This sure is “another world”…
I thought it would be nice to introduce you to the live-action adaptation of the very famous Mirai Nikki, considering the fact that the Ouran High School Host Club drama was covered here, from beginning to end. But I won’t cover this drama at all. I’m just giving you a little introduction because I thought it’d be nice to have some more Mirai Nikki.
First of all, this is nothing like the Mirai Nikki you’re used to. This is technically a completely new story with new characters, but the concept is pretty much the same with a few small changes that I’ll get to in my summary.
I usually don’t write long summaries like this, but I thought that it might be nice to have the whole episode written out in case you don’t feel like watching it.
As I mentioned before, this is quite different from the Mirai Nikki we’re used to. I’ll point out some things that are very different from the original story:
- Deus is different.
- The characters have different names, some of them are new, and some of them are new versions of the old ones.
- People’s diaries aren’t changed into future diaries. Instead, people who have the Chronus phone are automatically in the game. It seems that only the Chronus phone has this ability.
I’ll be honest, I don’t like this drama and I won’t watch any more of it. I’ve never been fond of Japanese dramas because I find most of the acting very awkward. There are some funny, good dramas though, but those are usually not based on manga. (Editor’s note (Divine): Except maybe Hana Yori Dango and Ouran High School Host Club.)
If you look at this drama as a different story, unrelated to its source material, you might be able to enjoy this. I tried to do so and managed to watch the whole episode. It was interesting but it didn’t interest me enough to keep on watching. There is nothing wrong with an original story but this was very poorly executed. This Yuno seemed so unnatural to me. She is supposed to be creepy but she was portrayed as a sweet, happy-go-lucky girl here, so it was quite hard to understand what kind of person she is (she is supposed to be like that but there should be some eerie aura to her), but on the other hand, this is just the first episode, and I’m sure it’ll get more interesting.
I’m not saying that this is bad; it’s definitely worth a watch, plus there are some well known actors in this, but on the other hand, it’s not going to be good if you expect too much from it because of its poor quality. But that’s just my opinion.
With that being said, I’d be very happy if those of you who intend to watch this tell me if the rest of it is good. I already have too many anime series on my list right now, but if this turns out to be better with later episodes, I might pick it up.
Also, just a fun thing I noticed in this episode. Arata was trying to call for help with the planetarium’s phone that wasn’t working, but he held his cell phone in the other hand. Hmm, logic!