|Danganronpa’s OP and ED are out, it seems. I wish I could travel to Japan to eat the food that this series seems to have inspired (there’s some kind of Monokuma cake that looks absolutely fabulous), but sadly, my wallet won’t allow that.|
Sakura did more than just die. Well, they skipped out a bit on this explanation, so I’ll fill in the gaps. Before Sakura died, she took out the principal’s office door (since she was going to die anyways, and Monokuma couldn’t punish anyone for breaking the rules here). That’s how Kirigiri got in there to investigate. As for Naegi at the end of the last episode, Kirigiri sent him out to distract Monokuma. I can’t remember if they’ve figured out that Monokuma talking and the mastermind watching the surveillance can’t be done at the same time or not, but I figure that it’s not that big of a spoiler if I mention it here. Plus you probably could have figured that out yourself, considering that the room with the TV screens didn’t have the mastermind in it.
And suddenly, everyone was extremely grateful for the fact that the bath house didn’t have cameras.
There was a big reveal in that room though. That’s right, everything in this anime so far has been broadcast nationally. Which kind of seems unreal and impossible to do considering how long they’ve been in there, but then again, he also took out Maizono’s idol group. And like he said, there’s a reason for all of this as well. If you’re wondering why help has never arrived, despite the students so obviously needing to be rescued, that’s something I’m sure the students are asking themselves at this point too. There IS a reason though (besides making everything more sadistic than it already was), and that should be explained before the end of the anime.
On the plus side though, the students are keeping their word about not killing one another (minus that one body). There was even a bit of characterization in there too in their interactions. Even after all of the fighting that Asahina and the others did back when Sakura was still alive, they all hung out okay this episode. Er, everyone except Kirigiri, I guess. It seems Togami hasn’t lost his skepticism about people, even after what happened with Sakura. Other than that though, the rest of the characters even all got together to dismantle a Monokuma. …Though that’s what is going to screw over Kirigiri and Naegi in the next trial. The rest of the characters have an alibi of all being together that night in the gym. They heard no reply from Naegi last night, and Kirigiri has been missing the whole time.
At least this episode, Kirigiri is finally looked at. From the start, she’s been introduced as a “???”, so it’s kind of surprising that she’s never been questioned before now. It’s also rather suspicious that she’s been handing out advice to Naegi this entire time. Though of course, it’s all been helpful advice about cases and the mystery of the school that Naegi probably could never have figured out on his own. Also, as proved with Sakura (and the fact of his personality in general), Togami isn’t the greatest judge of people’s characters. However, the fact that the masked person appeared before Naegi in the middle of the night, and then switched over to Kirigiri after Naegi blacked out is rather suspicious. … The mysteries surrounding Kirigiri just keep piling up. Oh, and if you’re wondering what was wrong with Naegi during all of that, he had a really bad fever. The game said this at that point, the anime just kind of… never explained anything. Normally people at least move when there’s a person holding a knife menacingly over them. Naegi lacked the ability to do so due to being ill.
Well, now Ikusaba Mukuro is dead. This next trial should be… interesting. Monokuma’s special item will play an important part. I hope they include the “bad end”~.
The lack of explanation kind of hurt the episode in places (or at least, made the characters look kind of stupid), but I’m rather happy at the fact that we’re approaching the end quickly. Not that I want Danganronpa to be over, but the final reveal is one of my favourite things in this entire storyline. Before we even get to that though, this latest murder is the most difficult mystery of them all. There’s the fact that Naegi will once again find himself trying to convince everyone that he’s not the murderer, but there’s also some other twists to the trial. …One of them being the fact that Ikusaba Mukuro, the one Naegi thought was the mastermind, isn’t, since they’re dead and Monokuma is still moving.
…On a side note, I wonder why they chose to suddenly add all of the characters to the ED picture. Maybe to reflect the fact that everyone has the same frame of mind now? I don’t know.
Monokuma sure knows how to throw parties.