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.