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What if you had the chance to change everything?
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Hajime Hinata, after the end of the Final Killing Game, has adjusted to a peaceful and normal life on Jabberwock Island alongside his friends and partners. That is until he lays down one morning and inexplicably finds himself thrown backward in time to the year 2012. Back to Hope’s Peak Academy before the events that lead up to The Tragedy ever happened. Armed with knowledge of the future, but back to his status as a regular guy, he resolves to change history. Things most certainly aren’t going to be easy.

A Student Out of Time is a a Tumblr Danganronpa Ask Blog detailing the adventures of Hajime and his allies as they seek to change history.

Click here to read the story from the beginning.

Also, please be advised that this blog features spoilers from the Danganronpa Franchise and LINUJ's Another series.

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Tropes in A Student Out of Time include:

  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Mikoto Itsuki and Nico Himuro from Danganronpa Re:Birth had their own backstories as Ultimate students in the original and dub adaptation. In this reality, they appear in one of Mikako's visions as future children of the Cuddle Puddle with Itsuki being Hiyoko's daughter and Nico (now called Kana) being Chiaki's daughter.
    • Kana Ise is also not an ultimate in this universe, just a girl with an interest in voice acting. She's also later revealed to be Chiaki's half-sister.
    • Misako Rokuhana, Kana's classmate in Danganronpa: Blowback is much older and is her biological mother in this setting.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In their original story, Void was a terrorist group who (begrudgingly) participated in the Usturoshima Island Killing Game as undercover killers. But in this reality, after befriending Hajime and his team, along with being warned about Mikado's true nature, they become official heroes of the Quantum Crew.
    • Monaca Towa also joins the team after she's freed from her family and taken in by Kyoji.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Many characters are considerably kinder than their canon counterparts. Hajime suggests that it's due to the world being in a Pre-Tragedy state while the Tragedy was known for bringing out the worst in people.
    • Perhaps the biggest example is The Voids, who are all far more considerate to each other than they ever were in canon.
    • Kokoro is also a much more thoughtful person, showing genuine regret for her actions and does everything in her power to try and reconnect with her daughter Mikako.
  • Alternate Timeline: As of now, there are at least five alternate timelines according to Umeko, all formed courtesy of time travel shenanigans. She clarifies they're not branching paths or alternate universes, but superpositions of the timeline, similar to an electron in the double slit experiment. These are:
    • The Tragedy timeline or OG Timeline, where everything got started.
    • The new timeline being formed by the Quantum Crew's actions throughout the story, which also includes glimpses around a decade into the future courtesy of Mikako.
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    • Three different timelines formed courtesy of Hajime dying, twice to Kanade and once to Yasuke, and subsequently resetting. These are more like self-contained loops than actual timelines, however.
  • Anachronism Stew: Generally averted. The only references to events, media and products from past 2012 are made by Hajime and other time travelers.
  • Arc Words: "Funny how that works" has been used several times throughout the story.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Kana attempts to shame Chiaki because she at least had parents by asking if she was ever bullied for being a bastard child, Chiaki's response leaves her quiet and forces her to confront the fact that whatever happened between their parents doesn't have to affect them.
    Chiaki: …I got bullied for a lot of things. For being autistic, for being a gamer, for being too quiet, for being too stuck up when I just didn’t know how to talk to people.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: The story does this a lot with many aspects of Danganronpa lore. For example, you remember Kotoko's backstory? Thanks to that, she's contracted HIV.
  • Author Appeal: The moderator and LINUJ are big fans of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. So you can expect a good Jojo reference from the characters every now and then.
  • Audience Participation: This being an ask blog, each post is made by readers and anons asking questions to the characters to answer as a way to either gain insight on a given character or to move the story along.
    • During the Twisted Sister Aftermath Arc, the Quantum Crew is in civil war over whether to mind wipe the restrained Serial Killer Kanade or to use an alternative method to deal with her. At Hibiki's suggestion, the group decides to hold a voting poll for the readers to determine what to do on the matter. The voting results in favor of erasing her memories.
  • Bathos: During the climatic battle of the Storm Arc, Mr. Utsugi ends up running into a brick wall that was painted ala Looney Tunes gag thanks to Iroha.
  • Bland-Name Product: After getting an extra job at a grocery store, Akane pays a visit to Farbucks.
    • Also ZigZagged in that companies like Twitter and Youtube are still mentioned by name.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Most of the cast falls somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum.
  • Christmas Episode: During the holiday season of 2020, the blog holds a Mistletoe Arc that features the Cuddle Puddle, the Quantum Crew, and other characters being tasked with kissing one another.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: This is said to be what Maverick does to any dissenters at his island retreat. Kana claims that Yuki has to take painkillers everyday just to sit down. Subverted in that these claims turn out to be lies that were created in order to lure Hajime and Chiaki into a trap. However, it is still implied Maverick did something to Kana as she begs for him to not hurt her again.
  • Crossover: Is eventually revealed to be not only a sequel to Danganronpa 3, but also a crossover with LINUJ's Danganronpa Another series.
  • Cult: The Puppetmaster Arc involves the Crew discovering that random citizens are being manipulated into running away to live at the Sunny Days Resort, a tropical worry-free paradise organized by Maverick Storm. The Crew is understandably terrified with what he intends to do with so many citizens and must race against time to stop his cult scheme.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Sonia vs Kanade. It quickly becomes one sided in the former's favor. Even the narration describes it as one sided.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Danganronpa franchise was pretty dark as it was, but this blog takes it a step further by focusing on more mature themes and analyzing dark content. As of now, such themes include strong language, alcohol, smoking and drugs, bullying, harassment, blood, violence, sex and sexual situations, physically, psychologically, and sexually abusive relationships involving children, teenagers, and adults, attempted suicide, characters suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic flashbacks, incest, kidnapping and human trafficking.
  • Depopulation Bomb: Hajime makes it clear that the total deaths from the Tragedy were at least 3 billion in total.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: During the Pratical Exams arc, Makoto, Komaru, Byakuya, Aoi, Yuta, Mondo, Mikako, and Yamato are all seen reacting to Kasugano's first broadcast.
  • Engineered Public Confession: In the Concert Arc, Hajime manages to trick Kanade Otonokoji into revealing her history as a Serial Killer and how she purposefully targeted people who were close to Hibiki in the hopes of mentally breaking her. This would result in her reputation going down the toilet and the police going after her.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In spite of Teruteru's perverted ways, he is beyond disgusted at the idea that anyone would think he would put something in Hibiki's food after what she just went through.
    Teruteru(Response to a anon telling him not to put anything in Hibiki's food): After what she just went through? What kind of chef- nay, what kind of man do you think I am?!
  • Faking the Dead: In order to keep the police from tracking Kanade after her memories are erased, Kyoji sets up a fake corpse and plants it near a building that exploded to ensure that they'd declare her as officially dead.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: The Sunny Days Resort has been compared by the Crew to "Pleasure Island" from The Adventures of Pinocchio. A secluded paradise run by a sinister villain who encourages the visiting youth to indulge in fun activities while drinking and doing drugs, all while forgetting about their worries and responsibilities.
  • Feminist Fantasy: The entire blog and story can be seen as more feminist compared to the actual franchise. More than 64% of the characters are girls/women who are actively involved in the story arcs and each have their own depth personalities, talents and goals. The relationships between them, both platonic and romantic, are thoroughly explored as the girls consistently support one another. It's also worth mentioning that Hajime, Gundham and other heroic guys are more respectful and appreciative of the women in their lives while the main antagonists are always portrayed as in the wrong for their misogynistic beliefs.
  • Fix Fic: Essentially one for the entire Danganronpa franchise.
  • For Want of a Nail: After ending up back in the past, Hajime decides to make the most of his situation by rewriting history in the hopes of erasing The Tragedy and defeating Junko Enoshima.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Season 2's Equinox Arc features Hajime being challenged by Leon Kuwata to a friendly basketball game, only to lose to him. This sets up for how the challenges of Season 2 will be much harder for Hajime and his friends compared to the past season.
    • While Chiaki and the Cuddle Puddle are hanging out at her mansion, she discovers a pamphlet for a tropical island getaway in her mail. A few arcs later, we learn in the Connections Arc that it's actually a trap created by Maverick Storm in order to brainwash people into joining his island cult.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: During the Puppetmaster Arc, following Maverick Storm's threat to kill every one of his hostages if Kasugano doesn't reveal and then kill himself, the Quantum Crew's reputation takes a major hit, with Kasugano even becoming public enemy number one.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Hajime has taken the name of "Kasugano" when making his public declarations against enemies of interest.
    • Hajime's team of heroes is referred to as the "Quantum Crew".
    • Hajime and his lovers have dubbed their relationship as the "Cuddle Puddle".
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite their efforts in rewriting history, the Crew does worry that history is fighting against them by creating scenarios for them that lead to the designated events they try desperately to avoid. They call this the "Ankle Effect" after Hajime ends up spraining his ankle while trying to prevent Natsumi and Honami from killing each other via Twilight Syndrome.
  • Inspector Javert: Tsurugi Kinjo, the boy who would become the Ultimate Police Officer, becomes this as he doesn't approve of Kasugano's vigilante-esque agenda and how he takes justice into his own hands.
  • Insult to Rocks: During the Mistletoe Arc, after an anon expresses disappointment that they can only request people kiss as he wanted to make Haiji kiss a sewage pipe, Monaca claims that would be mean to the sewage pipe as it has a vital job.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: The Hide and Seek Arc involves the Quantum Crew breaking into two teams to look for Genocider Syo and the missing Monaca Towa.
  • Lighter and Softer: After the hell they've gone through, the Equinox, Normal Days and Connection arcs all provide some much needed down time. For the most part, at least.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The story includes a variety of characters from the main Danganronpa installments along with its spin-offs (barring V3 since this takes place in the past). But this story takes it Up to Eleven by including characters from LINUJ's Another fangame series.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Zigzagged. In the first arcs, Hajime and the founding members of the Quantum Crew do everything in their power to keep their time travel mission a secret from everyone, in fear of jeopardizing their lives and creating unnecessary paradoxes. But with each arc, they end up recruiting more members who learn of their secrets and decide to help them. During the Twisted Sister Aftermath Arc, Chiaki decides that it's better to inform more people so the Quantum Crew can be better prepared to face any challenges that come their way. So after her big meeting, the entire Class 77-B, Chisa, and Juzo are fully informed of their ultimate mission.
  • Mental Time Travel: How time travel works in this setting. It takes too much energy to send back physical matter, but data such as a person's mind or the code for an artificial intelligence can be sent back.
  • Minovsky Physics: Time travel is explained as being the result of tachyons, a hypothetical particle that always moves faster than light, causing it always move from the future to the past. Umeko theorizes that this forms the basis of time travel by carrying information backward as well. While fictional, a lot of time and detail is put into explaining temporal mechanics, such as its movements through matter, the signals it emits and how it interacts with the brain. Most importantly, physical matter can't be sent back in time, but information can.
  • The Multiverse: While it hasn't been confirmed yet, Yasuke Matsuda theorizes that Hajime is creating new timelines everytime he dies and activates his Reset Button. This has some grim implications being that while Hajime may venture into a new timeline when he dies, his friends from the old timeline are left behind to deal with the same problems and antagonists without Hajime and how those that died in a past timeline are officially dead. After the events of the Twisted Sister Arc, the boy ends up breaking down in tears because of this dark revelation.
  • Name's the Same:
    • In-Universe, there are two girls named Akane: Akane Owari and Akane Taira.
    • There are also two guys named Hajime: Hajime Hinata and Hajime Makunochi.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Thanks to Hajime and the Quantum Crew's efforts, history changes more and more with each arc.
    • Twilight Syndrome: Natsumi and Sato are alive, and Hajime calls off his participation in the Kamukura project.
    • Practical Exams: The truth about the Warriors of Hope and their families is made public, Nagito receives treatment for his dementia and cancer, Ruruka and Seiko's friendship is repaired and their expulsions along with Sonosuke's are prevented, the world meets Kasugano, and several HP teachers are fired, leading to Kokoro Mitsume and Yoruko Kabuya joining the staff.
    • The Concert: Kanade Otonokoji is exposed and arrested for her crimes, while Hibiki is taken in by Class 77-B.
    • Recovery: Kokoro reaches out to her estranged daughter, Mikako, and the two begin the process of repairing their relationship. Akane and the Void plus Setsuka officially join the Quantum Crew. Sora is revealed to be a time traveler, and is currently inside Akane's head chip.
    • The Storm: The parents of the Warriors of Hope, as well as Haiji Towa, are arrested after Kasugano foils their human trafficking plot, then sentenced to five years in prison. The Warriors themselves are taken in by the Quantum Crew.
    • Hide and Seek: Toko Fukawa agrees to enter a care facility to receive treatment for her Dissociative Identity Disorder, effectively ending Genocider Syo's murder spree. Monaca, now artificially aged up to look like a teenager, goes to live with Kyoji. Umeko also fires up her long-range detector and learns that at least two other time travelers are active in Japan.
    • Twisted Sister: A massive prison break devastates much of Tokyo, Kanade undergoes Death of Personality courtesy of Yasuke and is taken in by Kyoji, Maverick Storm escapes jail, and Class 77-B, along with Chisa and Juzo, all learn about the future. Also, courtesy of the butterfly effect, Kanata Inori is set to join Class 78.
  • Oh, Crap!: Everyone has a moment like this when they realize that the fourth time traveler is not only most likely evil, but also has the knowledge of who's important in the original future and is seemingly trying to get rid of them.
  • One Degree of Separation: Junko is acquainted with Emma Magorobi, who she's known for a couple years
    • Harumi Nanami, Chiaki's mother, was in the same hospital Utsuro was born in, where his Divine Luck cured her infertility.
  • Original Character: A few examples, most of them from Class 75, including Umeko Hayase, the Ultimate Quantum Physicist; Kyoji Nakamura, the former Ultimate Geneticist, and Maverick Storm, the former Ultimate Social Expert.
    • There's also Sayuri, Itsuki, and Kana, the future daughters of Hibiki, Hiyoko, and Chiaki respectively.
    • There's also Damian Miraz, a friend of Aiko Umesawa.
  • Peggy Sue: The entire story starts with Hajime and at least four others being thrown backward in time from March 14th, 2017, to the year 2012, before the beginning of the Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic event in Human History.
  • Polyamory: On Jabberwock, after everyone woke up, Hajime entered into a five-way relationship with Mikan, Mahiru, Hiyoko and Sonia, the latter of whom was also in a relationship with Gundham. Along with saving the world, other plotlines feature Hajime becoming romantically involved with them once again. It eventually comes to include Chiaki, Gundham, and Hibiki Otonokoji. While Mahiru seemed interested, she ends up in a relationship with Sato.
    • It's also mentioned that, after the Final Killing Game, Makoto Naegi married Kyoko and Aoi. His current girlfriend, Iroha, mentioned that she wouldn't mind entering this type of relationship with not only those two, but Sayaka and Mukuro as well.
    • Sonia mentions that polygamy is legal in Novoselic and many past queens have taken multiple husbands.
  • Reset Button: Downplayed. After Hajime dies by the hands of Kanade Otonokoji, he finds himself traveling back in time a few hours before his death. He eventually discovers that he has a tattoo of 9 dots on his back which basically represent extra lives. If he were to die, then he can be sent a few hours back before his designated death. Despite this discovery, Hajime doesn't like it as much since he can still feel the sensations of his death and would prefer not to die so easily.
  • Speak in Unison: Chiaki and Kana both nervously talk at the same time when they learn that their parents are coming to Storm's island to come rescue them. In spite of their worries, they break down laughing over how ridiculous it was.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The goal of the mission isn't just stopping the Tragedy, but stopping every bad event in the Danganronpa timeline.
  • Sharing a Body: An interesting case occurs with Akane Taira and Sora. Thanks to receiving a microchip being installed in Akane's brain, Sora is able to speak with her whenever she wants. The two don't mind the situation since they see each other as sisters but Sora does get weirded out by Akane's perverted thoughts.
  • Shout-Out: This being Danganronpa, it was inevitable.
    • As mentioned above, there are many to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.
    • The blog's title and methods of time travel directly reference the H. P. Lovecraft novel The Shadow Out of Time
    • The method of time travel are also very similar to SHIFTing in Zero Escape, which Hajime and Chiaki both acknowledge at one point.
    • Akane keeps emergency bacon stashes all around the school.
    • When Class 77-B learns Hajime is Kasugano and about the Tragedy future, Ibuki asks if they've been digging up new conspiracies and asks if the Freemasons, Illuminati and Naixatloz are also involved.
  • Shown Their Work: The mod has taken the time to research the more serious mental disabilities such as Dissociative Identity Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • So Proud of You: When Chiaki's parents learn about just what their daughter has been up too, they are beyond proud that she's become a hero.
  • Storming the Castle:
    • The titular Storm Arc features the Quantum Crew raiding the warehouse district where the traffickers are hiding and holding their friends prisoner.
    • The crew attempts this again during the Puppetmaster arc when they plan to storm Maverick Storm's island, but it turns out to be a trap, forcing most of them to turn back, other then Hajime and Chiaki, who were already on the island and Akane Taira, who was knocked overboard.
  • Tarot Motifs: A majority of the Quantum Crew members use codenames based on tarot cards.
  • Temporal Mutability: Mainly a Type 4, but with elements of both 2 and 3 as well. It's possible for history to be changed, but a series of inconvenient coincidental phenomenon- dubbed the "ankle effect" after its first appearance lead to Hajime tripping and twisting his ankle- will happen and try to keep history on its original path, with its severity seemingly proportional to the importance of the event. However, if the event is changed, then history will carry on in a new direction. These new changes and their butterflies also don't seem to produce ankle effects of their own.
  • Time Travel: The core theme involves Hajime unwittingly traveling back to the past. We eventually learn that he isn't the only time traveler.
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