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.
This episode was a rollercoaster of WTF moments. From one surprise to the next, we had three deaths and one destruction in this episode, bringing the count from nine survivors to five. Two things were dropping like flies while I was watching this, characters and exclamations.
I am in a very difficult position right now. I decided to assume that the people who are reading reviews are doing it after they’ve watched the episode and go on with that assumption. Why is it so important? Because spoilers, that’s why. So many things happened in this episode. Do I account them in this plot paragraph? Do I try to be as discreet as possible and offer a spoiler free summary?
What the heck, here it is:
SO MANY PEOPLE DIED IN THIS EPISODE. And not in the usual boring, desensitized way. We had some true moments here. First things first though: We all knew that the secret exit was a hoax, but I was secretly cheering for it to be true so that Ruruka could die from her forbidden action. I don’t know how unselfish I would have had to be to champion hope like Naegi does, but frak that bitch, she is unknowing. Pardon my language, but I’ve really had it. I was sure that she killed Izayoi, and even though I have to admit that she did it in a psychotic, cool way, her reason was ridiculous. ‘I am betraying you before you can betray me”. Really? And Izayoi forgave her because…he… understood here? True love can make you a real fool.
Yeah, I was a little carried away emotionally there. Well, the setting of the killing game is underwater. No escaping until the game ends, I guess.
Apart from Ruruka’s eventual (and much appreciated) demise after the fourth time limit nap (an awesome scene where Ruruka was stuffed with sweets, reminiscent of her recent betrayal) there were two WTF moments that need to be discussed: (I keep using that initialism. I guess I am in a loss for a better word)
WTF Moment One: Munakata kills Sakakura in cold blood. Yeah, I know. Rolling eyes and stuff. WHY? Yeah, I get it that it has something to do with Despair and that Munakata is not the hunter (after all Kazuo told him who the hunter is) but I am dying to find the reason behind this action. Have I missed something? Let me know if you know something I don’t. And right after her tried to tell that bastard that he was in love with Chisa. This was a great moment, and the despair-hope preach of Munakata was insane but cool.
WTF Moment Two: Kirigiri commited suicide. Have I ever mentioned that Kirigiri had all the qualities of the perfect detective? She was our little cute Sherlock Holmes. Cumberbatch would have been proud. Feelings were not strangers to her as it seems, and she was willing to sacrifice her life to keep Naegi on his track of bringing hope to the world. That’s the ultimate self-sacrifice. Believing in an ideal so strongly that you could give your own life to protect it. I could never be that strong, I think. On the other hand, it felt like her forbidden action was once again decided at the last moment during an emergency writers’ meeting before the last episode started. “Let’s get Naegi’s sister tell him that he is going to be responsible for the next death and fulfill it in the next episode. That would make him determined to win this game and save as many as he can. Awesome!”
Munakata’s fire katana: I was hoping for a longer battle between the mechaGekkou and MunaNinja, but I was content with the slashing-Gekkou-in-two-while-being-philosophical scene.
Sakakura and Ruruka are dead: I guess I’m not the only viewer that wanted them both dead, but they had to make it dramatic, didn’t they? We couldn’t just cheer their demise. There had to be a backstory, something to make them look sympathetic. Touché.
Recap Episode: Everyone who hates recap episodes, raise your hands. Is that every anime fan’s hand I see in the horizon. Of course it is. We hate recap episodes. Recaps are usually a sign that something is going wrong with the production and they needed extra time to fix it. Monokuma’s joke that this was going to be a recap episode may be a reference to that, and a reminder that there is nothing wrong with this series. They are still going strong, one awesome episode after the other. The summary we got instead was unneeded, but fortunately short enough to not be annoying.
I really enjoyed this episode. There were so many common tropes served in a cool way. From Kirigiri’s heroic sacrifice to Ruruka’s and Munakata’s betrayal, the body count was huge and our appetites satisfied. The show is stepping on the pedal the closer we are to the final episode. I wonder what kind of an ending Monokuma has in mind.
Arguably, one of the best episodes of the series, which is quite a feat considering that we are approaching the end. It was to be expected though because the creators of the game wanted this to be a proper closure, and you don’t mess with a creator who wants to do a good job.
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