I think some of Yuno has finally rubbed off on Yuki. Best case scenario here is the man ends up with a busted iphone. Worst case scenario: He spins into a swirling black vortex of nothingness. Way to be a dick Yuki.
This scene. Holy shit this scene was effective. I quite literally hid my face under my bed covers (and promptly felt like a bit of a twat for doing so). She had barely been gone 5-6 minutes in this show and already she’s like this spectre hovering over everything. This unseen evil, only ever observing the product of her work but not her physical self. Which is why I’m torn on reintroducing Yuno so quickly back into the plot. On one hand, the idea of holding her return back, constantly working as a background threat, would have done wonders for the tension in the show. The fact that you can’t see her only enhances the Legend of Yuno. Plus think about the thrilling moment when she does finally return, saving Yuki when he least expects it. It would have been a marvellous moment. On the other hand though, it’s as though Future Diary realised that it doesn’t have much to keep you entertained if Yuno isn’t on screen. Still, I’m disappointed Future Diary couldn’t keep it in their pants for a bit longer.
Even with that factor though, this was still one of the strongest episodes of the series so far. I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of this new diary pairing. Deus messing with its own rules again, as they both apparently count as one diary owner even though Yuno has the exact same power and counts as one on her own. But that did tie back into the narrative Future Diary has had going since the very start. The same twisted dichotomy Yuki has always had. Either has to pair up with Yuno or basically die. On one hand, if he does pair up with Yuno, he returns to the threat of a comatose state in an abandoned building or whatever crazed possessive sexual fantasy Yuno has next. And he has to commit to that relationship wholeheartedly for them to win the game. Future Diary drove home that fact by presenting them with a couple with the same powers as Yuno but with totally different levels of trust between them.
Mind you, why exactly did they decide to take their diaries instead of snapping them in two? I had a similar problem back when Minine didn’t break their diaries after the kid gassed Yuki’s house, but an insightful commenter pointed out that the police chief would see if she planned to do that, so her hands were tied. Maybe some bright commenter can justify why the couple didn’t snap Yuki and Yuno’s diaries in two (although no spoilers kthx). If it’s for some silly reason like “we wanted to see you grow as a couple” I’m going to Get Very Angry About Cartoons On The Internet.
Did anyone else notice the animation quality leap in this episode? It’s not like Future Diary ever had great animation or anything, so it really stuck out how fluid some of the animation was. In fact, the entire episode was really well directed for a change. The timing of certain scenes felt bang on, such as the action directing during the fire fight scene and Yuno’s return to delirious ‘Yuki praised me’ form. Boy did I love that scene. A teenage girl deflecting throwing knives with a knife of her own through the power of a single line of praise. It’s completely fucking ridiculous, and I love this show for that.