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Crazy hot is still crazy. A great show with a MUCH needed twist on the Harem genre.
on December 30, 2013
Future Diary follows behind a staggering wall of anime that promote the idea of a "real life game" where death awaits the loser. However, it hacks its way to the top of this genre with an axe. It succeeds on almost every level, even as a Harem (which I am not a particular fan of). Unoriginal ideas coated and executed with original twists make this an anime not to overlook. Let's get down to what makes this work.
The animation is top notch. Battles are fully animated with no short cuts or gimmicks used. CG is integrated very well and is not jarring. Animes are played out champions of violence yet the carnage in this show is fresh and personal enough to emerge as unique. The story line is derived from the same pool of video game obsessed shows like Gantz, Btooom!, Accel World, Sword Art Online, Angel Beats, etc, but the fact that each player has a way to see their future adds a much needed element and boost to separate it from the crowd.
The second piece of originality that propels this show far from boredom is the twist on the Harem genre. The guy gets the girl right away. There's no endless breast jiggling resulting in scarlet streamers spraying from the boys' nose. She's a stalker. She’s adorable, madly in love with the main character, and completely insane. There's a hint of Elfen Lied where the girl is cute and friendly one minute and a complete monster the next. Our main character is also not totally won over by her school-girl-skirt and pink hair. He clings to her out of necessity and survival for she is willing to kill anything in front of him (friend or foe).
All in all, Future Diary is told intelligently and is reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock story. The characters are solid and rise above anime stereotypes (not a lot, but enough). The action is ruthless and mind bending and the best areas of fan service are executed to perfection instead of being out of place and forced in your face. I’m heading on to part 2 with anticipation. If this show can stay solid and finish itself without a dues ex machina ending makes no sense and removes the creators from complication, than I will return to up the stars to 5.
They’ve created an awesome platform so far and have an opportunity to deliver astonishing revelations about altering the future and exploring the dramatic questions faced when loving insanity. Whether they reach their full potential or not, this is a solid 4 stars. Enjoy the wicked ride.