Episode: Not Normal Arc: Dash Toward the Youthful Junk Food of Despair
Note: The recap will contain spoilers.
Recap: The episode starts with Naegi reminding the audience of their discovery of how their current lives are being transmitted to the country in an attempt to bring more despair to the country. The class trial is getting closer, and the only thing they know is that the victim they found is possibly the sixteenth student, Mukuro Ikusaba.
On the elevator down to the trial, Naegi asks Kirigiri where she’s been. She tells him that she’s been exploring the second floor – the Monokuma key that she found was a skeleton key that opened any door in the dorm. She promises to give him the details later once the trial was done.
As soon as the trial starts, Togami immediately accuses Kirigiri of the murder because of her disappearance. Going through the timeline of the crime, Togami points out that everyone else has an alibi for the time period between when he and Hagakure were in the garden and when the body was found, pointing out that the body was dry and narrowed down the timeline. Kirigiri suggests that someone put a cover over the body to hide the true timeline, adding that she found a tarp in the shed in the garden.
Togami suggests that there is more evidence pointing towards Kirigiri – a locker containing duralumin arrows, which might have been bundled up to give the appearance that the body was hit in the head with a pipe. He points out that the key for the locker was found in Kirigiri’s room. Kirigiri, feeling the pressure that her death would not allow for the school’s secrets to come out, challenges Togami with the one piece of evidence he forgot about – he took the key to Kirigiri’s room, so she couldn’t have entered her room.
This leaves Naegi with a problem – he knows about the skeleton key, so she could have entered the room. But, deciding that she has a good reason to lie about the key, says nothing.
Monokuma tries to speed the trial along, which gives Naegi his first clue that something isn’t right about the trial. He challenges Monokuma, telling him that it’s strange how they’ve never officially confirmed the identity of the body or that they were allowed to proceed to trial with the details being so vague. Monokuma suggests that maybe he’s guilty, instead, and immediately goes to voting. Before they could vote, Kirigi, to Naegi’s shock, suggests that he was the one who could have possibly left the key in the room when they entered. This results in everyone voting for Naegi as the suspect.
However, just as Naegi is about to be crushed by a giant machine, he’s saved last minute by Alter Ego, who instead allows him to drop into the garbage chute, frustrating Monokuma. When Kirigiri suggests that it didn’t according to plan, Monokuma suggests that maybe slowly dying in the garbage area would be a better punishment.
When Naegi wakes up, he realizes he’s in with the garbage. He remembers that Alter Ego saved him, and decides to dedicate any time to finding a way out. While he’s sleeping, a mysterious bundle finds its way in the basement – Kirigiri. She apologizes for abandoning him in order to stay alive, but Naegi tells her that the mastermind behind it all is to blame. Kirigiri then tells Naegi that the mastermind’s plan the night that he was sick was to kill Naegi and frame her for the murder, but it didn’t go according to plan, forcing him to use a different body. His questioning the trial sealed his fate.
They escape using the skeleton key, and as they are heading up Kirigiri tells him that he remembers why she was at the school to begin with – she was the Super High School Detective, and had tried hard to get into the school so she could meet the headmaster, who was her father.
After their escape, they go to talk to Monokuma, who is not too happy that Naegi was rescued. Kirigiri suggests that his trying to punish Naegi twice would violate the rules for his visitors and that his viewing audience would not be happy with the fact that he violated the rules, and suggests that they reconduct the trial, this time with more time to look for evidence needed to find the real culprit. Monokuma agrees, and adds another wrinkle – they have to discover all the school’s secrets, or else they lose. They agree, and tell the rest of the students the news, who were feeling guilty about voting for Naegi. So now the race is on.
Review: Good episode! Lot of tension, especially during the truncated class trial, especially when the suspects are now limited. Now you’re really at the edge of your seat to find out what’s going to happen, and want to know for yourself what the secrets of the school are. Next week: Will the students finally find out the secrets of Hope's Peak Academy?
Note: Recap for this Wednesday's episode of "Brothers Conflict" will be delayed to Thursday.