Danganronpa’s lesson of the week: Stay in school, or you’ll end up homeless.
|Well, I’m finally back at school (or maybe I should say, I’ve transferred from a tiny college to a bigass university and am pursuing a completely different degree/career path). I have no complaints, but I really wish I was taking the Shakespeare study class I’m currently in back when I was blogging Zetsuen no Tempest. OTL Anyways, things are getting really interesting in Danganronpa~.|
Getting right into things, Kirigiri seemed awfully intent on pinning Naegi as the culprit this episode. This was may have seemed shocking and like a huge betrayal since this came out of nowhere, but luckily the trial didn’t last long. Plus as explained later, Kirigiri didn’t have much of a choice other than to blame Naegi. Monokuma was out for blood, and Kirigiri has the best idea about what’s actually going on. It was interesting to see Naegi actually get pinned as the culprit though, and there was definitely an “oh shit” moment when he was found guilty for real, when he knew that he definitely didn’t do it. But of course, we can’t end things there, can we? Naegi’s great luck comes into effect for the first time since the start of the series, and Alter Ego saves the day. I can’t help but think having Naegi “die” at the end of an episode would have made for a better impact, but I can see how it would have been difficult to plan for that. They already cut so much out of the story and having a trial last an entire episode seems a bit excessive at this point.
I’m still disappointed that they didn’t include this, so have screenshots from the game.
If you’re wondering, there is an option in the game where Naegi can point out that Kirigiri has a key to unlock any door in the school (which is what Monokuma wanted him to do, since he knew that Kirigiri was the one who stole his key), and she has the exact same punishment… minus the part where Alter Ego steps in. So in that ending, Kirigiri dies, and everyone decides to live in the school peacefully. Er, Fukawa appears to have died at some point, since she only appears in a frame, but apparently every guy ends up having a son with Asahina (or maybe Togami’s was with Fukawa, but who knows). This also fulfills some prophecy that Haragakure made in the game earlier that Naegi and his kids would share the same mother (or something like that). Monokuma apparently leaves them alone. Though maybe that should be a huge sign that this whole bad end is all apparently in Naegi’s head as a bizarre “what if” scenario, and the game takes you back to the decision where Naegi decides to call out Kirigiri or not. Despite being a delusion though, Kirigiri’s official execution is the same one Naegi went through. It’s kind of boring that Naegi and Kirigiri have the same one, but what can you do.
Things work out anyways though, since Kirigiri goes to help Naegi, and he feels absolutely no animosity to the people who just attempted to indirectly murder him. … Though as a note not really related to anything, they sure had to climb up a long way to get to the main floor. It’s surprising that Naegi could have survived that fall but, LOL anime logic.
There’s more to Kirigiri’s back story, where the whole reason she came to the school was to find her father, who betrayed the family’s long line of detectives to become the school’s principal. She wasn’t pleased with him. In order to do so though, she broke a big family detective rule and let herself become famous (since the school only admits the very best, and they wouldn’t have known about her otherwise), and I always figured that this is why Monokuma erased her memory of what she was. Since her whole purpose of being there would have seemed weird from the start and she would have been asking even more questions if he didn’t, since she knew a lot about the school and who runs it. The way they put it here seems odd, since Monokuma’s memory erasing did absolutely nothing to hinder Kirigiri’s skills as a detective. As we saw from the start, she’s been right in there helping with every trial. Though on a side note, she’s the reason why it seems more believable that they’ve figured out the culprit for every single trial. It doesn’t seem quite like dumb luck anymore when there’s a professional there.
So yeah, the whole broadcast thing is the reason why Monokuma could never kill the students himself, directly. They kind of skimmed over this part, but Kirigiri figured that this entire killing each other thing with rules is just an elaborate set up specifically just for the broadcast. Monokuma wants to accomplish something by making them all play by the rules (since without them, this would have been a senseless massacre), and so, the rules also bind him, making it difficult for him to get rid of people like Kirigiri or Naegi who get in his way. This is what screwed him over here, since he kind of bent his own rules in trying to execute Naegi, and thus, why he was somewhat forced to agree to the final trial.
So this is why it was really weird for them to put Naegi with the dead characters at the ED from the beginning. They could have added him here, since this was the part where he “died”. Oh well, it’s not that important. The important thing now is that we have 2 episodes to figure out the entire truth behind the school. …Which should be great, since this way, they can include alllll of the details (and they’ll need to include them too, since otherwise, this will just be confusing) without cutting out the less important ones like they’ve been doing. I suspect that they’ll end the next episode with the reveal of the mastermind (which should be good, provided that you haven’t been spoiled on it, since that takes away from the fun), but I’ve been wrong before. I thought they’d end this episode with Naegi being screwed over and start off the next episode with Kirigiri’s rescue. This was good too though.
It’s time for everyone to work together against Monokuma. …For real, this time.