Written by Shiggins
The three stages of Danganronpa's anime of 2016, in which the story of Makato Naegi and his companions was finally wrapped up. Storylines are resolved, characters make shocking returns, and the dub of Monokuma just gets worse and worse. Over the course of these three segments, you find yourself questioning a lot about what you saw from the first two games of the series, and the final result is a mixed bag that is worth talking about. And since we've got Danganronpa V3 coming soon, this feels like a good time to do just that. Talk.
|So many deaths. So little time.|
Let's talk about them in the order they aired, starting with the Future arc, ironically. In this one, Naegi is trapped inside the headquarters of the Future Foundation, the anti-terrorism organisation that seeks to destroy Despair. With Kyoko Kirigiri and Aoi Asahina from the first game as his support, Naegi has to survive a brand new type of Killing Game orchestrated by Monokuma and figure out who is behind this latest torture.
|It was really thoughtful of the series to give one of the most horrific, gruesome deaths to one of the most insufferable characters. I really do appreciate that. Thanks, guys!|
|You know, looking back on it, her unique and interesting story really didn't amount to much in the end, did it?|
That being said, The Killing Game itself is actually very clever. Much like Pokemon Sun and Moon, it manages to take it's own identity by changing the past games' formula and creating something fresh and original, while still keeping in with the spirit of the franchise. For those of you who don't know and really made the wrong choice to read this review instead of watching the series first, the Killing Game involved bracelets that came with "NG Codes", which were commands unique to each person. If you disobey your NG Code, the bracelet kills you. Also, there's a traitor who kills you every time you are forced to go to sleep by the bracelet. While I did miss the Class Trials, this was a really clever substitute that fixed one of the most major problems of the first anime. It kept me guessing the entire time.
However, it's finally time to talk about what angers me the most about the Future arc: Naegi does nothing! With the exception of one scene near the end involving Munakata, Naegi spends the entire arc talking about "Hope" but never actually doing anything about it. I had to laugh out loud when he vowed that nobody else would die, and then someone else died less than ten minutes after he said that. If we saw him do something and fail, that would be effective. If he succeeded, that would be effective. However, he does nothing. And in the end, that is the most pathetic outcome to say about the protagonist of any series.
|Don't do drugs, kids.|
Everyone who finished Danganronpa 2 immediately grew tense when they heard that "Despair" was going to be the title of the prequel, because we all knew how it was going to end; The lovable characters would become Remnants of Despair, enticed by Junko Enoshima into the villains that spread chaos and destruction wherever they went until the Future Foundation found them. This prequel could only end in pain and misery... so imagine our surprise when the first few episodes were shockingly hilarious and light-hearted!
|It's like watching the evolution of playing No Man's Sky...|
Of course, the comedy is not the focus. And every viewer out there knew exactly what the comedy was; A feint to make us drop our guard. To prepare us for the upcoming darkness that will lead into the events of the first game. Thankfully, the series manages to make the transition feel natural and characters like Gundam and Nekomaru manage to at least bring some levity whenever the show threatens to go too far. The dark scenes are great, with one of the most horrific executions the franchise has ever done providing tears and shock to you, the viewer. It's sadistic in all the right ways.
Sadly however, the Despair prequel has two major flaws in my opinion. The first of which is the character Sato, who fans will remember as the murderer of Fuyuhiko Kuzuryuu's little sister, Natsumi. In the video game, this murder happened years ago and was a huge source of distress for Kuzuryuu, even causing one of the class trials and a tragic farewell to a beloved character. Here however, we have one episode focus on the entire incident and then it's completely dropped, as if it never happened. Considering how many characters were actually involved in this storyline, and the actions that played out, it's quite a shock to see that this incident never impacted their eventual drop into despair.
|I can't tell who I'm more jealous of in this image... wow, that says a lot about me.|
|NO! NOT HER! DON'T HURT HER! SHE WORE A PIKACHU HOODIE! HER EYES ARE DIFFERENT! THAT AUTOMATICALLY GETS ME BECAUSE MANIPULATION!|
|Nanami? Nanami! NANAMIIIIIII! (MGS reference!)|
|Must... Resist... Obvious... and Overly Used... Game of Thrones... Joke....|
|It's pretty funny to think that part of the reason he's crying so happily is because someone said "My wiener thinks you'd make a fine addition". No joke.|
|I just really wish they had confirmed these two as a canon pair. FUCK OFF, SOUDA! TANAKA FTW!|
By the way, no score at the end of this because I'm having trouble really deciding if I should review it in the three parts or all at once and it gets messy when I try to use my brain. Yeah, this review was a bit all over the place, but the anime as a whole was too so I think it's appropriate.
Prepare for Part 2...
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