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Ask The New Hope's Peak is a Character Blog set after Danganronpa 3, where Makoto Naegi and the rest of the survivors of the 78th class have started up Hope's Peak Academy again, with many changes to the purpose of the school, changing it from a place to study talent to an actual school. It ended up being declared as Recursive Fanfiction for The Pre Despair Kids, set in a universe where Mukuro Ikusaba did not pull her Heel–Face Turn and events happened mostly as they did in canon (with a few slight differences). It's run by Mod V, a Deadpan Snarker Trolling Creator. note 



  • After-Action Healing Drama: After Miraz is severely injured by Shirokuma, he needs multiple transplants in order to survive. Unfortunately, the bioprinter can't manufacture enough organs in time. To save him, Kazuichi makes him a mechanical heart to help keep him alive until the printer can make him a new one. After that, it takes him four days to wake up.
  • Adaptational Heroism: During the chaos that unfolds after Makoto is shot, Hiro's first priority is to stay with Maemi and get her to safety as soon as he can. Compare that with his actions in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and you can tell he's come along way. During the season 1 finale, he even distracts Saki long enough so that Mahiru and Hina can get away, resulting in his death.
  • An Aesop:
    • One reoccurring message is that it's OK to cry, and that there's no shame in doing so.
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    • Another point that is often stressed is that the characters aren't perfect, they won't always know how to solve problems completely, but they still try their best.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Kyoji references this trope by name when discussing how his relationship with Mikan has lasted about three days and they've already had sex twice. He's not pleased to lend credence to the notion.
  • Alternate Universe: Of The Pre Despair Kids, which in itself is an alternate universe from canon.
    • Mod V also stated that certain parts of history are not as canon presented them.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Maverick when he talks to Damian
    " It’d take a lot for you to disappoint me… for instance, choosing to side with Naegi and his pathetic school. Or thinking of Enoshima as anything more than a pathetic failure who chose to kill herself rather than coordinate her people. Or getting a girl pregnant while you’re still a teenager, that would do it too."
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: Let's count all the moments from the series that are addressed here, shall we?
    • Just because the Tragedy's over does not mean everything is all sunshine and rainbows. Junko's death just paved the way for someone else to take control of the Remnants of Despair. That someone being Maverick Storm.
    • When they were brainwashed into becoming Remnants of Despair, the students of Class 77 were all prisoners within their own minds, aware of everything that they were doing but unable to control their actions. Naturally, they've been made social pariahs, even with their brainwashing gone.
    • A lot of people are still very bitter about everything that's happened over the course of the series. Case in point: Haiji showing up and trying to assassinate Makoto.
    • Kotoko contracted HIV from one of the men who molested her.
    • After wandering off at the end of Danganronpa 3, Munakata has only become a more paranoid, bitter asshole. Especially since everyone else still has their friends and loved ones around while everyone close to him is dead.
  • A World Half Full: The Tragedy has come to an end, people are picking their lives back up, society is on the fast track to recovery, a cure for HIV is on the way, and friendships and relationships have bloomed between teachers and students alike in Hope's Peak. However, not everything is perfect. There are still terrorists and murderers on the loose, the Remnants of Despair are still a threat and have managed to insert some of their members into Hope's Peak, serious incidents seem to happen with alarming frequency at the school, and Future Foundation seems to be gradually becoming more and more Orwellian in its quest to maintain order and defeat despair.
  • Author Filibuster: Only lasted a single, brief post (with a couple of replies following), but after the US Presidential Election in 2016, where Donald Trump won, Mod V made a post (using Syo as a conduit) about his feelings on the matter. Discussions about it on this page are unnecessary.
  • Back from the Dead: Natsumi Kuzuryu, sort of. She's dead, but she's able to interact with the other students as a ghost. The same applies to Seiko Kimura.
  • Blood from Every Orifice: In an obvious Shout-Out to Firefly, Alyssa's weapon does this to people.
  • Body Horror: Kyoji has bony spikes that emerge from the backs of his wrists and six spider-like limbs that emerge from his back. They're all the results of massive biological upgrades he made to himself to survive the Tragedy.
  • Brick Joke: When reporters infested the school during the Rememberance Day, the questions asked included whether or not one of the students was Killer Killer, if ghosts were haunting the school, and if the school housed a clone of Junko Enoshima. Over time, Killer Killer was eventually brought on as head of security, Natsumi Kuzuryu's ghost appeared, and a clone of Junko Enoshima began attending the school.
  • Butterfly Effect: How the blog's story will happen. The choices made by the anons and the Original Characters will determine the outcomes of the story.
  • Butt-Monkey: Byakuya. He kinda deserves it though.
  • Cast Full of Gay: The characters can be found all across the spectrum. Mod V compiled a list of his headcanons here.
  • Cloning Body Parts: The school has a very advanced bioprinter thanks to Kyoji.
  • Continuation Fic/Fix Fic: Can be seen as the latter for Side:Hope and the former for the anime as a whole. Kyoko suffers from aftereffects of the Monokuma poison, the New Hope's Peak is not obsessed with talent, things aren't as happy as they seem, there's plenty of Ascended Fridge Horror, and the cover-up involving the Remnants of Despair has been revealed to the world for what it is, revealing Tengan to be the true mastermind of the final killing game.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Karma intentionally causes Mikan to have a miscarriage in order to drive her into despair.
  • Country Matters: Censored using "[Expeletive]", but usually used to refer to Junko or Munakata.
  • Crossover: The Magic Anon is one with The Pre Despair Kids.
  • Cure for Cancer: A major arc on the blog involves Kyoji, Mikan, and Alter Ego working on an effective vaccine for HIV after Kotoko is diagnosed with the virus.
  • Denser and Wackier: There's magic, time travel, dimension hopping, and all other sorts of weirdness.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: Natsumi has this sort of reaction when Kyoji walks into the lab, saying he feels really good about life. She's right though, since it's right after Kyoji and Mikan's first night together.
  • Excuse Plot: Most of the characters who teach at Hope's Peak don't have a very well defined reason, and it's clear Mod V just wants them to be askable characters.
  • Fingore: Nine tears off Kazuya's finger at one point.
  • Foreshadowing: Hajime says that if anyone tries to start up a second tragedy, he will kill them. Guess what happens to Haiji Towa when he tries to kill Makoto?
  • Get Back to the Future: Kaede and Shuuichi Naegi, Sora Hijirihara, Mitsuru Nakamura, and Akio Hinata end up in the present from the year 2034. They've been spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to get back.
  • Gorn: Many of the deaths are brutal.
    • Kazuya gets his chest stomped in by Shinobu.
    • Ootsuki gets his head ripped off by Nine.
    • Maverick gets an arrow through his eye.
    • Hiro is repeatedly stabbed to death by Saki.
    • Takemichi gets a piece of rebar through his chest... although it doesn't take.
    • While not a death scene, "Skitter"'s sprite is very gory.
  • Human Popsicle: Ryouko states she woke up in an unfamiliar compound freezing cold and completely naked, which suggests she was like this for a while.
  • Lemony Narrator: Whenever narration occurs, it gets snarky.
  • Malicious Misnaming: After he arrests her brother, Kaede calls Munakata "Muna(expletive)a"
  • Mood Whiplash: Hoo boy, the Truth or Dare arc. It goes from hilarious dares to complete chaos when an anon dares Ryouko to laugh like Junko.
    • Also happens when few plotlines are happening at the same time. There are many times where one ask could be cute and fluffy, as the next is full of angst. One perfect example of this is while Kotoko and Maemi are having a bonding moment, Hijirihara is confronting Hajime for the murder of Haiji Towa. Moreover, these plotlines stay separated until Hijirihara attacks Toko because of Genocider Syo, where Kotoko and Maemi are finally paying attention to the serious situation.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: While some characters are undeniably evil, most fall all along a spectrum.
  • Mythology Gag: Plenty to The Pre Despair Kids.
    • Sora mentioned friends named Kaede and Suuichi. They're later revealed not to be the V3 characters, although the gag is clearly intentional, as the sprites used for the Naegi twins are merely recolored ones of Akamatsu and Saihara.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: The blog takes place in 2018 and 2019, two years ahead of real life time.
  • Noodle Incident: The thing that happened with Mystery Inc and the wolfs.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted. There are two characters named 'Misaki' (and one named 'Misako')
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Some of them are brought into the world thanks to Himiko's ghost radio, which can also be used to make them at least partially corporeal.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: After learning that Yoritomo Shimuta, one of the men who molested Kotoko, is making a documentary about the Tragedy mere months after it ended, Syo, Peko, and Hijirihara all decide to pay him a visit. Said visit ends with Shimuta fingerless, castrated, and likely facing a lengthy jail sentence for his stash of child porn. He's later killed by Taruton after he bribes his way out of prison.
    • Kazuya Togami is hit with so much abuse when he arrives at Hope's Peak. However, it's hard to deny that he deserves it, as, in Danganronpa Togami, he rapes his adopted sister, and has been implied to have been drugging and raping other girls since. The general consensus is that he deserves worse than he got. It's hard to feel any form of sympathy when Shinobu stomps on his chest over and over again to kill him.
  • Put on a Bus: Hajime after the Rememberance arc, and Ibuki after the Miraz arc.
    • The Bus Came Back: Both have eventually returned, Hajime ( or, rather, Izuru) appearing in sporadic appearences since leaving Hope's Peak and Ibuki being captured (and later rescued) by Maverick's team.
  • Save the Villain: After Miraz is seriously injured by Shirokuma, Kyoji wastes no time in helping him recover.
    • Miraz chooses to get Maverick help after "Red Eyes" shoots him in the gut.
  • Ship Tease: Plenty between the following characters:
    • Komaru and Toko, who become an Official Couple once Komaru turns 18.
    • Nagisa and Misako, who also become an Official Couple.
    • Himiko and Natsumi.
    • Kotoko and Masaru. They evolved into an Official Couple with Maemi's help.
    • It's pretty clear that Ryota has a crush on Imposter-san.
    • Before they became an Official Couple, there was plenty between Mikan and Kyoji.
    • There's a lot between Kiyo and Mage, who eventually morph into an Official Couple like on the creator's personal RP blogs
    • There's also been a bit between Sly and Ryouko, who also morph into an Official Couple. (Sensing a pattern yet?)
    • Plenty between Natalie and "Red Eyes"
  • Shipper on Deck: Sonia ships Kyoji and Mikan hardcore, and she helps set up the "Couple Games", adding Teruteru and Kazuichi as a couple.
  • Shout-Out: It'll probably need it's own page by the time all the references are catalogued, but here are some examples:
    • When talking to Kyoji about refusing treatment for her legs, Monaca references "Weird Al" Yankovic.
    • Naomi sometimes refers to songs from musicals, sometimes even starting to sing them. Sora apparently got it from her.
    • Take a guess as to where the next gen kids got "Mystery Inc." from?
    • When it attacks Hope's Peak, Kurokuma places it's cigar on it's arm as a canon, and Kanon later calls it out as referencing Megatron.
  • Shown Their Work: Kyoji's creator, Commander-Bubbles-the-first, provided a detailed description of how human cloning works. It includes everything from somatic cell nuclear transfer to uterine replicators lined with endometrial tissue that forms an artificial placenta.
  • Spoiled by the Format: Used as Foreshadowing. When Souda is talking Natalie after Ryouko has been shot, if one were to check the tags, they would very clearly see that is not Kazuichi Souda. This has happened twice since, once using Hina, and another time with Komaeda.
  • Take That!: Akio is clearly playing Friday the 13th: The Game at one point, and gets pissed when she dies, saying:
    Akio: I can’t wait until people stop releasing half-made games and passing them off as complete.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The Mystery Inc. kids are all from the year 2034.
    • The blog is another example, as it is set two years in the future, though the world's not much more advanced as the tragedy stopped things from developing.
  • Webcomic Time: While the blog is set two years in the future, an in-universe day can last for weeks. Mod V often makes up for this by skipping over time periods in between days. The most infamous example would be the day of the Couples Games, which started on April 21st, and, two months later, is only halfway through the arc.
  • Wham Episode: They happen frequently. Good examples are:
    • Makoto Naegi's Speech, and all that followed after. Makoto reveals the truth about the final killing game, and is shot by a figure later revealed to be Haiji Towa. Towa is murdered, and Takumi Hijirihara comes to investigate the murder scene, discovering that the killer was Hajime. After a confrontation, Takumi is fired from the Future Foundation and given a job as head of security, while Hajime leaves to go combat the remaining remnants of despair.
    • Butterflies. Junko's ghost appears and warns everyone that once the sixteenth student arrives at Hope's Peak, their actions are going to have severe consequences.
    • The Dragon. We meet our first Remnant of Despair, and Hajime seems to have lost control of his body to Izuru.
    • The Miraz Arc. Damian Miraz enters the school, inserts the Junko AI into the system, and is confronted by Rock and his team, as well as Ibuki, and Rock gets expelled and Ibuki fired for their trouble. The fallout sees Ibuki vanish, and Rock being attacked by a mysterious figure with glowing red eyes.
    • The Truth or Dare arc turned into one when an anon dared Ryouko to laugh like Junko. Nagito attacked her and the truth of her existence as a clone of Junko was revealed, even to her.
    • The mini-arc that occurs when Nagisa unleashes Shirokuma on an annoying anon. Things went south fast. By the end, Damian is critically injured, needing both a blood transfusion and multiple organ transplants. The later of which are unfortunately out of reach.
    • "Four Days Later." The Junko AI is removed from Hope's Peak's system by Stephanie Storm, Maverick's aunt. Then Stephanie reveals she's planted a new AI in the system, the design of which Ibuki is apparently less than pleased with. And, finally, AI Junko reveals she's not "neutered" as Maverick had believed.
    • Maemi and Kotoko's day out. What started off as two friends going into town ended up with a circus being bombed by Shuiji Fujigawa, followed by Damien finally admitting to being a Remnant of Despair, and then the other despairs show up to try and kill him, also shooting Ryouko in the eye with a sniper rifle. Then, of course, the biggest reveal of the day- Karma Graves is a member of Ultimate Despair.
    • "I See A Little Bit Of Myself In Her" has Junko revealing that Kaede Naegi is her reincarnation.
    • The Season 1 Finale is full of these moments.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Due to OC mods dropping out, some of the characters end up vanishing.
  • Worldbuilding: In this example, China has broken up into several smaller states, lost hundreds of millions of its population, and has had large areas of land rendered uninhabitable due to countless WMDs. The despairs also blew up the Three Gorges Dam, wiping out Wuhan, Nanjing, and Shanghai in a Giant Wall of Watery Doom. With all this turmoil and political upheaval, it's speculated the country may eventually transition into a multi-party state.
  • World of Weirdness: Oh yes. We've got normal students, talented students, an artificial intelligence, magic-users, a mutant teacher, ghosts, the first human clone, and time-travelling kids from the future.
  • Younger than They Look: Ryouko is physically around 19, but she's only existed for two years.