And it all started when the predictable became the unpredictable. The cycle starts to break as the anime nears its end, wherein the succeeding killings reveal mysteries behind. This includes the facts that Kirigiri is the principal’s daughter that longs for her father she hasn’t seen for years, that the school principal is killed not so long ago, that the person behind Monokuma is Junko Enoshima (revealed to be the 16th student’s twin sister) and that the remaining fifteen students (basically the characters involved from the beginning of the series) are put to amnesia at their enrollment in the Academy, making them forget their memories throughout their high school years and literally kill one another. The attempt to survive is also considered a cycle breaker. It’s interesting to see how the remaining survivors contribute in putting an end to the source of killings, as to escape from the Academy of Despair.
The irony behind “Hope’s Peak Academy” is pretty much appreciated. It is the name of their attended school, which actually is an enclosed school of despair, in contrast with the name itself that rather implies optimism and hopes to succeed in life. The foreshadowing-turned-right part is surely not to be neglected. It’s already been proven in the laptop scene that the characters have discovered a mystery behind the killings, bringing them to know more of them, and that the laptop later destroyed by Monokuma is their actual beacon of hope. And lastly, I’m starting to like Naegi more. I realized that his optimistic hopes have turned him into a brave warrior, a weapon that defeated both Monokuma (well not entirely since it woke as they left..) and Junko, and made Naegi and his classmates escape. Not forgetting to mention that Junko has become one of my favorite characters in the series. No matter how villainous she is.
My opinions on this anime haven’t changed however. It still lacks challenge as a whole and has shallow unrealistic scenes, wherein the investigations take faster than what’s expected in a mystery, thriller and crime anime. For a video-game-turned-anime-series, Danganronpa is still far as mediocre. Corpse Party (an anime based on video game and of same genre) is a lot more appealing and attracts both young and old gore mystery fanatics. Danganronpa, on the other hand, only appeals to 12-15 year olds. It may only appeal in the shortest amount of time and is easily outgrown once it is watched.
That’s exactly why Danganronpa is called an anime of the season. It is not meant to be a masterpiece but rather an anime to be watched within a particular season (summer). Who would have thought to create a blood that’s purplish rather than red?
Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars (7/10)