This seasonal transition period is awkward for blogging 2-cour shows, as you keep forgetting between first impressions and year in reviews that you had this other anime you were meant to talk about. So it’s certainly nice when the anime in question reminds you of its existence by being really good.
I threw in a little passing mention in my last post how I liked the direction they were taking the policeman character in. This episode confirmed my suspicions about his ideals and built on them brilliantly. He wants to be the Good Guy, but at the same time he’s trying to save his son, and he can’t allow the two sides to conflict. So when Yuki and Yuno are in such direct contact with his son, he starts to turn slightly more desperate in his attempts to justify attacking them. I really liked how other characters throughout the episode kept realising how far this guy had gone off the edge. From dismissing his partners’ questions to fobbing off Minine on the phone. Heck, in the final confrontation between the two, even Yuno displayed what I’m pretty sure was her first example of pure terror.
Yup, that’s not “OMG I love Yuki kyaaa~!”. That expression is firmly in the territory of “oh shit I’m going to die”.
Again, it shows how Kurusu was really not that different from any of the other diary holders. He has his own way of viewing the world, and still firmly believes he’s fighting on the side of Good, but his delusions of his place in society caused him to start acting strangely. He started lying to himself so he would be able to continue fighting along his bizarre logic. I loved that scene at the end where his world view was shattered when his partner revealed to all the boys and girls that he has been a bad guy all along, causing his diary to stop updating. His belief of his own cause as fighting as the good guy is so strong that when its shattered, there’s nothing else left to him. That’s the logic behind most Diary holders getting the diaries in the first place. Imagine if the blind sentai hero was revealed to be The Villain, or Yuno found out that there was no Yuki. They wouldn’t go into a murderous frenzy. They’d realise that their life wasn’t worth anything without that and crack their diaries.
That’s why I loved this scene. A light from heaven, lifting the weight of lies he had to tell himself to keep going. One final request to make sure his son was safe, the only other thing that kept him going, and then crack his diary. It reminded me of that single second scene with the patterned ball and the cult leader, shattering her ideals in one simple move before she died. For all the talk of crazy yandere’s and the over the top nonsense thriller that usually get thrown around when talking about Future Diary, it’s the way the show handles the characterisation of the villains that elevates it above its peers for me. In such a short space of time, each one of these characters are utterly unique in their own way, with their own ideals which get fully explored before they exit the stage.
Rest of the episode? Usual Future Diary guff. I thought we had established that Yuno wasn’t an experienced marksman in the last episode? Then why was she able to take out an entire swat team by herself when they had full body armour, hitting with every single shot into their unguarded necks, when she couldn’t hit Kurusu straight between the eyes when she was only a few metres away last episode? Future Diary, why can you not pay attention to logic!?!