Episode: All All Apologies II
Note: Recap will contain spoilers.
Recap: The episode starts with the conclusion of the previous episode – Oogami’s death in a locked room. As Naegi and Kirigiri are investigating, Kirigiri calls him to the biology room, where they note the spilled powder and footprints.
When the trial starts, immediately Asahina accuses either Hagakure, Togami, or Fukawa of killing Oogami because they were all summoned to the games room to meet with her. Togami admits getting the note, but says that he never met with her. Hagakure says he didn’t go either, but Fukawa tells him that she saw him in the games room with Oogami because she arrived early and decided to hide in a locker. Fukawa said that she saw Hagakure enter the room, and that when Oogami said that she was going to “bring it all to an end,” he panicked and hit her with one of the bottles on the shelf.
Hagakure tries to deny it, but Fukawa insists that it was the fatal blow, which Naegi immediately contradicts – Oogami was hit twice, which meant that Hagakure’s blow didn’t kill her. Fukawa insists that he had to have done it, but didn’t remember what happened after she fainted from seeing the blood on Oogami. She sneezes to bring forward Genocider Shou, who then reveals that she hit her after she was startled by her appearance.
Asahina insists that the vote go forward, but Naegi thinks that something doesn’t add up – Geniocider tells him that she hit Oogami by the bookcase, but the problem is that Oogami died in the chair, making it impossible to believe that Genocider’s hit to the head was a fatal blow, also.
Togami presents his own theory, presenting a bottle of poison found in the biology lab, which he noted was a poison bottle found in the with the nutritionalsulpplements. He immediately takes a swig from it, making the other students panic. Kirigiri asks him to give the bottle to her, which he obliges. She takes a taste of it, and declares that it’s protein powder, not poison. Togami notes the protein cup found in the room, and Naegi draws the conclusion that whoever killed Oogami poisoned her using the protein drink. Togami suggests that the killer made the footprints in the yellow spill on the biology lab floor, and suggests that the culprit was wearing sneakers. That’s when Ashira makes the teary confession that she killed Oogami.
Naegi finds it hard to believe that Asahina would kill her best friend, although Togami suggests that she used the relationship to her advantage, which Asahina admits. She says that Oogami asked her to get some protein, and she decided to fill it with poison instead. But Naegi isn’t buying it, especially after she says she left the game room after killing her, because it didn’t explain how the door got jammed, and if she can’t explain how the door got locked she wasn’t the culprit. Kirigiri says that she has more evidence that Asahina isn’t guilty – a piece of glass found in the poison bottle that Togami found, which could have only gotten in there after Naegi broke the window to get in the room. And Kirigiri notes that in the games room the protein cup was on top of the glass, not underneath it.
With this new clue, Naegi figures it out – while they were focused on Oogami’s body, someone removed the poison bottle and put the protein cup there to shift blame of the murder from the real culprit: Oogami herself, who had gone to the biology lab to get poison to kill herself and spilled the yellow powder in the process. She locked the door so no one would interrupt her, then took the poison.
Naegi presents that it started when Oogami invited Fukawa, Togami, and Hagakure to talk, which didn’t sit well with Asahina. But after Hagakure and Fukawa panicked and hit her instead, she went to the chair and asked Asahina, who showed up to the room, to get her some protein, and then drank the poison. Asahina realized that Oogami killed herself, and tried to go back to save her, but didn’t get there in time. Asahina insisted that she was the killer, but Naegi tells her that it’s over.
Togami is frustrated that a suicide was the solution, but Kirigiri tells him that she warned him not to take human emotions too lightly. Togami demands to know why Asahina tried to hide the reason for her death, and she presents Oogami’s will. In the will, she states that she took her own life in order to get rid of the despair she was feeling for being the mole. But Monokuma interrupts Asahina, telling her that he has the real will, which states that she was the mole because his family’s dojo was being held hostage, and couldn’t bear to be the source of their arguments, so she decided to kill herself so they would stop arguing and “the murders will come to an end.”
This revelation causes Asahina to break down, realizing that her actions would have potentially caused more bloodshed if they had lost and would have been for nothing. But Naegi and the others tell him that she didn’t die in vain, with Togami saying he was going to stop playing the game. But then Monokuma announces that a punishment was still going to happen with a “special guest” – Alter Ego is the next to “die.” Monokuma tells them that he knew about him all along, and then reads more of Oogami’s letter, where he starts reading, “Lastly, the mastermind has altered our bodies to—“ before stopping and saying that it was “spoilers,” then notes that Oogami had a special message for the Mastermind – that she would strike back.
After the end credits, Asahina apologizes for her actions, which the others accept. When they go to bed that night, Kirigiri goes to Naegi’s room and tells him to meet her in the data processing room. When Naegi goes up there, the door is locked and there is no Kirigiri. Monokuma shows up to tell him to go to bed, and Kirigiri suddenly shows up and goes with Naegi back to their rooms. As they are going down, Kirigiri tells him to watch out for the sixteenth student in the school – the Super High School-Level Despair, Mukuro Ikusaba.
Review: This was a good, fast paced episode. It kept you guessing throughout this one as to who the culprit was. And we have some new clues going into the final episodes, so we’re still guessing as to what’s going to happen next. Next week: Who is Mukuro Ikusaba? What is a “High School-Level Despair?” And who is going to be killed next?
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