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The Despair Arc had the tedious job this week to make the connection between the past and the future by giving us some backstory.
If you were wondering why Seiko Kimura, the SHSL Pharmacist, and Ruruka, the SHLS Confectioner, keep calling each other traitor in the Future Arc, then this is your chance to quench your thirst for background information.
After the deaths of Natsumi and Sato, there is a gloominess hanging above our class. They are certainly not in the right mood to take their practical exams, and it comes down to Nagito Komaeda, the SHSL Lucky Student, to be the hope he so desperately wants to be. Being the luckiest person alive is probably not enough for him.
After being turned down by poor Chisa-sensei (yes, poor, because every time I see her I am reminded of the first episode of the Future Arc. She was such a nice character. WHY HER MONOKUMA? WHY?), he decides to take matters into his own hands, indirectly becoming both the reason for certain events that we saw being mentioned in the Future Arc. He asks for the help of the SHSL Pharmacist, Seiko Kimura. He pretends that he has bowel movement problems to convince her to give him a laxative he could use against the committee of the exams. As a Plan B, he installed a bomb in the gymnasium the exams would take place.
I don’t know why would anyone call a laxative as Reactivator and a doping drug as Reanimator, but because of Nagito’s luck, he mistakes the two and thus sets a series of events that will echo for many years in the future. It was fascinating to see the reasons behind the quarrel between Seiko and Ruruka. We already knew from the Future Arc that Seiko was supposedly the reason behind their expulsion, but we didn’t know the exact events that led them from childhood friends to calling each other a traitor. Explaining things made me feel closer to the events of the Future Arc and now I am more anxious to see how the Remnants of Despair are responsible for the future events, and what will signify the ‘End of High Peak’s Academy’.
“This is all your fault… you traitor” Ruruka
The plot is unfolding steady but nice, and if I have to keep one thing from this episode then here it is: Luck is scary.
Born Lucky: This is a very common trope. Like Nagito Komaeda, it usually involves a character that is so incredibly lucky that it defies all chance. Everything that happens around them will serve only their purpose. Usually, there is no explanation given for that luck.
Title: I don’t know if it applies to all the episodes, but this week’s title is a little too similar to the Haruhi Suzumiya titles: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Is there any connection that was lost to me? Do you know anything that I don’t?
Connection to the Video Games: Apart from the obvious ones, the idol featured in the gravure book that Nagito gives to Teruteru Hanamura is Sayaka Maizono, the SHSL Ultimate Pop Sensation from the game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
Chiya’s transfer to the Reserve Course was the only development on the plot this week. I guess that Hajime was too busy taking part in the experiment that will give him his talent, and our future Remnants were too busy worrying about the practical exams. An almost school-life episode was what we needed at this point, and that’s what we got.
I loved Ruruka’s word play during her exam evaluation. Her sweets, aptly named Sky-Blue-Heaven Days Choux Crèmes (which instead of the dope had the laxative inside), were so good that they were Choux Preme! Awesome stuff.
As the title of the episode suggested, this was a tribute to Nagito Komaeda and his unusual talent. The only other fictional person I can bring to mind with the same ridiculous power is Disney’s Gladstone Gander.
Do you have any anime-manga examples of incredibly lucky characters?
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