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Byakuya-sama is God
Released in late 2015, Danganronpa Togami is a three-part Light Novel set in the Danganronpa universe, written by writer Yuya Satou.
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Living as the heir to the Togami Conglomerate, Byakuya Togami is suddenly attacked while on a trip to Prague with his biographer, a fellow student at Hope's Peak Academy referred to as "Blue Ink". Having his identity (and clothes) stolen from him, Byakuya listens as the imposter announces on live broadcast that, should the world not kill him in 24 hours, he will Take Over the World. As the world descends into chaos with the propagation of the mysterious "Despair Book", it's up to Byakuya and Blue Ink to escape assassins and uncover the truth.


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  • Anyone Can Die: As is the norm for the franchise. Over the course of the first volume, (possibly) Hiroyuki, The Mystery Club, The Director and very nearly Satomi all bite it.
  • Ascended Extra: Satomi Aoba was just a nameless member of Maizono's idol group. This series has her as an important character.
  • Asshole Victim: The majority of the Togami siblings in Volume 2, with the exception of Asagao and Ichirou, but most especially Eyumi, Hiru, Takaya and Kazuya.
  • Author Appeal: Yuya Satou loves Czech culture, Japanese history and his native Hokkaido. You will be reminded of this.
  • Battle Butler: Aloysius Pennyworth.
  • Big Damn Villains: Suzuhiko arrives Just in Time to eliminate two agents of the Hasegawa Institute, saving Shinobu and Byakuya in the process.
    • During the Whole Episode Flashback to the Most Despairing Incident in the History of the Togami Family, a similiar situation occurs when Suzuhiko arrives and starts fighting Jirou.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: We get to find up just how screwed up the Togami really are.
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  • Bloodier and Gorier: Needless to say, when this book gets violent, it gets absolutely brutal.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Basically anyone who reads the Despair Book.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Near the end of Vol 1, Yuya Satou breaks the fourth wall in order to brag to the reader about how his writing is going to change the way they view light novels forever.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: A very, very messy case between Kazuya, Shinobu, and Suzuhiko. Emphasis on messy.
    • Saburou comes on to the Creepy Twins Asa and Yoru, gushing over their looks and trying to invite them into his room, and twisting their insults like a come-on.
  • Canon Welding: In the first game, Byakuya talked about competing with his 15 siblings while, in the second game, his Imposter talked about 108 siblings and a ranking system. The novel melds this together by stating that Kijou Togami had 108 children and that the 15 were the ones involved in the competition.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Byakuya is less than impressed with Blue Ink's efforts to save him from the Hasegawa Institute.
  • Continuity Nod: Tons, to the point of being basically Continuity Porn:
    • The Detective Library is explicitly mentioned by the Hikikomori in reference to Genocider evading them.
    • The Mystery Club's introduction explicitly names Hope's Peak Elementary in reference to affiliates of the Academy.
    • When talking about Aoba, the Mystery Club Vice-Prez mention Ayaka Hayama, even noting her to be the least popular member of the group as her profile implied.
    • Junko references Matsuda while talking with Togami and Blue Ink.
    • Sakura's Ill Boy boyfriend Kenichiro is also given an explicit mention during her fight with Taeko.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Byakuya outright refuses to explain to Sakura what is going on when she first appears, leading to her falling for the Imposter's ruse. When she later learns the truth and asks why he didn't even ''try'' to explain, he brushes her off with further insults.
  • Crapsack World: Not quite there yet, but the propagation of the Despair Book is certainly causing it to get there.
  • Creepy Twins: Togami Asa and Yoru, the SHSL Weather Forecasters.
  • Dark Secret: One alluded to about the Togami family. According to the chief of the Hasegawa institute, it concerns all of the Togami siblings besides Byakuya and Shinobu being murdered, as well as the Kudan, a cow with a human face that can predict the future.
  • Disguised in Drag: Volume 2 reveals this to be how Byakuya inflitrated the Competition.
  • Driven to Suicide: Several of the deaths at the conference appear to be suicides, though naturally it's unclear at first whether or not this is really the case.
  • Expy: Several characters bear strong similarities to others who appear in later installments of the series:
    • The Hikikomori is effectively a Spear Counterpart to Fukawa, complete with murderous alter ego.
    • The Mystery Club is a group of young children, just like the Warriors of Hope. Though they're enrolled in the Academy's junior high rather than elementary.
    • Most of the Togami siblings in the Flashback have loose counterparts in Byakuya's future classmates. Ichirou is straight-laced and tries to keep order like Ishimaru, Jirou favors brawn over brains like Oowada, Saburou is a creepier Yamada, and so on.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Anyone with knowledge on the franchise knows that, inevitably, Byakuya will end up with his classmates in Hope's Peak Academy, survive the School Life of Mutual Killing and join the Future Foundation. What else happens is another question entirely.
  • Foreshadowing: There are a number of references to a cows present in the Byakuya side of the story, with the deceleration mentioning a "pitiful cow" somewhere in the world and Taeko's title of "Cow Killer". It's revealed at the end of the first volume that the Togami Conglomerate's Dark Secret is tied the Kudan, a cow that can predict the future.
  • Gainax Ending: The end of Vol 2. Key points include revealing the Ketouin's and the Hasegawa Instuite aren't real and Kazuya suddenly showing up at the very end without explanation.
  • Gone Horribly Right: According to the Mystery Club, the Despair Book was a weapon made by Hope's Peak to foster hope. Only it worked a bit too well and was then promptly stolen.
  • Hate Plague: Anyone who reads the Despair Book comes down with "Despair Fever", a mental aliment that drives the victims insane.
  • Hikikomori: A secondary viewpoint character who stars in his own arc, who's bitterly jealous of everyone who got into Hope's Peak after trying and failing to qualify.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted in the worst way possible. One of the victims of the Mystery Club's "handiwork" the Hikikomori and Aoba find is a baby cooked in a microwave. Earlier in the attack in Prague child victims were also explicitly mentioned, both genuine infants and children in general.
  • Just Before the End: The story tells the opening days of the Tragedy itself, something only alluded to in other installments.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: As always. Here, the plot practically runs on one knowing the plots of the first two games.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Constantly, much of it from Hiroyuki.
    • Of particular note is Hiroyuki's diatribe about censorship, in which he claims that his cigarettes would just be changed into lollipops in an anime adaptation, followed by him ranting about how CERO and other censors can't touch him right now and suggesting dirty things for Blue Ink to look up with Borges.
    • Near the end of Vol 1, it's revealed that Ootsuki Suzuhiko is so skilled at deception that they can completely fool the reader, and that everything we'd seen concerning the Hikikomori's personality was a complete lie.
  • Locked Room Mystery: The Mystery Club's shtick, murdering people in locked room cases based on those of actual mystery novels.
  • Kill 'em All: What the Worst Incident in the Togami Conglomerate entails. The incident involves Kazuya, driven psychotic by pressure, murdering Wasuke when the competition is about to begin, followed by Asagao committing suicide. Thanks in part to Hiru and Takaya's machinations, the Togami siblings end up slaughtering each other until its just five of them left, followed by Takya setting the castle on fire, killing himself, Sabarou and seemingly Kazuya, leaving everyone but Shinobu, Suzuhiko, Byakuya and Pennyworth dead.
  • Meaningful Rename: In Vol 2, Kazuya learns that Kijou changed his name, and trades away his own to Kudan. He then claims the name Byakuya.
  • Medium Awareness: Blue Ink and Hiroyuki at least seem to be at varying points aware of the narrative they're in. Made even more confusing by the fact the beginning implies the story is written is past tense, which possibly means it's being meta to itself.
  • Mind Screwdriver: The book finally sits down and provides the answer to one the franchises biggest questions, namely how the entire world fell into the despair that caused the Tragedy.
  • Mood Whiplash: Lots of it, the absurdity of many of the situations encountered makes the gruesome stuff all the more jarring.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Whoever stole Byakuya's identity at the start of the first novel also stripped away all his clothes, leaving him with just a pair of glasses. Blue Ink quickly gets him a towel to cover himself with, but he shows no particular inclination to find more clothes, and tells her that she's stepping out of line when she asks those helping them if they can spare any pants.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: The Hasegawa Institute, a mysterious organization owned by American group Macguffin Computers who are rumored to be involved in spying and human experimentation. What they exactly want isn't clear, but it apparently involves the secrets of the Togami family.
  • No Fourth Wall: Relentlessly, to the point where characters question if they're breaking the fourth wall too much.
  • No Name Given: Many new characters lack names, including two of the main characters, who are only called "Blue Ink" and "The Hikikomori" for most of the first volume. At the very least, the end of the first volume reveals their names respectively to be Shinobu Togami and Suzuhiko Ootsuki.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Kazuya uses this to justify his decision to 'love' Shinobu.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Byakuya's response when asked if he made the World Domination Declaration is "So what if I did? What would you do about it?" He also refuses to try concealing his identity or duck out of sight, defiantly sitting up straight and watching protestors.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Taeko Kanai shares her first name with Celeste's real one, though the kanji used is different.
    • Vol 2 averts this to add to the Mind Screw through Kazuya renaming himself Byakuya.
  • Out of Focus: Ironically enough, Byakuya himself. Especially during the Flashback to the Conference.
  • Painting the Medium: The scenes presented as info from Borges is written in an alternate font.
  • Plot Hole: A rather glaring one occurs towards the end of the first volume in how the two plotlines converge. Either Shinobu somehow ran from the island to Hokkaido in under two minutes, or Suzuhiko somehow drove from Hokkaido to Czechoslovakia while searching for a hospital.
    • In Vol 2, the candidates to become the next head of the Togami are met by guards upon their arrival and immediately escorted to the dining hall for a meeting, without being given any time to themselves. Later, we learn that a key part of the triplets' plans involved passing themselves off as the same pair of twins on both boats. It is never explained or even hinted how they dealt with the escort situation.
  • Rape as Drama: While not stated, it is heavily implied in Vol 2 that Kazuya rapes Shinobu after she's been mutilated. It's also heavily implied that Shinobu was routinely abused by her older brother Suzuhiko for the first twelve years of her life.
  • The Reveal: One given only at the end of the first volume. Blue Ink is actually Byakuya's older sister Shinobu.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Kazuya worries about the potential for this to befall the Togami family, as most of the candidates seem more concerned with their own petty desires. Eyumi even declares her desire to bring about The End of the World as We Know It. Granted Kazuya isn't exactly one to talk.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: During the Competition, Asagao commits suicide out of the belief that this will make their siblings stop fighting. By this point, Kazuya has already killed Wasuke, and all their attempt accomplishes is instigating the incident further.
  • Ship Tease: Surprisingly enough, Celes and Yamada get some near the end of Vol 2.
  • Shout-Out: While DR has always had this, this entry is downright Reference Overdosed:
  • Shown Their Work: Evidently it seems Yuya Satou researched Prague going in, given the numerous bits of trivia given about the country. Case in point, that tower with the babies on it is actually real.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Blue Ink usually speaks and narrates in a formal tone, however plenty of curses slip into her vocabulary.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: As of Vol 2, the title of the novel seems to be more a case of Exact Words, with most of the page time going to Shinobu, Kazuya and Suzuhiko, who all happen to be Togamis.
  • Take Over the World: What Byakuya's imposter declares he'll do should the world not kill him or the "pitiful cow" elsewhere. At the end of Vol 1, Byakuya decides to do the same himself.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Hiru, Takaya and Kazuya are among the youngest Togamis and easily some of the most psychotic.
  • Theme Naming: Some of the Togami siblings follow the model of celestial concepts. Byakuya can be read as "midnight sun", Asa, Hiru, and Yoru mean "morning", "day", and "night" respectively, and the "-ya" in Kazuya means night. The -rou siblings, meanwhile, follow the naming convention of 'first son', 'second son', 'third son' and so on.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Byakuya manages to be even more arrogant here than in the main series.
  • Twin Switch: Used by Asu, Hiru and Yoru to considerable effect during the Competition.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The story alternates between Byakuya, Blue Ink and the Kenhouin's adventure in Prague along with what occurs with the Hikikomori and Satomi in Japan.
  • Unexpected Successor: Byakuya has bragged about his status as this before. In Volume 2, it's revealed that this is because he wasn't even an official candidate.
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • Blue Ink is not exactly an unbiased observer when it comes to Byakuya.
    • The Hikikomori isn't entirely reliable, either, as we learn when it's revealed that his entire character is a facade hiding his true identity from the audience.
    • Vol 2 adds in Kazuya, who turns out to be the culprit behind several murders.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being major characters in Vol 1, Suzuhiko and Aoba vanish completely from the main story in Vol 2.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Most of Volume 2 flashes back in time to explore the Worst, Most Despairing Incident in the History of the Togami Family.
  • Written by the Winners:
    • The Togami Conglomorate frequently engages in this, such as covering up what caused the Kuchinashi Village Fire.
    • Volume 2 reveals this to be why Byakuya wants Blue Ink to write his biography: so he can cover up the true circumstances behind his inheritance.
  • Yandere: Kazuya for Shinobu. Oh boy.
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