Mirai Nikki

July 12, 2015

I guess it was inevitable. Or maybe some sort of curiosity switch inside me activated. Because I had to finally check out the series which made the world’s most famous yandere. If not, one of the top yandere girls ever in this history of all anime. Yes people. The anime that made famous or infamous Yuno Gasai is no other than the survival game genre, Mirai Nikki. Yandere girls are probably not as many a dime a dozen as their tsundere counterparts and aren’t likely a hit with the guys. But they’ll definitely hit and kill you if you don’t return their love! Yikes! No wonder guys do not find yandere girls attractive. Or really? Is it something that we don’t deeply understand about them and simply cast them off as some crazy love psychopath? Maybe that is why I am here to see what drives our number one yandere girl crazy enough to kill everybody for the only guy she loves and even crazier to kill her own love. Oh, who am I kidding? I just want to see some dead bodies piling up too.

Episode 1
Yukiteru Amano is a boring kid with no social life. Therefore he keeps a random diary in his handphone writing all those that he observes. He even created an imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina, the God of time and space as well as Deus’ servant, Murmur. Deus hints to Yukiteru of the next game which will be interesting. Next morning, he is surprised to find out entries in his diary. Did he write them while asleep? Strange, they are future events. Even stranger, he notices that each one of them comes true and at the exact time. Whether if it’s some serial killer being reported on the news or seeing a couple of rare classmates meeting up. So Yukiteru confronts Deus about this. He is supposed to be his figment of imagination, right? Well, he is God of time and space too you know. Deus explains the handphone that writes his future is called Future Diary and it is his life. It has its drawback, though. As he is the owner it means it is his life. If it gets destroyed, game over. You die. Of course Yukiteru uses Future Diary to his advantage like avoiding fights and getting test answers. All too easy. At the end of the test, his Future Diary states he is killed by a serial killer. Fellow classmate, Yuno Gasai says it is his future. He gets scared (who wouldn’t of this yandere?) and runs away but no matter where he goes, she can find him. She corners him in the lift but before he can use his darts to shoot her, she kisses him! She knows he won’t do it because her Future Diary said so. He should have noticed that she also has Future Diary. I think the scarier thing about her Future Diary is that it tracks all future events about him and therefore her Future Diary is about him! Oh sh*t! She also mentions there is a serial killer, Third who is also another owner of Future Diary out to kill him. At this rate, he will be the first out of the game.

She takes him to the rooftop instead of to the floor where he wants. Because Third is waiting there for him. No show. She says his dart will decide his future. When Third comes up to the rooftop, the kids are hiding. The plan is to wait till he whips out his Future Diary and check. When he does, Yukiteru throws his dart and it hits and destroys Third’s Future Diary. In that instant, he contorts like some black hole and disappears. Yuno is disappointed with this boring death but we can see Yukiteru scared as hell. Yukiteru and other Future Diary owners are before a meeting with Deus. He explains the rules of this survival game and how their actions can change the future. Of course, action of others can also affect it like in Yukiteru’s case. Because he made his first kill, Yukiteru has become ‘well known’ among the rest and dubbed First. Deus considers Yukiteru’s case a miracle because he was supposed to die but yet he turned the tables around. Deus’ wager is on him. Yukiteru believes it wasn’t him who pulled off this miracle but too bad everyone is gunning for his ass. The survivor of this game will inherit Deus’ throne. Meeting is adjourned and let the games begin. There are 11 remaining players left. Yukiteru is reeling from this shock but Yuno doesn’t want him to worry. She’ll protect him. That love struck yandere look… Oh sh*t! The most dangerous person to look out for! There is this short epilogue on how Murmur tries to explain to Third about this survival game but he is so bent on destroying evidence that he destroyed his Future Diary without thinking and died many times. Murmur learns her lesson such guys are hard to deal with and no matter how they look at it, his destiny has it he will be the first to die!

Episode 2
Yukiteru must be living his life in fear. Who wouldn’t if you have Yuno as a stalker! In class, suddenly there is this girl, Minene Uryuu waltzing it to confront Yukiteru and to reveal that his homeroom teacher was that serial killer, Third. It occurred to Yukiteru that she is another Future Diary owner. He looks at his handphone and realizes he is going to die. Thankfully Yuno saves the day. Trying to whack her with a fire extinguisher? Now that the flag is set, Minene is going to kill him. She sets off an explosion that destroys a block, killing a row of classes! She holds the entire school hostage and to stay put if they don’t want to be blown away. Although Yukiteru is shocked that Yuno can say she will kill Minene so calmly, he has no choice but to let her protect him. He has to play along even if this means giving her a kiss. As their Future Diary keeps changing because of the different actions taken, Yukiteru and Yuno manage to escape by the skin of their teeth from Minene’s bombs thanks to Yuno’s quick analysis. But Yukiteru realizes that because his diary is observation of others, none is about his future. He feels like a loser. He feels alone and really wanted to have friends. Don’t worry. Yuno’s Future Diary is all about him so he can use her to pull it off. But Yuno feels odd because Minene had the chance to kill him when she first saw him. What is she waiting for? Meanwhile the police surround the place. Officer Keigo Kurusu recalls the snipers, baffling his colleague who knows Minene is a terrorist. Kurusu is also a Future Diary owner. He knows Minene is thinking this through because all the bombs will set off when her heart stops.

Yukiteru is happy thinking he has reunited with his classmate. However he gets pinned down. Apparently Minene has made a deal with them for them to cooperate with her and get that guy and restrain Yuno. She has temporarily disabled the bomb censors to allow them to leave their place. Yuno feels bad that she lied to Yukiteru that these people are his friends. They are not his friends in this case and should die! She runs out of the room and causes the bombs to go off!!! Don’t f*ck with this girl!!! Yukiteru is brought before Minene but Kurusu helps to protect him. He reveals himself as a Future Diary owner and that Minene’s real goal isn’t Yukiteru but him because his Future Diary tracks all crime investigation. Although Kurusu doesn’t care for God’s seat, he doesn’t like people messing in his territory. Minene tells her demand. Kurusu will kill Yukiteru and then himself or she’ll blow up the entire school. Kurusu chooses to kill Yukiteru. The latter realizes he is a loser for only using Yuno for his survival. This is the end he deserves. He pleads to give his death some meaning. At that point Yuno dives down from the second floor to tackle Minene. Kurusu changes his mind and gives Yukiteru a chance to redeem himself. He runs through the minefield to retrieve his Future Diary thanks to Yuno telling where he should step. Also, everyone in school helps out by throwing their books at Minene. Yukiteru takes out his dart and it’s odd to see Minene pulling out her Future Diary to protect herself. Maybe it’s reflex. However Yukiteru stabs her eye. It might have been game over for her but since her Future Diary entails escaping, she did just that. In the aftermath, the trio form an alliance to put an end to this game.

Episode 3
What’s this? Yukiteru and Yuno dating?! Do they have time for this?! Might as well have some fun since you’re going to play a screw up game. Actually Kurusu wanted to end this game without further participants killing each other. To do that, they need to identify all Future Diary owners. Because Minene is still at large, they’ll be targeted and so for today they will become bait and act like a couple at the amusement park. Seems like a genuinely romantic moment between them if you don’t consider her yandere personality… Even a little fanservice when Yuno’s bikini top gets washed away and she uses Yukiteru’s body to hide. If it was only this fun in reality… When Yuno wants to go to the planetarium, he refuses. They settle for the Ferris Wheel. He asks why she keeps following him but she questions back about the planetarium. Doesn’t he love stars? How does she know? And it’s not from Future Diary. She told him a year ago. When they were writing their future career, Yuno noticed he wrote that he wanted to watch the stars with his parents. However he is sad they just divorced and can’t watch them together. Yuno suggests watching with her but he really wanted to do it with his family. In that case, Yuno wrote to become his wife. He agrees if they’re grown up. He thought it was a joke. Not so funny now, huh? And now for our weekly Yuno kiss. Okay, a peck on the forehead is acceptable.

Minene is still running away from the authorities when an unknown man picks her up to save her. She has no choice but to follow since she is still reeling from the pain in her eye (and past). He takes her back to his cabin to treat her. He calls himself a hero of justice (paper bag over his head?). Is he saving the wrong person? He believes what he does is correct and he won’t regret it. It is what she does that she might regret. Suddenly Minene feels queasy. She can’t move although her mind is still conscious. She has been drugged. Realizing he is a Future Diary owner too, he proceeds to ask her what she knows about other Future Diary owners while extracting her blinded eye! EEEEWWWW!!! Meanwhile Yuno invites Yukiteru to her home. No electricity. Romantic setting. As he goes to the toilet, he must have lost his way and stumbles upon a sealed room. To his horror, he opens and sees lots of corpses (or something like that since it was too freaking dark). Yuno is sad that he opened the door in otherwise could have been a happy ending for them. Oh sh*t… Unknown to them all, Yukiteru’s actions has caused something great in their future to change. Deus notes that another miracle has happened and was right to choose him. Yukiteru runs home in fear. And there is Yuno peeking through his door hole wishing him goodnight! Oh sh*t! Definitely nightmares! You can’t escape this girl!!!

Episode 4
Yukiteru is cowering in his room. He thinks of letting Kurusu know but suddenly he receives a mail from Yuno. Who is he calling? Oh sh*t! She knows! Damn right you can’t escape. Next morning Kurusu comes to pick him up. He is about to tell him about that room when Yuno reminds him (with a smile) not to reveal that embarrassing thing. Oh sh*t… Kurusu thinks it is something indecent. Anyway Kurusu has received report that Minene has been captured by a religious group, Omekata-kyo and they’re on their way to confirm it. Outside the temple with a long queue, Yukiteru continues to be worried about his safety. His mind starts to think if Yuno is going to kill him had he told Kurusu. Oh look, she’s staring at him… Creepy! The trio are brought in to see Tsubaki Kasugano, the maiden and figurehead of the Omekata-kyo. She mentions her weak eyesight and has been living in this cage. Her only hobby is writing stories from others but a few weeks ago her diary began to inform her of future events. That’s right. She is also a Future Diary owner and her diary is clairvoyance. Yukiteru cowers upon hearing that however she mentions she is not interested in becoming God as she is supposed to listen to their voices. According to her Future Diary, she will die tonight. But Yukiteru who has overcome death twice means he can change this. She makes a deal. She agrees to hand over Minene in exchange for Yukiteru. Yuno is vehemently against this! But it is Yukiteru’s call. What’s it going to be? Argh! Decisions! So he agrees to stay for a night and Yuno doesn’t like it one bit. Tsubaki advises Yukiteru he can’t trust Yuno. It’s not from her Future Diary. It’s her woman intuition. And Yuno looking close to a serial killer is not amused Tsubaki is badmouthing her…

Suddenly the place is set on fire and her followers start killing one another. Yukiteru wants to save her but Yuno says no. This might be a trap. Dangerous things are popping up for him in her Future Diary. At this rate, he’ll die. Trust her and let’s go home. Trust her? He thinks she would have killed her if he had stayed at her place. He can’t trust her and goes to save Tsubaki. Oh sh*t… That yandere face… She believes Yukiteru won’t say such a thing and that b*tch must have said something. If only she wasn’t here… After Kurusu fixes the sprinklers, Tsubaki yells out to her followers to stop. Tsubaki then takes a look at her Future Diary which contains future sightings from her followers. There is a suspicious person written but soon it changes and there are many suspicious people spotted. She is confused to as which is the real one. Meanwhile underground of the temple where Minene is held, the hero of justice, Yomotsu Hirasaka is explaining to Minene about his rock-paper-scissors theory and relationship and why she can never win. Then something about Tsubaki being vulnerable to confusion from within. He then puts on his hero of justice costume (what kind of eyeball monster is this?). From what he says, Minene can guess that his is a Future Diary owner and he has very keen hearing (his Future Diary is in a form of an iPod player). He continues ranting about winning is justice and losing is evil but Minene is very sure a certain psychopath will beat him. All the corpses wake up. Playing dead? How ironic. Yuno starts cutting them down and wants Tsubaki to be the bait to get Yukiteru out. She gives Yukiteru a choice. Follow Yuno and love or choose Tsubaki and die. Tough choice, eh?

Episode 5
Tsubaki narrates she was born with a weak eyesight but was given clairvoyance instead. Because of that, her parents started the Omekata-kyo and made her a figurehead. She then learnt her clairvoyance was a lie but was happy since she wasn’t alone. Till that day when her parents died and her followers start raping her. Her only thing connected to this world was a ball from her mom. When she lost it, she couldn’t take it anymore. Back in reality, when Yuno takes Yukiteru and run, he also takes Tsubaki’s hand. Meanwhile Yomotsu explains his diary that is about justice (including cleaning up trash). He intends to use Minene’s mini bomb and gives her the key to free herself. When Tsubaki realizes her followers are back to normal, she suggests Yukiteru to face the enemy here. Yuno is not amused. Showdown. She might be losing it. That’s when Kurusu calls Yukiteru that he already has Minene in custody but warns about Yomotsu’s hearing abilities. Speaking of which, he pops up before them. Five of them! Coloured heroes of justice? So the bomb was used for this grand entrance? Yomotsu explains Yukiteru is being tricked by Tsubaki. His goal is to kill Tsubaki because he believes this cult is evil. If he wishes not to be involved, then run. Of the clones, one of them is the real him and contains the bomb. Besides, he doesn’t care blowing himself up because his Future Diary states he is going to die. When they charge, Yukiteru consults his Future Diary to see which is the real one. However they start shuffling. He should have observed which colour was the real one. But Yuno also dashes straight. She throws a stone to see which one reacts to its sound. She then chops him up. She wins. So she must be justice, right? Yomotsu explodes shortly. Yuno must be sick and I mean really sick and not love sick so she is now weak. Suddenly Tsubaki’s followers restrain them. Looks like it was all a lie and act to trick them. She reveals to get rid of them all at once by using Minene as bait till Yomotsu ruined it. Yukiteru is shocked at the deception so Tsubaki gives him a lesson: A kiss. Bad move… Tsubaki checks her Future Diary to confirm she won’t die. She still will! Because Yuno breaks free and chops everybody up! Tsubaki’s right hand gets chopped! Told you it was a bad move! Before Yuno collapses, she entrusts her Future Diary with him and pushes him away to escape.

Back in her room, Tsubaki plans to use Yuno to lure Yukiteru out. Her plan to become God is so that she can erase this filthy world. Yukiteru is hiding underneath the structure. He is sad that Yuno was right and tried to protect him. Feeling useless and a wuss? What are you going to do? He spots a ball nearby. Tsubaki is going to let Yuno experience the same thing. She is going to let her followers take turns raping her. So if Yukiteru doesn’t want her deflowered, better come quick. Will Yuno be done in before Yukiteru? That kid is scared sh*t but no time to hesitate so he runs out from hiding and into the room, clumsily swinging the axe. Tsubaki is confident she can kill him now that he is here. All she needs to do is consult her Future Diary. But Yukiteru says his death isn’t certain yet. He is going to change the future with his power. He chooses Yuno and they’ll both survive this. He takes out the ball and throws it in the air. With all her followers fixated at it, Yukiteru throws his dart. Tsubaki needs to protect her Future Diary but realizes she is a hand short to fold up her scroll. The dart hits. Dead end. End game. In the aftermath as Yuno sleeps on his shoulder, Yukiteru ponders about her. She might just be his stalker living in a house with corpses. It’s not like he likes her or anything (is he being tsundere?) and probably the best reward if Yuno was awake: He kisses her! Lastly, Minene got away thanks to a deal she made with Kurusu to exchange her email address.

Episode 6
What is worse than Yuno breaking into Yukiteru’s home when he is away? When he has to go pick up his mommy, Rea coming back from work! She’s teasing him if he has a girlfriend. Okay, I take that back. They’re both equally bad. When they get home, they see signs of being break in. Yukiteru knows who the intruder is and rushes into his room only to see Yuno cleaning. It’s sparkling clean! She wants to make a good impression on his mother. She knows… He hides her in the closet when Rea comes in. Of course she finds it odd that she hears a girl’s voice and Yukiteru his holding the closet. It is inevitable. Yuno is so excited she wants to meet his mom that she keeps pushing. By a stroke of luck, Yukiteru whisks his mom outside. But he finds Yuno reading his porn magazine. What is she looking? Rather, mother wants to know what he is looking at. So when the ladies finally meet, mother is happy her son has got a girlfriend. Yuno even has her taste her cooking and she gives the approval. She’s already part of the family, eh? Meanwhile, Minene sees a doctor who gives her a fake eye. She notices other kids in the hospital. They belong to the parents of those killed in that cult. Seems the news classify it as mass suicide. The bad day for Yukiteru continues. He runs out of toilet paper… But Yuno knows… And then naked baby photo albums of Yukiteru! Lots of them! Mother even gives the approval for them to sleep together but keep it down, okay? Obviously Yukiteru can’t sleep. Not because he is thinking about Yuno becoming his future wife. I think it’s the way she is staring at him! She wonders why he won’t come over and he says he isn’t necessarily in love with her. However according to Future Diary, they will become one on July 28th. He will fall in love with her. Yukiteru says he can change that but he can do anything he likes and Yuno won’t let him change this future. In the middle of night, Yuno has these scary eyes. She is glad Rea is a nice person because thankfully she will not have to use any of the tools she brought. Oh sh*t! Next day, Rea brings back a kid, Reisuke “Rei” Houjou. Her parents are one of Rea’s colleagues and died in that cult incident. She will be temporarily taking care of him. We can guess that something is off with this lively kid. Making hand puppets of Yukiteru and Yuno smooching each other. Then while cutting out a drawing to give to Yuno, he trips and the scissors almost stabbed her heart but a pillow protected her. Then in the toilet, Rei takes out his Future Diary… I knew it.

Episode 7
Rei talks to his hand puppets about the perfect combo of Yukiteru and Yuno. It’s going to be tough since his Future Diary is the weakest. In the form of a picture diary, it only tells entries of morning, afternoon and night. This means he is limited to only 3 chances. But Rei doesn’t care and is going to prove that he is better than them since he is an elite. First he tries to poison them but Yuno can guess something is wrong with the tomato’s weight! This salad is no good… Holy sh*t! Next, Rei tries to electrocute Yuno while she is taking a bath but Yukiteru notices his Future Diary changing its entry without him or Yuno doing anything. He suspects something and starts to turn on all the electronic devices. Before Rei could electrocute her, the power goes out. As he playfully runs out, Yukiteru suspects he could be a Future Diary owner. Next morning, he tries to search around but Yuno has a quicker way: The knife! Oh no you don’t! But it seems Rei tells them they won’t find it. Not with their brains. Yukiteru tries to use his Future Diary to locate possible places. Yuno is tempted to use the quick method… And eventually she did as she chases and tries to hammer him!!! Rea wonders what the ruckus is about and goes to check only to get clobbered by Yuno! Oh sh*t! You did it this time! Rea is put to bed and Yuno is terribly sorry. Yukiteru calms her down that she can find Rei’s Future Diary if she gets serious. So it might look silly that Yuno is meditating but she is thinking how Rei would think and hide his Future Diary from them but still get it within his reach.

Then it hit her. The courier. It has just arrived. Yukiteru tries to stop it and although he grabs the package and tears it open, it is a trap as poison gas flows out. I don’t know where Rei got his gas mask but the gas in that little package is enough to cover the entire house? As Yuno brings weakened Yukiteru into the toilet to hide, Rei wants them to come out and play. That is, kill each other. He’s having a lot of fun. Yuno claims she is probably the one who killed his parents so kill her and leave Yukiteru out. However Rei doesn’t want that right to kill her. She likes her and therefore will kill her. He suggests a game. He has the antidote for the poison. If she can catch him, she wins. If the gas gets her, he wins. Yukiteru is concerned that Rei must have laid traps but Yuno thanks him for his worries. The cat and mouse game begins and although she breaks the windows for air, the heavy poison still lingers. She goes around trying to find Rei but the plan to surprise her with duds failed (because when you are surprised, you inhale air, right?). Finally Yuno spots him at the top floor. There is water leaking. Electrocution again? This time Yuno get shocked but this isn’t enough to kill her. But this shocker might revive her because here comes Yukiteru rushing to kiss her and give her some air before tumbling down like a rock. Better make this count, Yuno. Without hesitation, she kills Rei. Thanks to the power of love! He’s going to die anyway as stated in his Future Diary. He passes the antidote but wonders the way she is playing. Because there can only be 1 survivor, at this rate they’ll have to face off. Yuno will always protect Yukiteru. However she collapses before she could give the antidote. Did Minene do it? How kind of her. She says Yuno must be rid of early in the game because she is the biggest threat.

Episode 8
Deus updates the survivors that with 4 down, the game is 1/3 complete. But one of them wants his approval for a special case. He wants to pass ownership of his Future Diary to another person. It has been 2 weeks since Rei’s case. It is reported there was an intruder in the house. Yuno accidentally hurt Rea while trying to chase the intruder. In the end, Rei went missing with the intruder. Yukiteru wonders if he will make friends at the new school. I think Yuno wants to be his ONLY friend. It isn’t all strangers in his class but there is this familiar classmate too, Ouji Kousaka. He used to pick on him and the first one to turn against him during Minene’s terrorism. Kousaka won’t let him start afresh and starts accusing him of being a killer. But he is put in place when Hinata Tsukishima and Mao Nonosaka stop him. They make friends with Yukiteru but blunders his first move. He slips and pulls down Hinata’s pants… As the teacher warns them about a serial killer on the loose our friends discuss this. Mao points out the police is keeping a tight lid on this and perhaps their classmate, Aru Akise who is always absent playing detective might know. After school, they go to investigate a crime scene. Yuno is not pleased. She looks mad. I think I know why… She doesn’t even join them while they’re having fun. Writing ‘die’ on the sands clearly tells us her state of mind… When Hinata rushes off herself, Yukiteru hears his Future Diary changing and against Yuno’s wish, he uses it. To their horror, they see Hinata’s arm torn off and before them a pack of wild dogs. Everyone is paralyzed in fear when Akise comes in. He has been watching them since they entered the park and they would die if he didn’t interfere. Don’t worry. He claims he is their friend. He suggests they run to the nearby observation deck for cover.

Meanwhile some guy is treating his dogs to the best meat and soup while he himself only gets cup noodles. He is in a control room observing his target and noting his plan is going well since he has lent his dogs and Future Diary. Inside the observation deck, Akise explains he wants to be a great detective and thus has researched on Yukiteru. He connected him to the serial killer, school bombing and Omekata-kyo incident and his guts tell him he has some great secret. Of course, he might get into another predicament again. Yuno suggests they sacrifice everyone and run away but Yukiteru won’t do that. She thinks somebody in this hall is controlling the dogs. Trust nobody! Yukiteru is in a dilemma to use his Future Diary to save everyone and reveal his secret. Since he has no choice, he tells everyone which window to hold as the dogs start trying to barge in. This goes on till night fall until the dogs retreat. Everyone is impressed with his tactic so Yukiteru reveals this Future Diary of his. Suddenly Mao holds him at knife point. She takes his Future Diary. Then Hinata returns. She reveals she has a Future Diary and is the breeder type. She warns Yuno not to make any hasty moves. Hinata explains her true target is not Yukiteru but Akise’s Future Diary.

Episode 9
That guy who lent his Future Diary is actually Hinata’s dad. He is the serial killer going around killing others whom he thinks are Future Diary owners. He regrets leaving Hinata and her mom for his dogs. His only wish to become God is to turn back time. Hinata is on his side and wants to start over. However he claims investigators are on to him. Akise is already watching outside and as long as he is there, it will be hard to start over. Therefore Hinata planned this entire thing to get Akise’s Future Diary. She planted a fake body believing it will not predict futures of corpses. Yup, Yukiteru was the bait for that. And you wonder why friends are made so easily. Akise is willing to give his Future Diary if they win a game. He flips a coin. Now which hand? But first he lets Hinata try it out. With Yukiteru’s Future Diary in hand, she will win. But noticing Yukiteru has given signals to Yuno and Akise, she already switched hands. Akise consults his Future Diary and calls the correct hand. Now it is for real. Akise flips the coin as Hinata decides to go for the opposite. However it is wrong. Hinata only frees Yukiteru. Despite he is awed at Akise’s Future Diary, Yuno is suspicious. She was sure she didn’t hear that interference noise from his Future Diary when theirs changed. Before Akise could begin the next round, Yuno pins him down and a knife to his throat. She asks what number he is. Then it is revealed his Future Diary is empty. It is just an ordinary handphone. He is not a player of the game. Akise admits he was just going with the flow since everybody believed it. He explains his calls are based on pure luck and that Hinata self destructed on her prediction. But Yuno will kill him for playing with Yukiteru’s life. In this final round for Yukiteru’s Future Diary, after Hinata tosses the coin, Yuno covers Yukiteru’s ears. Akise calls the correct hand but tells Yukiteru he has lost. In shock, Yuno knocks him out. Akise’s deduction is that even if Yukiteru can predict the future, it is what he believes in even if it is wrong. For example, he believed Hinata was dead up till now. If he believes it, then even if it is incorrect, it is still given as an incorrect prediction. Whether he wins or loses, Akise was going to tell Yukiteru he lost. Yuno spots Mao taking out her knife and dashes to stab her. While she is grieving, they escape but she sends the dogs upon them.

Yukiteru remembers Kurusu telling him someone suggested trading ownership but Deus refused it and won’t accept acts that lead to forfeiture in the game. Yukiteru wants to return to save Hinata. Yuno comes along with him while Akise and Kousaka become bait to lure the dogs. Just like Yuno, she suggests running away since they have become baits but Yukiteru won’t have it. She tries to convince him she is her only friend he needs but he doesn’t want to be alone and why does she want him not to make friends so bad? Yuno runs faster than Yukiteru despite he looked like he was miles ahead. She was fast enough to hold Hinata hostage and gives her the ultimatum to destroy her Future Diary or be killed. She explains why she is against Yukiteru making friends. If he gets close to this girl, he might like her. Others making friends with him is like trying to take him away from her. She’ll kill anybody who gets close! Yukiteru then drops a bombshell. She is not her friend. Just bear with him. He never properly introduced her to everyone so now is the time. She is his girlfriend! Remember the date. July 28th. Happy end. You don’t want him to hate her, don’t you? As his girlfriend, she must act appropriately and acknowledge his friends. Yukiteru knows he has dug a grave so deep that he can never get out. The biggest lie ever told. Well, look on the positive side, Yuno’s sanity is back. Yuno wants Akise to be grateful to Yukiteru’s hard work that he minimized casualties (Mao is still alive). However Akise is surprised Yuno is unhurt since he was sure Yukiteru would have killed her just to save his friends. Hinata laments she has failed but her father (speaking via a speaker through one of the dog’s collar) points out he incorrectly identified an owner. What about his wish to get things back on track? That was a lie! She was too trusting. However he doesn’t want Hinata to be a bad adult like him. He advises her he isn’t the only bad adult and needs to be careful of those who act nice. Then it is game over for him since Kurusu shoots him from behind.

Episode 10
Yuno is digging a huge hole. So huge that she doesn’t remember who she is going to bury. I hope it isn’t for Yukiteru… We go a little back in the past whereby Minene was facing off with Third. She underestimated him since his clothes were bullet and bomb proof. She was left running for a life. Bad luck hit her as she stumbled unto Kurusu’s underling, Masumi Nishijima. Recognizing her as a terrorist, he quickly cuffs her. They run and hide in an abandoned college while Third continues to hunt them. Since Nishijima won’t take off the cuffs, Minene has a hard time going to the toilet. Even so, in an awkward position. Then the flush doesn’t work… She kicks it and water splashes over her. In an abandoned fashion design room, it is weird that Nishijima decides to take off the cuffs now so she can fully change. The dress that you see in Minene’s debut in this series. Even odd that this terrorist could act so girly and I think Nishijima likes it! Uh huh. Cliché moments like she tripping and he falling over her, that sort of thing. But play time is over when Third comes in. In order to take him out, they lure him into some music room and blast him with some sound explosion. As they escape, Minene shoots Nishijima. He might be out cold but he isn’t dead since he is wearing a bullet proof vest. She remembers her childhood days were something like this. Always covered with blood and she running for her life. It wasn’t anything girly. That’s why she doesn’t need love then or now.

Yukiteru is happy that Akise is inviting him out for a movie. Anything to get away from that stalker… But wait! She’s here to go with him! What about Akise? Seems he told her there was a wedding exhibition and since a certain wimp was too shy to ask her… It is then Yukiteru realized he has been set up! Curses! Now you regret ever calling Yuno your girlfriend? She’s escalating this pretty fast… Better tell her it was a lie. But does he have the balls? At the exhibition they are treated first class. They even try out their wedding outfit and holy cow! Yuno looks beautiful! Those words even left Yukiteru’s mouth. But still, he needs to tell her about the lie. Noticing how happy she is, maybe he can just tell her another day. Sure, procrastinate… But his thoughts keep thinking about what is keeping him from loving her. Was it that corpse room? Would he have fallen for her had he not see it? Better not think too much and carry on with the mock wedding. Their host envies that they are young. She was like that too but her husband rarely comes home from work and they turn out like that. Yukiteru realizes she is Kurusu’s wife. When Yukiteru brings Yuno back to her home, he is shocked to see Akise here. Seems it was a ploy because while they were away, he investigated her home and opened that room. He hoped to find bodies but only a bloody huge hole that you can’t even see the bottom! But Yuno isn’t panicking and tells them to make themselves at home. Because this is Yukiteru’s first time here! The guys leave and Akise deduces she must have overwritten her memories due to her fragile mental state. He thought it was best to bring everything to light but was wrong. Yuno is more dangerous without him. Meanwhile Kurusu reports the death of Hinata’s dad and points out the possible suspects are Yuno and Yukiteru. They will arrest them within 24 hours.

Episode 11
Kurusu is seen begging to Minene to ally with him. Because Yukiteru isn’t interested in becoming God, he views only her way is most appropriate to change the world. He will feed her with any information from the police. Yukiteru and Yuno are arrested. Yuno is having those crazy eyes as she is trying to find a weapon! Yukiteru has to control her and assure her everything will be alright. Yukiteru is called to be interrogated by Kurusu first. It seems over in a flash because he believes Yukiteru is telling the truth that he wasn’t the one that killed Hinata’s dad. However, Kurusu wants to play a game: Russian roulette. Don’t worry. They have their Future Diaries, right? Yuno sees her Future Diary that Yukiteru is in danger. It is pretty odd that security around her is lax (maybe they don’t know how psycho she is) so she tails an officer to the toilet and whacks him with a fire extinguisher to steal his gun! Kurusu and Yukiteru are lucky in the game but it’s down to the last chamber and it is Yukiteru’s turn. He is going to kill him. The alliance is nullified. Suddenly Yuno barges in and empties her gun on Kurusu! She’s out of control. Not even Yukiteru can control her. She hijacks Nishijima to make their escape as other police chase them. While running upstairs, a police fires a running shot. Yukiteru panics and shoots him in the gut! Kurusu is still alive thanks to the bullet proof vest and he is lucky he only lost his left ear. He orders the capture of Yukiteru and Yuno. Seems this is part of his plan to make them into villains by making them commit crimes. At the rooftop, Yukiteru is sorry he couldn’t stop her. She thanks and kisses him. Then they jump down. Don’t worry. There is a truck with a canvas below to cushion their fall.

The city is clamp down in search for the fugitives. The duo are hiding in some storeroom and can’t go out because their Future Diaries only predict they will be killed. I don’t know what they’ll do for food or toilet but Yukiteru smells doughnuts. It seems Kurusu’s wife, Naoko is nearby making her way to the hospital. As they tail her, suddenly a bomb explodes. The hole in the floor separates Yuno from Yukiteru. Minene takes Yukiteru hostage. This scene is more comical than tense because he messes around with her equipment and causes another explosion behind. Now they’re trap. Yuno gives a ladder to cross over but they’re worried about being betrayed or not. And when Kurusu calls Minene, it descends into a childish argument of who is on who’s side or betraying who. Nobody is listening to Yuno she is always on Yukiteru’s side. Kurusu warns if she betrays him, he will kill her. After they safely cross over, the trio’s Future Diaries state they will be killed by Kurusu. Minene shows the reason why Kurusu teamed up with her. Inside a room, Naoko is sitting beside her son, You on life support. Wait a minute. The hospital isn’t evacuated and nobody is panicking after that blast that ripped the floor?! Anyway, Minene explains Kurusu is trying to be God to save his son. They allied for that but now it doesn’t matter. Minene then takes the doughnuts and eats them, offering to only Yuno and Yukiteru. It’s better on them than the dead kid, right? Yukiteru is in a dilemma if he has to go this far. Minene proposes a new alliance among them to take out Kurusu.

Episode 12
The police surrounds the hospital. He orders all units to be at their positions despite hostages are still inside. Minene gives a bomb to Yukiteru to go scouting around while she handles the negotiations. Minene calls Kurusu to make her demands. Kurusu must kill himself and a getaway vehicle must be prepared. However he declines all of them. He will kill her if she does not release the hostages. His son will not live is he backs down. There is no other choice but to become God. With negotiations failed, SWAT storms in and pins down Yukiteru. Kurusu then comes rushing in right at the same time Yuno comes to rescue her love. They’re firing both at the same time and the poor SWAT in the middle got caught in their crossfire. Kurusu holds Yukiteru hostage. Yuno threatens to blow up everything. He agrees to let Yukiteru go first. However Yuno is happy that Yukiteru has given her a future. She is happy he wanted to marry her. If it doesn’t come true, she’ll die for him. She takes out the pin and will sacrifice herself to kill Kurusu. Meanwhile Minene puts a timed bomb underneath some bed and then makes her escape. She bumps into Nishijima. Again? You should see their shocked expression. It’s hilarious. As he tries to catch her, a bright flash occurs nearby. Seems that grenade was only a flash grenade and it knocks everyone out. Shortly, a real grenade nearby rips through the floors. Minene has an idea of using Nishijima to escape her death.

Yukiteru is alive but he is beaten up by Kurusu. He takes Yuno hostage and believes Yukiteru doesn’t have the guts to shoot. Yukiteru consults his Future Diary that his shot will hit and kill Yuno. Yuno says to shoot her. She is more than happy because even though he pretended to like her, he still accompanied her to the wedding exhibition. A picture of that drops from her pocket. He can’t believe she is keeping this. Is she satisfied with just this? He doesn’t want her to give up now and will definitely make her happy. Because he loves her too. He fires his shot that hits Kurusu’s guts. Kurusu becomes crazy and desperate enough to kill Yuno (why is she standing there scared? Shouldn’t her yandere mode kick in?). Nishijima stops him. He has heard from Minene about his deeds. Minene shows the recording of the deal they made. He is no longer a police and just a criminal. Because of that, he can no longer receive future predictions. After learning his wife and his son are safely evacuated, he asks Minene for one last request: To take care of his son. Then he breaks his own handphone and apologizes for the trouble he has caused and wants him to live. In the aftermath, Nishijima takes care of the case and clears the misunderstanding for the kids. Minene escaped on her own and the best news is that the officer whom Yukiteru shot lives. Yukiteru and Yuno are now like a happy couple going on a trip. She even commends his kiss has gotten better! While Yukiteru is away to the toilet, Yuno sees a message in his handphone from Akise. He is warning Yukiteru to stay away from Yuno because for unknown reasons the police are still looking for her. She deletes it as junk mail.

Episode 13
Akise visits Yukiteru’s home but realizes he is not him. Nishijima happen to pass by and it seems they know each other. Meanwhile Deus believes Murmur must have done something because no matter how it was, Kurusu was a potential winner of that game. Murmur admits she let Kurusu know about his son’s impending death sooner instead of later to speed up the game. Because she believes they need to pick a new God before Deus dies. She wants to make a bet with him. Akise has Hinata, Mao and Kousaka come on a trip with him on pretence to patch their friendship. The girls notice the guys taking down their own notes. While Akise is mainly for his detective work, Kousaka is just doing it for fun. They think they’re copying Yukiteru. Akise remembers Nishijima showed him Kurusu’s evidence that was left for the latter. All about the Future Diary owners who are the real culprits behind the incidents and all of them involve Yukiteru and Yuno. They figure they are running away from the remaining Future Diary owners but Yuno won’t be so dumb to run to a place where she can’t do anything. They are in danger and need to find them. From witnesses, they know they have gone to the mountains but could it be that this is what she wants them to think? Akise brings his friends to Nishijima who enlists their help to find Yukiteru and Yuno in which it is believed the former is being held by the latter. They split up and go around trying to locate them and it is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Till Kousaka’s complain about no water gave Akise an idea. They must be hiding in some place with running water and electricity. This narrows down their search. Checking out those places, they narrowly avoided random traps placed by Yuno. Hinata then gets mail from Yukiteru about his location. She goes off herself while she tells Mao to meet up with the rest. But Akise is suspicious. Because Yuno’s Future Diary will know whatever Yukiteru is doing so could it be fake? And when Mao receives mail from Hinata claiming she has found Yukiteru, Akise remains suspicious but since there is no time to lose, they head there. Inside the room, they realize too late that this Yukiteru is a dummy as the door behind them shuts. No way out. To Akise’s fear, this is a trap and the mails received were fake from Yuno. Assuming Hinata was here, she might have been attacked and taken to another place. It is not that Yukiteru was just sitting around watching, he might be unable to move. Suddenly gas is filling up the room. Murmur wants to bet on Yuno but Deus still choose to remain favourite Yukiteru as his pick.

Episode 14
Yukiteru is strapped to a chair and like a zombie. Yuno is feeding his non-responsive body. Kousaka is so negative that he is thinking of writing a will! However Akise calls out to Yuno (via security camera). He wonders if she is carrying 2 human skulls. Because when they left, he re-examined the big hole and found 2 skeletal remains without heads. The marks on them are fresh. Could it be that she is still carrying them around? Yuno claims she doesn’t want to wake up her parents. Akise continues that he also saw a third skeletal remains but this one had a skull intact. Who could this be? If she doesn’t want all this details to be sent to the police, better free them. Yuno laughs like a maniac and hangs up on these people. Akise realizes that she has rewritten her memories that they are now unknown people. Kousaka continues to lament his impending death and goes ahead in writing his will! Suddenly he receives a new message. Because he has posted a certain number of posts, he has attained a new rank. This means he has become a new Future Diary owner! Holy cow! His apprentice diary predicts how he got out and faces Yuno. So with Akise’s help, he crawls into the vent and busts out at the control room. Yukiteru regains some of his consciousness. He remembers during their trip, Yuno drugged his drink. The next thing he knew, he was here. He tried to escape but she didn’t give him a chance. Kousaka is confident in following his Future Diary so Yuno agrees to give him the keys. One to release the gas room and the other to Yukiteru. But she will throw him the gas room key first and then head back to get the other key. This is to buy time because she wants to save her parents too. Consulting his Future Diary and seeing there is nothing wrong, he does it. Of course Yukiteru knows it is a trap but can’t say anything as his voice is soft.

After he opens the door to the gas room, before he could go back to get the other key, Yuno shoots his knee with her crossbow! She explains he doesn’t know how to use his Future Diary and because his only predicts his successes, it never tells him his failures. Go ahead. Unlock Yukiteru and do what his diary tells him. Then she’ll kill him. Yuno hears the static sound. When she turns around, Yukiteru is gone. He takes her crossbow and slaps her! He reminds her that her Future Diary is also limited. She didn’t predict what Hinata would do because Yukiteru signalled to her to kick the key to him. Yukiteru then sees his Future Diary entries listing the other diary owners coming to find him. He leaves with the other friends. Yuno is panicking not to be left alone. Maybe they’ll go see the stars together like he suggested now. You see that angry look in his eyes? He doesn’t give a sh*t! Goodbye. Meanwhile at some foster home, Orin Miyashiro reports to Kamado Ueshita (I thought she was some mascot with that big funny looking head) that she has sent other apprentice diary owners to scout and that Kousaka who is facing off with Yuno might lose. Nishijima gives the kids a ride home. Kousaka is pretty mad but it’s not Yukiteru’s fault, right? A car flashes from the opposite direction but those bunch of cool people just pass them although one of them noted they lost their chance to kill Yukiteru. Lastly, Yuno hasn’t given up yet (why would she? We would know her character by now). She packs her bags and makes her move.

Episode 15
Yukiteru sees a message from Deus because some has requested more details on Eighth, the owner who can create more owners. Some are concerned that this will violate the rules as if these new owners can become God or get killed. Yukiteru has Kousaka show him his handphone. Then he smashes in to the ground! Nothing happens (although that guy is acting like he is about to die). As suspected, as Eighth can make new owners, but these Future Diaries are all connected to the server that hosts blogs. These Future Diary owners will not die when anything happens to it since it is only reading from the central server. Kousaka is upset they destroyed his handphone but this prevents others from knowing their position. Yukiteru knows he can’t fight this alone but has decided not to rely on Yuno. Who can he rely on? His friends wonder if he really wishes for them to help. No cheating and looking at his Future Diary. Yes, he wants to. They’ll help then. While Yukiteru hides and the rest make a plan, the only problem is Yuno, given the nature of her diary she knows all Yukiteru’s moves. As long as they have this handicap, they won’t know what she’ll do. Yukiteru goes to eat with his mom for the first time since Yuno barged in. She isn’t going to pry his private life as it would make things awkward. She’ll listen when he is ready. But be sure to tell her. Yukiteru notices there are lots of food. Mom says Yuno was here to make them but left. Oh sh*t… He’ll never get her out of his life. Yukiteru shivering in cold sweat… Funny… The friends make their way to Kousaka’s mansion. Man, he has got such big space of empty land! Part of their plan is to switch off the power to the telecommunications tower once the apprentice owners arrive. However it seems like they got a head start when they cut out the power. Now they can’t cut the signal to the handphones. Yukiteru is panicking that nobody else should know their plan. There is one… And she is here! Yuno is going to protect her love! OMG. Yukiteru’s flabbergasted face is damn funny! Akise invites her to join them. Well, they got no choice, right? But Yukiteru keeps her hands tied. Just in case.

Akise and Kousaka go to turn off the tower manually. However Marco Ikusaba and Ai Mikami barge in while Tarou Nanba AKA Takkun reports what his happening to Kamado. Marco is able to beat up Nishijima thanks to his boxing moves as his Future Diary is about boxing while Ai’s is about flirting. Yukiteru and Yuno run up to hide in the attic while Mao and Hinata got wounded by Ai’s knives. Of course Yuno doesn’t care about them as long as they’re both alright. She wants him to untie her but Yukiteru doesn’t think so. She’ll use this chance to tie him up again, no? Tying him up is her love, right? She promises she won’t but Marco and Ai barge in. Although Akise has shut off the tower, the couple remain cool. They toss away their handphones and take out another one! These are their true Future Diaries and they are actual owners. Their exchange diaries allow them to see each other’s future and protect the other. Yuno pleads to free her. No choice he does so as Yuno deflects Ai’s knife. Because Yukiteru praises how great she is, she gets motivated and deflects them all! The couple retreat. They have also brought Hinata and Mao outside because in the event if their plan fails, Takkun will set the place on fire. Once it is up in flames, the couple return back in to finish their fight and show them the meaning of love. Yuno wants Yukiteru to use her in any way even if it’s helping her friends. She’ll go back pretending to be his lover again. Yuno fights Ai but Marco protects her from being slashed with his arm. Yuno then takes a brutal hit. When the sprinklers put out the fire, Marco is upset that Yukiteru didn’t come to save his girl. The kid admits he is pathetic and weak so Marco tosses him down to die. In the aftermath, Yukiteru is recuperating in hospital. Yuno is unconscious as well as with Hinata and Mao who are badly injured. Their Future Diaries were confiscated. Their plan failed. Minene then comes in and wants to know more about those Future Diary owners.

Episode 16
As part of the plan, Minene will take care of Yukiteru. I guess this includes sitting on his body while he does push-ups. But it seems Yukiteru’s dad is here to visit too and he got the wrong idea seeing this kinky nurse play. He wants one too! Because he can’t stop harassing Minene, she suggests father and son enter some challenge. Dad proposes to do whatever Yukiteru wants if he loses. Yukiteru wishes for dad and mom to remarry so that they can see the stars together as promised. Meanwhile Marco and Ai are having their own love problems. Ai sees Marco’s Future Diary that he is cheating on her and becomes furious he wants to break up! Reading a little more, it turns out he was buying a ring and proposing… Suddenly it becomes I love you… Back to Yukiteru and dad’s challenge, when it seems Yukiteru has clearly beaten dad, there is always a catch and ‘cheat’ that makes him win. Even Minene acknowledges dad’s victory. Yukiteru realizes she has no intention of letting him win. But Minene wants father and son to spend time together since they just got reunited. And so it was rather fun and silly for them to go through several challenges. As usual, Yuno is watching and thank goodness she is relieved to find dad a good guy. She already has a knife ready in hand… In the final challenge in which winner takes all, dad tells Yukiteru the real reason they divorced. It was his debt. Even right now he is under a 3 million debt. Yukiteru feels guilty that he was selfish to wish for them to remarry and didn’t know what was going on. Even if he wins, remarrying isn’t possible. Minene gives Yukiteru advice that he is easy to give in to his weakness. Even if he doesn’t have the strength, he can still fight on and reach his goal. Fight till his feelings reach his dad. Once he reaches the end, dad leaves behind a note saying that he will think about remarrying and is confident he can clear the debt.

Minene meets up with Nishijima who explains this is all part of the plan to make Marco believe they have a plan against him since he is having their Future Diaries. Yuno watching Yukiteru, spots dad returning to the hospital. He is frantically searching Yukiteru’s room for his Future Diary and it seems if he destroys it, his ‘employer’ will clear his debt. While Nishijima has a search warrant at Kamado’s orphanage, Yuno tries to kill Yukiteru’s dad by slitting his throat from behind! Luckily Yukiteru took her away but as she explains about his true goal, does he believe in her or dad? Marco calls Yuno to warn her not to touch dad and instead bring him to some tower. Yukiteru’s dad is shocked that his handphone is not with him. At the tower, they see Marco and Ai standing at an altar like a prelude to being married. Once Yukiteru’s dad approaches Marco, he is punched in the gut. Marco then places their Future Diaries on the table and wants to see if Yukiteru has got what it takes to save his Future Diary and dad. It is more fun that way instead of breaking it right away. Yukiteru is mad and upset. He charges but that is all he’s got. He is still weak and is owned by Marco. Yukiteru’s dad then gets up and heads over to the table and takes his Future Diary and breaks it! End of Yukiteru? Not quite. Because Yuno has observed as she attacks Ai and retrieves their real Future Diaries inside her hand bouquet. She recognized the scratches and dents on their Future Diaries and noticed those were just replicas. Yukiteru’s dad wants his son to hand over his handphone and can get him a new model. This proves he doesn’t know about Future Diaries. Suddenly Takkun detonates the place since time is up. The floor beneath Yukiteru collapses. His dad and Yuno race to save him.

Episode 17
This tower holds many memories for Ai. She was abandoned here by her parents 14 years ago. Optimistic Marco picked her up since he too was an abandoned child. Ai starts hanging out with Marco throughout high school. I want to compare her case with Yuno’s stalking but considering that psychopath, Ai’s case looks so mild. There was also an altar at the tower whereby Ai proclaimed she wanted to get married here. Of course there are jealous b*tches so they set up a fake note from Marco to meet at an abandoned factory. In short, she got gang raped. Marco couldn’t understand why Ai texted to him that he is not at the designated place. But when she doesn’t pick up her call, he has a bad feeling and rushes over, only to be horrified over what he saw. In his rage, he beat them all up and even killed one of them. Marco felt guilty that had he been there, this would not have happened. Now that he has commit murder, he can no longer be free and was about to kill himself. Ai stopped him and didn’t want to be left alone. So he vowed to protect her always. Back in reality, Yuno grabs Yukiteru’s hand. His dad is being taken by Marco as they head upstairs. Seems they’re going to use a parachute. Although Yuno points out that their lost last time was due to her fighting them both at the same time, it is not Yukiteru’s fault and should use that to their advantage. They’ll fight them in their own way. Reaching the top, only Yuno is before them. Yukiteru is hiding as he admits he is weak and the last time they lost was because he exposed himself to danger. Marco and Yuno face off but he grabs her knife by his mouth and kicks her! As Ai restrains her, he grabs her Future Diary, he finds Yukiteru is hiding in the broadcast room. However he heads there and finds nobody. He realizes this is the fake Future Diary they did. Marco sees Ai’s death by Yukiteru’s dart and rushes back to warn her. Although it misses by a whisker, Yuno slits her throat!

Yukiteru chides Yuno for taking things too far when Yukiteru’s dad steals their parachute and escapes. Rea, as summoned by Nishijima to the site saw him gliding down so she goes to confront him about Yukiteru. Since he continues to feign ignorance, he can’t stand her persistent bugging and what do you do with a knife in hand? Another explosion rocks the tower. Yukiteru, Yuno and Ai are trapped beneath a rubble. Ai isn’t dead yet. I guess Yuno didn’t slit too deep (but she’ll still die of blood lose). Yuno plans on using her to lure Marco to save them. Marco can be heard trying to dig open the rubble. He tells those kids off about their fake love. Especially with Yuno bending Yukiteru to her will all the while promising to ‘save’ him. That is called selfish. He isn’t doing this because of her threat. He wasn’t going to run anyway. He wants them to help out. By the time Marco makes a decent opening, they see a steel beam pierced through his stomach. Yukiteru calls Yuno to help lift the rubble. She is still hesitant so he tells her off if her love for him is real or just insane. He can’t tell. So make him believe. The trio lift it up to make it out. Marco admits he has lost and gives them the parachute. Staying by Ai’s side in their final moments, Marco laments they can’t be gods and live together. But this itself can be considered as forever too. This time the tower collapses for good. Yukiteru vows to have a serious talk with his parents. Yuno might have problems with his dad but he really wants them to get along. He hopes Yuno can be there to help. When they reach the ground, Nishijima is in a frenzy although he tells Yukiteru to calm down on what he is about to hear. Though Yukiteru didn’t hear his words, he saw from his Future Diary that mom is dead.

Episode 18
Beginning with another flashback, during the time after they wrote their future careers. Though lots of guys were interested in Yuno, it is a good thing their guts told them to stay away because Yuno was hell never interested in them except for Yukiteru. So when she saw a love letter from Yukiteru addressed to Moe Wakaba, their class rep (I thought she looked a bit like Rea), she is hell bent in stopping him from delivering it. Wow. So the yandere began that early, huh? Since Yuno and Yukiteru were on duty and in charge of buying supplies for their class’ cultural festival, the teacher remembers Yuno’s curfew and replaced her with Wakaba. Damn this sh*t! She is not going to let Yukiteru deliver that letter anyhow. Of course Yukiteru is happy and is trying to find ways to give it to her. Unfortunately there is this strange bunny mascot (Yuno underneath it) that is trying to keep them apart. Yeah, it’s scaring the kids with its stalking. Uh huh. Not even letting Yukiteru take a break at the toilet! Then Yukiteru realizes this bunny is gunning for his love letter! He makes a run for it while the bunny chases after him. Thanks to reports from people about this strange deviant, the police are also after the bunny. I guess Yukiteru must be desperate so when he meets back with Wakaba, he delivers his letter right smack in public. Yuno is being restrained as she can only watch in horror. As she goes home, she realizes it is way past her curfew. Don’t worry. Her parents are dead and locked in a cage. It has been a month since. Each time Yuno broke her curfew or did something wrong, she was locked in this cage and not fed decent meals. She was some sort of disappointment to her parents. So she thought they would understand what it’s like being in her shoes if she did the same to them. Before she realized it, they’re dead. But she can take a breather because Wakaba rejected Yukiteru’s letter. As long as she protects Yukiteru, she still has a future.

Yukiteru sees Deus to resurrect her mom but he can’t since he is dying and I’m not sure what crap he is explaining that he has no control about causality whatsoever. Well, there is one way to bring her back to life. Yukiteru is mad that dad killed mom and he has the guts to stumble back into the house after being beaten up over his debts. He wants him to turn himself in but has Yukiteru got to prove that dad is mom’s killer? Noticing his pawn shop document’s deadline tomorrow, Yukiteru believes he will catch whatever item he pawned and expose him. Meanwhile Nishijima is questioning Yuno about the third skeletal remains. She didn’t say anything and leaves. Yukiteru overslept so he has a hard time trying to catch up to dad. He makes it in time but sees him leaving the pawn shop in a taxi. From his Future Diary, he sees dad making his way to the shrine and gets there before him. He snatches his bag only to see a telescope as the pawned item. Dad explains he knows he is going to be arrested soon and needed time to prepare himself for them to go stargazing. He apologizes for everything. Once he is done with his sentence, he hopes to start anew then. Suddenly somebody stabs a knife into his chest. Yukiteru is devastated and remembers Murmur’s words of becoming God to kill and save everybody. When the attackers attack, he immediately takes out the knife to stab back! OMG! Since when did Yukiteru become a pro killer?! And he even used one as human shield! Of course Yuno had to honour of slitting the last dude’s throat. After the excitement dies down, Yukiteru turns back into a wuss and vomits from the violent sight. Then he wants to kill Yuno because now that he wants to become God, she is her enemy. Can he do it with those shaky hands? Yuno isn’t flinching. She’s cool. She kisses him and then says she is ready to die for him any time. That is her future. Wuss boy starts crying. Can’t do it, right?

Episode 19
A politician is against the closure of the orphanage. But the city’s mayor, John Bacchus makes his emotional argument how he is doing this for their sake, blah, blah, blah. I guess with him being so convinced, nobody opposes to it and the motion to close it is passed. In a meeting with Deus, it is suggested that Yukiteru and Yuno are to be removed from the game since they have not been attending meetings and gone missing for the past 5 days. Deus almost agrees to it since he has not much time left when suddenly Yukiteru and Yuno appear. OMG. Yukiteru looks like a completely different person! He is exuding confidence with Yuno in his arms and giving that romantic kiss! He reveals Bacchus as one of the players and now that everybody knows everybody, Deus takes away their veil (hardly any surprise because we could have guessed from a mile). Yukiteru further reveals he didn’t spend the last 5 days doing nothing. He was sitting at city hall and watching TV where all the information converged. Thanks to his Future Diary, he saw Bacchus passing the motion to close down the orphanage. Of course this is all part of Yuno’s grand plan. She deduced Bacchus if after Kamado’s server to create more clones. Her orphanage depends on city funds and this means the expense to run the server too. If it is shut down, all its assets go back being owned by the city. Meanwhile Minene sees Nishijima to inform Bacchus as a Future Diary owner. The irony is that Nishijima is now reassigned to become his bodyguard. As for his investigations of Yuno, her parents were elite bankers and the results of the DNA test for the third skeletal remains will come out today. But he knows something for sure. Yuno is not their child and is adopted. Yukiteru makes an alliance with Kamado as she and her orphanage underlings prepare a plan to attack Bacchus. During the break, Orin talks to him as he doesn’t seem like a bad person. Likewise, Kamado too doesn’t look like a bad person herself. In fact, she didn’t want to be God. It is the orphans who want her to become one as they are sure she will make a better world for them.

The plan to ambush Bacchus begins. Everything goes well with Yukiteru even going down to kill some officers! But Bacchus is puzzled. If Yukiteru was at city hall, he should have predicted his move so why are they attacking? Bacchus’ car has got some electromagnetic jamming signal. Connection severed. Now they can’t use their handphones. Orin tells Yuno to quickly smash the antenna but Yuno slits her throat! Yukiteru kills the rest of the orphanage children. What is the meaning of this?! Yukiteru reveals that this alliance they form and purposely fell into Bacchus’ trap is part of their bigger goal to kill Kamado. After Yuno kills Takkun, Kamado retreats in Bacchus’ car. Yukiteru drives (he could?) while Yuno reads his Future Diary for him. To her dismay, she sees Akise discovering the identity of the third remains and becomes worried. Bacchus’ Future Diary seems to predict his surroundings and himself so he evades their attacks with ease. Yukiteru then forcefully crashes his car into his. But Bacchus isn’t panicking. As predicted, Yuno’s allies should be coming. Minene and Akise have discovered the identity of the third corpse. Akise throws Yukiteru a small box. Inside is an umbilical cord from Yuno that she left at the orphanage she was from. It matches with the third corpse perfectly. This means the third corpse is the real Yuno and this one an imposter. Yuno panics and doesn’t want Yukiteru to listen but believe in her. He is in state of shock and to her dismay, he lets go her hand.

Episode 20
Thankfully Yukiteru believes in her. To him, this Yuno is still Yuno. Bacchus brings Amado to the nation’s third biggest server. She wants her to link hers so that everyone in the city will become apprentice diary owners as part of his wish to create a legacy for this city. She agrees and starts stripping. Why? Because that is where her server is (the reason why the police couldn’t find the server anywhere in the orphanage). Minene didn’t like this plan and tries to bomb the place but Bacchus saw this coming and throws the bomb back! Although she escapes, Bacchus can see where she goes and has her men find her. She is surprisingly saved by Nishijima. Why is he siding her now? Because he loves her and wants to marry her! OMFG! He’s doing all this right now at this moment?! He’s serious. He’s got a wedding ring! Minene must be shocked and confused (heck, she doesn’t even know what marriage really means) but agrees to stop his pestering that she’ll agree to be his when the main server is destroyed. Minene tries to be a lone wolf to destroy the server herself. But the officers restrain her. Thinking this is the end for her, she is going to blow herself up when Nishijima comes in, shoots his comrades and bombs the server. Mission over, right? And now he’s hugging Minene like he’s won the big prize. And Minene could have given in to a kiss in that confusion if not for reports coming in that the city is going crazy. Some attempting suicide because they saw their future deaths and some just taking advantage of what is written in their future. Deus knows Murmur has an ulterior motive and needs to do something while he still has some power. Nishijima thinks of calling Akise but surprise, Kousaka, Hinata and Mao are here. They were called by Akise to help them out. Just like many citizens, they are also apprentice diary owners.

As there are 2 servers left in different places, they need to take it out simultaneously. Minene wants to do this by herself but as Nishijima said, he will always be by her side. The kids too will help and Kousaka is being silly thinking he can peek on the enemy’s diary with his telescope. Then it hit Minene. The reason why Bacchus could see her moves and not Nishijima’s. Could it be his Future Diary reads Future Diaries of others? So she goes to ask Deus a question but gets stabbed by him. Or was it just an illusion? She was further told that his Watcher Diary is able to peek into the Future Diary of others. Not only that, seems Deus and Bacchus created this game and the latter making several prototypes of Future Diaries. Therefore you can say he is the creator of all Future Diaries. Minene and co infiltrate a building. However Bacchus cannot predict them this time because they are overloading their handphones with lots of information to confuse him. Because Nishijima is still persistent on this marriage thingy, Minene’s guard is down and stepped on a bomb sensor. She is lucky to only have a hand blown off. Nishijima gets shot and then uses his body to protect her from the firing squad. Well, at least she doesn’t have to marry him now. Bacchus knows his Future Diary’s weakness of being vulnerable to misinformation. But thanks to his assistant’s secretary diary that always tells the truth of his actions, he overcomes that problem. Finally Yukiteru makes his appearance after being absent for the entire episode. He used her as a lure to get here. He signals to Yuno to get the party started. And you should have known now that means painting the town red. With blood. Yuno also takes some civilians hostage because Bacchus as the mayor, they are his weakness.

Episode 21
As Yuno is slashing her way, Yukiteru has also made use of the media to convey his demands to Bacchus. He must release their friends and then commit suicide. Minene sees Yukiteru’s resolve to kill Bacchus so that he can become God and revive his parents. However Minene has a grudge against him. Remember what he did to her left eye? She’ll let him live long enough to kill Bacchus but if he screws up, she’ll kill him. Yuno kills the guards to rescue Yukiteru’s friends. Bacchus seals himself inside the bank’s thick vault (this bank once belonged to Yuno’s parents). Yukiteru and Minene thought they could extract the password from the assistant and then kill him. Too bad, there is another big door waiting for them. Yukiteru scrambles to find the password but Minene has had it. She is going to kill him. He screwed up. Consider this as revenge for Nishijima because she let the only man in the world who would bring happiness to her die. Yukiteru goes into hiding and sees his dead end future. Minene better find him quickly as she has lost a lot of blood. She starts telling about her past and tragic childhood. In some Middle East country, her parents were killed and she was forced to fend for herself. It was literally surviving from day to day. She admits she likes Yukiteru only because his struggle reminded so much about her. That is why she will tell him his goal of reviving his parents won’t come true. Because otherwise everybody in this god damn world would want to become God too. Yuno finds Kamado and is about to kill her but Akise protects her. Then she gets a message from Yukiteru to revive his parents if he dies. She panics upon thinking this is his last words and rushes to his side.

Since this means the future is changing, the interference noise allows Minene to locate Yukiteru. But it is just his handphone. It was a decoy so he could shoot the gun off her hand. He sent that last note to Yuno to make her take action and change the future. But why didn’t he kill her? He doesn’t want to. Oh no. Now he returns to wuss mode after all that cool tough act. Unbelievable. He breaks down upon not knowing what to do. She hates him for being naïve and tries to reach for her gun. Yukiteru shoots her in the guts. End of the road. Bacchus speaks to Yukiteru how boring everyone is and to everyone’s surprise, Minene gets back up. She’s a tough cookie, remember? She has some sort of bomb attached to her heart and if it stops, it will explode. She will blow herself up to destroy the second door and make a path for him. After making peace with her child self, it is really the end of the road for her after she crushes her Future Diary. Boom! Nothing happens to the door… Seriously, I thought she had an atomic bomb. You think this small fart could blow up such a thick vault? No wonder Bacchus is laughing his ass off. Yuno comes to Yukiteru’s side and tells him to destroy the servers so as not to let Minene’s death be in vain. Bacchus is confident that even destroying the servers won’t change his fate. Suddenly the vault door opens! OMG! It’s Yuno! You can see Bacchus’ scared sh*t expression! Freaking scared, dude! Yuno staring like a stalker. And one bullet to his head to kill him! In the aftermath, Yukiteru wakes up in his home with semi-naked Yuno sleeping by his side. Meanwhile Akise is having Kamado in his custody but plans to hand her over to Yukiteru. Because he feels Yukiteru will be the right person to become God and wish for everything to return to normal. The only problem is Yuno as he is still suspicious of her. He remembers seeing Yuno opening the vault door at the security scanner using her eye as the pass. Yukiteru is making a note of all the dead people so he could wish for them to be revived. Suddenly black holes start engulfing the place. Yuno deduces Deus is nearing the end of his life and if they don’t choose a new God, the world will be destroyed. Murmur wonders if Deus has done something because the world is ending too soon. It should end on July 28. To her surprise, Kamado appears with Akise. She wanted to stop him but Deus holds her back. He asks Deus if everything can be returned to normal after becoming God.

Episode 22
Akise has figured out something and wants to tell Yukiteru but Deus won’t let him go. He reveals that Akise is an observer like him and is the one who created him. Deus will disassemble him and put him back at Akashic Records in the heavens. Akise can’t believe this and believes everything he does was his own free will. But Deus has an answer for every move he made and it all goes back to Deus’ goal. Akise thought his love for Yukiteru is real but Deus even notes that is fake. Just before Akise is fully disassembled, a Future Diary pops back in his hand. Kamado has successfully copied an apprentice diary for him to watch the actions of all Future Diary owners. Deus allows him to return and acknowledges his autonomous existence. Yukiteru believes his friends won’t betray him and thus avoiding the need to think if he has to kill them. Once they meet Akise, detective boy only wants to see Yukiteru alone so Yuno stabs him! Luckily he is wearing a vest. Yuno tries to use her taser but he is wearing gloves! He reveals his Future Diary that is able to see the future actions of other owners. Yuno tells Yukiteru to go after Kamado while she takes on Akise. Yukiteru is in a dilemma if his friends are betraying him. Hinata gets in his way and tells him to stop all this because Yuno is deceiving him. If he keeps killing people, there will be no future. Even if he becomes God, he can’t bring anyone back. Yukiteru is in shock he can’t bring back dead people. Not even his parents. What is the use of becoming God then? Akise pins Yuno down and this is part of their plan to separate them. Yuno makes a surprise move by stabbing herself! Since his Future Diary predicts her moves, she’ll do as it says by killing herself. So? What will Yukiteru think of him after learning he killed her?

Akise tries to call Yukiteru but his handphone is engaged. Who could it be calling him? Yuno! Although she missed her vitals and Akise helped bandaged her, she lies and screams to Yukiteru that Akise is going to kill her (it is what is also predicted in Yukiteru’s Future Diary). He becomes mad that his friends had betrayed him and shoots Hinata! Mao is angry of his cowardice and tells him off he was too scared to face the facts. Yukiteru shoots her! OMFG! For once Kousaka wasn’t a show off or coward. He tells him how much he hates him because of his pathetic crying face despite getting what he wants. After punching his face, Yukiteru shoots him. Just great. He killed all his friends. Then Akise comes by. He is sad it has come down to this and has no choice but to make sure he is the last one standing. He reveals Yuno is planning on killing him and hid this fact because he could continue winning this game so she can be the final winner. When Yuno arrives, Akise kisses Yukiteru! OMFG! Yuno has never been so mad before! Akise goes to kill furious Yuno but Yukiteru wants her to run because his Future Diary predicted her death. Akise breaks Yuno’s Future Diary but in return got his throat slashed. However Yuno is still standing. Could that Future Diary be fake? Akise didn’t think so because he saw the change interference before it was destroyed. How can this be? How can she have another Future Diary? Whose does it belong to? Yuno reunites with Yukiteru as they go finish Kamado who is pinned under a rubble. Her final wish for him is to make a better world for the children. Yuno stabs her. Dying Akise tries to piece the clues together about the real and fake Yuno. Then it hit him. He gathers all his strength to get up and tell Yukiteru. Even if he can’t speak, he types it in his handphone to show him although Yuno becomes a mad girl slashing him apart.

Episode 23
Just as Deus suspected, Murmur can independently use her powers despite having rings on her hands as limit. She is trying to keep a fragment of Deus to extend his life till 28 July. Until which she will take over his place as God. When Yukiteru learns the date of the end of the world, Yuno doesn’t care about that because something more important to her will happen on that date. I guess the world is going to end soon and what better way but to spend it by hanging around at Yuno’s place. And now Yukiteru is having thoughts about his friends’ words. What if they were true and Yuno was lying? Too late to be thinking about that, eh? He is confused. Even if Yuno starts acting like a kid admitting she is only good in killing people but is sad that he hasn’t made a move on her yet! After lots of thinking and visiting nostalgic places, he thinks of showing Yuno some love. I mean, the world it’s going to end, right? Not much time left. So he brings forward that happy ending a day earlier. After that steamy hot bath (literally)… SEX SCENE!!! Good or bad thing, it’s censored anyway. Must be the best final moments of their life? This has Yukiteru confirm Yuno’s love for him is true. But when he mentions about Yuno’s lie about his parents coming back to life, she takes out an axe! Holy sh*t! How did she hide that under the blanket?! She didn’t kill him. She admits she lied to console him because she already knew at the start of the game when she met Deus that you can’t bring back the dead even if you become God. She is already happy now so please kill her. He won’t because what is the point of being God if he can’t bring anyone back? He’d rather die with her. All that is left is the puzzling message Akise wrote. It stated Yuno once became God and this is the second world that was created when time was turned back. This time Yuno picks up the axe and tries to chop him!

Thankfully he is good in running and escaping. However he was pushed into that deep pit by Murmur and thrown into a dimension where he could only watch past visions. Murmur is going to explain the reason why Yuno wants to kill him. As stated, Yuno’s dream is to become his wife but that will never happen due to the nature of this survival game. There are visions in which they fought and kill other Future Diary owners in a slightly different manner. This is the first world. The world that Yukiteru is living in now is the second world. After Yukiteru and Yuno were the only ones left, they decided to commit double suicide. However Yuno was smart enough not to swallow the pills and since she was the last one left, she revelled in become God to resurrect Yukiteru. However at that time she didn’t know and was devastated she can’t bring anybody back to life so she wished to return to the past when Yukiteru was alive. Since her original self was there, she killed her! I know this gives rise to some paradox thing but it’s not important now. Therefore the third remains are the original Yuno. So they’re both true?! This is the truth that she wants to hide from him. Yukiteru is sad because the original Yuno was the one who wanted to marry him. I guess his feelings were strong that original Yuno could hear his voice and writes on the wall with her blood to plead for help. Yukiteru is mad and this brings him back to reality where yandere Yuno awaits…

Episode 24
After new Yuno killed her original self, Murmur gave her a Future Diary and wants her to hurry up and replace herself to become God. She will try to suppress Deus’ memories to avoid letting him know what is going on. Yuno will also have hers suppressed. In present time, Yukiteru questions her motive to kill her other self. But she questions back about his double suicide suggestion. Because he cannot kill her just to become God, she will kill him. It is better that one of them survive and redo this sh*t again rather than letting the world get destroyed. And kill everybody again? Everybody dies anyway. Yukiteru believes she has gone insane. But what is more insane to her is a world without him! Murmur pushes him off the cliff and before she could announce Yuno as the winner, a change in the Future Diary. Yukiteru is still hanging on and vows to save her because she is a special person in his life. Then he falls off. This time Yuno didn’t save him. It’s Minene! Wasn’t she dead? Murmur suspects Deus must have done something to her because she is fast, strong and agile with super powers! Not even Murmur’s black balls can hurt her! Murmur takes Yuno to some time leap as the Minene takes Yukiteru along to chase. They end up travelling back in time. This is the third world, 2 years ago on July 28. Minene reveals before she blew herself up in the vault, Deus took her. He then stabbed her to split his powers and knowledge with her. He suspected Murmur is siding with Yuno and is some sort of Yuno’s familiar after she became God and wants Minene to stop that and bring the game back to its original path. Yukiteru’s Future Diary sees Yuno killing her other self as well as him. This third Yuno is locked in a cage back home. Mother is off the phone with her husband. Something bad going on. She blames and accuses Yuno for everything before abandoning her. When Minene and Yukiteru arrive, the former warns not to interfere with this world’s Yuno. However Yukiteru insists on checking on her and is appalled to see her locked in a cage, choking on the tatami mat she was eating! He calls the ambulance. Even if it’s a different world, Yuno is still Yuno and will not abandon her. Mad Yuno arrives and since she has foreseen this, she brought along Yukiteru’s parents. Let the deathmatch begin. Yukiteru wants to save them too but Minene brings him away to escape to the tower. Then she chides and reminds him whom he wants to save. Make up your mind!

Episode 25
Yuno is in a dilemma about her feelings for Yukiteru because she should have settled things with him during that sex part. Her father and a couple of medics rush into the house. Dad is worried about her but when he notices something amiss about her (this Yuno is a bit grown up), she stabs him! The medics would have met the same fate too if not Murmur stopping her. Because Yukiteru is bent on saving Yuno, he parts with Minene (who went on the call Kurusu about his son’s condition – there, she took care of his son as promised). After hiding this third Yuno in the classroom, he plans to negotiate with this mad Yuno to return to the second world and become God. However Yuno is in no negotiation mode and the duo face off. With Murmur helping by slamming her wrecking ball and orb explosions, Yukiteru is left running. He knows he will die but will use that time to save her. When Yuno throws her knife at him, she missed because Yukiteru screamed “I love you” at her and this threw her off balance as he pins her down. Meanwhile Minene returns and fights Murmur in a super power aerial battle. Is this show turning into some sort of Dragonball spoof? Yuno realizes her Future Diary is where her feelings for Yukiteru are. She becomes crazier and slams the sphere on him. The next thing he knows, he is living his normal life with his parents. He has got the things he wanted in his room. This is a world Yuno created for him. It is a world where she doesn’t exist. He can’t even say her name. At first she thought things will be settled if she killed him and lived a normal life here. She can’t since her feelings are mixed up. She can’t be God and return to the second world because that would mean losing him. This means she is locking him up here and find the Yukiteru of this world. So she’s abandoning him to kill others like a lunatic again? She says the unthinkable. She can fall in love with any guy she can depend on like how he can fall for any girl who protects him. Wakaba is seen seducing Yukiteru as the sphere closes. Minene is fresh from defeating Murmur when Yuno releases her seal to turn Murmur into a mini demon that is stronger and faster. More punishing combos in this exaggerated power battle. I think it’s really looking like Dragonball. Finally Minene is defeated and the third Yuno is looking pretty defenceless. Yukiteru is talking-cum-crying to his parents about this strange dream. The survival game of Future Diary owners and this strange girl he fell in love with. He probably likes her the same reason he loves them.

Episode 26
Yukiteru is living his dream life and going to watch the stars with his parents. Murmur heals Yuno’s dad to avoid some paradox and wants Yuno to quickly kill her third self so they can begin another survival game. Yuno tells this one about the tormenting future she will face. How mama will take out her depression on her and eventually led her to lock both her parents inside the cage. But she’ll be relieving her of all that. However, third Yuno denies all this and that mama is just sick. She has hoped that they will eventually come to love her. Original Yuno is shocked because she too once harboured that hope. When she is asked if there is anyone she loves, the future of everyone starts changing at an alarming rate. It all starts when Yukiteru realizes he cannot go stargazing with his parents. Others include Tsubaki’s parents’ death was prevented and this means her cult did not turn evil and in turn, Rei’s parents didn’t join it. Also, Bacchus will provide free assistance to the orphanage because he saw his death even before the game started and feels the need to change the future. He brings this up to Deus who must think of a better way to determine the new God. When Yuno is going to start killing, her father got stabbed instead. Again? Mother rushes to his side. Meanwhile Yukiteru’s parents understand and support his decision. He is their son after all. It must be something important since he chose a nameless girl instead of living his dream life. Original Yuno is sad to see how close her family is. She used to believe this day would come for her but it never did. Thus she is going to kill them all! As she charges, Kurusu fires a shot. Yukiteru is trying to scream Yuno’s name till he finally breaks free. He hugs Yuno and the bullet is stopped by Murmur. Actually, the Murmur of the second world! The evil one we see all the while is from the first world! The same as our original Yuno. Confused? Second Murmur was sealed away but now she is back and pins down the original one. Yukiteru wants Yuno to kill him since she doesn’t belong in this world. He has killed many but can’t kill her. Instead, she stabs herself and wants to remain in this world. Her final wish is a kiss. She notes he got better at it. Murmur announces Yukiteru the winner and whisks him away back to the second world where all the black spheres disappear. The world is saved but decimated?

In the aftermath, life is good for everyone concerned in the third world. I believe this is the Minene from the second world since she still has that eye-patch and a missing hand. She is happily living with Nishijima. Not too sure if the kids are hers. Kurusu’s son is also doing well and spending time with him. Yomotsu was the one who caught Third and put a stop to his killing spree. He pays him a visit in prison. Hinata and her dad are just doing fine. Not sure why Kousaka is having a staring contest with a dog. Marco and Ai are married and a child looks like is on the way. Kamado going out with Bacchus? Wow. How things really change. Finally, Yuno is hanging out with her friends. She is in a happy family and keeps a diary of what they do. However she can’t help feel sad that she is forgetting something really important. Because Yukiteru is also having a happy family but his girlfriend is Wakaba. Back to the second world, ten thousand years have passed since Yukiteru became God! You mean his hair was the only thing that grew? In this empty space, what is keeping him company? Just his Future Diary? But isn’t it retro diary now since he is only reading back past records? Murmur is so bored of reading the same manga 10,000 times that she really wants him to use his God powers to create a new world. He won’t because a world without Yuno would be meaningless. Yeah. Keep wondering how Yuno of the third world is doing. Forever. But it ends with a cliff-hanger because his Future Diary suddenly changes as it states Yuno came to visit him here in this world.

OVA (Redial)
We replay that scene where Yukiteru wanted Yuno to kill him to end things but instead she stabbed herself. First Murmur wanted to stop it but third Murmur sealed her in the sphere and they disappear. So it has been 2 years since in this third world and Yuno is such a normal girl! So different! She is having a beach trip with Hinata and co. She even gets into a breast groping session with Mao on Hinata. Kousaka must be gay to comment nobody would want to look at their ugly boobs! They beat him up and bury him in the sand. Compounding his sand problem is Rei who seems to be Akise’s detective apprentice. Starting them young? Yuno thought she mistaken Akise for somebody she knew but couldn’t put her finger on it. Meanwhile Ai and Orin are spying on Kousaka because believe it or not, this is the man Tsubaki wants! Such bad taste… While they are visiting a merchandise shop filled with creepy souvenirs of Yomotsu (I guess he turned into some hero), Orin and Ai lure Kousaka to a dark room where Tsubaki awaits. She is really into him till he actually looks forward to kiss her! That scene freaked her out! Changed your mind? Meanwhile the rest are criticizing those eyeball souvenirs, unaware that the shopkeeper is unmasked Yomotsu himself. Days passed peacefully and it is only a day before July 28. Akise has observed that there is nothing abnormal with the supposed Future Diary owners. Because Deus’ death is inevitable, he still needs to pick a successor. Bacchus has come up with a new game called Future Monopoly but is rejected. He got an idea of another game but was ejected before he could explain. Deus wonders if there is really a need to select a new successor because maybe it is fate that this world is to be destroyed. Because it won’t be amusing to observe something that even God cannot foresee.

Yuno’s dilemma and confusion starts to sink in. She couldn’t understand why she was at school 2 years (which is still in the midst of rebuilding) which was believed to be some bomb attack. The closer time gets to July 28, it is like the more she becomes crazier as though memories of her other self from the other world start to fill her memories. Especially moments with that certain wuss boy. She feels the need to see that person and finds herself inside the sphere. Deus and Murmur detects somebody infiltrating Akashic Records. Murmur goes to stop her but Minene fights Murmur (mecha version?) to allow Yuno to press ahead as she wants her to save that guy since he still owes her big time for letting him take on that huge responsibility. Now Yuno is faced with Akise who won’t let her pass. He tells her about that other yandere self who killed a bunch of innocent people and fears meeting that person might cause her to revert back to that. Yuno still wants to go so he mentions she will not meet that person too as that person is not in this world. She still wants to go. All that is left to kill her. Unbelievably, she easily overpowers Akise like a pro. Just stop short of killing him. He lets her pass. Inside the sphere, she sees the original Murmur. Deus halts Murmur and Minene’s fight and wants Yuno and that Murmur to meet because he thinks if her love for him is great, it will traverse through the dimensions to find him. Original Murmur is a changed person after she received all the painful and sad memories of original Yuno while being sealed. She was the one who was calling out to Yuno. Murmur is crying and wants this Yuno to have all those memories, in which Yuno accepts without hesitation. All the memories come back. Back to hat scene of the 10,000 year old lonely God. Suddenly Yuno breaks through and they happily reunite. She is here to keep the promise of watching the stars together.

Your Future, My Future. Kill’em All!
Overall, this is actually a pretty great survival game with interesting revelations unfolding at a nice pace but the only thing that made me stop thinking or rather ‘decrease’ the value of its awesomeness was how it end it all. And also the parallel world stuff. More on that in a short while. Now think about it. If Yukiteru has been waiting in that second world of his for 10,000 years, how is it that only 2 freaking years is passed in the third world? I know you can tell me that time flows differently. Okay, fine. Or maybe that everything has been flowing so slowly is all just in his mind. And assuming he is using Murmur’s 10,000 times repeat reading as an indicator. Heck, I think you can even finish that thick manga in a week. So he says a world without Yuno is nothing. Why not just make another world with exactly another Yuno? He is God, right? Why can’t he do it?! If God can’t do that or let alone resurrect dead people, what the hell good is being God? And when Yuno breaks through this world, it feels as though this kid was just trapped in some box and waiting for somebody to open it. And how the heck does Deus know there are other worlds?! Are his memories aligned or something?

Although the parallel world thingy is supposed to be some sort of twist for this show, I can’t help feel that it is somewhat appropriate and that there are a few loopholes in it. For example, if there are the second and third world, this means there are going to be fourth, fifth, sixth, hundred, thousands and millions of other parallel worlds too, right? And I thought Deus and Murmur would be the one and only but it seems they too are as many as there are parallel worlds. So this doesn’t mean they are the real Gods, right? Even odder, you can tell what world number is this since it will be embedded on Murmur’s forehead. Her head is so small so what happens if the world number they are in now has 100 digits? She’s going to have a long forehead… Hahaha!

At least by putting in parallel worlds, they do not complicate the time paradox matter since they are thrown back in time. It may be a little confusing that first Yuno’s wish was to go back in time and do-cum-relive everything again when in actual fact it is another world. Unless, don’t tell me the second world only happens because the end of the first and likewise the third and so on. Thinking about that is already opening up another can of worms. Let’s not go there. So what I’m saying is, if it was really going back in time, and Yuno killing herself means that she won’t exist anymore because you know, who the hell will be this Yuno if she kills her younger self? And then Deus said about unable to bring back the dead, right? What is the use of being God if you can’t do this? Maybe that is why Deus wants to give this God title to somebody else so badly. So by going back in time or another world, isn’t like bringing back the dead? Yeah, this whole parallel world thingy is screwing things up if you think too much about it. Therefore the only reason I can think of for this other than bringing a twist to the plot is for everyone to have a happy ending. Sort of. Hey, at least Yuno isn’t a yandere in the third world, right? That’s good, right? All these of me thinking too much has somewhat diminished of what otherwise would have been an exceptionally great series.

But putting that aside, the plot and the twist and turns are interesting enough to keep you guessing and entertained. Though, you would still know even without reading spoilers who will be the last players left. At first I thought at the rate of Future Diary owners being introduced and eliminated at this rate, there won’t be enough ‘killings’ left. That they should put in maybe more Future Diary owners. But that would have become a pretty boring formula if they keep repeating the same thing for the rest of the series. So when the ultimate revelation and twist came at a nice pace, it was interesting enough to last the remaining episodes that I forgot about the ‘insufficient’ players and the thought of needing more of them to be Yuno’s victim.

The action (read: cat and mouse game ) is also rather interesting because when you have a few Future Diary owners who can see their future and try to change it, it becomes a deadly contest to see who can outwit and outlast each other. Truly a survivor series. And you wonder why Yuno is always a step ahead of them like as though she has had read from the story script beforehand and memorized them all like the back of her hand. Seriously. Warning, though. There are some very gory and bloody scenes especially with a certain crazy girl who will not hesitate to chop you up. Such scenes bring a frightening sense of realism to the horrifying survivor game they are playing. It is either kill or be killed. So if you’re weak in this kind of scenes, you might start vomiting on your screen when you see limbs start flying off and blood splattering across while a psychopath laughs in maniacal fashion. Oh yeah. And everybody dies eventually. Nobody is safe from the hands of Yuno. Then they had to ruin it by ‘bringing everybody back’ with a happy ending that everyone still lives in the third world. WTF.

Character development feels okay since a big chunk is concentrated on Yukiteru and Yuno who are the biggest stars of the series. This means a handful of them are not given their due prominence like for example being eliminated early in the game. But then again, with so many characters and the Future Diary owners in the fray, I suppose we don’t really give a hoot about those characters and just enough details for us to know. I mean, do you really care about them? Especially serial killer Third, Hinata’s dog loving dad, cheeky boy Rei and justice-is-blind hero Yomotsu. I suppose that is what the final OVA episode is about, to let them have a few screen time (although not all of them appear) even if it doesn’t matter or WTF moments. I don’t even how Kousaka got out from that Tsubaki’s web. Instant reject, eh?

Yuno is greatly sick and twisted in her way. This is the reason why she is easily one of the most recognizable yandere ever. It all boils down to your personal views and beliefs about her thinking and she goes about it. At many points she is seen as selfish and is not afraid to boldly speak her mind about just saving Yukiteru and herself. How far are you willing to go for the one you love? Even so, is this acceptable? Especially her extreme love for Yukiteru makes you wonder if she is really in love with him or just insane, using him for her own purposes. Once you realize the broken family she comes from, maybe it starts to make you feel a little sympathy of how twisted she turn out. Because she is just like any other person. She yearns for love that she never got. So perhaps the ultimate lesson she learnt in love is that if you truly love somebody, you will also have to give him up.

Yukiteru for most of the time feels like a wuss and a useless kid as a main character. Heck, he is the weakest of the lot. Probably the most normal too. You can say he is lucky and unlucky at the same time because he depends on Yuno to survive for a big part of the series. He can’t do anything on his own and his own cowardly instincts had him rely on Yuno to see tomorrow. It was really different to see him turn cool and mature in that short duration before becoming a wuss again but I suppose we’re more comfortable and familiar with this one. Just like Yuno, he comes from a broken family and desires a normal family life. Well, it took him a dangerous survival game to make him realize his true love. And probably it also twisted him too because the initial thought of just using Yuno to survive with all that lies and deception about making her his wife finally turns into real love.

Interestingly, Minene sometimes lands the role of the joker especially her encounter with Nishijima. She turns from a mean terrorist into some sort of romantic comic relief. And you can obviously see the flabbergasted expression on her face. I guess deep down no matter how tough she is, she is still a woman inside. Just need the right man to flip the right switch. Seriously, she turned into more of a ‘joker’ ever since Deus rescued her and bestowed superhuman powers on her. I mean, now that she can fly and have super strength and speed, she seems so unreal. I thought she was going to replace Murmur as the cute joker. And there is this disturbing thing that had me thinking if Akise’s love for Yukiteru is real because it would be just more than creepy if he is really gay for this guy. That kiss… Oh, MY EYES!!! Well, good thing it didn’t turn Yuno into a fujoshi. Speaking of jokes and homo, might as well mention about Mao and her shoujo ai and lesbianism towards Hinata although it is unrequited.

Art and drawing feels fine. Some parts are dark and some are just violent and gory especially with all the blood. Interestingly, I have watched the first half of the series in Blu-ray quality and therefore I can say that the quality of the animation is top-notched. This also means that there are several scenes which are too gory or questionable to be shown on normal television are totally uncensored here. For example, there is a nude scene of Tsubaki especially during that rape scene. For the second half of the series, (aside from the black hole censors) the drop in quality becomes obvious especially during the penultimate episode where it feels rushed during the action sequences. Like as though the craziness has taken a toll on everything and not enough effort was put in. CGI is also used although this is mainly on Deus as he is entirely animated by that.

Voice acting is also good and Yuno’s seiyuu, Tomosa Murata did a good job in bringing out the various emotions of her character especially when she turns into a psychopath. Too bad I think it may have affected her voice acting career because she doesn’t have many other active lead roles. The rest are just side character roles like Iris from The Legend Of The Legendary Heroes, Angel in Sengoku Collection and the most recent one, Moeka Nitta from Girl Friend (Kari). Heck, I think those are her only roles. Just greatly speculating but maybe people really think she would be a yandere or turn a character into one. Yeah. That’s how affective she is. A handful of recognizable seiyuus too like Norio Wakamoto as Deus. It’s been a long time I’ve heard his voice. Other familiar voices include Akira Ishida as Akise, Takehito Koyasu as Yukiteru’s dad and Kikuko Inoue as Yuno’s mom.

The rest of the voice acting casts are Mizusu Togawa as Yukiteru (Origami in Date A Live), Mai Aizawa as Minene (Kobushi in Tokyo ESP), Manami Honda as Murmur (Mihoshi of Nichijou is her only other role), Masahiko Tanaka as Kurusu (Fumihiko Makabe in Fafner), Makoto Ishii as Nishijima (Arthur in Tears To Tiara), Tomokazu Seki as Marco (Chiaki in Nodame Cantabile), Natsuko Kuwatani as Ai (Suisei Seki in Rozen Maiden), Yuki Matsuoka as Hinata (Orihime in Bleach), Yukana as Mao (Kazehana in Sekirei), Minoru Shiraishi as Kousaka (Sakamoto in Nichijou), Eri Sendai as Tsubaki (Yukari in Rocket Girls), Hiromi Konno as Kamado (Sae in Amagi SS) and Takaya Hashi as Bacchus (Sadasada Tokugawa in Gintama).

The first opening theme is Kuusou Mesorogiwi by Yousei Teikoku and the crazy rock theme is definitely a fitting piece for this series overall. Although the second opening theme, Dead End by Faylan isn’t that bad, I still prefer the first one better and wished they didn’t change it. It is the same sentiments for the ending theme. Although both ending songs are also rock based, I still prefer the first one, Blood Teller by Faylan compared to the second ending theme, Filament by Yousei Teikoku, which is more of a slow rock and has this sad tragic hint on Yuno. The opener for the OVA doesn’t appeal to me. Yousei Teikoku sings Kyouki Chinden and I find this hard metal rock bland and perhaps why all that craziness is used to cover up the cacophony. A slow rock ballad for the OVA’s ending theme, the aptly named Happy End by Faylan sounds a bit out of place but I guess it fits fine as a closure to the series.

The most light-hearted and amusing section of this series is at the end called Ura Mirai Nikki. These are actually short snippets sometimes in chibi form featuring Murmur and her interaction with many of the main and side supporting characters of the series. For the first half of the series, we see her talking to Future Diary owners and trying to recruit to play the game but with hilarious and unexpected reactions and results. Though this section is only shown only sparsely in the second half, it is mainly of her (mis)adventures with the other non-Future Diary players and some sort of folly occurs while hanging out or entertaining them. For example, Yuno’s mom keep calling and harassing her when Murmur is manning a help hotline. But the funniest bit seems to be the last one whereby Murmur tries to stop Yuno from killing her dad and tries to make her small. Small in size? Small as becoming a baby? Or small boobs? Hilarious!

Despite a handful of questionable issues in the setting and plot, this is still a good series to watch if you like your survival games bloody. It also brings out the best and worst in human beings in their quest to be the one and only one and to become God. This series has impacted me in a way in the sense that now I am interested in taking a look at other survival game genres like Umineko No Naku Koro Ni and Kaiji. However please note that it is not like I am interested in going to watch them right away or in the nearest future yet. I am still considering. Still… But at least thanks to this show, survival game genres now interest me. Maybe too many ecchi harem shows with more or less the same thing have started to get to me. Now that I know how dangerous and extreme a yandere can be, the more reason why I prefer tsundere over yandere. Oh, here’s a joke: How can you have both a tsundere and yandere in your girl? First, imagine Yuno. Then, hear her say this, “It’s… It’s… It’s not like I want to kill you or anything. Hmph!”. *Takes out knife and stabs you*.

Mirai Nikki

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