ByLeo Kraska, writer at Creators.co

Production

"Future Diary" first aired on Chiba TV in October 10, 2011. This television series, based on the manga "Mirai Nikki", was directed by Naoto Hosoda and animated by Studio Asread. If you watched the opening above then you have had a taste of this series' amazing soundtrack. Responsible for the first opening and second closing themes is the band "Yousei Teikoku".

Pictured here are the members of "Yousei Teikoku".
Pictured here are the members of "Yousei Teikoku".

Plot

"Future Diary" is a rather complex story that focuses mainly on the relationship between the introvert, Yukiteru "Yuki" Amano, and his obsessive stalker, Yuno Gasai. Yuki is a high school loner who gets through his days observing and writing in his cell phone diary. He does this rather then interacting, taking a chance at life, and attempting to make friends. In lieu of friendship Yuki has his imagination.

Yuki (left) and Yuno (right) in his "Imagination".
Yuki (left) and Yuno (right) in his "Imagination".

This is where things start to go wrong because Yuki's imagination is actually the realm of Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space. Deus has decided to make a contest featuring 12 unique diary holders, including Yuki and Yuno. Each holder's diary has been given a 90 day insight into the future that is written as if by their own hand. The intent of the game is to have each holder use this knowledge to kill each-other until only one remains. The winner will inherit Deus' mantle as God.

The 12 holders meeting with Deus.
The 12 holders meeting with Deus.

Review

"Future Diary" is an exceptional series for the right audience. The story is a bit convoluted at times and the content is VERY mature in theme / depiction. There is alot of over-the-top violence, some foul language, some nudity, some sexuality, scenes of abuse and cruelty. So if that kind of stuff isn't your cup of tea then don't bother watching. (But...)

Despite being extreme "Future Diary" still manages to make everything feel very human and relatable. Most every character feels alive and as if they had purpose before this chaotic diary game began. This leads to many great interactions and moving moments. I can't say much without spoiling something, but Yuno is definitely the icing on this awesome cake. At its core the series is really about the masks we wear as people and how life is too short to hide behind them.

Yuno surprises Yuki
Yuno surprises Yuki

Personal Note

This is my favorite anime and I have watched alot of anime. I don't expect everyone to share this sentiment... or even most people. I know alot of people contest "Future Diary" because they like everything wrapped up in a neat little package, but life isn't like that, people aren't always rational and I feel that it all played out very believably considering everyone's circumstances.

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