The Murmur segments in Future Diary are humourous little asides that have little to do with the plot. Realising that sticking these segments into the main storyline would jar horribly with the usual tone of the series, the creators decided to stick these segments after the ending credits. Usually they’re just silly side stories that provide a quick giggle and swiftly move on. But the one for episode 5 was a stroke of pure genius.
Firstly, the presentation was not the usual animation style, but instead stop motion footage of rather poorly made figures of the characters, made out of bits of old twine and felt. For a series as clearly lacking in budget as Future Diary is, it was hilarious to see such a different style used. I’m not sure if this was intentional, but since this side story concerned the blind character, it provided us a rather unique view of what he probably thought the world looked like. Even better was the story of this little aside. In the main part of the episode, our blind character was portrayed as an absolute nutcase. Swishing his hips and doing a rather frightening dance routine as he donned his super sentai hero outfit. The costume looked as though someone had described what it should look like to him, but he never fully grasped what it was supposed to convey. Again, rather fitting given that was almost certainly the case behind its design.
But what was best about this side story was how it humanised him. He dressed as a superhero because he genuinely wanted to save people. He didn’t really understand what he had to do, but his heart was in the right place, and all that happened was he was misunderstood by those around him. This is doubly effective when you realise that he was serving justice in the main storyline itself, trying to uncover the cult leader’s inevitable betrayal. But we, the audience, had misunderstood him and branded him a freak too. OK, he had brainwashed a bunch of people to become zombies, but his heart was in the right place! His Future Diary was a godsend. A diary that told him the good deeds he would commit. Someone who understood that all he wanted to do was help people and be on the side of justice. My heart went out to the guy, and all this was portrayed through this silly little stop motion side story.