I don’t know what I hate the most in horror or suspense films in general: Stupid people who somehow never get their comeuppance despite repeatedly rubbing the fact that they’re miraculously still alive in Death’s face, how people never/can’t call for help when they need it, or when these characters are absolutely detestable to the point that you want them to die all the more without feeling like a worse person in the process. Mirai Nikki managed to trip two of the three traps in this thirteenth episode, and it earned much of my ire for doing so… but it also earned many brownie points for the magnificently QUALITY closing shot before the credits rolled.
So in the previous episode, Yuuki and Yuno took a trip to the mountains in order to just take a break from it all; an understandable sentiment after being hounded by so many psychopaths in such a short timeframe. So with the two in an isolated location without anybody around to hear Yuuki scream, what do you think happens? Hint: It’s not a repeat of the amusement park episode. And so it’s up to their cadre of barely tolerable friends to track them down with the greatest urgency, not sparing a moment-
Or yeah, they spend half of the episode sitting around taking part in your traditional onsen episode.
Much as it’s done in the past, Mirai Nikki stumbles a bit on this “comedic” section, stretching it out long past its necessary timeframe and just making it unnecessarily tedious. The bits with Yuuki and Yuno are a little more likable, considering the fact that we get to see Yuuki panic and Yuno (pretend to) behave like a reasonable human being. This is because we actually know and somewhat care about them, in contrast with their more expendable cohorts. And unfortunately, those more expendable cohorts get almost the entirety of the limelight of the episode.
However, they thankfully set out the next day in search of Yuuki and Yuno in a rundown resort town, where they run into traps set by the latter, split up into smaller groups, and generally end up doing the opposite of what any rational human being would do. Even Not-Kaworu falls into the trap of being a complete moron and letting them do this. I can’t say it isn’t at least interesting to watch them search abandoned hotels for their friends, but it would help if everybody else didn’t act like they had their brain made into a sock puppet at a young age.
Long story short, the kids find the building that Yuno took Yuuki hostage in and end up caught in one of her Batman villain-like traps, something that I can’t say I’m all that sad about. And again, it ends on this amazingly QUALITY closing shot which I absolutely must post for the sake of it.
It’s a good episode that leads up to the halfway point of the plot well enough, and the predictable onsen antics at the beginning don’t mar the rest of it enough to keep me from enjoying it. Also, this episode’s Mur Mur segment made me laugh pretty hard for some reason, so take that as a sign of encouragement.