Oh yes, Future Diary. Refusing to end when all the other anime do, clawing for my attention by making even crazier stuff happen. And this being Future Diary, that’s a pretty high barrier to crazy it needed to overcome, but it certainly managed it, albeit through the usual method of TIME TRAVEL!
So let’s start with the obvious and talk about characters coming back to life. To be fair, it was actually foreshadowed and prepared long before. It wasn’t the “wait I changed my mind, I liked that character” that many shows pull. That said, I’ve been waiting for Deus ex Machina to pull a proper Deus ex Machina since the very start, and this is the first pure example of that we’ve gotten. How did he revive Minine? Through some handwavy excuse about her not believing in gods and all that. Apparently that’s why she’s happy to help Yuki now rather than pursue her own ideas. Is the actually Deus now? Or is she Minine on a mission? Or is she some weird combination of the two? I haven’t a bloody clue.
I did find it amusing how every plot hole was filled with “we will erase your memories”. Yuno killed her past self and this conflicts with current events? Oh let’s erase your memories of this event. Minine gets turned into half-Deus? Oh, we’ll just erase your memories of this event too. The time travel mechanics are all over the place as well. OK, it’s easy enough to figure out that it creates two different futures when Yuno starts interfering, so it doesn’t damage what has already happened in their lives. But what exactly is Yuno trying to achieve by charging back into the past without first killing Yuki? That just complicates everything that much more for her.
To be perfectly honest, so much of this episode was just plot advances and very confusing character motivations that I have no idea what to say anymore. I think I preferred Future Diary when it made a touch more sense and was grounded more in reality. A very unusual version of reality, but one we could still understand.
So yeah, short post. For now I’ll just mention how this was the best Murmur segment in a long time. The sheer dark depressing nature of the humour is exactly the kind of thing a horrible cynic like me loves.