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I was seven episodes in when I sought to write this, and I found myself enjoying the show. Things picked up when Minene Uryu infiltrated Yuki’s school to kill him and Yuno. But after the exciting terrorist attack, things started to slow down a bit. Which in hindsight is a good thing, especially when I expected this show to be a nonstop gore fest. I’m so glad that wasn’t the focus. Also the anime community hyped Yuno Gasai to be really terrifying.
And despite the fact that I enjoyed Mirai Nikki/Future Diary, I didn’t find Yuno terrifying. There’s a reason for that, but that’ll come after the summary.
Episode 1 was a nice start with setting up the premise and conflict. The premise being thirteen people were granted the power to see the immediate future. They’re then thrust into a life and death game by the God “Deus” to determine who would succeed him as God. Yuki Amano and Yuno Gasai are two of the combatants, and agree to work together to win the contest.
And things escalated in episode 2 when Minine Uryu infiltrated Yuki Amano’s school to kill him and Yuno. She held everyone hostage to lure out Yuki, and would’ve succeeded had detective Keigo not interfered. After Minine retreated, Keigo sought to lure her out again by treating Yuki and Yuno on a trip to an amusement park, which occurred in episode three. And despite this, Yuki and Yuno just spend the day at the amusement park, as they hang out, and grow closer.
Afterwards, Yuki visits Yuno’s house where he discovered three decaying corpses, which caused a continuum breakdown. Terrified of his discovery, Yuki sought to fled home only to be intercepted by Yuno. Minine meanwhile is evading the police, before she’s abducted and interrogated about the other diary users.
Episode four had Yuki scared to tell anyone about the corpses in Yuno’s house, because he figured Yuno would find out through her diary. But that circumstance is short-lived as Keigo enlist Yuki and Yuno to visit the Omekata cult to rescue Minine. The cult leader Tsubaki Kasugano promises to let Minine go in exchange for Yuki. She does this because according to her diary she’s fated to die at the end of that day and wants to avoid said fate.
Tsubaki’s followers meanwhile being controlled by the twelfth diary holder, a bland man named Yomotsu Hirasaka. When he confronts Yuno, she retaliates with an axe, while giving Yuki an ultimatum:”Join me, or die.”
Episode five shows us Tsubaki’s past of her parents fooling people into thinking Tsubaki is clairvoyant. But after Tsubaki’s parents die in car accident, she’s raped by the male followers. Back in the present, Yuki, Yuno, and Tsubaki flee the Omekata hideout, before they’re halted by Yomotsu.
Yuno manages to kill Yomotsu, before she’s captured by Tsubaki. Tsubaki lures Yuki to her by threatening to have Yuno raped, before he manages to turn the tables on Tsubaki and destroys her diary.
In the sixth episode, we meet Rae Amano, Yuki’s mother. Afterwards Yuno breaks into their house to meet Rae. And after many of Yuki’s failed attempts to keep Yuno hidden, she manages to meet Rae. Rae took an immediate liking to Yuno simply because she can cook. The next day Rae brought home a child orphaned by the Omekata incident.
The orphan is revealed to be a diary user named Reisuke Houjou. And the three year old lad is hellbent on getting revenge for his parents’ deaths at Yuki and Yuno’s hands.
In the seventh episode is a game of cat and mouse between Reisuke, Yuno, and Yuki. This results in Reisuke taking Yuki hostage to lure out Yuno. After evading several of Reisuke’s traps, Yuno’s nailed by one, which leaves her at Reisuke’s mercy. Right until Yuki grows a pair, and injures Reisuke with a dart, before he’s finished off by Yuno.
The positives are that the action is thrilling, and most the characters have engaging personalities. But what makes that work is how these personalities play off each other.
That being said Yuki is the weakest link in this show. If you’ll recall at the start of this, I said that I don’t find Yuno Gasai scary, and Yuki is why. He does not react to her fits of madness the way a rational person should. Yuki flip-flops from being scared to Yuno to being madly in love with her. It really takes the dread out of Yuno’s psychotic fits.
All and all, at this point in the series I was enjoying myself, and was eager to see more despite my qualms.