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Future Diary episode 21

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?

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  1. Mr. Anon
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Protip: Deus is spelled Deus.

    • Posted March 18, 2012 at 2:37 am | Permalink

      A protip is supposed to be a tip from a professional.

      You’re a professional in the competitive profession of spelling?

      Do you get a yearly salary, or do you work on commission?

  2. RogerMoore
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    This show is absolutely terrible. Where are the toothbrushes?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

      Keep saying it and I’m sure it will become funny again

      • RogerMoore
        Posted March 19, 2012 at 12:42 am | Permalink

        You say that like it was ever funny.

  3. Posted March 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I, too, heard that the manga had a troll ending, so here’s hoping the anime adaptators also realize that and do everything in their power to avoid the same fate – if only because the audience is much larger this time and it would be bad faith on their part to troll the viewers.

    I don’t think Deus created a Yuno clone, but something happened in the first 20 seconds of episode 1 that lead me to speculate that Yuno is really Yuno: not a clone, not a carbon copy, and not a puppet of the decaying God of space-time.

    • lostsage
      Posted March 17, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

      The whole show is a giant troll on some level so I was pretty okay with the ending. And asread hasn’t really shown they are comfortable changing the story much, but one can hope I guess.

      • Posted March 18, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

        Actually Asread hasn’t been fanatically faithful to the source material, e.g., the foreshadowing in episode 1 which frames the entire game.

        Also several scenes have been left out/edited out for certain reasons, not just due to time constraints, and others drawn from the supplemental manga.

        So, here’s hoping.

      • Chipp12
        Posted March 18, 2012 at 5:49 am | Permalink

        I’m okay with that ending too.

        Also: “Yuno is Yuno but is not Yuno”. You can spend your time guessing with this thing: :D

    • Moomba
      Posted March 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      Personally, I would rather Asread not change the ending. Weird and nonsensical as it was, it wasn’t exactly unusual when compared to the rest of the series.

      I remember thinking “What the hell?” when I first read it, but as time passed, I began to see that really, it was a fitting way to end given the tone and themes of the manga up to that point.

  4. Alex Voda
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    I will give you a clue, but written in such a way you will have to decipher what i mean:
    “it doesn’t mean anything.”

    This of course assumes the anime will follow the manga.
    Email me if you figure out what the clue is, so others won’t get spoiled by the unencoded clue.

    • Posted March 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

      So Deus ex Machina’s name isn’t just a name…

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    /ignores future diary

    scampu-kun why does logh manage to outdo itself every episode straight for 59 episodes?





    • Posted March 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

      Just keep watching. I swear, it gets better.

    • DarkEnergy
      Posted March 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

      The incredible thing is that is does keep getting better and I mean in terms of quality of entertainment, not just adding more story or things to fill up screentime. I honestly didn’t start enjoying the series until around episode 60. It was like a linear progression of quality for me: about every 10 episodes, it gained a point (i.e. the beginning episodes were 1/10 quality and the last ten episodes are 11/10 quality).

      I don’t know how you’ll stand the final ten, but it should be awesome.

    • dene323
      Posted March 17, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink


      solid source material, faithful adaptataion, “legend of the galactic CVs”, a studio steadfastly releases 110 quality epsiodes in OVA format for over a decade, a dedicated fan base willing to buy every single VHS tape released over the decade to keep the project afloat, the absence of moe culture in late 80s – early 90s…

      too many special circumstances to make this show unique and nearly impossible to replicate…

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 18, 2012 at 12:45 am | Permalink

        I would pay to see a Yang Wenli doing Cute Yang Wenli Things spin off.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      Yeah no, not interested in listening to LOGH loving anymore. Might mark any future comments as spam =|

      • Alex Voda
        Posted March 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

        By the way, since this is the off-topic thread, have you watched season 2 and 3 of Avatar? Because you know, Legend of Korra will start on April 14.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

        Oh well. Holding the rights to make a final one when I finish the main series.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

        Not yet. I’ve had Work and stuff so I’ve only been able to watch currently airing stuff

  6. A Person
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand all the hate the ending gets. . . yes those last three or so pages int the epilogue are a “what the hell just happened?” moment. But everything before them was fine, and appropriately dramatic even.

  7. Thrashy
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    Is it just me, or is that MP5 in the lead-off image hilariously oversized?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      MP5? Is that the upgrade on the MP3?

  8. Someone Else
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Yeah we need insane Minene, like Roberta, I always get Roberta vibes from her but she lacks the totally creepy insane over loyal terminator, that’s because she’s not broken enough

    Akise’s questioning of Yuno’s purpose made her interesting again! Yes that’s what I love in Future Diary in the first place

    Also I hate your accent, for the fact that it’s like Japanese engrish for me that I can hardly understand what you are talking about, those who love it are definitely native english speakers so I’m out of it

    • Scamp
      Posted March 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      That’s exactly it. Roberta was genuinely frightening even after being humanised. Minine just never had that

      • Poro
        Posted March 19, 2012 at 3:09 am | Permalink

        I think you mean never had the chance to show her umbrella-shotgun
        her suitcase-smg, and her plethora of guns, grenades and bombs under her dress. I mean motorcycles take up room. If only she would 16 v 1 thugs at a bar instead of taking on 2 middle schoolers.

  9. 3242
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Yuno was hiding an identical twin and switching with her her whole life without anybody noticing, but killed her when being her turn, she met Yuki so she would have no competition winning his love. \ o /

    • Scamp
      Posted March 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      Nah, sounds too easy for Future Diary. It has to be much crazier than that

      • Alex Voda
        Posted March 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

        Try and decipher my clue above or just wait for the nest episode.
        After that, the direction of the show will pretty much be revealed except for the very ending.
        As I said this assumes it will follow the manga and by the look of things it will.
        Here is it again:
        “it doesn’t really mean anything.”

  10. mcm038
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I must say I also hated St-Patrick’s here. The bars and streets were disgusting.

  11. Daniel
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Hey hey! Have you seen this?: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Mirai_Nikki

    It’s a new story and should start arround when the anime stops, I cannot wait!

    • Scamp
      Posted March 19, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

      Oh yeah, the live action Future Diary? I’ve never watched any J-drama though, so not all that pushed about watching this. I got too many US/UK live action TV shows to watch before I push onto Japanese stuff

  12. Kiseki
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    It took me several minutes to figure out what Irish holiday you were talking about.

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