A new Dangan Ronpa
anime has just started! (Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy
, divided confusingly into two alternating series: Future Arc
(set after the second game) and Despair Arc
(set before).) It's actual new canon, rather than an adaptation! And it looks potentially extremely interesting! And it features my favourite character!
This sounds like good news but is actually terrible
Naegi escaped! He was one of the few who got out alive! And now he's been thrown into another murder game, and I have a really bad feeling about his chances. (And we still haven't seen him reunited with his sister!)
Please don't be killed, Naegi. And I hope this goes without saying, but please don't murder. If Naegi kills anyone, I will scream and disown this terrible series forever.
I'd also be very upset to lose Asahina or Kirigiri, but Naegi is still my absolute favourite. I'd almost forgotten how much I love him. Look at him getting all flustered and self-deprecating when the person putting him in handcuffs pays him a compliment! Look at him being furious and determined! I was OUTRAGED when he was punched in the gut. Leave the poor boy alone; he's been through enough.Dangan Ronpa
is an odd series. Usually, I'd be delighted for more canon featuring a character I like. In the case of Dangan Ronpa
, though, there's the constant fear that any character present may not be long for this world.
I can tell you which character I'm unreservedly happy to see more of, though: Mahiru Koizumi! Admittedly this is only because she's already dead and they can't exactly kill her more
in the prequel. She was around for so little time! I was devastated to lose her so early, and then I thought that was it; we'd never see more of her. I'm so excited to get more Koizumi canon, even if she didn't have much to do in the first episode.
The first Despair Arc
episode was a bit odd at first (I'd forgotten that the Super Dangan Ronpa 2
cast, much though I love it, has a slightly overwhelming wacky-to-grounded-character ratio, and there was some very unnecessary fanservice). I wasn't sure how I felt about it. But then came that scene between Nanami and Hinata, which I loved
. Hinata/Nanami never interested me that much in the game - I was more interested in Hinata/Komaeda and Hinata/Koizumi - but that one scene really grabbed my heart.
Which is unfortunate, because there's no way this isn't going to end in horrible heartbreak.
I really hope we're going to get to see Hinata meet all the other members of that class. ESPECIALLY KOIZUMI. (I also want him to meet Komaeda, of course, but Komaeda's probably not going to creepily adore him when Hinata's just a talentless member of the Reserve Course, which makes me sad.)
Interesting that, on the island, the students seemed drawn to the people they were close to before their memories were wiped: Koizumi and Saionji, Hinata and Nanami, Souda and Sonia (well, they weren't close
, but Souda was desperately seeking Sonia's approval both before and after the memory wipe). Saionji was bullying Tsumiki both before and after, too.
I ONLY JUST REALISED THAT MUKURO IKUSABA APPEARS IN THE DESPAIR ARC OPENING. Are we going to get to see Mukuro? Are we going to get to see anyone else from her class (besides the obvious)? Might we get some animated Mukuro-and-Naegi interaction?
Please say yes.
Something that delights me: Kuzuryuu may have his angry don't-care rebel façade, but he's one of the few students who diligently shows up for lessons. You're not fooling anyone, Kuzuryuu.