Episode: The Reason Super High School-Level Bad Luck Attracted Super High School-Level Murder, Super High School-Level Execution and Super High School-Level Despair
Note: This week’s recap was written today because the episode was posted later than its 5 p.m. scheduled time. The recap will contain spoilers.
Recap: Monokuma opens up the rest of the school for investigation, and gets caught up in his own trap when Naegi starts figuring out the major secrets of the school.
But not before Monokuma could make them each believe that the others were in cahoots with the mastermind with a picture that excluded each member of the student body who received the picture. Since Kirigiri knew it was a trap, she didn’t look at the picture she was given. But Naegi figured out pretty quickly that Monokuma was trying to confuse them, and it gave them a bigger hint – the pictures were real, and their memories had been erased..
But Naegi latches on to one statement that Monokuma made earlier in the series – only the 16 students arrived alive. The remains of the principal/Kirigiri’s father were found in a gift wrapped box, along with his device that could open anything – including lockers that contained items belonging to students. Among the items found: Hagakure’s fortune telling items and class notes, and Kirigiri’s notebook giving some hints about “two Despairs” in the school.
Another item found in the room: a memory card with a video on it showing the students agreeing to stay in the school forever. When they get to Junko’s interview, however, Monokuma unplugs the machine, blaming “technical difficulties.”
Naegi manages to shoot down Monokuma with each attempt to distract the rest of the team, including pointing out that there were only 9 coolers in the Biology lab that were being used despite 10 students being dead, and that the person who attacked Naegi wasn’t Ikusaba because his attacker didn’t have the Fenrir tattoo.
His final blow names who the real mastermind is: Junko.
Who suddenly appears out of nowhere and reveals herself, also revealing the fact that her and Ikusaba were twin sisters – “the two Despairs.”
For those who have played the game or watched the walkthroughs online, they knew this was coming. If you’re just watching this for the first time, following the clues makes this seem less out of left field (think back to the first episode and Junko’s conversation with Naegi). Because it’s adapting a visual novel that would take hours to play, everything moves much faster than a normal show like this would. With one episode left, it will be hard to top what’s been revealed so far.
Next Week: It’s the final episode. What secrets will finally come to light?