Danganronpa: The Animation – 09

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In the fourth trial, Hagakure and Fukawa admit to hitting Oogami with bottles, then Asahina confesses to killing her, but can’t explain the locked door. Kirigiri finds a glass shard in the poison bottle, meaning Asahina switched the poison bottle with the protein shake cup after Naegi broke the window.

In an effort to stop the infighting, Oogami locked herself in the rec room and committed suicide, and Asahina tried to kill everyone by making them vote for her. As punishment, Monobear destroys Alter Ego. Kirigiri learns and tells Naegi the name of the sixteenth student: Ikusaba Mukuro.

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When you have a dead body in a room with only one door locked from the inside, suicide is the most likely culprit. Of course, this series never jumps right to the most likely culprit, but none of the other possibilities hold up against that one certain fact: once that door was locked, no one could get in or out.

As someone with warrior’s physique, we expected her to also possess warrior mindset, in which if the most profitable move for the greater good is to give up your life, you do so. Combined with her remorse for working as Monobear’s agent, Oogami was the most likely of the remaining students to off herself.

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Rating:7 (Very Good)

Stray Observations:

  • We believe this is the first instance of a studnt trying to kill everyone, in this case Asahina, who felt that it was her and everyone else’s fault Oogami killed herself, and so none of them deserved to live either.
  • Funny how Monobear knew about Alter Ego all along. So much for their digital ally!
  • Monobear lets slip that the mastermind “did something” to the students’ bodies, but doesn’t elaborate.
  • Kirigiri discovers the sixteenth student’s name…so where is he/she, and what’s their story? 
  • More to the point, how did Kirigiri learn of this, and is all of her helpfulness simply setting Naegi up for an eventual betrayal?
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Danganronpa: The Animation – 08

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Naegi catches Oogami Sakura fighting with Monobear, leading him to suspect she’s the mastermind’s agent. The fourth floor contains the chem lab, music room, data processing room and principal’s office, but the latter two are locked, and Monobear creates a new rule prohibiting breaking down locked doors. Fujisaki’s Alter Ego AI discovers new facts about Hope’s Peak Academy, including a past incident that led to the plan to incarcerate students executed by the principal.

Monobear announces Oogami was his agent, causing strife amongst the students and leading to a fight between Asahina and Fukawa. Later, Alter Ego tells Naegi and Kirigiri he wants to fight with them; they connect him to the network in the hidden room. Later, they and Asahina find Oogami locked in the Rec Room. Naegi breaks the window to unloc the door, and they discover Oogami is dead. Asahina believes the culprit could only be Togami, Fukawa, or Hagakure.

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This was a hefty episode with a lot going on, hence the long synopsis. Not only is progress made in discovering who’s behind all this in the first place (thanks to Alter Ego), Monobear’s mole is revealed, and turns out to be the person we least suspected (other than Naegi). In order to ensure the safety of certain unnamed hostages, Oogami was to kill someone if there was ever a lull in the killing. But with a steady pace of murders more than half the student body is gone, and Oogami must have had enough to decide to turn on her master.

At first we were wondering why Monobear was being so lenient with her (Junko met a sticky end for opposing him, after all), but then it’s clear he turns her into a catalyst for more murder by outing her. The Togami/Fukawa/Hagakure alliance clashes with the Oogami’s loyal friend Asahina, with the calm, logical Naegi and Kirigiri in the middle. Oogami ends up dead in a classic locked-room murder mystery. As usual, while there’s a list of obvious potential culprits, Oogami’s actual killer may well be none of them.

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Rating:7 (Very Good)