Episode: Goodbye, Despair High School
Note: Recap will contain spoilers.
The final episode of “Danganronpa” has aired…or has it? With the fact that there is a sequel to the videogame in the stores, there’s a chance that the series will gain another season to continue the story.
The episode starts out with the revelation that Junko was the mastermind all long, and that the Ikusaba was her twin sister playing her until she was killed. Junko’s goal throughout this episode is to induce despair in the remaining students, and she starts by telling them a massive event took place a year ago, which none of the students remember because their memories were taken. Junko tells them, as she’s constantly shifting personalities, a major despair inducing event happened a year prior, and that she infiltrated the school to make sure it spread within the school.
Because none of the students remember this, they think they’ve only been there a few weeks, when in fact it’s been two years since they entered the school. The first year, they were happy and getting along, which Junko didn’t care for, so she and her sister decided to induce despair. The principal put together a shelter plan for the students to stay at the school, with the students helping out with boarding up the windows and creating the gates, creating their own prison.
But they can’t trust everything that Junko says, especially after she makes an attempt to induce more despair by telling them that there’s nothing in the outside world for them, even going so far to tell Togami his family has been decimated. But Naegi refuses to give up hope that they can defeat her, causing Kirigiri to tell him that he was sent to the school not because of luck but because he was the High School Level Hope.
Tired of the attempts to thwart her, Junko starts the vote. But her conditions don’t meet past votes – instead of voting for who is guilty, they are going to vote for either hope (students) or despair (Junko). If hope wins, they get to live in the school for the rest of their lives. But if despair wins, the students are to die. But then Junko changes the consequence – if despair wins, Naegi dies, and they get to live in the school for the rest of their lives.
Naegi has hope that he’ll win, until he sees the faces of the others. But naegi is able to pull it out at the last minute, using verbal bullets to infuse hope into the others and finally defeat Junko. Upon learning that she is going to die, she’s…happy, now feeling an intoxicating amount of despair. Giving herself a torture where she inflicts all the available punishments on herself, she ends up leaving behind the button that opens the front door, now allowing them to be free.
Will there be a second season? There’s a basis for it – the end sets up the possible return of Monokuma, and a character from the second game, Usagi, arrives at the very end. No official announcement has been made yet, but if it’s anything like this past season has been it should be a wild ride.