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Manga Monday: Future Diary by Sakae Esuno

TokyoPop
Published July, 21, 2006
195 Pages

High school 2nd year, Amano Yukiteru, is a boy who has problem making friends. He thinks of himself as a bystander and will always write down everything he sees in a cell phone diary. Tormented by solitude, Yukiteru began to imagine things like a friend called Deus Ex Machina who is apparently the Lord of Time & Space.

Seeing Yukiteru’s miserable state, Deus gives him a new ability. His diary will now record events that will happen in the near future. Yukiteru is then forced to participate in a game which the winner will become Deus’s successor.- Goodreads

This is a oldie but goodie. Published in 2006, Future Diary isn’t your typical what is reality and what is fantasy manga. Because of how dated this manga, I would not be surprised if this influences some of the new sucked into a video game manga that is being released more frequently. But to the point of the review.

I liked Future Diary but what killed it for me was the redundancy. Midway through the series you can see the same theme over and over again and although there are some twists and turns that come about the theme doesn’t change. Yukiteru doesn’t have enough confidence within himself to handle this game and depends on those surrounding him to be saved and yes, at a point that changes but it takes too long for me to actually respect him as a player. Even at the end, he becomes a sorry excuse for an individual and its gross after reading all of that to see how he turned out.

In regards to plot, the author could had complicated much more. Things were pretty straight forward and that includes the ending. There isn’t a whole lot of surprises but despite all of this the manga was entertaining.

There is a lot of action, explosives and cunning supporting characters and without that this manga would have been a bust.

Overall, I’m giving it

3 Pickles 

And a majority of that was because of pure entertainment.

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