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Future Diary episode 17

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.

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  1. A Person
    Posted February 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    The 7th Rape scene is anime original material, it kinda irked me too because the manga showed us how Marco/Ai’s human side just fine without going into “Rape Rape Rape”. But I will give them props because it did tug my blackened, shriveled, desensitized heart strings just a bit, where as most “insert rape: receive character development” cop-outs only enrage me. It was probably the scene right after Marco beat the rapists up that did it, that kiss was heartwarming.

    Also funny you should ask what made Yuno crazy. We will get a big’ol flashback on that within the next two episodes unless Asread decides to toss filler in there somehow. Obviously I don’t wanna say anything about it and let you enjoy Future Diary humanize homicidal sociopaths some more but I will say at least its not rape.

    • Posted February 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

      Meta-spoiler alert!

      Solid episode all around — Seventh clearly went past the running gag of Isaac & Miria.

      As for the rape element, it fits the Future Diary aesthetics to a T. Every character is outlined in extremity.

      • Posted February 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

        Oh dear, you remembered me of that gag…I need to watch Baccano again now…:|

  2. Posted February 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m usually easily manipulated by rape scenes, but this one didn’t work for me. They were too firmly established in my mind as Isaac & Miria. I didn’t even buy her shy high school girl style to begin with. If it would have been just one of the two, either show Ai getting raped, OR show her as a cute schoolgirl, that would have worked better for humanization.

  3. Posted February 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    If Isaac and Miria and resemble this pair, I will love Baccano.

    • Lathrin
      Posted February 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

      Isaac and Miria are one of the best couples I have seen in anime. They are pure awesomeness :3

  4. fathomlessblue
    Posted February 7, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm, I had a different opinion to you regarding this ep. I’ve accepted the more lacklustre moments in Future Diary as the series simply not being at its best, but this is perhaps the first time the show really flat-out annoyed me. The core of the story was great, but the execution…

    I honestly didn’t see what they were trying to accomplish with the rape in the slightest! Their connection was perfectly established prior to it with Ai telling Marco how he turned all her worst memories into great ones. It was such a perfect scene, and didn’t need forced drama to ramp things up. As much I as disliked the same story for sixth, like you, I understood the reason behind it. This, however, had no purpose other than shock-value, and the way it was implemented reminded me of Deadman Wonderland of all things. Being anime-original makes perfect sense to me, because it just felt completely out of place.

    Thinking about it, has a rape storyline ever been put to good use in anime, outside of Now and Then, Here and There? I’m honestly at a loss thinking of any others. Stop doing it already; it isn’t the kind of thing I want to become apathetic towards!

    I haven’t really enjoyed the ‘Yukki’s dad’ plotline, either. On paper it’s a great idea; his father basically represents a possibility for Yukki’s own future path, if he doesn’t man-up and take control of his life. Then again the whole thing was handled with the subtlety of having a sledgehammer crack open an egg. That isn’t a first for Future Diary by any means, but I never minded it with the more bizarre, slightly camp elements of the show. I mean, how seriously can you take super-seinen heroes or dog-butlers? The family dynamic is much more personal to Yukki and should have been to be treated with more tact. For all the crazy batshit insane things the show has pulled, Yukki’s dad’s ‘oh-so convenient’ meet up, and subsequent stabbing of his mother was one of the few moments I felt the show was being stupid out laziness and bad writing. Maybe the payoff will convince me otherwise.

    • Moomba
      Posted February 8, 2012 at 12:05 am | Permalink

      I don’t really see the meet up between Yuki’s dad and mother as being ‘convenient’. She had a legitimate reason to be at the base of the tower, saw him parachuting out (not really surprising given people parachuting in a city is relatively uncommmon), recognised him and then went to question him as to why he’d abandoned Yuki. In the scheme of things, I don’t really see it as being one of the aspects that requires a lot of suspension of disbelief.

      Let’s also look at Yuki’s dad for a moment. He has huge debts and thus his wife abandoned him, he’s just gleefully fled from a collapsing tower, abandoning his only son out of a selfish desire to live. Confronted by his wife, undoubtedly the last person he’d ever want to see in this situation, shit happens. And shit does happen under those sorts of circumstances, scarily frequently.

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

        Oh come on, if a building suffers an explosion and someone jumps from it using a parachute, it would draw all types of attention from both police and public, whose attention would immediately be on the structure, and would be no doubt be suspicious/curious concerning how the individual planned for such an event! Most people’s first reaction would be to suspect them of being connected to it. I don’t buy that the only person who noticed (recognising them in air, of course!) that person, and was able to approach them in an open empty area, would miraculously be their estranged wife. There’s Future Diary logic, and then there’s just plain deus ex b.s. in trying to slam the two characters in each other’s path at the opportune time.

        Again, it isn’t the concept of Yukki’s father I particularly dislike (this is Future Diary, of course they’d go with the worst possible scenario), but rather how poorly it was executed. Having him stab his ex-wife in the family home, while searching for the diary, would have made much more sense. It’s an interesting concept, clumsily handled.

  5. Moomba
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    I worry sometimes.

    It almost seems that either the rape rates are exceptionally high in Japan, or writers have a really disturbing fetish for it.

    I’m 90% certain that the Marco/Ai dynamic would have worked just as well without the addition of that little part of the backstory. It feels as though who ever wrote in that bit of material didn’t think love could exist without a motive behind it.

  6. Posted February 8, 2012 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    You liked this episode? I didn’t like it, because the whole first segment about Seventh’s background was Melodramatic Exposition. So much exposition! It just put me in a bad mood through the rest of the episode.

  7. Guest
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    It’s funny because we’ve already seen Yuno say exactly why she loves Yuki, it was an episode or two back. It makes an interesting contrast with Marco + Ai, especially with their expanded backstory. Also ironic that this time it was Marco that fell for the dumb trick that split the two of them up.

  8. luffyluffy
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    This is probably me being an elitest faggot but I really just don’t see the alure in Mirai Nikki at all.

    Yuno is nice but the characters feel so… flat and the gore feels almost boring.

    Ahh, I suppose this is the sign of me maturing as an anime consumer.

    • Someone Else
      Posted February 8, 2012 at 3:38 am | Permalink

      “Ahh, I sup­pose this is the sign of me matur­ing as an anime consumer.” – Not really

  9. Embok
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    I was disappointed with this one. Doing the rape backstory again, plus it being some bitchy schoolgirls doing it on a whim, was stupid. The actual fight was short and tame. And though Future Diary isn’t meant to be taken seriously, Yuki’s father being a murderer is hard to buy. Not on its own, but in combination with crazy stalkers, godlike powers, etc. it gets difficult to believe the cosmos could ever align in such a perfect way. It’s almost as if he had an eye power of compulsion which conveniently activated on its own right as he sarcastically brought up the cute peace loving girl committing genocide.

  10. Someone Else
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    This author sucks when he uses rape as a plot -_- but yeah they are cool characters

    The last part where Yukiteru’s mom died is the best though, I’m so curious to how will he and Yuno react to this twist, if his father died I don’t think it would have made much impact

  11. Flawfinder
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    It’s just different taste.

    • Flawfinder
      Posted February 8, 2012 at 4:32 am | Permalink

      Sorry, I meant to reply to LuffyLuffy. Anyways, I only just realized that your views on Future Diary’s even-numbered episodes are like the Star Trek fans with the odd-numbered movies. They’re not bad, but they’re either lackluster compared to other episodes, and can be boring at times (I of course, liked last week’s episode).

      I have no idea if the trend will ever break for you, especially since next episode is most definitely a cool-down one, but I guess it’s better than the rest of the series going to shit (including the even-numbered episodes).

    • luffyluffy
      Posted February 8, 2012 at 5:20 am | Permalink

      I don’t know if it’s different taste though because I was enjoying it in the beginning, I just don’t care enough to catch up.

      I like Hellsing Ultimate, so it’s not that it’s too gory, but it just feels… silly for some reason. Like why am I watching? Why do I come back every week?

      • Posted February 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

        I can relate to u on Hellsing: at first the original was awesome, then the anime took a nosedive for no reason. I checked out the manga and enjoyed it. Forgot all about the anime until I found out about the Ultimate. By then I lost all interest and had started watching better shows.

        But Future Diary is fairly consistent in it’s absurdist thriller as opposed to the sheer failure of Hellsing (whether it was due to adaptation or budgetary reasons) and so far it keeps me refreshing GotWoot’s release page come Sunday night.

  12. Anonymous
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    With Marcus and Ai I kind of hoped that one of them would disappear in a swirling vortex when the other died, sort of like with Fourth’s diary going blank, to cement the idea that they really are one number, not two.

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