Tuesday, February 1, 2011

“I Can See It All” – Mirai Nikki (anime) – 3/10 Sweethearts

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” ~Alan Kay quotes

Genre: Horror/Action/Romance/Mystery

Review Status: Complete (1 OVA/1 OVA)

Licensed: This OVA is unlicensed in the US

Art/Animation: The art/animation is pretty decent, but the CG is rather obvious and unattractive.

Summary: Middle school 2nd year, Amano Yukiteru, is a boy who has problem making friends. He thinks of himself as a bystander and will always write down everything he sees in a cell phone diary.

Tormented by solitude, Yukiteru began to imagine things like a friend called Deus Ex Machina who is apparently the Lord of Time & Space. Seeing Yukiteru's miserable state, Deus gives him a new ability. His diary will now record events that will happen in the near future. Yukiteru is then forced to participate in a game which the winner will become Deus's successor. (Source: Mangaupdates)

Review: I’d been waiting for a year. A year since I heard an OVA was being made. One that would set up the story of Future Diary, introduce us to the world and the characters. I got it!

A glorified 6-minute preview.

Honestly, watching this was like watching one of those extended previews in the movie theatre. There’s a boy! He gets a cellphone… that can tell the future! There’s a girl who knows! There’re some explosions! And some other people who have dairies!


I suppose it isn’t too bad for a preview, but for the time that I spent waiting for it (and it being delayed a season), the mediocre-quality animation and CG, and how short it was, I was sorely disappointed.

Overall, skip this and read the manga.

Recommended: No. But 12+ if you insist. They pass over all the gore and blood, go straight to some explotions. There’s also a kiss.

Other titles you might enjoy:
Mirai Nikki (manga)
Higurashi: When They Cry (manga and anime Season 1 and Season 2)
Liar Game (manga)
Doubt (manga)
Eden of the East (anime)