As fun, creepy, and surprisingly good as the Asread adaptation of Mirai Nikki is, it’s definitely not without its faults. While some of these can be attributed to the source material not being perfect, a few are simply either laziness or a lack of understanding of how humans are supposed to interact. As a result, you have a cast of colorful characters that’s hard to sympathize with and occasional moments of unintentional absurdity stemming from that lack of audience sympathy. This is both a good and a bad thing.
One of the best things about Mirai Nikki is the web of tenuous alliances that spring up and the way Yuuki and Yuno have to negate the other diaries’ innate advantages, usually with Yuno coming onto Yuuki in increasingly creepy ways. To me, it’s like a scaled down model of wartime politics, where sides are formed of countries that would rather not gut each other, and would rather gut the other side. It’s an endlessly engaging model of storytelling, and one that doesn’t have to factor in the emotions of either side to be entertaining. However, this is a double edged sword for a show as scaled down as this.
Just as wartime politics don’t have that personal touch, neither does Mirai Nikki have that soul that makes you realize these are people in a fight. They’re all caricatures that exist for the purpose of killing and being killed; a group of people to whom human emotions are a foreign concept. The only one who seems remotely able to express himself in a reasonable, human manner is Yuuki, and we can see how that’s turning out as he continues to dig himself deeper by giving in to his emotional insecurities.
That’s another thing that makes for a fantastic story; Yuuki’s continued endeavor to make his situation worse by leading Yuno on, while not really having much of a choice. Having a ticking time bomb attached to his chest that wants to jump his bones, he has no choice but to appease it until he can break it off for whatever reason without ending up murdered. Again though, nobody acts like a realistic human being. When Hinata gets stabbed in the hand, she doesn’t recoil in pain like many of us would, nor does she show any kind of response beyond wide eyed incredulity at her wound.
Then after all is said and done, when Yuuki gets past the fact that his classmate almost murdered him for his diary, his condition for her surrender is to still be his friend. This is not the thought process of a smart, rational person. It’s what somebody who can’t get past their own loneliness does.
To cut this post a bit short, Mirai Nikki’s strengths are also its weaknesses. While it’s a winning formula to have a cast of unlikeables fight it out for a chance to be an omnipotent deity, and have many die gruesomely in the process, it also doesn’t create much of an audience attachment. We’re all in it to see how Yuno and Yuuki scrape by with their lives intact, and how much worse Yuuki’s life will be once it’s just him and Yuno. And I for one will enjoy every second of his self-inflicted torment.