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.