27 CommentsFuture Diary / By Scamp /

Future Diary episode 26 (finale)

More than anything else, I’ll miss these shots of Yuno’s crazed eyes. For any other problems Future Diary had, the one area you can’t deny it excelled at was depicting Yuno as a psychotic lunatic.

I was expecting something a bit crazier from Future Diary’s finale. The final few episodes kept ramping up the lunacy from episode to episode, starting with an apocalypse, going through character revivals and Dragonball Z fight scenes, time travel and alternate worlds, only for the actual final piece to keep at the same level. I’m not sure what I was expecting, beyond that it would defy those expectations. Maybe that’s my problem? I expected it to defy expectations when my expectations were already for it to defy them? Getting a bit overly meta there so let’s put that aside.

So what happened? First Yuki broke the separate ideal universe that Yuno had stuck him in through sheer willpower. Or he broke it by yelling Yuno’s name really loudly. Same difference really. Back in the real world, which is in fact the third world (christ this is confusing), the mayor had a diary that told him exactly what happened in the game and proceeded to change a bunch of things so the game wouldn’t occur. How that works I’m not really sure. Why did he suddenly have that diary in this world and not the last 2 worlds?

I mean, I get what they’re doing. The world has been re-created so that all these terrible things don’t happen to each of these characters. But why does that happen? Isn’t Dues going to have to find a successor anyway? He is still dying in this world, just as he was in the last. He may not do it through a diary game, but isn’t an apocalypse still on its way in a few years? Look at me, 26 episodes and I still haven’t learnt that trying to apply logic to Future Diary is never going to work. Instead I should just be focusing on the characters and how their new world looks, since that’s what Future Diary has always excelled at.

Apparently Minine was able to get together with her cop lover. Not entirely sure how she achieved that. A mono-eyed, mono-armed terrorist that you are personally searching for in your investigations comes to you and proclaims that you proposed to her in another world? I’d be a little bit sceptical, albeit maybe less so when she picks me up and flies me over the city, Peter Pan style. Also judging by the floating baby in that screencap, it would appear that Minine’s new godly powers are inheritable.

It all ends with Yuki trapped in a dead world, with nothing but a phone (that must have unlimited battery or something), a battered old manga, and Murmur for company. I did rather like this final twist on his character. The rest of the ending was on the overly positive side, so I liked seeing something that was darker and more in tune with the tone for the rest of the series. Plus it’s not all bad. He does get a sweet cape.

I should probably stop moaning, the ending was fine. It didn’t muck with story in a way that damaged what came prior to it. It ended decisively, and we know what happened to all of the characters. I did still find place to stick it in my top anime, albeit only just. It even supposedly improved on the manga by leaving out the last few pages. I don’t know, I was just expecting one final insane twist. Maybe I’ll just read those last few pages of the manga to discover what really happened. Maybe third world Yuno crashes through the space-time continuum to be with Yuki.

Or maybe I won’t have to read the manga. Maybe I can just wait a little bit longer…

I’m getting kind of used to this happening once I finish episodic blogging something.

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  1. Heafty
    Posted April 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    My logic may be flawed here, but these are my thoughts on why the third world changed:

    Eleventh’s diary allows him to read all future diaries. Because Yuki has gone back in time, Eleventh can read Yuki’s diary to learn about the events of the second world. From the start Deus had created the diary game more as a form of entertainment rather than to help choose his successor. Because the result of the game had already been predetermined it was no longer entertaining, therefore making it redundant.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      But then in the second world, shouldn’t he have been able to read Yuno’s diary because she went through the game once already?

      PLOT HOLE!!!

      • 3242
        Posted April 20, 2012 at 1:58 am | Permalink

        but considering all it is is gushing over Yuki, I somewhat doubt the tidbit of his death was in there..

      Posted May 9, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      I think Murmur supressed some of Yuno’s memories after she killed the 2nd world Yuno if i remember correctly, meaning Yuno’s account of Yuki would have changed. Also since Deus already knew the victor would always be 2nd in every world (Yuki’s case was special) he chose her to be the god of the 3rd world without playing the game.

  2. Flawfinder
    Posted April 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    And now Asread can go back to making crap. Anyways, there are some answers to the questions you asked, but I won’t bother you with them.

    • dolan
      Posted April 18, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

      but they never stoped making crap

      • Flawfinder
        Posted April 19, 2012 at 2:15 am | Permalink

        I meant unentertaining crap.

  3. Someone Else
    Posted April 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Let’s wait together while we Chill with Minene’s stump and floating baby

    Still can’t say much since just as they said that it hasn’t ended yet. Maybe the ending as they say was so terrible that they would have an anime original ending? Well I hope that’s what they’re planning

    Though most audience from MAL was guessing that it might be an adaptation of the Paradox. But honestly either way is fine with me

  4. Thomas
    Posted April 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Actually, you are right. I read the last 10 pages of manga to see what they changed, and its made for worst.

    It gaves you information how will Deus (3rd world) choose his succesor, but everything else is cheesy.

  5. Posted April 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Future Diary has always looked at subtelety and pissed in its face, but 10000 years of waiting and “Yuno came to see me” made me laugh a bit. If she really did scream his name so loud that she shatters the world around her and goes to see him (oh the irony) then I would genuinely LOL.

    Minene had an awesome “bum”.

  6. Krais
    Posted April 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    what i liked about the episode was when yuno discovered she was insane saying “when did i became this twisted” most epic moment! xD

    • kero92
      Posted April 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

      You’re right, the whole Yuno drama was really pleasant to watch

  7. Posted April 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    “Heafty” summed up my own thoughts on what happened. To me, everything felt in place and there was not really a big deus ex machina (except maybe Yukki breaking free, but I see that as a sideffect of what Heafty mentioned, plus the other Murmur’s power).

    I decided to check out the manga ending and it was only about 7 pages they skipped and it was for the better. They even switched around some events, also for the better. Seeing as you talk about that adaptations should improve upon its source, you should be proud over Asread. They did a fine job.

    … though the manga ending is so “trolololol” by the author that it would be fun to include just for the wtf-factor. Read it and comment!

    • Posted April 19, 2012 at 12:49 am | Permalink

      I actually had the opposite opinion, and thought the changes to the ending were a mistake. The big difference, aside from leaving out the last couple pages, was that they changed the ordering. They showed Yukki alone for ten thousand years *before* showing everyone living happily in the new world. So with the manga you (briefly) got the feeling “oh crap Yukki’s life really sucks” rather than “wtf is he doing curled in a ball for ten thousand years while everyone else is perfectly happy”

      • Posted April 19, 2012 at 1:29 am | Permalink

        I feel it’s better to show Yukki all alone after the happy times, since it leaves a feeling of “well, bad luck”, which fits the overall style of Mirai Nikki more. It stands out much more. And has a more sad feeling to it.

      • Posted April 19, 2012 at 1:30 am | Permalink

        Though, it maybe worked better for me because the whole episode made sense, with all the dimensions and whatnot. So it wasn’t too surprising to see Yukki like that.

      • Posted April 19, 2012 at 4:30 am | Permalink

        Ah, well then (mild spoilers)… when you see the “to be continued part” you will probably be disappointed.

  8. Erif
    Posted April 19, 2012 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    Yeaaaaaaaah, glad that’s over.

    …Sorry, Mirai Nikki is totally no my brand of vodka. I barely got through it.

  9. Mr.RR
    Posted April 19, 2012 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Well the cop dude did give hint that she was familiar when he found her imbedded in the ground, so convincing him might not have been too hard.

    Either way I enjoyed it if only for the insanity (I love insanity). I’m quite curious how the next part will turn out since from comments I’ve read Nikki should have ended because the manga does.

    • ペーパー先生
      Posted April 19, 2012 at 4:23 am | Permalink

      The author does have another manga out, so maybe “Next Project” refers to that.

  10. SQA
    Posted April 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Nishijima & Minene hit it off really, really well during the series, she wouldn’t have to work that hard on 3rd world Nishijima, really.

    Also, it’s a wonderful payoff for the best proposal in anime history. Katana-cake and all!

  11. Posted April 20, 2012 at 12:00 am | Permalink


  12. 3242
    Posted April 20, 2012 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    The ending was extreme WTF
    Also, even though Yukki says he must of been there for a ton of years, his phone still says July 28th
    must be the loneliness making it seem longer

  13. Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    God I’m so excited. I watched this series till the end and after hearing about a new “project” I’m really psyched. I wonder what the project will be about, its probably going to be related to the original Mirai Nikki series since the little spoiler at the 26th episode gave us a bit of a hint.

  14. Jason
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I can tell by reading this Scamp that you clearly didn’t understand the logic of the series and didn’t read the manga afterward. It had some fallacies but for the most part it made sense, a lot more than you’re giving it credit for. Time travel scenarios are always complicated but it wasn’t THAT hard to understand. Seriously, no offense but I think you weren’t paying attention very well.

    The mayor DID have that diary in the last 2 worlds. He helped create the survival game with Deus so he had his diary early. It reads the predictions of all other future diaries just like in the last 2 worlds. The only thing we find out new about this is that his future diary can read predictions from other diaries that aren’t from his time period. It doesn’t have a time travel or world limitation. He found out he died in the Second World from Yuki’s diary and didn’t want to take the chance so he called off the game.

    As for Deus, he decides to determine a successor another, much easier way. In the manga(I read it afterwards too), which I am guessing you read at this point, he reveals he’ll just make Yuki from the Second World and Yuno from the Third World gods of his world/Third World since they’ll win no matter what and the survival game was mucked up in the last 2 worlds and wouldn’t be entertaining if done in the Third World as a result. Plus, the mayor isn’t helping Deus create the game anymore so that causes some limitations in setting up a new game. The mayor was key, he had the cell phone setup. Sure, Deus imbued them with power but the mayor prepped the technology for it. Deus couldn’t do that, he controls everything natural, mainly Time and Space.

    Finally, Nishijima hooked up with Minene for a reason. I don’t remember it very well but in the context of the series it did actually make sense. I am watching all the episodes again right now because I am showing it to my new roommate so I’ll get back to you on this last point.

    Also, I thought the ambigiousness of the series ending versus the manga ending (only part I read of the manga) was a mistake. 10,000 years of suffering and we’re not sure if he ever got what he deserved versus manga where despite everything he has a chance to start over and live a new, fulfilled life. After suffering for 10,000 years his patience and sacrifice paid off. That really called back to the beginning of the series. It’s a typical ending, not something crazy or surprising but it was fitting. Some things can work with a depressing ending and be great but it didn’t work in Future Diary context.

    • Kenji
      Posted February 1, 2013 at 3:56 am | Permalink

      Since I’ve just finished the anime and I’m hyped, let me add something in regards to the termination of the game.

      Maybe it’s because of different subs but from how I perceive it, the Mayor himself didn’t exactly express disinterest due to the fact that he’s going to lose it anyway. Rather, Deus calls off the game because he realized it ultimately will increase the damage to the causality instead of finally getting a successor.

      And the whole thing of Yuno & Yuki being chosen as the next successor? That’s entirely Deus ex Machina unless the reason behind it is shown in the other two supplementary manga. And really, they ‘technically’ survived the game, so yeah. Just Deus being a troll.

  15. Dillon
    Posted June 7, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Look i just read the manga and to be fair it was amazing. The anime’s end was darker but that fit the overall feel of the anime. After all yuki feels like everything is nothing with out yuno. thus causeing the world to be able to spin out of control. Also im pretty sure the world has been destroyed around him, and he doesn’t know since he was in his own little bubble. When it came to the manga the ending became cheerful, it says 10,000 years past but really the phone says 6/28 so i believe it was only 2 years and it just feels like it was 10,000 years since yuki was in darkness, and trapped with his thoughts. But that is just a theory. but hey i liked both endings and it was a great anime/manga. at least a top 10 no matter what.

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