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Future Diary episode 25

SPOILER! Bet you wish you hadn’t visited the website before watching the episode now, eh?

Psych. Not really. I’ll admit I was taken in by this, as goofy and overplayed such a scene is. I guess it worked because we’re willing to accept anything from Future Diary at this stage. Yuki gets stabbed in the neck before the final episode? Sure, why not. If we can suddenly bring back old characters who died several episodes ago and have them start flying around having Dragonball Z fights with a character who was only previously used for comic relief, then I’m willing to accept pretty much anything this show throws at me.

That fight scene was ridiculously well animated though. It’s not the first time Future Diary tossed out an episode with oddly expressive animation, but this episode especially so. Try do a play-by-play recap of the fight between Murmur and Minine and you’ll see what I mean. It wasn’t speed lines or blurred movement. Every single one of their kicks and punches and laser beams were shown in full detail. I couldn’t follow what was going on in real time, but that was sort of the point. It was meant to be a mind-blowingly crazy fight scene between two godly powers, showing how far beyond simple knife stabs this battle had become. Where on earth have asread been dredging up the money for this anyway? The anime sold very poorly, especially if you put it next to their other anime Shuffle. I somehow doubt we’ll be getting Future Diary ~Memories~ anytime soon.

Even asides from the animation, the episode was fantastic. I loved the scene were Yuno lays out plainly why the two of them fell for each other. Yuno simply needed anyone to latch onto and Yuki happened to be that person. Meanwhile Yuki simply needed someone to protect him, and Yuno just so happened to be the person there. It’s like an alternate version of the Suspension Bridge Effect. The person on the other end just happened to be in the right place at the right time. But I love that they can do that, and are willing to do that. Devolve the central relationship that drives everything in this show to two simple sentences.

It also did something I never thought this show could do: Humanise Yuno. They’ve made her sympathetic. That’s what the revelation with her past did, showing how she became this monster she is today. But humanising and making her sympathetic are different things. While you can feel sympathetic for what led a person to become the person they are today, that does not change that what they are now is a complete unfeeling monster, running off a set of logic known only to themselves. This episode finally revealed the logic, and in doing so they made her decisions feel more human. She understands that her only way of spending more time with Yuki is to keep replaying these events in history over and over again. The recognises that her love is based on something fairly arbitrary and pathetic, but she’s a slave to those emotions. There’s a pain in her voice and her expression in this episode that brought that all across.

The alternate world Yuno created for Yuki was pretty darn creepy too. Watch as the girl you loved strips for you. Here’s your parents alive and back together. Oh also you get the coat you also wanted. Reminded me of that weird scene from Neon Genesis Evangelion where they go into that alternate world where it turns into a goofy romcom. Is this the ideal world you want? That said, as weird as this ending has gotten, this episode restored my faith somewhat that it has its head screwed on and knows what it’s doing with this (well, as screwed on as Future Diary’s head has ever been), which is more than I can say for that Evangelion ending. Then again, we still have another episode left, and there’s bound to be another even more bizarre twist left in store. Cue Yuki sitting on a chair in the middle of an ocean with all the characters from the show around him applauding.

Congratulations Yuki!

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  1. RogerMoore
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    This show is weird

  2. Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how it will end. I mean, this mess that’s not really a mess but still a mess needs to end somehow. But how? Is it now the fearsome “shit ending” will come?

  3. Flawfinder
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, it’s a pity that this show sold poorly. I wasn’t expecting something akin to Guilty Crown’s sales (and I don’t know the ratings) and I’m aware that it has a pretty vocal hate base (mostly akin to Yuki), but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

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

      It did get a live action movie, so the franchise as a whole must be doing something

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Oh god, that Eva Romcom just dregged up memories of them selling Angelic Days at my school’s bookfair.

    My god, I hadn’t even SEEN Eva back then.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 12, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink

      I found it amazing that thing existed. They made a manga out of the very thing that epitimises what Eva isn’t and created in the TV series specifically to make that point. It’s really bizarre

  5. Overly-animated
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Manga is still better. *Inserts spoiler ending of how the anime will end.* Oh yeah. Its going to end just like that! haha I spoiled it for all of you guys.

  6. A Person
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    waiting with bated breath to see what (if anything) they do with the ending and epilogue.

    I’m surprised this didn’t sell all that well, the manga seemed to be of middling popularity so I expected the anime to at least “average” out on the DVD/BD sales

  7. Guest
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m not surprised it sold poorly.

    The manga itself sold pretty well for a manga of its type, and has enough overall popularity to get that upcoming live-action adaptation.

    The commercial problem with the adaption is essentially the one-two punch of being an adaption of a completed manga (so a lot of the excitement is gone) and not being high-budget enough to add that much to the manga. Seems like it should’ve either been higher budget or never made in the first place.

  8. 3242
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    I loved the omake,
    pointed out the GREATEST
    to me
    not that it bothers me..

  9. lostsage
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    `”Con­grat­u­la­tions Yuki!”
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ARGGG That screencap too perfect. Though how asread does this ending remains to be seen.

    And those sales are surprising, but I guess I’ll just never understand how those silly Japs think.

  10. Matthew
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    It was pretty amazing seeing Yuno, after two dozen episodes, finally have a moment of true self-awareness. I liked the build-up too, with her using her diary to try to kill Yuki while reading entry after entry where diary-Yuno cheers for him and talks about saving him. I guess the cognitive dissonance was too much for even her.

  11. Posted April 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    That fight scene is super awesome. It’s the last thing I would have expected from friggin’ asread of all studios, but good on them for making something kickass like that.

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