Unnecessary fanservice is the best fanservice.
|My otome games have arrived in the mail~! So if I disappear for a few days, don’t be surprised.
AHAHAHA they did include the rhythm game portion! …Though they used a completely different song and basically just used the interface. Man, that whole OP just did not go with the whole feel of the episode. It’s just as weird as anything else in the game though, so I guess it fits in overall. Plus anything with Megumi Ogata singing in it is a good thing (or at least I’m pretty sure that was her singing that). It’s interesting that they’ve never consistently used the exact same opening for an episode twice (like, the same visuals and such. I know they used Never Say Never for episodes 2 and 3). I wonder if they can continue this the entire season.
So in place of having a the plot explained to them in the downtime, this time the student’s personalities come out a bit more. I think this is really what the anime needed at this point. The best parts of the game were the characters interacting, and with more exposure, it should be easier for the viewers to tell one character apart from one another. …Oh and it makes the deaths just that much more heartbreaking since they’ll have their own friendships and such built up by then. Anyways, I liked what they did cover personality wise for the characters and the way they were animated. Fukawa practically skipping down the hallway after her exchange with Naegi was cute, sad and hilarious all at the same time. Celes’ outburst was great too, as was the contest of manliness that Ishimaru and Oowada had. Really, it’s the characters that gave the game life, and it’s nice to see them getting attention. I hope this continues on the next time the characters get some time to breathe.
But with the personalities becoming more apparent, the divide in what the group thinks they should do becomes really apparent as well. Togami is totally okay with planning murder and such since he’s used to stepping on people due to being ridiculously rich. Celes seems like she’d be okay with it too (though Celes always likes to give off that air of mysteriousness
when she’s not traumatizing Yamamoto, so who knows if she means it or not). Which makes sense considering that she’s known for her gambling skills and (this was common knowledge in the game), when she gambles, she always makes sure there’s a high payoff. Of course, Naegi chooses to be boring peaceful due to his trauma over Maizono’s death and he’s one of the most vocal about the only enemy here being Monokuma and the mastermind. The divide on what to do makes things interesting at least, and the students seem to have an idea on who to look out for. …Not that it helped Fujisaki.
The students haven’t learned their lesson yet. Monokuma has said multiple times that they could just stay in there forever, but they just don’t seem to see that option. And to be completely fair, it’s not like they know for certain if he’ll let them do that or not. Monokuma could totally cut off their food supply at anytime (as far as I know, though there are reasons why he won’t) and they’re all driven to try and find out what’s going on outside due to the DVDs that Monokuma gave them in episode 1. The characters are kind of finding out more about why they’re there in the first place, and there’s a big mystery as to why they never heard that the most famous school in the country was closed down due to problems, but there are other things to worry about at the moment with Fujisaki’s death. The trial the next episode should have some interesting reveals, but for now, it looks like there’s a Genocider in there with the students.
I think this was the episode Danganronpa needed. The characters were long overdue for some exposure and the fact that the plot wasn’t leading us on by shoving Maizono in our faces anymore helped give time for that. Danganronpa is proceeding at the pace I thought it would and I despite the pacing cutting so much out, I think they can fit in more spaces like this to help keep the plot and characters interesting. I can’t say that Fujisaki’s death was that heartbreaking of an even here since we barely saw her, but some reveals about exactly why she died the next episode should make it a bit more regrettable. Naegi’s secret about wetting the bed may have been a bit embarrassing, but keep in mind that some characters have much darker secrets.
…For instance, Monokuma may or may not be a raging alcoholic.