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Future Diary episode 24

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.

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18 Comments

  1. Posted April 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    “Or is she some weird com­bin­a­tion of the two? I haven’t a bloody clue.”

    It rhymes!

    Anyway, be ready for the ending (you won’t). You will most probably not like it. I dropped the anime, but I did finish the manga.

  2. Flawfinder
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    From what I remember, Deus didn’t revive Minene. He pulled her out before the bomb exploded and gave her a new arm before she could die from blood loss.

    Anyways, I’m not quite sure by what you mean with the “erase memories” to fill plotholes statement in regards to Minene. Excluding the fact that Yuno has always been known to erase her memories when it’s convenient for her, if you’re referring to why Yuno doesn’t remember Minene turning into a half-Deus in the first world, that’s because Minene didn’t do that in the first world. If I recall correctly, Deus did this when he noticed that Murmur was unfairly supporting Yuno, which I don’t think happened in the first world. Therefore, the character coming back came as a surprise for the characters and the fandom.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

      No, that’s not what I’m referring to at all. I’m referring to the two times a character in this episode alone threw in the line about erasing memories like it was no big deal to paper over potential plot holes.

  3. Posted April 4, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Also the anime has a different explanation for Murmur than the original manga and I’m not sure which is crazier: a servant/familiar or the embodiment of the powers of the Deus ex Machina winner of a previous game.

  4. RogerMoore
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m only on episode 5 on this show and I’m already pretty bewildered. It gets this much crazier?

    • Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

      … I think you just ruined most of the craziness by reading these posts, really.

      • RogerMoore
        Posted April 4, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

        I wouldn’t be watching it if it wasn’t for these posts anyway.
        Besides, reading about something and actually experiencing it are completely different.

      • SQA
        Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:11 am | Permalink

        If it’s “crazy” at ep 5, for you, then it’ll be achieving “mind-f***” territoriy very soon after that.

      • RogerMoore
        Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:56 am | Permalink

        I just realized I typo’d. I’m actually on episode 15.

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Maybe I’ll catch up to this now that I’m on Spring Break. It’s not like I have anything else to watch.

    By the way Scamp, I was kinda wondering, besides Yang(who’s birthday is today btw) who else did you like? My personal fav is Oberstein, but after that it sorta middles out around Yang and Julian and Reuental.

    • dene323
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      Aside from Yang, my personal fav is Mittenmeyer

    • Scamp
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      Oberstein, followed by Schenkopp, but I also have a bit of a crush on Katerose

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

        I had pegged you for a Schenkopp fan(who wouldn’t be a Schenkopp fan) but an Oberstein fan as well! Maximum Brofist.

  6. Posted April 5, 2012 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    I’m just glad the plot still makes sense….

  7. Shogun
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Scamp, where DO you get your Yuno pics. I’ve never hated those graphic hyperlinks more than I do right now.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      Danbooru. There’s a link of the sidebar. Just watch out for nsfw

      • Shogun
        Posted April 9, 2012 at 4:40 am | Permalink

        Thanks bud. On a similar note, Pixiv launched their English version just recently. More like a Japan-oriented Deviant Art, but still worth a look.

  8. diz1776
    Posted April 8, 2012 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Who’s ready for the HAMMER END?

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