The Survival Game is the Battle Royale tournament hosted by Deus Ex Machina in order to choose his successor as the God of Time and Space. Twelve individuals were selected as participants, although one candidate consists of two people (Marco Ikusaba and Ai Mikami). Deus initiates the game on April, 2006. Each of the candidates are given Future Diaries to use them to predict their futures. The last man standing will become Deus' successor. The others must be killed or their diaries must be destroyed to eliminate them from the tournament. Deus acts as the judge, with his assistant Muru Muru handing out the diaries and acting as his secondary judge. Three survival games have occurred, two in the manga and anime, and one in the drama Future Diary: Another World.
The survival game has several rules which are vital to the diary owners and the game's progress:
- All diaries predict the future in different ways.
- Each owner is assigned a number from one to twelve and are referred to by their titles (e.g. "First"). Until their true identities are discovered through the diaries, the owners are referred to by their titles.
- The futures of the diaries are not set in stone. If a diary owner or another person does an action that contradicts the entries on the diaries, then the future will change accordingly.
- The diaries literally carry a person's future. If they are broken, then the diary owner will be erased through existence and removed from the game. In the manga and anime, they are absorbed by a black hole, while in Another World, they disintegrate into a burst of floating numbers which vanish, symbolising their spent futures.
- No diary owners are allowed to quit or retire from the game, although giving the diary temporarily to a third party is acceptable.
- The game will officially end when only one diary owner is left alive. The winner shall become God.
- Deus and Muru Muru must not interfere with the actions of the game. Both characters break this rule during the second game.
The official timeline takes place between April and July, ending on July 28th. Contradictory dates between the manga and anime make the starting date for the game difficult, but it is likely between April 21st and April 24th, on the day after Yuki receives his Future Diary from Deus. It appears that Muru Muru handed out the diaries to the diary owners in a random or reversed order, Yuki being the last one to gain his.
Occasionally, Deus holds meetings between the diary owners to monitor their progress and for the owners to ask him questions regarding the game. These meetings take place in the Cathedral of Causality.
Deus and Muru Muru act as the judges of the survival game, Muru Muru taking over Deus' role with his death to ensure the throne of god is filled. It is revealed that there is a third judge called the Observer, an artificial human designed to secretly observe the game from within. The Observer is actually Aru Akise.
There are technically thirteen diary owners although two are counted as one. The diary owners are:
- Yukiteru Amano - The First diary owner. A 14-year old middle-school student. He has the "Random Diary". His reason to win, at least in the second game, was to resurrect his parents Rea and Kurou Amano.
- Yuno Gasai - The Second diary owner. Another middle-school student, and Yukiteru's personal stalker. She has the "Yukiteru Diary". Her reason to become God was unknown, but it was presumed that it has anything to do with Yukiteru, probably to spend eternity with him, even if she killed him in the end.
- Takao Hiyama - The Third diary owner. A teacher who moonlights as a serial killer. He has the "Murder Diary". His reason to become God was unknown.
- Keigo Kurusu - The Fourth diary owner. Chief inspector of Sakurami City's police force. He has the "Criminal Investigation Diary". His reason to become God was to save his son Yoi Kurusu from dying.
- Reisuke Houjou - The Fifth diary owner. A 5-year old toddler with genius intellect. He has the "Hyper Vision Diary". His reason to become God was to be a "super elite", presumably his view of a God or a better person than his parents were.
- Tsubaki Kasugano - The Sixth diary owner. The priestess of the Omekata religious order. She has the "Clairvoyance Diary". Her reason to become God was to destroy the world to escape her nightmarish life.
- Marco Ikusaba and Ai Mikami - The Seventh diary owners. A pair of lovers who are connected to the Mother's Village orphanage. They share the "Exchange Diary". Their reason to become God was to spend eternity together.
- Kamado Ueshita - The Eighth diary owner. Director and headworker of the Mother's Village orphanage. She has the "Blog Diary". She did not wish to become God but would have wanted the winner to make the world a better place for children.
- Minene Uryu - The Ninth diary owner. A terrorist who targets religious organizations and structures. She has the "Escape Diary". Her reason to become God was to wipe out religion and the very existence of God, though that includes Minene herself if she wins.
- Karyuudo Tsukishima - The Tenth diary owner. A dog breeder and owner of a dog care home. He has the "Breeder Diary". His reason to become God was unknown, but he promised his daughter Hinata Hino that he would rewind time to make up for his poor parenting. (Though he later admitted it was a lie).
- John Bacchus - The Eleventh diary owner. The Mayor of Sakurami City, and co-creator of the diaries. He has the "Watcher Diary". His reason to become God was to help humanity evolve.
- Yomotsu Hirasaka - The Twelfth diary owner. A blind vigilante. He has the "Justice Diary". His reason to become God was unknown.
The First Survival Game
The first game occurred when John Bacchus approached Deus with the proposal to help evolve humanity by giving them some of his power. Deus, knowing his own death was approaching, agreed and the two created the first Future Diaries. Deus decided to create the survival game to decide on a successor to his throne and title.
Choosing twelve individuals who all had diaries, Deus created Future Diaries for them and had Muru Muru hand out each diary owner to the chosen twelve. Minene gained hers when fleeing from the police after a failed attempt to murder a cardinal, falling out of a high story window and was saved by Deus when she agreed to play the game. Muru Muru visited Yomotsu in his secluded log cabin where he lamented on his inability to perform justice and received his diary. Reisuke Houjou needed convincing to participate in the game, Muru Muru having to pretend that she was an alien in order to convince Reisuke the Future Diaries told the future. Tsubaki Kasugano gains hers after Muru Muru spends a day hanging out in her isolation room. Keigo Kurusu gains his from Muru Muru when they spend time together at a café. Takao Hiyama gained his from Muru Muru after killing someone, but due to his paranoid attitude, he ended up destroying his diary twice until he realised what was going on. Yuki personally gained his from Deus, believing he and Muru Muru were his imaginary friends.
Details on the first survival game are vague, but Yukiteru, Yuno and Kurusu formed an alliance to locate the other diary owners. Eventually, the trio became the last surviving members of the game. Kurusu ended the alliance when he learnt his son was going to die from a terminal heart disease, but he was eliminated. Unwilling to kill each other, Yukiteru and Yuno decided to commit a lover's suicide. They both took lethal drugs and seemingly died together. However, Yuno faked her death by not swallowing the drugs in order to become God. But upon becoming God, Yuno realised she could not resurrect Yukiteru,impossible even for a god, and went insane. Muru Muru suggested she perform a time leap back in time, creating a parallel world where she could reunite with her beloved Yukiteru and start a second game. Yuno complied, leading to the second survival game. Yuno murdered the alternate version of herself, and Muru Muru imprisoned her second self in Yuno's Illusion World, and gave Yuno a second Future Diary to give her a better chance of winning the second game.
Order of Elimination
The order of eliminated diary owners is revealed in the anime's first ending "Blood Teller":
- Takao Hiyama - His diary was broken by Yukiteru and Yuno.
- Reisuke Houjou - Shown being strangled by Yuno in the anime's twenty-third episode.
- Tsubaki Kasugano
- Marco Ikusaba and Ai Mikami
- Kamado Ueshita
- Karyudo Tsukishima
- Minene Uryu
- John Bacchus - Implied to have been killed by Yuno due to events in the second game.
- Yomotsu Hirasaka - Shown being stabbed by Yuno in the anime's twenty-third episode.
- Keigo Kurusu
- Yukiteru Amano - Committed suicide with Yuno, but she faked her death.
The Second Survival Game
Order of Elimination
The order of elimination for the second game was likely altered from the original, after Yukiteru retconned the game's planned future by discovering the second Yuno Gasai's body in Yuno's house. The order of elimination is as follows:
- Takao Hiyama - His diary is pierced by a throwing dart thrown by Yuki.
- Yomotsu Hirasaka - Throat slashed with an axe by Yuno.
- Tsubaki Kasugano - Her diary is pierced by a throwing dart thrown by Yukiteru.
- Reisuke Houjou - He is stabbed in the chest with a knife by Yuno.
- Karyuudo Tsukishima - He is shot in the back of the head by Keigo Kurusu.
- Keigo Kurusu - After ending his alliance with Yukiteru and Yuno early due to Muru Muru's manipulations, Kurusu killed Tsukishima and tried to murder Yukiteru and Yuno. Shot by Yukiteru, Kurusu tries to kill Yuno but is confronted by Minene and fellow policeman Masumi Nishijima, learning because he committed a crime, he is no longer a policeman and his diary is useless. Kurusu eliminates himself from the game by breaking his diary in half.
- Marco Ikusaba and Ai Mikami - Ai's throat is slashed by Yuno and she dies from blood loss. Marco dies when the Sakurami Tower collapses with Ai in his arms.
- Minene Uryu - After losing an arm to a claymore bomb and being shot by Yukiteru, Minene sacrifices herself by trying to blow the safe doors off the bank vault John Bacchus is hiding in. Destroying her phone, Minene seemingly dies when a bomb activated by her heart stopping explodes. However, she survives, given a portion of Deus' powers by the dying god to interfere with Muru Muru's manipulations. Because of this, she's no longer an official participant.
- John Bacchus - Decapitated by Yuno. He is shot in the head by Yuno in the anime though.
- Kamado Ueshita - After witnessing Yuki kill his friends Hinata Hino, Mao Nonosaka and Ouji Kosaka, Kamado accepts her inevitable death trapped underneath a mound of rubble and is stabbed in the abdomen by Yuno.
- Yuno Gasai - After travelling to a third parallel world to repeat the game, Yuno realises there is no point after realising Yuki altered the future to ensure her third self has a happy life. She stabs herself with a knife to let Yuki survive, refusing to kill him. However, Muru Muru manages to salvage her memories and put them into the third Yuno, technically letting her survive.
A third game was attempted by Yuno and Muru Muru, but due to their own alterations to the future, John Bacchus learns of his future death and cancels his development of theFuture Diaries, cancelling out the Survival Game. With Yuno's suicide, Yukiteru becomes the winner, although Minene possesses a portion of Deus' powers, while Yuno's memories and powers were transferred to the third world's Yuno, later becoming a deity as well. Therefore, the second game can be seen as concluding with three winners.
Another World Survival Game
The survival game for Future Diary: Another World works the same as the manga's. Formulated by Deus, the survival game involves seven individuals using their Future Diary Smartphones to predict the future. The diaries were developed by Tohru Kibe, CEO of the Chronos Seed Corporation, who issued a number of releases with the owners being potential candidates. The ultimate prize for the game is to make a new future for the winner, but there is only one and the losers will die. The rules are the same as the manga's survival game, but the Dead End feature has two stages - the first being a warning of the date and time a diary owner's will occur, and the second being a thirty-minute countdown to the Dead End. The only way to stop the Dead End is to kill another diary owner or eliminate one's own diary.
It is revealed that all of the diary owners are in fact in a virtual reality called Olympia, actually a part of a state-of-the-art life support system. All the diary owners fell into comas from smoke inhilation, and were placed in Olympia for safety. Deus is in fact the computer program managing Olympia but turned rogue and now acts like a God in the virtual world. Yuno was inserted at her request to be with Arata. Rui Moriguchi, Arata's friend, along with every other person in the virtual world are NPC-like characters.
- Arata Hoshino - The First diary owner. A 21-year old university student. He has the "Perception Diary".
- Yuno Furusaki - The Second diary owner. A 19-year old university student and Arata's stalker. She has the "A-kun Diary".
- Yousuke Okuda - The Third diary owner. A 24-year-old man who murders people possessing the Smartphones. He has the "Murder Plan Diary".
- Kinjiro Hagito - The Fourth diary owner. A 33-year old Sakurami police detective. He has the "Evidence Diary".
- Megumi Fuwa - The Fifth diary owner. A 17-year-old high school student. She has the "Trust Diary".
- Tohru Kibe - The Sixth diary owner. CEO of Chronus Seed Corporation, and creator of the Future Diaries. He has the "Action Diary".
- Haruna Okie - The Seventh diary owner. A 21-year-old girl and Rui's sister. She has the "Description Diary".
- Rui Moriguchi - The Eight diary owner (only in the second survival game). A 21-year old university student and Arata's friend. He possessed four diaries which he gave to Arata, Yuno, Megumi, and Hagito to save his sister. He is not an official member until the second survival game. He has the "Revelation Diary"
- Kurou Hoshino - Arata's 48-year-old father who works at Chronos Seed Corporation. He has the "Family Diary". He is not an official participant.
Another World First Survival Game
There are seven diary holders and two unofficial players. Yuno Furusaki won the survival game.
Order of Elimination
- Kurou Hoshino - Stabbed by Yousuke to protect Arata. An unofficial player.
- Megumi Fuwa - Diary broken by Arata.
- Yousuke Okuda - Stabs his own diary with an ice pick.
- Kinjiro Hagito - Shot by Tohru Kibe, and his diary then broken.
- Tohru Kibe - His diary is broken.
- Rui Moriguchi - Falls off a bridge to his death. An unofficial player.
- Haruna Okie - Crushed by rubble and her diary is broken by Arata.
- Arata Hoshino - Stabbed by Yuno.
Another World Second Survival Game
There are eight diary holder (Rui Moriguchi becomes an official participant) and one unofficial player. Only two participants were eliminated. Arata Hoshino won the survival game.
Order of Elimination
- Yuno Furusaki (from Olympia) - Her diary is broken.
- Rui Moriguchi - Shot by Deus.