Danganronpa – 12


Monokuma brought you a gift. It’s your immanent death~.

I’ve been waiting almost an entire season for this reveal. It was glorious~ I haven’t even talked about this episode yet, but I’m really looking forward to the next one.


Hey, remember the very, veeeery first scene of Danganronpa with the unknown guy getting killed by Monokuma? Well, here he is now. Yep, we’ve seen the principal since the very beginning of the anime, it’s just that nobody knew just how important that scene was (…not that it was too important in the long run, but still). Plus in everything else that happened, people seemed to have forgotten all about it. They took out the whole angst issue between Kirigiri and her father, so the reason she couldn’t guess that the password was her name was because she didn’t think that she was all that important to him. …Or something like that. I can’t remember if that’s quite the reason or not. However, it’s still sad that Kirigiri’s reunion with her father was like that. Sure they talked before, but it’s not like she really remembers that.

Yep. The character’s memories were all wiped. The anime made this way more obvious than the game did (mostly because it was one of the things they actually kept in the anime, making it seem pretty important by default), but yeah. The students have all been attending that school a lot longer than they thought they had. I guess they didn’t notice anything different (like their heights or something like that) due to all of the other distracting things that went on. What is really sad about this though, is that the characters have basically been murdering their friends the entire time. If only they had known. They wouldn’t have killed one another like that. This may be a bit early to mention (and this isn’t canon anyways, in the sense that the characters who die in Danganronpa need to be dead for part of the plot in Danganronpa 2), but there was a “what if” scenario (titled Danganronpa IF) written where Naegi miraculously gets his memory back and everyone survives due to that. Even Mukuro avoids death here, so I’d say that it’s safe to say that this wouldn’t have happened if they had known.


Actually, Syo could have answered any of this (they keep bringing up how her and Fukawa don’t share memories, so I’ll mention this here instead of the next episode where it’s more relevant), which probably could have ruined the entire plot here, had she ever mentioned that they knew each other. …Or if they had asked. I guess this is kind of like how a large part of the game Virtue’s Last Reward’s plot would have been ruined if there was anything relatively reflective around. However, I assume since Junko was friends with everyone in class (the whole class seemed extremely close, as you saw from the photos), she knew what kind of risks would work out for her or not. I assume this is also why Monokuma knew all of their weaknesses and such, if they were all friends in the past. …Other than the fact that Junko is a genius. If she can -somehow- hijack a national broadcast, I’m sure that finding out that Naegi used to wet the bed would be no problem.

Were you expecting a better answer than “lol I have no explanation, I can alter memories because I can”? Actually, I thought that this explanation was a great one. Had they provided an answer like “it was brain surgery” or something, someone, somewhere would poke holes in the theory and talk about how unrealistic it is. You can’t argue how realistic or unrealistic things are, if you don’t even know how something even happened. …Though of course, the explanation is supposed to be ridiculous on some level. Seeing how Junko not only erased memories, but also managed to procure a rocket ship, set up all of the character-tailored punishments, and everything else she did (the super high tech Monokuma, making multiple versions of him, etc.) ridiculousness is unavoidable. She’s just ridiculously powerful. Plus in the end really, it all comes down to the explanation “she’s a genius”. That’s it. That’s the only explanation we’re getting. But did you really expect anything else from this series?


The queen has arrived~

I was fond of Enoshima at first for her character design (or maybe I should say, Mukuro as Enoshima’s character design), but how she acts itself is a whole other thing. From the few minutes of screentime she’s had as herself, her personality is just tremendous. She switches personas like that all the time (since having just one personality is boring, right?), and it shouldn’t be too far of a stretch to see how someone like her acted as Monokuma the from the beginning up until this point. I can’t really say much either way about Danganronpa 2 due to spoilers about various things (both in this first story and obviously, 2), but what I read in Danganronpa/Zero (the prequel) makes me like her even more.


Right from the first episode

Looking back, there were some clues that the Junko we saw wasn’t the real one… Though they were really subtle. Like, we saw Enoshima on the magazine covers, but in comparison, Mukuro dressed as Enoshima was different. Not too different, mind you, but she obviously had freckles, when her magazine covers did not. The comment that Mukuro made about all of her images being touched up was a smart one, since that covered a lot of things that seemed off with her appearance. Though there’s still a rather large the difference in bust size. I suppose that could be photoshopped too. …I noticed this because I cosplayed Enoshima back in May and it took me bloody forever to figure out how her shirt/blazer/whatever worked while I was putting it together, I swear. There were also clues that the body was Mukuro’s. Namely in the red fake nails and the boots, which would hardly be useful to a soldier. Though it’s not like these were super incriminating, since nobody knew what Mukuro even looked like to begin with.

Well, we’re near the end of the show and pretty much everything that needs to be revealed has been. Of course, there’s still the mystery as to why they all wanted to stay in the school, but that should be answered soon enough. Though as for Junko’s motives behind this entire thing… if you didn’t like the explanation as to how they all lost their memories, you’re probably not going to enjoy her reason behind doing all of this. This was a good episode as far as explanations go. Maybe the fact they used where Naegi never saw a tattoo on the person trying to attack him (during his feverish state no less) was a little shaky as far as logic goes, but this is the best they’ve explained anything thus far. I’m glad they split up this last part into two episodes, since that should give them time to explain things more thoroughly. It’s easy enough to overlook them breezing through the other trials, since those come and go with most the important things about them being the matter of who died. However, this trial is the whole plot of the game overall. They can’t really skim over a lot, since pretty much all of this is important.  So the next episode is the last one… This show has been fun for me to watch (despite already knowing all of the plot twists), if only for watching people struggle in the comments trying to figure things out.


Well, it’s officially goodbye to Mukuro. It’s a shame we didn’t see more of her.

…Maybe they can animate IF in an OVA or something.


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23 Responses to “Danganronpa – 12”

  1. Namika says:

    What’s up with her vooooooice~ >_< I didn't like it, at all! TT^TT
    But boy, I sure didn't expect they'd bring up someone dead, and not her definitely. Well, at this point I don't have anything to say, other than "INEEDTHENEXTEPNOW~"
    That is all.

    • d-LaN says:

      PS Junko VA is Megumi Toyoguchi who played Rosalia in SAO or Sola-Ui-yaddayadda in Fate/Zero.

      Well, she isn’t dead technically.

      • Namika says:

        Technically, no. But we didn’t know that until this episode, so she was considered quite dead.

    • Karakuri says:

      Enoshima’s voice should change with whatever personality she has going on, so maybe you’ll find one you like (ahahaha)

  2. Soliia says:

    OH GOD YES. Junko is my favorite. My favorite. And it’s good to see her. And I can’t wait for the next episode.

  3. Liza says:

    Your explanation made a bit more sense than what the show did. Lol. I was SO CONFUSED to how Mukuro and Junko switched places and for some reason it did not dawn on me that Mukuro was wearing a wig/fake nails and stuff. Wow. I feel dumb. XD

    I also wasn’t that surprised by the reveal. Based on cosplays I’ve seen, I had a feeling it was Junko due to her being in an outfit she was not in the beginning of the game and she was almost always with a Monokuma.

    Also, I love Junko’s personality. Here I thought I might be cosplaying Genocider Shou but I think I might switch over to Junko now…

    • Karakuri says:

      Oh, good to know that I helped then! …Maybe they could have explained that better.

      …Yeah, I figured some people would be spoiled at the fanart and such. I know I was one of them. OTL That didn’t ruin the awesomeness of her appearance though.

  4. Japaninspired says:

    Karakuri-san, is there a chance to see your Enoshima cosplay anywhere?^^

    Oh, and also, I think Enoshima’s eyes are a lot bigger than Mukuro’s.

    • Karakuri says:

      You’ll need to hold your cursor on the post to make it un-faded, but it’s on my tumblr that I never use

      Walking around in those boots for 8+ hours hurt, but it was well worth it~ The IB cosplay above it is my natural hair colour (it’s the exact same skirt though ahahaha).

      • Japaninspired says:

        Wow, Katakuri-san, that cosplay is so well done. Really-really nice. You portraited her so well. You should do more.

        The same skirt? Oh, well, recycling is the easies way to save the planet 😉
        Isn’t IB the most awesome little game ever? It gave me the creeps and the music was so scary. But I love the game. Playing it at night gives awesome feelings, I was screaming and laughing at the same time. XD

        You need someone to cosplay Garry.

      • Liza says:

        You pull off Junko very well! 😀 And cosplaying recycling is the savior of my existence so I won’t be as much broke as I already am due to cosplay(does that even make sense…)

  5. d-LaN says:

    Since the cat is out of the bag now I am free to post my fav fanart of DR. When I was following the LP I was hoping tht Naegi ends up as the mastermind…. The JUNKOS meme kinda slightly lessen the shock of the plot twist.

    • Liza says:

      Haha, I love that fanart. XD

    • Karakuri says:

      I totally thought that it would have been cool if Naegi had been the mastermind back when I played, but Junko is good too~.

      • d-LaN says:

        Also, funny tht Junko is so OMGWTFAwesome here but I can’t stand her in DR0 ^_^;

        And its nice to see there are other video game player tht is liking it instead of complaining how the anime didn’t faithfully follow the game direction week after week.

        • Karakuri says:

          Did you get to the LOLWUT plot twist yet? That should shift your views again (unless that’s what was annoying you). The plot twist is… really really good.

          Well, it would be pretty hard to follow the game exactly. if this was 20+ episodes or something, sure you could stretch out the time spent on evidence and such, but that might be a bit boring if you’re not interacting directly and piecing things together yourself. I think this 13 episode format works well for this series.

          • d-LaN says:

            Nah, I’m just at the beginning of the second book and I’m at the part where Show ▼

            . I think I’m still pretty far frm the PLOT TWEST.

            • Karakuri says:

              Yeah, okay. I don’t think it happens until near the very end. There’s a rather large twist with the whoooooole thing. …But really, there were clues.

  6. BlackBriar says:

    That pile of bones was the principal Monokuma executed at the start of the series. He probably figured he’d be an interference if left alive because the principal wouldn’t have wanted his plan for a shelter to be perverted like the way it has, especially for someone’s personal amusement.

    A sadistic queen! So a presumably dead student is the mastermind. Whoa, I did not see that coming but it made sense so as to throw off suspicion and the reveal felt similar to Annie being exposed as the Female Titan in Shingeki no Kyojin. Basically, she manipulated and betrayed her older sister to cover her tracks while she puts everyone through a living hell. Man, that’s a bitchy move. And that insane look on her face after formally introducing herself. This fruitcake is trying to upstage Genocider with the tongue bit.

    I don’t know whether to accept if Naegi is insanely lucky of if he’s really that skilled. After a while, he’s been surpassing Kirigiri and she has the title of “Detective”.

    What I don’t understand is how it was possible to have multiple group photos of the students and each one is missing the one who’s holding their own photo. That really had me stumped. Also, do the black and white Monokuma hair clips signify something or are they just decorations?

    • Francesco says:

      I guess that before wiping everyone’s memories Junko-Monokuma made sure that every student take a picture of the group, so naturally everybody had a picture with themselves missing (the one taken by themselves).
      Since they didn’t know that their memories had been wiped everyone would then naturally assume that everybody else had met before without themselves knowing, which would have made them suspicious.
      The Monokuma hair clips mean that Junko is Monokuma, what else?

    • Francesco says:

      As for Naegi being lucky I guess that him getting everything right would seem less random and more logical if they included all of the clues from the game. For instance in the game (but not in the anime) they were able to verify with certainty that the dead body could only belong to Mukuro from height-bust-waist-hips measurements. Therefore her having the identical impalement wounds as the girl who introduced herself as Junko could only mean that the girl who introduced herself as Junko was in reality not Junko but Mukuro and therefore the real Junko was at large and the likely mastermind.
      The suspicious fact that Junko hid her face in all the pictures (meaning that her face might have been different from the one who was impaled) was further evidence but not the only evidence while in the anime I think it was the only evidence.

    • Karakuri says:

      The principal is the whole reason the students were all in the school to begin with, so of course Enoshima needed him out of the way.

      There was more to Mukuro’s role as Junko, but as you can tell, Enoshima is a very… unstable person. She’ll most likely go into why Mukuro died in the next episode, but it wasn’t really in the original plan. Mukuro was totally caught off guard. Someone who’s lived her life in the battlefield without getting a single scar, she would have avoided death if she had been on her guard.

      As for Junko, yeah, it just means that she was the one controlling Monokuma. If you notice, her whole outfit has his colour scheme too.

      Like Francesco says, the missing student was the one taking the picture (the game said this outright, I believe), and there was way more evidence. The game was a lot more thorough about a lot of things.

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