Why, it’s Yuno-chan!
(Breaking and entering is so 1980s. Just like knock-knock jokes.)
For this episode we’re introduced to the vixen that is Amano Rea. With a mother this attractive and shamelessly provocative, I’m surprised Yukiteru turned out to be so normal less psychologically scarred than I’d have expected.
But hey, kid can’t bring himself to love Yuno. That’s probably the greatest psychological damage of any character in the myriad cast, right there.
Dat “So wrong but oh so, so good” face. I watch Mirai Nikki with that exact same expression.
Except for the rape bits. But we’ve crossed that bridge and burned it. As far as I know. I imagine that the manga readers are chortling at my expense.
As expected from Yuno. As everyone knows, it’s always the parents who provide the greatest obstacles to any budding relationship.
(Seriously, 10pm curfews? Seriously? #reallife)
So why not impress the parents at the first chance possible, rather than at that heartstopping moment when they barge in just as you’re about in engage in tender lovemaking? I’m just surprised Yuno didn’t mow the grass or construct an extra room for the house while she was at it.
I never did get the whole “ceiling cat is watching you” nonsense. And neither did I ever feel the sense of intrusion into my privacy by the ever expanding network of close circuit cameras.
But I think I’m starting to understand what those conspiracy theorists feel. That fear. That paranoia. Because it’s not Big Brother watching you, it’s Yuno Onee-san. Yuno Onee-san and her All-Seeing Eye.
…Incidentally, don’t you think the Eye of Sauron’s got more warmth than Yuno’s? Apart from the burning flames and the screams and the dubstep, that is.
Not that I loathe the idea of Yuno watching me while I sleep. I’d want that. She’d be a better security system than the Secret Service.
But seriously Yukiteru, you’re a fool. Yuno can clean, cook, get along with the parent(s), and decapitate crazed cultists with ease. What more do you want?
Only in anime do the male characters react so negatively towards the idea of having sex with an attractive girl.
Honestly, you anime studios, it’s getting old. Every viewer is sick of death to watching the male protagonist trying to justify his distaste with reasons such as ‘wanting to preserve his chastity’, or ‘exhaustion’. Those aren’t even reasons to refuse sex.
An acceptable reason would be the girl in question being mentally unstable or-
Oh Asread, I see what you did there.
Meanwhile, Minene’s gotten herself a false eyeball. Though to be technical, it’s not even a ball, it’s a hemisphere. Makes me wonder how it doesn’t just fall out, much less stay in position. I don’t know why she didn’t consider putting in something more useful, like a wireless camera or even a mini smoke grenade.
Nevertheless, our favourite hot terrorist is symmetrical once more. And then she covers it right up with the eyepatch again. Women and their inscrutable vanity.
And we now know that Deus Ex is actually dying. Although that still doesn’t exclude the possibility of this Diary contest being one last mindscrew with humanity.
On a meta-level, I am offended that Wakamoto doesn’t get the showboat screentime that he deserves. Where’re the rolling ‘r’s and the gratuitous English?
I was watching this scene on a public bus and people were giving me looks of condemnation and disgust. But they were strangely nonchalant, perhaps even appreciative, during the cultist flashback massacre sequence.
Somehow watching a girl bathe isn’t as offensive as watching the same girl slaughter dozens with an axe. #sameoldcomplaintaboutdoublestandards
What’s this? Is our dear Yuno-chan actually experiencing regret?
On the plot development side, now we have some confirmation on the theory that those dead bodies are Yuno’s parents. But more on this later.
I can’t believe how much time I spent on that one verb “結ばれる”. I was so convinced that Yuno was reinterpreting the term for something else.
Then I realized that Yuno “being tied to” Yukiteru, and Yuno “making a contract with” Yukiteru didn’t make much sense.
Also, apparently “結ばれる” really is an informal term for having sex. These Future Diaries and their slang.
Can’t say I didn’t see this coming. Although much as I enjoy the idea of Yuno’s efficient Plan B for dealing with nasty parents (sick and twisted as it may reflect on me), it demonstrates a hole in Yuno’s otherwise usual flawless planning.
Namely, the the disregard of the implications associated with killing a person and having no one else find out. Sure, if an obstacle is in the way, removing it makes sense; but not when other obstacles are going to be missing the dead obstacle, like the obstacle’s colleagues, and the obstacle’s friends who gather for little book clubs that degenerate into alcohol binges and so forth.
Because Yuno, so far, seems willing to maintain a façade to forward her goals. So why doesn’t she just make her façade a reality? If she was already determined to win Rea’s approval, and to fulfil the role of a perfect wife, then why does she even have a Plan B? If you’re already willing to work 50 years to earn a million dollars, why would you consider robbing a bank? (Okay, terrible analogy, but it’s not like I can easily compare killing your boyfriend’s mother to anything.)
In the case of her parents, I’m guessing that they had some unreasonable expectations of Yuno, or otherwise planned to migrate/move her away from Yukiteru, which left her no choice. Which still doesn’t explain why she left the bodies in the house. Maybe to Yuno, all she did was to kill the intention, and her parents are still with her. Although it doesn’t seem likely since Yuno really did seem regretful in the shower scene. But yes, Rea might have died if she was intending to marry Yukiteru off to someone else.
Alternatively, maybe Yuno does have her own limits. Maybe she’s only willing to go so far before she decides that it’s easier to deal with the consequences of murder than to play a role forever. (Which is strange when she’s probably willing to do anything for Yukiteru and it’ll probably coincide with what Rea wants in the first place.) Anyway, it raises the theory that maybe even perfect Yanderes need some comfort and pampering once in a while.
Also, tool’s’? With an ‘s’? What on earth was Yuno planning? Won’t her usual method of -sharp object- applied to -vital body part- suffice?
Let it be known that I didn’t trust the little bastard right from the instant I saw him.
(Note that ‘bastard’ is being used ‘affectionately’. Lest I be accused of offending someone’s sensibilities.)
You know, for a while there, I actually thought that Reisuke was:
1) Unusually precocious and sexually aware for his age, and
2) Interested in rough sex with Yuno
Either way, both are compelling reasons to maintain my distrust.
Two things. (Again.)
1) Reisuke is one sly, cunning little bastard.
Drawing a pretty picture, cutting it out, then trying to stab someone by tripping yourself? Sure, an amateur assassin might try it, but in the case of a kid it’d look accidental. Reisuke’s already working his age to his advantage.
2) Yuno is crazy paranoid and crazy prepared.
Who else would conceal cushions as a precautionary measure against those little kids who trip and attempt to stab you with scissors? Plus, she’s lightning fast. Even as Reisuke’s falling towards her, she still hasn’t gotten the cushion in place yet.
And the best part is that Yuno remains calm throughout the whole thing. Like protecting yourself with a cushion against fatal stab from a falling kid with scissors is a daily occurrence.
I can’t say that Reisuke’s Diary looks especially intimidating. I’m guessing that it’ll have some easily exploitable weakness just like Tsubaki’s, and that most of the tension will be from Reisuke being an unknown opponent in such close quarters.
Callback to the kindly doctor. I can’t help but be reminded of Bruce Wayne. Not that Reisuke is anywhere near Batman, and he’s definitely not going to live to even go through puberty (uh-oh, a death of a child? Wonder if Asread will actually go so far).
But I’d like to know how damaged Reisuke actually is, to warrant a Diary. Deus Ex didn’t hand the Diaries out at random, so Reisuke must have gone through some screwed up crap if he’s already plotting and trying to stab people.
You know, I like the idea of Batman going up against Yuno. Billionaire scientist inventor genius martial artist detective versus 15-year old schoolgirl Yandere. And I think Yuno could actually win.
As a closing screencap, I offer Dat Gaping Eyesocket.
“Hey, a hole is a hole…” -LoliHat
You depraved madman. But then again, that’s probably why it’s censored, right?