The anime has the following dilemma: how to make Yuno appear even more deranged? As an audience, we already know that she’s nuts; she’s a stalker, after all. As a result, how do we lull the audience into a false sense of security so that when crazy Yuno shows up, she becomes even more effectively creepy? I can thus understand why the first half of the episode was an incredibly lame “romcom” sequence at an amusement park. Still, I don’t think the nerd-wankery nonsense (“Yuki~! My top fell off!”) were necessary.
This week’s episode took a while to get going. Only after the power went out at Yuno’s home did the anime begin to pique my interest. Seriously though — Yuno pressing her naked chest against Yuki at the park? I was ready to throw in the towel at that point. Like I’ve said above, I get that the anime was aiming to establish a contrast between the two disparate depictions of Yuno, but did this necessarily require indulging in generic anime fanservice?
You know exactly what I’m referring to: Yuki’s eye-rolling commentary on how “Oh, I guess Yuno’s just a little girl after all.” At the end of the day, I guess a nerd has to feel as though he’s still manlier than his yandere girlfriend despite the fact that Yuki needs Yuno’s constant protection. Still, it’s very likely that she was just hamming it up in the fake haunted house. After all, it was her idea to go inside. Acting like a frightened waif who needs a man’s protection is often what it takes to get a guy to warm up to you, and lo and behold, that was exactly what happened. ‘Cause honestly, do any of us really think Yuki could be braver than Yuno in any situation? Of course, making all of these assumptions about Yuno didn’t exactly make the romcom sequences any more interesting to watch.
I rather liked the ferris wheel scene in comparison; not only did it help to develop the kids’ fledgling relationship, but it also made us think that maybe Yuno isn’t so bad after all. This is the false sense of security that the anime needed in order to make yandere Yuno seem even crazier. Am I creeped out by Yuno at the end? Not really, but I can see how having her act like a nutjob for an entire episode would have been over-saturation. At some point, we’re going to grow numb of her antics and it shouldn’t happen at just the third episode.
I’m not going to pretend that I’m a Yuno convert. Compared to most anime with their blushing, doting maidens, it was certainly a billion times more interesting to watch a crazy girl stalk some dorky introvert. Having said that, however, I still don’t think Yuno’s an awesome character that I’d root for or anything. At this point, I’m just hoping for a School Days-esque finish for our couple. I don’t know what breaking the “causality continuum” means, but hey, maybe one of the dead bodies in Yuno’s strange room is Yuki! In any case, this would certainly be paradoxical. Here’s to hoping.
• The Deus Ex Machina scenes are really lame and pointless. Who the hell was he talking to? Why was he just narrating to himself? Basically, his role was to inform the audience that important shit is important, but this is nothing that needed to spelled out. The screen was shaking, Yuno’s diary erased its happy outlook, the other diary-owners were freaking out — we get it, Yuki opening the door was bad juju. As a result, it was not remotely necessary for Mr. Plastic Face to give us a running commentary on the blatantly obvious.
• Yuki always ends up screwing himself, doesn’t he? Last week, he rushed himself headfirst into his captor’s arms. This week, he apparently spoiled his own happy ending by being such a curious cat. Still, I’d like to know how he and Yuno would’ve gotten a happy ending had Yuki not opened the door. Had things stayed the same, were the other diary-owners, i.e. everyone after Yuki’s skin, just going to give up? Are we going to get some alt-timeline OVA to show how this would’ve happened or is this something that will be explained later on in the series?
• I don’t really have much to say about any of the scenes regarding Ninth. So I guess she was orphaned by war and tragic backstory is really tragic. At the moment, however, there’s just not really that much subtext to discern from her story other than to say really obvious nonsense about how her difficult upbringing gave her the conviction to survive. Don’t get me wrong — her scenes were mildly interesting, but unless you want me to give you an episode summary, there’s just not much for me to say about them. Her moments in the spotlight were neither exemplary or terrible.