Anime Review: Future Diary

Genre: Survival Horror/Suspense/Action

Creator/Studio: Sakae Esuno/Asread

Distributor: FUNimation, streams on Hulu.

No of episodes: 26

Suggested Age: 17+

My Rating: 10/10

Summary: Yuki Amano spends much of his time escaping reality with imaginary conversations with Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space and Time and his assistant, Murmur. One day he begins receiving diary entries from the future on his cell phone.  He soon learns that others are receiving similar messages and that he is now unwillingly participating in a game to see who is the last one standing.

Review: Every once in a while, I try an anime blind. This is one of those times.

The animation is actually pretty good. It had a unique feel to it that made it great to look at.  This isn’t that bad for a studio that isn’t that well-known, like Toei or Sunrise.

Yuki is a great hero. I like the fact that he is reluctant and doesn’t care whether he wins or loses; he just wants to survive. When he met Yuno, I soon thought they made a great team, and I enjoyed working them together. They played off each other well, and I almost forgot they were supposed to be enemies, since the idea was kill or be killed.

Deus and Murmur were a great concept. In a way, they remind me of the Deist concept of God creates the world, but lets it run its course. Murmur is cute and I enjoyed her antics.  They almost seemed like a Greek chorus at times.

Minene Uryu is another great character. I love it when a woman kicks butt and takes names. Like some of the other “players”, her diary is different. Not everyone just gets messages from the future. Minene, for instance, got messages telling her how to escape whatever dangerous situation she is in. I think this was a great spin on what was already established.

The pacing is very well done. I did not think it was too slow or too fast. There were some great moments to catch your breath and it didn’t make me wish it was slower.

To sum things up, if you like stories like The Hunger Games or The Running Man, this is worth checking out. I think it was a great story.

Sub/Dub: I only saw the sub. It was okay.

 

Music/Score: The opening are both good.

Violence: (7/10) pretty graphic stuff. There’s some pretty gruesome deaths.

Sexuality: (3/10) I saw a few scenes where Yuki and Yuno have sex scenes.

Nudity: (2/10) There’s a bath scene as well as the sex scenes.

Religion: (3/10) Deus and Murmur are indifferent to the game itself and Murmur is inspired by a figure in Japanese mythology.  It’s stated that the winner will reset the world, and that this has happened several other times.

Related Media: This is based on the manga. There is a live-action version. The manga was not completely published by Tokyopop due to their bankruptcy.

 

 

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