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Nightmare Fuel / Your Turn to Die

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"Die with me, Sara."
— Hallucination!Joe Tazuna, Chapter 2, Part 1

Your Turn To Die at a first glance appears to be just another Deadly Game suspense Visual Novel like Danganronpa or Zero Escape, but that very much does Nankidai's work a disservice... and vastly, vastly undercuts the sheer plethora of Adult Fear, brutally horrific deaths, and sanity-blasting horror to be found underneath it all.

WARNING: All spoilers ahead are unmarked, as per Nightmare Fuel guidelines!

  • The executions, and by extension what the collars do:
    • Mishima gets the most votes in the practice vote, leading to his collar's execution of burning right through his neck.
    • Joe turns out to have drawn the Sacrifice Card for the Main Game and gets executed for not being voted out. His execution turns out to be a bunch of tubes that suck his blood out. Made even worse by Miley giving Sara a switch that slows it down slightly and temporarily with every press, under the promise that if she clicks it fast enough the execution will stop.
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    • During chapter 2-1, your choice in the Final Attraction determines whether Reko or Alice dies, and either way it's not pretty:
      • If Reko dies, she gets stabbed in the stomach by Fake Reko and Fake Reko's collar explodes, finishing off both of them.
      • If Alice dies, Fake Reko's head falls into his hands and its collar explodes, blowing a hole through his abdomen and killing him.
    • Like in 2-1, during 2-2 your choice will determine if Kanna, Sou/Shin, or everyone except Nao and Sara dies.
      • If you don't save Nao from the Sacrifice Card, her execution places a vice around her waist that slowly closes. Sara is given a Mercy Kill switch but can't bring herself to do it because of Nao's cries.
      • If you decide to put Kanna on the chopping block, her collar injects Human Flower seeds into her body, which grow vines outwards. Kanna expires when the large flower at the top blooms.
      • If you decide to vote for Sou/Shin, he manages to get his collar off and sprints away, running into the defense systems which mortally wound him.
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  • The minigame Sara has to play to save Gin from one of the traps, where you fend off evil masks in-between pressing down on a button. If you get attacked by the masks too many times, one zooms right up to you and the last thing you see is that creepy face.
  • The hallucination that Sara experiences at the start of the second chapter in which the ghost of Joe comes into her room, which is now dripping blood, and blames her for his death and then tries to strangle her. It's complete with Joe having a disturbing Nightmare Face where his kind smile has been turned into a rictus, skull-like grin. That Nightmare Face shows up a couple more times afterwards too.
  • Sou's dream sequence at the beginning of Chapter 2 Part 2, an exercise in Surreal Horror which reveals that the shadowy Sou seen at the very beginning of the game was talking to him, not the player. Not to mention the disembodied eyes showing up in the first room and the hand reaching out from under the table in the computer room; the fact that Sou never comments directly on either one arguably makes them more disturbing.
  • Ranger revealing that the AI duplicates of the group are regularly updated to make them indistinguishable from the real ones, with their memories updated every six months and personalities every three years. How long have these people been under surveillance by their kidnappers?
  • The first time meeting the real Sou Hiyori. Upon reaching the fourth floor, the group comes across what appears to be a graveyard. The first one Sara opens has Midori laying in it, eyes shut and not moving, much like you'd expect a corpse to. This is made eerier by the fact that it's not a clear cut CG - it's in shadow that pans up to show his face. When the other coffins appear with the dolls of the participants who didn't make it past the first trial, Sara shuts it. After checking the others, however, she comes back to Midori's coffin and decides to check again for any oddities. Like before, it has a shadow that starts at his legs before moving up to his face. This time, however, his eyes are very much open, and he reaches his hand out, not unlike the minigame with the hallucination Joe from Chapter 2-2.
  • The potential deaths of Anzu and Hayasaka if the group fail to defeat their respective Obstructors. Anzu is trapped in her coffin and the Obstructor crushes her to death where the last shot we see of her is a piece of the coffin's roof smashing her face. Hayasaka, arguably, gets it worse, as books chomp on his body until he's dead...and unlike Anzu, who's body isn't shown, his mangled corpse is shown for the world to see. Doesn't help Gin's reaction to his death is heartbreaking.

  • In the online Manga adaptation, Kugie and Kanna's First Trial is held in the room beside Sara and Joe's, with a massive viewing window. Sara thus witnesses Kugie's death, with the two of them locking eyes as the bed ratchets upwards. Kugie can only reach helplessly towards the glass before disappearing completely into the mattress, leaving only her arm uncrushed and hanging limply.


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