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Future Diary: The Complete Series
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Reality quickly unravels for antisocial Yukiteru when Deus Ex Machina calls him into a death match to determine the new god of space and time. Each mentally scarred player possesses a prophetic device tuned to his or her personality disorder, giving them control over their future, and the fate of their opponents. It’s their strongest weapon—and their greatest weakness.
Within hours of abusing his digital diary’s predictions, Yukiteru is cornered by a crazed classmate. Yuno—who is obsessively stalking him with her own psychic cell phone—is cute, sharp, and great with an ax. Still, her psychosis hides a vile secret. As a serial killer, a cult priestess, and a volatile escape artist take a stab at eliminating the teens, Yuki can cheat death under Yuno’s maniacal protection or----DEAD END.
Episode 13 Commentary
Omake #5 Yomotsu Hirasaka (Yoshihisa Kawahara Version)
Omake #10 Minene Uryuu, Masumi Nishijima (Clear Dialogue Version)
Episode 20 Commentary
Episode 23 Commentary
Textless Opening Songs
Textless Closing Songs
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the genre's are, Action, Drama, Dub, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural, Thriller,
there's a total of 26 episodes
This psychological thriller, based on the manga written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno, is about Yuki, a loner who's not very good with people. He prefers to write a diary on his cell phone and talk to his imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina – The God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is more than a figment of his imagination when he makes Yuki participate in a battle royale with eleven others. The contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future, each diary possessing unique features that give it both advantages and disadvantages. Within the next 90 days, the contestants must try to survive until there is only one left standing. The winner will become the new God of Time and Space.
no OVA episode, the ova is only subbed and is not included in the case
The official product description is excellent, so I won't rehash that and will just jump into what makes this series so freaking good. Essentially, "The Future Diary" has two core story elements: the survival game and a twisted love story. The survival game element is similar to "Battle Royale" and "Hunger Games" in that a crew of strangers have been pitted against one another in a battle to the death -- this time by no less than the god of space and time. The human element in the story, Yuki's battle to maintain morality and decency in a Hobbesian "kill everyone" nightmare, will be familiar to fans of this setup, and this show pulls it off very well. Where "Future Diary" diverges from (and surpasses) those others is the eclectic weirdness of the contestants and the creativity of their weapons. Each contestant is given a "future diary," a record of the immediate future that allows them to see attacks coming... but no two work the same. Yuki's tells everything except what affects him personally. Another diary displays a record of the activities of victims, and yet another only maps out escape routes. These diaries are wielded by a crew of deranged weirdos, mostly, but also by a few noble and decent people drawn into something awful. You will care deeply about the cast, and many of your long-term favorites will likely be people you least expect. Expect to cry like a baby when they get violently offed.
The second core element, the twisted love story, somehow manages to be one of the best romances in animation despite being deeply disturbing. Yuno loves Yuki to distraction, and at first he's flattered by this, but the more he learns about his would-be girlfriend, the more terrified he becomes of her. Yuno is worryingly good at killing people, and pretty-much unfazed by doing it. It soon becomes clear that this pink-haired cutie may be the scariest contestant of them all, and she can seldom be trusted to do the right thing. But this is literally a "can't live with her, can't live without her" situation, made all the more painful by the fact that there's genuine affection between this couple despite the deep distrust. Several massive plot twists occur that make the prospect of long-term happiness bleaker and bleaker, but the whole time, you, the viewer, start to subconsciously root for "Yuki X Yuno" to make it. And when it all wraps up, you... well, I won't spoil it. But reference the "cry like a baby" part above. Your heartstrings will be bent all out of shape, but it will be totally worth it.
I also wanted to give special props to the music, which is beautiful and always hits the right emotional notes for the scenes it accompanies. This release also contains both subtitled and English-dubbed vocal tracks, and the latter is really, really good. Though this is always a matter of debate, I feel the English voice actors surpassed their Japanese originals in almost every case here. The English voice actors and actresses for Yuki, Yuno, Minene, and Murmur deserve special props for quality.
This particular release (whole series on Blu-Ray) is well-worth buying if you haven't previously purchased the two DVD sets -- it's cheaper, and the Blu-Ray quality ensures higher-fidelity picture. If you do already have the DVDs, though, the motive for buying this new set is less clear. There have been zero new extras added to this new release, and it has no "collector's-edition" style bells and whistles. Most aggravatingly, it doesn't include the "Future Diary: Redial" OVA which has been out for several years in Japan but has never made it into a release in the English-language market. "Redial" does a great job explaining the abrupt and confusing last few seconds of the anime, so it would have been a wonderful inclusion to this set. Its continued absence from Funimation's release, even after the passage of several years, is sort of baffling and is perhaps the only let-down of this set.
All the same, if "Future Diary" isn't part of your collection yet, you owe it to yourself to pick it up, and this is the most affordable and high-quality way to do it. As a parting anecdote, this is one of the few anime I have always had success hooking non-anime-fans with once I explain the premise. A coworker who wouldn't be caught dead watching "cartoons" asked me for an update on the plot every day when I came to work while I was watching it. It's simply that good... CRAZY good!