YMMV / Future Diary

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Does Yuno really love Yuki, or is he just a Living Emotional Crutch to her? Does Yuki really love Yuno, for that matter, or does he just have Stockholm Syndrome?
  • Angst? What Angst?: In her introduction, Hinata is manipulated by her father, who uses her desire for his love to do so, into becoming a serial killer, betraying her new friends, having her closest friend almost die, and then having herself almost die, only for her father to then reveal he was lying to her the whole time, after which he is promptly shot dead. None of this is ever referenced again, and Hinata carries on as a normal girl who shows no sign of stress or trauma from that experience.
  • Base-Breaking Character: You may think Yuno is delightful Yandere as well as the main highlight of the series, or just an unlikable lunatic who hardly deserves the praise she gets. Some fans acknowledge that as a person, Yuno is terrible, but as a Yandere and Villain Protagonist, she's delightful and exciting to watch.
  • BLAM Episode: Tsubaki's arc is... out of place in the series, between the zombies, the Gratuitous Rape, and the simple existence of Twelfth, and is never mentioned again beyond a brief Call-Back at the end of the series. Some overlap with Angst? What Angst?, given that Yuno should probably be a little more broken up about being almost gang-raped (Though given how utterly skewed Yuno's perception of reality and priorities are, it's not too big a stretch that she wouldn't react to that in a realistic way).
  • Broken Base: The English dub voices of Yukiteru and Yuno. Some fans think their English voices are terrible and don't fit their characters, other fans think that not only does the English voices perfectly fit their characters but also makes it a refreshing change of pace from the high-pitched girly voice and shy, insecure, young boy voice that have been overused a lot in anime.
  • Complete Monster: Funatsu, though a minor villain, caused one of the most horrific events of the series. Once a member of a peaceful cult based around a young girl, Tsubaki Kasugano, who allegedly had prophetic powers. Funatsu killed her parents when they planned to disband the cult, fearing losing his power. Becoming the de facto head of his reformed cult, Funatsu allowed the members to rape Tsubaki regularly, possibly taking part himself, and drugged her to keep her defenseless against their constant assault. So intense was Funatsu's cruelty to Tsubaki that she went insane and began plotting to destroy the world.
  • Crazy Awesome:
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Takao Hiyama appears in a flashback in the middle of one chapter... only to take a spear in the back, courtesy of Yuno. Him being an Asshole Victim is probably what makes it so funny in the first place.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: In a similar vein to Elfen Lied the series has drawn a lot of criticism for its constant barrage of dark backstories for Villain of the Week characters that get killed off at the end of their arcs anyway and the grimdark storytelling exhausting itself after awhile to the point where it's just shock value.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: The more avid fans of Yuno tend to tone down her more negative and violent qualities in favor of her devotion to Yuki.
    • Similarly, Minene Uryu has some fans who see her as a hero, selectively ignoring the fact that she's a violent terrorist who will kill anyone, even children, with little remorse.
  • Die for Our Ship: Both Yuno and Akise are victims of this, though the latter has it more prominently within the fandom. Notably, it actually is in-character for Yunonote  to kill people that come between her and Yukiteru, though it's more often this trope than Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Ear Worm: The first opening song, "Kuusou Mesorogi", is insane, frantic, and very catchy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Minene (Ninth) ,Marco and Ai (Seventh), and Yomotsu (Twelfth).
  • Evil Is Sexy: Yuno and Minene.
  • Fan Nickname: Minene Uryu, the Cosplay Bomber.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain:
    • The only defining feature on Twelfth's costume is a giant one-eyed bag with an out-of-place Code Lyoko-esque design on it.
    • Similarly, it's fairly difficult for some viewers to take Marco seriously with his needlessly eccentric pompadour.
  • Growing the Beard: Many think that the anime becomes more interesting after Fourth's death, with Yuno taking on a more antagonistic role.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • HSQ: The second episode of the anime has an extremely high one, given that the subject matter is a terrorist bomber holding a school hostage.
  • I Knew It!: Yuno being from an Alternate Universe had been more or less accepted as a solid theory long before The Reveal confirmed it.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some people watch the series for the resident Yandere.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Several of the characters, which is to be expected given the nature of the premise. Special mention goes to Yuno.
  • Memetic Mutation: The face that Yuno made at the end of the first episode has spread to the point that it's already been drawn on several different characters from entirely unrelated series.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Yukiteru and Yuno betraying and slaughtering the 8th's orphanage.
    • Yuno might have also crossed it when she lies to Yuki and convinces him to kill his friends, all of whom were only trying to help him; she even delivers an Evil Laugh when she learns about Yuki shooting Hinata. Of course to some fans, this might also be the moment that solidifies how awesome she is.
      • It could be argued that she crossed it even earlier, when she deliberately sets off several of the bombs that Minene planted in the school, thereby murdering dozens of students out of spite, just because some of them had turned on Yuki to save themselves. It depends on if one feels like that was the only possible way to save Yuki or not.
    • On that note, Minene taking the school hostage and planting those bombs qualifies as her crossing, unless she was already over the line to start with since she was a notorious killer even before she became a Diary Holder.
    • Tsubaki crosses this when she orders her followers to strip off Yuno's clothing... and to gang-rape her, all so she could lure Yukki out of his hiding place. This one is a particularly sad example, since given Tsubaki's own Rape as Backstory, it's clear that she has become so desensitized to sexual violence by this point that she would casually threaten it against someone else.
    • Mur Mur crosses this when she undoes the positive future in Paradox by deliberately erasing everyone's memories and goes back in time to make sure that the 2nd is still alive and kills them all. She also uses the wounded Yuki to prevent Akise from stopping her plans.
    • Akise in the manga crossed it when he abandons Yuki's friends to let them die by Yuki's hands, just so he can get the chance to kill Yuno. Even Yuki is disgusted by this. Defied in the anime, where he actually tries to stop Yuki.
  • Most Annoying Sound: "Yuuu-ki..."
  • Narm: Read the first chapters and see such dramatic scenes as Yukiteru's reactions and Esuno's mad Photoshop skills.
    • The English covers. "Every text could be your last."
    • The soundtrack in the anime often uses stock music stings heard in various others shows (such as Cyberchase) for dramatic scenes, torpedoing any tension to oblivion. One such moment is The Reveal in episode 3.
  • Periphery Demographic: There are a significant number of females who watch the series just for Yuno. Given that Yuno is one of the only women in shonen to be a proactive (Dark) Action Girl rather than a Distressed Damsel or Satellite Love Interest, this probably shouldn't come as a shock to anyone.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Akise. Poor, poor Akise.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Plenty of fans were rooting for some of the other Diary Holders (like Minene or Yuno) to win instead of Yuki, seeing as how they came off as more sympathetic and likable.
  • The Scrappy: Yukiteru gets the most heat out of the entire cast, despite being the main character, though he is Rescued from the Scrappy Heap after becoming more badass and standing on his own feet later in the game.
    • His father Kurou isn't any better. At first he seemed like a Handsome Lech who was still a good father, however, he soon reveals to a Dirty Coward who wanted to dispel his money troubles by destroying his son's phone note . He crosses the Moral Event Horizon by abandoning his son to die on the collapsing tower and then stabs his wife when she calls him out for it. He is Rescued from the Scrappy Heap for some when he shows remorse for it, buying a telescope to uphold the promise he made to his son and deciding to turn himself in for his crimes.
    • Yuki's three "friends" get it too, mainly due to being irrelevant following the storyline that involves them but still showing up, for being non-Diary holders trying to impact the game, and for generally being Too Dumb to Live. It doesn't help that half the time they claim to be on Yuki's side, they're actively plotting against him. Unlike Akise, their leader, who is later revealed to have a very good reason for finding out about the Diary game, they are never given any such reason. Special mention goes to Ouji Kosaka, who has an unpleasant and unlikable personality in addition to his stupidity.
  • Superlative Dubbing: It had a rough start, but it gets much better; the Woolseyism improves as the series goes on.
  • Too Cool to Live: Marco, he was the strongest physical combatant, and only died to stay with his lover since he promised he would.
  • Ugly Cute: The Eighth diary holder, Kamado Ueshita.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: There are some fans who just can't quite get on board when Minene Uryu becomes portrayed by the narrative as an Anti-Hero, which expects them to feel sorry for her tragic backstory and root for her and Nishijima. The reasons stem from her introduction having her gleefully bomb a school full of innocent children and not finding the drift away from that characterization convincing, to feeling like a Middle East-bred terrorist who kills out of hate and intolerance for religion is way too close to reality for comfort. Then there's the matter of her acting as if Yuno is eviler than her, since while both her and Yuno are horrible, murderous people, Yuno's the only one between them who would likely get a verdict of "not guilty by reason of insanity" in a court of law, whereas Uryu accumulated a higher body count in a (generally speaking) right state of mind.
    • Kurou Amano probably is the worst offender of this trope in the series, as after making a deal with Yuki's enemies to destroy his diary, stealing a parachute and leaving his son to die, and stabbing his ex-wife, Yuki's mother, to death in order to stop her from alerting the police, the story suddenly has him break down in remorse over it all, with him being Easily Forgiven by Yuki. The fandom, on the other hand, was not so forgiving.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Orin, the second-in-command of the children in Eighth's orphanage, is confirmed to be a girl in Mosaic.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: The primary reason for Yuki's less than pleasant reception within most parts of the fandom.
  • The Woobie: Second World Yuno. Yes, her stalking Yuki is kind of reprehensible, but it's never taken to the extremes that her First World counterpart goes to. Her Freudian Excuse is explored in detail more than the previous Yuno, and unlike the next Yuno, she doesn't live long enough to see a happy ending, getting killed by her previous incarnation without knowing why.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Almost all of the Diary Holders with the exception of Third and Eleventh, but most of all Tsubaki Kasugano, the Sixth. Her backstory is extremely depressing. Had she won the Survival Game, this would have been a literal example, as she intended to destroy the universe for allowing her to have such a horrible life.


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