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The connection between the Future Arc and the Despair Arc becomes more evident as we learn more about the building the Hunter Game takes place and the motive that drives some of the players.
The cliffhanger of the previous episode was quickly resolved as we learn that Asahina is not dead, but instead was stabbed with a toy knife and splashed with ketchup. The real victim is Great Gozu (グレート・ゴズ). I was really sad to see Great Gozu dying as he was very kind and righteous and I have a thing about kind and righteous characters. I hoped that he would have served as Makoto’s trusting bodyguard since Makoto’s forbidden action forbids him from running in the hallway. Which is a shame because that’s what school hallways are for.
The participants, who are already divided into groups, are starting to suspect each other and the countdown for the next sleep phase has already begun. Makoto, just like in the video games, believes that the only way to find the killer is through oral investigation, in other words, through talking. Makoto and his group, Aoi Asahina (朝日奈 葵) and Miaya Gekkogahara (月光ヶ原 美彩), head for the intercom so that Makoto can gain the trust of the rest by sharing the reasons he tried to help the Remnants of Despair. He also unveils his forbidden action. A few moments before he shared his forbidden action with his group, Aoi and Miaya did the same:
Meanwhile, Seiko Kimura (忌村 静子) has the chance to show Ruruka Ando (安藤 流流歌) how much she really hates her. She finds her sweet-talking with Sonosuke Izayoi (十六夜 惣之助) and they accuse each other of being the traitor. Seiko eventually reveals why she is wearing the flu mask (she is clearly ashamed of her braces) and takes a whole lot of drugs to transform herself into a feral monster.
At the same time Juzo Sakakura (逆蔵 十三) goes after Kyoko Kirigiri (霧切 響子), Ryota Mitarai (御手洗 亮太), and former headmaster Kazuo Tengan (天願 和夫) who have formed their own little group.
“A hope too strong can approach despair” Kazuo Tengan
The episode ends with Kyosuke Munakata (宗方 京助) attacking Makoto Naegi (苗木 誠) with his sword as he believes that he isn’t capable of understanding true despair.
Great Gozu: There is a Japanese horror urban legend about a creature with the body of a man and the head of a cow. Supposedly, the story is so horrifying that anyone exposed to it is overcome with a fear that causes violent trembling, memory loss, or even death. I don’t know if the character was inspired by the legend, but it seems unlikely. It doesn’t fit the kind and quiet nature.
“I won’t kill my allies, even if it costs me my life! Because I’m Great Gozu!”
The connections between the Future and the Despair Arcs are getting more evident with each episode. We learn that the building the Hunter Game is taking place is the overseas branch whose construction Kyosuke is overseeing in the Despair Arc.
When he talks through the comm system, Makoto says that he helped the Remnants of Despair because they once were normal students. “They played, laughed, and sometimes fought”, he says and we are immediately reminded of the first few episodes of the Despair Arc. The relation between the Arcs creates a certain anticipation: how did Junko Enoshima bring the events that will take place in the Despair Arc and how will closure be achieved in the Future Arc?
I am already trying to guess who the traitor is and I am trying to avoid the various theories you can find online. But I am curious if you have someone in mind. Who do you think the hunter is?
There are so many characters that the individual scenes felt a little underwhelming. Yet, the final encounter between Makoto and Kyosuke raised an interesting question:
How would you have chosen to save the world? Is hope just a hollow word? With whom do you agree? Are Makoto’s words strong enough to stop Kyosuke’s sword?
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