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

September 30, 2013 by  



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“The Future Diary: Part Two” has turned out to be a complex but fascinating anime series with twists and turns that I never saw coming as each episode progressed.  For anime fans wanting something more violent, slightly creepy but also complex, you may want to give “The Future Diary” a chance!

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TITLE: The Future Diary: Part Two

ANIME RELEASE DATE: 2011-2012

DURATION: Episodes 14-26 (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

Yuno’s psychotic episodes are getting out of control – but Yukiteru’s already in too deep with every diary keeper raving to take him out. He’ll have to trust her undying devotion to him if he wants to avoid the consequences. As the rules take a twist and new players enter the game, the bloodshed knows no boundaries. Manipulation leads to manslaughter, and what is real could actually be a product of chaos. With the world on the verge of collapse, there’s no predicting who’ll get the happy ending they’re fighting for.

Yukiteru “Yuki” Amano has stood close to Yuno, one because she protects him but two, because he tries to prevent her psychotic side from hurting anyone close to him.

But this time, Yuno has cross over the line, wanting to protect him and him not trying to fight her when she tries to kill others involved in the game, she poisons him.

But what happens when his life is at stake?  Knowing how crazy Yuno is…will he stick by her side or will he push her away?

Find out in the second half and the conclusion to “The Future Diary”, available now on DVD courtesy of FUNimation!

What is “The Future Diary” about?

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?

In the second part of “The Future Diary”, all bets of working together are off when Yuki who has been the weak link and having Yuno fight his battles, has now changed and has adapted himself to Yuno’s psychotic, killing ways.

Meanwhile, Yuno’s past is revealed and how she became fixated on Yuki is revealed and when Yuki’s life is changed as well, his original plan of not wanting to take part in the game and not hurt anyone has now shifted to wanting to become the new God of Time and Space, so he knows he may need to kill everyone but bring them back from the dead.

And now, Yuki and Yuno are determined in winning the game, no matter what.  Even if it means killing another.

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 Two” comes with the following special features:

  • Omake #10 Minene Uryuu, Masumi Nishijima (Dear Dialogue Version) -(23:52) Featuring a story that revolves around Minene and Masumi.  And another story featuring Yukiteru being invited to a movie by Aru and what happens when Yuno finds out?
  • Episode 20 Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary with J. Michael Tatum (writer/and voice of Nishijima) and D. Patrick Seitz (writer).
  • Episode 23 Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary with Josh Grelle (Yuki) and Brina Palencia (Yuno).
  • Promotional Videos – (4:58) Featuring the Japanese promotional videos for “Future Diary”.
  • U.S. Trailer – (:35) FUNimation trailer for “The Future Diary”.
  • Textless Opening and Closing Songs – Featuring opening songs “Kuusou Mesorogii/Fantasy Mythology/Dead End” and closing song “Blood Teller/filament”.
  • Trailers – FUNimation trailers

Watching the second part of “The Future Diary”, I was shocked to see how things have changed with the characters.  From seeing Yuno’s psychotic side leader her to do something bad to Yuno but then seeing how Yuki being affected by the game due to his weakness, has now decide that playing the pacifist role of not getting involved and not harming anyone has changed.

He is now determined in killing everyone in the game in order to become the new God of Time and Space, so he will achieve the power to bring them back from the dead.

The Yuki that was scared and kind has now changed to a person who lies and kills.  But as we see what caused Yuki’s transformation, we also get to see how and why Yuno changed as well.

There is a much more complex storyline revolving alternate worlds and time travel in the second half, so the storyline does start to become much more crazy and wild as it gets near the end of the series but it was rather fascinating to see how the writers changed the protagonist to someone nearly unlikable by the second half. But also to see the complexity of the series, especially with the characters and the alternate worlds…once again, this second half was full of surprises and had no idea where the story would go.  But “The Future Diary” turned out to be a fascinating but dark series.

For those who are sensitive to violence, it’s important to note that 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 for the DVD, picture quality is good on DVD but surprised there was no Blu-ray release for “The Future Diary”.  But on DVD, the series looks good as environments are well-detailed, character designs are also colorful and look great and the voice acting is well done both in English and Japanese.  As for special features, the DVD contains two audio commentary tracks and an omake episode.

Overall, “The Future Diary: Part Two” has turned out to be a complex but fascinating anime series with twists and turns that I never saw coming as each episode progressed.  For anime fans wanting something more violent, slightly creepy but also complex, you may want to give “The Future Diary” a chance!






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