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Future Diary episode 19

Do love listening to my voice? Well tough, you’re going to listen to it anyway, because I’ve guest starred on yet another podcast. The ingeniously named FAPcast over at Desu Ex Machine, where I talk about anime and other stuff (mainly just anime).

Right, back to gushing about Future Diary being kinda stupid and simultaneously awesome.

This was fantabulous. Yuki with a waistcoat a popped collar, with a lady draped over him, wearing an expression of egotistical self-confidence. He has taken the role of the glorious bastard, grandstanding when the time calls for it. Even Norio Wakamoto got into the spirit of things, doing a grand sweeping movement to dramatically reveal everyone’s real identity. It had a real epic feel to the way the entire scene was presented, as in an introducing of the final chapter kind of way. If Future Diary was adapted into a trilogy of movies, this is how they would start off the final movie. It’s been moving at quite a steady yet brisk pace throughout, something I probably don’t give Future Diary enough credit for. Seriously good job on the pacing front, which probably saved its ass a few times, not giving us a chance to dwell on some of the stupider plot twists for too long.

You know what I love about this new Yuki though? That it’s essentially the same Yuki as before. This is an act he has put on because he now has the underlying mental resolve to fight in this war. Where he might lack is the mental capacity, but I’m willing to believe he can act tough when under the watchful gaze of Yuno. But underneath, he’s still the same stammering anti-social wuss that he always was. Wait, I’ve changed my mind. What I actually love most about new Yuki is that he’s now crossed a boundary into the realm of Bad Guy. Fitting with the Lelouch-esque swap into glorious bastard territory, he now kills people and betrays orphans. I like how one of the diary holders is unambiguously a Good Guy. Every other diary owner until now you could justify how Yuki might be in the right, or at least on equal terms to, but this time he is definitely in the wrong.

It’s something that has always impressed me about Future Diary. The introduction of Diary holders is never random. It always fits in with the current state of Yuki’s story. Introduce lovers when his relationship with Yuno is at its rockiest. Introduce a diary holder into his house when he was clinging to it as the one safe place in his life. Introduce alternate diary holder girl he thought he could trust when he was still wrapping his head around Yuno. Now they finally reveal that this diary holder is just doing this for the orphans at exactly the point Yuki has decided to abandon any moral high ground. Speaking of that new diary holder though…

That character design. What…why…how…ok, my theory is that the mangaka drew the outline before he knew what the character looked like for real, only to realise much later on into the manga’s serialisation that he had no idea what he was thinking when he drew that design. It’s the only explanation. Either that, or someone pumped her full of air with a magic spell, Harry Potter and Aunt Marge style. Her arms are always sticking out at her side like they’ve been pumped full of air.

That car chase sequence was hilarious. I can imagine the poor folks at asread looking at this part in the manga and burying their heads in their hands, wondering how on earth they can stretch their budget to animate a full on chase sequence. The CGI cars were so hilariously bad. But it was more than that though. How Yuno fully embraced her roll as a Bond-esque lady villain, complete with slinky one-piece black dress with matching stockings, high heels and suspenders. Her leaning out the window gunmanship. Even better was the revelation that Yuki can apparently drive a car now. Impressive by itself, but the fact that he’s chasing another car being driven by a bloody police officer? Oh Future Diary, you really do have a long-distance relationship with logic, don’t you~

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  1. Posted February 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps five days was enough to acquire driving skills?

    Solid jumpstart to a new story arc but no word on the reveal of the third corpse in the burial hole?

    I felt the clues were foreshadowed in the first thirty seconds of episode one, but I suspect we are due a second twist down the road.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

      I wish I could learn to drive in 5 days

      • Posted February 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

        I started learning how to drive over the weekend so, imagine my rage when Yuki suddenly hopped into the car and chased after that cop like he’d been doing it all his life…
        It’s not that freakin’ easy! Took me an hour just to learn what those pedal things were called! You know, the ones that move the car!

  2. Posted February 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    That character design… gah can’t spoil it. Nevermind.

    • Flawfinder
      Posted February 22, 2012 at 1:27 am | Permalink

      Spoil what? I don’t remember any in-universe justification for that character design. She just has it and we’re supposed to accept it from what I remember.

  3. Flawfinder
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Good point on Yuki. If you ever read a Guilty Crown blog, you’d know that when Shu went badass, he was written into a completely different character (again). At least Yuki had the justification of a script.

    • Chipp12
      Posted February 22, 2012 at 8:09 am | Permalink

      He didn’t. He was too the same Shu inside, he just needed to act as a king.

  4. zhai2nan2
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Driving a non-stick-shift car is an incredibly easy skill.

    Automatic transmissions mean that anyone who has played “Grand Theft Auto” can get behind a wheel and step on the long pedal to make it go.

    As for the inflated woman, she reminds me of the fat man in “Full Metal Panic” who shows up – I believe at the beginning of the third series. I don’t want to spoil that series, but if you watch it for a few episodes, you will see that the fat man has a good reason for his odd character design.

    A similar character design appears in Nerima Daikon Brothers, at the host club, with the “Deb” character. I wouldn’t be very surprised if Mirai Nikki uses the orphan lady as another “Deb” character.

    Also, I suspect that Mirai Nikki doesn’t have any truly admirable characters. The woman who helps orphans is probably insane or evil or somehow corrupt. Recall how the feminine picture-taking girl used her wish to get a waterproof cell phone so she could take photos in a hot tub. I think the writers try hard to show that all the characters are morally flawed.

    • Clinton
      Posted February 22, 2012 at 2:04 am | Permalink

      Just going to say it right out. Your wrong 8th has no goals other then looking after the orphans she is a good person. She does not want to be god and its all the orphans that were doing all of the work not even under her orders.

      • zhai2nan2
        Posted February 22, 2012 at 2:11 am | Permalink

        8th has no goals other then look­ing after the orphans she is a good per­son.
        Maybe I will turn out to be wrong about this. I hope the series wraps up in 26 episodes or less so I can find out whether or not I’m wrong.

    • Golos
      Posted February 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

      What about Akise? Isn’t he an admir­able fellow?

      • zhai2nan2
        Posted February 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

        IMHO (and I might be wrong) the writers’ idea of a decent character is Masumi Nishijima, but even he is flawed by weakness. He acts within the law and doesn’t overstep his limits – but therefore he doesn’t take enough action to prevent suffering. He’s a resented-father-figure. The writers IMHO want the audience to resent him a little bit for failing to protect the main characters.

        Aru Akise is a sympathetic character, but he’s a cold, calculating, smug intellectual. The viewer is encouraged to sympathize with him, but he’s not a hero by any means. He’s not even good, compassionate, or loyal – by contrast, consider Daimon Kaito from Phi Brain. He gets to solve a lot of puzzles, but he’s fundamentally weak and irrelevant. IMHO the writers want the audience to hate him a little bit, even though they sympathize with him.

        Aku Arise is there to fill an audience niche. The writers figure that many audience members like reading mysteries and like imagining themselves as detectives. So Aku Arise is there for them to sympathize with. IMHO.

      • Posted February 25, 2012 at 6:17 am | Permalink

        Actually, Akise is loyal, but only to one thing:


    • Scamp
      Posted February 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      So if I play Grand Theft Auto I’ll be able to drive a car?

      brb going to Steam

  5. A Person
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    I was worried Asread would mess this bit up, but even with the CGI cars. . . you dun good Asread, you dun good.

    I first watched this off a livestream as it was airing while browsing various internet communities and wow. . . the nerdrage at the beige dress was palpable, since in the manga she has the little black number on from the start. Good thing they switched to it for the ambush scene or someone might have had an aneurysm.

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Scamp, I hit episode 28 of Logh and I think it might be my favorite non-battle so far. The combined force of Mittermeyer and Reuental’s background story coupled with Oberstein’s dog just blew everything out of the water.

    I had to pause because I was crying so hard at Mittermeyer’s wedding I couldn’t see the subtitles. And on top of that Mittermeyer looks so much like Sky High, down to to the gigantic eyebrows, that it’s just hilariously unnerving.

    Plus Reuental’s backstory had me screaming because omg my poor baby.

    Their bromance is so pure, it’s so refreshing and lovely.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

      I would generally ignore a comment about a totally unrelated anime, but I’m always for some more LOGH loving

      • luffyluffy
        Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

        I hope you dont mind, seeing as I’m not watching Mirai Nikki but none of my other friends have seen it.

  7. Moomba
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Oh Future Diary, you really do have a long-distance rela­tion­ship with logic, don’t you~

    This is actually one of the big reasons I liked Future Diary in the first place, though some of it becomes uh… questionable…

    On Lelouch, while I see the comparisons, I think there’s still the huge difference in that Yuki is probably justifying everything he now does to himself with “When I become god I’ll bring everyone back to life yay!~” and stuff. The badassery is still cool though.

  8. Posted February 23, 2012 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    I would like to share an email correspondence between my staff writer and I.

    From Aeroblip: “Also, I have an interesting idea. I have hours of random talks with you, me, and Scamp from today. If I can somehow splice that into one coherent conversation, I could post this as a random bonus show. I call it: Friday Anime Podcast Ramblings (aka FAPR — the joke is that it sounds like “fapper”). ”

    The puns, they will never end.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

      Oh dearies, we did go off on some stupid tangents, didn’t we?

  9. 3242
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Is it not obvious?
    The mangaka designed 8th like that to resemble childhood cartoons so we associate it with good motherly figure.
    ..or they were out of ideas and just decided to draw a vaguely human shape and kept it.

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