- For the first time, we see something fans have been begging for since the second game: The cast of Danganronpa 2...in their Ultimate Despair forms. In perfectly tweaked designs too. The entire sequence is chillingly awesome.
- We get to see Kazuichi building the giant Monokuma mech first seen near the end of the first game.
- Teruteru lacing food with what looks to be poison.
- Gundham patrolling the streets with an army of animals, including a gigantic snake wrapped around his body.
- Mikan in the same psycho state from the game, straddling a bound-up prisoner with intent to put a syringe though his eye.
- We see Ibuki and Hiyoko giving a twisted morale-boosting "despair concert" to the brainwashed masses of the world. (Also doubles as a Funny Moment: Said brainwashed masses are brandishing glowsticks and cheering like idol fans).
- Nagito is shown directly becoming the "Servant" from Ultra Despair Girls, complete with silhouettes of Kotoko, Masaru, Jataro and Nagisa.
- Sonia, referencing how she was able to compel people as the Ultimate Princess, is giving a dark Rousing Speech to a mass of Monokuma-masked followers, with the implication that all of Novoselic is now under her control. While Mahiru takes pictures to spread their twisted propaganda.
- We also see Ultimate Impostor defying all expectations of his fat build and running on top of dodging bullets effortlessly.
- After all of that, but the first fight between the Remnants and Future Foundation shown is with Fuyuhiko (showing off his eyepatch, confirming the long-standing fan theory that he lost his eye in the real world), and his masked Yakuza forces. He summons Peko to clash with Munakata, and when he seems to be losing, Nekomaru and Akane arrive to back him up.
- And right after we see them all wreaking havoc on the world, the members of the Future Foundation come in and start taking them down one by one. Munakata even manages to hold his own in a sword fight against Peko, aka the Ultimate Swordswoman.
- When he knows he can't beat Munakata, how does the Great Gozu get Makoto and Hina out? He elbow drops through the floor! This man earned his former title as the Ultimate Wrestler.
- Miaya's Super Wheelchair comes equipped with a taser, which she uses to knock Juzo out.
- Great Gozu protecting Makoto and Aoi from Munkata and Sakakura. When Sakakura tries to rush Makoto with a knife, Gozu grabs it and breaks it with his bare hand. Later, he takes on Munakata with nothing but a piece of concrete and rebar.Great Gozu: "Hey, asshole! You're going too far! How the hell do you get hope from killing your allies?! I won't kill my allies, even if it costs me my life! Because I am Great Gozu! Got that, you little piece of shit?!
- The Chairman figures out that Juzo can't punch in seconds, throws a chair in mid air back to Juzo and One-Hit KO him. Remember that Juzo has been so implacable that not even the ex-Ultimate Wrestler could do much damage to him.
- In his battle against Munakata he is able to keep him on his tiptoes, delivers an Armor-Piercing Question while avoiding all his attacks, actually holds Munakata's katana with his bare hands and throws him in the air. Ultimately, he does a Heroic Sacrifice and throws both of them off the building. Not bad for an old man.
- Miaya's Super Wheelchair again, which now comes with no less than 6 torpedoes ready to blow up in Juzo's face.
- You have to give Juzo credit for surviving that. As well as for how he basically defied Talking Is a Free Action to get a kick on Miaya. We wouldn't count this if it didn't turn out that Miaya is a robot controlled by Monaca.
- Asahina facing Juzo one-on-one in a fight with weapons to defend Naegi. Not only is she able to hold her own against the man who's known as the Ultimate Boxer, but she even traps his weapon down.
- Despite his words reaching deaf ears and ultimately getting killed off, Chairman Tengan is able to release himself from the spike he got impaled on, and is able to use it to stab Munakata right in the eye.
- Togami. Just everything that he's doing. From calmly listening and talking to Naegi and Asahina when they tell him their situation, actually knowing that Miaya is really Monaca and that the real Gekkougahara is dead, and sending some of his own forces to Jabberwock Island as well as the place everyone is being kept, along with contacting Komaru and Fukawa for assistance.
- While his current allegiance is unknown, Hajime/Izuru is faced with Munakata's massive maritime forces, and merely responds by expressing his boredom.
- Toko and Komaru gearing up at the end of the episode.
- While in freefall after letting go of Monaca's ship, Komaru fires four Link bullets and coordinates the roaming Monokuma to break their fall. Bear in mind that normally only one takes effect at a time.
- Komaru and Toko take control of Miaya's robot impostor, meaning her abilities can be used to help Makoto for real this time.
- Kizakura gets to show everyone that he isn't just a Non-Action Guy
- His Awesomeness by Analysis in defeating Sakakura, he quickly realizes Sakakura's NG action and prompts Sakakura to attack by showing his own NG action and pointing out Sakakura's previous failures as a leader, only to have Sakakura step into one of Izayoi's traps that Kizakura had left in place just in case something like this happened.
- His Heroic Sacrifice has him save Kyouko from falling into a bottomless pit while breaking his own NG action. Even as he is slowly dying from the effects of the poison, he still has the strength to throw Kyouko out of the pit before succumbing to his death.
- This isn't to say Juzo didn't show off some awesome moments this episode. Surviving Kizakura's trap, pulling the long spear stabbed into his shoulder clean off, and breaking through Ruruka's mind-control drugs through sheer force of will is really damn impressive and further solidifies that he's Made of Iron and Determinator. And if by that point you've grown to hate Ruruka, Juzo subverting his Undying Loyalty to get out just to trigger her NG Code and completely dismissing her concerns can also come off pretty sweet.
- Kirigiri figures out an NG code, solves a murder and finds the exit, all in the length of about 10 minutes. Shows that she really lives up her title as the Ultimate Detective, in a way that can make Miles Edgeworth proud.
- Kyoko and her ability to stare death in the face is simply amazing. She spends the entire game knowing she will die but never falters. She spends most her time calmly looking for clues and, as the fourth sleep period draws near, she spends what little time she has left reassuring Makoto, never once losing her cool.
- Makoto might be a Non-Action Guy, but he still fares surprisingly well against Munakata by being a Combat Pragmatist. His luck even comes into play when he throws a dud fire extinguisher at Munakata and misses, only for the pressure to go off and send the object flying towards Munakata. Eventually, Makoto is cornered, but Munakata can't kill him without trapping himself, since his NG Code means he needs his foe alive to open the door.
- It goes deeper than that. The dud fire extinguisher? It was the same one that Asahina tried to use to cover their escape in episode 2. Likewise, the hole in the floor is the one Great Gozu smashed for an escape route in the same episode. In "fighting" Munakata, Makoto made use of observation, deductive reasoning, and a pretty good memory; skills that he'd honed in his own Killing Game, which Munakata had earlier derided for being too orderly compared to fighting in the real world.
- Munakata himself manages to see through most of Makoto's traps and counteract them. Not to mention that he even equipped Tengan's chuusen to give himself long range attacks.
- Continuing from Kyoko's Episode 9 moment, it culminates in having found out who the attacker is - which she left in a notebook for the group to find. She didn't just scour the building for clues before she died, she solved the case for everyone.
- The return of the phrase Makoto has been known for but hasn't said it in a long time: "Sore wa chigau yo!/No, that's wrong!"
- If previous episodes didn't rescue Juzo from the fandom's wrath, this one certainly did. When Makoto nearly executes himself via despair-induced brainwashing, Juzo, having survived his impalement and cut off his arm to remove his bracelet, pretty much knocks the despair right out of him. Then, after realizing the monitors broadcast the brainwashing anime, he goes to the power room and shuts off all the power in the building, disabling not only the monitors but also the bracelets, practically ending the Killing Game right then and there. Unfortunately, he dies due to blood loss, making all this a Dying Moment of Awesome.
- Munakata running to save Juzo and apologize for abandoning him is pretty awesome, especially with the ED playing in the background. It's too bad he was too late.
- Munakata taking out a dozen brainwashed soldiers to cover Naegi and Asahina's escape. And all he's got is a katana (well, okay, two katanas) against their guns.
- Togami makes his reappearance in a most badass fashion: He walks in, sees the FF soldiers pointing their guns at Makoto, Hagakure, and himself, and has his bodyguards take them all out.
- Some credit must be given to Hagakure as well; even before Togami joins in, he tackles two soldiers and puts himself between the rest of them and Makoto.
- The post-credits scene. At first we see just several unconscious soldiers lying on the ground...then the camera pans up to reveal Izuru/Hajime's back as he walks away from them, into the Future Foundation building. Hell yes.
- Chisa Yukizome. In the first ep of Side: Future she just seems to be the janitor. Then the first ep of Side: Despair reveals she's this Crazy Awesome teacher who can get the 77th class students to come to class...a task that is shown to be like herding cats, at best. She even wins over Fuyuhiko by proving herself to be a Ninja Maid. With someone like her around, you have to wonder how Class 77 fell into despair in the first place.
- Akane scaling Hope's Peak all by herself is quite a awesome feat itself.
- Yukizome does it again. Just when Hinata is about to punched by Sakakura again, she jumps in front of Hinata and stares Sakakura down. She doesn't blink with Sakakura's fist just millimeters in front of her face.
- You have to give Hajime credit for being able to land a hit on the Ultimate Boxer, despite having no talent.
- Nagito basically achieving his mission without really having to do anything on his own part, ensuring that there's no evidence to directly tie him to the practical exam fiasco. Even the headmaster realizes that luck like that is too valuable to expel from the school.
- Mukuro lives up to her title of Ultimate Soldier when she deflects all of Junko's attempted stabbings, catches a live grenade in a tiny wine glass, and dumps it out underneath the car behind them.
- Izuru making short work of Junko and Mukuro, easily backhanding the latter into a wall. All without even standing up.
- When Junko gives her big despair speech, insisting that a harmonious world is boring and that despair is the only thing that makes life unpredictable and exciting, not to mention suggesting that she's the only one who can save him. What's Izuru's response? A boot to the head.
- While the above is awesome, reading that alone can give a misguided idea of who came out on top in that situation — the fact that Junko not only swayed Izuru to her side in spite of said boot to the head, but she actually enjoyed being hospitalized, claiming that being beaten up gave her despair she "hadn't felt in ages", is awesome in its own creepy way. She just strides out of the hospital without so much as a care. You can't keep a good mastermind down.
- His plan doesn't work, but you've got to give props to Ryouta Someya who decided to try and shoot Junko and Mukuro when he had the opportunity.
- In a meta kind of way, the first mutual killing sheds a new light on the original Danganronpa class and their mental fortitude. Here it took the Student Council about five minutes to descend into an utter screaming bloodbath. The characters in the first game had their memories stolen, were locked up in the school and had no idea they were all friends and it still took them until Monokuma's "motivational" video for the first of them (Sayaka) to crack and start the killing game, and in that situation they were led to believe there was literally no way out and that their friends and families were in terrible danger, yet they were still reluctant to murder each other.
- The Reveal of Junko's true talent gives one to Makoto. Despite the fact that Junko is an insanely good corrupter and analytic with the ability to see and take the most advantageous option: Makoto Naegi, an Ordinary High-School Student whose only noteworthy traits are his luck (which often rebounds on him) and his optimism, was able to bring her down.
- Nagito makes a grand return from his suspension/extended vacation by not only finding Junko's secret hideout beneath the Izuru Kamukura statue by exploiting his own insane luck, but also making sure to keep Mukuro off his back with some assistance from Peko and bringing a pistol with him, and ALMOST succeeding in killing Junko, if not for the timely arrival of Izuru.
- Izuru's luck beating Komaeda's when he makes his gun jam. KOMAEDA'S! Only just barely. Even though his gun jams and Izuru shoots him in the chest, the student handbook in Komaeda's shirt pocket takes the brunt of the shot. Unluckily Lucky indeed.
- Peko and Mukuro turn out to be pretty evenly matched in terms of combat. Mukuro even slashes Peko's bamboo sword to pieces...revealing a metal blade underneath.
- The Ultimate Impostor breaking his facade as Ryota and demanding that Nagito tell everyone where Mikan is. Doubles as a Heartwarming Moment.
- Chisa, despite having no clue what to expect, knowing her talent as the Ultimate Housekeeper means she's ill-equipped to deal with the situation, AND knowing she might never see Kyosuke again, willingly enters Junko's hideout to save Chiaki]]. [[Badass Teacher Protecting everyone is a teacher's job.
- We know it's a Foregone Conclusion. We know it's going to cost them their sanity. But hot damn is it awesome to see the students getting motivated to go and save Chisa.
- While it ends up all for naught, Chisa is able to keep herself from being brainwashed like Mikan and the Reserve Course students out of sheer willpower. It takes Mukuro having to resort to more gruesome methods to finally break her.
- You know that Juzo has Undying Loyalty with Kyosuke. But on hearing Junko's record, this is where he actually disobeys Kyosuke's orders in 'trying too far' and by the end of the episode, confronts Junko by himself. We know it is going to fail, based on the flashbacks in Side:Future, but props for trying and being unable to stand outrageous evil acts like that, Juzo! Also worth mentioning that this scene happened after tons and tons of nightmarish and depressing moments, so even if it's Juzo initiating and we know how it'll end up, it proves to be a rather refreshing "Heck yeah!" moment.
- Gundham and Nekomaru's Back-to-Back Badasses moment when facing off against the Reserve Course students.
- It's never shown, but Ikusaba defeats Pekoyama in their fight with only knives.
- The creators deserve one for pulling off a reveal nobody expected: the Ultimate Impostor's real face.
- As utterly horrific and heartbreaking as it is, credit must be given to Junko for killing off Chiaki via the most elaborate execution in the entire series. Chiaki is forced through a maze chock full of deathtraps, Junko mercilessly taunting her all the while, then finally killed after being led into a room full of spikes with an illusion of Chisa and her classmates welcoming her. On top of that, the way she's killed is the exact same way Ikusaba died in the Second Killing Game, but instead of dying instantly she still has enough energy to move and talk.
- Speaking of which, Chiaki definitely earned her moment of awesome by refusing to give up in spite of Junko's taunting, choosing instead to push on through the maze to rescue her friends.
- One also has to give it to Chiaki for not only holding on long enough to see Hajime/Izuru one last time and have a conversation with him, but also trying several times to get back up and see the rest of her friends. Not even the Ultimate Soldier could manage that.
- A small moment, but as Class 78 is getting to work sealing themselves inside the old school building, Junko identifies Makoto as the greatest threat to her plan. To demonstrate this to Mukuro, Junko tries to kill him by throwing a wrench at him, hard enough to embed it halfway into a wooden pillar. Makoto slips on a discarded rag and falls on his butt, embarrassing himself in front of Sayaka even as the wrench zips through where his head was a fraction of a second earlier. And Junko admits that unlike Nagito's luck, she outright can't predict what Makoto's will do.
- Souda building an army of Minimarus. WITH ROCKETS.Souda: How's that, Sonia-san? Did you see that? [beat] Of course you didn't...Sonia: It was quite impressive.Souda: [blushing] What'd you just say!?
- The Ultimate Impostor comes to Munakata's aid... by impersonating him, so that the brainwashed soldiers cannot concentrate their numbers on the real Munakata and are forced instead to divide their efforts between the two. The Imposter isn't just bait, however: he reveals that he can imitate abilities by taking up one of Munakata's katanas and fighting alongside him.
- Peko defeating a Future Foundation Elite Mook with only a Shinai, proving that she doesn't need a Katana to beat an Ultimate Student. Fuyuhiko thinks it suits her better.Fuyuhiko: A Shinai suits you definitely better than the real deal.Peko: Yes, I think so.
- The final confrontation between Mitarai and Hinata.
- Not only has Makoto become the headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy, Kyoko was also shown revived by the help of Seiko's drug and Mikan's nursing.
- Seiko deserve her own section here — according to Komaeda the drug was made during the game, when almost everyone else was trying to kill her, and she chose NOT to use it on herself.Nagito: Oh, so this is from Kimura-senpai. That's amazing! Even in the middle of a killing game, she's able to make a drug that could lead to hope.Mahiru: Then, if you took that, is it okay to trigger your forbidden action?Mikan: You would go into a near-death state. So, when I found the person who used it, I brought her back.
- Seiko deserve her own section here — according to Komaeda the drug was made during the game, when almost everyone else was trying to kill her, and she chose NOT to use it on herself.
- It's mentioned that Izuru was single-handedly responsible for the resurrection of the Remnants of Despair.
- Class 77 willingly makes a public broadcast as the Remnants of Despair to take the blame for the Final Killing Game so that the Future Foundation will be saved, knowing it will completely torpedo their chances at ever being able to leave Jabberwock Island and return to society.
- Komaeda may be Born Unlucky in this world, but that doesn't stop him from making a building that is under construction collapse just by throwing a baseball.