Mirai Nikki, despite its numerous faults, absurd premise, and completely unlikable characters, remains one of the better shows airing this season. The reason for this? The absurd premise. Case in point, in this episode you have a young child trying to kill Yuno and Yuki through various means not normally present to children. A lot of questions are brought forward as a result, but none of them matter because holy shit you have a young child obsessed with poisoning and electrocuting the two.
Again, Mirai Nikki bears a more uncanny resemblance to Batman than to almost anything else. You have over the top, impractically-minded villains obsessed with making the largest impact possible at the cost of efficiency pitted against people who use technology to best them in equally campy ways. Yes, kid, you could just kill Yuno and Yuki in their sleep with no problems, but wouldn’t it be better to poison their tomatoes and shock them in the bathtub? The saving grace of this show, and what it pulls off with flying colors, is high camp. It’s all so corny and over the top ridiculous that it’s difficult to dislike. Having a clearly creepy child and somehow giving him the means to set all these traps wouldn’t work remotely as well in a show that would try to be serious.
In other words, Mirai Nikki has all the makings of complete clichéd shit, but somehow pulls off and revels in having a kid cause enough damage to put Yuki and his mother into bankruptcy. It takes a special kind of show to do that, one that knows that it’s as goofy as it is violent and channels the spirit of Itchy and Scratchy to make that point. In even more other words, I love it. Every single minute of it.
Since I’ve gotten around six hours of sleep total over the course of the past three days, my mind isn’t working with enough pistons on full blast to write my usual length posts. I’ll have something a bit meatier up either Thursday or Friday. It sure is good to be back.