“Everyone stand around awkwardly and let Naegi do all of the work!”
|…Or that’s what I thought the trial would mostly be, but Kirigiri, Asahina, and Togami were fairly helpful as well. As a fun fact, every single screenshot here minus the one above, I could have substituted a screenshot from the exact same scene from the game and you probably wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference.|
This episode of argument was… interesting. I feel like they could have done it better at some parts, but at the same time, I’m not quite sure how else they could have done it. I know for sure that I wish the Climax Interference had actually been animated as opposed to still being in comic form. Though I did like how they put it in the middle of the trial as opposed to the end, since the visuals helped keep things from being too monotonous. I’m sure it helped clarify some of the events as well (as opposed to telling and not showing). The Bullet Debate part seemed kind of silly too (you know, where the text showed up with the target), but the game has ‘bullet’ (dangan) right in the title and it’s a huge theme to the trials. It might be even weirder if they didn’t include some sort of shooting in there. I was totally expecting the “SORE WA CHIGAU YO” cut in, so I’m not going to comment on that much, aside from:
AHAHAHAHA they actually included this.
…Actually, when you’re not solving the case yourself, you kind of have to marvel at the character’s deductive skills. If Kuwata had done things differently, or if the characters hadn’t picked up on some of the clues, they would have all been screwed. Though of course, there’s not going to be such a thing as a perfect crime in a mystery game/anime and of course they pick up on everything. Plus there’s another particular reason why they’d have a hard time losing a trial (circumstances providing), but let’s wait until the plot gets to that before I talk.
As for other things that might not have made sense in the trial because they weren’t explained, in regards to the trash burner, Yamada was the only person who could have gotten in there. Monokuma picked a random student to give the garbage duty to, and only they had the key for the gate. Thus, why Kuwata had to throw things in there when the gate was down (and he couldn’t have asked Yamada, as that would have been suspicious). As for the fact that Kuwata was able to throw things accurately, keep in mind that in the Danganronpa universe, these students are the absolute best of the best. They’re super elite for one reason or another, thus why they were invited to the school. The anime has never mentioned it, but all of them have great achievements they’ve accomplished. …Like for instance, Fukawa is a best selling, award winning romance novelist (which I find hilarious, considering her character), Asahina was a swimmer in the Olympics, and Togami is the heir to the richest company in the world (and has already made a fortune on his own, aside from his family’s ridiculous amounts of money). So these characters can do some ridiculous things regular people couldn’t. Even Naegi’s good luck is actually a thing (though it doesn’t manifest obviously). Like, with the door. He got the room that has the broken door, which is bad luck on his part, but at the same time, it’s the fact that the door was broken that led them to solving the case. He’s lucky in things like that.
I thought for a minute that they were actually going to bust out the rhythm game portion of the trials. Basically at this point of the arguments, there’s a pointless rhythm game where Leon (or whoever is guilty) loses his shit and Naegi shoots down all of his arguments. …That obviously didn’t translate well here. It worked in the game (kind of) since there was player interaction going on and didn’t really have a time limit, so the character arguing would recycle the same 5 or so lines while the player took down their ‘health’ at their own pace depending on difficulty level. …Where in the anime, screaming “IDIOT” a thousand times doesn’t exactly make for a good argument. …Nor does it make one look any less suspicious. At least we got a feel for how desperate Leon was though, I guess. The moments before the execution were nice too.
I have to say though, the execution felt waaay more shocking in the game.
Maybe because I knew exactly what was coming in the anime, and maybe because it actually showed Leon getting hit by the baseballs as opposed to just showing where they were shooting from. Damn censoring. Actually, there’s a wonderful irony in this execution that the new people to this series missed because the anime didn’t go into Leon’s character that much. You see, he was super talented at baseball, but was notorious for the fact that he never went to practice (he even said himself that he never attended practice once). So being locked in a batting cage and the fact that baseballs were the choice of weapon was totally intentional. …Because Monokuma is a sadist like that. I think Celes had a line about how Kuwata could have never murdered Maizono and just warned the rest of them about what happened too, so it’s not like her death was a complete accident on his part.
I guess I should talk a bit about Maizono’s character as well. They never went into it, but she was so desperate to leave because her idol group was her life. Like 99% of parents seem to be in Japan, her father was never home and basically, Sayaka’s only friend at those times was this idol program. So she decided that she wanted to become one too and give others strength no matter what (and with that, to stay one no matter what), and that DVD that Monokuma gave to her was definitely what pushed her into attempted murder. And she probably would have gotten away with it too. Not that they mentioned it here, but I think I remember Togami (or someone) pointing out in the game that Naegi would have been too nice to point out that Maizono was lying about switching rooms and would have let himself (and everyone else) die in order for her to escape, provided that she had succeeded in murder and gone to trial. Everyone suspected Naegi right away, so it wouldn’t have been that difficult. Plus, when he promised her that he would do anything for her in episode 1, he meant it (and Maizono knew from the past that he would have kept his word). Despite depicting Maizono like this, I always liked the end part with what Kirigiri tells Naegi though. I really do want to believe that Maizono spent her last moments worrying about Naegi and trying to clear his name, despite trying to frame him. Especially since he takes her death with him for the entirety of the story.
Danganronpa isn’t even close to the perfect game adaptation, but it’s doing about as well as I thought it would. So I’m not too disappointed overall. I knew what I was getting into. I can see people having problems with the… ridiculousness of this all though. Monokuma is always over the top, which was definitely an atmosphere breaker after Kuwata’s death and some of the events (like the fact that Monokuma had a baseball-themed cage of death all set up in a school) really need you to suspend your disbelief. Oh well, this should be a good run, now that I have an idea how things will go. I can’t wait until some of the reveals that will happen in the next trial~!
So they know the price for failure now, and yet you just know that someone’s going to die again. Any guesses as to who?