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Though it came out years ago Future Diary is still considered one of the best and most entertaining battle royale style anime and manga franchises. The series, centered around a race to the gods, has taken quite a few forms and had as many spin-offs. This has allowed it to maintain its popularity well over ten years after the original manga ended, with streaming undoubtedly helping the anime.

Future Diary contains several important characters, each with their own backstories and reasons for fighting for the rank of deity. Many forms of franchises have been brought to the west, while others are sadly much harder to come by. Here’s what readers and viewers excited for a new battle royale-style series should know Future Diary.

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The plot of the future diary

The main character of Future Diary is Yukiteru Amano, a rather socially distant teenager who keeps to himself and records what he sees of others on his phone. One of his only true friends is none other than Deus Ex Machina, the god who controls time and space. Deux Ex Machina turns Amano’s phone into a “future diary” that allows him to see into the future for up to 90 days. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one with such a newfound power.

There are 11 other people who also have Future Diaries and they must now all fight over who will replace Deux Ex Machina as the god of time and space. Amano is protected by Yandere stalker Yuno Gasai, who will do anything to keep him safe from harm. Other competitors in this new battle royale are a terrorist who hates God and an ordinary policeman who wants to end the Deux Ex Machina game. Given that it is a battle for deity, several similarities could be noted Future Diary and the more recent hit series platinum finishthe latter’s protagonist even going by the surname Mirai (lit. “future”).

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Where to Read the Future Diary Manga?

Future diary manga

Future Diary was created by Sakae Esuno and published in the magazine Shönen-Ass from 2006 to 2010. These were 12 collected volumes, unfortunately not all of which were brought to the West. Tokyopop initially edited the series in the West, but only localized 10 of the 12 volumes, with the last of these being released in 2011. Viz Media edited the series after Tokyopop discontinued traditional releases, although it only released the series digitally.

This is the best way to read the manga since even physical retailers like Barnes & Noble no longer carry the physical versions of Future Diary. Instead, those interested in reading the series should consider purchasing these volumes through Kindle & Comixology. spin-offs such as Future Diary: Mosaic were also not localized outside of Japan.

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Where to Watch Future Diary Anime

Asread was the studio behind the anime version of Future Diarywhich ran for 26 episodes from 2011 to 2012. The series was localized by Funimation, although it’s also available to stream through Funimation’s now sister service Crunchyroll and Hulu.

The OVA Future Diary: Redial served as the story’s epilogue, with a manga of the same name doing this for the original book. 2012 also saw the release of Future Diary: Another: World, a 12-episode live-action adaptation that remixed the premise with all-new characters. However, this is not currently available on any western streaming service and has been preserved in Japan.

Walmart, Target, Amazon, and Right Stuf Anime all stock the Blu-ray collection of the Future Diary anime This includes not only the entire show, but also the OVA epilogue Redial. For those without one of the streaming services above, this is probably the easiest way to watch the series.

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