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Fanfic / Point of Divergence

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Point Of Divergence is a What If? AU of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair written by mercuriesandrandomness in which Nagito Komaeda does not have frototemporal dementia.

This changes the plot dramatically.

This work contains examples of:

  • Dead Person Conversation: Hinata has one with Nanami after chapter 1's trial.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Everyone who survives the game in canon except Hinata dies in this fic.
    • Nanami, Saionji, and Tanaka die earlier than in canon.
  • For Want of a Nail: Nagito Komaeda doesn't have frototemporal dementia, and doesn't try to kill anyone during chapter 1's party.
  • Implausible Deniability: Pekoyama claiming to not know Kuzuryuu during Chapter 2's trial. By that point, she's spent the entire investigation in a Heroic BSoD and vocally cursing her uselessness-it doesn't take long for everyone to realize she's grieving.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Chapter 1's murder happens in roughly the same way.
    • Togami still dies in Chapter 1.
    • Komaeda is still kidnapped in Chapter 2.
    • Chapter 2's murder still heavily involves Twilight Syndrome Murder Mystery.
    • Someone still tries to kill themselves in chapter 3.
    • Akane and Komaeda both get despair fever in Chapter 3.
    • Chapter 3's murderer has the exact same motive as their counterpart in canon.
    • Chapter 4 still involves a suicide pact.
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    • Komaeda goes into the Final Dead Room in Chapter 4.
    • Komaeda dies in chapter 5.
    • Chapter 6 is roughly the same as canon.
  • Mood Whiplash: Part 4 of Chapter 2 begins with the guys' attempts at spying on the girls' beach party, and ends with Hinata, Koizumi, and Pekoyama finding Kuzuryuu's body.
  • Once an Episode: Chapters 2, 3, and 4 all feature a scene early on with Hinata and Tsumiki taking care of Komaeda.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Mioda, Tsumiki, Pekoyama, Nidai, and Hanamura, who all die in canon, survive until the end in this fic. Also, Koizumi lives longer than in canon.
  • Survivor Guilt: Kuzuryuu's death hits Pekoyama even harder than hers did to him in canon, especially since it was a murder this time-she actively failed at being a bodyguard.
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  • Switching P.O.V.: Chapter 4's investigation is told from Komaeda's POV, like in canon.
  • What If?: Nagito Komaeda didn't have frototemporal dementia?


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