Up until now, all the episode titles were spot on in Danganronpa 3 Future Arc: The title of Episode 08 was ‘Who Killed Cock Robin’ and the detective theme was carried out by Kirigiri as she searched for the Hunter. Episode 09 had the title ‘You are my Reason to Die’, and what could have been a more perfect title since Kirigiri sacrificed herself for Makoto.
This episode has the title ‘Death, Destruction, Despair’. I don’t know about you, but I felt all three so powerfully that I still can’t get past the things we learned about Chisa.
This episode is just a big versus battle between Kyosuke and Makoto. The both believe that they are the hope that will defeat Despair and they are willing to fight for the title. Well, in very different ways since Makoto is a pacifist who wants to convince Kyosuke to join him while he just wants to kill Makoto and everyone in this horrifying killing game.
After realizing that Kyoko sacrificed herself to keep Makoto alive, he is determined to face Kyosuke alone. This is a fine reaction from a man who is for the second time the hero of the day without even realizing it. Oh well, maybe just a little here. After all the shock was a bit too much this time, since Makoto was in love with Kyoko.
Kyosuke spares no time to talk with the man he believes to be part of Despair, and hunts Makoto who takes advantage of Kyosuke’s forbidden action: he can’t open doors. He brings him into a stall so he could talk to him.
At last we learn Kazuo’s answer to Kyosuke’s question about the attacker. If I am not mistaken, it was ‘I don’t know’. He phrased it in a much more convenient way, saying that the attacker isn’t just one person, but every Future Foundation member.
It was also confirmed, much to my disappointment, that Chisa was in fact brainwashed in the last Despair episode. She was a double agent for the Ultimate Despair and one of the Remnants. In a very disturbing flashback and a set of photographs Kyosuke finds, he realizes that even though Chisa was devastated after finding a group of children murdered, she was the one who had killed them all along.
After some very emotional talk with Makoto, Kyosuke has a ‘My God, what have I done?’ moment. He realizes he has gone too far. Maybe it’s time for a different strategy.
Aoi-chan finally appears with Kyoko’s notebook, which allegedly reveals who the true attacker is. Well, since Kirigiri was one hell of a detective we have no reason to believe otherwise.
Ahhh, and in case you missed the scene after the credits, at Jabberwock Island a single ship slips past the Future Foundation blockade around the island. Suspicious.
Men can cry: We are human beings too, dammit. Both Makoto and Kyosuke cried in this episode, and both for the women they love. How touching. Kyosuke also let some steam out by shouting as loud as he could. It works; you should try it at least once if you haven’t already.
Themes & Trivia
Cliffhangers: Cliffhangers are good when you know that you are getting a new episode for sure (contrary to Heroes, if you want just one example. This episode had THREE of them. We will probably learn who the killer is from Kyoko’s notebook. We have no idea what happened in Jabberwock Island and who that ship is carrying. The survivor count is pointing at one person more than it should. Who is alive?
Hope Vs Despair: This is a theme we have talked about many times, but Kyosuke and Makoto had an interesting conversation about the difference of destroying evil and pursuing good; the one doesn’t guarantee the other. Getting rid of Despair is not equivalent of bringing Hope. Most probably it will bring more despair since the actions taken against it are exactly the same with the action needed to make it stronger. It’s a loophole of despair from which you can only escape if you stop seeking the end of Despair but the creation of Hope.
I enjoyed this episode very much. It had the right amount of action, dialogue, and flashbacks. It had minimum scene changes, just a few key actors, and the writing was good enough to make me care about what was happening. The animation was on par with the rest of the episodes, a surprising but interesting fact, and blended well with the background score.
And the rating is…
With so many cliffhangers in one episode, it’s only natural to anticipate the next one. Danganronpa is one of the anime I will miss from this season. It probably has the most interesting story so far (from the series that I am watching, before you go all fan-girly to me).
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