One day, Yukiteru discovers that his cell phone "diary" can now tell him the events of the future. The problem is, eleven others also have similar diaries, and only one can win this Survival Game. The winner becomes a god. The losers: DEAD END.
Like Eden of the East and [C]-Control, The Future Diary (2011) centers on teenage protagonists who are given a technology that simultaneously empowers and threatens them. Introverted and alienated, Yukiteru "Yuki" Amano has no friends and talks to no one. He spends his time writing in the diary he keeps on his phone and pretending to converse with Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space he dreamt up. But Deus, who looks like one of the more bizarre Hollows in Bleach, is all too real: he instigates a game where a dozen people receive supernatural phones that enable them to foresee parts of the future. The 12 "Diarists" are pitted against each other: the last surviving player will replace Deus as god. Yuki somehow attracts the attention of his cute classmate Yuno Gasai. She's also a Diarist, but devotes herself utterly to Yuki. Alliances, friendships, and enmities shift rapidly and sometimes illogically in a deadly game of survival. The Future Diary veers uncomfortably in tone as director Naroto Hosoda and his crew attempt to reconcile Yuno's school-girl crush on Yuki with an increasingly grim succession of explosions, shootings, and stabbings. Yuki is not a prepossessing hero; he lacks both the effortless charisma of Takizawa in Eden of the East and the gritty determination of Kimimaro in [C]-Control. He's alternately smitten with Yuno and terrified of her, and spends much of his time whining about how awful his life is. Hosoda can't seem to decide if the first half of The Future Diary is supposed to be a gore fest, a rom-com, or a creepy supernatural adventure in the mold of Another and Shiki (which built suspense and horror through what the filmmakers didn't show). Whether he can bring the rather scattered story to a satisfactory conclusion remains to be seen. (Rated TV MA: violence, violence against women, torture, grotesque imagery, nudity, risqué and toilet humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(1. Sign Up, 2. Terms of the Contract, 3. Early Predicament, 4. Handwritten Entry, 5. Voice Memo, 6. Manner Mode, 7. Dial Tone, 8. New Model, 9. Blocked Number, 10. Family Plan, 11. Service Termination, 12. Outside the Reception Range, 13. Restricted Call)