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The Future Diary: Part One (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

September 13, 2013 by  



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“The Future Diary: Part One” is a creepy, bloody and violent anime series about a game of life and death in which people must eliminate others in the game within 90 days or else apocalypse will come!  If you love horror and creepy anime, “The Future Diary: Part One” is recommended!

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TITLE: The Future Diary: Part One

ANIME RELEASE DATE: 2011-2012

DURATION: Episodes 1-13 (325 Minutes)

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1), English DolbyTrue HD 5.1, Japanese DolbyTrue HD 5.0, English subtitles

COMPANY: FUNimation

RATING: M

Release Date: September 17, 2013

Directed by Naoto Hosoda

Series Composition by Katsuhiko Takayama

Music by Tatsuya Katou

Original Character Design by Sakae Esuno

Character Design by Hidetsugu Hirayama

Art Director: Toshiyuki Tokuda

Anime Production: asread

Featuring the following voice talent:

Misuzu Togashi/Josh Grelle as Yukiteru Amano

Norio Wakamoto/Kent Williams as Deus ex Machina

Tomosa Murata/Brina Palencia as Yuno Gasai

Mai Aizawa/Emily Neves as Minene Uryū

Manami Honda/Leah Clark as Murmur

Akira Ishida/Todd Haberkorn as Aru Akise

Asami Sanada/Lindsay Seidel as Reisuke Hojo

Eri Sendai/Kate Bristol as Tsubaki Kasugano

Hirokazu Hiramatsu/Mark Stoddard as Karyuudo Tsukishima

Hiromi Konno/Monica rial as Kamado Ueshita

Jin Domon/Jason Douglas as Takao Hiyama

Makoto Ishii/J. Michael Tatum as Masumi Nishijima

Masahiko Tanaka/Robert McCollum as Keigo Kurusu

Minoru Shiraishi/Joel McDonald as Oji Kosaka

Natsuko Kuwatani/Jamie Marchi as Ai Mikami

Takaya Hashi/Christopher Smith as John Balks

Tomokazu Seki/Brad Hawkins as Marco Ikusaba

Yoshihisa Kawahara/Ian Sinclair as Yomotsu Hirasaka

Yukana as Mao Nonosaka

Yuki Matsuoka/Caitlin Glass as Hinata Hino

Reality quickly unravels for antisocial Yukiteru when Deus Ex Machina calls him into a death match to determine the new god of space and time. Each mentally scarred player possesses a prophetic device tuned to his or her personality disorder, giving them control over their future… and the fate of their opponents. It’s their strongest weapon – and their greatest weakness.

Within hours of abusing his digital diary’s predictions, Yukiteru is cornered by a crazed classmate. Yuno – who is obsessively stalking him with her own psychic cell phone – is cute, sharp, and great with an ax. Still, her psychosis hides a vile secret. As a serial killer, a cult priestess, and a volatile escape artist take a stab at eliminating the teens, Yuki can cheat death under Yuno’s maniacal protection or – DEAD END.

In 2006, mangaka Sakae Esuno’s “Mirai Nikki” (Future Diary) would be serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s “Shonen Ace” through 2010.

With an a live-action drama series in 2012 and a three-side story manga (“Future Diary: Mosaic”, “Future Diary: Paradox” and “Future Diary: Redial”) released back in 2009-2010, the anime adaptation was shown on television in 2011-2012.

The anime series is produced by Asread and is directed by Yukichi Namiyanagi (“Shuffle! Memories”, “Nagasarete Airantou”, “Jinki: Extend”), series composition by Katsuhiko Takayama (“Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts”, “Cat Planet Cuties”, “Ga-Rei-Zero”), music by Tatsuya Katou (“Needless”, “Medaka Box”, “Samurai Bride”), character design by Hidetsugu Hirayama (“Shuffle!”, “Space Battleship Yamato 2199”) and art direction by Toshiyuki tokuda (“Major”, “Idolm@ster: Xenoglossia”, “Alien Nine”, “Oreimo”).

And now the series will be released in two part DVD sets courtesy of FUNimation in Sept. 2013.

“The Future Diary” begins with people getting slaughtered by some unknown entity.

The series revolves around a teenage loner named Yukiteru “Yuki” Amano.  He has no friends and feels that no one cares about him but he doesn’t mind because he spends most of his time writing his diary on his cell phone and pretending he has a friends named Deus Ex Machina, The God of Time and Space and Murmur, the servant of Deus.

But something unusual happens when his imaginary friend Desus gives him a special diary and some discussion about a game.  Yuki doesn’t think much about it until he sees 90 entries that he supposedly wrote in his diaries covering the next 90 days.  And those entries for the future end up coming true.

He finds out that Deus Ex Machina is in fact real and that he must now take part in a game of life and death, a battle royale with eleven other people who also has a diary that can predict the future, but differently.

The rules are simple, kill the other eleven people before the world ends, which is supposed to take place on the 90th day.  If that person succeeds, they can prevent the Apocalypse and become the new Got of Time and Space.

But Yuki who is a longer and not a fighter nor a killer has no desire to win the game.  But Deus announces that Yuki is the first diary owner and that he has him as the favorite to win the game and immediately making him the primary threat.

And to make things even more interesting, he is partnered up with a mentally unstable stalker named Yuno Gasai.  A mysterious, weird and obsessive girl who wants nothing but Yuki to herself and wants the 90th day prediction of she and Yuki “becoming one”.

But as Yuki comes in contact with other contestants, can he trust them or will he find out that all want to kill him?

The characters of “The Future Diary” are:

  • Yukiteru “Yuki” Amano – The main protagonist.  A loner who is weak and lets the mentally unstable Yuno Gasai protect him.  Not a sociable person and tends to trust anyone.  He writes down his life on a cell phone diary and thought he had two imaginary friends named Deus Ex Machina and Murmur, who end up being actual beings.  The first diary user, his special diary from Deus features 90 days of his future written by him (in his own perspective) in and lists everything in great detail.  Not very interested in the game and rather make friends with the other competitors.
  • Yuno Gasai – A mentally unstable girl who can change from lovingly sweet to a killer. She is obsessed with Yuki and her cell diary is a Yukiteru Diary which gives her information of what Yuki will be doing in the present 10 minutes.  It is not good when solely used alone, but when paired with Yuki, her diary actually solves Yuki’s weaknesses.
  • Minene Uryu – An atheist terrorist and very deadly.  Her diary is the “Escape Diary” which helps her find ways of escaping a dangerous situation.
  • Aru Akise – A genius at investigating and wanting to be a great detective.  His cell diary is the “Detective Diary” which can make predictions based on the predictions of other diaries.
  • Keigo Kurusu  – A police captain who has no interested in the game and wants to find a way to stop the game.  His cell diary is the “Criminal Investigation Diary” which tells him about crimes that will happen in the next 90 days.
  • Yomotsu Hirasaka – A blind and insane vigilante who dresses up as a super sentai character.  He uses a Justice Diary which tells him about evil deeds that will happen in the future.  His diary also has the power of hypnosis.
  • Reisuke Houjo -A four year old who looks harmless but is very intelligent and a killer.  He has a cell diary which is the “Hyper Vision Diary” that is a coloring book but gives a summary of what will he be doing that day for morning, noon and at night.
  • Deus Ex Machina – The God of Time and Space and the creator of the diaries.
  • Murmur – Deus’ servant.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“The Future diary” is presented in 16:9 widescreen and presented in English 5.1 Surround and Japanese Stereo. For picture quality, the animation is good, characters are well-shaded and art backgrounds are detailed well. There is a bit of softness as one can expect from a TV series but environments are well-rendered and painted, while the characters can often look quite creepy at times, especially the way the characters and their eyes are designed at times.  Especially when you see a character go from sweet to psycho.

As for the soundtrack, the English dub track has a better dynamic range as it is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, so action scenes are much more active through the surround channels during the action scenes. Both soundtracks are well-acted, but with the English dub soundtrack receiving the 5.1 treatment, the dynamic range for the English dub is much better.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The Future Diary: Part One” comes with the following special features:

  • Episode 5 Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary with voice talents Emily Neves (Minene), Ian Sinclair (Yomotsu) and Robert McCollu (Keigo).
  • Episode 13 Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary with josh Grelle (Yuki),  Caitlin Glass (Hinata), Ashleigh Domangue (Mao).
  • Omake #5 Yomotsu Hirasaka (Yoshihisa Kawahara Version) – (23:52) Featuring a video commentary with Cherami Leigh, Morgan Garrett, Jad Saxton and Austin Tindle.
  • TV Spots – (1:14) Featuring the Japanese TV spots for “The Future Diary”.
  • Textless Opening and Closing Songs – Featuring opening songs “Kuusou Mesorogii/Fantasy Mythology” and closing song “Blood Teller”.
  • Trailers – FUNimation trailers

“The Future Diary” is an intriguing, last person standing anime series.

A series that has elements of “Battle Royale” and “Eden of the East”, “The Future Diary” is an anime series that features your awkward protagonist, Yukiteru,  a loner paired together with a sweet, obsessive and mentally unstable girl named Yuno, who can go from being sweet to a dangerous killer.  And what is interesting about the animation is the emotions within the eyes.

It’s interesting to see different pairs of eyes on the character of Yuno.  From the sweet girl, to psycho crazy girl to the eyes of a person that is out to kill you.  You have Yukiteru who tries to use his influence and try to prevent Yuno from killing but with Yuno obsessed of becoming one with Yuki by day 90, she wants to defeat and kill the other eleven competitors as quickly as possible, but the same can be said about the others as they have Yuki in their primary target for elimination.

But the name of the game is trying to kill eleven other people before one reaches day 90, each participant in the deadly game have a cell phone with each diary giving one a certain ability.

People get murdered and maimed in this series, as the name of the game is one trying not to get knocked off,  the storyline is quite intriguing and definitely not for the faint of heart as it’s probably the first anime series in which you see a 4-year-old killer, but also watching a child being stabbed to death.

So far, part one is more or less establishing the characters and the game itself.  And various characters who are either allies or enemies, things tend to change as each episode progresses.  But how Yukiteru discovers something different about Yuno each time they spent more time with one another.  At first, he uses her to protect him because he’s constantly whining and so weak.  But eventually it’s their partnership that makes them unique and you wonder if these two can fall in love, despite their lives in constant danger.  But there are twists and turns as you don’t know if you can trust the character of Yuno.  She’s very mentally unstable and hard to predict!

The final 13th episode does begin a new direction for the series as events have been manipulated and Deus Ex Machina looking for who is responsible!  And it sets up the second half of the season.

Overall, “The Future Diary: Part One” is a creepy, bloody and violent anime series about a game of life and death in which people must eliminate others in the game within 90 days or else apocalypse will come!  If you love horror and creepy anime, “The Future Diary: Part One” is recommended!

 

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