Future Diary. This 26 episode series is based on the manga by Sakae Esuno. Unfortunately, this review will not be covering the Redial epilogue, due to it not yet been licensed by Funimation.
The series follows Yukiteru Amano, also known as Yuki, a boy who spends most of his free time writing down observations in his phone. He has an imaginary friend, a being known as Deus Ex Machina; or at least, he thought he was imaginary. Deus one day gifts Yuki’s phone the ability to predict the future, allowing him to know things in advance and either act it out or alter events. The phone becomes known as a Future Diary. However, there are eleven other phones like his, and the holders of those phones are all trying to kill each other in a game whose goal is to become the sucessor to the throne of the god of time and space. Luckily, or unlickily, Yuki has a partner in this; the second Diary holder, his classmate Yuno Gasai. However, she is creepily posesssive of him, even to the point of being violent, and will protect him at all costs. A prime case of a yandere.
The animation in the series is decent. It did not have a large budget, and suffers from a few instances of low quality, but makes up in other areas. The still shots showing Yuno’s psychotic fits are well done, adapted well from the manga. There are a few problems with scenes being too dark to see much going on. The Japancese voice acting has its shares of pros and cons. I much prefer the English dub, where Yuki’s actually voiced by a guy. Dialogue localization is pretty good. The music is average. The show gets pretty graphic at times. The DVD we got here, especially, is filled with gore and nudity since it is the unedited version.
I’ll give this a 7/10. It has a few problems, with some events skipped over for pacing purposes. Overall, the series was pretty good, and some pleasant surprises throughout. If you have read the manga you will enjoy this series. it was well worth watching.
Funimation released the show on DVD in 2 sets, one with am art box to house both volumes. People are hoping the Redial epilogue OVA gets released here in a blu-ray set. it would be nice, but I won’t be double dipping.
Part 1 LE: http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/1VKWXtEV5TZSxfaSUU/browse/item/98412/4/0/0
Part 1 Standard: http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/1VKWXtEV5TZSxfaSUU/browse/item/98413/4/0/0
Part 2: http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/1VKWXtEV5TZSxfaSUU/browse/item/98668/4/0/0
I also wish to point out this was posted on 4/21, the day Yuki got his Future Diary. I actually burned through this series over the Easter holiday, without knowing this fact ahead. Creepy coincidence.