Last episode of Future Diary was kinda poor, so you all know what that means we’re in store for this time around? Yup, a ball-busting brilliant piece of Future Diary craziness, back to its best. Well, perhaps not at its best, but back to some fine form.
Many people described the two lovers in Future Diary as being very similar to Issac and Miria from Baccano, which is a pretty apt comparison. It breaks down a bit in this episode because…well, god bless Issac and Miria, I love them and everything, but they do not have much depth. These two though have something a bit more intrinsic that ties them together. A sense of abandonment that strengthened their bond combined with desire to right the wrongs in the world. A story that really didn’t need to randomly introduce yet another rape plot line. The seeing eye girl did make more sense. She was a symbol in a crazy cult, and her abuse tied into her loss of hope. This time it was a bunch of background bitchy girls hiring a gaggle of brainless dudes to rape a classmate.
At the same time though, I can see what they were going for. They needed something much more serious to tie them together. I personally think their bond was strong enough by the time they were talking on the top of that tower about how that place became a symbol of hope, but I guess the creators felt they needed a reason to want to recreate the world in a certain state. Characters in this game so far have had a clear reason why they want to win and become master of time and space. My gut reaction to the scene was “urgh, more rape?”, but I can understand why the scene was important. I had a similar reaction to the seeing eye girl back in that episode, but in retrospect it worked too. Oh I don’t know, I got into this same muddle after that episode too. Rape rape rape rape rape rape rape rape rape rape ANYWAY MOVING ON
Everythign else though was fantastic stuff. Pure Future Diary crazy violent action, bait and switch, hearts and minds of the characters bared to each other as their forced to face their inner contrived logic. Having someone question Yuki, or having Yuki question himself, isn’t new. Having someone question Yuno certainly is. Pompadour confronting Yuno’s idea that she could just be Yuki’s tool so long as she still gets to be around him means they can’t return to how Yuki wanted them to act after the hostage-in-abandoned-hotel arc. Which sounds like a horrible idea for Yuki, so he in turn has to turn to Yuno and try verbally beat some sense into her. I did love that line of “do you really love me, or are you just insane?”. It captures the heart of their relationship in hilariously blunt terms. By saying that, he’s attempting to change Yuno’s mind so there’s a binary scale between loving Yuki and tying him up in an abandoned hotel.
Thing is, Yuno is insane. Completely insane. She manually deletes part of her own memory so she can stay with Yuki. Try rationalise her all you want, but I don’t think anyone is capable of changing her mind. These characters certainly had the right idea by presenting them with a couple that is truly in love, challenging Yuno’s idea that she’s in love with him, but I think she’s too far gone down the insanity path to get her back with any brand of logic. I wonder what caused her to go insane anyway? Just born that way? Knowing Future Diary, she was probably raped or something.
As a final note, full on respect for Future Diary for creating a character so utterly despicable as Yuki’s dad. He pretends he will try to get back with his son’s mother, but is only doing so to get close to him so he can break his phone in order to cancel his debt. Then he, in a move of pure cowardice, takes a parachute off his son to save his own life, without a word of apology, too elated with his own life being saved. Then finally, when confronted with his ex-wife, the mother of the son he just abandoned to die, he stabs her so he doesn’t have to face his actions. The levels of yellow-bellied cowardice and patheticness is so extreme that it’s actually kind of exhilarating. Future Diary has created monsters, mass murdering machines with twisted logic, but they always had a human side to them. Having a character this utterly hopeless and reprehensible is pretty amazing.