical manga about high school and martial arts. So LET’S DO THIS!!!

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Here's a pic of Ma running his ass off.

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