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.