I suppose as an Irish fellow, I should probably put up some sort of recognition that it’s my country’s national holiday today. However, while I’m grateful for the fact that growing up in Ireland gave me an accent that the internet thinks is funny, I don’t have any particular love for the country I gained that accent from. Nor do I have much love for our national sport of getting intoxicated in the drizzle. So instead I’m going to spend my day embracing my humoungous weeaboo side and watch Japanese cartoons.
I feel Future Diary missed a trick with this scene. There was a chance here to make this scenario genuinely tense and scary. You had Yuki being chased down by Minine, who by this stage is a broken wreck. One arm, one eye, lost love, and finally ready to give in and kill him. She’s as psychotic as anyone in the series has ever been, but she’s also one of the characters who we’ve come to know the longest and develop feelings for. Turning that on its head and making her into this scary killing machine would have been fantastic. Sort of like the velociraptors in the kitchen, except we’ve had the tragic backstory and motivations of the velociraptors explained to us over the course of 20 episodes.
Now, this may not have been what they were going for with this scene. Maybe they just wanted to make her look desperate. But they didn’t manage that either. It didn’t really hit either note, which is strange for Future Diary. Particularly when it comes to Yuno, the show is generally really good at framing shots and directing scenes in such a way to heighten the fear and dramatic tension. Heck, Minine felt much more dangerous in her original appearance in the fancy dress that was apparently capable of hiding a motorcycle.
You see, this scene did all that sort of stuff I was talking about. Through the music, the lighting, the framing of the shot, the timing of each reveal, everything added to making this scene that much more shocking and impactful. Or maybe this was just me. I guess there’s always been a disconnect between Minine and I. It’s why that whole romantic thing with the police officer never did anything for me. Sorry Minine, it’s not you. It’s me. I’m the one at fault here!
Although back to that scene where Yuno manages to get into the vault even though she’s not really Yuno. I found it originally confusing when Akise did his big reveal that Yuno wasn’t actually Yuno, because who gives a shit? She’s Yuno now, it doesn’t change anything that she’s done so far in regards to the game. But then it turns she is actually Yuno with the retina scan and everything, and suddenly my interest is piqued. There’s something much bigger going on here.
In fact, there’s a whole lot of things going on that have made me sit up and start questioning everything. The mind-games between Murmur and Dues were interesting, but with these latest twists, my interest in what the hell their game is has massively increased. Then there’s Akise, who I had all but forgotten about for the past 6-7 episodes, but him somehow making his way into Dues’s arena stoked my interest in him again. What is his game? What is it that he knows? How does all this tie in with Dues wanting Yuki to win and the bizarre existence of Yuno?
Actual speculation is a bit pointless, what with all those manga readers floating around. My wild theory is that Dues created a new Yuno to follow Yuki around so Yuki would win the game, but how Yuki winning is important is beyond me. It does speak to good storytelling though. The diary game is down to 3 competitors at this stage, none of whom are at each others throats anymore, so the drama of the game is basically over. But right at the moment when the game ends, all these other threads that have been stewing beneath the surface throughout the previous arcs, have come to the surface and suddenly become a lot more relevant and interesting. I’ve heard the ending is a doozy in not-necessarily a good way, but at this stage I’m fascinated by the prospect of how on earth these threads are going to tie together. It feels like they’ve given themselves plenty of time to do it too.
So, go on Future Diary. You’ve got my interest piqued. I’m listening. Where are you going with all this?