A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some characters are willing to sacrifice themselves in the survival game to save another character. The series explores the negative effects of severe trauma.
Positive Role Models
A few characters have noble or understandable motivations but ultimately everyone is self-serving and is willing to kill others to win the survival game.
The Future Diary is a Japanese series set in Japan. The cast is entirely Japanese, and the game participants equally men and women.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of violence and gore as characters kill each other and bystanders to survive the death game. Multiple murders are depicted with a variety of weapons (knives, axes, guns, bombs). One character sets off bombs at a school, killing innocent children. A girl's eye gets stabbed with a dart, another character is beheaded, and so on. One disturbing scene shows a girl getting raped, while other scenes depict sexual assault.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of nudity and sex throughout. Multiple scenes of women naked with their breasts and backsides exposed. Underage teen characters are shown having sex. Teens are shown viewing pornography. One disturbing scene depicts a girl getting raped, other scenes of sexual assault.
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Language includes "stupid," "idiot," "damn" "bastard," "bitch," "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters are shown drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Future Diary is a supernatural horror themed anime series based on the manga series The Future Diary created by Sakae Esuno. The series is centered around Yukiteru Amano a young teenage boy who discovers his phone can predict the future. However, he soon discovers that 11 others have the same ability, and only one of them can survive. Violence and gore are prevalent throughout the series. Characters hunt down and kill each other and innocent bystanders to survive the death game. Multiple murders are depicted with a variety of weapons (knives, axes, guns, bombs). Lots of sex and nudity throughout. Many scenes of nude women with their breasts and backsides exposed. Underage teen characters are shown having sex. One disturbing scene depicts a girl getting raped. Language includes "stupid," "idiot," "damn" "bastard," "bitch," "ass." The negative effects of severe trauma is a major theme of the mature series, which overall isn't suitable for young audiences.
Is It Any Good?
This violent anime series has a confusing plot and ridiculously insane characters, but its supernatural elements can be morbidly interesting. The Future Diary is a dark series that has some intriguing elements but is ultimately dragged down by a convoluted narrative and unbelievable characters. The story follows a standard battle royale structure with characters pitted against each other fighting to be the last person standing. The twist is that each character is privy to future knowledge thanks to their phones known as "future diaries." This is the most interesting element of the show and could have been used to create a more clever story; unfortunately, these future diaries often just feel like plot devices used simply to get characters from point A to point B. Characters seem to be able to find each other or know important information about the other diary holders without any logical reason for how or why they have said info. Characters are also unpredictable and contradictory at times, committing actions that seem to inexplicably fly in the face of their previous beliefs. Overall, The Future Diary is still somewhat interesting to watch thanks to its supernatural elements, but viewers will have to turn a blind eye to the messy plot and contradictory characters.
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