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Literature / Behind Closed Doors

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The girl in the front is actually not as bold as she looks.note 

The night before spring break, Judith Diaton enjoys a faculty dinner with her lecturer Harry Boisen and fellow teaching assistants. Harry walks all the TAs back to their places, ending with Judith, before going to his office to pack up. Just before Judith gets indoors, she realizes she forgot her jacket. Fortunately, Harry's office is just across the street, so she figures she can ask him if he knows where it is. Unfortunately, Harry is getting kidnapped, and the kidnappers can't leave Judith as a witness.

Behind Closed Doors, a Spiritual Adaptation of Your Turn to Die, is an illustrated Web Serial Novel by JazzLover5972/Phily K. Illagan. It was first conceptualized on March 29, 2020 and released on April 20, 2020. It is available on Tumblr and DeviantArt. Currently, the equivalent of half a chapter has been released. The story takes place fifteen years after SWAP Ensemble and includes some characters from there.


Behind Closed Doors provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Judith is midway through her college years and on track to getting an A+ in one of her classes. She is ranked first in that class and puts in extra effort to guarantee her grade. On top of that, she's also a Teacher's Aide for one of her past classes.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Jessica is the top student of her class and insists on not being treated like a child. Yet she has childish moments like stomping her injured foot on the ground without thinking.
  • Age Lift: Judith is not a freshman at her college, which makes her older than her counterpart, Nao. Ernest, on the other hand, is a college freshman, so he is younger than his counterpart, Kai.
  • Bland-Name Product: Judith and Harry's First Trial is a physical game of Don't Shut Up, also known as Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes with several music themes.
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  • Bring My Brown Pants: It's implied that this happened to Kotone, just like her counterpart. After Harry's potential demise, Judith sees Kotone wearing a different skirt that was messily stitched to fit her.
  • Canon Foreigner: Jessica O'Flannigan has no counterpart in Your Turn to Die. Her closest analogue is Anzu Kinashi because of her chipper personality.
  • Cast of Expies: With the exception of Harry and Jessica, who already existed before Behind Closed Doors, everyone bears a resemblance to a character from Your Turn to Die. That being said, Harry fills the role of Kazumi Mishima, the former teacher of a college student, but is physically more similar to Sou Hiyori, the short, scarf-wearing tech genius.
    • Sonia Cadenza is Sara Chidouin, the charismatic unspoken leader of the group.
    • Connor Trochee is Joe Tazuna, the leader's best friend.
    • Gustavo Gegentheme is Keiji Shinogi, the level-headed cop.
    • Kotone Shoji is Kanna Kizuchi, the timid middle-school girl who watched her older sister die.
    • Tulio Hocket is Q-Taro Burgerberg, the tall, bulky athlete.
    • Cade Buffo is Sou Hiyori, the deceitful freelancer.
    • Clé Chroma is Reko Yabusame, a sisterly member of a band.
    • Judith Diaton is Nao Egokoro, the college student who was kidnapped just for being in the same place as her former teacher.
    • Ernest Recht is Kai Satou, the aloof man with a passion for cooking who is suspected of stalking.
    • Galante Ilarità is Gin Ibushi, the energetic Baby Of The Bunch.
    • Kaede Shoji is Kugie Kizuchi, the older sister who dies in the First Trial. She is also named after Kaede Akamatsu and has piano patterns all over her outfit. She also dies in a similar way.
  • Curse Cut Short: During the First Trial, Judith is about to think a curse when Harry interrupts her.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Clé's entire first name is "Clémentine", according to the chalkboard in the bar. Judith gets why she would use a nickname; the name sounds too soft for Clé.
  • Explosive Leash: For their First Trial, Judith and Harry have to play a game of Don't Shut Up with explosive collars around their necks. Neither party wants to find out whether or not getting a Game Over would actually seal their fates.
  • Expressive Hair: Clé Chroma has a spiky hairdo that flops when she's mellow and flares when she's angry.
  • Faked Rip Van Winkle: Subverted; the prank that the gamemakers pull on Judith isn't meant to make her think she was unconscious for eight years, but that's the first conclusion she arrives at. The actual intention was to make her think it was All Just a Dream.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Harry is guaranteed to survive because of his role in "Back To The Basement", as seen in the Side-Story Bonus Art. The explosion of the door cannot have killed him.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Just like their counterparts in Your Turn To Die, Judith knocks Cade out with a frying pan to the head.
  • I Broke a Nail: Inverted when Judith finds out that all her nails are broken after she apparently went on a rampage, just stopping short of fingore. She doesn't notice until Ernest points it out.
  • Identical Stranger: Downplayed; Harry's head TA, Marcia Capo, has very similar facial features to an inactive participant, Marcia Saite. Despite the difference in age and hairstyle, Judith mistakes the latter for a slightly older version of the former and easily falls for the Faked Rip Van Winkle.
  • Innocent Bystander: Judith is kidnapped because she was there when Harry was kidnapped.
  • Insistent Terminology: Harry points out that he's a lecturer, not a professor. However, "Prof" rolls off the tongue much easier, and he intends to make the career change.
  • Ironic Name: Cade's surname, Buffo, makes Judith think of "basso buffo", a humorous operatic bass singer, but Cade's voice isn't very deep.
  • Musical Theme Naming: Every participant other than Harry and Jessica has a name pulled directly out of a music dictionary. Harry himself is named after the French word for oboe, "hautbois," following the naming convention of SWAP Ensemble. Even the background characters fit the theme.
    • Sonia Cadenza
    • Connor Trochee (a metrical foot)
    • Gustavo Gegentheme (counter-theme), who shares a surname with Contrary Gegentheme, the implicit past incarnation of Connie Basette.
    • Kotone Shoji (two Japanese musical instruments)
    • Tulio Hocket (in which a phrase is broken up between instruments). His twin sister is named Flo, so combining the first syllable of their names vaguely resembles "flute".
    • Cade Buffo (a humorous operatic singer).
    • Clé Chroma (key, chromatic)
    • Judith Diaton (Diatonic)
    • Ernest Recht (ernst/earnest, right)
    • Galante Ilarità (gallant, cheerfulness)
    • Kaede Shoji is named after Kaede Akamatsu, the Ultimate Pianist of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: Clé is displeased that an AI is using the face of Ottava Troisim, her friend and former bandmate. When the AI tells her to type in a new name, she begins to type "a crude word" before Harry stops her.
  • Nerd Glasses: Judith wears large oval glasses and points them out when Clé calls her a nerd.
  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: Sonia Cadenza, the counterpart of Sara Chidouin, The Hero of Your Turn to Die, tackles more of the puzzles while Judith sits around. Sonia is also the one who finds the hidden twelfth participant.
  • Odd Name Out: Jessica O'Flannigan is the only Muggle and the only one without a musical theme name. Even background characters like Ethan Eunice (unison) and Marcia Capo fit the theme.
  • Power Nullifier: The facility is apparently lined with absorbers to prevent people from using Magic Music.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In the Second Trial, Harry tells Judith that they should vote for each other in order to protect her. If Judith had voted for herself, the votes would have been even and Harry would have been safe.
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  • Spiky Hair: In 1-1, Clé has hair sticking out in nine chunks on top of her head, four chunks in a high ponytail, and three chunks on each side below her ears. In 1-2, she loses the spikes and wears her hair in a low ponytail, presumably because it got messed up when everyone was knocked out.
  • Spin-Off: Of SWAP Ensemble, taking place fifteen years later and including Harry Boisen, the oboist who was eliminated second.
  • Spin-Offspring: Jessica O'Flannigan is the daughter of Samuel O'Flannigan, and she plays a firm supporting role after her debut.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The story is told from Judith's point of view, but she is too spooked to poke around at first, so Sonia handles more of the exploration. Judith is also so distraught at Harry's apparent demise that she stays still long enough for Sonia to find another participant.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Kaede Shoji has piano keyboard patterns all over her sleeves, vest, and tights to make it obvious that she's a pianist. Side-Story Bonus Art depicts her in an outfit in which her Nice Hat, earrings, and jacket trim also have keyboard patterns.
  • Uncertain Doom: Nobody had the opportunity to check whether Harry was still alive after the door exploded on him, but it's stated outside the story that he survives. Kaede isn't necessarily confirmed dead either, as Kotone hesitates to confirm her death when she calms down.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The entire premise is the same as that of Your Turn to Die.


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