Danganronpa – The Animation Episode 4 – More and more

danganronpa togami byakuya
This guy.

Another bites the dust.
Danganronpa – The Animation Episode 4 Review
“Weekly Shounen Despair Magazine: (Not) Normal Arc”
“Shūkan Shōnen Zetsubō Magajin: (Hi-)Nichijō-hen”
(週刊少年ゼツボウマガジン (非)日常編)

Another episode and another person bites the dust in a horrific and confusing way. If the previous case was too easy for you, then this one will prove to be much more challenging. There are certainly irregularities that even I notice, but to find out how and who remains difficult to solve.

Danganronpa – The Animation Episode 4 Impressions

Danganronpa naegi shower fanservice

GET SOME NAEGI.

Danganronpa the animation opening

This kuma…

Watch closely how it changes.

Kirigiri and Togami

Heh. Badass.

O_O

Celestia Ludenberg

Do they have something going on?

Fujisaki Chihiro

Aside from the totally random opening that is actually somewhat disturbing as much as it is random, mostly due to the fact that it’s the sadistic Monokuma doing this, it seems like the world has opened up just a bit for those held captive. Unlocking the second floor gives our characters room to relax, read a book, swim, and kill each other in new ways! Moreover, this episode appears to be focusing on Togami who seems to be another pivotal character in the series. Exhibiting arrogance, he’s cocky alright, but you have to admit that he has what it takes to survive this game; confidence, composure even in this circumstance, a reputable background as well as a logical, but harsh, outlook on the situation.

Girls of Danganronpa

Lol. Airhead Asahina.

Real failure of a game maker.

Fukawa drooling

Uhhhhh…

LOLLLL.

Fukawa Touko creepy

OH MAI GAWD.

Wow, really Monokuma? I had higher expectations than that. Anyways, as you can see, he puts in the rule that lending is strictly prohibited, but it never said anything about stealing being out of the question. Moreover, I’m not sure if girls can sneak into the guy’s changing room. It seems like it applies to both, but maybe it doesn’t? This will become very important in what’s to come, and I must say. Fukawa is extremely creepy. I understand why she would go all hot over Togami, but she needs to just chill a bit. Not to mention her unstable mind isn’t really going to help things at all…

Oowada Mondo

D:

Danganronpa sauna ishimaru and oowada

MANLY FIGHT OF MANLINESS.

Best part of this episode?

Danganronpa celestia ludenberg

OH SHI-

Wow. That’s a MANLY BATTLE OF MANLINESS. Now if they do this in Free! I’m sure many people- Anyways, it’s nice seeing Ishimaru taking on Oowada in what is the most challenging challenge ever. Seriously, 40 minutes, and that hardcore sweating. What’s even better is just how they get along afterwards like best buddies. I’m kind of curious as to what happened in that steamy- You know what, it’s okay. I’m not that curious. But man, Celestia sure is scary when she doesn’t get her tea.. hehe… I feel sorry for the fatass.

Monokuma evil

WHYYYY…

Stalker.

Alright, so, watching it again, the person with the strongest reaction is Fukawa in the background. She’s shivering, and while embarrassing things are… embarrassing, there’s also the “past that you’d want to keep secret” which is probably what will be the motive for someone. Monokuma knows that for the majority of the people it’ll be fine, but maybe for one or two, it’ll be enough for them to not want others to know. Especially if, say, they have killed another person before in the past.

O:

Fujisaki chihiro dead

Oh she’s dead. Hot girl poster got my attention first. D: Am I a bad person?

Togami Byakuya fascinated

FASCINATED.

Hmm… There aren’t many who could lift that. There’s no way Fukawa could. I guess she could roll it…

He or she changed the carpet? Hmm…

So they swapped that.

Eh.

Tracksuit?… Why? She’s not changing for that to go to the pool right?

Kirigiri Kyouko

She knows what’s up.

So, Fujisaki is the fourth one to die eh? Now, here’s where things start to get interesting. You can tell from the posters, and what Oogami says about her drink that this is isn’t exactly the girl’s changing room. The backgrounds of both scenes remain the same, but it seems like the posters and the carpet have been switched?… It’s not possible to just swap both rooms as the colors of the doors and the placement of the doors will have to be the same. So the place Fujisaki is in is undoubtedly the girl’s changing room. However, the blood is on the poster from the guy’s changing room? Not to mention, the carpet as well? So, it appears that Fujisaki may have been killed in the boy’s changing room and then was transported to the girl’s changing room to make it seem like a girl did it? Did someone lure Fujisaki in, kill her, use the card, and switch the carpet and the poster? If that’s not allowed, and guys cannot enter the girl’s changing room regardless, then a girl must have done it if girls are allowed to enter the boy’s changing room. If so, how did they enter?

Always male?… Agh.

So are you Genocider Syo? Aaaaaa

As for the rest… Fukawa is acting awful strange and with the way Fujisaki died, could she have been the killer? Multiple personality disorder, the apology to Togami, and more… But that’s too easy isn’t it? What’s with Togami anyways? It can’t be this easy right? I mean, Fukawa being scared of revealing her past and then her other personality decides to just kill a person?… Togami seems to know the answer to everything along with what’s actually contained in that promise. At this point, I’m tired to even try to guess any more. I’ll leave it up to next week to explain everything.

Danganronpa – The Animation Episode 4 Review

Phew, well, this is definitely a harder mystery than the previous and I’m glad to see that. It does look like most of the clues are in place and there’s even some character relations at work here. As a non-game watcher, it still feels rushed with how everything is panning out, but if next episode there are some red herrings, conflicting thoughts, and a solution dependent mostly on what’s shown in this episode, I’ll be happy enough. There’s not much otherwise to really review in this episode as most of the criticism will come from the next. Well, I had fun trying to wrap my head around the situation even though it’s not the best time of day for me so excuse me for my random nonsensical ramblings . Also, while trying to understand the situation, I noticed how bad I am at solving these mysteries. Haha. Oh well.

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NO SPOILERS AT ALL. NO HINTING. NO PRETENDING. NONE.

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  • Sammy Lee

    Lol “Oh she’s dead. Hot girl poster got my attention first. D: Am I a bad person?” Yes, Yes you are! HAhaah

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      D: B-b-but DEM BEWBIES.

      • Sammy Lee

        Entrav, definetley giving you a SHOUTOUT in my upcoming video, and definetly in all my Free Episodes! You are awesome and it’s well deserved!

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          Thank you very much! You don’t have to go overboard with giving shoutouts everytime. Just once is already great. :)

          • Sammy Lee

            I have a quick question, regarding my channel, should I use my real name, Sam, ShyGUY, or Mr. Shy? im currently been doing allot to make my part of the channel original, like you said, which I again thank you for that. What do you think, Sam? or Mr. Shy? or ShyGUY?

          • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

            Google is trying to incorporate their Google+ into Youtube and they are trying to make you use your real name, or the name you registered for a Google+ account to make that the name the same as your Youtube account. It’s not a standard now, so it’s fine for now, but you may want to look into creating a Google+ account just to be prepared.

            You can still change the “name” of your Youtube channel into something like ShyGUY or whatever even if your actual username is, say, Sammy Lee. I do suggest you put in something that your Youtube channel pertains to. Anime reactions, anime reviews, or just some keywords would probably help search later on. So, “ShyGUY – Anime Reactions, Reviews, and more.”

            As for the actual name… I really don’t know. However, once you go with it. Stick with it. Take your time to think of a name you’ll be happy with. Remember to introduce yourself every video using the same name, and try to get a logo going as well. I honestly don’t know what name would work, but go on Google and check some guides on creating a “brand name.”

            For me, the name “Entravity” randomly came to me when I was just looking up ways to find a name. Just coincidence and it’s original as no one else had it. Ah yes, that’s important. Try to have an original name and Google it to make sure there are no results taking up your name. It’ll be easier that way.

  • hee7

    Good god I love your reaction posts. Dying with laughter.

    (And the mystery speculation is good stuff too, so~)

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Thanks a lot! I was actually really tired when I wrote this post so I thought it wouldn’t be as good, but I guess some moments in this anime were just naturally funny and easy to incorporate into my review.

  • Xerv

    Maybe Fujisaki using the computer has something to do with it? Also, they’ve gotten just a bit better with the pacing of finding clues. The last one was rushed as heck.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Yep, a bit better with the clues this time around.

  • http://thehugeanimefan.blogspot.com/ Cassandra @The Huge Anime Fan

    I understand nothing!
    I’m just horrible at solving the mysteries but its fun to see them eventually revealed.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Haha, same here. I’m clueless. Doesn’t help that I was tired while trying to figure it out.

  • SHSL

    First thing I need to say is that, for those with spoiler phobia, even if its only a little. DO NOT SEARCH FOR ANY DANGANRONPA GOODS, THE MASTERMIND IS BLATANTLY REVEALED.

    Back to the episode, for some who have played the game, they will agree that this chapter should not be so summarized for the development of Genocider Syo and others. Although this summarized episode is still up to par for me.

    However, the anime staff add in scenes that were not present in the game, as well as removing certain scenes that will help anime-only viewers solve the crime on their own. This episode will not enable any of you anime viewers to deduce the culprit with relevant evidence. Instead it spoils certain stuff that will be more exciting if it is suddenly revealed later on as plot twists.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      So we can’t solve it with the clues we have now? Man, that’s pretty annoying. Moreover, it spoils stuff for later? Aaaaa. Thanks for the warnings though.

      • hee7

        Gonna disagree with SHSL. The anime may take out speculation fodder via conversations, but all the clues found by Naegi in-game are present for your examination. :)

        I think SHSL is seeing spoilers and extra scenes where there aren’t any, so don’t worry about that. :P

        • SHSL

          The part where Fujisaki Chihiro is fixing the laptop is added in. The anime staff left out in the previous trial that only **** are given toolkits, though they can reveal it later. Even the scene of Sakura spilling the protein is new, where in the game it is only revealed in the investigation. This entire episode is so freaking obvious that they are pointing us towards two suspects. With all the complaints from anime viewers that the previous crime was too easy with the dying message, hence they simply remove all evidences towards the true culprit in this case.

          In this episode, they show us the scene between Ishimaru-Oowada, Celes-Yamada, which is important. But case-wise they left out the most important scene between Fujisaki-****. No interaction between victim and culprit is seen to raise any suspicion, heck they simply remove all scenes of Chihiro. All traces of motive is not present in the episode. Yes the past is indeed the motive, but who’s, why?

          The entire investigation portion starts by throwing us evidences right away without explanation and delves into Genocider Shou’s investigation. In the previous investigation all important hints are present. Here, it is all about the difference in changing rooms and Shou. To quote, you said “all the clues found by Naegi in-game are present”. What about the ElectroIDs Kirigiri found, why did 1 fail to lit up? What about the conversation with ****?

          Although it is true that just like the anime, the game focuses on Shou during the investigation. But one should suspect that as a red herring, but what then, simply shift the suspect focus on ****? Even suspecting **** is stupid as no culprit will draw suspicion onto himself. Final answer : it’s someone else. The game throws out the answer immediately, which the anime will sure to do so as well. But even without it, the game gives enough extra evidence for deduction.

          Lastly, using the theory of who is able to lift and use the dumbbell as the murder weapon is stupid. That is simply guesswork without any evidence. The cast are full of talented people. Athletes like Asahina and Oogami, guys like Ishimaru, Oowada, Yamada, etc. Even Celes could carry it. The height of the victim, angle of strike, adrenaline rush…all these are dismissed by the devil’s claim rule in mystery.

    • hee7

      Can I ask what extra scenes you’re talking about? ‘Cause I just don’t see it. :O

      • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

        Highlighting the scenes are fine, but please do not explain why as that would be spoilerish.

        • hee7

          Sorry, I wasn’t referring to spoiler-y scenes but extra scenes added by the animators. Should have been clearer about that. :

          Ruining the mystery and/or plot twists in DR is the last thing I want to do. Sorry to worry you.

          • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

            No no, it’s alright. Just wanted to clarify.

  • Guest

    First of all i am really enjoying your Anime reviews! they are absolutely amazing! :D

    But i got a question about the pic right above the no spoilers note – who is that boy/girl with the knife and black hair next to Celestia? I don’t think i’ve seen him/her yet… dude are you spoiling us? :O

    • SHSL

      Now that I have noticed it, almost everything in that picture are spoilers. Super heavy ones.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Thanks!

      Personally, I didn’t find it that spoilerish even though I’ve never played the game, but if SHSL says so, then I’ll remove it for something else. I just rationalized that person to be Fukawa’s other personality or something.

      • SHSL

        It’s not just Fukawa, its everyone lol. You should not see it anymore yourself

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          D: My bad, I’ll just restrict it to the character ones instead then.

  • lucky pirate

    This is sad, the programmer is dead now, So I guess we wont see code decrypting and secret messages and such.
    I didn’t see this coming, I thought one of the guys fighting would be bluffing and acting nice to kill the other…. oh it would be so obvious … and I cant find anything with the clues we know.
    And yes YOU ARE A BAD PERSON, A SUPER DUPER BAD PERSON! LOL

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      D: But hormones.

  • http://youtube.com/user/JumpingLogans Gamematio

    They can’t get an opening right can they?

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Damn the Monokuma…

      • http://youtube.com/user/JumpingLogans Gamematio

        XD

  • The Atomic Dwarf

    Minor Spoiler. Everything that happened this episode is important.. EVERYTHING. You’ll love the conclusion to this case. It’s my fav in the game, and you’ll be spitting cereal till it’s solved!

    I’ll keep my opinions until the end of every case not to spoil too much. Btw if you think that the phrase up top is too much feel free to remove it.

    P.S. Looks like Free isn’t the only anime this season that shows us muscles and water in the manliest way possible ^^.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Really. That’s great to hear! Will be looking forward to it!

  • http://youtube.com/user/JumpingLogans Gamematio

    We’re here clueless while Monobear somehow knows everything that’s going to freaking happen.

  • http://youtube.com/user/JumpingLogans Gamematio

    I’m starting to think that this can be the anime Hunger Games. (I was lucky to watch it, there’s no shit like that in Japan :P vacations in U.S.A. Rock!)

  • http://youtube.com/user/JumpingLogans Gamematio

    … the gender.

  • Disky-Chan

    I am curious Entrav, did you not enjoy the new op? I mean yes, it’s jarring but god damn it was hilarious. Monobear just makes this anime/game. Even if he is sadistic that makes it all the more enjoyable. Really if it weren’t for Monobear this anime wouldn’t be nearly as interesting.

    Also Entrav normally the translated lp that was made for Dangan Ronpa was in Something Awful, where you had to pay to get an account, but lucky for everyone it’s in the Lp Archives. For Free!!! So go ahead and check that out when you can so you can see the discrepancies between the game and the anime… or just for funsies.
    XD Keep up the fantastic work dude, I always love your reviews and I keep looking forward to them.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      No no, I do enjoy the new OP. It’s just… like what you said. Damn this sadistic kuma…

      Alright, I’ll go check things out when I have the chance to. Thanks a lot for your support!

  • Sammy Lee

    Ummmm I actually thought it was Fukuwa, knowing how Fukuwa reacted to Togami, was off putting. Well I know Togami and Fukuwa have something to do with it. Togami most likley set up the murder, but didn’t actually murder them. He most likley used Fukuwa, knowing how much she likes him to do his dirty work. But that’s to easy…. The weight was bloody, so I thought The big girl did it, sorry I forgot her name. the Butch lesbian idk lol. But then again.. Fujisaki had a duffle bag with a jacket inside. and Ishimaru was shirtless in the sonna….. I think its him. Maybe Fujisaki was asked as a “friend” by Fukuwa who was told by Togami to give Ishimaru a shirt after their man battle. And well.. I can’t really explain the rest. but I think its Ishimaru! Probably wrong though.