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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~