The Future Diary Anime has a unique plot where a 14-year-old named Yukiteru is pushed into a new world when his Phone is transformed into a Future Diary. Yukiteru is antisocial at most times and his daily things are jotted down on his phone. His only friends, Dues and his assistant Murmur modify his diary which let him predict the future up to the next 90 days. Yukiteru soon discovers the grand scheme of things when he realizes that he is stuck in a survival game due to Dues. There is a game that involves eleven others and whoever wins will succeed Dues as the GOD and prevent an imminent Apocalypse as a result.
The plot of The Future Diary Anime is definitely interesting and engaging with a lot of violence from the very first moment, but it could have been presented in a better way. The pace of the show is fast but it is not rushed until the first half, although from the middle of the second half, especially the last few episodes feel a little bit rushed and that’s why it becomes a little complex and difficult to understand as to what’s happening and most importantly how. In the end, you are only left with many unanswered questions like, ‘Why Deus life is ending?’, ‘Why only those particular people were chosen as diary holders?’, which will make you feel that there could have been a second season to the show, but they wanted to wrap this up in just 26 episodes.
Also, the weakness of the show is that there are some illogical things shown in the series which are not minor; like anyone can get away with anything whether it is murder, massacre, or destroying the world as a whole, it’s like the characters are the only few people that exist in the world. The anime is good when you overlook these things, but it could have been much better. Overall there is enjoyment but not satisfaction.
There are two main characters Yukiteru Amano and Yuno Gasai, although the set of characters is large, unfortunately, most of the characters fail to impress. Yuno Gasai, a very complex character from the beginning of the show, a psychopath who can be likable or sometimes annoying depending on the mood of the scene, but definitely she is the selling point of the story and the whole story revolves around her in some or the other way..
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Yukiteru Amano is a scared and indecisive character, but it is understandable considering the situation he got caught in. Although his character development doesn’t look justifiable, in the first half he was at level 0 and suddenly came to level 180 in the second half. Akise Aru and Minene Uryuu are sided characters but actually keep the show running, they should have got more screentime, however, the other characters help in moving the show further, but their stories are shallow, and don’t leave an impact.
Art Style/ Animation
The art style is usual and the colorwork is not very vibrant. Although background sceneries and fight scenes are animated well, there are some inconsistencies. The character design is quite simple. During the first few episodes, the show makes you feel that the characters are going to be a great shot, but in the end, you can’t even take some of these characters seriously. Only a few characters like Yukiteru Amano, Yuno Gasai, Akise Aru, and Minene Uryuu are designed well according to the role they play.