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** At the end of his execution it looks like he’ll be reunited with his sister in death... Only for Monokuma to destroy his soul. Imagine how horrible that must be.


** Going into meta territory, both of the past games ended up having the GentleGiant died as the fourth victim. Once the player realizes that Gonta was not the fourth victim, you might have thought that there was a chance that he ends up surviving only for him to die shortly after Miu.

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** Going into meta territory, both of the past games ended up having the GentleGiant died as the fourth victim. Once the player realizes sees that Gonta was is not the fourth victim, you they might have thought that there was begin to think there's a chance he'll survive the killing game. However, one should keep in mind that he ends up surviving only for him to die shortly after Miu.in both of the past games, the Gentle Giant was either [[DrivenToSuicide also the fourth killer]] or [[DuelToTheDeath had an equal chance of being the fourth killer]]...



* In a sense, the message of hope and despair got lost on the viewers leading to not 10, not 20, but '''''53''''' iterations of Danganronpa, with people voluntary going onto a killing game reality TV show just to outright kill others make it feels like this Universe is one where despair won.

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* In a sense, the message of hope and despair got lost on the viewers leading to not 10, not 20, but '''''53''''' iterations of Danganronpa, with people voluntary voluntarily going onto a killing game reality TV show just to outright kill others make it feels like this Universe is one where despair won.


** Speaking of replaying the first chapter, some scenes are far more heartbreaking with the knowledge that Kaede is the culprit. Like her reaction to seeing Rantaro's corpse for the first time and how distraught she looks because she thinks she killed him. Also, during the trial, she at one point says she will never forgive Rantaro's killer. The line is far sadder once you realize she is talking about herself.

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** Speaking of replaying the first chapter, some scenes are far more heartbreaking with the knowledge that Kaede is isn't the culprit. Like her reaction to seeing Rantaro's corpse for the first time and how distraught she looks because she thinks she killed him. Also, during the trial, she at one point says she will never forgive Rantaro's killer. The line is far sadder once you realize she is talking about herself.


* The "reveal" of the Gofer Project and the outside world. Armed with Miu's electrohammers, the remaining survivors fight their way through the underground passage and make it all the way to the exit. What's waiting for them on the other side? An utterly devastated wasteland. In many ways, it's an even worse reveal than in [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa the first game]]. There, it was clear people were still around and society was at least somewhat functioning, leaving some room to fight back. Here, the Earth has been ''[[ApocalypseHow/Class6 utterly devastated]]'' by [[ColonyDrop asteroid impacts]]. There's no life, no oxygen, and no hope anywhere. The sixteen students were selected to carry on the legacy of mankind, placed into cryonic suspension and sent to colonize a new planet, but were guided back to their ruined home world by the last of the remnants of despair. So not only have they been killing each other for nothing, but everyone they knew and loved, the rest of mankind, has been dead for ''hundreds of years.'' The revelation hits them all so hard that most of them fall into [[DespairEventHorizon utter despair]] and [[DrivenToSuicide begin to contemplate suicide.]] Almost makes you glad to learn it was all just a huge lie.

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* The "reveal" of the Gofer Project and the outside world. Armed with Miu's electrohammers, the remaining survivors fight their way through the underground passage and make it all the way to the exit. What's waiting for them on the other side? An utterly devastated wasteland. In many ways, it's an even worse reveal than in [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc the first game]]. There, it was clear people were still around and society was at least somewhat functioning, leaving some room to fight back. Here, the Earth has been ''[[ApocalypseHow/Class6 utterly devastated]]'' by [[ColonyDrop asteroid impacts]]. There's no life, no oxygen, and no hope anywhere. The sixteen students were selected to carry on the legacy of mankind, placed into cryonic suspension and sent to colonize a new planet, but were guided back to their ruined home world by the last of the remnants of despair. So not only have they been killing each other for nothing, but everyone they knew and loved, the rest of mankind, has been dead for ''hundreds of years.'' The revelation hits them all so hard that most of them fall into [[DespairEventHorizon utter despair]] and [[DrivenToSuicide begin to contemplate suicide.]] Almost makes you glad to learn it was all just a huge lie.

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** Miu's Love Suite event is a lot more sad than it is romantic or sexy; in it, Shuichi is a childhood friend of hers, someone who's always been by her side...and, after stating that she wants him to "do whatever he wants with her," she reveals that [[BabiesEverAfter she wants a baby with him,]] [[BabiesMakeEverythingBetter so she can guarantee that he won't ever leave her.]] Her loneliness becomes incredibly apparent, and one can only imagine what her life was like for her to have these warped ideas of loyalty and romance.


** In the Japanese version, Kaito calling Shuichi by his last name in the end of the trial. From Chapter Two up until the end Chapter Four, Kaito had referred to him as [[FirstNameBasis "Shuichi"]]. At the end of the fourth trial, he goes back to calling him "Saihara", which shows just how much their friendship took a hit

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** In the Japanese version, Kaito calling Shuichi by his last name in the end of the trial. From Chapter Two up until the end Chapter Four, Kaito had referred to him as [[FirstNameBasis "Shuichi"]]. At the end of the fourth trial, he goes back to calling him "Saihara", which shows just how much their friendship took a hithit.
** Capping everything off is the fact that ''Creator/KaijiTang absolutely nails it in the English dub - listening to Gonta crying and being genuinely frustrated over everything is honestly uncomfortable.


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** Not only are they all lies - they're lies based on what would entertain us, the audience/the player. They give us the appropriate levels of enjoyment and catharsis...which is exactly why they keep making new Killing Games.

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*** Added to this, K1-B0 honestly seems to be one of the few to actually [[FriendNobodyLikes be sad for her death at all,]] as everyone else notes that, if it weren't for the killing game forcing them together, none of them would have had anything to do with her and certainly wouldn't have been her friend. Gonta's the only other person to be upset, but that's more for DramaticIrony.


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*** The lead-up to the Closing Argument section is absolutely heartbreaking for this reason. Kokichi's doing his best to [[{{Jerkass}} make this uncomfortable for everyone]] by aggressively insisting that Gonta confess all, driving Gonta to tears as he still doesn't understand what happened. Shuichi steps in to tell Kokichi to be quiet, and suggests they do the Closing Argument so that he can go over everything one last time and make Gonta understand - and he tells Gonta that they can stop at any time. Gonta agrees, listens to the argument, and still doesn't understand...but accepts that it must be the truth, because it's Shuichi who's telling him. It's both heartwarming to see how kind Shuichi is trying to be given the circumstances, and also horrible that they even have to do this at all.


** There is also the fact that he crossed the DespairEventHorizon in this chapter by learning the state of the outside world. When learning about that state was able to drive a NiceGuy to murder someone as an attempt to mercy kill them, you know how fucked up the state of the outside world is.

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** There is also the fact that he crossed the DespairEventHorizon in this chapter by learning the state of the outside world. When learning about that state was able to drive a NiceGuy to murder someone as an attempt to mercy kill them, them '''and all of his other friends''', you know how fucked up the state of the outside world is.

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** In the Japanese version, Kaito calling Shuichi by his last name in the end of the trial. From Chapter Two up until the end Chapter Four, Kaito had referred to him as [[FirstNameBasis "Shuichi"]]. At the end of the fourth trial, he goes back to calling him "Saihara", which shows just how much their friendship took a hit


** It gets worse in the post-trial, when she finally takes Tenko’s last words to heart and cries until she drops. Thankfully, the mood is abated slightly by Gonta [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming giving her a piggyback ride back to her dorm while she sleeps.]]

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** It gets worse in the post-trial, when she finally takes Tenko’s last words to heart and cries until she drops. Thankfully, the mood is abated slightly by Gonta [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments giving her a piggyback ride back to her dorm while she sleeps.]]


---:'''Miu''': H-how's anybody supposed to rest in peace after being killed like '''that'''?!

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---:'''Miu''': --->'''Miu''': H-how's anybody supposed to rest in peace after being killed like '''that'''?!

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** After Kaede dies, the other students are devastated, and as Angie prays for Kaede's soul to move on in peace, Miu has this to say:
---:'''Miu''': H-how's anybody supposed to rest in peace after being killed like '''that'''?!


* Keebo's last words before fully getting hacked by the outside world.
-->'''Keebo''': I... can barely... control it... looks like this is the end.
-->'''Keebo''': I'm sorry... I could not fight with you... until the end... But... your choice is not wrong... The real... enemy... is... the outside world who is enjoying this... killing game... So please... use me... t-to change... To change... the... world.



* And then in the final trial, the mastermind coldly reveals to her that falling in love with Kaito was all part of the script, and her character. All those feelings were just the result of Team Danganronpa's brainwashing. Not only that, she's shown footage of what the ''real'' Kaito was like: an AttentionWhore who wanted to murder everyone and become famous for it. Just imagine how she must have taken all that.

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* ** And then in the final trial, the mastermind coldly reveals to her that falling in love with Kaito was all part of the script, and her character. All those feelings were just the result of Team Danganronpa's brainwashing. Not only that, she's shown footage of what the ''real'' Kaito was like: an AttentionWhore who wanted to murder everyone and become famous for it. Just imagine how she must have taken all that.


-->'''Shuichi''':I reject that hope!I... I refuse. I won't accept that hope!

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-->'''Shuichi''':I -->'''Shuichi''': I reject that hope!I... I refuse. I won't accept that hope!



-->'''Shuichi''':It's because of hope that this whole thing is happening! I reject that Hope!
-->'''Shuichi''':Hope itself is the villain here, we suffer because of hope. Tsumugi isn't trying to make us Despair... She wants us to trust in Hope! So I say no! I reject that Hope!

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-->'''Shuichi''':It's -->'''Shuichi''': It's because of hope that this whole thing is happening! I reject that Hope!
-->'''Shuichi''':Hope -->'''Shuichi''': Hope itself is the villain here, we suffer because of hope. Tsumugi isn't trying to make us Despair... She wants us to trust in Hope! So I say no! I reject that Hope!

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-->'''Shuichi''': What do you mean hope?
-->'''K1-b0''': What?
-->'''Shuichi''':I reject that hope!I... I refuse. I won't accept that hope!
-->'''K1-B0''': Shuichi... What's the matter?
-->'''Shuichi''':It's because of hope that this whole thing is happening! I reject that Hope!
-->'''Shuichi''':Hope itself is the villain here, we suffer because of hope. Tsumugi isn't trying to make us Despair... She wants us to trust in Hope! So I say no! I reject that Hope!
-->'''K1-B0''': Tsumugi wants us to trust in hope? What does that mean?
-->'''Shuichi''': The reason this madness has gone on for 53 times... It's because of hope. It's because the audience wants hope. They want to see hope defeat despair in the end. [[HistoryRepeats It's Hope's Peak Academy all over again]]. So if we fight for hope, We'd just be giving them what they want! [[HistoryRepeats And the killings will never end]]. [[DespairEventHorizon Don't you see, Despair is the only choice!]]

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