Some people are too rich to die from something as mundane as poisoning.
|My childhood friend is going to university in Japan this year, and I sent her off with a ton of yen and a list of otoge to buy me while she’s there~. I think I might be more excited about this than she is. Life is good. …Unless you’re in Danganronpa. Then life isn’t good at all.|
Well this was a fun trial. 3 separate people confessed, or at least had evidence pointing to them, that they killed Sakura, and yet, none of them did. This kind of seems like cheating out of a locked room scenario. Or at least, it was taking the easy explanation out. Of course it nobody could have gotten in or out of the room if the person inside killed themselves. At least having the multiple possible murderers kind of made things more interesting. Plus this was something that I don’t think anyone really could have predicted, seeing how the whole premise of this game is to kill others to save your own life. Monokuma probably had fun seeing the students panic over the culprit, though who knows what’s going on in that bear’s mind. Plus he probably knew that they’d solve it anyways.
As a side note, this is how I was hoping they’d animate this part of the trials in the first place. At least they did it once, I guess.
Like I was saying in the last post, Sakura’s final moments were pretty lamentable. She saw herself as causing a rift between the students, and having 2 of the attempt to kill her on sight obviously didn’t change her mind on the matter. At least Asahina was there for her (kind of) in the end, so it didn’t look like everyone in the school wanted her dead. Though I’m sure watching Asahina get hurt defending her was hard for Sakura (you know, what happened with Genocider before this even happened). Asahina trying to drag everyone down with her was a nice gesture (…even though she got Naegi and Kirigiri involved, not that they went out of their way ever to do anything for Sakura), but it’s a good thing that she didn’t. Now the students have some kind of unity going on for the first time since this game started. Sakura’s suicide might seem like it could have been easily avoidable (if everyone had just sit down and talked for maybe 5 minutes), but she had good intentions and in the end, she did manage to accomplish what she set out to do. Monokuma pulling out Sakura’s real will at the end was okay for rubbing salt in Asahina’s wounds, but really, that backfired against him pretty quickly. It only took them 9 deaths and a destroyed computer to realize that the real villain here is Monokuma/the mastermind, but things seem to be in order finally.
As promised, here’s a picture of Sakura, pre-muscles.
The guy beside her? That’s her boyfriend, Kenichiro. Er, long story short, he was the one person even she could never defeat, he had some kind of terminal illness and was given a few months to live, he told Sakura that she now holds the title “the strongest in the world” (which used to be his title) and she went a liiiittle crazy with the muscle training in trying to live up to that name. She was undefeated until her untimely death though. By the way, Kenichiro is most likely dead by the time that the story starts. Wow, between this and the way she met her end, Sakura’s life story is depressing. At least she found a true friend in Asahina, I guess.
Finally, we get more information on the 16th~. …Or at least a name for them. There was a point to Kirigiri having Naegi run around late at night, but that will be revealed shortly enough. Sakura actually accomplished a lot more in her death than just friendship. As for the other side to this struggle, if you hadn’t noticed from the fact that Monokuma totally knew about Alter Ego, he has a better handle on things than you’d think. I’m willing to bet that he knew about Alter Ego from the start (plus having Naegi find those pictures was totally within his plans in the game; though I’m not sure about now since all of the students have seen them instead of Naegi alone). Some things do catch him off guard, like Naegi being in that room a couple of episodes ago though, and he starts to slip up a bit more from now on. That should be fun to see, considering how much control he’s had over the students since the beginning.
So there are 6 (+1?) students left alive, and it looks like they’re not in the mood to kill each other anymore. This didn’t feel quite as heartwarming as I think it could have, but it was still pretty great to see Togami say that he wasn’t going to participate in Monokuma’s game anymore. …Actually, his realization in this episode that people can make decisions based on friendship instead of personal gain didn’t have that hard of an impact either. His reactions were right, but I don’t know if there was enough information and exposition on his character before that for the full impact. Though this is probably my experience with the game interfering with my enjoyment of the anime again. Really, the probably did fine with putting the ending of this trial together. Anyways, the important thing to take away from this is that the students have pretty much given up on trying to murder each other now. You’d think that this would put a damper on Monokuma’s plans (whatever they are), but he’s pretty devious. You’ll see.
…Don’t ask how she got into his room, you probably don’t want to know.