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.