Danganronpa: The Animation – 07

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Due to Yamada’s last words, the students initially believe Hagakure Yasuhiro to be the culprit, while Kirigiri could also be the killer or his accomplice. Naegi finds Kirigiri, who leads them all to Hagakure, who was stuck in a locker wearing the “Justice Robo” suit. After investigating the bodies, the classroom trial begins, with Hagakure and Kirigiri still the most suspected. However, Naegi remembers Celes saying something incriminating, which leads to her conviction. Afterwards, Naegi follows a lead by Kirigiri and gets knocked out.

The most obvious suspect – the one named Yasuhiro – is ruled out as the killer, and while Kirigiri lacks an alibi, she also lacks the name Yasuhiro. The true culprit is the one who had been talking the most, perhaps hoping to stand out and hide in plain sight. Alas, her mouth gets her in trouble, as she mentions more than one person was killed before she should have known such a thing, and it leads to her downfall. For what it’s worth, we didn’t think her stakes for winning were that compelling – surely a “super” gambler would have already amassed a handsome fortune.

While she goes a little nuts and puts up a fight, once she knows she’s lost, she accepts the verdict and her punishment (getting burned at the stake and smashed by a fire truck in a haunting sequence) with grace. So with the execution of the lovely Celes, more than half of the students are gone, and we’re no closer to knowing who’s going to end up winning in the end (Though it’s probably going to be the protagonistic Naegi). The final scenes of this episode were very ambiguous, showing Kirigiri possibly betraying Naegi and the bear and amazon possibly dueling…very odd.


Rating: 6 (Good)

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Danganronpa: The Animation – 06

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The third floor is unlocked for the remaining students. When investigating the “ghost” of Fujisaki that Asahina saw in the baths, they discover a laptop with an AI that looks and talks like Fujisaki. That night, the laptop turns up missing, and Togami suggests there might be a traitor among them. The next morning Celes and Yamada are apparently attacked by a robot “Justice Hammers”, and both Yamada and Ishimaru are killed and their bodies moved. When they finally find the, Yamada is still alive, and names Hagakura Yasuhiro as the culprit before dying.

There’s a lot in this show we find patently silly and ridiculous. The idea that a huge academy in the middle of a city would simply be left alone and never investigated by outside forces. The extremely over-the-top, specific character design. The fact that the villain is a demented teddy bear with seemingly unlimited resources with which to torture and execute students. Fujisaki’s interactive AI. One place that has remained mostly grounded in conventional logic have been the motives behind the murders themselves, of which two have been solved, and of which neither was premeditated even if their actions after the fact were criminal. Kuwata killed Maizono because if she was trying to kill him. Ohwada killed Fujisaki in a sudden fit of passion.

The students have murdered people sure, but no one’s taken any pleasure out of it like say, Genocider Syo(Sho?) with her victims on the outside. Monokuma is forcing them to kill, but he’s not exactly breeding cold-blooded murderers. This week two more students are slain and their bodies moved, and by process of elimination, the only one not present for their discovery (and re-discovery) was Afro-dude, Yasuhiro, whom Yamada even names – so of course Yasuhiro probably isn’t the murderer. More interesting are all the clues that suggest some if not all the students actually knew each other before coming to Hope’s Peak, suggesting Monokuma had their memories altered. We wouldn’t put anything past him…not even the kitchen sink.


Rating: 6 (Good)

Danganronpa: The Animation – 05

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The second classroom trial begins with Togami pinning Fujisaki’s murder on Genocider Sho, AKA Fukawa Touko, who suffers from Dissociative identity disorder.The shock of him telling her secret draws the serial killer out, who tells them she didn’t do it, which is confirmed by the numerous inconsistencies in Fujisaki’s murder that go against Sho’s M.O. The killer turns out to be Ohwada Mondo, whom Fujisaki asked to help him (she was really a he) get over her weakness through training.

Ohwada, who killed his brother in a motorcycle race, got angry at Fujisaki’s sentiment he could change, and in a fit of rage, slugged him with a barbell. He swapped the locker rooms to try to preserve the secret of his gender, and Togami tampered with the body to test his fellow students. Despite Ishimaru’s protestations, Monokuma executes Ohwada by having him ride a motorcycle into a spherical cage and shaking him up until he expires from G-LOC.

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So, five episodes in, five students gone, ten to go…plus a sixteenth acting as a spy for Monokuma, who coyly won’t reveal to us. Like the previous “trail episode”, this one treated the students’ deliberation like a battle with manga-style storyboards, “verbal bullets” and “contradictions”, of which Naegi had three. It also confirmed that the Togami/Fukawa “alliance” was indeed just a red herring; while we didn’t suspect Fukawa was actually a serial killer (with a huge tongue), she nevertheless didn’t kill Fujisaki.

Still, the fact that Togami crucified Fujisaki postmortem just to test his peers shows he’s a pretty sick puppy himself. We’d also always considered Fujisaki to be of ambiguous gender at best due to her strange voice, so it wasn’t surprising that the truth was among the students’ dark secrets Monokuma distributed. The thing is, even though he knew Fujisaki’s secret, Ohwada of all people was fine with it, right until Fujisaki involuntarily struck a very raw nerve relating to Ohwada’s dark secret about his brother. The CGI execution is suitably whacked-out and morbid.


Rating: 6 (Good)