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Future Diary episode 3

Interesting little story for you guys. The people who made the Spice and Wolf anime were a bunch of nobodies. They had only previously worked on awful fanservice anime. The studio that made the first season (before it was passed onto Brains Base) were a nothing studio called Imagin. While Spice and Wolf didn’t exactly take the world by storm, it’s popularity came as a massive surprise at the time. The staff of Spice and Wolf didn’t go on to fame after that either. To give you an idea, the two anime the director did after Spice and Wolf were Aki Sora and Yosuga no Sora. It’s fairly similar to what’s happening here with asread and Future Diary. They may not have much of a budget, but give them good source material and they’ll suddenly throw everything they have into it, proving to the world that they are not a bunch of talentless hacks.

Despite being the least action packed of the series so far, this episode of Future Diary impressed me the most. In fact, it’s because it had so little in the way of plot twists (comparatively speaking, this is still Future Diary after all) that made it impressive. The episode was mostly taken up with a cutesy high school student’s date and would have felt stupidly out-of-place if done wrong. But there was a sense of unease floating over the entire episode that made events feel wrong. You knew Yuno was off her rocker. It’s just not right to see her frightened inside a haunted house or being embarrassed that her swimsuit floated off in the pool. Peppering the episode with scenes of Ninth, doing her best Revy from Black Lagoon impression, helped add to that feeling. There are other little factors that help keep this episode from being dumb cutesy and totally out-of-place romance. The series doesn’t lose its dark sense of humour. I loved the scene of Yuukki making ‘splat’ sounds as he watched the people on the Big Drop.

Another thing that worked is that, on the surface, Yuno’s cutesy act didn’t feel fake, which only adds to the sense of unease. If she was carefully calculating her reactions, you’d feel like you were on safe ground. Yup, this girl is just a crazed stalker. But having her act so normal and cute left me treading in the waters of uncertainty. She believes she’s normal and you wouldn’t be able to mistake her for a psycho throughout this episode. It helps that her character design isn’t amazingly attractive or anything. Well sure, she has pink hair, but this is anime. She’s practically plain by anime character design standards. It makes her all the creepier somehow. Instead of the scary monster from another dimension peeking through your letterbox, it’s a normal high school girl.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Future Diary without some dodgy logic. I don’t think hypnotism works quite like that, but I’m willing to let that slide because of how effective the scene was. Besides, Future Diary has sort of covered its bases with the revelation at the end of the episode. Some people in the comments from the last episode were wondering how come all the diary owners ended up in a small space in Japan. Turns out Deus mucked about with the laws of Time and Space to make that happen. But Time and Space don’t like being mucked about with, and now the realm of logic has been distorted. Future Diary has created a world in which crazy shit can happen and has to happen. OK, it’s a bit of an ass-pull, but as I’ve said before, I’m willing to let Future Diary pull this sort of stuff because it has the tone of a pulpy thriller. It knows it’s ridiculous and plays that side up.

Holy crap, I love this show!

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21 Comments

  1. stupid commenter
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    okay and where is the good source material?

  2. anona
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    best show of the season. Period

    (after penguindrum of course)

  3. Marow
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Best show.

    Oh, will you blog Aria? Please please please please please

    • Scamp
      Posted October 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

      I’ll write something on it someday

  4. Posted October 25, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Glad you’re happy to overlook the jumps in logic Mirai Nikki delights in – it really goes to town later on in the story.

    I’m very pleasantly surprised by how competent this anime is so far – may have to eat my words regarding asread yet!

    • Scamp
      Posted October 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      It depends on what kind of jumps of logic. There’s hand-wavy explanations, which I’m cool with. But then straight up plot contradictions is where I get fussy

  5. romulus
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    IMO asread beats many-many shows in this season, having a chance even againist so-poetic Chihayafuru and its redhead genki straight from Hanasaku Iroha. GC doesn’t even worth mentioning.

    eternal note: good source material > no source material

  6. Kioku
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    So wait, you’re blogging three shows this season? And adding wierd little comments on a fourth(F/Z)? Woot, more cynical commentary and good reading!

    • Scamp
      Posted October 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      Which means less time for other types of posts, but whatev’

  7. Posted October 25, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Glad you’re following my favorite anime of the season. I surreptitiously sneak a few peaks to the manga but without going past the end of the anime. Adds a little more context with inner monologue of other characters particularly Yuno’s.

  8. Someone Else
    Posted October 26, 2011 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Perhaps, Scamp can now recover from the damage Guilty Crown has caused? Anyways this is my favorite show this season!

  9. Harry Tuttle
    Posted October 26, 2011 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    The manga is one of the dumbest pieces of shit I’ve ever read, can’t imagine the animu is any different. No wonder fanboys love it.

    • Posted October 26, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      If they didn’t love it, how could they possibly still be fanboys?

      Paradoxes! That’s… the real trollbait of this comment, isn’t it? Devious.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 26, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

      Don’t you feel glad you’ve got that off your chest

    • lostsage
      Posted October 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      Someone’s mad they got turbo-trolled by the ending. Maybe you should stick to shounen where there are no endings/ endings that resolve nothing.

    • Someone Else
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 4:05 am | Permalink

      I love trolls! they are so funny, well stupid funny

  10. Shogun
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    ” I don’t think hyp­not­ism works quite like that, but I’m will­ing to let that slide because of how effect­ive the scene was.”

    As an amateur hypnotist, let me clarify. Hypnosis doesn’t work like that UNLESS your head is a giant demonic tootsie-roll pop.

    Guys, is it just me? I would take scary yandere over guarded tsundere any day. But only if she was obsessive, not possessive, and played it off with a subtle social awareness that shined a light of on everything except how absurd it is to be so hung up on another human being by default.

    • Shogun
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      ‘shined a light on’ **

  11. Posted October 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    This is my favorite show of the season. And I was not expecting it to be.

    The flawed logic is part of is. Sometimes I like shows that have plotholes and sometimes I don’t. In this case, I do because it as if the show is choosing to punch logic in the face and just do outrageous action where for example Fractale’s plotholes were ones that felt as if they were put in there because the writer thought the audience would be too stupid to notice.

  12. SENSEISHUN
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Im incredibly late to watching this show, but after watching the 3rd episode i had to see what you & others had said about. Seems like everyone is avoiding simply calling what it is. Yuno is a crazy bitch…..

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