Future Diary: Part Two
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(Sep 17, 2013)
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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.
As the fantasy-adventure Future Diary (2011) continues, it grows more violent and complex. The rules of the game created by the God of Time and Space (Deus Ex Machina) to choose his successor change unexpectedly as more players, including "apprentice Diarists," enter the fray. Yukiteru "Yuki" Amano and his classmate Yuno Gasai remain at the center of the contest. The other players perceive Yuki as the odds-on favorite to win and try to take him out, while Yuno fights viciously to protect him. It's not clear just what Yuno and Yuki see in each other. A hero singularly devoid of charm, Yuki whines, complains about being weak, and allows himself to be manipulated by others. Yuki adores the obviously psychotic Yuno, even after she drugs him, kidnaps him, handcuffs him to a chair, and kills his friends and his parents. She also keeps the skulls of her own parents--whom she murdered--on display, like souvenirs. The last vestiges of a coherent storyline disintegrate as the filmmakers introduce a subplot involving alternate realities that are the result of previous games. In the first of these worlds, Yuno won and became a goddess. The victory failed to satisfy her because Yuki was dead, and she couldn't bring him back to life. This Yuno enters the third iteration of the world with Murmur, who has revolted against Deus and is pursuing her own aims. Yuki and Minene (whom Deus has given special powers) follow them to try to change the course of history in that world. Episode 26 plays as a sort of coda, with Yuki reigning as a lonely god, watching things sort themselves out for the rest of the cast--and still whining. (Rated TV MA: violence, violence against women, torture, child abuse, sexual activity, profanity, grotesque imagery, nudity, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(14. Memory Wipe, 15. Dual Cell Phones, 16. Repairs, 17. Family Discount, 18. Crossed Wire, 19. Delete All Messages, 20. Data Transfer, 21. Personal Identification Number, 22. Disconnect, 23. Breach of Contract, 24. Searching, 25. Beset, 26. Initialize)
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The one thing I disliked about it is that it's rather back-and-forth in its storytelling without really telling the viewer. For exmple, for the first half of the series, Yuki is pretty much doing nothing as Yuno is the one taking care of the dirty work. Then suddenly, about 3/4 of the way through, Yuki somehow find his courage and becomes this kind of James Bond-esque hero who actually plans killing people, something which he never considered before (or almost.), conversion which was rather destabilising (though with reference to the events of the previous episode, some may find the connection, I feel it was a bit much of a drastic shift). There's also this story with the two skulls which never seems to end, leading the viewer to wonder what it's all about until the final moment when all is revealed (which makes up for the suspense I guess).
All in all however, the story is very well played out with many twists and turn the viewer don't see coming and very well developped characters. For those who enjoyed Death Note but don't mind delving a bit more into a story slightly less grounded in reality, I recommend this series.
Also, because at the time I could not take all the DVDs with me, I ripped them onto my hard drive with only the audio, which turned out to be a MAJOR annoyance because most of this story revolves around text messages sent by the user' phones, which are all still written in their original japanese. I have checked however and when english subtitles are enabled, the japanese text on the phones is overwritten in english.So to anyone doing the same, take the subs with you!
I strongly recommend Future Diary. Note, you don't want to watch this with young children around, lots of nudity and language.