Anime of Tomorrow
Mirai Nikki Ep. 1
Initial impression – subtly beckoning
Autumn 2011 to winter 2012 (26 episodes) (title literal translation – Future Diary) (more info)
What would you do if you were given a diary that tells the future? Well, if Yukiteru is anything to go by, you’d use it as a cheat sheet to get all the answers correct on your tests. But other people would surely use their future diaries for more nefarious ends. These characters include a killer who uses the info to track down his victims and Yukiteru’s female stalker Yuno, who uses hers to keep tabs on his daily life. But underlying all the shenanigans the character’s future diaries allow them to do they’ve just been entered into a game by Deus Ex Machina, the god of time. This game pits the players against each other in a survivor-style, winner-takes-all contest with the reward being nothing less than Deus’s throne. Given the diverse cast that’s been hinted at, there are definitely going to be many different paths intertwined in an attempt to achieve the prize. It’s really compelling and keeps you invested in the events, especially when Yukiteru becomes god’s chosen favorite after cheating his foretold death. How will he end up using this incredibly versatile power? Will it corrupt him or can he turn it into a tool to help people? And how will Yuno play into the proceedings when the winner must off all the other competitors to become the heir to the god of time? Mirai Nikki presents itself terrifically in the first episode with good pacing that keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you wanting more.