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Mirai Nikki ANOTHER:WORLD [未来日記]



Drama Details
Title:Mirai Nikki ANOTHER:WORLD
Future Diary
Telecast:2012-04-21 to 2012-06-30
Season:Spring 2012

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes

gMirai Nikkih was serialized in Weekly Shonen Ace from 2006 to 2011. It was released in 12 tankoubon volumes, which have had more than 4 million copies printed. The story was also turned into a video game in 2010, an anime series in 2011, and a novel earlier this month.

Hoshino Arata is a lazy college student who doesnft believe in spending effort or working toward the future. One day, he gets a diary (the gfuture diaryh) on his mobile phone, and he becomes involved in the game of survival.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. ANOTHER:WORLD [Shibasaki Kou]

Actor/Actress Cast (16)
Okada Masaki
Hoshino Arata
Gouriki Ayame
Furusaki Yuno
Hongo Kanata
Moriguchi Rui
Fukuda Mayuko
Okie Haruna
Kikuchi Fuma
Kosaka Ouji
Nakamura Yuri
Uehara Rinko
Tominaga Saori
Asami Marina
Hiraga Masaomi
Kurata Akatsuki/Satoshi
Hiraoka Yuta
Okuda Yosuke
Nikaido Fumi
Fuwa Megumi
Okada Yoshinori
Hagito Kinjiro
Miyazaki Yoshiko
Hoshino Reiko
Mitsuishi Ken
Hoshino Kuro
Ito Ayumi
Sudo Kasumi
Uchida Yuki
Jinguji Rei
Sano Shiro
Kibe Toru

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Drama Reviews (2)
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1. Matrix-type Sci-Fi with no internal cohesion [Rating: 4/10]
I watched this on Crunchyroll mostly on the draw of Guoriki Ayame (who was spectacular in "Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia's Case Files,") also because I like sci-fi in general, but...

The series revolves around a group of people who receive cutting-edge cellphones that have the ability to tell their users their immediate, minute-to-minute future. They're contacted by a 'net-type entity calling itself "Deus" who informs them they're in a survival game, and that the last one standing gets unlimited power - including the power to bring back to life the fellow-players who lost.

Periodically the people unfortunate enough to have gotten these phones get an ominous "Game Over" text message that signals their impending death. Well, sometimes. The protagonist Arata, a high-schooler uncertain about his path in life, meets a strange girl named Yuno, who latches onto him as though she's known him her whole life. Arata tries - and generally fails - to prevent everyone else from participating in this game to the death, while struggling to discover the identity of "Deus" and stop him or her from killing people. Or maybe they're not actually dead?

The problem with the series is that it bites off a huge metaphysical mouthful that it can't chew. It wants to be part "Matrix," part "sadistic unseen villain forcing people to kill each other" horror story, part "Tron," and part time-travel drama. The result is a mountain of confusion that quickly becomes more annoying than entertaining, and which misses any opportunity to present a theme of volition vs. determinism, which any sci-fi story involving "predestination" and/or time travel is ripe for.

For an elaborate scenario involving alternate dimensions, time manipulation and predestination to work, the story has to establish a cohesive set of internal rules and to stick to them meticulously. "Mirai Nikki" doesn't. It's difficult for me even to describe it because of that incoherence, but we're not really sure if these predestined "future diary" entries that show up on the characters' phones are unavoidable or if they can be changed by the volitional choices of the people involved. Usually they can't be changed, but... sometimes they can. Is the whole world just a manufactured illusion, as in "The Matrix," or is there some kind of unspecified technology or old-fashioned magic at work in manipulating events? We never really know. There are overlapping timelines and deja vu hints that actions are being repeated, but none of these details are resolved or adequately explained - probably because they can't be, while maintaining any logical cohesion.

Guoriki-san's character Yuno is presented as someone not fully real: She knows things she can't possibly know, she suddenly and inexplicably morphs into irrationality and often viciousness, then snaps back to the warm, smiling, happy-go-lucky girl who who's strangely dedicated to Arata. I don't know whether the writers thought that that would make her seem more mysterious or interesting, but it ultimately short-circuits the character entirely. It's like one of those French movies where one or more of the main characters arbitrarily goes insane, rendering the rest of the story as a game of 52 Pick-Up. Rather than good character creation and story writing, it's a bit of a cop-out.

By the time you get to the wrap-up in the last couple of episodes, you've been pulled through so much suspension-of-disbelief and so many weird metaphysical convolutions that you no longer really care much about what happens. I was actually glad to be done with this one - never a good recommendation.

The CGI effects are good throughout the series, but the settings themselves - the buildings, the rooms, even the city streets - are oddly drab and oppressive. The acting is characteristically perfect by all involved but again, the story itself is the big letdown here.

I don't recommend this unless you're a Guoriki Ayame fan or are really bored and have a lot of free time you don't know how else to spend.
Reviewed by Sakebitosan on 24 June 2016
2. Cool, fun, werid... [Rating: 7/10]
Masaki Okada and Ayame Gouriki were both great in this drama and the concept was very fun and interesting. I enjoyed the drama for the most part. It is kind of a survival battle story like Battle Royale with a twist and much less gore of course. Mix that in with the Matrix and you have Future Diary Another World.

I enjoyed each episode but I wanted a stronger ending that is what really brought it down for me.
Reviewed by MonsterZero65 on 16 February 2014

Comments From Users (9)
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1. Comments by Patazilla [Rating: 7/10]

Ok, the non-spoilery part first:
I liked the twists and turns of this drama as well as the world it depicted and the overall plot. The characters had interesting and diverse traits and vulnerabilities as human beings, which was nice but could have been looked into more deeply. I liked how things weren't revealed all at once with the characters as well as with the story - however, I felt like many decisions came too abruptly and felt somehow inconsistent with the characters' prior personality traits. The directing was nice and the acting, though far from brilliant, was ok altogether and suited the drama's standards/ purpose.

[SPOILERS] about the ending:
...what?! Ok, seriously... I didn't understand it. I could understand a memory loss as far as the virtual world goes, but why did Arata and Yuno loose their memories to prior real-life events? There was no explanation whatsoever and nobody seemed to find it strange. Also: why did Arata awake in the end? Why was Rui there? And, wasn't this a bit over-optimistic and silly? Everybody seemed to be happy in the end, so if it's that easy, why tell us a whole story about how hard life is for them? I'll take it that their experiences in Plympia, though forgotten, had a lasting influence and gave them strength, but still... they really could have done with more explaining here or rather a more credible finish.
2. Comments by sasukekun6 [Rating: 6/10]
Honestly, this drama sounded like it was gonna be really super cool....but I dunno. I just didn't get into it. I liked the casting and the plotline but it was just kind of...I dunno. It was lacking something. Maybe I'd have liked it better if I watched the anime?
3. Comments by Milano [Rating: 6/10]
Una specie di Matrix ma di pessima fattura, recitazione pessima da parte della ragazza Yuno, sembra tonta
4. Comments by shinjitsu [Rating: 7/10]
High hopes ... but came out with mixed feelings. Hey, with the weird plot, what could one expect.
5. Comments by zenith777 [Rating: 5/10]
Frankly strange story and idea, so it just another drama for me.
6. Comments by nickylynn [Rating: 4/10]
I can't believe I watched the whole thing.
7. Comments by Sakebitosan [Rating: 5/10]
(reviewed below)
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