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Future Diary episode 8

I love this shot of Yuno. I can’t tell whether her eyes are wider than normal, making her look mentally unstable, or whether that’s just my imagination and knowledge of her character playing tricks on me. If it’s the former, it’s an incredibly subtle piece of artwork change that we instinctively know on a gut level looks off but can’t instantly put into words. If it’s the latter, then it highlights the strength of her characterisation in that we start seeing abnormal things in a normal scene. For all the talk of yandere this and yandere that, she’s certainly a fascinating character to watch.

My positive little introduction out of the way, time to get to the nitty gritty of how this episode was not very good. I get why they have these down time between psychotic killing sprees and cat and mouse games between diary holders, but that doesn’t explain away the fact that they’re incredibly stupid. The first time they did it, it worked. The amusement park scene worked because of how we were unsure whether Yuno was totally insane or just embraced it for that one episode, as well as the fact it kept up with a dark sense of humour with Yuki’s mimicking people on the Big Drop falling to their deaths. The episode where Yuno meets the in-law wasn’t as good, mainly because it kept repeating the scene of Yuki whining the same whine over and over again, but at least it served it’s purpose fairly well. The underlying sense of danger Yuki found he had let into his home over what appeared on the surface to be a normal embarrassing meet the parent scenario. This episode though? The accidental pulling down of trousers? Really Future Diary?

Higurashi had a similar problem. Yes, the downtime episodes where they spent their time doing goofy cute stuff was meant to contrast the eventual spiral into horror and chaos that characterised the rest of the arc. But that didn’t change the fact these segments were mind-numbingly stupid. Perhaps they were ‘meant’ to be stupid, but doing it deliberately doesn’t make it any better. I get what they were trying for here. Yuki has no idea what friendship is, so when a group of people suddenly decide to be his friends, he’s shocked and goes along with everything they say. However they’re only pretending to be his friends, Guilty Crown style. But their interactions were still so stiff and dumb, spitting out grape juice, discussing serial murders like they were their favourite breakfast cereals, and pulling down trousers in class.

Not that there weren’t good parts of this episode. The butler having grand meals for his precious canines while digging into a pot noodle himself was hilariously ridiculous in classic Future Diary mode, and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing him in action more in the next episode. On the other side, the gay vibes coming off Akise when he fondly stroked Yuki’s face were bizarre, but again that’s something that I enjoyed more for what it could potentially bring down the line. It’s more interesting because of how I foresee characters reacting down the line to that, such as how Yuno bristled at his closeness to Yuki. So for this episode I have very little to say, except perhaps to comment on the sheer level of idiocy Yuki reaches at times. I know you’re all excited because you have new friends and stuff, but revealing your future diary to them that quickly has to be one of the most retarded things he’s done all season.

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  1. ペーパー先生
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    1. Japanese clothes are very fragile. Even the slightest disturbance could cause them to fall down in the middle of class.
    2. Those weren’t just gay vibes, they’re full on gay.

    • Posted November 30, 2011 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      Not all Japanese schools have uniforms, many bad or rural schools don’t have any uniforms. In Mirai Nikki, it probably signifies Yukki having to move far away from home.

      • ペーパー先生
        Posted November 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

        I know that, but honestly, I think It’s just so that Japanese kids can watch this and fantasize about not having to wear uniforms.

    • Someone Else
      Posted November 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

      Why would you hate it? I mean its waaaaay better than having all characters wear the same thing, pretty much avoids the annoying trick in having school genre anime

      • Scamp
        Posted November 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

        This. It’s actually nice to have a school setting with some variety in clothing

  2. Posted November 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    I actually thought this was a solid episode in which the best thing was highlighted: the tension between Yukiteru’s desires for ideals, like friendship and being courageous, and Yuno’s paranoid, cynical intuitions.

    Since Yukiteru lacks the convictions of his ideals and Yuno’s cynicism ends in violence there’s no easy resolution. And here comes Akise Aru, the diametrical opposite of Yuno: a rational, calm and kind person.

    • ペーパー先生
      Posted November 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      He’s not her complete opposite; they both seem to love “Yukkii”

    • Someone Else
      Posted November 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      Yup kind of solid episode, because even if Yukkiteru trust and sometimes kisses yuno, he never feels comfortable with her (like that scene where he tears up just seeing yuno lol). But he keeps on forgetting that there’s always someone aiming for his neck

  3. kero92
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Akise reminds me mindly of Kaworu

    • Suzushina Yuriko
      Posted November 30, 2011 at 12:17 am | Permalink

      It’s intentional, as well as Yukiteru being an expy of Shinji. Mirai Nikki ran in the same magazine as Neon Genesis Evangelion.

  4. Posted November 30, 2011 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    It’s funny that you brought up Higurashi.
    I was thinking about it while watching this episode.

    • Someone Else
      Posted November 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      I don’t get why you guys think of Higurashi, well if I remember correctly, they try to separate the downtime times and they just completely do stupid stuff while here they keep up the topic

  5. A Person
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Was Hinata’s shirt always so. . . short in the manga, I remember it being pretty normal and waist length? Not that I am complaining or anything. . .

  6. Flawfinder
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    I have to admit, the downtime episodes do remind me of Higurashi. However, they always only last one episode, so it’s not too bad…depending on how many of them there are.

  7. Posted November 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Well, this was…short.

    The problem with Mirai Nikki is that this downtime is happening every single time a new character is introduced. And a new character is introduced every second episode. So it’s kind of annoying that the downtime, which is a steaming pile of monkey crap (honestly, why would someone want to include a scene of a guy taking a dump and his girlfriend coming and giving him toilet paper?) happens this often.

  8. Guest
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    This one is like the last try at doing a real mind game, after this there are tricks and betrayals but the action is more straightforward. So it gets better, I swear.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 30, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      Welp that’s nice to hear. Now all I need if for someone to tell me the Fate/Zero novels eventually ignore all the other characters and focus just on Rider and Waver

  9. Someone Else
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    First pic… No Scamp, that’s definitely the quarity again by this studio

    On an unrelated note Stein’s Gate need your comment on this

    • Scamp
      Posted November 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      Uninterested. Not entirely surprised by its existence though, given the success Steins;Gate has had

  10. Posted November 30, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    What would your Future Diary be?

    • Posted December 1, 2011 at 12:38 am | Permalink

      “11/30/11 7:39 PM – Saw some girls being insufferably nice to one another outside the house. Fie!”

      11/30/11 7:42 PM – Deus insists all this stagnant everyday life nonsense is necessary. The ponce. ‘It gets better, I swear!’

      11/30/11 7:45 PM – Senjougahara… fascination…”

    • Posted December 1, 2011 at 1:38 am | Permalink

      A philosophical diary. One that analyzes the metaphysics of the Deus ex Machina, the ontology of the game and the epistemology of the other Diarists, contextualizes their moral beliefs and psychologize their motivations.

      The anti Yukiteru Diary.

    • Someone Else
      Posted December 1, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      I dunno, either way I need a “cheat sheet for life!”

      Dang that’s the funniest part in this anime

  11. Posted December 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I’d agree with you, but then there was Ms. Boobles.

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