12 CommentsFuture Diary / By Scamp /

Future Diary episode 11

Oh lawdy me, I almost forgot about this. In between all those 12 Days nonsense, there was a currently airing anime I was supposed to be covering weekly. Time to take a break from reminiscing about the great stuff that happened this year and turn my hyper critical eyes towards the latest episode of Future Diary.

Last episode I was all over Yuno’s eyes and their subtle change in design to illustrate her mental state (ie: her eyes make her look like a psychopath). This episode went and stomped all over that by showing us the change in artstyle. It wasn’t even the usual Yuno look of widening the iris just enough to make her look unsettling. No, instead they make them glaze over as though someone had literally just flicked a switch in the back of her head. It was genuinely robotic the way they went about depicting that scene in the police station.

Ooh la la la, all normal and-

YUKI IN TROUBLE

ACTIVATE DEFENCE SYSTEMS

I don’t like it. What I liked about Yuno is that her psychotic side and her apparently normal teenage girl had no discernible difference from first sight. She doesn’t activate fighting mode, she is always in that frame of mind, ready to leap into action with a carving knife at a moments notice. The method they used this episode cheapens that effect. Yuki talks about saving Yuno from that mindset, but in reality he hasn’t a hope because that is all there is to Yuno. This robotic swapping of personalities makes it feel like he could just jam a piece of chewing gum into the switch on the back of her head and they’ll both live happily ever after.

Since I’m not American and therefore know nothing about guns, it rather surprised me to learn that you’re not supposed to shoot someone in the head first. That’s what I always do in video games, and we all know video games are the perfect murdering simulators. Apparently because you’re more likely to miss them by shooting at the head first, so you shoot them in their much more open big fat belly to incapacitate them before delivering the final headshot. It was a rather surprising show of logic on the part of Future Diary, considering its usual approach to logic. That is, ignore it entirely. There had literally just been two explosions go off in the hospital, yet the policeman’s wife seemed totally oblivious to the fact.

Speaking of logic, I don’t really get what the policeman was trying to achieve with his tactic. I why he did it in the first place. Basically, he is just as messed up in the head as any other character in this show, no more so than our favourite blind super sentai hero. He has to stop Yuki and Yuno from winning the game so he can save his son, but he also must have the moral high ground. There was a manic sense of desperation to his voice when he said that, as though his psyche wouldn’t allow him to attack children who weren’t classified in his mind as The Bad Guys. I liked that revelation a lot, because it put him on equal levels to all the other diary holders we’ve encountered so far. But why did he think aggravating Yuno would be a good idea? Because he had a bullet proof vest? What exactly were you planning on doing when she shot you in the chest hmm? The recoil would have knocked you back and you only had one bullet in your gun.

I have to admit that my initial enthusiasm for Future Diary has worn off a lot. For what I had originally considered a contender for second best anime of the year (if only because Madoka is so far ahead of everything else), I now can’t in good faith even call it my favourite anime of this season. The frequent lapses into stupidity, the shoddy production values. I still like it a lot, and this episode was actually pretty good. I love its pulpy horror and that, even through breaking the boundaries of logic, it sticks to its own internal logic all while maintaining the same themes and characterisation. But Death Note did it better.

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12 Comments

  1. KBKarma
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Oh Scamp, all of this season’s best shows are betraying you one by one. It’s horrible, I know. Out of curiosity, what IS your best show of the season (not counting Madoka)?

    On a related topic, I really need to catch up on my anime. I’ve only watched four episodes of this and Persona 4, and I’ve missed the last two episodes of Penguindrum and Last Exile.

    I WOULD catch up… Except for Skyrim.

    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

      The best show this season is Ben-to.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

      Really not sure what my favourite at the season is. At the moment I’m leaning towards Un-Go, but that’s because it GOT BETTER I SWEAR, so I need to wait a bit so my opinion on all the these to iron out

  2. Posted December 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Stop watching bad shows and come to the good side (Kimi to Boku).

  3. blackice85
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I like the direction this went, now that Yuki has blood on his hands he actually has to nut up and deal with this game he’s stuck in, he can’t just go back to his normal school life now that the police are after him.

  4. Thomas
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    The detective wanted too eliminate in safe fashion both Yuno and Yuki. He had to put their actions in his diary – and he can only record criminal cases that he will work on. Since both Yuno and Yuki didnt commit any crime then he will force them to do it (+ right now entire police will chase them). Since Yuno would attack him on police departament – he was sure that he would survive their attack because they wouldnt have much time to finish him off (but this part of plan was a bit shaggy to me – i dont think that shooting him on the floor in the head wouldnt take more than 5 sec in that situation).

    Well i think that this show is dying because of ecchi parts – really – did we needed peeing Yuno scene ? Or face distortions of Uryu? Its breaking the tension.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

      I realise that he needed them to commit crimes to be in his diary, but people get diaries that relate to their world view in the first place. That feeds into my theory that his very psyche demands that he only persues Bad People

  5. Bob Bobsters
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I think the eye change may have been a figment of Yuki’s imagination, as he only recently realized how insane she can be. Since Yuki being the main character, and the diaries working off of the holder’s perspective, it would make sense graphically to show that perspective wouldn’t it (like the murmur scene with twelfth). Yuki now visually sees a change in her, while before it may have just been something subtle. Especially when she starts normal and ends up still doing something crazy (like pointing a gun at an officer for a hostage) the eyes don’t necessarily change, as if (taking this point of view) Yuki doesn’t think she’s being crazy at this point.

    Also, what was with all the stupid niceties after the second explosion!? “I won’t drop the ladder” “I wont fight” it seemed too out of character to me.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

      Eh, I suppose it could be seen like that, but she changed expression when Yuki wasn’t even around, so I’m not sure if I buy that.

      Also Yuno saying “I won’t drop the ladder” was clearly a lie on her part

  6. Posted December 23, 2011 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Ill-timed mariachi music and ballistic issues aside (How the hell do you miss from four feet away?), I enjoyed this episode. Yeah, Yuno’s sudden lapses between Regular Psycho and Terminator Modo are much more jarring, but it still manages to entertain better than most other series currently airing.

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