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Future Diary episode 9

Future Diary continues its trend of following up relatively poor episodes with great episodes. I hope this doesn’t become A Thing, because I don’t want a full half of these series to be tedious dribble and accidental de-pantsing. I would like more Yuki being emotionally tortured by Yuno. Call me a freak, but that’s what I call entertainment. None of yer bunch of pleasant twats being insufferably nice to each other. I want wimps, freaks and psychos pitched together in a battle royale.

Since his general stupidity was a large part of the reason why the last episode was so dull, it’s only right that Yuki was the main reason this episode clicked. Not that he’s stopped being stupid, oh god no. He wouldn’t be Yuki if he wasn’t so brainless. What I loved is how the other characters just sorta rolled with it. Yuno agreeing to punch him in the gut was flat out hilarious, if only for the image of her agreeing with Akise earlier that indeed Yuki was a moron so they needed to use that to their advantage. It does bring up the question of why Yuno, and indeed Akise, fell for him in the first place. Motherly instincts? There was the other vital part to Yuki’s personality in full force in this episode: Mortal Fear and Panic. His controlled falling manoeuver down the hill when trying to run away from Yuno was brilliant. Something has gone gloriously wrong when you’ve started running in fear away from your supposed comrade and towards the lady who controls a platoon of dogs with enhanced iron jaws.

Two observations that bugged me this episode, the first of which I only pegged when I went back for screencaps. How did Yuno figure out Akise wasn’t a diary holder? When everyone’s diaries made that whirring clicking sound they do when the future changes, Yuno looked directly at Akise’s phone and realised it wasn’t making a noise. Obviously his diary might not be his phone, but he was pretending his phone was the diary so obviously something was up.

The other observation comes from that above screencap. Dog lady’s friend clearly stabs her in the hand, right? I knew there was something up with her, and I’m personally convinced she’s a diary holder. Her hat is featured in the OP on a skull, there’s a silhouette that looks a lot like her in Deus’s chamber, which draws the conclusion that she was aiming to stab Yuki’s phone. But for the rest of the episode, there was no bleeding on dog lady’s hand. No bandages, no gripping in pain, no blood, nothing. I thought maybe I had imagined the stab, but there it is, clear as day…umm, clear as night. Is it relevent to the plot that she hid it, or is it just asread being derpy?

I mentioned Yuno’s eyes in the last post, and because of that I found myself paying closer attention to the change in patterns with her eyes. She’s got this weird design where she doesn’t exactly have a pupil. It’s more a slightly darker shade of purple that grows and shrinks depending on how the director feels like we should perceive her in that scene. The more desperation in her eyes, the large the pupil grows. There’s also the fact she seems to have two irises. The more evil menace supposed to be in her eyes, the more they seem to light up, generally when she’s in mid-stab. What amazes me is how the right level of craziness comes across with each of these scenes without me ever realising what they’re doing. I don’t know where exactly in the rules of reading human expression it says that a glowing iris means evil intent. It’s not like anime eyes are a particularly accurate representation of human eyes. All we do know is that instinctively they don’t look right.

It’s part of a much larger subject of how anime teaches us to read its language. There’s the more obvious ones, like the giant sweat drop or the massive stress mark, but everyone knows about these and are aware that they are interpreting what these mean. The crazy Yuno eyes, however, are a sign of a more subtle reading of cartoon drawings that we’re not even necessarily aware of. Future Diary has taught us that these glowing eyes means she’s a psycho. Not that Future Diary has full credit for teaching us that, it’s just added onto years and years of manga refining the way they get their points across. I remember reading once that the earliest pre-WWII manga are rather dull because the authors had to explain the visual language they were using, otherwise people wouldn’t get the jokes. I’m sure, if you traced back far enough, you’d find early examples of Yuno eyes in Tezuka’s manga.

Since we’re talking Yuno’s crazy facial expressions, I have to bring this up. Remember this good old shot from right back in episode 1? Well, this is sort of a thing now.

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  1. Flawfinder
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Oh god, when did that trend start? And I pick asread being derpy when it comes to the stab in the hand.

    As for how Yuno knew Akise wasn’t a diary holder. She just didn’t hear his diary change and realized his phone wasn’t a diary. It could have been something else, but I doubt she had that in mind when she attacked him.

    • Kiseki
      Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

      Since forever ago. The tag on Pixiv is 恍惚のヤンデレポーズ. I’m kinda sick of it by now.

      Also use saucenao for the source if you don’t have it. :(

      • Scamp
        Posted December 6, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

        Are you talking to me for the sauce thing? I generally list the artist, but for memes you are intentionally adding to a pool of memes and not your own artist pool, so can’t be bothered with sauce

  2. Posted December 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Is that last pix of the Yuno meme yours?

    I enjoyed this episode – the first where not everybody dies! Not only did the plot advance, Yukiteru finally grew a set and started manipulating Yuno, and got a set of friends out of the deal. Win!

    • Scamp
      Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      Me? Doing art? Even minecraft art is beyond my abilities

  3. A Person
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    As for why Mao ended up stabin’ Hinata’s hand if I recall correctly in the manga she flips out when they lose the game tries to charge Akise with her knife, Hinata tries to stop her (because she realizes and accepts she has been beaten I assume) and THEN Yuno shanks a bitch. Causing Mao’s to accidentally stab Hinata’s hand. I was perplexed as to why Asread left that out and just had Yuno charge.

    • Posted December 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

      Right, I doubt Mao knew about the diaries, that their destruction would entail in the owner’s instant death. Perhaps Tenth did coach Hinata in advanced and Mao overreacted?

      The show works on our knowledge but at the cost of plausibility.

    • WanHuz
      Posted December 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah, you were right.There was such thing in the manga..
      That’s why its so weird why Yuno would attack them first..
      Its chapter 17 page 22 if anyone want to check it out ;)

    • lostsage
      Posted December 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      Uhhhh no, asread stayed faithful to the manga. Mao flips out when they lose and tries to stab Yuki’s diary and Yuno stabs her.
      The derp flows downhill since the author and went full derp and forget about her hand as well. Oh well, it’s not like it affects anything and I had never noticed it till now.

      And if you look at the OP again, you’ll see that is definitely NOT Mao’s hat (way too big and different shape).

      • Scamp
        Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

        Yup, that’s a pretty clear knife through the hand there. I know my medical stuff and that’s a very clear case of knife through hand.

        On a related note, the artwork in the manga is kinda shit, isn’t it?

      • Guest
        Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

        The linked scan is pretty low-quality, for comparison cf:


        The art isn’t fantastic but it’s better than what’s up on batoto. FWIW you can still see the wound on Hinata’s hand but there’s no blood/bleeding, and that hand’s only visible in one panel.

      • Kiseki
        Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

        The manga art is quite unpolished, especially when compared to the anime. :Ia Akise looks…symmetrical.

        Also to fuel your anime > manga argument even though I necessarily don’t agree.

        Well, Mirai Nikki manga was shit at portraying the…mood…how do I put it…

  4. Guest
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Hand-stab is just derp I think. Asread tightened this arc up from the manga, and they’ve introduced derp that way a few times already.

  5. romulus
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    I just love this shit.
    Also, that yandere thing. Even their fingers are the same way. Nice stuff.

  6. Posted December 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    If that attack isn’t mentioned at all, why did Asread keep it? Oh well.

  7. mcm38
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    I just luv that skull dude. Tough I can’t seem to remember where he comes from.

    • Suzushina Yuriko
      Posted December 6, 2011 at 1:06 am | Permalink

      It’s Assassin from fate/zero.

  8. Someone Else
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    That last set of pics is tagged as Yandere Trance, and it seems to be a meme now in pixiv.

    Anyways you forgot to mention Yukiteru declaring his relationship to Yuno as his girlfriend. What made that part shine is that since you said that Yuno is probably thinking that Yukiteru is stupid, or probably the usual wimpy but strong sense of justice, honest typical shounen character that always have an unwanted harem, which the audiences know he is not, which Yuno still fully believed him. But finally…FINALLY he manipulated a Yandere, which I was waiting for ever since the beginning of the show

    Also Yuno’s affection has something to do when Yukiteru showed her your dream job in the future, that his dream was to have dinner with his family during the earliest of episodes, which is largely related to the dead bodies in Yuno’s house. Yeah someone spoiled that to me >.>. I could only guess for Akise though, but yeah he could be hiding the fact that he is a diary owner because he seem to be the trickster type

    And lol at hand stab vanishing

    • Guest
      Posted December 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

      You are a little off on Yuno.

      There will be a scene where she literally says “that’s why I love you, Yukki,” so keep a lookout for that moment.

  9. TheVoid
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    I just realized they left out the scene where Akise touches Yuki’s butt. Oh well.

    And I can see why that Yunoface is now a pixiv meme.

  10. Posted December 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Yotsuba, what have they done to you? /feels kinda sick now

    Yuki’s wimpiness caused me to drop the manga, I just felt like he’s annoying. But maybe that’s the good point? I don’t know. *sigh* I have so much going on in my life now, I can’t pick up the anime to check if I still feel that way.

    • Someone Else
      Posted December 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      To make use of the typical wimpy protagonist in an all new level is the greatest thing for this anime which of course will not work on other anime coughguiltycrowncough. Hmm if you think about it, its kind of satirical in a way isn’t it?

  11. fathomlessblue
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Of all the Yuno meme pics I’ve seen over the last month, Assassin wins out every time. The person who drew that deserves a big hug.

  12. Duelit
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Oh god, those pictures at the end made me laugh so hard my friends thought I was crazy as I was looking at my phone. I don’t always lol, but when I do, its when I’m reading your blogs. :{D

  13. Posted December 9, 2011 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    It took me three seconds to realize that those pictures weren’t actually some kind of trend in actual anime. Anyway, that made my evening a hell of a lot more exciting. Sad, really.

    As for this episode, Yuki just keeps digging himself deeper and deeper into this shit, and it’s gone from infuriating to just hilarious.

  14. Posted December 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Hello there!(: I’ve gotten hooked on Future Diary just a few days ago, and stumbled upon this!(: I would say that I’m a fellow ‘blogger’ except that I don’t just do animes (In fact rarely). Yeap I write about dramas.

    Back on track, I really do love your commentary on the anime!(: Witty.

    And I can’t wait for Episode 10. And X2, I noticed the bit about the eyes too! It’s amazing how our minds just instinctively interpret the facial images isn’t it?

    And X3,Yuki’s downright creepy.

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