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Future Diary episode 16

Why Future Diary? Why can you not produce two great episodes in a row?

Last episode was great. Well directed, clever plot twists and Yuno being crazy. This episode was back to contrivances, dumb dialogue and Yuno being crazy. I thought the problem with this series was the scooby gang of pointless teenage companions, but their screentime in this episode was limited to maybe one shot of Akise through a window. Yet they still decided to introduce the stupid back into this series with Yuki’s dad. Again, it’s not like I can’t see what they’re trying to do. He’s supposed to be a pathetic loser, with what appears to be a charming degree of honesty behind that, but actually reveals more layers of deceit and furthers his pathetic nature. But in execution, he makes dumb jokes about being pervy and wacky slapstick humour. Then there was that final contrivance of Yuki falling down a hole. I get what they’re doing. It’s creating an life-or-death choice on who he trusts more. But they do this by sawing a hole underneath him, Loony Toons style? I can generally roll with Future Diary contrivances but that one made me shake my head.

I’m not even sure quite what the problem is. Do I blame the original author? He has a great story in his head, but his attempts at conveying it only succeed half the time. Do I blame the director of the anime for failing to iron out the kinks of the original? Again, it’s not like this was a bad episode. I liked the direction it decided to take the story in. But the stupid dialogue and unfunny sense of humour keep taking me out of the experience. Plus when they do, it means I’m suddenly incapable of rolling with the usual Future Diary logic.

Yuno remains the only consistently great thing about this series.

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  1. Posted January 31, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    That eye. That eye is so out of place.

    And so lovely.

  2. Posted January 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    I think this episode suffered more from direction issues than the original material’s writing.

    In fact that the anime added an original scene with Seventh (where Ai learns from her diary that Mar is going to buy some woman a gift and finds out that is for her) and that kind of became a self-fulfilling prophecy. It demonstrated how their diaries do not truly tell the Future but only predict a possible future.

    But the direction seemed to falter at certain points (Yuno’s attack of Ai and the clumsy attempt at rescuing Yukiteru).

    I thought the story was solid with the introduction of a new character with ties to the MC and a potential turning point for Yukiteru is being seeded here.

  3. dene323
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Yuki has been through quite a bit since the start of the series, dealing with frequent near death situations, betrayals, killings, constantly on a roller-coaster ride with psycho stalker/murder/girlfriend/kidnapper… So despite the lighter mood in the first half of this episode (episode named “repair”), It’s fair to say he is already on the verge of losing his sanity.

    His last attachment with the “normal” world is the hope of having a happy and complete family again, so the introduction and subsequent betrayal of his father would give that final push needed.

  4. blackice85
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    I’m kinda surprised at how dumb Yuki’s father is. Some guy decides to erase 3m yen of debt just for breaking a kid’s cellphone and he’s not suspicious? He didn’t think that was odd?

    • Scamp
      Posted February 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

      Like father, like son

  5. lostsage
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    These episodes are largely the original author’s fault, he doesn’t really manage the tension in these in-between-battle chapters well. He can’t decide if he wants to keep it up or drop it and results in neither. I didn’t notice because HNNNG Uryuu the cosplaying terrorist

    I’m actually pretty proud of asread and the directing in this episode. They couldn’t cut out the dad since he has an important role to play. And they had a chance to drag their heels and turn up the romcom/slap-stick garbage (lolhotsprings), but they resisted their natural tendencies and delivered a solid episode. The ending could have used some work though. These next episodes are going to wreck though, so excited.

  6. Flawfinder
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    Ironically, a lot of people like the dad and all his “hilarious” antics. Me? I think he’s more hilarious than Shu’s mom, but that’s not exactly hard to accomplish.

  7. Gunslinger
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    Is it just me or has luffyluffy stopped posting here ?

    • Scamp
      Posted February 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, not sure where she’s gone. Kinda sad about that

      • luffyluffy
        Posted February 3, 2012 at 3:30 am | Permalink

        I’M STILL HERE

        omg you guys i think i blushed

        Yeah you see what happened was I lost my computer for a while and couldn’;t watch anything, plus gundam turned me elitest accidentially so i sorta became disillusioned with a lot of anime and plus i dropped mirai nikki and i’m behind on nise and you’re not blogging p4 so i haven’t had much reason to come here

        if you guys miss me so much i’ll have to come back more often~

  8. Someone Else
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    The director is probably trying to insert the nonsensical scenes in anyway possible while devoting pure genius on the next episode, well that’s how I see it ever since the murmur extras wasn’t included in the middle while the serious episodes are happening. With the exception of Minene’s past being shown of course

    The producers must be aware of those that’s why they try to make Yuno as interesting as possible during down times

    But then again, I never read the manga so I could be mistaken

    • Scamp
      Posted February 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

      If it was just Yuno, then I would pin this down to being a one-hit wonder who just so happened to stumble upon a fantastic character. But there’s more to Future Diary that makes it work than Yuno, which is why it’s all the more frustrating when it’s dumb like this

  9. Guest
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    The thing is, the manga has “funny” scenes almost everywhere, even during the intense, serious sequences. So what is really going on with the anime is Asread has cut the comic bits out of the action sequences, but can’t cut them from the downtime segments without rewriting those segments entirely.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

      Well done asread then, I guess. The intense scenes are funny anyway, simply through how batshit crazy they often are. You don’t need slapstick there, it just ruins the mood

      • Guest
        Posted February 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

        It’s not quite slapstick. If you remember the school-bombing episode when the cop first shows up to help Yukiteru out, there’s a brief moment where Yukiteru’s looking @ the cop and the background goes into that rainbow-y, falling-in-love-y mode…and then the cop points his gun at Yukiteru. Think that kinda insert-gag running through all the action.

  10. thresholden
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    It’s pretty much all the original author’s fault. The manga has the exact same problems and I can’t want to see what you think of the ending seeing how you are already mad now.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      I’ve heard the ending is just sorta crazy in usual Future Diary style, which I’m OK with personally. But eh, we’ll see when I get there

  11. Posted February 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Did any one else notice the continuity error with 9th’s eye?

    • Scamp
      Posted February 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      Eh, isn’t it just a glass eye she has under that eyepatch? Maybe she just prefers being a pirate to having a glass eye

      • Posted February 2, 2012 at 12:50 am | Permalink

        There’s a theory i haven’t heard. thanks for shining light on this.

  12. sams
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I think it was a good episode and the dad antics was kind of building up tension for the end payoff, but it was kind of negate since Yuno figured it out. But it is so her style to try to kill her BF dad in the middle of the room on bright day light :lol:

  13. Posted February 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Personally, I believe this show would’ve gotten extremely bad ratings had it not been for two factors.

    1) Yuno and her craziness.
    2) Uryuu and her awesome-ness.

    I really didn’t like this episode much either, but I couldn’t help thinking (since I read the manga) that every episode til the final one will be action-packed and filled with drama. Hopefully.

    And ^to the comment above, it’s a glass eye replica of her eye that Yukki… shot out? Darted out? lol

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