Thanasis is a writer, professional geek, and assistant editor at MANGA.TOKYO. He started watching anime with the mecha shows of the 70s and hasn't stopped since. He loves JRPGs.
Danganronpa is a collection of media. From games to various spin-offs, the in-game universe has introduced many characters over the years. Now that the creator wants to create a new universe, the Future Arc serves as the epilogue of this story.
I don’t know if it was intentional or if it happened because we’re reaching the end of the series, but we had more than one dead bodies in this episode. Ruruka is the only one that survived among her group of trusted friendnemies, Izayoi and Seiko. They really tried to make the scene with Izayoa’s body seem tragic, but they failed. I wasn’t the least surprised. Maybe I will if in the end of the series they show how each character died. It seems kind of fishy that Ruruka managed to survive her friends.
With eight people remaining I’d hate to see some of my favorite characters go, but this is Danganronpa. Nothing I can do about it. It’s like watching Battle Royale and hope that the class is going to make it out alive. Not a chance. I’m already heartbroken about the death of Chisa, and that flashback of Juuzou, Kyousuke, and Chisa before the Despair Arc even begun was a hit under the belt. Munakata may be a bit of a psychopath, but his goal was to change the world. Chisa was always there to cheer him on. Why did she have to die? WHY? I don’t want Asahina dead as well. How many cute dead girls can a man take?
“The detective’s very existence is what causes murders”
Director Tengan is a firm believer of Naegi’s. Before he died, he left a message written with his blood saying:
“I entrust the hope of the world to you”
Naegi, already broken by this savage game, realizes that the rules don’t forbid them from escaping. He manages to contact Byakuya Togami who will come to their aid. He informs Makoto’s sister, Komaru, who lives with Toko Fukawa. Byakuya tells them of an imminent attack on Jabberwock Island, where we see a Hajime still in his Izuru Kamakura persona.
How more awesome can this series get?
Dial-Up Sound: When Gekkogahara connects with the outside world, her avatar plugs in a network cable. The scene was accompanied by an old-school dial-up connection sound that brought me a lot of memories. If you have no idea what I am talking about, before high-speed internet was even a thing, the only way to connect to the World Wide Web was through the telephone line. Here is the sound of you are curious, or nostalgic.
Uranai: In the beginning, Hayakure Usihiro is using his fortune-telling skills to see the outcome of this story. He is 100% wrong even though he has a 30% rate of success. Even though, 占い (uranai) is very popular in Japan and there are many different forms of uranai. Many magazines have占い, and there are占い based on animals, stars, or even kanji characters. Let me know if you want to learn more about this!
There is something fishy about this game. There is nothing in the rules that forbids the players from escaping and it wasn’t too difficult to get in touch with the outside world. We see so many characters from different chapters of the franchise, and the action takes place in very familiar places. It even seems like Monokuma wanted Naegi to talk with the outside world. My guess is that our villain wants to gather everyone on site to prepare for the grand finale. After all Monokuma wants to give his and Naegi’s story a proper and grand ending. I am guessing mass murder, but you never know. Maybe we’re in for a surprise.
I am glad to see more characters coming aboard the ship. It seems that Kazutaka Kodaka wants to bring everyone alive together and give the fans a finale they will never forget. The Despair Arc is just the cherry on top of an amazing anime cake.
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