You’re nice to girls once and look what happens.
|So after this episode, I don’t really mind how close this is to the game. Of course, the trials will be a huge deciding factor since they could easily be tedious if they follow the game mechanics too much, but this episode was an improvement over the last one. …Though that might be because I like the death scenes.|
The OP seems to have upgraded a bit. I could have done without the lyrics and just stuck with the elevator music, but this is okay. The visuals are pretty interesting as well …Be honest. You know you wanted to see Monokuma dance sensually. As for the ED, I love the touches the added to it! As people die, I assume that they’ll appear in the background like Maizono and Enoshima did. And their little 8bit sprites were crossed out too! I was kind of hoping that they’d do something like this, so I’m glad that they did. Though I’m not sure why Naegi’s there in the ED since he isn’t dead like the other two characters. Oh well. …Things are going to get kind of lonely as this story goes on. On a few levels.
Paintball is a dangerous sport.
Ahhh! The death scenes!!! Well, that was taken directly from the game too, but I like seeing them. I think they handled Enoshima’s rather nicely, and it differed just a tiiiiiiny bit from the games (mostly in camera angles). …I would have liked to have seen where the things that were impaling her came from (since they never showed that in the game either and said that they came from the floor or something), but I guess this was just another display of how ridiculously powerful Monokuma is. When he says that they could be potentially ripped apart in a hurricane, he’s not kidding. He has the ability to do those kinds of things, as you’ll find out eventually. I mean, he apparently even has influence outside the school since he took out a really popular idol group.
So, did the murder and death surprise you guys at all? I don’t know how many people caught this in the preview, but Haragakure was the one who was shown dead there. Actually, Maizono’s death came as kind of a shock in the game, since the game demo had Haragakure die there too, and the trial was completely different. Maizono was also set up to be the stereotypical support character as well, so people just assumed that she would have stuck around. I don’t know if viewers here had the same shock since her freak out and some of her facial expressions made things kind of obvious that something was going to happen with her. I never actually played the demo, but judging from pictures I got from the game site, I think Enoshima might have died differently as well. I’m not sure.
Oh, right. And the blood is pink. The game did this as a form of censoring or something, but I like that they kept it here since it’s just as weird as anything else in the series.
Here’s what they showed in the anime previews.
I can’t really touch on Maizono a whole lot until after the trial, but I guess I can talk about Enoshima a bit. This is one of the reasons why I thought it was important for every character to have some lines in the last episode, since her death really came out of nowhere. She wasn’t quite a background character and she wasn’t given a suspicious amount of screentime like Maizono was. So maybe you didn’t know her very well, but at least you knew she existed. …Though maybe you might have gotten suspicious that she might die when she started talking back to Monokuma. Oh, speaking of, I don’t want to give too much away, but when Monokuma says that he won’t go against the reason for all of this, he means it. So no, he wasn’t the one who murdered Maizono. It really was one of the students. This doesn’t have much to do with Monokuma, but Oowada covering Enoshima’s body with his coat was a nice touch… Only, he’s wearing the coat when the trial starts, so I have to wonder if he has more than one, or if he at least washed the thing before putting it back on.
Well, we now have the main reason why Naegi is our protagonist and gets heavily involved with all of the trials. He’s suspicious this time, so he kind of has to be heavily involved. Of course, he would be involved anyways since Maizono and him were kind of close, but this is just extra incentive. As for our protagonist himself, he’s… bland I guess. There’s not much that special about him personality-wise, and even more so compared to the wild personalities of the other characters (not that we’ve seen much of that yet). His blandness both does and doesn’t really play a role in the plot, so I guess you’ll see.
The character motions weren’t so close to how the game’s were, so that was nice to see. I feel perfectly okay with the fact that they breezed over the evidence gathering. I was kind of hoping for something more subtle than –item get!-, but at the same time, I like how it didn’t take up too much of the episode. The game, you had to figure out how the murder went yourself and when you looked at the evidence, there were hints (kind of) given to you through dialogue. You obviously don’t have to think things through that much with the anime since they hand the answers to you, so they don’t need to give hints at all. I guess the only thing left to see is how they handle the trial scenes. I look forward to what comes after the trials too.
So, the school trial starts the next episode. You didn’t think it would just be as easy as murdering someone, did you? (Or if you bothered reading descriptions of the plot before watching this, you probably saw the trials coming.) This is the part where the characters are both forced to work together, and yet, that might be the same thing that screws all of them over. Obviously, whoever the murderer is isn’t going to let everything go smoothly, and they’re already putting the blame on Naegi, who’s innocent. Plus if you take into account the overly negative characters like Fukawa, who would throw the blame anywhere at the slightest hint of doubt, figuring out the truth here won’t be easy. …But hey, they’ll be interesting.
Well, I definitely felt that they did Naegi discovering Maizono’s body right. The shaky camera and jarring background music were all from the game, but Naegi’s scream and closeup just completed that scene perfectly. …Megumi Ogata’s voice must have hurt after that. Now that I’ve gotten over how closely this is following the game, I’m rather enjoying this adaptation. Already, there’s so much I want to talk about (things they mentioned, things they didn’t mention), but… can’t because spoilers. I’ll definitely be bringing these topics up when they’re relevant though. There’s some nice foreshadowing going on~. Maizono died earlier in the episode than I thought she would, but that’s fine too, since it gave the episode a bit more drama. I could never remember if her or Enoshima went first (especially after reading the What If? scenario where everyone survives. …Obviously that’s not going to happen here). Anyways, I’m rather curious to seeing how the trial goes. …Since I’m pretty sure it will either be a hit or a miss.
So prepare for an episode of arguing ahead~