Friday, October 25, 2013

Capricious blogging germane to my avocations

I have constantly heard that the best way to remember new words is to actually use them, no matter what language you are speaking in. Therefore, in this post I will attempt to appropriately incorporate as many of our AP English vocabulary words into my post as possible. If you do not understand or remember some of the words I use, appropriate definitions may be found on the interwebs.

First of all, let me introduce the story that I will be talking about today: Mirai Nikki (Future Diary.)

Mirai Nikki is a relatively dark Japanese animated series, with the reticent main male protagonist Yukiteru Amano and the main female protagonist, Yuno Gasai, who inexorably stalks Yuki with ardor.

The plot basically boils down to this: There are twelve people in the story, Yuki and Yuno included, who each have an avocation of writing in a diary of some form (phone, book, etc.) Suddenly one day, their diaries receive the power to predict the future, each in a different way (i.e.- Yuki's predicts random events that he would have written about himself, and Yuno's predicts anything that Yuki does, since she is obsessed with him.) This power was bestowed by Deus, the God of Time and Space, whose lifespan was coming to an end. He looks more and more moribund later in the series, as parts of his face and machine-like body start falling off. In order to save the universe from complete destruction, a new God of Time and Space had to be chosen before his death. Probably after musing for a some time, he decided that the last survivor out of the twelve chosen people would succeed him as God - in short, the twelve were pitted in a battle-royal against each other without knowing each other's identity.
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