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Future Diary episode 13

Even though it was last year when I wrote my last Future Diary post, there hasn’t exactly been people clamouring to see these return.  I think there was a grand total of one guy wondering where my next post was. Thank you that one guy, for making me feel loved. I’m just going to assume there were thousands of silent lurkers desperately seeking for the next Future Diary post. Yeah, that was what the recent spike in hits was. It had nothing to do with the usual new-season splurge of people reading first impressions and searching for the chart. It was just people who like Future Diary. Yeah.

With irritatingly reliable predictability, Future Diary follows up the last great episode with another descent into mediocrity and stupidity. The scooby gang of highschool students have done nothing to endear themselves to me so far. The two girls motivations are completely unknown to me, beyond wanting to save Yuki because he saved them. The bloke who’s with them is even more baffling. I thought he didn’t even like Yuki? Why is he following them? Not even Akise has done much to win me over. Sure, it’s cool that he’s got more brains in his head than the rest of the scooby gang put together, but he doesn’t display much emotion nor motivations. All we’ve got so far is that he’s a wannabe detective who is probably in love with Yuki, but the how and why is still lost on me.

I know Future Diary manga readers all seem to love Akise, but so far I’m just not seeing it. Yuki is a considerably more fascinating character, what with his conflicting emotions towards how to treat Yuno and his battle against fate that he seems to be eternally the loser in. I guess this returns to people not liking weak-willed characters. It’s like how people keep saying Oh My Shoe from Guilty Crown is a bad character because he’s a whiny little bitch. He’s a bad character because they’re pretending he’s becoming more of a man and having girls fall for him when in fact he has done no development whatsoever (why yes I am dying to hear how the latest episodes of Guilty Crown have gone). This is probably a gong I should stop banging, but why would I want to watch a perfectly nice character from the very start when that leaves no room for development or internal conflict?

Anyway, the episode did pick up considerably when the characters started to set off swinging pickaxe traps. I loved how Yuno became this invisible demon, stalking the characters actions and trying to take them down without revealing herself. By this stage, we genuinely had no idea where Yuki and Yuno had gone, so her springing traps set my mind off. What’s going on here anyway? What does Yuki think of all this, stuck in an abandoned hotel with no chance of making friends or seeing his mum again?

And then we got the reveal. Yuki a dribbling, comatose mess, surrounded by pictures of that mock wedding. When Yuki finally caved in and decided to submit himself totally to Yuno, ignoring all the warnings both from others and from himself. Because Yuno really does love him and care for him, and sure she’s still cute. But it’s only then does Yuno act out her crazed controlling sex fantasy. That final shot. Yuno in a room of computers, dressed in only her underwear, hands on a pair of skulls with the happiest smile on her face. Completely and utterly crazy scene, totally ridiculous, and fucking glorious in every single way. A moment that will almost certainly make next Christmas’ 12 Days posts. Anything else that was bad about the episode didn’t matter there and then.

Beautiful

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23 Comments

  1. Posted January 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    I’m one of those lurkers.

    The final shot of Yuno on her throne was awesome, and better rendere d in the manga:

    http://i1.mangareader.net/mirai-nikki/24/mirai-nikki-616196.jpg

  2. dene323
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Here is another lurker that contributed some hits on this blog looking for the latest post.

    A few observations to share with you, maybe you already picked up on these.

    1. The couple departed on the road trip on June 19 (end of episode 12), and Yuno bought a soda for Yuki that evening. The scene faded out. It immediately cut to the hotspring fanservice, again with sunset as the background. All fine and dandy, except the next scene was a flashback of Akise inviting the girls with a time stamp: June 28.

    2. Murmur has been a massive troll, enough said. Not a spoiler but if we look up demonology, Murmur is an Earl of Hell, one of the 72 demons listed in the Lesser Key of Solomon. The name was definitely not chosen randomly.

    3. Exactly one month to go before the Happy End (July 28).

    • Scamp
      Posted January 14, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      Well hey, fishing for comments works!

      I never noticed there was a date for the Happy End. I wonder what on earth happens on that date? I thought Happy End was just default state for when nothing bad is going to happen to them in the foreseeable future

      • dene323
        Posted January 15, 2012 at 12:58 am | Permalink

        It’s a Happy End for Yuno, by her definition.

        I don’t get the popularity of Akise either… I’m sticking with Yuno.

  3. Flawfinder
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t comment because I thought you were going to do the Future Diary post after getting done with your first impressions. Also, I didn’t think you’d like the episode because of the four characters involved, who quite frankly, aren’t interesting.

    Also, what is up with the censoring on the skit at the end? What the hell?

    • Scamp
      Posted January 14, 2012 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      Did you really think Future Diary was going to show us some muff? I thought it was a rather amusing version of censorship, even if the rest of the skit was bleh

      • Flawfinder
        Posted January 16, 2012 at 7:40 am | Permalink

        No, but I’ve never seen censorship that involves CG rings circling around the girls’ privates. Sort of unique, but also very confusing.

  4. Guest
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    This epsiode clumsily added some filler material so that the timing was right to end on that image, b/c it’s a major turning point in the story.

    The thing is, the actual *crazy* stuff hasn’t even started, yet; most of the major plot twists/reveals/mind-screws are still to come.

    The added filler suffers “Asread disease”: it tries to fix legit plot/logic issues in the original material, but only winds up introducing new plot/logic issues.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 14, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      I suppose at least they’re trying to fix stuff. Then again, they are asread.

      • Guest
        Posted January 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, it makes me appreciate the manga more: yes it has holes, but they’re hard to patch without making new holes, so in that respect it’s maybe about as solid as it could be without being very different.

        But just for emphasis: the material after the temple (episode 4 or 5) up to the kidnapping is somewhere between “prologue” and “filler”, but right around now is when it starts to go full-bonkers.

  5. Moomba
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    As a Future Diary manga reader, I just want to say I never really liked Akise… Yuno all the way! :3

    I’m really glad they kept that final scene the same as in the manga. Such a great image!

  6. TheVoid
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Well considering there’s a mystery around Yuno and her parents aren’t around any wannabe Detective would be interested.

    We’ll probably know his reasons later.

    It should be obvious why people love Akise.He’s Kaworu and plenty of people want their own Kaworu.

  7. Jolon
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    I was desperately waiting for your future diary update, for what it’s worth. Had I known you enjoyed being pestered about it, i’d have pestered you.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 14, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

      Ummm, I’m cool without being pestered, thanks. Get enough of that from my parents about getting a job :|

      • Adrian
        Posted January 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

        Man, I know exactly how you feel. That’s the part that sucks the most when you reach your twenties. But this year I’ll get a job. At least that’s what I promised on new year’s eve.

  8. Posted January 14, 2012 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    I haven’t been following Mirai Nikki, but I will leave you a comment to help ease your sadness. DO NOT BE SAD.

    That being said, if the scenes with the comatose Yuko are the ones I think they are, then yes, that scene is one of the most memorable things I remember from my age-old brief venture with the manga.

    Every time I think Mirai-Nikki, I see Yuko in that state, and that scene has pretty much defined the series for me.

  9. Chipp12
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    ’bout a Guilty Crown – he wasn’t him. He was Gui.

  10. Ty-chama
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Oh Scamp, of course you’re loved! Just assumed you were much too busy writing first impressions and having a life to worry ’bout this fairly tame, (by Mirai Nikki’s standards) episodes…

    In response to your question- why do manga readers love Akise so much- well, because he’s so inherently gay of course!

  11. sams
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    I am of these silent Future Diary Fans too, good work Scamp :P

    I don’t like Akise, his ”coolness” ain’t no funny, I prefer Yuki desaster of a life.

    Also the pic of Yuno on her Throne is mighty glorious.

  12. A Person
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    The love for Aikase is obviously linked to him being Kaworu 2.0. . . scratch that Kowaru 1.5.

    As for why the other kids tagged along to find Yuki here are my guesses:

    Hinata has fallen for him, so for all of Yuno’s paranoia she was technically right about the whole “If I let her live Yuki might fall in love with her” thing. Even if Yuki wasn’t the one who fell.

    Mao is there because Hinata is there, lesbians and all that.

    Mr. “I’m Brilliant!”. . . . I dunno maybe he just wants to act like he fits in and caved to peer pressure.

    Aikase’s reasoning for loving Yuki are a plot point revealed near the end, so for now lets leave it with “He REALLY likes Yuki”

    • sams
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      I never knew people loved that chara design so much :/

      The whole Gay romance is completly stupid, and Yuki Harem logic here is dumb, we can excuse Yuno for being nuts and the Doggy girl for hing been saved by Yuki … but Akisse ?

      Is the ”Gays are uncontrollable sex pistols” plot point at work :lol:

      Now I understand why Ben-To Ice witch is compared to Rei :P

      • Scamp
        Posted January 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

        At least Akise hasn’t made any craaaaazy gay advances on Yuki. Heck, when in contrast to the straight Yuno, he’s about as reserved as you can get.

  13. Abgnar
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to your Future Diary ep. 14 post (hopefully soon!) -AnotherLurker

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