25 CommentsFuture Diary / By Scamp /

Future Diary episode 14

The winter season has so far been the season of extraordinarily shitty opening songs. Even Persona 4 changed it’s kickass original song to some other dull thing. With all that competition eliminated, Future Diary takes the award for the best opening from an anime I’m currently watching. But hey, I talked about why it’s good before, so let’s try find something new to write about. Oh who am I kidding. It’s just going to be yet another post about how awesome Yuno is.

But before I return back to Yuno, I’d like to bitch about the King Diary. Just because you have a character in the anime called Deus Ex Machina doesn’t make Deus Ex Machina moves any better. Did you really need to introduce the King Diary when all it did was point out to the characters there was a ventilation shaft? Akise was clearly looking up at the walls. That’s how he spotted the camera. If he’s so bright, how could he not think of such a simple idea like climb through the ventilation shaft? I’m willing to suspend my disbelief in that they all choke to death from the gas in a room that’s supposed to be ventilated because there was a lot of gas entering the room, but still.

Why suddenly start changing the rules of the game at the halfway stage? I guess this was the point of the scene from last episode where Murmur and Deus wanted the game to speed up, or else they won’t get a winner before Deus dies. If they had left Yuno and Yuki as they were, they would have stayed in place for as long as Yuno could possibly keep Yuki from starving himself to death. So sometimes they’ve got to give the other characters a bit of a push here and there, even when the supposedly bright Akise can’t spot a fucking ventilation shaft and instead tries to reason with Yuno. Repeat that for a second there. Reason with Yuno. And he’s supposed to be the clever one.

But Yuno. Oh Yuno, you are fantastically creepy. We always knew you were. This was just the logical extension of what would happen if she got her way. But seeing it in action is brilliant. It’s not necessarily something we hadn’t already gotten from that fantastic parting shot from the last episode, but the little snippets of information, such as how she had brought all the tools to keep him in his comatose state, add to the creepiness factor of it all. I did particularly like how out of his depth Kousaka appeared when faced off with underwear clad pink haired psycho chick. The look on her face was very much a “who is this worm that fowls my vision away from my precious Yuki”. It’s almost like she doesn’t consider him a threat. Oh Yuno, your overconfidence was your weakness. And faith in his friends was Yuki’s.

And hey, since we’re doing references.

Can you feel it?

The engine

Throbbing

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25 Comments

  1. Posted January 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Season of terrible OPs? I challenge that. Yes Future Diary has an EPIC opening (which do so love) but what about Daily Lives of Highschool Boys OP? is that not good enough for you Scamp? But I have to agree with you, many of this seasons OPs do suck… a lot.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

      Daily Bros OP sucks man, how could you think that’s good?

      • Hellur
        Posted January 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

        I thought it was the daycare lady who was making all the apprentice dairy holders? I figure her dairy is one that uses all of her minions to attain information seeing that that girl somehow knew kosaka was fighting yuno. On a different note I like the new persona op better actually :P

      • Posted January 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

        Did you not hear/read the lyrics? come on Scamp, it was a fair slice of Japanese-music-pie. The little clips of show is rather bland and tasteless, but does have some pretty funny bits sprinkled (albeit lightly) through the whole thing.

        And really, it’s not as bad as the Bodacious Space Pirates or whatever the heck it’s called now.

  2. Flawfinder
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I usually don’t compare to the manga, but the ventilation shaft thing? Let’s just say that was an Asread decision that really backfired against this episode in terms of logic.

    • A Person
      Posted January 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

      That is true, but I will give them props for the “gas” thing. Its better than “CEMENT DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY”

      As for the King Dairy, its not exactly breaking the rules and Murmur and Deus had nothing (at least directly) to do with it. I’m not gonna spoil anything but re-read the message that popped up when Kosaka’s blog got “promoted”. It mentions the “8th”, a Holder we haven’t met yet and whose powers we don’t know *wink wink* *nudge nudge*

      • Moomba
        Posted January 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

        Oh hey, I thought it was cement in the manga but decided I must be remembering it wrong!

    • Fulluphigh
      Posted January 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

      That and it was mentioned later in the episode by kid talking to the perfectly normally proportioned old lady in the garden that he had dispatched another three “apprentice diaries” or whatever. Implication being that he or that woman control them.

      • Posted January 17, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

        Agreed. Perfectly normally proportioned old lady.

      • Scamp
        Posted January 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

        Very perfectly propotioned old la-KILL IT WITH FIRE ARGH WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT THING!?!

      • eterychan
        Posted January 18, 2012 at 3:39 am | Permalink

        I once thought it was some kind of mask or hairstyle when I saw her shilouette during ED. :-)

  3. xyshtoph
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    I will just point out that it was neither Deus nor Murmur who gave him King Diary. He isn’t a diary holder, but apprentice of diary holder.

  4. Erif
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Ugh, I despise the Mirai Nikki opening. :/ I skip it every time I watch the show.

    I agree, the second Persona 4 op is totally lackluster, not nearly as stylish as the first. But you must not be watching Rinne no Lagrange, because that’s by far one of the coolest ops I’ve seen.

    Speaking of Lagrange, I just left a little post in your episode review. You should totally check it out.

    liek nao

    /obsession

    • dene323
      Posted January 18, 2012 at 2:33 am | Permalink

      Love it or hate it, this is the last time this op will be aired. It should change this Sunday. Yousei Teikokou and Faylan (op 1 and ed 1 respectively) will perform ed 2 and op 2, in reverse order.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

      I read you Lagrange post, but totally disagree. For one, you made out like I was bashing it mainly for the fanservice, which wasn’t the case at all. I hated how bland the characters were and how there was no reason behind events. Characters were souless machines. Plus I’m watching, like, 15 anime this season. I have absolutely no intention of watching anymore

      • Erif
        Posted January 20, 2012 at 12:23 am | Permalink

        Well FINE, I guess this relationship is over then! *sulks in a corner*

        But in all seriousness, still don’t fully understand you, the plot and characters are both enjoyable and purposeful, but whatevuh. We all have our opinions.

  5. Scamp
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    OK, I guess I got the explanation wrong. But that was me trying to justify it happening, so it’s still an incredibly stupid scene

  6. dene323
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    Yukiteru’s (or I should say impressionable viewers’) relationship with Yuno has always been a rollercoaster ride and it will continue until the end. A quick summary so far:

    ep 1: creepy stalker! (down)
    ep 2: crazy but devoted girl who would risk her own life to protect me! (up)
    ep 3: lovely girl (up), but literally had skeletons in her closet!!!!, straight out of a horror movie with the mail-slot “good night”… (nose-dive)
    ep 4: manipulative, evil, ruthless, but should I trust her or the seemingly innocent 6th?
    ep 5: Yuno has been right, like always… (up)
    ep 6: Still a stalker, but cute… (up for Yuki, down for viewers because of the murderous intend for Yuki’s mom just below the surface)
    ep 7: saved me yet again! (up)
    ep 8: Yuno has been right again, should have trusted her (up)
    ep 9: Yanderes are possessive… forced me to tell a “fatal” lie to protect my friends (down)
    ep 10: cute in a wedding dress, let me forget about what’s behind the door (up), then I saw that huge hole Yuno dug, both physically and metaphorically (down)
    ep 11 – 12: almost sacrificed herself to save me again… I LOVE YUNO (way up).
    ep 13 – 14: this is what you get with a yandere… GO TO HELL! (nose dive to negative territory)

    So for people cursing Yuno now, this ride is far from over.

  7. eterychan
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Mirai Nikki is a continuation from last season. This winter’s anime songs are all bad.Starting from episode 2, I skipped them like there’s no tomorrow. >.<
    The only exception is probably Kill Me Baby's ending song. It's kind of cute. :-)

    New songs starting next week? That's good news.
    I really like Yousei Teikoku's songs. Her songs has some kind of dark tone in them. To name a few : Hades the Rise, Swarzher Sarg, Wahrheit, Patriot Anthem, etc.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      I really like Kill Me Baby’s ED. Shame the show itself sucks

  8. Guest
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    Yeah, it isn’t a big secret, but 8th has a strategy of running a blog hosting site to gather information (from the blog posts), and rewards people who post useful information by feeding them some predictions for their future.

    A better-written story would have explained this (or at least alluded to it) a bit earlier. The manga doesn’t do this and Asread put in fan service and scooby doo antics rather than smooth out the 8th’s introduction.

    If anything it should give this whole episode a layer of ironic menace: yes, Yuno kidnapped Yukiteru and yes, his friends rescued him, but the entire time during the rescue his friends were unknowingly leading the 8th right to him (and Yuno too). From one frying pan to another, more or less.

  9. sams
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Akise was pretty much an idiot in this episode, has Scamp said, reasoning with Yuno is pure idiocy, and failing to see the shaft was dumb.

    Yuno was very creepy in this one, good performance, but seems that Yuki is changing.

    I didn’t like the whole ”Diary apprentice” stuff, but seems like we have 2 months to the Happy Ending a lack of Diary Holders to keep the show going.

  10. Kousaka
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I used to be a future diary owner like you, but then I took an arrow in the knee.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      Nooo, that meme can’t spread to here too!

  11. 3242
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    ARROW TO THE KNEE?
    I only see everyone saying that,
    because of a game that came out after the manga.
    TRUE ORIGINS.

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